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2020 North American SCRABBLE Championship

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2020 North American SCRABBLE Championship Canceled

With the coronavirus pandemic still affecting the daily lives of so many of us, the Championship Committee has concluded it would be both unwise and irresponsible to move forward with this summer’s event. We are, therefore, canceling the 2020 North American SCRABBLE Championship (NASC).

Unable to definitively look 90 days into the future, we must use the data we have available and the most compelling is this: the State of Maryland today still forbids an event of our size from taking place. Furthermore, the City of Baltimore is prohibiting all gatherings of over 250 people through August 31st. Absent those restrictions, NASC would almost certainly become a “super-spreader” event where just a single asymptomatic attendee could infect hundreds of others. Upon leaving the event, those members could easily infect others on their way home and those in their home. Our signature event is important, but not more important than your safety.

Those of you who have registered have the option to be issued a refund or to roll your registration over to next year’s event, which we do plan to hold in Baltimore.

While we did set an attendance cap for this year, it is conceivable that next year’s cap will be more restrictive due to social distancing, and as a result, we may need to increase fees. Should you choose to roll over your registration, not only will you be guaranteed a seat at the 2021 NASC, you will also not be subject to any fee increase. In addition, you will be gifted with a set of tiles at the registration desk.

You are responsible for canceling your hotel and travel reservations.

While we are disappointed about the cancellation, we look forward to seeing all of you, safely, in years to come.

Thanks, Art Moore NASC Director

May 28, 2020

Cancel Registration

You have the option to be issued a refund or to roll your registration over to next year’s event, which we do plan to hold in Baltimore.

Click the Cancel button. You will then be prompted to enter your NASPA ID (or name), the amount you paid, and your choice: Refund or Defer to NASC 2021.

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  • The deadline for requesting a refund is June 30, 2020.
  • Refunds will be issued to the credit card with which you paid for the registration or via check if you paid by check.
  • Credit card refunds can sometimes take up to several days for banks to process.
  • If you defer your registration to 2021 and then decide that you want a refund, you can do so until June 30, 2020, without incurring a cancellation penalty. You also have the option to transfer the registration to another player or to defer another year if you cannot attend in 2021.
  • If you take no action, your registration will be rolled over to NASC 2021. We prefer, however, for you to fill out the form and declare your preference.
  • You can click here to see if you have not yet canceled your registration.


If you encounter issues, you can contact the Championship Committee at nsc@scrabbleplayers.org.

Hotel Information

The official event hotels were:

The Radisson Baltimore - Inner Harbor
101 Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Radisson Website
1-410-752-1100 (Hotel) / 1-800-333-3333 (Central Reservations)


The Crowne Plaza Baltimore - Inner Harbor
105 Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Crowne Plaza Website
1-410-347-5707 (Hotel) / 1-877-227-6963 (Central Reservations)