The Australian Scrabble Players Association (New South Wales Division) is an incorporated body, having achieved incorporation in June 1996. We also are known as Scrabble New South Wales, or Scrabble NSW.|
Scrabble NSW operates under a constitution which can only be changed by majority vote at an Annual General Meeting.
The Annual General Meeting is held each year on the Sunday of the October long weekend, during the New South Wales Championship. The committee for the following year is elected at each AGM.
Scrabble NSW has a network of affiliated clubs throughout NSW. For a club to be affiliated it needs to have at least one financial member of Scrabble NSW, preferably the convenor. Scrabble NSW lends most support to those clubs who supply members. For clubs supplying four or more members, Scrabble NSW will supply a promotional stamp suitable for back-stamping on its generic promotional cards, as well as provide membership renewal cards in July each year. We will also set up a webpage accessible from our NSW Club Directory to help clubs promote themselves. In return we request that club convenors
organise the renewal of members with Scrabble NSW and distribute quarterly ATB magazines. Clubs that require evidence of Public Liability insurance are requested to join all their regular players into Scrabble NSW (and thereby qualify for the aforementioned benefits), or pay an insurance levy of $100 per annum.
Scrabble NSW conducts seven major tournaments each year. These are:
JANboree, first Saturday in January (9 game round robin in groups of 10; 22 minutes per player)
Past placegetters and records from these events are continually collated.
The City of Sydney Masters, January Australia Day weekend (20 games, open to players rated above 1000; 25 minutes per player)
NSW Matchplay Qualifier, February (9 game open; 22 minutes per player)
The Winter Challenge, mid July (16 games, rating up to 1300; 22 minutes per player)
The Winter Masters, late July (20 games, rating from 1300; 22 minutes per player)
New South Wales Championships, October long weekend (24 games open; 25 minutes per player)
Spring Marathon, late October (12 game open; 20 minutes per player)
All tournament organised by Scrabble NSW are conducted with National Rules, with any NSW Variations to National Rules in force. This also applies to tournament organised by affiliated clubs, sanctioned by Scrabble NSW for ratings purposes. Scrabble NSW maintains it's own Dispute Register to further assist Tournament Directors in making rulings at organised tournaments.
A national Tournament Etiquette document is also maintained to cover mainly ethical situations not covered by the rules.
Scrabble NSW confers a series of awards on it's tournament players. These are the Joan Rosental Ratings Award for the player who records the largest ratings increase in the previous 12 months and the Jan Serisier Tournament Medal for the qualifying contender who records the highest ratings increase at the NSW Championships.
Details of past winners of these three awards can be viewed here.
Scrabble NSW encourages and assists schools to start up Scrabble Groups, essentially by providing at nominal cost a starter kit to schools interested in forming a group. We have developed a strategy for School Scrabble, based on committee decisions, and allocated part of this website to Schools.
In 2008 Scrabble NSW obtained an ABN. It is 78 027 997 161