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Last-minute notices for WYC:The school is finishing for the year, at 12 noon. Traffic around the school will be chaotic then, given that there are 2700 students leaving. If you intend to drive there, please time your arrival for 1pm+
We will push back the timetable as such:
Register by 1:15pm
First game 1:30pm
If you are having trouble reaching us before 1:22pm, please phone me on 058-5123608 or email email@example.com to reserve your spot.
ENTRY TO SCHOOL:
Go to gate 1. They will have a list of players, so should be able to facilitate fast entry.
Go in the main door, between the buildings.
On your left is the entrance to the gymnasium, where we are playing (second door)
Next to that, is the snack bar, where you can get coffee etc from 8am.
FOOD AND DRINKS IN THE GYM:
The only thing you are allowed to take into the gym, is a water bottle, with water only.
These must have a lid. You will be issued with a water bottle the first day, which can be refilled from water fountains at the school.
IF YOU ARE DRIVING:
Parking in front of the the school is expensive.
Free parking may be arranged in the teachers' carpark - BUT you must send me an email with the details of your car, so I can advise the school, AND PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 1PM THURSDAY.
IF YOU ARE WALKING:
From Ibis Al Barsha, it is a 5 minute walk, as long as you go out the BACK of the hotel - look to your right, and you will see the school. If you go to the front of the Ibis Hotel, and walk to the left, beside the train line, it is 8 minutes. It may be hot during the day, but is cool in the mornings and evenings (Winter, here)
(Note, if you are staying at Ibis Al Barsha, and forgot to order breakfast - make sure they give you the 35 dirham deal (about US10), not the visitor's price of 65 dirham)
Hot buffet meals will be served as follows:
THURSDAY: 4:30pm to 5PM
FRIDAY: 12:50pm to 1:20pm
SATURDAY: 12:50pm to 1:20pm
These will be about 19 dirham (ie under $US6)
Cheaper options, like salads, sandwiches etc, are available at any time, from 8am to 8pm.
This fantastic event takes place every year in a
different part of the world.
In 2018 it will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from Thursday 13 December to Saturday 15 December 2018.
2018 WYC Current Entries
Flyer for WYC 2018 . Entries Close 15 November 2018
Overall, Age Group and Special Awards. For a full list see here
Player Data Form - to be completed once entry accepted.
If you do not have Google, fill in the Microsoft Word Form or pdf form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All players should email a photo of themselves (for the souvenir booklet only) to email@example.com
Adult Side Tournament Flyer for those too old to play in the Youth Cup but want some games.
The venue will be GEMS Dubai American Academy, Hessa Street/Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha, Dubai.
FOOD Two food outlets will be open at the school during the tournament. Coffee etcetera will be available from 8:15am.
It is recommended you familiarise yourself with local laws and customs in Dubai before travelling there. Your government's foreign affairs department will probably have information available.
Click here for Australian government information about UAE.
Check here to see if you need a visa to enter the UAE.
2017 WESPA Youth Cup Champion
Aabid Ismail (Sri Lanka)
Best National Team - Sri Lanka
The WYC is open to players under the age of 18 at the end of the year. It not only gives players the opportunity to show their Scrabble skills but it is a great way of making friends with others from varied cultures.
HistoryThe WESPA Youth Cup (formerly the World Youth Scrabble Championship) has been contested every year since 2006. Previous WESPA Youth Cup and World Youth Scrabble Champions are listed below. However, there are many more prizes awarded, which you can see when you click the links to see the event coverage from the past.
|WYC 2017||Kuala Lumpur (MYS)||Aabid Ismail (LKA)||Janul De Silva (LKA)|
|WYSC 2016||Lille (FRA)||Sanchit Kapoor (UAE)||Thavalakshman Yoganathan (LKA)|
|WYSC 2015||Perth (AUS)||Nicholas Hong (SGP)||Abdullah Abbasi (PAK)|
|WYSC 2014||Colombo (LKA)||Jack Durand (UK)||Yong Jian Rong (SGP)|
|WYSC 2013||Dubai (UAE)||Moizullah Baig (PAK)||Javeria Arshad Mirza (PAK)|
|WYSC 2012||Birmingham (UK)||Michael McKenna (AUS)||Cheong Yi Wei (MYS)|
|WYSC 2011||Johor Bahru (MYS)||Anand Bharadwaj (AUS)||Victor Gwee (SGP)|
|WYSC 2010||Manila (PHI)||Ker Jen Ho (MYS)||Preedee Khongthanarat (THA)|
|WYSC 2009||Johor Bahru (MYS)||Ong Suanne (MYS)||Alastair Richards (AUS)|
|WYSC 2008||Penang (MYS)||Charnrit Khongthanarat (THA)||Khoo Beng Way (MYS)|
|WYSC 2007||Johor Bahru (MYS)||Toh Weibin (SGP)||Sean Chung (MYS)|
|WYSC 2006||Wollongong (AUS)||David Eldar (AUS)||Austin Shin (UK)|
EventsUpcoming Youth Scrabble Events
|Dates||Title||Location||Information and Contact Details||Comments|
|13-15 December 2018||13th WESPA Youth Cup||Dubai, UAEfirstname.lastname@example.org||Coaching & other events from 11 Dec 2018|
|10-13 January 2019||Capgemini||Bangalore, India|
|20-21 April 2019||Astar Scrabble Challenge International||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||www.asciscrabble.com||U12, U15, U18, Open|
Young people are strongly encouraged to play Scrabble tournaments regularly in their own country and internationally. Here are some which are highly recommended for young players:
- CapGemini International mid January - Annual international adult tournament held in Bangalore, India
- Astar Scrabble Challenge International: held each year Organised by the University of Malaya, with sections for U12, U15, U18 and Open
- Princess Cup: late November An annual tournament in Bangkok, Thailand - U21
- Spar Oman Kelloggs Scrabble Tournament mid to late November - Annual tournament in Muscat, Oman U10 U13 U20 Open
Here are some useful lists and quizzes.
Print them out to test yourself.
- Beginners Guide to Scrabble li>Scoring Tutorial - Check you can score correctly? The tutorial includes a How to Use Guide , the tutorial (answers on last page) , a worksheet , and a sample worksheet with the first few lines filled in.
- " Five Tips to Improve Your Scrabble by Calum Edwards (Coach of 2014 World Youth Scrabble Champion - Jack Durand)
- 2-letter words quiz
What goes after each letter? (4 sets per page)
- 2-letter words quiz
2 Tables - What goes after each letter; and what goes before each letter?
- 2 to 3 letter word hooks and test sheets
What goes after each 2 letter word; and what goes before each 2 letter word?
The WESPA website has information about international English language Scrabble including ratings.
The Australian Youth Scrabble site has news about Youth Scrabble in Australia and overseas.
Kenji Matsumoto has a website www.breakingthegame.net with information on books and strategy tips.
- Online play
Internet Scrabble Club
- Battle of the Tiles Game where you can play the computer with the computer restricted to 10 different levels (selected in Options). Good for beginners.
Facebook is restricted to those aged over 13.
There is a facility for playing Scrabble against your Facebook friends (Scrabble Mattel app).
There are interest groups such as Scrabble Snippetz with posts of interest to Scrabble players.
If you would like structured competition, you can join the Facebook Scrabble League. (Search FSL Scrabble League on Facebook)
- National Scrabble Associations
See the WESPA website for contact details for National Scrabble Associations.
- On Line Books
Koala Coaching Clinic - Basic Strategy
The Scrabble Players Handbook - Advanced Strategy
- Books for Purchase online
Word! by Kenji Matsumoto
For players in Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Malaysia, and many other Asian countries, pick up a copy here!
For players from the UK or Europe, click here!
- Computer programs
The Scrabble Tools section of the Collins Dictionary website has several useful programs including Collins Zyzzyva and Collins Wordlist for LeXpert
'Classic Words' app for iPads for play off-line.
The official word list for Scrabble tournaments throughout the realm of the World English Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) is Collins Scrabble Words 2015.
[Hardcover - ISBN 9780007589166, Softcover - ISBN 9780007589081]
The official word list is also published as a dictionary
Here are some useful lists