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From stevena Fri Jul 19 15:39:03 1996
Subject: Scrabble Rules
To: deeejloy@aol.com (Joe Edley), tiekert@interport.net (Ron & Susi Tiekert)
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 1996 15:39:03 -0700 (PDT)
Reply-To: stevena@teleport.com

Dear Joe and Ron,

I think it's imperative that something like the following be added to the rules.

Club and tournament directors have the discretion to arrange reasonable accommodations for players with disabilities, including but not limited to playing with special equipment, human assistance and additional time. Directors should make use of guidance from the national organization on these questions.

It may even be required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. It needs to be in the rules rather than the directors' manual so that everyone is bound by it and no one can complain.

On the non-complaint theme, I think it's equally imperative, in order to head off lawsuits to the disadvantage of both directors and NSA, that something like this be added too:

The director's exercise of discretion in interpreting these rules and in making rulings on cases not covered by them is absolutely final. The NSA, in its discretion, may step in to overrule or modify a decision of a director, but is under no obligation to do so.

Furthermore, I think it's crucial that all tournament directors be forced to get all contestants to sign a form which either refers to rules incorporating this caveat or includes it explicitly.

Please pass these on to the Rules Committee and NSA's lawyers as you find appropriate. I await your thoughts.

  • Steven Alexander
  • stevena@teleport.com