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|to advise the Executive Committee, act as an appellate body for the rulings of Working Committees, and to act as a general disciplinary body for association members
|to be responsible to the Board of Trustees for the management of association operations, and to supervise all other committees
|to offer informal advice to the Executive Committee based on its original role in guiding the formation of the association
The following committees conduct much of NASPA’s ongoing business, and report (in most cases weekly) to the NASPA executive.
|to manage matters pertaining solely to Canadian and not to American players
|to organize Scrabble championships in the United States and Canada
|to supervise official NASPA clubs and directors in the United States and Canada
|to provide a safe environment for members reporting cases of harassment within the association
|to maintain the tournament lexicon
|Forward Energy Committee
|examine NASPA opportunities for improvement, and make recommendations to the appropriate governing bodies in NASPA including the Executive Committee
|to address issues of inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility within our community
|to manage the association's relationship with organizations and events outside the United States and Canada
|to service association membership needs
|to evaluate and certify pairing algorithms for tournament use
|to prepare documents for publication as required by other committees
|Ratings and Recognition Committee
|to ensure that the association has the best possible rating system and to recognize our player achievements
|to formulate the club and tournament game rules
|Social Media Committee
|to facilitate NASPA communication via social media
|to evaluate and certify equipment used by players and directors
|to oversee officially sanctioned NASPA tournaments
|to provide for the association's IT needs
|to maintain Zyzzyva software
The following committees are currently inactive.
|Director Manual Committee
|to edit the Director Manual
|to draft the association's annual budget
|to record the history of competitive Scrabble activity in the United States and Canada
|to develop and implement marketing strategies for NASPA
|to be used internally for database software testing
In December 2008, Hasbro and the NSA invited a group of players to form the NSA Steering Committee (SC) and to brainstorm ideas for divesting the responsibility for organized SCRABBLE play from the NSA while keeping it going under some user-paid system. There was unanimity to implement a membership fee/participation fee structure.
In January and February 2009, the SC corresponded frequently online and came up with the basic plan for what would become NASPA. As several deadlines approached, the focus of the SC shifted from planning to implementation. Members volunteered for working subcommittees corresponding to their areas of interest and expertise, reporting to SC cochairs Chris Cree and John Chew. In March, as the new organization was legally incorporated this structure was formalized, with the SC working subcommittees becoming NASPA working committees, and the SC cochairs becoming NASPA copresidents (collectively called the NASPA executive and making up two-thirds of the Executive Committee). The NSA Steering Committee continues to exist as a trusted group of advisors to the NASPA executive, and will continue to be consulted concerning the future of the association.
In July 2019, the EC: