TOP 10 THINGS TO KNOW
1. NO UNNECESSARY TALKING DURING GAMES, PLEASE! And
keep your voices low when you are finished playing if other games are still
being played. No cell phones, walkmans, or other distracting electronic
2. DRAWING TILES: Please hold the bag at eye level or at arm’s length away from
your body, looking away from the bag. Place your drawn tiles on the table or on
your rack. Do not put your hand back in the bag until your hand is empty. If you
inadvertently overdraw, please call the director for proper procedure.
Players must keep a running score for both themselves and their opponents. After
making your play, announce your score, start your opponent's clock, record the
cumulative score on your score sheet, then draw new tiles. Verifying the score
aloud several times during the game is advised, but please do so only
when your clock is running.
Do not say anything when your opponent's clock is running except to response to
5. COMPUTER ADJUDICATION:
When you challenge, write the word/words on a challenge slip and both players
will go to the computer for adjudication. You can’t change the challenge slip
once you’ve arrived at the computer. If you realize the challenged word was
written wrong on the challenge slip after you have used the computer, you may
change it and enter the correct word.
6. PLAYING A BLANK: Announce what letter the blank is and designate it on your blank
designation sheet if available (sometimes on the back of your tally slip for the
Do not make editorial comments about your plays. Mispronouncing a word, making comments which
might lure your opponent into challenging, and other such comments are
considered poor sportsmanship.
8. PLEASE RESPECT THE EQUIPMENT: If you must eat and drink during a games, try to be extra
careful not to get the equipment sticky or wet. Count the tiles before play
begins and while picking up at the end of the morning or afternoon session.
Arrange the tiles in 4 squares of 25 so the next people to play at the board can
see that they are all there. Do not hit the clock buttons—a gentle touch works
just as well.
9. OFFENSIVE WORDS are all right on the board, but not from your mouth. Be respectful
of other players.
10. WHEN YOUR GAME IS OVER: Please either leave the playing room when your game is over and you
have turned in your score card, or if you stay in the playing room, talking
should be done in a very soft voice.
BE A GOOD SPORT AND HAVE FUN PLAYING!
IMPORTANT: Never hesitate
to call "Director" to ask for clarification of a rule. We are always
willing to explain things. Stop your clock if you call for a director. At a
tournament you should give yourself every opportunity to play well, while still
being polite and respectful to other players. At tournaments, your opponents
will expect you to play exactly within the rules and you should expect the same
of them. The time to have fun and socialize is before or after the game. During
the game you should be focused and be fully aware of what is happening in your
game in order to make sure both you and your opponent comply with the rules.