Association of British Scrabble Players

Youth Scrabble

The ABSP is committed to helping young players start playing Scrabble. A number of Short Scrabble boards, designed to be used with a reduced set of letters, are available from Lynne Riley.

Don't forget, Scrabble players under 18 get half-price membership of ABSP - join here.

For more information on Youth Scrabble within the UK, please contact Lynne Riley.

So, what's been happening in the past twelve months in UK youth Scrabble?

Short Scrabble boards were sent to interested schools across the UK. This version of Scrabble is ideal for playing at lunch and break times. Many thanks to all those who sent tiles to support the Short Scrabble initiative.
If you are a school or a youth group that is interested in a set, then please email me.

We have been approached by several companies regarding young people and Scrabble. Thankfully, from my point of view, nothing has come of it — I'm not photogenic!

There have been a number of workshops and youth tournaments specifically for young people. Allan Shimmons and Toh Weibin did the teaching, Mauro, Sarah Wilks (as was) and I kept track of the scores in the tournaments.

Jessica Pratesi won in style at the UK Youth Championship. For a more in depth and entertaining view of the game, please see Will it be Jack Durand, Joe Knapper or Shri Prakash, next time?

Shri has written a piece of what Scrabble means to her, it's an excellent insight into the mind of a serious, young Scrabble player.

The World Youth Scrabble Championship took place on Friday 7th of December, 2012 in Birmingham, UK. This is the first time it's been held outside of Australasia. For more details:

There will be a youth tournament open to all at Idsall School at the end of March/beginning of April, 2013.

The next UK youth tournament will be at the end of July, 2013.

The contact email address for Youth Scrabble in the UK is:

Notes for concern
There have been two noticeable issues that have arisen from the tournaments, firstly we do not have enough young people, and secondly, because of the lack of young players, superb players like Jack Durand, Joe Knapper and the Pratesi sisters are playing beginners which results in ridiculous records being set.

I suggest that:

We lower the number of players required for rated youth tournaments

We don't include the spreads/scores from youth tournaments in general records, but have a separate Youth Records List for youth tournaments.

Encourage young people to play Scrabble and encourage them to take part in tournaments.

Clubs — why not hold a youth day? Bring your sons, daughter, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, friends' children! Make it fun.

If you are involved in a school, set up a club or hold a tournament at school — pupils love winning points for their houses.

If you're not involved in a school, but would like to know if there is a school that would be interested in help setting a club up, then please email me for details of your nearest interested school.

If Scrabble is to flourish, then we need you (yes, you!) to get involved!

You can find the details for Youth Scrabble in 2011 here.

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