“Headstart Cup”
Hong Kong Inter-Secondary School Scrabble Championship 2018

“Headstart Cup” Hong Kong Inter-Secondary School Scrabble Championship 2017 Highlight

Introduction

Headstart Group is partnering with Hong Kong Scrabble Players Association (HKSPA) to organize Headstart Cup Inter-Secondary School Scrabble Championship 2018, an open Scrabble Championship for all local secondary schools.

Headstart Cup aims to provide a platform for secondary school Scrabble players to play competitively and to foster friendship through playing this meaningful and famous word game. This game can also enhance students’ language skills and spelling ability. Headstart Cup is specially created to recognise students’ outstanding achievement and to celebrate Headstart Group’s 10th year anniversary.

On 3rd March 2018(Saturday), the one-day event of the Championship for all local secondary school players, will be held. In the light of the success from Headstart Group 2017, the number of participants for Headstart Cup 2018 will expand from 140 to 180 students. Also, a new award for the top player per school, the Most Valuable Player (MVP), will introduce in this championship.

As there are doubts over the legality of Scrabble tournaments with prize money in Hong Kong, for the safety of our players, there will only be trophies and medals for our winners.

All players can enter the Championship for free and enrollment will be in first come first served basis.

Headstart Cup 2018 Handout

“Headstart Cup”, Hong Kong Inter-Secondary School Scrabble Championship 2018 is opening for Secondary 1 to 6 students, while each school can send up to 4 players to participate. Players will play 4 rounds of game based on Swiss system draw to compete for a series of championship rewards.

Details of the championship are listed below:

3rd March, 2018
9:00 – 18:00

School Hall, TWGHs Wong Fut Nam College, 1C Oxford Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.

Group A – Masters
Group B – Novice

Enrollment Fee:
Free
Deadline for Enrollment:
30th November 2017
(Quota: 180 students, first come first served)

About Scrabble

Scrabble is a word board game in which two players score points by placing tiles, each bearing a single letter, onto a game board which is divided into a 15×15 grid of squares in order to form words scoring as many points as possible.

The letter tiles each have a score value, which serve as the basis to calculate a score for each play made. The least frequently used letters in the English lexicon have the highest score values. The game board has several colored “premium” squares which boost the values of individual letters or entire words, as tiles are set down over these squares. The object of the game is to outscore your opponent.

Competitive Scrabble follows global standard rules, the WESPA Rules Version 3, and a standard word list, Collins Scrabble Words 2015. Competitive Scrabble is a kind of Mind Sport.

Rules and Regulations

WESPA Rules Version 3

WESPA Rules Version 3 is for use in English-language word game tournaments. They establish international standards designed to facilitate play between players whose domestic norms may differ. These Rules apply at the World Championship and at tournaments organised and run by WESPA. Their use is also strongly encouraged at all other tournaments with a significant degree of international participation.

Headstart Group 2018 apply WESPA Rules Version 3 as the championship rule set. For full version of the rule, please refer to WESPA website at http://wespa.org/rules/.

Tournament Director (TD)

Tournament Director is responsible to:
• Oversee each game round in accordance with the rules.
• Monitor for possibility of inappropriate behavior and take necessary action if need be.
• Answer questions from players, resolve disputes and be the final arbiter in game decisions.

Contents

• 1 playing board.
• 100 letter tiles, 98 tiles with letters of the alphabet and 2 blank tiles.
• 2 tile racks.
• 1 tile bag.
• 1 timer.
• Score sheet, for recording the score and tiles tracking.
• Result sheet, for round’s final score submission to Score Counter.

Headstart Cup Scrabble Workshop

To prepare participating students for the competition, Headstart Group and Hong Kong Scrabble Players Association (HKSPA) will organise two scrabble workshops for all participating schools.

The objectives of this workshop are to:
• Provide better understanding on the rules and regulations of the competition
• Demonstrate of equipment
• Allow students to practice under the guidance of HKSPA professional players and tournament directors

Hong Kong Scrabble Players Association

Hong Kong Scrabble Player Association

Hong Kong Scrabble Players Association (HKSPA) is a non-profit organisation devoted to promoting Scrabble in Hong Kong and a member of the World English-Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA), recognized as the only Scrabble association representing Hong Kong at the international level.

Founded in 2014 as “Hong Kong Student Scrabble Players Association” (HKSSPA), merged with the main local group organising tournaments for the general community in 2015. HKSPA organised a mixture of school and open tournaments almost weekly throughout the year, and maintain a rating and ranking system for the players.

In 2015, for the first time in Hong Kong Scrabble history, a representative team was sent to international Scrabble competitions. The Hong Kong Scrabble Team participated in the World Youth Scrabble Championship 2015 and WESPA Championship 2015, and obtained excellent results for first-time participants.

During 2016 the HKSPA organised the first tournaments in Hong Kong that qualified for world rankings as well as the local ones, and started to attract overseas players to compete.

HKSPA published Scrabulary, a newsletter distributed at events incorporate with Scrabulary TV, providing match highlights, exclusive interviews, and other great Scrabble-related contents to audiences around the world.

To learn more about HKSPA, please visit HKSPA website.

“Headstart Cup”
Hong Kong Inter-Secondary School Scrabble Championship 2017

Result

Group A – Novice
(Silver)
School Prize
“Headstart Cup”
Individual Prize
High Word & High Game
School Ranking
Group B – Masters
(Gold)
School Prize
“Headstart Cup”
Individual Prize
High Word & High Game
School Ranking

Participated schools

(In alphabetical order)

CCC Mong Man Wai College

Chan Sui Ki (LaSalle) College

Christian Alliance Cheng Wing Gee College

CUHKFAA Chan Chun Ha Secondary School

HKMA David Li Kwok Po College

HKMA-K-S-Lo-College

HKWMA Chu Shek Lun Secondary School

Ho Lap College

Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated School Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School

King’s College

Kowloon Technical School

Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section)

Methodist College

Our Lady’s CollegePak Kau College

PAOC Ka Chi Secondary School

Po Leung Kuk Lo Kit Sing (1983) College

POH Chan Kai Memorial College

Queen’s College

S.K.H. Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School

Sha Tin Government Secondary School

SKH All Saints’ Middle School

SKH Li Ping Secondary School

SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School

SKH Tsoi Kung Po Secondary School

South Tuen Mun Government Secondary School

STFA Cheng Yu Tung Secondary School

The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

The MCHK Wesley College

The Yuen Yuen Institute MFBM Nei Ming Chan Lui Chung Tak Memorial College

Tseung Kwan O Government Secondary School

Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Tung Chung Catholic School

TWGHs Sun Hoi Directors’ College

Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School

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