Kanawha Valley Scrabble Club

Charleston, WV

NASPA Club #620 — a member club of the North American Scrabble Players Association

The basics

Never played in a Scrabble club before? Don't worry: the basic rules of regular Scrabble apply in our club, and you'll get used to the differences pretty quickly. Before long, you'll never want to go back to playing the old way.

Players have seven tiles with letters available on racks in front of them. The players take turns making words on a standard board from these tiles, scoring the plays in the usual fashion (including the fifty-point bonus for using all seven tiles in a single turn). After a play is completed, the player replenishes his or her rack from the tiles remaining. When a player has no more tiles left and there are none left to draw from, he or she is "out" and the game is over. The player with the highest score is the winner.

A player may also exchange any or all of the seven tiles, pass a turn, or challenge the previous play.

The differences

The important differences between club play and "kitchen table" play are:

In addition to these, there are various other differences for irregularities in play and the proper protocol to follow during a game. NASPA provides an updated copy of the complete rules, it would be wise to at least get familiar with these.

Remember: If you're ever in doubt, ask one of the club directors. (That's why we're here!)

Exceptions for new players

New players at our club are allowed certain rules exceptions for their first two meetings. These are: