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The Third Canadian SCRABBLE® Championship
Official Rules and Regulations

  1. The Third Canadian SCRABBLE® Championship is open to the first fifty applicants who:

    1. have had a National SCRABBLE® Association (NSA) tournament rating of at least 1600 at some time between September 1st, 1999 and September 30th, 2000;
    2. are Canadian citizens or have resided full-time in Canada since 1995;
    3. are paid-up members of the NSA; and
    4. have played in at least two NSA-sanctioned, fully-rated tournaments including a total of at least 24 games between September 1st, 1999 and September 30th, 2000.

    Should there be fewer than fifty players registered as of October 1st, 2000 then players who played in the 1998 CNSC and who meet criteria ii, iii and iv above will be accepted.

    Should there be fewer than fifty players registered as of October 20th, 2000 then any players who meet criteria ii, iii and iv above will be accepted, with preference given to those with higher peak ratings during the qualification period.

  2. The championship will be held in Toronto, Ontario from Friday, November 17th to Monday, November 20th, 2000. By entering the championship, players agree to participate in all the games to which they are assigned; and if they are one of the two finalists, agree to make themselves available for any media interviews or promotional activity described below, for a period of 48 hours after the finals on Monday, November 20th.

  3. All championship games will be played according to the NSA's Official Tournament Rules as updated January 1st, 2000. As stipulated in those rules, the official word references will be the Official Tournament and Club Word List (published by Merriam-Webster, Inc., and corrected in SCRABBLE® News) and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition). Should there be any inappropriate behaviour, challenge or dispute during a championship game, such behaviour, challenge or dispute will be settled or adjudicated by the NSA and the Tournament Director. HASBRO Canada Inc. is in no way responsible for the manner in which the games are run or mediated. The NSA is responsible for overseeing the proper execution of the NSA tournament rules. Finally, all championship games must be played using the SCRABBLE® Brand Crossword Game boards provided by HASBRO Canada Inc. for this occasion, but players will be responsible for bringing their own tournament clocks.

  4. Cost of entry to the Championship is $55 per participant. Participants will be solely responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel and accommodations to, from and during the Championship. The prize structure will be as follows:

    First Place Winner$7,000
    Second Place Winner$2,500
    Third Place Winner$1,000
    Fourth Place Winner$500
    Fifth Place Winner$350
    Sixth Place Winner$250
    Seventh Place Winner$100
    Eighth Place Winner$100
    Ninth Place Winner$100
    Tenth Place Winner$100
    Highest Scoring Word of the Day$25 each day
    Best Daily Record$25 each day

    Players may win at most one cash prize: whichever is listed first above. Prizes which a player cannot claim because of a higher-ranking player will be awarded to the next qualifying player. In the event of a tie, prizes for the top ten players will split among tied players and $25 prizes will be awarded to a tied player selected at random. The total prize pool will be $12,150.

  5. All participants (and parent/guardian if the participant is a minor) agree to acknowledge the non-responsibility of HASBRO Canada Inc., its successors and assigns, and their respective agents, mandataries, employees, directors and officers to any claims, demands, actions, causes of action, losses, injuries, or costs of expenses which they suffer or incur as a result of, arising out of or relating to the Third Canadian SCRABBLE® Championship including, without limitation, travel to and from, prizes, the time spent at the Third Canadian SCRABBLE® Championship and any activities and entertainment associated with the Championship or any free time personal activities.

  6. By entering the Third Canadian SCRABBLE® Championship and accepting the above, the 1st, 2nd and third place winners (or their parent/guardian if the winner is a minor) consent to the use of their name, image (including without limitation, pictures, video images and other reproductions), voice and identity (including, without limitation, the winner's age, occupation and address) in any promotional activity of HASBRO Canada Inc. and any related or affiliated companies, at the sole discretion of HASBRO Canada Inc., and agree that they shall not be entitled to any royalty, commission or other compensation in connection therewith. As stated at point 2, above, the 1st and 2nd place winners will make themselves available for media interviews after the Championship.

  7. No substitutions will be made for the prizes offered, and those must be accepted as awarded.

  8. The Third Canadian SCRABBLE® Championship is subject to all Federal, Provincial and Municipal Laws.

  9. In Québec, any litigation respecting the conduct and awarding of the above-listed prizes for this Championship may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux.

  10. HASBRO Canada Inc.'s employees (active or retired), its representatives or agents, the Director of the Canadian SCRABBLE® Championship and persons with whom any of these individuals are domiciled are not eligible to enter.


At registration time, you will be required to sign a copy of this document. If for any reason you anticipate that you will be unable to do so, please contact the Director to cancel your registration.

I acknowledge that I have read and will comply with both the NSA Tournament Rules as updated on January 1st, 2000 and the Official Rules and Regulations of the Third Canadian SCRABBLE® Championship.



Signature: _______________________________ Date: ___________________