The Rules we play by...
These are the basic rules we use for our annual Scrabble FUNdraiser. Please ask for clarification or examples before we begin.
- Before play begins, up to 500 bonus points may be "purchased" for $1 each to add to the team's final score.
- Each team uses a Scrabble Board and attempts to form as many words as possible to maximize its score. The first word to be placed on the board will be announced at the beginning of the round.
- There is one 30-minute round and three 20-minute rounds, with 15 minute breaks.
- At the beginning of each round, all letters are face up on the table. As teams build from the first word, each word must connect to the previous word.
- No bonus points (standard Scrabble) when you use more than 7 letters since all letters are face up.
- All letters played must form complete words, even if they touch other, previously played, tiles. The team gets full credit for all words formed or modified in this manner.
- Words must appear in a dictionary. Peeks at the dictionary are available for 25-cents.
- Words always capitalized, abbreviations, proper nouns, acronyms and words requiring a hyphen or apostrophe may NOT be used.
- Once a word is played, no moving or shifting of tiles is allowed.
- Words may be used more than once.
- Teams may not use additional Scrabble boards for setting up words.
- Premium letter squares (e.g. double letter) are counted first to find the point value of the word. Then premium word squares (e.g. triple word) are applied to find the total value of the word. Premiums are only counted with the first use. Later words that use letters already played on premium squares count as face value only.
- If the word covers more than one premium word square, the point value of the word is multiplied by the product of all premium word squares to get the total value of the word.
- One person on the team will record the words and point values, as they are placed on the board by their teammates.
- If a word is challenged, the team must be able to find the word in a recognized source, such as a standard dictionary.
- If a challenged word cannot be found in a dictionary, the point value for the word cannot be used.
- No apps, no googling, just brains!
- The team with the highest point total earned from all rounds is the winner.
- All decisions of the judges are final.
Reference: Milton Bradley Company, Scrabble Crossword Game Guide Booklet, 1989.