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The operations of [[NASPA]] are managed by a number of '''committees'''.
 
The operations of [[NASPA]] are managed by a number of '''committees'''.
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These are divided into Main and Working Committees, as explained below.
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Committees should follow NASPA’s
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[[Committee rules]].
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==Main Committees==
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{{#naspa:committee-list|main}}
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==Working Committees==
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The following committees conduct much of NASPA’s ongoing business, and report (in most cases weekly) to the NASPA executive.
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{{#naspa:committee-list|working}}
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== Inactive Committees==
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The following committees are currently inactive.
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{{#naspa:committee-list|inactive}}
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== Historical Background ==
  
 
In December 2008, Hasbro and the NSA invited a group of players to
 
In December 2008, Hasbro and the NSA invited a group of players to
form the NSA Steering Committee (SC), to brainstorm ideas for divesting the
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form the NSA [[Steering Committee]] (SC) and to brainstorm ideas for divesting the responsibility for organized SCRABBLE play from the NSA while keeping it
NSA of responsibility for organized SCRABBLE play while keeping it
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going under some user-paid system. There was unanimity to implement a membership fee/participation fee structure.
going under some user-paid system. In January and February, the SC
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In January and February 2009, the SC
 
corresponded frequently online and came up with the basic plan for what
 
corresponded frequently online and came up with the basic plan for what
 
would become NASPA. As several deadlines approached, the focus of
 
would become NASPA. As several deadlines approached, the focus of
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as the new organization was [[NAWGPA|legally incorporated]] this structure was
 
as the new organization was [[NAWGPA|legally incorporated]] this structure was
 
formalized, with the SC working subcommittees becoming NASPA working
 
formalized, with the SC working subcommittees becoming NASPA working
committees, and the SC cochairs becoming NASPA copresidents.
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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
 
The NSA Steering Committee continues to exist as a trusted group of advisors
 
to the NASPA executive, and will continue to be consulted concerning
 
to the NASPA executive, and will continue to be consulted concerning
 
the future of the association.
 
the future of the association.
  
==Main committees==
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In July 2019, the EC:
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* abolished the office of copresident
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* created four new positions
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** [[Chris Cree]] became Chief Financial Officer
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** [[John Chew]] became Chief Executive Officer
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** [[Judy Cole]] became Chief Operations Officer
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** [[Rich Baker]] became Executive Vice President
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* Cree retired from the EC, which then consisted of Baker, Chew and Cole
  
The [[Steering Committee]] is a group of players and directors appointed
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==See also==
by the [[NSA]] to manage the establishment of NASPA.
 
It advises the NASPA executive concerning the transition from the NSA to NASPA
 
and the future of NASPA.
 
 
 
The [[Advisory Board]], transferred from the NSA to NASPA, acts as a disciplinary and general advisory body.
 
 
 
==Working Committees==
 
 
 
The following committees conduct much of NASPA’s ongoing business,
 
and report (in most cases weekly) to the NASPA executive.
 
 
 
<table>
 
<tr>
 
<th>Committee</th>
 
<th>Link</th>
 
<th>Function</th>
 
<th>Contact</th>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[Budget Committee]]</td>
 
<td>[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-budget/ -&gt;]</td>
 
<td>Drafts the association&rsquo;s annual budget</td>
 
<td>[mailto:naspa-budget@yahoogroups.com naspa-budget@yahoogroups.com]</td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[Canadian Committee]]</td>
 
<td>[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-canada/ -&gt;]</td>
 
<td>Responsible for matters affecting only Canadian players</td>
 
<td>[mailto:naspa-canada@yahoogroups.com naspa-canada@yahoogroups.com]</td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[Championship Committee]]</td>
 
<td>[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-champ/ -&gt;]</td>
 
<td>Organizes major SCRABBLE championships</td>
 
<td>[mailto:naspa-champ@yahoogroups.com naspa-champ@yahoogroups.com]</td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[Club Committee]]</td>
 
<td>[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-club/ -&gt;]</td>
 
<td>Deals with officially sanctioned SCRABBLE clubs</td>
 
<td>[mailto:naspa-club@yahoogroups.com naspa-club@yahoogroups.com]</td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[History Committee]]</td>
 
<td>[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-history/ -&gt;]</td>
 
<td>Records the history of NASPA and organized SCRABBLE activities in the United States and Canada</td>
 
<td>[mailto:naspa-history@yahoogroups.com naspa-history@yahoogroups.com]</td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[Marketing Committee]]</td>
 
<td>[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-market/ -&gt;]</td>
 
<td>Promotes the association and its activities</td>
 
<td>[mailto:naspa-market@yahoogroups.com naspa-market@yahoogroups.com]</td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[Membership Committee]]</td>
 
<td>[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-member/ -&gt;]</td>
 
<td>Deals with the needs of NASPA members</td>
 
<td>[mailto:naspa-member@yahoogroups.com naspa-member@yahoogroups.com]</td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[Newsletter Committee]]</td>
 
<td>[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-news/ -&gt;]</td>
 
<td>Will be responsible for the association&rsquo;s newsletter and its print and online editions</td>
 
<td>[mailto:naspa-news@yahoogroups.com naspa-news@yahoogroups.com]</td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[Tournament Committee]]</td>
 
<td>[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-tourney/ -&gt;]</td>
 
<td>Deals with officially sanctioned SCRABBLE tournaments</td>
 
<td>[mailto:naspa-tourney@yahoogroups.com naspa-tourney@yahoogroups.com]</td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[Web Committee]]</td>
 
<td>[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-web/ -&gt;]</td>
 
<td>Deals with the development and maintenance of the association&rsquo;s online presence</td>
 
<td>[mailto:naspa-web@yahoogroups.com naspa-web@yahoogroups.com]</td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
</table>
 
 
 
==NSA committees==
 
 
 
The following committees report to the NSA as of now, but will be transferred to NASPA during 2009:
 
  
<table>
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[[:Category:Committee_members|List of all committee members]].
<tr>
 
<th>Committee</th>
 
<th>Link</th>
 
<th>Function</th>
 
<th>Contact</th>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[Dictionary Committee]]</td>
 
<td>[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-dc/ -&gt;]</td>
 
<td>Revises the game lexicon to reflect the evolution of the language</td>
 
<td>[mailto:naspa-dc@yahoogroups.com naspa-dc@yahoogroups.com]</td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[Pairings Committee]]</td>
 
<td>[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-pc/ -&gt;]</td>
 
<td>Evaluates and certifies pairing algorithms for tournament use</td>
 
<td>[mailto:naspa-pc@yahoogroups.com naspa-pc@yahoogroups.com]</td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[Ratings and Recognition Committee]]</td>
 
<td><!-- [http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-budget/ -&gt;] --></td>
 
<td>Revises the rating system to improve its accuracy, and finds other ways to recognize outstanding players</td>
 
<td><!-- [mailto:naspa-budget@yahoogroups.com naspa-budget@yahoogroups.com] --></td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[Rules Committee]]</td>
 
<td><!-- [http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-budget/ -&gt;] --></td>
 
<td>Formulates the club and tournament game rules</td>
 
<td><!-- [mailto:naspa-budget@yahoogroups.com naspa-budget@yahoogroups.com] --></td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
<tr>
 
<td>[[Technology Committee]]</td>
 
<td>[http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/naspa-tc/ -&gt;]</td>
 
<td>Evaluates and certifies equipment used by players and directors</td>
 
<td>[mailto:naspa-tc@yahoogroups.com naspa-tc@yahoogroups.com]</td>
 
</tr>
 
 
 
</table>
 
 
 
==See also==
 
  
[http://www.scrabbleplayers.org/w/Category:Committee_members List of all committee members].
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[[2014 Committee Reports]]

Latest revision as of 13:42, 7 August 2019

The operations of NASPA are managed by a number of committees. These are divided into Main and Working Committees, as explained below. Committees should follow NASPA’s Committee rules.

Main Committees

Committee Email Mandate
Advisory Board email 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
Executive Committee email to be responsible to the Board of Trustees for the management of association operations, and to supervise all other committees
Steering Committee   to offer informal advice to the Executive Committee based on its original role in guiding the formation of the association


Working Committees

The following committees conduct much of NASPA’s ongoing business, and report (in most cases weekly) to the NASPA executive.

Committee Email Mandate
Canadian Committee email to manage matters pertaining solely to Canadian and not to American players
Championship Committee email to organize SCRABBLE championships in the United States and Canada
Club/Director Committee email to supervise official SCRABBLE clubs and directors in the United States and Canada
Community Advocate email to provide a safe environment for members reporting cases of harassment within the association
Dictionary Committee email to maintain the tournament lexicon
Forward Energy Committee email examine NASPA opportunities for improvement, and make recommendations to the appropriate governing bodies in NASPA including the Executive Committee
IDEA Committee   to address issues of inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility within our community
International Committee email to manage the association's relationship with organizations and events outside the United States and Canada
Membership Committee email to service association membership needs
Pairings Committee email to evaluate and certify pairing algorithms for tournament use
Publications Committee email to prepare documents for publication as required by other committees
Ratings and Recognition Committee email to ensure that the association has the best possible rating system and to recognize our player achievements
Rules Committee email to formulate the club and tournament game rules
Social Media Committee email to facilitate NASPA communication via social media
Technology Committee email to evaluate and certify equipment used by players and directors
Tournament Committee email to oversee officially sanctioned SCRABBLE tournaments
Web Committee email to provide for the association's IT needs
Zyzzyva Committee email to maintain Zyzzyva software


Inactive Committees

The following committees are currently inactive.

Committee Email Mandate
Director Manual Committee email to edit the Director Manual
Finance Committee email to draft the association's annual budget
History Committee email to record the history of competitive SCRABBLE activity in the United States and Canada
Marketing Committee email to develop and implement marketing strategies for NASPA
Test Committee   to be used internally for database software testing


Historical Background

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:

  • abolished the office of copresident
  • created four new positions
  • Cree retired from the EC, which then consisted of Baker, Chew and Cole

See also

List of all committee members.

2014 Committee Reports