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See also:
* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/ NASPA home]: contains the most recent tweets.
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* [[IContact]]: an online archive of NASPA News (originally called Tournament Talk), a weekly newsletter, and other emails sent to the membership.
* [[NASPA Bulletin]]: an online archive of NASPA Bulletins.
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* [[NASPA Bulletin]]: an online archive of NASPA Bulletins (not currently in publication).
* [[Club news]]
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* [[Club news]]: news about activities at our sanctioned clubs
* [[Member news]]
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* [[Member news]]: news about our members outside of their Scrabble lives
 
* [[SCRABBLE in the news]] : Links to articles about SCRABBLE players, clubs, and tournaments.
 
* [[SCRABBLE in the news]] : Links to articles about SCRABBLE players, clubs, and tournaments.
 
* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/tourneys/calendar.html Tournament calendar]: upcoming tournaments
 
* [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/tourneys/calendar.html Tournament calendar]: upcoming tournaments
* [[Tournament results]]
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* [[Tournament results]]: past tournaments
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* ... and our home page, which will always list the top stories.
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== Current news ==
 
== Current news ==
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=== November 27, 2020 NASPA Zyzzyva 3.2.4 Available ===
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[[NASPA_Zyzzyva:_The_Last_Word_in_Word_Study | NASPA Zyzzyva 3.2.4]] is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. It includes [[NWL2020]] and [[NSWL2020]].
  
=== January 21, 2010: Bryan Pepper joins Advisory Board ===
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=== October 15, 2020 NASPA Word List 2020 Effective Date ===
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The NASPA [[Advisory Board]] decided that the NASPA Word List 2020 Edition ([[NWL2020]]) and the NASPA School Word List 2020 Edition ([[NSWL2020]])will take effect at sanctioned clubs and tournaments on January 6, 2021.
  
NASPA is pleased to announce the addition of [[Bryan Pepper]] to the [[Advisory Board]] effective January 1. Bryan is a longtime player and director, including many years as a divisional director at [[Nationals]]. Bryan was appointed by [[Mary Rhoades]], whose tenure just ended. Outgoing Advisory Board members are given the opportunity to appoint a replacement, a policy that NASPA adopted from the NSA.
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=== August 30, 2020 Austin Shin Wins Tournament of Champions ===
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Congratulations to [[Austin Shin]], winner of the [[NASPA Tournament of Champions]] presented by Scrabble® GO.
  
We are grateful to Mary for her five years of service on the Advisory Board, as well as her continued service on many other important NASPA committees, and we look forward to Bryan's contributions to the Advisory Board.  
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=== August 6, 2020 NASPA Tournament of Champions ===
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The [[NASPA Tournament of Champions]] presented by Scrabble® GO will be held August 24 to 30, 2020, as a virtual online tournament.
  
=== January 6, 2010: Rules Revision Announced ===
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=== July 31, 2020 Recent Committee Changes ===
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* [[Tournament Committee]] - [[Heather McCall]] became chair, and [[Margo Kuno]] joined. [[Mad Palazzo]] resigned from this committee as well as the [[Rules Committee]] and [[Membership Committee]]. NASPA thanks Mad for her many years of service.
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* [[Dictionary Committee]] - [[Linda Iannetti]] replaced [[Timothy Bottorff]].
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* [[International Committee]] - [[ Mina Le]] replaced [[Puneet Sharma]] as cochair.
  
New rules changes go into effect February 2, 2010.  The updated [[Official Tournament Rules]] (along with a summary of the changes) are available now.
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=== July 27, 2020 NASPA [[IDEA Committee]] Initial Meeting ===
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The NASPA IDEA Committee met for the first time. This committee has been formed to address issues of inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility within our community.  
  
=== January 4, 2010: 2500 members ===
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=== July 8, 2020 NASPA CEO Statement on Slurs in NASPA Word List ===
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NASPA CEO [[John Chew]] issues a [[Community Values | statement]] on removing slurs from the [[NASPA Word List]].
  
The number of paid NASPA members in the [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/members.pl membership database] surpassed 2500 today.  Directors can download a [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/list-members.pl listing] of all valid members.
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=== July 2, 2020 [[2020 Advisory Board Elections]] - Results available ===
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Results for the [[2020 Advisory Board Elections]] are available.
  
== December 2009 ==
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=== June 25, 2020 NASPA released updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) information ===
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NASPA released updated[[COVID-19 | Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines for members and directors]].
  
=== December 14, 2009: Allen Pengelly joins Rules Committee ===
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=== June 20, 2020 NASPA CEO Statement on Community Values ===
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NASPA CEO [[John Chew]] issues a [[Community Values | statement]] on important community values and discusses the issue of removing slurs from the [[NASPA Word List]].
  
[[Rules Committee]] announced that it had named [[Allen Pengelly]] as a new member. He replaced [[Robin Pollock Daniel]] who was named an official spokesperson for NASPA [[Executive Committee]].
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=== June 1, 2020 [[2020 Advisory Board Elections]] - Voting open ===
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Voting for the 2 contested seats - US Midwest and US Northeast - runs from June 1st through June 30th. [[Heidi Robertson]] wins the Canada district by acclamation. [[John Ortman]] wins the US West district by acclamation.
  
=== December 13, 2009: new Bulletin released ===
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=== May 28, 2020 2020 NASC Canceled ===
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The [[2020 North American SCRABBLE Championship]] has been been canceled because of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
  
The fourth [[NASPA Bulletin]] has been released to members and is available [http://scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/bulletin.pl here] (the public release follows after one week).
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=== May 14, 2020 [[NWL2018]] is now available in SCRABBLE GO ===
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The [[NWL2018 | NASPA Word List 2018 (NWL2018)]] is now available in [https://www.facebook.com/ScrabbleGO SCRABBLE GO], the new SCRABBLE mobile game.  
  
=== December 12, 2009: Dallas Johnson named Tournament Committee cochair ===
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=== April 30, 2020 [[2020 Advisory Board Elections]] - Nominations  are open ===
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Elections for NASPA's Advisory Board (AB) are approaching. This year four elective seats need to be filled:
  
[[Dallas Johnson]] has accepted the position of Cochair of the NASPA [[Tournament Committee]]. This position is shared with [[Andy Saunders]], who offered Dallas the position.
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* Canada
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* US Midwest
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* US Northeast
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* US West
  
== November 2009 ==
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Nominations are open from May 1 through May 31, 2020. To nominate yourself or someone else, contact NASPA at [mailto:info@scrabbleplayers.org info@scrabbleplayers.org].
  
=== November 29, 2009: Pakorn Nemitrmansuk wins World Championship ===
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=== March 18, 2020 NASPA suspended club and tournament activity because of COVID-19 ===
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[http://www.icontact-archive.com/archive?c=1384631&f=6038&s=14937&m=286005&t=42bfeecf990f5ae04e8a9ea793c9a29e79393ee2e6b4b72ecef1a231ef1a0fa9 NASPA has suspended all club and tournament activity because of the COVID-19 pandemic.]
  
Pakorn Nemitrmansuk of Thailand has won the [[2009 World SCRABBLE Championship]] by defeating [[Nigel Richards]] in the finals.
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=== March 10, 2020 NASPA released Coronavirus (COVID-19) information ===
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NASPA released[[COVID-19 | Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for members and directors]].
  
=== November 28, 2009: updated Director's Manual ===
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=== January 30, 2020 Registration is open for the 2020 NASC in Baltimore (MD) from August 1 to 5, 2020 ===
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Registration is now open for the 2020 North American SCRABBLE Championship. [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/w/2020_North_American_SCRABBLE_Championship Click here to find out more.]
  
An update to the [[Directors Manual|Director’s Manual]] has been posted.  Most of the changes deal with the transition from NSA to NASPA.
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== Archived news ==
 
 
=== November 16, 2009: new Club News page ===
 
 
 
New [[Club news]] page has been created.  If a player does something newsworthy at club, please
 
follow the instructions on the [[Club news]] page to submit it for posting.
 
 
 
=== November 13, 2009: Bulletin V.1, No.3 public release ===
 
 
 
The most recent issue of the [[NASPA Bulletin]] is now available for public download.
 
 
 
=== November 9, 2009: Clarified tournament separation guidelines ===
 
 
 
Clarified the time and distance separation guidelines for sanctioning multi-day and one-day [[tournaments]].
 
 
 
=== November 3, 2009: password requests are more secure ===
 
 
 
We have been getting one or two complaints a month from
 
members whose passwords are getting reset by other people
 
mistyping their NASPA IDs and clicking on the button to
 
reset and resend a random password.  We have just made the
 
process a little more secure by requiring the person to enter
 
your current email address when asking for the password.
 
 
 
=== November 3, 2009: Bulletin Volume 1, Number 3 released ===
 
 
 
The new
 
[http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/bulletin.pl issue of the bulletin] has begun its one-week members-only preview.
 
 
 
=== November 3, 2009: Membership Card, online payment ===
 
 
 
Effective immediately, current members can print
 
their own
 
[http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/mcard.pl membership card],
 
and new members can apply for and pay for
 
[http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/join.pl membership online].
 
 
 
=== November 1, 2009: submit profile photos online ===
 
 
 
Effective immediately, players can
 
[http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/addphoto.pl submit  profile photos] through
 
[http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/services.pl Member services].
 
Profile photos are used in
 
[http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/tourneys/2009/lxt/ tournament results],
 
by some [[tsh|tournament software]]
 
and of course in
 
[http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/player.pl member profiles].
 
 
 
=== November 1, 2009: Noncontiguous rating data accepted ===
 
 
 
We now accept noncontiguous
 
[[submitting tournament results|rating data submissions]],
 
that is, ones in which the players are not listed
 
by division.
 
 
 
== October 2009 ==
 
 
 
=== October 27, 2009: New policies ===
 
 
 
[[Steering Committee]] has unanimously approved two [[NASPA policies]] concerning endorsements and donations.
 
 
 
=== October 18, 2009: Member list available for directors ===
 
 
 
A new [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/list-members.pl member list application] allows [[directors]] (only) to get a list of all current NASPA members in a concise format, sorted alphabetically.
 
 
 
=== October 11, 2009: Spokespersons named ===
 
 
 
NASPA’s [[Executive Committee]] has named
 
[[Robin Pollock Daniel]] and [[Matthew Hodge]]
 
as official spokespersons.
 
 
 
=== October 8, 2009: NASPA joins WESPA ===
 
 
 
As of today, NASPA is a Class 1 member of the
 
World English-language Scrabble Players Association
 
(WESPA). For more information, see the
 
[[NASPA Joins WESPA|full text of the announcement.]]
 
 
 
== September 2009 ==
 
 
 
=== September 25, 2009: York, PA rated ===
 
 
 
The tournament held in York, PA on 2009-09-12 has finally
 
been rated.  Since all ratings are now processed in
 
chronological order (to be precise, in order of
 
tournament start times), some subsequently re-rated
 
events may have different ratings.  Directors are
 
asked to submit rating data as quickly as possible
 
to minimize the amount of re-rating that takes place.
 
 
 
=== September 24, 2009: NSC 2010 Hotel Reservations Link posted ===
 
 
 
We have added a link from our
 
[[2010 National SCRABBLE Championship]] page to the Intercontinental Hotel’
 
group reservations page for players who wish to book rooms
 
at our group rate.
 
 
 
=== September 22, 2009: Newsletter Committee dissolved ===
 
 
 
NASPA has dissolved its Newsletter Committee, after having been unable to come to agreement concerning responsibilities.
 
 
 
=== September 21, 2009: 2000 members ===
 
 
 
The number of NASPA members in the  [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/members.pl membership database] surpassed 2000 today.
 
 
 
=== September 14, 2009: rules clarified ===
 
 
 
[[Rules Committee]] has issued a clarification regarding a rule in [[Official Tournament Rules]], describing what is a “reporting error” that could be corrected after result slip submission.
 
 
 
=== September 5, 2009: Manchester, CT rated ===
 
 
 
The [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/tourneys/2009/lxt/08/021.shtml August 22 tournament] directed by David B. Carlson in Manchester, CT has been rated, and has caused at least one subsequent tournament to be re-rated. We apologize for the delay in posting these results and the inconvenience of the re-rating process.
 
 
 
=== September 1, 2009: Membership Committee addition ===
 
 
 
[[John Robertson]] has joined the [[Membership Committee]] to help facilitate Canadian dollar transactions.
 
 
 
== August 2009 ==
 
 
 
=== August 23, 2009: New committee established ===
 
 
 
A new committee, [[Governance Committee]], has been established.
 
 
 
=== August 22, 2009: NASPA Newsletter, issue 2 ===
 
 
 
[[Newsletter Committee]] has published the second issue of ''NASPA Tournament SCRABBLE  Newsletter''. 
 
 
 
=== August 20, 2009: WSC team substitution ===
 
 
 
[[John Luebkemann]] has withdrawn from the US team for the [[2009 World SCRABBLE Championship]] and has been replaced by Brian Bowman.
 
 
 
=== August 7, 2009: 2010 NSC dates ===
 
 
 
The [[2010 National SCRABBLE Championship]] in Dallas will take place on August 7–11, 2010.
 
 
 
=== August 5, 2009: Dave Wiegand wins National SCRABBLE Championship ===
 
 
 
[[Dave Wiegand]] from Portland, OR wins the [[2009 National SCRABBLE Championship]] in Dayton, OH and receives the $10,000 prize.  The runner-up is the last year’s champion and the reigning [[WSC|world champion]] [[Nigel Richards]] from Malaysia.  Dave defeated Nigel in the last two rounds today to win the tournament by a narrow margin; both players won 25 games but Dave accumulated a higher point spread (+1728 vs. +1593).  This is the second championship for Dave; he also won the title in 2005.
 
 
 
Joel Wapnick from Montreal, QC placed third in the first division with 22 wins.  Divisions two through five were won by Thomas Reinke from Middleton, WI, Dave Leonard from Buffalo, NY, Max Karten from Barrington, RI and Doug Szymkowiak from North Ridgeville, OH.
 
 
 
Final standings:
 
* [http://scrabble-assoc.com/tourneys/2009/nsc/build/standing/1/31.html Division 1].
 
* [http://scrabble-assoc.com/tourneys/2009/nsc/build/standing/2/31.html Division 2].
 
* [http://scrabble-assoc.com/tourneys/2009/nsc/build/standing/3/31.html Division 3].
 
* [http://scrabble-assoc.com/tourneys/2009/nsc/build/standing/4/31.html Division 4].
 
* [http://scrabble-assoc.com/tourneys/2009/nsc/build/standing/5/31.html Division 5].
 
 
 
=== August 3, 2009: next NSC in Dallas ===
 
 
 
The location of the next two (2010 and 2011) National SCRABBLE Championships has been announced: [http://www.intercontinental.com/dallas Hotel InterContinental Dallas].
 
 
 
== July 2009 ==
 
 
 
=== July 31, 2009: National SCRABBLE Championship ===
 
 
 
The [[2009_National_SCRABBLE_Championship|event]] registration took place today in Dayton, OH, Convention Center.  Games start tomorrow morning.  Stay tuned for near-realtime [http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/nsc online coverage].
 
 
 
=== July 21, 2009: the first NASPA Newsletter ===
 
 
 
The first issue of ''NASPA Tournament SCRABBLE Newsletter'' is ready
 
and available online,
 
thanks to the efforts of [[Newsletter Committee]] and
 
approximately 50 other volunteers.
 
 
 
=== July 10, 2009: tournament results and ratings online ===
 
 
 
The new
 
[http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/cgi-bin/submit-rdata.pl tournament data submission application]
 
is online.
 
 
 
We have a new [[tournament results]] page that has the official results
 
of the first NASPA-rated tourneys (Albany, Reno, Charleston, Laguna Woods)
 
as well as copies of NSA results for the first half of 2009.
 
 
 
The [[ratings]] page has been updated with a link to the current
 
official NASPA ratings and an archive of historical monthly NSA ratings.
 
 
 
=== July 1, 2009: official NSA-NASPA transition date ===
 
 
 
On July 1, the coordination of [[tournaments]] and [[clubs]] was officially transitioned from the [[NSA]] to NASPA.  All tournament participants are required to be NASPA [[members]].
 
 
 
== June 2009 ==
 
 
 
=== June 22, 2009: New committee established ===
 
 
 
A new committee, [[NASPA-WESPA Liaison Committee]], has been established to coordinate communication with [[WESPA]].
 
 
 
=== June 19, 2009: Rules revision announced ===
 
 
 
[[John Luebkemann]] (chair of the [[Rules Committee]]) announces some minor changes to the [[Tournament rules | Official Tournament Rules]] to become effective August 1, 2009.
 
 
 
=== June 18, 2009: Tournament types explained ===
 
 
 
New table on [[Tournaments]] page highlights the difference between Local Club Tournaments (LCT) and the more typical Open Rated Tournaments (ORT).
 
 
 
=== June 18, 2009: Trial memberships ===
 
 
 
Trial membership information for first-time tournament players added to the [[Tournaments]] page.
 
 
 
=== June 17, 2009: News page created ===
 
 
 
This page was created today (some earlier recent items are included for convenience).
 
 
 
=== June 15, 2009: PayPal unavailable ===
 
 
 
Payments to NASPA can no longer be made through PayPal, as PayPal has determined that Scrabble is a form of illegal gambling.
 
The manual payment fee for [[2009_National_SCRABBLE_Championship#Registration|NSC registration]] has been waived.
 
  
=== June 5, 2009: New committee established ===
 
 
A new committee, [[Directors Manual Committee|Director’s Manual Committee]], has been established to update the [[Directors Manual|Director’s Manual]].
 
 
=== June 5, 2009: Reno sanctioned ===
 
 
The Reno tournaments starting July 1, 2009 are going to be NASPA events.
 
 
=== June 3, 2009: New Bulletin available ===
 
 
The newest bulletin can be downloaded [http://scrabbleplayers.org/bulletin/200905.pdf here].
 
 
== Archived news ==
 
  
None at this time.
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* [[2012 Breaking news archive]]
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* [[2010 Breaking news archive]]
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* [[2009 Breaking news archive]]

Latest revision as of 22:38, 27 November 2020

This page contains current and recent breaking news about NASPA.

See also:

  • IContact: an online archive of NASPA News (originally called Tournament Talk), a weekly newsletter, and other emails sent to the membership.
  • NASPA Bulletin: an online archive of NASPA Bulletins (not currently in publication).
  • Club news: news about activities at our sanctioned clubs
  • Member news: news about our members outside of their Scrabble lives
  • SCRABBLE in the news : Links to articles about SCRABBLE players, clubs, and tournaments.
  • Tournament calendar: upcoming tournaments
  • Tournament results: past tournaments
  • ... and our home page, which will always list the top stories.


Current news

November 27, 2020 NASPA Zyzzyva 3.2.4 Available

NASPA Zyzzyva 3.2.4 is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. It includes NWL2020 and NSWL2020.

October 15, 2020 NASPA Word List 2020 Effective Date

The NASPA Advisory Board decided that the NASPA Word List 2020 Edition (NWL2020) and the NASPA School Word List 2020 Edition (NSWL2020)will take effect at sanctioned clubs and tournaments on January 6, 2021.

August 30, 2020 Austin Shin Wins Tournament of Champions

Congratulations to Austin Shin, winner of the NASPA Tournament of Champions presented by Scrabble® GO.

August 6, 2020 NASPA Tournament of Champions

The NASPA Tournament of Champions presented by Scrabble® GO will be held August 24 to 30, 2020, as a virtual online tournament.

July 31, 2020 Recent Committee Changes

July 27, 2020 NASPA IDEA Committee Initial Meeting

The NASPA IDEA Committee met for the first time. This committee has been formed to address issues of inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility within our community.

July 8, 2020 NASPA CEO Statement on Slurs in NASPA Word List

NASPA CEO John Chew issues a statement on removing slurs from the NASPA Word List.

July 2, 2020 2020 Advisory Board Elections - Results available

Results for the 2020 Advisory Board Elections are available.

June 25, 2020 NASPA released updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

NASPA released updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines for members and directors.

June 20, 2020 NASPA CEO Statement on Community Values

NASPA CEO John Chew issues a statement on important community values and discusses the issue of removing slurs from the NASPA Word List.

June 1, 2020 2020 Advisory Board Elections - Voting open

Voting for the 2 contested seats - US Midwest and US Northeast - runs from June 1st through June 30th. Heidi Robertson wins the Canada district by acclamation. John Ortman wins the US West district by acclamation.

May 28, 2020 2020 NASC Canceled

The 2020 North American SCRABBLE Championship has been been canceled because of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

May 14, 2020 NWL2018 is now available in SCRABBLE GO

The NASPA Word List 2018 (NWL2018) is now available in SCRABBLE GO, the new SCRABBLE mobile game.

April 30, 2020 2020 Advisory Board Elections - Nominations are open

Elections for NASPA's Advisory Board (AB) are approaching. This year four elective seats need to be filled:

  • Canada
  • US Midwest
  • US Northeast
  • US West

Nominations are open from May 1 through May 31, 2020. To nominate yourself or someone else, contact NASPA at info@scrabbleplayers.org.

March 18, 2020 NASPA suspended club and tournament activity because of COVID-19

NASPA has suspended all club and tournament activity because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 10, 2020 NASPA released Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

NASPA released Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for members and directors.

January 30, 2020 Registration is open for the 2020 NASC in Baltimore (MD) from August 1 to 5, 2020

Registration is now open for the 2020 North American SCRABBLE Championship. Click here to find out more.

Archived news