SCRABBLE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - TOURNAMENT PLAY
Where can I find a copy of the Official Scrabble Tournament rules?
The Official SCRABBLE Tournament rules are available on the National SCRABBLE Association website at www.scrabble-assoc.com.
How much time do players have to make a play during a SCRABBLE game at a club or tournament?
There are two commonly accepted methods for controlling the time of a SCRABBLE game. First, a three-minute hourglass may be used to time each play. After 54 minutes the game is over and both players now have one more play before totaling the final scores. Second, chess clocks are set up so that each person is given 25 minutes to complete all his/her turns. That way, a player may play quickly for easy plays and save up time in order to take five or more minutes for the difficult plays. If a player uses more than 25 minutes, then s/he is penalized 10 pt. every minute or fraction of a minute used more than the original 25.
What's the official word source for National SCRABBLE® Association Clubs and Tournaments in the United States and Canada?
The Official Tournament and Club Word List (OWL) by Merriam-Webster Inc. This word list contains no definitions and is available to NSA members only.
How do I challenge in SCRABBLE tournament play?
The National SCRABBLE Association has developed a precise definition for when a player may challenge:
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