We are very excited to have 483 NSC registrants at this writing, and plans are shaping up nicely for an exciting tournament.
I'm also pleased to announce another donor to NASPA--Sam Kantimathi. Sam is donating the following: one set of NASPA SmoothTiles®, choice of special NASPA NSC colors, while each lasts, to every NSC participant; 15 round and 5 apple-shaped SamBoards® for prizes, 3 of which will be available at the top three tables in each division for players who would like to use them, and 5 classic SamTimers® for prizes, 3 of which will be available at the top three tables in Division 1 for players who would like to use them.
In addition, Sam will be selling NASPA SmoothTiles® tiles in his vendor area and is donating 50% of the gross sales of these tiles to NASPA. SamTimer®, SamBoard® and SmoothTiles® have been named the official clock, board and tiles of NSC09.
July 1, 2009
We are just over 4 weeks away from our annual national convention which we call the National SCRABBLE Championship.
With about two weeks before registration ends the emails are really starting to fly from all over the globe; Thailand, Malaysia, England, Israel and points in between and beyond. All are preparing for the severest test, yet the most exhilarating of all events, the National Championship.
Nigel Richards, from Malaysia, will be back to defend his crown. 2008-09 Player of the Year, Dave Wiegand, will be looking for another crown. Panupol Sujjayakorn, finalist of a few years ago, will be back to contend along with Amnuay Ploysangngam’s contingent of excellent Thai players. There are contenders at every level.
The quality of play continues to increase exponentially across the entire spectrum of players. I am no longer amazed by walking past Division 5 boards and seeing words such as PEMBINA and CABILDO – rarely seen at any board 25 years ago. Everyone’s vocabulary is just superb.
We have adopted unlimited play-ups this year and many players, who otherwise would not have the chance, are eager to prove their mettle.
Hasbro has committed to a $15,000 sponsorship. Merriam-Webster will be providing tote bags. We are currently negotiating to bring WorldWinnersCube in to set up an after-hours event with an undetermined amount of prize money during the course of the event. Players are donating their wares. Vendors will be vending their SCRABBLE-related gear including Wordgear from the NSA. Williams & Co. (remember those guys?) will be providing public relations support, along with Hasbro’s PR department. Other players have events scheduled for evening entertainment. Has anyone scheduled an open mike talent show yet? We ought to have one. All of the committees will have the opportunity for face-to-face discourse to address their respective issues. There will be a Town Hall open to all players to attend.
There are plenty of other activities and points of interest as well. Take some time and look over the rest of our 2009 NSC link on this website.
Please join us this August 1-5, 2009 at the Dayton Convention Center as we celebrate our game and crown this year’s National Champion.
March 21, 2009
Welcome to the 2009 National SCRABBLE Championship! The Dayton Convention Center will once again house the event. Those who were there in 2007 know just how much space we had. There is all sorts of room for play, after hours play, posting of pairings and results, vending and other after hours activities.
This year’s event is unique. The event was originally signed and contracted to be the second Players Championship. Then, as many of you know, things started happening last December as far as organized tournament SCRABBLE, Hasbro and the NSA were concerned.
At that time, 17 players and 4 members of the NSA staff, including John and Jane Williams, were asked by Hasbro to attend a meeting at Hasbro –Games headquarters in Massachusetts. At that meeting, we received the not unexpected, though still shocking news that Hasbro was no longer going to fund the tournament scene and instead focus their support to the NSA on School SCRABBLE and casual player outreach beginning January 1, 2010.
To Hasbro’s considerable credit, they could have merely told the NSA to tell us they were finished and that would have been that. They offered a full 13 months of transition time. We felt it wise to not have over a full year of transition issues and get NASPA going as quickly as possible. July 1, 2009 will be the turnover date.
In between now and June 30, membership in either the NSA or NASPA will suffice to participate in a sanctioned tournament. Beginning July 1, one must be a NASPA member to participate in a sanctioned tournament.
Among the issues addressed at this meeting was the issue of the National SCRABBLE Championship. It had for many years been a biannual event. With an ESPN television contract in the early ‘00’s, the event went annual. In 2006, Hasbro announced the reversion to a biannual event. This brought forth the idea of the Players Championship to complement the Nationals every other year to still give us our annual convention-type event.
With the announcement of separation, we were told that we would be organizing our own National Championship. May we go back to an annual event? Yes. May we call the Players Championship already scheduled for 2009 the National SCRABBLE Championship? Yes. So, here we are.
This event is different from any NSC in the past. It will not have official NSA support, though Hasbro has promised a reduced sponsorship. This year’s NSC will be similar to the PC in 2007 - player organized and funded.
In 2007, we received approximately $8,500 in cash plus various articles for awards in player donations and $10,000 in Hasbro sponsorship. We are hopeful of similar or greater sponsorship from Hasbro and still very much need your donations to help make this a grand event befitting of the NSC moniker. In addition, we need volunteers for staff and equipment provision. Please contact the 2009 NSC’s Director, Mary Rhoades, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your offer of financial assistance, gift or personal service.
Onward and upward,
A fundraiser for NASPA by Gene Tyszka and Bob Schoenman is now underway. This is in the form of raffles of a beautiful limited edition board, signed and numbered, a fold-up custom board, and six sets of Protiles. Only four of the limited edition board have been or ever will be made. You may buy tickets to the raffle at the NSC. Check the details here. All monies raised in these raffles will be donated to NASPA.
The Rose Award
Bob Schoenman's Protiles would like to honor Rose Kreiswirth's memory. Rose was an expert
Scrabble® player for over 30 years and cherished the game for its
educational values. An accomplished player, Rose was as well known for her
sense of fairness and her congeniality as she was for her competitiveness.
The Rose Award will be awarded each year at the National SCRABBLE
Championship to a female player who, in the opinion of the judges, best
exemplifies the fierce competitiveness and compassion that we remember Rose
for. Thank you, Bob and Andi Schoenman!
Dayton has a metropolitan population of almost one million
and is located in southwestern Ohio. It is a center for industrial, aerospace and
engineering research, and home to major multinational
The last major SCRABBLE tournament to be held in Dayton
was the 2007 Players Championship, contested by 450 players
from around the world.
The nearest international airports to the Convention Center are:
Willie Pitzer, as she did in Dayton two years ago, has relentlessly researched activities and attractions in Dayton for our players and visitors. Check this Things to Do in Dayton link for her and other suggestions, which are very informative. If you have more questions about any of Willie's postings, please contact her at email@example.com
Friday, July 31
10:00 A.M.–10:00 P.M.
Check in at registration desks in Convention Center Lobby
4:00 P.M.–5:00 P.M.
Committee Meeting for Division Leaders, Assistants and Auxiliary Staff, location TBA
7:00 P.M.–9:00 P.M.
Staff Dinner, hosted by Chris Cree, Stars Restaurant, Top Floor, Crowne Plaza
Aramark, who holds the concessions at the convention center, has firmed up their menu for us. Their meals are a modest $7.00 per person and begin on Saturday. There is also a coffee shop you can check out.
Tossed salad with assorted vegetables, Baked ziti, Italian green beans, Breadstick, Brownie, Iced tea & water
Salad bar with assorted toppings to include grilled chicken strips, cucumbers, tomatoes, shredded carrots and red onions with a choice of dressing, Seasonal fruit salad, yogurt parfait with granola, Iced tea and water
Cole slaw, Pulled Pork, BBQ baked beans, Sweet potato souffle, Mousse in assorted flavors, Iced tea & water
We're told there will be vegetarian options.
There will be no lunch offered on Wednesday.
We are grateful to Hasbro for increasing their contribution to this second
major championship in Dayton, and to our many private donors this year.
Overall donations, which amounted to the equivalent of four divisions'
prize funds in 2007, are down significantly this year, and pay for only two.
We are nonetheless happy to be able to offer a Division 5 prize fund
that is between 2007 and 2008 values on a per player basis,
prize funds for Divisions 2, 3 and 4 which are between 2007 and 2008
gross values and awarding the 2009 National Scrabble Champion the top prize of $10,000.
In addition, all division winners will receive personalized commemorative boards designed by Kelly Smith.
Inquiries concerning the allocation of the prize fund should be directed
to this year’s budget committee, consisting of John Chew and
Mary Rhoades, preferably after the conclusion of the Championship.
We have room blocks reserved at three nearby hotels.
If you stay at one, you will be helping to support the
NSC by contributing to our guest night quotas.
If you do not, you will have to pay a facility fee instead,
since our convention center playing room fee is based on
our guest night quotas at all three hotels.
Located at 33 East Fifth Street, Dayton OH 45402, across the street from the Dayton Convention Center, the Crowne Plaza also has a covered elevated walkway to the Center.
Hotel block dates will be available December 19–July 13, 2009
NSC09 room nights: July 31–August 4
NSC Group Code and Room Rate: The group code is CMC.
$99+tax for 1 or 2 people, king bed or 2 queen beds.
To make your reservations by phone for the July 31 & August 1–4 nights,
please call 1-800-381-9553 and ask for the special rate
for the 2009 NSC (group code: CMC).
For those who wish to arrive early and/or stay late, please call the hotel direct
at 937-224-0800 and mention our code: CMC.
Free parking in the Crowne Plaza/convention center parking garage
for tournament players/committee staying at that hotel.
Free Crowne Plaza airport shuttle for hotel guests
from 7 A.M. to 10:30 P.M.
Call the hotel to schedule your shuttle.
Greyhound bus station only a few steps away from convention center & hotel.
Located at 11 South Ludlow St., Dayton, OH 45402, the Doubletree is just
four blocks from the Dayton Convention Center.
NSA Group Code and Room Rate: The group code is SPC.
The room rate is $94+tax. Indoor valet parking is $5.
There is a complimentary airport shuttle for hotel guests.
For reservations, phone
800-222-TREE (800-222-8733) or
book online; use the group code “SPC”.
Located at 1414 S. Patterson Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio 45409,
the Marriott is about a mile from the Dayton Convention Center
but offers a shuttle service for the event days
for $20/person if you buy a pass.
The room rate is $112+tax for 1–4 people. Complimentary on-site parking.
There is no airport shuttle.
For reservations, call 800-450-8625 or
book online; use the
group code “scbscba”.
If you need a roommate and would like a listing here, please contact Mary Rhoades and specify your requirements: male, female or either, smoking or nonsmoking, etc. She will put a listing in this section. If you already have a room, please tell what nights your room is reserved. You can list your email address or phone number. Several people successfully found roommates for the PC this way.
Restaurants near the Dayton Convention Center
Stars Restaurant & Lounge, Top floor, Crowne Plaza
Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 West 5th Street, .05 mi
Subway, 45 S Main St # A, .13 mi
Lucky Dragon, 20 S Main St .14 mi
Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers, 33 South Jefferson St. .16 mi
Smokin BBQ, 200 East 5th Street .17 mi
Greek Deli, 12 East 3rd Street .18 mi
Take a Break, 26 South Main Street .18 mi
Super Subby, 1 South Main Street .19 mi
Swishers Too Cafe, 110 North Main Street .32 mi
Arby’s 160 South Patterson Blvd. .21 mi
Jay’s Seafood Restaurant, 225 East 6th Street .21 mi
Polo Grille, 11 S Ludlow St .22 mi mi
Mandarin Kitchen, 6 S Ludlow St .22 mi
Roly Poly Sandwiches, 33 N Main St .23 mi
McDonald’s, 410 South Main Street .23 mi
Quizno’s Subs, 38 North Main Street .23 mi
Chantilles, 40 N Main St .24 mi
My Favorite Muffin, 40 N Main St # 3 .24 mi
Chick-Fil-A, 10 W 2nd St .3 mi
Cafe Boulevard, 329 East 5th Street .3 mi
Oregon Express, 336 East 5th Street .3 mi
Pacchia, 410 East 5th Street .3 mi
Thai 9, 11 Brown Street .3 mi
5th Street Wine & Deli, 416 East 5th Street .3 mi
Blind Bob’s Tavern, 430 East 5th Street .3 mi
Citilites Restaurant, 109 North Main Street .32 mi
Gallery Grille, 110 North Main Street .32 mi
Uno Chicago Grill, 126 N Main St .35 mi
The Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave .5 mi
Kosher Restaurants in Dayton
Mary says "I cannot vouch for these, but they are listed as kosher."
Bernstein's Fine Catering & Uptown Deli Mart, 8331 N. Main St.,(937) 898-2761
Bernstein's Fine Catering regularly provides kosher catering to kosher facilities that have a mashgiach. Specializing in all life-cycle events. Uptown Deli Mart Comprehensive kosher grocery store. Frozen glatt kosher meats, fresh poultry, fresh cheeses, Middle Eastern salads, and frozen gourmet cakes from New York. Special order requests welcome.
Rinaldo's Bake Shoppe, 910 W. Fairview Ave., (937) 274-1311
Kosher/pareve under the supervision of Rabbi Hillel Fox and Rabbi Samuel Fox of Beth Jacob Congregation.
Who can register?
If you live in the United States or Canada, you must have an
NSA tournament rating as of when you register.
You can get a rating by playing in any sanctioned tournament
listed in the calendar.
If you live outside of the United States and Canada, you must have
at least one of the following as of when you register:
an NSA tournament rating, the equivalent rating in your country,
or an international WESPA rating.
When is the deadline for registering?
Registration ends July 15. Registrations will only be accepted after that date in order to make division even and will incur a $75 surcharge. There will be no refunds after July 15.
A Minor Release and Consent form can be downloaded for players who have not reached the legal age of majority. It can be mailed with your registration or alone if you have paid online to Chris Cree. Alternatively, it can be signed by the accompanying parent or guardian at the NSC in Dayton.
By registering for the 2009 NSC, you agree to abide by the NASPA Tournament Rules and Code of Conduct.
In particular, some games at this tournament, probably the highest Division 1 board without a Gibsonized player,
will be annotated live.
If you refuse to play a designated game with annotation,
you will forfeit it, and may at the director’s discretion
be assigned a spread penalty of -200 points.
Before you register, please read our
player bulletin, and check
it again for last-minute updates before you travel to the event.
This year's Championship has five divisions, split at ratings of
1700, 1500, 1300 and 1000. Entry fees are $150 for all divisions.
For the first time, unlimited play up will be permitted: anyone
can play in Division 1, but for example only players rated below
1000 can play in Division 5. As in past years, a peak rating system
will be used to calculate the qualifying rating (QR) that determines the
lowest division in which you can play.
If however your current rating at time of registration would place you in a
lower division than your QR, then you may register in
either your QR division or the next lower division.
Ratings earned at any segment of a split-rated tournament count
toward the QR.
The qualification period runs from the beginning of August 2008
(immediately after the 2008 NSC) and ends on July 7th, 2009 (after
the results from the past weekend are tabulated).
A link to a list of each player’s QR will be posted here shortly.
You may change your division after you
register, as long as you do so before July 15th; to do so, contact
If your QR rises above the limit for your division, you will automatically
be moved to the lowest division for which you qualify.
If you are ready to register now, you can do so in one of three ways:
No manual processing fee will be charged. Please include any surcharges in your payment.
To play in the first round on Saturday morning, you must check in between
10:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M. on Friday at the NSC check-in desks in the convention
You may ask a friend to check in for you by proxy, if you cannot check in in person.
If you check in by proxy but do not show up to play, then neither you nor your proxy
will be permitted to check in by proxy at future events.
If you do not check in before the desks close at 10:00 P.M., you may join
the championship in progress as soon as it is convenient for the pairings
staff to add you back in; this may not take place before Sunday morning.
No refunds will be issued to latecomers.
When you check in, you will be given an announcement sheet.
This is to reduce the number of announcements that have to be
made on Saturday morning, so that the event can get underway
quickly. You are responsible for reading the announcements
In an emergency, if you are delayed en route to check in or for any session, call Mary Rhoades at 817-718-3115.
We need three kinds of volunteer help from the player community:
division assistants to work with the division leaders, “runners”
to perform general errands, and the loan of laptops
to run word judge software. Please contact Mary Rhoades
if you can help in any capacity.
The division assistants will work closely with division leaders
collecting result slips and delivering them to the data
operators, keeping the division tidy, and any helping with
any other needs the division leaders have.
The following committed so far to work as division assistants:
The other volunteer/interns we call “runners” do the following sorts
Tidying after play
If you live in the Dayton area, or will be travelling with a friend or family
member to the NSC, please consider donating one or more days of your time to
working behind the scenes to make the event a success.
The following committed so far to work as runners:
Division 1 Tidy-person
Division 2 Tidy-person
Division 3 Tidy-person
Division 4 Tidy-people
Division 5 Tidy-person
We need 12 people to volunteer to bring laptops for word judging.
The laptops should be set up and left running in the playing room
from 8:15 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. each day. They should run the latest
version of Zyzzyva using the OWL2+LL word list, and the screen saver
should be disabled during playing sessions.
The following people have volunteered to provide their laptops to the NSC:
Please contact Chris Cree if you are interested in sponsoring
the NSC, with donations of merchandise or cash.
Sam Kantimathi, manufacturer of digital timer, boards, tiles, etc.
20 boards, 5 standard SamTimers, and a set of NSC tiles for every player, as well as a percentage of gross revenue from the sale of NSC tiles.
GSN Digital/WorldWinner Online Games
Details to be announced
Gene Tyszka, manufacturer of digital timers, boards and tile racks
Limited edition Zircote deluxe SCRABBLE board (signed and numbered-only 4 ever made), including board cover, two matching stained racks with pouch, and a tile bag, to be given in raffle with raffle proceeds donated to the NASPA organization as seed money.
Six sets of double-injected Protiles
National SCRABBLE Association
Printing of NSC09 paperwork
Quilted board cover
Tile bags for players who come in last in each division
CD of his WORD NERD book as prizes for Divisions 2, 3, 4 and 5 for the best EARTH word
Two LETTERATI books
3 WORDBOOKS as prizes for the 3 highest words with N-S-C in them
10 laminated CHEATSHEETS for the lowest 10 finishers in Division 5
If you have a product to sell to SCRABBLE players, this is the place
to do it. The 500+ most avid fans of the game will be in one place
with money ready to spend at your table. To find out more about
becoming an NSC vendor, please contact Mary Rhoades.
The following vendors have signed and returned the
with any monies owed, if applicable, listed in the order the vendor
agreements were received.
Sam Kantimathi, manufacturer of digital timers, boards, tiles and tile racks
Gene Tyszka, manufacturer of digital timers, boards and tile racks