Guide to First Tournaments
Why take the plunge?
After playing friendly games in Clubs for a
while, people with even a small sense of adventure start looking for the next
Getting involved in a Scrabble tournament for the first time may sound like a
daunting prospect. But this rarely turns out to be the case. It is far more
likely you will actually enjoy your first competition.
Where can I get started?
Coming events are listed in our Tournament
Calendar. This includes a contact person for each event. It is always worth
calling the person listed and asking them about the set-up and playing
conditions. Firstly, let them know if this will be your first tournament. They
are always happy to send a detailed tournament notice to you. Tournament notices
spell out the playing conditions and venue details, e.g. number of sections;
number of games; length of games; start time; location, and any local rules
which may be in force.
If problems arise and you are unable to attend on the day, always make a
courtesy call to the tournament organiser (competition draws are often organised
What is expected of me?
Tournament players have certain obligations. Some of these are mentioned on
tournament notices. Other obligations are also covered in the rules. It pays to
well prepared for the day, so you are advised to read the
Obligations of Tournament Players (written especially for new players).
It is worthwhile getting familiar with the
National Rules. Rules are always prominently displayed at tournaments.
Should I read the dictionary cover-to-cover first?
No. A thorough knowledge of Two-Letter Words
will equip you well for your first tournament. Some knowledge of the
Three-Letter Words will guarantee even more
success. And don't miss our Tips for New Players.
Are only geniuses welcome at tournaments?
We welcome players of any skill level to our tournaments. When the day
finally arrives, you will find other players will do their best to make you feel
at home (not intimidated). You will start off in the lowest Division, unless
your club President advises the tournament organiser of special circumstances.
You will be paired against a regular player in your first game, and you will not
usually be required to use a time clock.
Is Scrabble addictive?
Yes. We often hear people say after their first tournament:
I wish I had discovered this scene years ago!
They keep coming back for more. They like mixing with others who also
appreciate the richness of the English language. Beware. You, too, may become