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Feb 04 2024

Toronto 2024

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Date and Location

The 2024 Toronto School Scrabble Championships will be held
on Tuesday March 5 and Thursday March 7!

Schools may register for either one or both events:

  • Tuesday March 5 – TSSC South at at St. Pius X Catholic School (map).
    • This school is close to Jane subway station of the TTC. Parking at the school is unlikely due to limited space, but street/paid parking lots are available nearby.
  • Thursday March 7 – TSSC North at at Dublin Heights Elementary and Middle School (map).
    • To get to Dublin Heights by subway:
      • Sheppard West: short walk.
      • Wilson Heights: short bus ride
      • Sheppard-Yonge subway: 1 bus across Sheppard and short walk
    • Close street parking on side streets, but need to move vehicle every 3 hours

Format

The events will have a similar format to tournaments from previous years with the emphasis on friendly rivalry. There will be a variety of prizes for being a good sport, theme words, and participation. Plans are underway for separate tournaments in Halton and Peel region in the spring, so schools further west may wish to wait for that announcement.

  • 3 rounds
  • Games played 2 v 2
  • 25 minutes total for each team
  • Divisions are arranged by grades: 4 (Junior), 5-6 (Mid-low), 7-8 (Mid-high), 9-12 (Senior)
  • Grade fours will play with other grade fours in a Junior tournament. The tournament organizers reserve the right to make any format change and will do so based on the volume of registration at each level.
  • Lexicon: NASPA School Word List 2023

Game equipment will be provided. You can find docs on how to play on our website. Your players should have been playing a little bit prior to the tournament as we do not have the capacity to teach them the basic rules during the event, but do not let that discourage you from participating as we strive to make it inclusive and fun for all.

Please review the School Scrabble® Rules Quick Reference here. Right-click on the link and choose Save As.

Lunch

Students and teachers should pack a (peanut-free) lunch and snacks. Please note the lunch time in the schedule below. We recommend students bring a snack as well. We usually try to provide some healthy snacks too.

Schedule

9:30am Check-in and Announcements
10:00am Games begin: Round 1
11am Round 2
12pm Lunch
12:30pm Round 3
1:30pm Awards Presented
2:00pm Exit

Prizes

Numerous prizes will be awarded for sportsmanship, high plays, theme words, and participation. Top teams may qualify for a future finals event TBD. 

Registration

There is a maximum of 10 pairs per school, but you may request to send more than that by emailing info@schoolscrabble.ca. If you have a player that lacks a partner, let us know and we may be able to arrange a partner from another school. If players require any specific accommodations to make it more accessible, please let us know. 

In order to continue to grow the local competitive SCRABBLE® scene, members of the media are invited to visit the events. Therefore, all players must also present a completed Student Media Release Consent form. Copies of existing TDSB or TCDSB forms may be used or you may download a form HERE. If you have further questions, please contact info@schoolscrabble.ca.

Please complete the registration form prior to February 22, 2024. Schools may register for either one or both events.

Sponsored Event

As a special treat, we have waived entry fees for this year’s event thanks to the generous support of the NASPA Foundation for Youth Literacy. If your school is seeking any additional support for your School Scrabble program, to participate in the event, or to apply for a travel bursary, please contact us at info@schoolscrabble.ca.

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Jan 31 2023

Toronto 2023

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Date and Location

It’s back! The 2023 Toronto School Scrabble Championship will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2023 from 9:30am-2:30pm at St. Pius X Catholic School (map).
This school is close to Jane subway station of the TTC. Parking at the school is unlikely due to limited space, but street/paid parking lots are available nearby.

Format

The events will have a similar format to tournaments from previous years with the emphasis on friendly rivalry. There will be a variety of prizes for being a good sport, theme words, and participation. As this is the first year of our return to play, we will not be holding separate qualifiers and finals. Plans are underway for a separate tournament in Peel region in the spring, so schools further west may wish to wait for that announcement.

3 rounds
2 on 2
25 minutes total for each team
Divisions are arranged by grades: 4 (Junior), 5-6 (Mid-low), 7-8 (Mid-high), 9-12 (Senior)
Grade fours will play with other grade fours in a Junior tournament. The tournament organizers reserve the right to make any format change and will do so based on the volume of registration at each level.

Game equipment will be provided. You can find docs on how to play on our website. Your players should have been playing a little bit prior to the tournament as we do not have the capacity to teach them the basic rules during the event, but do not let that discourage you from participating as we strive to make it inclusive and fun for all.

Please review the School Scrabble® Rules Quick Reference here. Right-click on the link and choose Save As.

Lunch

Students and teachers should pack a (peanut-free) lunch and snacks. Please note the lunch time in the schedule below. We recommend students bring a snack as well. We usually try to provide some healthy snacks too.

Schedule

9:30am Check-in and Announcements
10:00am Games begin: Round 1
11am Round 2
12pm Lunch
12:30pm Round 3
1:30pm Awards Presented
2:00pm Exit

Registration

Click here to view the registration form. Please complete the registration form prior to February 10, 2023. There is a maximum of 10 pairs per school, but you may request to send more than that by emailing info@schoolscrabble.ca. If you have a player that lacks a partner, let us know and we may be able to arrange a partner from another school. If players require any specific accommodations to make it more accessible, please let us know. 

In order to continue to grow the local competitive SCRABBLE® scene, members of the media are invited to visit the events. Therefore, all players must also present a completed Student Media Release Consent form. Copies of existing TDSB or TCDSB forms may be used or you may download a form HERE. If you have further questions, please contact info@schoolscrabble.ca.

Special Thanks

This event has been generously supported by the NASPA Foundation for Youth Literacy. If your school is seeking any additional support for your School Scrabble program, to participate in the event, or to apply for a travel bursary, please contact us at info@schoolscrabble.ca.

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Dec 05 2022

Announcement: 2023 Toronto School Scrabble Championship

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We are pleased to announce the 2023 Toronto-area School Scrabble Championship will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at St. Pius X Catholic School [map].

Given this is the first event in several years, we are taking a phased approach and for the moment this is the only event planned. Details about the format and schedule will follow and registration will open in January. In the meantime, email us and let us know if you expect your school to participate.

We’re excited! Be sure to encourage your students to play and practice with good spelling, good scorekeeping, and good sportsmanship. Check out the docs and apps pages on our website for helpful resources.

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Nov 11 2021

Possibility of tournaments in 2022

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School Scrabble Canada’s administration is currently reviewing the prospects of returning to play and hosting tournaments in 2022. Input from teachers and students is appreciated via email. More updates will be provided before the end of 2021.

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Dec 17 2018

Toronto 2019 Tournaments Announced

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Here is all the information about our upcoming tournament for schools in the Toronto area!

The events will have a similar format to tournaments from previous years with the emphasis on friendly rivalry. There will be a variety of prizes for being a good sport, theme words, and participation. The top ten pairs (approximately) from each regional qualifier will advance to the City Championship on March 21st. We are excited to announce that Halton is the newest region to be added. See the Events page or download the info sheet for more details.

Regional Qualifiers and Juniors
3 rounds
2 on 2
25 minutes total for each team
Divisions are arranged by grades: 5-6, 7-8
Grade fours will play with other grade fours in the Junior tournaments.
Division structure is subject to change based on number of players.

The top 10 pairs from each region in grades 5-8 advance to the City Championship on March 23rd.

City Championship and High School Tournament
4 rounds
2 on 2
25 minutes total for each team
Division structure to be determined

Please review the School Scrabble® Rules Quick Reference here.

Lunch

Students and teachers should pack a lunch and snacks. Please note the lunch time in the schedule below. We recommend students bring a snack as well.

In order to continue to grow the local competitive SCRABBLE® scene, members of the media are invited to visit the events. Therefore, all players must also present a completed Student Media Release Consent form. Copies of existing TDSB forms may be used or you may download a form HERE. This form can be submitted to us at info@schoolscrabble.ca or presented on the day of the tournament.

If you have further questions, please contact info@schoolscrabble.ca.

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Jun 13 2018

2018 Canadian School Scrabble Invitational

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The 2018 Canadian School Scrabble Invitational is taking place in downtown Toronto on June 15, 2018. Visit the event webpage to follow the results as they happen!

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Dec 31 2017

Toronto 2018

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LIVE COVERAGE:

Follow the link below and click on Enhanced Scoreboard:
East, March 1: http://www.poslarchive.com/tssc/2018-tssce/html/
West, March 6: http://www.poslarchive.com/tssc/2018-tsscw/html/
North, March 7: http://www.poslarchive.com/tssc/2018-tsscn/html/
Peel, March 8: http://www.poslarchive.com/tssc/2018-tsscp/html/

City Finals March 27: http://poslarchive.com/tssc/2018-tssc/html/

Here is all the information about our upcoming tournament for schools in the Toronto area! Or you can read the printable info flyer HERE.

Breakdown
Format
Lunch
Schedule
Prizes
Registration


Breakdown

EVENT

GRADES

LOCATION

DATE

East Qualifier
(for schools east of Yonge)
5-6
7-8
Jack Miner Senior P.S.
405 Guildwood Pkwy,
Scarborough, ON
[View Map]
Thursday, March 1st
9:30am check-in
East Juniors
(for schools east of Yonge)
4
West Qualifier
(for schools west of Yonge)
5-6
7-8
Palmerston Avenue Junior P.S.
734 Palmerston Ave,
Toronto, ON
[View Map]
Tuesday, March 6th
9:30am check-in
West Juniors
(for schools west of Yonge)
4
North Qualifier
(for schools north of Lawrence)
5-6
7-8
Dublin Heights Elementary and Middle School
100 Bainbridge Ave,
North York, ON
[View Map]
Wednesday, March 7th
9:30am check-in
North Juniors
(for schools north of Lawrence)
4
Peel Qualifier
(for schools in Peel region)
5-6
7-8

Morning Star Middle School
3131 Morning Star Drive,
Mississauga, ON
[View Map]

Thursday, March 8th
9:30am check-in
Peel Juniors
(for schools in Peel region)
4
City Championship
(for teams that have advanced from a regional qualifier above)

5-8

Bowmore Road Junior and Senior P.S.
80 Bowmore Road,
Toronto, ON
[View Map]
Tuesday, March 27th
9:30am check-in
High School Tournament 9-12

 

Format

The events will have a similar format to tournaments from previous years with the emphasis on friendly rivalry. There will be a variety of prizes for being a good sport, theme words, and participation. The top ten pairs (approximately) from each regional qualifier will advance to the City Championship on March 27th.

East and West Qualifiers and Juniors

3 rounds
2 on 2
25 minutes total for each team
Divisions are arranged by grades: 5-6, 7-8
Grade fours will play with other grade fours in the Junior tournaments.
Division structure is subject to change based on number of players.

The top 10 pairs from each region in grades 5-8 advance to the City Championship on March 23rd.

City Championship and High School Tournament
4 rounds
2 on 2
25 minutes total for each team
Division structure to be determined

Please review the School Scrabble® Rules Quick Reference here. Right-click on the link and choose Save As.

Lunch

Students and teachers should pack a lunch and snacks. Please note the lunch time in the schedule below. We recommend students bring a snack as well.

Schedule

 

Regional Qualifiers and Juniors City Championship and High School
9:30am Check-in and Announcements 9:30am Check-in and Announcements
10:00am Games begin: Round 1 10:00am Games begin: Round 1
11am Round 2 11am Round 2
12pm Lunch 12pm Round 3
12:30pm Round 3 12:50pm Lunch
1:30pm Awards Presented 1:20pm Round 4
2:00pm Exit 2:15pm Awards Presented
2:45pm Exit

Registration

To register, please download the registration form HERE. Right-click on the link and choose Save As. The form explains how to submit your registration and entry fees (only $5 per student). Note: You can fill in the form electronically in the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader via Edit PDF –> Fill & Sign.

In order to continue to grow the local competitive SCRABBLE® scene, members of the media are invited to visit the events. Therefore, all players must also present a completed Student Media Release Consent form. Copies of existing TDSB forms may be used or you may download a form HERE. This form can be submitted to us at info@schoolscrabble.ca or presented on the day of the tournament.

If you have further questions, please contact info@schoolscrabble.ca.

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Mar 10 2017

Lexica

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In order to play a game of SCRABBLE®, players must agree to a dictionary in order to adjudicate any challenges that may occur. How do you know if a word is really a word? It depends on your lexicon!

Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary (OSPD)

The Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary is for household play. Published by Merriam-Webster, this lexicon is considered family-friendly as many words deemed offensive have been omitted. It is currently in its fifth edition and is sold in most major bookstores. Words printed in this dictionary go up to eight letters in length.

Official Tournament and Club Word List (OWL/TWL)

The Official Tournament and Club Word List is the primary lexicon used in Canada, the United States and Thailand. This is one of the lexica used at the Mississauga SCRABBLE® Club. It is based on OSPD, but contains more words than OSPD because it includes offensive words, some trademarked terms (e.g. “KLEENEX”) and words longer than eight letters. Last updated in 2014, OWL consists of 187632 words. As it is strictly a list, it typically does not contain definitions.

School SCRABBLE® Word List (OWL/TWL)

The School SCRABBLE® Word List is the primary lexicon used for school play in North America. It is similar to OWL, but does not include words deemed offensive.

Collins SCRABBLE® Words (CSW)

Collins SCRABBLE® Words, also known as Collins and formerly SOWPODS, is the primary official lexicon used in most of the world outside North America. Thus, it is used in major international tournaments such as the World SCRABBLE® Championship. Many tournaments in North America offer Collins divisions in addition to OWL divisions. Last updated in 2015, Collins consists of 267751 words, approximately 80000 more words than OWL. This is one of the lexica used at the Mississauga SCRABBLE® Club.

If you want to review any of these word lists yourself, visit the Apps page and download a dictionary.

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Mar 10 2017

Niagara 2017

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Here is all the information about our upcoming tournament in Niagara!
Or you can read the printable info flyer HERE.

Breakdown
Format
Lunch
Schedule
Prizes
Registration


Breakdown

 

EVENT

AGES

DATES

LOCATION

Niagara Falls
Youth Challenge
Grades 4-12
Up to 18 years old
as of January 1, 2017
Saturday May 20th
Sunday May 21st

Check-in
8:15-9:00am

Scotiabank
Convention Centre

6815 Stanley Avenue,
Niagara Falls, ON
[View Map]
Intro to Collins
World Lexicon
Monday, May 22nd
9:00am check-in

 

Format

 
The standard for School Scrabble® is to play games 2-on-2, which encourage because it fosters greater learning, teamwork and inclusivity. However, in this event, players will be permitted to play on their own if they choose to, which would mean there would be some 1-on-1 and 1-on-2 matchups.

Players may be placed into divisions based on grade level, depending on final registration numbers.

Please review the School Scrabble® Rules Quick Reference here. Right-click on the link and choose Save As.

The Intro to Collins tournament will introduce players to Collins Scrabble® Words, which is the primary lexicon used for SCRABBLE® outside North America. For more info about Collins, see the Lexica page.

Schedule

 

Niagara Youth Challenge
Saturday, May 20th
8:15am-9:00am Check-in and Announcements
9:30am Rounds 1 and 2
11:30am Lunch
1:00pm Rounds 3-5
4:00pm End of Day 1
Sunday, May 21st
9:30am Rounds 6 and 7
11:30am Lunch
1:00pm Round 8 (final)
2:00pm Awards
2:15pm End of Event
Intro to Collins
Monday, May 22nd
8:45am-9:05am Check-in and Announcements
9:30am Rounds 1 and 2
11:30am Lunch
1:00pm Rounds 3-5
4:00pm Awards
4:15pm End of Event

 

Lunch

 
Players may bring their own lunch
or visit one of the many restaurants nearby.

Registration

 
To register, please download the registration form HERE. Right-click on the link and choose Save As.

In order to continue to grow the local competitive SCRABBLE® scene, members of the media are invited to visit the events. Therefore, all players must also present a completed Student Media Release Consent form. You may download a form HERE. This form can be submitted to us at info@schoolscrabble.ca or presented on the day of the tournament.

PARENT / GUARDIAN SUPERVISION:
Players under the age of 14 should be supervised by their parents during the event. Parents are
encouraged to wait outside the playing room while games are in progress.

If you have further questions, please contact info@schoolscrabble.ca.

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Feb 08 2017

Peel 2017

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Peel School Scrabble 2017 Guidelines

Here is all the information about our upcoming tournament for schools in Peel region! Or you can read the printable info flyer HERE.


Breakdown

EVENT

GRADES

LOCATION

DATE

Peel Qualifier
(for schools in Peel region)

5-6
7-8
9-12

Courtneypark Library
730 Courtneypark Dr. W
Mississauga, ON

Monday, March 6th
9:30am check-in

 

Format

In all events, students play in pairs. Game equipment is provided. All students are asked to bring pen/pencils for scorekeeping. Games are limited to 25 minutes per team (50 minutes total) and a SCRABBLE® clock is used. Both teams keep track of the score and verify the score throughout the game. At the end of a game, students report who won and the scores. For consecutive rounds, players are matched against players with similar records. A number of the top pairs in grades 5-8 will be invited to the Toronto-area City Finals on March 23rd.

Peel Region
9:30am Check-in and Announcements
10:00am Games begin: Round 1
11am Round 2
12pm Lunch
12:30pm Round 3
1:30pm Awards Presented
2:00pm Exit

 

Registration

The entry fee for each player is $5. Schools may register up to 8 players (4 pairs). Prior to the event, we will email a notice if space is still available for additional students.

Email info@schoolscrabble.ca with the following information:

• Name of School
• School Address
• Name of Adult Supervisor
• Phone
• Email
• Names of students (indicate the pairs)
• Grade of every student
• Payment method (cash at door or cheque, indicate if receipt is requested)
• Tell us a bit about SCRABBLE® activity at your school!

A registration confirmation will be emailed to you upon receipt of your registration info. Rosters, including the exact grades and names of student pairs, must be submitted by February 28th 2017, so that we can arrange the matches.

In order to continue to grow the local competitive SCRABBLE® scene, members of the media are invited to visit the events. Therefore, all players must also present a completed Student Media Release Consent form. Copies of existing PDSB or DPCDSB media consent forms may be used or you may download a form HERE. This form can be submitted to us at info@schoolscrabble.ca or presented on the day of the tournament.

If you have further questions, please contact info@schoolscrabble.ca.

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