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This page describes the '''director certification''' process for [[NASPA]] members who want to become certified as [[tournament]] and [[club]] [[directors]] for the first time(Existing directors, please see the [[Directors]] page.)
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This page describes the '''director certification''' process for [[NASPA]] members who want to become certified as [[tournament]] coordinators, [[tournament]] [[directors]] and [[club]] [[directors]].   
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If you were an [[NSA]]-certified director, please look
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instead at the [[Directors#Grandfathering|grandfathering section]] of the Directors page.
  
 
The [[Tournament Committee]] and [[Club Committee]] set the certification criteria and oversee the certification process.
 
The [[Tournament Committee]] and [[Club Committee]] set the certification criteria and oversee the certification process.
  
 
== Benefits of Certification ==
 
== Benefits of Certification ==
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As a certified NASPA Tournament Coordinator you will be able to apply to the Tournament Committee to have a tournament
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sanctioned in your own name, but remain under apprentice
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restrictions when directing a club or tournament.
  
 
As a certified NASPA Director you will be able to:
 
As a certified NASPA Director you will be able to:
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* hold NASPA tournaments
 
* hold NASPA tournaments
 
* join the NASPA director discussion group
 
* join the NASPA director discussion group
* access the director section of our online member services
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* access the director section of our online [{{SERVER}}/cgi-bin/services.pl member services]
 
* attend director-only functions at the [[National SCRABBLE Championship]]
 
* attend director-only functions at the [[National SCRABBLE Championship]]
  
 
== Certification process ==
 
== Certification process ==
  
Here is what you need to do to be certified as a
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There are [[Directors#Certification|several types of certification]].  To obtain any of them, you must be
NASPA Director.
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a member in good standing, and at least 18 years of
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age.
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The easiest certification to obtain is that of an
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[[assistant director]]: someone who acts online on
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behalf of a director without full Internet access, such as a data inputter.
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If your club or tournament director asks you to be
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their assistant, ask them to contact the
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[[Tournament Committee]], who will then certify you.
  
# Make sure you are a member in good standing.
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For any other type of certification, you must first
# Take the Director’s test.
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take and pass the director’s test, as described
# Serve an apprenticeship under a mentor director.
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below. When you do so, you are certified as an [[apprentice director]], [[apprentice director | youth apprentice director]], or [[apprentice director |young adult apprentice director]], depending on your age.
  
=== Prerequisites ===
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You are then entitled to direct clubs and tournaments
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with some conditions, and under the supervision of a
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[[mentor director]].
  
Applicants must be NASPA members in good standing.
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When your mentor determines that you are ready, the mentor should contact the [[Club Committee]] to upgrade your certification to [[tournament coordinator]], [[club director]] or [[tournament/club director]].
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A printed certificate will be issued to you, and if
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you attend the Director’s meeting at the [[North American SCRABBLE Championship |NASC]],
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it will be officially conferred upon you there.
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If you are a [[tournament coordinator]] or [[club director]],
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you may resume your apprenticeship if you wish to become
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fully certified as a [[tournament/club director]].
  
 
=== Director’s test ===
 
=== Director’s test ===
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Test Scheduling:
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*Once the test has been sent, the applicant has 90 days to return his/her answers. If the test is not returned within that time frame, it will be considered as the first failed attempt.
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*If the applicant fails the test the first time, he/she must wait 180 days to contact [[Arthur Moore | Art Moore]]  for permission to retake the test.
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*If the applicant fails the test the second time, he cannot retake the test for a year. He must pay again for the test at that time and contact [[Arthur Moore | Art Moore]] for permission to retake the test.
  
 
The test can be taken in two ways:
 
The test can be taken in two ways:
  
*Online: This test is not available yet. The test will be paid for, taken, and graded online. There will be a 90-day window of time during which if a person does not score a passing grade the first time, there will be opportunity for two more tries. If a passing grade has not been accomplished within the 90-day period, there will be a waiting period before paying again and trying again. Whenever a passing grade has been accomplished, the prospective director will move to the next step. The online test will cost $25 USD initially.
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*By email: The test can be ordered by [[Payment|paying]] the $25 USD fee online and emailing [[Arthur Moore | Art Moore]] . When paying online, state in the Note section what the payment is for so Art can get confirmation of the payment. It can be taken at your leisure, within a 90-day window, emailing back to Art for grading and upon a passing grade, the prospective director will move to the next step. The email test will cost $25 USD.
 
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*By postal mail: The mail-in test costs $35 USD, a slightly higher fee to pay for manual processing. Either [[Payment|pay]] for the test online or mail the payment, payable to NASPA, to [[Arthur Moore | Art Moore]]. The test will be sent to you by postal mail and you can send the test back in the same way.
*By mail or email: The test can be ordered by ordering it from [[Mary Rhoades]] (PO Box 211993, Bedford, TX 76095). It can be taken at your leisure, within the same 90-day window as the online test, returned to Mary for grading and upon a passing grade, the prospective director will move to the next step. The mail test will cost $35 USD, a slightly higher fee to pay for manual processing. The email test will cost $25.
 
  
 
=== Apprenticeship ===
 
=== Apprenticeship ===
  
Age apprentice limitations:
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Apprentice age limitations:
*Apprentices younger than 18 can only be allowed to direct a club as an apprentice club director preferably with their mentor having to be at the club site.
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*Apprentices who are 18–20 can be apprentice club and tournament directors. '''The mentor is required to be physically present at the tournament site.'''
*Apprentices who are 18-20 can be apprentice club and tournament directors. The mentor would be required to be physically present at the tournament site.
 
 
*Apprentices who are 21+ can be apprentice club and tournament directors, with mentors encouraged to be at the tournament site, but if not, available by phone during the tournament.
 
*Apprentices who are 21+ can be apprentice club and tournament directors, with mentors encouraged to be at the tournament site, but if not, available by phone during the tournament.
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*All apprentices will serve an apprenticeship period. Specific other criteria for apprenticeship are being discussed.
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Upon passing the test, the applicant is granted apprentice director certification, and can codirect tournaments and/or clubs under supervision of a mentor if the age restrictions allow. At the discretion of the mentor, this supervision may take place in person or by telephone. Mentors must be fully certified directors; applicants may suggest their own mentors, or may ask to be assigned one.
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'''An apprentice may submit tournament details to the [[Tournament Committee]] himself, as long as the submission is copied to his mentor.'''
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When an apprentice’s mentor feels that the apprentice is ready to direct tournaments alone, the mentor notifies NASPA, which grants applicant full director status.  The mentor will refer to the following checklist in assessing the apprentice.
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* Has passed the Director Test.
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* Understands how the SCRABBLE trademark must be protected.
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* Is approachable and has adequate people skills.
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* Presents a welcoming demeanor to newcomers.
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* Understands the basics of the [[Code of Conduct]] and its importance in a club setting.
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* Knows basic SCRABBLE rules: scoring, handling overdraws, holding, challenging, adjudicating.
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If the apprentice satisfies all of the above conditions, the apprentice may be granted certification to operate as a [[tournament coordinator]]. Tournament coordinators can
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apply to the Tournament Committee to have a tournament
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sanctioned in their own names, but remain under apprentice
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restrictions when directing a club or tournament.
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* Knows how a club’s fee structure and pairing system should operate.
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* Knows how to find other rules in the rule book when necessary.
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* Is willing to learn more complex rules.
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* Is fair yet firm in maintaining club policies and handling disputes.
  
Upon passing the test, the applicant is granted apprentice director certification, and can co-direct tournaments and/or clubs under supervision of a mentor if the age restrictions allow. At the discretion of the mentor, this supervision may take place in person or by telephone. Mentors must be fully certified directors; applicants may suggest their own mentors, or may ask to be assigned one.
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If the apprentice satisfies all of the above conditions,  
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the apprentice may be granted certification to operate as a
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club director, but not a tournament director.
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If in addition the apprentice meets all of the following
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conditions, the apprentice may be granted full certification
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to operate as either a club director or a tournament
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director.
  
When an apprentice's mentor feels that the apprentice is ready to direct tournaments alone, the mentor notifies NASPA, which grants applicant full director status. A "full director" certificate will be sent.
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* Understands what supplies are needed at a tournament.
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* Understands tournament player membership requirements.
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* Knows how to set up new memberships and renew old ones online.
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* Understands how RR, KOTH and Swiss pairings work.
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* Understands why, when and how to apply the Gibson Rule.
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* Understands basic tournament arithmetic: total wins = total losses, spreads normally sum to zero.
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* Understands the importance of submitting tournament results swiftly.
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* Understands the importance of submitting [[Incident Report]] forms swiftly.
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* Understands how NASPA’s participation fee works.
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* Must be able to handle disputes calmly and professionally
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* Must be willing to enforce the Code of Conduct whenever necessary to maintain order.
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* Must be well versed in common rule situations.
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* Must possess above average organizational and people skills and present a positive image of NASPA.
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* Must have a cool demeanor and not get rattled in difficult situations.

Latest revision as of 09:44, 19 May 2018

This page describes the director certification process for NASPA members who want to become certified as tournament coordinators, tournament directors and club directors. If you were an NSA-certified director, please look instead at the grandfathering section of the Directors page.

The Tournament Committee and Club Committee set the certification criteria and oversee the certification process.

Benefits of Certification

As a certified NASPA Tournament Coordinator you will be able to apply to the Tournament Committee to have a tournament sanctioned in your own name, but remain under apprentice restrictions when directing a club or tournament.

As a certified NASPA Director you will be able to:

Certification process

There are several types of certification. To obtain any of them, you must be a member in good standing, and at least 18 years of age.

The easiest certification to obtain is that of an assistant director: someone who acts online on behalf of a director without full Internet access, such as a data inputter. If your club or tournament director asks you to be their assistant, ask them to contact the Tournament Committee, who will then certify you.

For any other type of certification, you must first take and pass the director’s test, as described below. When you do so, you are certified as an apprentice director, youth apprentice director, or young adult apprentice director, depending on your age.

You are then entitled to direct clubs and tournaments with some conditions, and under the supervision of a mentor director.

When your mentor determines that you are ready, the mentor should contact the Club Committee to upgrade your certification to tournament coordinator, club director or tournament/club director. A printed certificate will be issued to you, and if you attend the Director’s meeting at the NASC, it will be officially conferred upon you there.

If you are a tournament coordinator or club director, you may resume your apprenticeship if you wish to become fully certified as a tournament/club director.

Director’s test

Test Scheduling:

  • Once the test has been sent, the applicant has 90 days to return his/her answers. If the test is not returned within that time frame, it will be considered as the first failed attempt.
  • If the applicant fails the test the first time, he/she must wait 180 days to contact Art Moore for permission to retake the test.
  • If the applicant fails the test the second time, he cannot retake the test for a year. He must pay again for the test at that time and contact Art Moore for permission to retake the test.

The test can be taken in two ways:

  • By email: The test can be ordered by paying the $25 USD fee online and emailing Art Moore . When paying online, state in the Note section what the payment is for so Art can get confirmation of the payment. It can be taken at your leisure, within a 90-day window, emailing back to Art for grading and upon a passing grade, the prospective director will move to the next step. The email test will cost $25 USD.
  • By postal mail: The mail-in test costs $35 USD, a slightly higher fee to pay for manual processing. Either pay for the test online or mail the payment, payable to NASPA, to Art Moore. The test will be sent to you by postal mail and you can send the test back in the same way.

Apprenticeship

Apprentice age limitations:

  • Apprentices who are 18–20 can be apprentice club and tournament directors. The mentor is required to be physically present at the tournament site.
  • Apprentices who are 21+ can be apprentice club and tournament directors, with mentors encouraged to be at the tournament site, but if not, available by phone during the tournament.
  • All apprentices will serve an apprenticeship period. Specific other criteria for apprenticeship are being discussed.

Upon passing the test, the applicant is granted apprentice director certification, and can codirect tournaments and/or clubs under supervision of a mentor if the age restrictions allow. At the discretion of the mentor, this supervision may take place in person or by telephone. Mentors must be fully certified directors; applicants may suggest their own mentors, or may ask to be assigned one.

An apprentice may submit tournament details to the Tournament Committee himself, as long as the submission is copied to his mentor.

When an apprentice’s mentor feels that the apprentice is ready to direct tournaments alone, the mentor notifies NASPA, which grants applicant full director status. The mentor will refer to the following checklist in assessing the apprentice.

  • Has passed the Director Test.
  • Understands how the SCRABBLE trademark must be protected.
  • Is approachable and has adequate people skills.
  • Presents a welcoming demeanor to newcomers.
  • Understands the basics of the Code of Conduct and its importance in a club setting.
  • Knows basic SCRABBLE rules: scoring, handling overdraws, holding, challenging, adjudicating.

If the apprentice satisfies all of the above conditions, the apprentice may be granted certification to operate as a tournament coordinator. Tournament coordinators can apply to the Tournament Committee to have a tournament sanctioned in their own names, but remain under apprentice restrictions when directing a club or tournament.

  • Knows how a club’s fee structure and pairing system should operate.
  • Knows how to find other rules in the rule book when necessary.
  • Is willing to learn more complex rules.
  • Is fair yet firm in maintaining club policies and handling disputes.

If the apprentice satisfies all of the above conditions, the apprentice may be granted certification to operate as a club director, but not a tournament director. If in addition the apprentice meets all of the following conditions, the apprentice may be granted full certification to operate as either a club director or a tournament director.

  • Understands what supplies are needed at a tournament.
  • Understands tournament player membership requirements.
  • Knows how to set up new memberships and renew old ones online.
  • Understands how RR, KOTH and Swiss pairings work.
  • Understands why, when and how to apply the Gibson Rule.
  • Understands basic tournament arithmetic: total wins = total losses, spreads normally sum to zero.
  • Understands the importance of submitting tournament results swiftly.
  • Understands the importance of submitting Incident Report forms swiftly.
  • Understands how NASPA’s participation fee works.
  • Must be able to handle disputes calmly and professionally
  • Must be willing to enforce the Code of Conduct whenever necessary to maintain order.
  • Must be well versed in common rule situations.
  • Must possess above average organizational and people skills and present a positive image of NASPA.
  • Must have a cool demeanor and not get rattled in difficult situations.