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The operations of NASPA are managed by a number of committees. These are divided into Main and Working Committees, as explained below. Committees should follow NASPA’s Committee rules.

Main Committees

Committee Email Mandate
Advisory Board email to advise the Executive Committee, act as an appellate body for the rulings of Working Committees, and to act as a general disciplinary body for association members
Executive Committee email to be responsible to the Board of Trustees for the management of association operations, and to supervise all other committees
Steering Committee   to offer informal advice to the Executive Committee based on its original role in guiding the formation of the association

Working Committees

The following committees conduct much of NASPA’s ongoing business, and report (in most cases weekly) to the NASPA executive.

Committee Email Mandate
Canadian Committee email to manage matters pertaining solely to Canadian and not to American players
Championship Committee email to organize Scrabble championships in the United States and Canada
Club/Director Committee email to supervise official NASPA clubs and directors in the United States and Canada
Community Advocate email to provide a safe environment for members reporting cases of harassment within the association
Dictionary Committee email to maintain the tournament lexicon
Forward Energy Committee email examine NASPA opportunities for improvement, and make recommendations to the appropriate governing bodies in NASPA including the Executive Committee
IDEA Committee email to address issues of inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility within our community
International Committee email to manage the association's relationship with organizations and events outside the United States and Canada
Membership Committee email to service association membership needs
Pairings Committee email to evaluate and certify pairing algorithms for tournament use
Publications Committee email to prepare documents for publication as required by other committees
Ratings and Recognition Committee email to ensure that the association has the best possible rating system and to recognize our player achievements
Rules Committee email to formulate the club and tournament game rules
Social Media Committee email to facilitate NASPA communication via social media
Technology Committee email to evaluate and certify equipment used by players and directors
Tournament Committee email to oversee officially sanctioned NASPA tournaments
Web Committee email to provide for the association's IT needs
Zyzzyva Committee email to maintain Zyzzyva software

Inactive Committees

The following committees are currently inactive.

Committee Email Mandate
Director Manual Committee email to edit the Director Manual
Finance Committee email to draft the association's annual budget
History Committee email to record the history of competitive Scrabble activity in the United States and Canada
Marketing Committee email to develop and implement marketing strategies for NASPA
Test Committee email to be used internally for database software testing

Historical Background

In December 2008, Hasbro and the NSA invited a group of players to form the NSA Steering Committee (SC) and to brainstorm ideas for divesting the responsibility for organized SCRABBLE play from the NSA while keeping it going under some user-paid system. There was unanimity to implement a membership fee/participation fee structure.

In January and February 2009, the SC corresponded frequently online and came up with the basic plan for what would become NASPA. As several deadlines approached, the focus of the SC shifted from planning to implementation. Members volunteered for working subcommittees corresponding to their areas of interest and expertise, reporting to SC cochairs Chris Cree and John Chew. In March, as the new organization was legally incorporated this structure was formalized, with the SC working subcommittees becoming NASPA working committees, and the SC cochairs becoming NASPA copresidents (collectively called the NASPA executive and making up two-thirds of the Executive Committee). The NSA Steering Committee continues to exist as a trusted group of advisors to the NASPA executive, and will continue to be consulted concerning the future of the association.

In July 2019, the EC:

  • abolished the office of copresident
  • created four new positions
  • Cree retired from the EC, which then consisted of Baker, Chew and Cole

See also

List of all committee members.

2014 Committee Reports