Association of British Scrabble Players

ABSP Statement on COVID-19 Coronavirus


The ABSP Committee is issuing the following statement in line with current UK Government guidance to the public, which is updated frequently. Please be aware that the information in this statement is correct as of 1700UTC on 19 July 2020 but will be revised or amended in the future should circumstances or Government advice change. The latest version of this statement is on the ABSP website.

As you are all aware, the world is currently a very strange and challenging place, with things changing daily and few areas of life unaffected. The ABSP committee met via Zoom today, Sunday 19th July, to review the situation with regards to face-to-face Scrabble. Getting people back to playing over a board rather than a computer screen is something we all want, but it is very difficult to allow tournaments as they used to be, whilst also complying with government guidelines.

"Social distancing" remains vital to slow down the spread of this pandemic and we would urge you to comply with the guidelines issued by the government and local authorities.

However, with some of the lockdown restrictions now easing and more things opening back up, the ABSP have decided that small invitational events for groups of 6 people or fewer and 1-1 league matches that mostly take place inside homes, will be allowed to be rated from Saturday 1st August 2020.

The committee were unanimous in the decision to continue not rating any other Scrabble tournaments for the time being. This decision will be reviewed regularly in accordance with government guidelines.

Everyone can, and must, make their own decision whether the time is right for them to get back to live play and we recommend players look at their own individual circumstances and consider what precautions may be necessary. We ask members to make the right choice for them, but also respect other people's choices. We encourage all players to assess their own risk levels, as they would other aspects of their daily lives. Any players with underlying health conditions or in a high risk category are advised to be extra cautious. If you choose to play any form of rated Scrabble from 1st August, it will be at your own risk.

We are all looking forward to the time when it is safe to meet again across the boards, with renewed energy and maybe increased word knowledge!

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation with this and please stay safe and well in these challenging times.

Last updated: 16 August 2020