Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where and when does the club meet?
  2. What is a night at the club like?
  3. Do I need to bring anything?
  4. Are the games timed?
  5. Do you keep stats and records?
  6. How do I know if a word is really a word?
  7. Is the club open on holidays?
  8. Where do I go for more information?

Where and when does the club meet?

Interested players are invited to attend the weekly club meeting that takes place at South Common Community Centre, which is located at 2233 South Millway. We play three games every Thursday starting at 7:30 p.m. We ask new players to try to arrive five minutes earlier. Your first visit is free! Otherwise, entry is $5, not bad for a night of SCRABBLE® challenge and fun. For players under 18, the youth entry fee is only $3.

The nearest major intersection is Erin Mills Parkway and Burnhamthorpe Road West. South Common Community Centre is located on South Millway, which is off of The Collegeway, one street south of Erin Mills Parkway and Burnhamthorpe. The playing room can change from week to week, so you can ask the front desk staff to direct you to the Scrabble club. Special thanks to the City of Mississauga, which provides us the facility space at a reduced cost due to our Affiliate status.

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What is a night at the club like?

Around 20-30 players come out each week, encompassing all levels of playing skill. We have players who are novices as well as Canadian National Championship players. Everyone is welcome. The age of club members ranges from 10 – 92.

The Director will match players one-on-one for the night’s three games. (There are no three- or four-player games.) The Director generally matches players based on their level of playing skill. The main difference between playing at home and playing at our club is that at the club, both players keep score.

New players receive the list of all acceptable two-letter and three-letter SCRABBLE® words, and they are allowed to play with this list on their first day. If you want, you can download this word list yourself here. New players may also challenge without penalty on their first day.

Players also receive a handout explaining basic guidelines that everyone is expected to follow, which you may download here.

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Do I need to bring anything?

Please bring a pen or pencil. If you have a SCRABBLE® board and tiles, bring those too! If not, just bring your best smile. The entry fee is $5 just to cover club costs.

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Are the games timed?

Many of our members play with a clock, often a digital model. The clock regulates play time and ensures that games have the same start and finish. The standard time allotment in club play is 25 minutes for each player. Newcomers to the club are not obligated to play with a clock, but we encourage you to try it. You’ll find the game much more fun when you don’t spend a lifetime waiting for your turn!

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Do you maintain statistics?

The Mississauga SCRABBLE® Club keeps track of statistics and highest scores based on each club division. At the end of each yearly club session we recognize players with the highest game scores of the year, as well as prizes in categories for highest score in a single turn, highest loss, most bingos played in one night, most outrageous phony not challenged and for most improved player.

At the start of each club session a player selects one vowel and one consonant from a full bag of 100 tiles. The player scoring the highest bingo (a word that uses all seven tiles from one’s rack) that employs both chosen tiles wins the Bonus-Bingo prize. We also think of a theme for each club session and award a prize for the best word played related to that theme, as decided by the directors.

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How do I know if a word is really a word?

SCRABBLE® clubs and tournaments have their own lexicon, the Official Tournament and Club Word List. This lexicon differs slightly from the Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary, Fifth Edition. Some players at our club play with the international lexicon, Collins SCRABBLE® Words. If you are in doubt over the validity of a word, you may challenge it. The two players will consult a computerized dictionary to receive a ruling. NASPA members can download the official lexica at www.zyzzyva.net. Players may not consult the lexicon during a game. For more information on word lists, see the Lexica page.

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Is the club open on holidays?

The club usually remains open throughout the year, but it is important that you check the News page for the latest information on cancellations, postponements and location changes.

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Where do I go for more information?

See the Contact page for details on how to reach us.