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* [[IContact]]: an online archive of NASPA News (originally called Tournament Talk), a weekly newsletter, and other emails sent to the membership.
 
* [[NASPA Bulletin]]: an online archive of NASPA Bulletins (not currently in publication).
 
* [[NASPA Bulletin]]: an online archive of NASPA Bulletins (not currently in publication).
* [[Club news]]
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* [[Club news]]: news about activities at our sanctioned clubs
* [[Member news]]
 
* [[SCRABBLE in the news]] : Links to articles about SCRABBLE players, clubs, and tournaments.
 
 
* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/tourneys/calendar.html Tournament calendar]: upcoming tournaments
 
* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/tourneys/calendar.html Tournament calendar]: upcoming tournaments
* [[Tournament results]]
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* [[Tournament results]]: past tournaments
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* ... and our home page, which will always list the top stories.
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== Current news ==
 
== Current news ==
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=== July 22, 2021 Relationship with Hasbro ===
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NASPA CEO [[John Chew]] announced a [http://www.icontact-archive.com/archive?c=1384631&f=6038&s=10116&m=302035&t=650b9db00f5228ee57432048f1967e4ef1b454e708354ae751c2b95d07c97caf change] in NASPA's relationship with Hasbro as of August 1, 2021.
  
=== August 5, 2014 [[OTCWL2014]] on sale now ===
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=== July 1, 2021 Resumption of Normal Operations ===
 
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NASPA will end the [[COVID-19 | COVID-19 moratorium]] and resume normal operations on September 1, 2021.
Preorders are open for OTCWL2014 at the [{{SERVER}}/store NASPA Store],
 
per [[iContact 20140805|iContact announcement]].
 
 
 
=== August 4–5, 2014 [[OSPD|OSPD5]] in the news ===
 
 
 
[[Chris Cree]], [[John Chew]], [[Robin Pollock Daniel]] and others are quoted in stories about OSPD5 linked at our [[Media relations]] page.
 
 
 
=== August 1, 2014 [[Director Manual]] new formats available ===
 
 
 
The [[Publications Committee]] has posted the current (2014-05-20) edition of the Director Manual in .epub and .mobi (Kindle editions) for easy access on handheld devices.
 
 
 
=== July 31, 2014 [[OSPD|OSPD5]] release date changed ===
 
 
 
Merriam-Webster has announced that OSPD5 will go on sale on August 6, and not as originally planned on August 11. Copies of OSPD5 and TWL2014 will still be available at the [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]].
 
 
 
=== July 25, 2014 [[Recreational_Clubs#New_York|CNY Club]] registered ===
 
 
 
We welcome our newest recreational club, directed by [[Kieran OConnor|Kieran O'Connor]] in Syracuse.
 
 
 
=== July 22, 2014 [[Recreational_Clubs#Wisconsin|Milwaukee Club]] registered ===
 
 
 
We welcome our newest recreational club, directed by [[Susan Love]] in the Greater Milwaukee area.
 
 
 
=== June 26, 2014: [[2014 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge]] qualification standings posted ===
 
 
 
Can-Am [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/tourneys/2014/canam/qual.shtml qualification standings] are now being updated automatically after each rated tournament. Players interested in participating should follow the event page instructions to register before the deadline.
 
 
 
=== June 24, 2014: New Word List to Take Effect on December 1 ===
 
 
 
The NASPA [[Advisory Board]] has ratified December 1st, 2014 as the date on which the next edition of [[OTCWL]] will take effect. Copies will be available for sale to members at the [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]].
 
 
 
=== June 3, 2014: NASPA CSW [[Ratings]] revised ===
 
 
 
The NASPA Rating software has been updated so that it now automatically assigns initial ratings to players based on their existing rating in the other lexicon, if they have tournament experience but are new to CSW or TWL play. In conducting a thorough review of how the previous manual process had been implemented, we found several cases in which players had incorrectly been treated as entirely new to tournament play. We have therefore had to take the extraordinary measure of rerating all tournaments beginning at the earliest such incident (July 1, 2011) and proceeding to the present day. We apologize for the inconvenience; please understand that the measure was important for maintaining the consistency and accuracy of our rating system.
 
 
 
=== June 3, 2014: NASPAWiki new look ===
 
 
 
NASPAWiki has a new look, thanks to some help from [http://www.walking-stick.com/ Walking Stick Communications Inc.], a website design and development company.
 
 
 
=== June 3, 2014: NASPAWiki maintenance upgrade ===
 
 
 
We have updated the MediaWiki software that runs NASPAWiki from version 1.20 to version 1.22. Please report any related issues to us at info@scrabbleplayers.org.
 
 
 
=== May 24, 2014: Payment system update ===
 
 
 
We have updated our [[Payment]] page with a link that lets nonmembers make payments to the credit of members, for infrequent uses such as gift payment of director's tests.
 
 
 
=== May 23, 2014: [[2014 National School SCRABBLE Championship]] winners on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight ===
 
 
 
2014 NSSC Champions Thomas Draper and Jacob Sass will face Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live this evening.
 
 
 
=== May 22, 2014: [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]] Overflow Rooms ===
 
 
 
Our initial guest room block at the Hyatt has sold out, and we have booked overflow space with two other nearby hotels, and are looking for additional space. Please follow our website for further updates.
 
 
 
=== May 15, 2014: [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]] Youth Division Registration Launch ===
 
 
 
Registration is now available [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/register.pl?event_id=NSC2014Y online] for the new youth division at the 2014 NSC.
 
 
 
=== April 27, 2014: National School SCRABBLE Championship ===
 
 
 
Congratulations to Thomas Draper and Jacob Sass, the
 
[[2014 National School SCRABBLE Championship|new National School SCRABBLE Champions]].
 
 
 
=== April 16, 2014: GEOCACHE entry in OSPD5 ===
 
 
 
Here’s a sneak preview of the new entry for GEOCACHE to appear in OSPD5:
 
 
 
<br><p style="padding-left:3em;text-indent:-3em">'''GEOCACHE''' ''v'' '''-CACHED, -CACHING, -CACHES''' to search for hidden items by using a Global Positioning System device as part of a game.</p><br>
 
 
 
=== April 10, 2014: GEOCACHE wins the [[2014 SCRABBLE Word Showdown]] ===
 
 
 
[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=781011848595291&set=a.148177068545442.22990.108725949157221&type=1&theater Hasbro announced on Good Morning America] that GEOCACHE defeated ZEN to win the showdown. GEOCACHE will be acceptable at the [[2014 National School SCRABBLE Championship]] and the [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]].
 
 
 
=== March 14, 2014: [[2014 SCRABBLE Word Showdown]] Announced ===
 
  
Hasbro has announced the first ever SCRABBLE Word Showdown; this resulted in a few [[Media relations|media hits]] for NASPA.
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=== July 1, 2021 NASPA Management Restructuring ===
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The NASPA [[Executive Committee]] announced a [http://www.icontact-archive.com/archive?c=1384631&f=6038&s=10116&m=301502&t=650b9db00f5228ee57432048f1967e4ef1b454e708354ae751c2b95d07c97caf restructuring of the NASPA management team].
  
=== February 27, 2014: New Code of Conduct Posted ===
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=== June 17, 2021 Removal of Participant Cap for Vaccinated Players ===
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As of June 21st, 2021, there is no cap on the number of [[Vaccinated Play |fully vaccinated players]] who can participate in sanctioned tournaments and club sessions.
  
The NASPA Advisory Board approved a new version of the [[Code of Conduct]].  While the new CoC took effect on January 2, 2014, it was just posted to the NASPA wiki, so will only apply for any disciplinary matters arising after February 27, 2014.
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=== May 20, 2021 Resumption of Play for Vaccinated Players ===
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As of June 1st, 2021, small groups of [[Vaccinated Play |fully vaccinated players]] can participate in sanctioned tournaments and club sessions.
  
=== February 23, 2014: More to Tweet About ===
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=== April 28, 2021 NASPA Advisory Board Elections Cancelled ===
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Members voted to postpone [[2021 Advisory Board Elections |Advisory Board elections]] for a year. Terms of current members will be extended for a year.
  
Beginning this month, the [[Word of the Day]] and all rated [[tournaments]] will
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=== March 18, 2021 NASPA Advisory Board Elections ===
be automatically tweeted from the NASPA Twitter account, @NASPA.
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The NASPA [[Advisory Board]] has asked members to [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/vote.pl vote] on whether [[2021 Advisory Board Elections |elections]] should be held as scheduled or postponed for a year.
  
=== January 1, 2014: NSC 2014 Registration Goes Live ===
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=== March 18, 2021 Printed NASPA Word List 2020 Edition ===
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Printed versions of the [[NWL2020 | NASPA Word List 2020]] and [[NSWL2020 | NASPA School Word List 2020]] are now available to order from the [https://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/shop.pl NASPA Store].
  
[http://scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/register.pl Online registration] is now
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=== March 4, 2021 2021 NASC Canceled ===
available for the [[2014 National SCRABBLE Championship]].
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The [[2021_North_American_SCRABBLE_Championship|2021 North American SCRABBLE Championship]] is canceled because of ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
  
 
== Archived news ==
 
== Archived news ==
  
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* [[2020 Breaking news archive]]
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* [[2019 Breaking news archive]]
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* [[2018 Breaking news archive]]
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* [[2017 Breaking news archive]]
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* [[2016 Breaking news archive]]
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* [[2015 Breaking news archive]]
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* [[2014 Breaking news archive]]
 
* [[2013 Breaking news archive]]
 
* [[2013 Breaking news archive]]
 
* [[2012 Breaking news archive]]
 
* [[2012 Breaking news archive]]

Latest revision as of 22:55, 23 July 2021

This page contains current and recent breaking news about NASPA.

See also:

  • IContact: an online archive of NASPA News (originally called Tournament Talk), a weekly newsletter, and other emails sent to the membership.
  • NASPA Bulletin: an online archive of NASPA Bulletins (not currently in publication).
  • Club news: news about activities at our sanctioned clubs
  • Tournament calendar: upcoming tournaments
  • Tournament results: past tournaments
  • ... and our home page, which will always list the top stories.


Current news

July 22, 2021 Relationship with Hasbro

NASPA CEO John Chew announced a change in NASPA's relationship with Hasbro as of August 1, 2021.

July 1, 2021 Resumption of Normal Operations

NASPA will end the COVID-19 moratorium and resume normal operations on September 1, 2021.

July 1, 2021 NASPA Management Restructuring

The NASPA Executive Committee announced a restructuring of the NASPA management team.

June 17, 2021 Removal of Participant Cap for Vaccinated Players

As of June 21st, 2021, there is no cap on the number of fully vaccinated players who can participate in sanctioned tournaments and club sessions.

May 20, 2021 Resumption of Play for Vaccinated Players

As of June 1st, 2021, small groups of fully vaccinated players can participate in sanctioned tournaments and club sessions.

April 28, 2021 NASPA Advisory Board Elections Cancelled

Members voted to postpone Advisory Board elections for a year. Terms of current members will be extended for a year.

March 18, 2021 NASPA Advisory Board Elections

The NASPA Advisory Board has asked members to vote on whether elections should be held as scheduled or postponed for a year.

March 18, 2021 Printed NASPA Word List 2020 Edition

Printed versions of the NASPA Word List 2020 and NASPA School Word List 2020 are now available to order from the NASPA Store.

March 4, 2021 2021 NASC Canceled

The 2021 North American SCRABBLE Championship is canceled because of ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Archived news