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Revision as of 18:56, 28 May 2011

The Advisory Board was transferred from the NSA to NASPA on February 15th, 2009.

To contact the Advisory Board send an email to naspa-ab@yahoogroups.com.


The duties of the Board include the following:

  • The Board acts as a disciplinary body for NASPA members.
  • The Board chooses the annual Michael Wise Memorial Person of the Year.
  • The Board advises the NASPA executive when asked concerning issues affecting NASPA members.

Current Members

Past Members


Beginning in 2010, significant AB motions have been numbered mostly sequentially in order of their conception. When such motions are passed, they result in an AB ruling. Rulings are listed below in reverse chronological order, with original motion numbers.

Details of disciplinary issues are generally confidential. Members may view the list of current suspensions here.

2011-05-16 (Motion 20) Disciplinary issue

2011-05-04 (Motion 19) James Leong

That James Leong should rank immediately below Andy Saunders in the rating-based qualification list for the 2011 Canadian National SCRABBLE Championship.

2010-11-08 (Motion 18) Disciplinary issue

2010-08-07 (Motions 15–17) Disclipinary issues

2010-08-07 (Motion 14) Dallas Johnson

That we should replace Greg Edwards with Dallas Johnson.

2010-08-07 (Motion 13) TBA at Town Hall meeting

2010-08-07 (Motion 12) Code of Conduct edit

That Bryan Pepper should prepare a simplified version of Robert Kahn's Code of Conduct for further discussion by the AB.

2010-07-31 (Motion 11) Disciplinary issue

2010-07-12 (Motion 10) Late Rating Data

As of August 1, 2010, any NASPA director who does not submit the results of their tournament for rating within two weeks of the end of the event will receive an email warning; if the results are not received within four weeks, their director certification will be downgraded one step, from full to apprentice, or from apprentice to uncertified. Directors who have pending data submissions as of August 1, 2010 will have those submissions deemed to have been due as of that date for the purpose of calculating warning and downgrading dates. Where a tournament has more than one codirector, the one designated as being responsible for data submission will be the only one to whom these sanctions will apply.

2010-07-12 (Motion 9) Overdue Accounts

As of August 1, 2010, overdue NASPA member accounts will incur a 2% penalty compounded on unpaid balances every calendar month. Member accounts which remain overdue for three months will be suspended and not reinstated until payment is made in full, including penalties. Members who have unpaid balances as of August 1, 2010 will be deemed to have incurred those balances as of that date for the purpose of calculating future penalties and suspensions.

2010-06-06 (Motions 7–8) Disciplinary issues

2010-01-18 (Motion 6) Bryan Pepper

The AB thanks Mary Rhoades for her contributions to the Board and welcomes her successor, Bryan Pepper.

2010-01-18 (Motion 5A) Matt Hopkins

Matt Hopkins is named the Advisory Board’s first Member Emeritus, taking effect 2010-02-04.

2010-01-18 (Motion 5) Fraudulent Claims

Directors who are unaware of the possibility of fraudulent claims by players as to their membership status may be forgiven responsibility for one fraudulent charge.

2010-01-18 (Motion 4) Cruise Control

The 90-day rule on cruise/tour separation was enacted.

2010-01-18 (Motion 3) SOWPODS ratings

The SOWPODS rating system shall be created.

2010-01-18 (Motion 2) POTY

The 2009 Person of the Year was chosen, and will be announced in the next Bulletin. (They were later revealed to be John D. Williams, Jr. and Jane Ratsey Williams.

2010-01-18 (Motion 1) Disciplinary issue

2009-08-02: Disciplinary issue

2009-05-21: Nathan Benedict

Nathan Benedict is granted a special exemption from the deadline for registering in the U.S. WSC qualification system, and replaces Brian Bowman in the last place determined by qualifying (peak) rating. (6 yea, 0 nay, 2 abstain, 7 absent)

2009-04-15: Annotation

If a director announces in a tournament flyer that games will be annotated, a player who refuses to comply with annotation is subject to forfeiting annotated games with a severe spread penalty (originally -200, but the exact amount to be debated by the Rules Committee). (13 yea, 0 nay, 2 absent)