- A total of 52 entrants will qualify to compete at the next Canadian National Scrabble Championship (CNSC).
- This event will likely take place in either 2010 or 2011.
- All participants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
- All participants must be NASPA members in good standing.
- As announced at CNSC 2008, the QP began immediately following CNSC 2008.
- The QP will end four months before the start date of the CNSC or one month after the official announcement of the CNSC, whichever comes later.
- Exception: If the CNSC is announced one month or less from its start date then the QP will end immediately.
- Tournaments in progress at the end of the QP will be considered to fall within the QP.
Defending CNSC Champion
Adam Logan receives an automatic berth as defending champion.
Players who wish to qualify for any of the remaining 51 berths must meet a minimum participation requirement. Players will be credited for games played and directed within the qualification period. This requirement varies from province to province and is based upon each player's primary residence:
- Ontario and outside Canada: 40 games played or directed
- Alberta, BC, and Quebec: 30 games played or directed
- Manitoba and Saskatchewan: 20 games played or directed
- Maritimes, Newfoundland, and Territories: 10 games played or directed
- The maximum amount of credit any one player may receive for directing is 1/2 of that player's minimum requirement.
- No credit will be given for games directed in tournaments in which the director also played.
The next 47 berths will be awarded based on peak rating (PR).
A player's PR is defined as his or her highest rating that satisfies the following conditions:
- It is achieved in an open rated tournament.
- It is not achieved before the tournament in which the participation requirement has been met.
- It is achieved in the last 18 months of the qualification period.
If two or more players have the same PR, then the tie will be broken by each player's second highest PR eligible rating.
If still tied then the tie will be broken by drawing of lots.
It is the intention of the Canadian Committee to award the four remaining berths based on two qualifying tournaments (QTs). However, either of these QTs may be cancelled if for reasons of logistics or practicality it becomes unworkable. In that event, the berths that would have been awarded based on the cancelled QT will be awarded based on PR.
- The QTs will be held after the 47 PR berths have been awarded.
- One QT will be held in western Canada and the other will be held in eastern Canada.
- The sites, dates, and formats of the QTs will be announced in due time.
- The QTs may be held in conjunction with other Scrabble events.
- The QTs will be restricted to players who have not already qualified for the CNSC.
- Only players who are eligible to play in the CNSC and who intend to play in the CNSC will be allowed to compete in the QTs.
- Players may compete in only one QT.
- There is no minimum PR requirement to play in a QT, but interested players must notify the director in advance to confirm their intention to play in a QT.
- The director of each QT has the right to limit the number of entrants based on the size of the available venue.
- The director of the QT will determine and announce what criteria (PR or first come first served) will be used to enforce this limit.
- The top two finishers at each QT will receive CNSC berths.
- Ties in the QTs will be broken by PR.
A link will be provided here once the standing are available.
All alternates will be chosen on the basis of PR.
Any dispute regarding the application or interpretation of any of the above will be resolved by the Canadian Committee, whose decision will be final.