However, NASPA’s intent through this policy is to clarify the scope of this authority and provide a degree of uniformity and standardization in the application of authorized sanctions.
This document will be replaced by the Code of Conduct on July 1, 2009.
On October 17, 2004, the NSA adopted its Policy on Disruptive, Intimidating and other Unacceptable Behavior.
It will continue to be in effect, mutatis mutandis, when responsibility for tournaments is transferred to NASPA.
All tournament players must read, understand and abide by this policy as a condition to participating in any NASPA-sanctioned tournament, and should check this article for recent changes before attending a tournament.
NASPA-sanctioned directors have the authority to impose penalties, as detailed below, in order to combat instances of disruptive and/or intimidating behavior.
They also have authority to discipline other conduct which, in the sole and exclusive discretion of the director, is offensive, unsportsmanlike, or otherwise inconsistent with maintaining a congenial and sociable atmosphere for SCRABBLE game play, whether or not such behavior violates the letter or spirit of a particular NASPA rule (all such behavior is hereafter referred to as “Offensive Behavior”).
Offensive Behavior includes, without limitation, cheating, physical or mental abuse or intimidation of another player or tournament worker; verbal or physical acts of disruption while games are in play; loud or obstreperous conduct; and other behavior which, in the discretion of the director, constitutes antisocial conduct or interferes with the flow and proper conduct of the tournament.
NASPA directors have always had general authority to resolve disputes and administer appropriate sanctions when dealing with Offensive Behavior.
The director isn’t required to follow a particular format or plan in conducting his or her investigation.
The director should try to explain to the player the reasons for imposing sanctions before imposing the sanctions.
Anyone wishing to provide information regarding the circumstances of the Offensive Behavior may offer an oral and/or written account of the events within thirty (30) days of the subject tournament.