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2012 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge

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2012 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge qualification system

A total of 14 entrants will qualify to compete at the 2012 Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge, seven each representing the United States and Canada.

The event will be hosted by the Millburn, NJ NASPA club #411, and will take place at Millburn, NJ, USA on Saturday and Sunday October 27 and 28, 2012.

Registration Deadline Extended

The qualification period for the 2012 Can-Am ended on July 23. As of this date, a number of players who would qualify by rating had not responded to indicate whether or not they wish to take part in this year's event.

While we intended the end of the qualifying period to also be the deadline for registering, this may not have been completely clear to everyone. In case there are players who intended to register, but have not yet done so, we are extending the registration deadline to 11:59 PM (PT) Thursday, July 26, 2012. If you wish to participate in Can-Am 2012 you must register before this deadline.


All Canadian team members must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada. All U.S. team members must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S. All participants must be NASPA members in good standing as of October 27, 2012.

Qualification Period

As in past years, the qualification period is from the beginning of March 2011 (the month in which the previous Challenge was contested) to about three months before this years Can-Am, with dates adjusted slightly to include events played on the first and last weekends during that period: 2011-03-01 to 2012-07-23 (inclusive).

Participation Requirement

Players who wish to qualify must meet a minimum participation requirement of 24 NASPA rated tournament games played during the qualification period. These can be either TWL, CSW or a combination of both.

Peak Rating

Players will qualify based on the higher of their peak NASPA rating (PR) in either TWL or Collins. A player’s PR is defined as his or her highest un-accelerated rating that satisfies the following conditions: It is achieved at the end of a rated tournament played. It is not achieved before the tournament in which the participation requirement has been met.

Un-accelerated means that acceleration points earned in a tournament are deducted from the player’s post-tournament rating before it is considered for a peak rating.

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 total number of games played during the QP. If still tied then the tie will be broken by rating achieved after any fully rated tournament in the QP. Drawing of lots will be necessary if there is still a tie.


Previous participants in the Can-Am SCRABBLE Challenge were surveyed about their preferred lexicon for the 2012 Challenge. There were 23 surveys returned with the following responses:

Not able to play this year 2

Will only play CSW 5

Will only play TWL 4

Will play either, prefer CSW 10

Will play either, prefer TWL 2

Based on these results the following procedure will be used for the 2012 Can-Am: When registering, players will indicate their preferred lexicon. They will not be able to change this after the end of the qualification period. During the tournament, if both players have registered as preferring CSW, their game will be played to the CSW lexicon, with 10 point per word penalty challenges. All other games will be played to the TWL lexicon with double challenge. Players will have until 2012-07-30, which is one week after the end of the qualification period to withdraw without penalty if they are not comfortable with the number of their opponents who have opted for their non-preferred lexicon.

Current Standings

To see where players currently stand in qualifying to represent their countries, please see the full qualification standings. Players marked ‘n’ have confirmed that they will not play; those who have confirmed their intent to play are marked with their preferred lexicon. Please report any corrections to John Chew.


All alternates will be chosen on the basis of PR.


Dispute Resolution

In the event that a dispute concerning these rules should arise, it will be
 resolved by one of the following bodies as indicated: Canadian Committee 
(matters concerning qualification of Canadian players), TeamUSA Selection Committee (matters concerning qualification of US players), International
 Committee (all other matters arising before the first day of the tournament), 
the Tournament Director (any matters arising on the days on which the 
tournament is contested). As always, rulings concerning disputes may
be appealed to the Advisory Board, which will (time permitting) hear 
them at its next scheduled monthly meeting.


Please email sam@samtimer.com with your lexical preference if you'd like to represent USA.

Please email Tony.Leah@caw.ca with your lexical preference if you'd like to represent Canada.

The standings will be announced and updated by John Chew.