The 5th Shatin Inter-School Scrabble Competition (2018)

Updates:

  • (21 June 2018) The deadline of application has been extended to 26 June 2018, Tuesday.

The 5th Shatin Inter-School Scrabble Competition (2018) is organised by the Hong Kong Scrabble Players Association and SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School.

Competition Guidelines

Date, time, venue and dress code

Date: 7 July 2018 (Sat)

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Registration starts at 8:45 am)

Venue: Rooms 201 – 206, SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School

Address: 6 Tak Hau Street, Wo Che Estate, Shatin

Dress code: School uniform

Eligibility and Application

The competition is open to primary and secondary schools in Shatin.

There are two categories in the competition: Primary Category and Secondary Category. Primary 1 to 6 and Secondary 1 to 6 students of all schools in Shatin are eligible.

A team of 1-6 players (Primary Category) or 1-9 players (Secondary Category) from the same school is eligible to register as a school team, competing for school prizes (only for schools with 3 or more players) as well as individual titles.

Schools wishing to send an extra number of players could make a special request. The organising committee shall decide after considering the enrolment status.

The above rules of eligibility and application are subject to amendment without prior notice at the sole discretion of the organising committee.

Format of Play and Scoring System

Competitors will play individually in this competition. There are five games in total. All participants will play in the same pool.

Swiss Draw will be adopted for the first four games. Adjustments will be made to ensure that players will not face opponents from their own schools. KOTH (King-of-the-Hill) will be adopted for the final game, during which players from the same school can face each other. Players from the same school can face each other. The tournament director has the power to do minimal changes in pairing to ensure fairness.

All players must compete in all 5 games.

Each player will be given a total of 25 minutes in the game.

Results will be collated for the top 3 finishers from each school for the school prizes. Schools with fewer than 3 players will not be counted. Only schools in Shatin are eligible for school prizes.

Rules and Dictionary

WESPA Rules Version 3 will be used with free challenge (i.e. no penalty for wrong challenges).

Collins Scrabble Words 2015 (CSW15) will be used as the official dictionary.

Two- and three-letter word lists will be provided during all games.

Rundown

  • 8:45 am – 9:00 am: Registration
  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am: Briefing
  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am: Round 1
  • 10:30 am – 10:40 am: Break
  • 10:40 am – 11:40 am: Round 2
  • 11:40 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Round 3
  • 2:00 pm – 2:10 pm: Break
  • 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm: Round 4
  • 3:10 pm – 3:20 pm: Break
  • 3:20 pm – 4:20 pm: Round 5
  • 4:20 pm – 4:30 pm: Break
  • 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Prize Presentation Ceremony

Prizes and Titles

Primary Category

School prizes

  • Champion: A trophy and certificates
  • 1st Runner-up: A trophy and certificates
  • 2nd Runner-up: A trophy and certificates

Individual titles

  • Individual Champion: A medal
  • Individual 1st Runner-up: A medal
  • Individual 2nd Runner-up: A medal
  • Highest Scored Word: A medal
  • Highest Scored Game: A medal
  • Honourable Mention*: A medal

Secondary Category

School prizes

  • Champion: A trophy and certificates
  • 1st Runner-up: A trophy and certificates
  • 2nd Runner-up: A trophy and certificates

Individual titles

  • Individual Champion: A medal
  • Individual 1st Runner-up: A medal
  • Individual 2nd Runner-up: A medal
  • Highest Scored Word: A medal
  • Highest Scored Game: A medal
  • Bingo Machine (Most bingos placed in 1st to 5th rounds): A medal
  • Best Novice**: A medal
  • Honourable Mention*: A medal

* The Honourable Mention Medals will be given to:

  1. The best player from a school (excluding the individual top 3 finishers); and if any medal remains
  2. the highest ranked player(s) excluding the individual top 3 finishers, the Best Novice and those who already had an Honourable Mention medal.

** Novice excludes players with an existing HKSPA rating, provisional or not.

Only schools in Shatin are eligible for school prizes. Schools not in Shatin specially invited by the organizing committee (if any) can only compete for individual prizes.

In addition to the above titles, all players will receive a certificate of participation.

How to enter

The competition is open to primary and secondary schools in Shatin only.

Please fill in the online application form via HKSPA Tournament Application System on or before 22 26 June 2018.

Contact

Email: info@hkscrabble.org or skhtstssscrabbleteam@gmail.com