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SPC Satellite Event

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To celebrate and promote multi-day tournaments, the Championship Committee established the Scrabble Players Championship (SPC) Satellite Event program.

To qualify for the Satellite Event program, an event must meet the following criteria:

  • Take place over multiple days
  • Contain a minimum of 14 rounds
  • Have at least 50 players across all divisions in the specific event
  • Be fully rated
  • Occur before the close of registration for the SPC
    • The Championship Committee reserves the right to terminate the program early if registrations for the SPC approach the attendance cap, if any. Spaces will be reserved for any later events already designated as Satellite Events.

If a tournament has multiple events (Early Bird, Main Event, Late Bird, etc.), each event must qualify separately. For example, the total number of players in all events cannot be used to meet the 50-player requirement.

The Championship Committee will award a complimentary SPC registration to one player for every 50 players participating in an SPC Satellite Event. The SPC Satellite Event director can decide how to award the SPC registration - e.g., as a prize to a top player or as a raffle prize for all players or among division winners.

  • The SPC registration must be awarded to a player in the event.
  • The director cannot retain the SPC registration for personal use unless the director is also playing in the event and thereby qualifies for the prize.

Directors should register their interest in designating events as Satellite Events when requesting sanctioning of the tournament.

  • If a qualifying event is already sanctioned, directors should email the Championship Committee at nsc@scrabbleplayers.org to add the event to the program.
  • The Tournament Listing will designate the event as an SPC Satellite Event.

Winners of an SPC Satellite Event will receive a complimentary Main Event registration to the SPC and will be recognized there.

  • The prize covers registration for the Main Event only. Winners are responsible for other costs, such as travel, lodging, commuter fees, Early Bird, etc.
  • If a winner has already registered and paid for the SPC, the winner will be given the option to:
    • Transfer the complimentary registration to another player
    • Receive a credit on their NASPA account
    • Receive a refund

After the SPC Satellite Event, the director must promptly provide the name and contact information of the winner(s) to the Championship Committee at nsc@scrabbleplayers.org.

If you have questions about the SPC Satellite Program, you can email the Championship Committee at nsc@scrabbleplayers.org.

2024 SPC Satellite Events

Tournament Date Winner(s)
Lake George (NY) Oct 13 to 15, 2023 Deen Hergott and Niel Gan
Asheville (NC) Nov 4 to 5, 2023 Raina Scura and Peggy Altazan
Gananoque (ON) Nov 18, 2023 to Nov 19, 2023 Mad Palazzo
Albany (NY) Dec 28, 2023 to Jan 1, 2024 Jonathan Lindh and Tim Weiss
Atlantic City (NJ) Feb 3, 2024 to Feb 5, 2024 Judy Cole
Belleville (ON) Mar 2, 2024 to Mar 3, 2024 George Macaulay
Poughkeepsie (NY) Mar 15, 2024 to Mar 17, 2024 Michael Fleck
Wilmington (DE) Apr 19, 2024 to Apr 21, 2024 Judy Horn
Niagara Falls (ON) May 18, 2024 to May 20, 2024 Lindsey Dimmick and Joshua Sokol
Albany (NY) July 4, 2024 to July 7, 2024 Annette Obrestad and Anthony Ikolo

2023 SPC Satellite Events

Tournament Date Winner(s)
Lake George (NY) Oct 14 to 16, 2022 Daniel Blake and Hannah Lieberman
Albany (NY) Dec 30, 2022 to Jan 2, 2023 Heather Drumm
Atlantic City (NJ) Feb 4, 2023 to Feb 6, 2023 Judy Cole
Kingston (ON) Feb 17, 2023 to Feb 20, 2023 Max Panitch
Poughkeepsie (NY) Mar 25, 2023 to Mar 26, 2023 Ejike Osondu
Atlanta (GA) Apr 29, 2023 to Apr 30, 2023 Samuel Chetty
Montreal (QC) May 5, 2023 to May 7, 2023 Sheila Prakash
Niagara Falls (ON) May 20, 2023 to May 22, 2023 Marcela Kadanka

2022 SPC Satellite Events

Tournament Date Winner(s)
Lake George (NY) Oct 15 to 17, 2021 Marty Gold
New Orleans (LA) Jan 15 to 17, 2022 Michael Baker
Atlantic City (NJ) Feb 5 to 7, 2022 Beth Mix
Kingston (ON) Mar 15 to 17, 2022 Agnes Kramer
Montreal (QC) May 28 to 29, 2022 Sylvia Polson
Albany (NY) Jul 1 to 4, 2022 Vera Bigall