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must obey the '''Official Tournament Rules''', edited by the [[Rules Committee]].
 
must obey the '''Official Tournament Rules''', edited by the [[Rules Committee]].
  
See also: the NASPA [[Code of Conduct]], which took effect on July 1, 2009.
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See also:
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* the NASPA [[Code of Conduct]], which originally took effect on July 1, 2009, first revised June 7, 2011, and again revised effective January 2, 2014.
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* [https://www.schoolscrabble.us/rules/ School SCRABBLE Rules]
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* [[Player Rules]]
  
== Effective August 1, 2009 ==
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== Current Editions ==
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=== Errata as of February 21, 2017 ===
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An errata sheet was published in February 2017, and includes minor corrections to the current rules. A revised version of the rules incorporating these corrections will be made available as soon as possible.
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* [{{SERVER}}/rules/errata-20170221.pdf NASPA 2016 Rules Errata, February 21, 2017]
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=== Effective January 4, 2017 ===
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This edition was released on December 1, 2016.
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* [{{SERVER}}/rules/player-rules-20170120.pdf Official Tournament Rules: Player Edition, January 20, 2017]
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* [{{SERVER}}/rules/rules-20161201.pdf Official Tournament Rules, December 1, 2016]
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* [[2016 Rule Changes]]
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== Draft Editions ==
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Draft text of proposed rule changes to take effect at a date to be announced are available for
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public review here:
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* [[Proposed Rule Changes]]
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== Past editions ==
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=== Effective January 4, 2017 ===
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This edition was subsequently revised on January 20, to correct a typographical error.
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* [{{SERVER}}/rules/player-rules-20161201.pdf Official Tournament Rules: Player Edition, December 1, 2016]
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=== Effective October 14, 2014 ===
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This edition was released on September 30. The [[Advisory Board]] rules on September 23
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that it would take effect two weeks later, on October 14. Beginning with this edition, the rules are available in an abridged version listing what a beginning player needs to know to play competitively, and a full director’s edition that [[directors]] should refer to when adjudicating.
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* [{{SERVER}}/rules/player-rules-20141014.pdf Official Tournament Rules: Player Edition, October 14, 2014]
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* [{{SERVER}}/rules/rules-20141014.pdf Official Tournament Rules, October 14, 2014]
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* [[2014 Rule Changes]]
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=== Effective September 24, 2013 ===
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This edition was released on September 10, and includes minor changes since
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the July draft. A list of rule changes was posted on September 11.
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* [{{SERVER}}/rules/rules-20130910.pdf Official Tournament Rules, September 24, 2013]
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* [{{SERVER}}/rules/changes-20130910.pdf 2013 Changes]
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=== Released July 21, 2013 ===
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This interim draft edition was published for review, but did not ever officially take
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effect. A few minor changes to this edition resulted in the September 10 edition.
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In addition to the full rules
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document, a shorter list of rule changes is provided.
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* [{{SERVER}}/rules/rules-20130721-draft.pdf Official Tournament Rules, July 21, 2013, DRAFT]
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* [{{SERVER}}/rules/changes-20130721-draft.pdf Changes to the Official Tournament Rules, July 21, 2013, DRAFT]
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(As of September 3, a second revision is expected this week. Due to its
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delay, the date on which the rules will take effect will have to be delayed.
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No date for this has yet been chosen, but there will be a reasonable interval
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after the publication of the final version of the rules, during which members
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can familiarize themselves with the changes.)
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=== Effective June 27, 2012 ===
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Extensive changes were made to the rules, with the new edition
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published to this website on June 19, 2012.
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The rules are available in PDF format for online viewing and printing:
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* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/wiki/images/9/95/Rules-20120616.pdf Official Tournament Rules, June 27, 2012]
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* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/wiki/images/3/32/Rule-changes-20120627.pdf List of Rule Changes, June 27, 2012]
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=== Effective June 16, 2011 ===
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Several rules changes were published in the
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May 2011 issue of the [[NASPA Bulletin]] and will take
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effect on June 16, 2011.
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Some of the significant changes include:
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# How to Draw Tiles
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# Disconnected Tiles
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# Ending the game
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The rules are available in PDF format for online viewing and printing:
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* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/wiki/images/a/af/Rules-20110605.pdf Official Tournament Rules, June 16, 2011]
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* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/wiki/images/1/10/NASPA_Rules_Changes_June2011.pdf  List of Changes, June 16, 2011]
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=== Effective February 2, 2010 ===
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Several clarifications of our existing rules went into effect February 2, 2010.  There were also several significant improvements, some of which include:
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# Blank Designations
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# Clarification of what should be done if one exchanges with less than 7 tiles in the bag.
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# When the clock is restarted after a challenge
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The rules are available in PDF format for online viewing and printing:
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* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/wiki/images/a/a6/Naspa_rules_feb2010_printFinal.pdf Official Tournament Rules, February 2, 2010]
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* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/wiki/images/e/eb/NASPA_Rules_Changes_feb2010.pdf List of Changes, February 2, 2010]
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=== Effective August 1, 2009 ===
  
 
Several rule changes came into effect on August 1, 2009. Please read the list of changes carefully.
 
Several rule changes came into effect on August 1, 2009. Please read the list of changes carefully.
  
IMPORTANT: This is a clarification from the Rules Committee regarding rules that refer to "reporting error" when submitting result slips.
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IMPORTANT: This is a clarification from the Rules Committee regarding rules that refer to &ldquo;reporting error&rdquo; when submitting result slips.
  
A result slip CAN ONLY be amended if the two players' scores have been reversed; or if the score written on the result slip is a mistake.  (i.e. The score on the result slip differs from what both players agreed upon at the end of the game.)   
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A result slip CAN ONLY be amended if the two players&rsquo; scores have been reversed; or if the score written on the result slip is a mistake.  (i.e. The score on the result slip differs from what both players agreed upon at the end of the game.)   
  
A result slip CANNOT be amended if an overtime penalty was not accounted for; or if tiles left on a player's rack (or both players' racks) were not accounted for; or if any sort of recount or mathematical adjustment takes place after the result slip has been signed and submitted.
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A result slip CANNOT be amended if an overtime penalty was not accounted for; or if tiles left on a player&rsquo;s rack (or both players&rsquo; racks) were not accounted for; or if any sort of recount or mathematical adjustment takes place after the result slip has been signed and submitted.
  
 
The rules are available in PDF format for online viewing and printing:
 
The rules are available in PDF format for online viewing and printing:
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* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/wiki/images/4/4d/NASPARulesChanges2009aug1.pdf List of Changes, August 1, 2009]
 
* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/wiki/images/4/4d/NASPARulesChanges2009aug1.pdf List of Changes, August 1, 2009]
  
== Effective February 9, 2009 ==
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=== Effective February 9, 2009 ===
  
 
A rewritten version of rule III.A.2 took effect on February 9, 2009.  Complete version of rules:
 
A rewritten version of rule III.A.2 took effect on February 9, 2009.  Complete version of rules:
 
* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/wiki/images/a/aa/NSARules2009feb9.pdf NSA Official Tournament Rules, February 9, 2009]
 
* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/wiki/images/a/aa/NSARules2009feb9.pdf NSA Official Tournament Rules, February 9, 2009]
  
== Effective February 1, 2009 ==
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=== Effective February 1, 2009 ===
  
 
A major rewrite of the tournament rules became effective February 1, 2009.
 
A major rewrite of the tournament rules became effective February 1, 2009.
* [http://www.scrabbleassociation.com/rules/ NSA Official Tournament Rules, February 1, 2009]
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* NSA Official Tournament Rules, February 1, 2009

Latest revision as of 14:09, 5 December 2017

Officially sanctioned SCRABBLE® play in Canada and the United States must obey the Official Tournament Rules, edited by the Rules Committee.

See also:


Current Editions

Errata as of February 21, 2017

An errata sheet was published in February 2017, and includes minor corrections to the current rules. A revised version of the rules incorporating these corrections will be made available as soon as possible.

Effective January 4, 2017

This edition was released on December 1, 2016.

Draft Editions

Draft text of proposed rule changes to take effect at a date to be announced are available for public review here:

Past editions

Effective January 4, 2017

This edition was subsequently revised on January 20, to correct a typographical error.

Effective October 14, 2014

This edition was released on September 30. The Advisory Board rules on September 23 that it would take effect two weeks later, on October 14. Beginning with this edition, the rules are available in an abridged version listing what a beginning player needs to know to play competitively, and a full director’s edition that directors should refer to when adjudicating.

Effective September 24, 2013

This edition was released on September 10, and includes minor changes since the July draft. A list of rule changes was posted on September 11.

Released July 21, 2013

This interim draft edition was published for review, but did not ever officially take effect. A few minor changes to this edition resulted in the September 10 edition. In addition to the full rules document, a shorter list of rule changes is provided.

(As of September 3, a second revision is expected this week. Due to its delay, the date on which the rules will take effect will have to be delayed. No date for this has yet been chosen, but there will be a reasonable interval after the publication of the final version of the rules, during which members can familiarize themselves with the changes.)

Effective June 27, 2012

Extensive changes were made to the rules, with the new edition published to this website on June 19, 2012.

The rules are available in PDF format for online viewing and printing:

Effective June 16, 2011

Several rules changes were published in the May 2011 issue of the NASPA Bulletin and will take effect on June 16, 2011. Some of the significant changes include:

  1. How to Draw Tiles
  2. Disconnected Tiles
  3. Ending the game

The rules are available in PDF format for online viewing and printing:

Effective February 2, 2010

Several clarifications of our existing rules went into effect February 2, 2010. There were also several significant improvements, some of which include:

  1. Blank Designations
  2. Clarification of what should be done if one exchanges with less than 7 tiles in the bag.
  3. When the clock is restarted after a challenge

The rules are available in PDF format for online viewing and printing:

Effective August 1, 2009

Several rule changes came into effect on August 1, 2009. Please read the list of changes carefully.

IMPORTANT: This is a clarification from the Rules Committee regarding rules that refer to “reporting error” when submitting result slips.

A result slip CAN ONLY be amended if the two players’ scores have been reversed; or if the score written on the result slip is a mistake. (i.e. The score on the result slip differs from what both players agreed upon at the end of the game.)

A result slip CANNOT be amended if an overtime penalty was not accounted for; or if tiles left on a player’s rack (or both players’ racks) were not accounted for; or if any sort of recount or mathematical adjustment takes place after the result slip has been signed and submitted.

The rules are available in PDF format for online viewing and printing:

Effective February 9, 2009

A rewritten version of rule III.A.2 took effect on February 9, 2009. Complete version of rules:

Effective February 1, 2009

A major rewrite of the tournament rules became effective February 1, 2009.

  • NSA Official Tournament Rules, February 1, 2009