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Your First Time at the Club


If it's your first time coming to a Scrabble club, here's what you need to know. We play tournament-style Scrabble: one-on-one, with chess-style timers set to 25 minutes per person per game, following the NSA (National Scrabble® Association)/North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA) rules.  If you want to download the PDF (portable document file) version and do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to read the file, click here:

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Acceptable words are checked using the Official Tournament and Club Word List (similar to the Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary) for 2 to 9 letter words and the Long List for words of 10 to 15 letters, when a challenge situation occurs. To help you get familiar with the format, we give ‘first-timers’ the following handicaps for the first session:


1. You can look at a list of the acceptable two-letter words during game play (which we will provide).


2. You may challenge any of your opponent’s words that you believe are ‘phoney’ without risking the customary loss-of-turn penalty for an incorrect challenge (however, any ‘phonies’ you play are fair game for challenge and loss of turn).


3.  You get an additional 5 minutes of ‘clock time’.


4.  The entry fee is waived your first time at the club. 


Bring a pen or pencil. There are generally enough boards, timers, and tiles to go around.  Score sheets are provided.


The Portland SCRABBLE Clubs offers equal treatment to every person without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age), marital status, family status or disability. Our venues are wheelchair-accessible.


If you have other questions about coming to the club for the first time, please call the club director.


You could also read the book Word Freak, by Stefan Fatsis, to learn more about the environment.  The book Everything Scrabble, by John D. Williams and Joe Edley, will greatly improve your game skills at the onset. 


Check the information on our FAQ page, and also:




Newbie's First Scrabble® Lesson

By Joel Sherman (c) 2006





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