SCRAMMBLE

 Tournament

Scrammble Tournament

A Community Education Event

The Official Working Document

Sponsored by Local Organizations for Supporting Libraries, PTAs and PTOs

A Fun Educational Event for Community Children and Families

Two Month of Scrammble Word Game Series Leading to Championship Tournament
with awards and prizes to be held in the Teacher's Week of May 1-8, 2006

Purpose of Word Game Tournament

Many parents in our communities are concerned with their children's learning environment in schools, at homes and in local communities. They are concerned with their children getting too much exposures of violence on TV and spending too much time playing computer games alone. They are concerned that there is lack of community activities that can provide children learning opportunity as well as social interactions in a group setting.

In response to that concern, a number of local organizations are sponsoring a Scrammble Word Game Tournament to interest children to participate with their peers and families. Scrammble (www.scrammble.com) Word game is a simple game to play and yet most exciting and stimulating. The game offers children & families opportunities to build vocabulary, practice math and exercise strategic thinking and have fun at the same time. The principle of Scrammble is simply to make new and longer words yet many exciting games can be played based on this principle. The Scrammble Games have been introduced in local communities through workshops and school activities. This is the first time that a large scale Scrammble tournament will be held for our local communities.

The main purposes of the Scrammble tournament are two-fold:

  1. To provide an opportunity for more people in our communities to appreciate and enjoy a fun educational game.

  2. To raise the awareness that we need to support our education system to stimulate our children to develop a good learning habit.

Tournament Plan

The Scrammble tournaments are organized by the local libraries in Westchester and Putnam counties in collaboration with school PTAs/PTOs, Northern Westchester and Putnam Teacher Center and several local prominent corporate citizens. (See attachment I) The Scrammble Game Inventor Dr. Ifay Chang, a New York State resident of 35 years with 4 children in Somers public schools is donating his time and games to the event. Dr. Chang is a retired scientist from IBM TJ Watson Research Center, a retired professor from Polytechnic University and an inventor of various things including the game series he called Headutainment Games. The Scrammble word games are not only fun to play but also a game toolkit designed to induce children and adults to create more educational games. The tournament is a non-profit community event promoting education.

The plan of Scrammble tournament is outlined as follows:

  1. Sponsors: In addition to the non-profit public organizations, businesses, companies, community groups and foundations are invited to sponsor this community educational event. (A number of banks and businesses have already expressed interest) Sponsors' donations will be given as prize awards to the winning contestants and to the library and PTA/PTO funds. The distribution of the funds will be published.

  2. There will be pre-tournament Scrammble Game sessions (See attachment II) to be held once a week at several locations preparing the contestants for the tournament. (Preliminary list: Citibank at Somers, Mahopac Public Library and Northern Westchester and Putnam Teacher Center) Final location list, schedule and game rules are published on the Scrammble web site, www.scrammble.com. These game sessions are free of charge providing opportunities to learn and enjoy the Scrammble games.

  3. The first tournament event will be held during the teacher's week in May (for location and schedule see attachment III), and will be repeated during Summer and Winter School breaks as more people participate.

  4. Three categories of word game contest will be conducted during the tournament, individual (A) (with age divisions), student teams (B) (elementary, middle and high school) and family team (C) (parent(s) or grand parent(s) and child(ren)) Trophies and prizes will be given to top winners. In addition, cash awards will be presented to Champions.

Logistics and Details of the Tournament

Where will the event be?

The pre-tournament games (free workshops) will be held once a week at each location from March through April, one to three hours per session playing various word games based on 'Scrammble'. It is not necessary to join the pre-tournament games before entering the tournament. However, it is highly recommended that all serious tournament contenders should participate at least a few pre-tournament sessions.

The Scrammble tournament will be held at local schools and/or library facilities (attachment II). Pre-registration with refundable registration fee is required to participate in the event. The registration fee will be refunded to participants after the tournament. For no shows the fee will be donated to the non-profit organizations. The event will be recorded and broadcast on public channels supported by CableVision and other cable companies. The video tapes will be made available to schools and libraries for educational purposes.

When will the event be?

The event will be conducted in the week of May (National Teacher's Day/Week, April 29 - May 7, 2006). Preliminary contests will be held first during the week with the Championship of each category conducted on the weekend (Friday to Sunday). The hours for playing will be after school hours and early evening.

How will the event be conducted?

All New York State students and residents are qualified to enter the event. (neighboring out-of-state students and residents may be admitted with a sponsor) The procedure is as follows:

  1. Registration: Contestants must register in advance and obtain a registered number for participation. Contestants may enter for multiple categories. Contestants are allowed to practice the Scrammble Games prior to the tournament.

  2. Nominal Registration Fee for Participation to Avoid No-Show or Forfeit: Registration will be refunded to contestants who pass the preliminary contests. All registrants are encouraged to have a sponsor; any organization such as schools and libraries, individual teacher and business owner and corporations may be a sponsor. Hundreds of registrants are expected. The sponsors can make a voluntary donation to support the tournament which can be their products and services as prizes and/or cash donation earmarked for the tournament and the education funds. Community organizations may contribute resources such as space, staff and/or publicity in lieu of any cash donation. All contributions will be publicized.

  3. Pre-tournament Game Sessions: No experience in playing Scrammble is necessary to enter the tournament, however, experience does present an advantage. The game is easy to learn and game rules are simple. (Visit web site, www.scrammble.us) Some libraries do offer Scrammble Game Workshops from time to time. (For example, libraries at Bedford, Somers, Mount Kisco and Mahopac). There will be pre-tournament game sessions available weekly at several locations (For example, Citibank at Somers and Library at Mahopac) in the two months prior to the tournament. The rules on qualification, preliminary contest and the final prize-award championship contest will be published on the Scrammble web site and distributed with registration. Community schools are encouraged to publicize the event.

  4. Participant's consent: The contestant is required to sign a release form to give permission to be photographed or filmed for media coverage such as TV broadcast on public channels. Contestants winning the championship are required to sign the release form to give permission to be interviewed or filmed by media. (with parents or guardian if requested)

  5. Prizes and Awards: For each category, a trophy will be presented to the top winners and certificates to the runner-ups. In addition, when prizes and awards are received from the sponsors, they will be presented to the champions and runner-ups as well. Details of prizes and awards are published on the Scrammble web site.

Attachment I Sponsors

668 Route 6, Mahopac, N. Y. 10541

CitiBank

332 Route 100 N, Somers, N. Y. 10589

3 Louis Drive, Katonah, N. Y. 10536

POB 944, Maple Hill, Yorktown Hts, N.Y. 10598

Sound 302 Somers Common

Federal Route 6, Baldwin Place, N. Y. 10505

Savings

Reader's Digest

Mount Kisco, N. Y.

 

Projects Building 200 BOCCES Dr. Yorktown Heights, N. Y. 10598

CableVison

Peekskill/Yorktown, N. Y.

Big Top

Hardsdale, N. Y.

Individuals

More Sponsor and Donors Will Be Added 

Attachment II

Pre-Tournament Game Session Schedule (Febrary 13 - April 14) 

 

Sat

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Week

Weekly Pre-tournament Scrammble Games (Workshops) Held from 3/06-4/06*

3/4-10

Sat

Sun

Mon

N*

C*

M*

S*

Sat

Sun

3/11-17

Sat

Sun

Mon

N

C

M

S

Sat

Sun

3/18-24

Sat

Sun

Mon

N

C

M

S

Sat

Sun

3/25-31

Sat

Sun

Mon

N

C

M

S

Sat

Sun

4/1-7

Sat

Sun

Mon

N

C

M

S

Sat

Sun

4/8-15

Sat

Sun

Mon

N

C

M

S

Sat

Sun

3/1-4/21

Registration for Scrammble Tournament April 28-May7, 2006, Locations See Scrammble Web Site

* N-Reserved for Workshop Request from Schools (School may request from Tournament Organizer to offer workshop at school);

C - Workshop at Citibank in Somers, 3-5PM, M - Workshop at Mahopac Public Library on Route 6, Mahopac, 3:30-5PM

and S - Workshop at Scrammble and Scrabble Club at Mahopac Library, 1-4PM

* Workshop at Cablevision Studio at Yorktown March 28 and April 21 4:15PM Live Recording and Public Channel Broadcasting (Call 914-2486770 to register and play)

Attachment III

Scrammble Tournament Schedule*

 

Sat

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Week

Plans

Begin

Get Sponsors, Do PR and Mail To Schools, Jan-Apr

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7

8

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22

23

4/22-28

Registration, Prepare contest roster and schedule events

Reg

Ends

4/29-5/7

29

30

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

 

Pre A

Pre B

Pre C

Pre A

Pre B

Pre C

     

Announcement

 

Individual Championship

Family

Championship

Student Team

Championship

Week

Ceremony Of Championship Awards At Local Library or Citibank

Date TBD

*Visit Scrammble Web Site, www.scrammble.us, for Confirmed Schedule

Fun and Prize of the Tournament

The Scrammble tournament is for fun. Ethics will be strictly enforced in the game contests. Judges and organizers have the absolute right to eliminate any contestant from the tournament if any inappropriate behavior is discovered. School teachers and parents are encouraged to volunteer to serve as judges.

The prize and awards are donated by sponsors. If sufficient donations were received, there would be cash awards in addition to prizes, trophies and certificates. Cash prize will be announced in the week prior to the tournament or earlier. In addition to cash contribution, other suggested prizes are computers (Apple, Dell, IBM, and Lenovo), subscription to magazines and books (for example, Readers Digest, Borders, Barnes and Noble), educational tools and stationary (Staples, Office Max), educational games and toys (Toys R Us, Family Discount Center, Education Game Warehouse). Gift cards and coupons for products appropriate for children, family activities, entertainment, restaurants, recreation and vacation packages are all welcome.

Contributions and Supports

All sponsors of contestants will be listed in a sponsors directory, a $50 sponsor donation entitles sponsoring up to four tournament contestants. Additional contribution and sponsorship are categorized as follows: 

1. Benefactor Sponsors: Sponsors contribute cash donation of $500-1000 (silver), $1000-5000 (gold), and $5000-10,000 (platinum): Benefactor Sponsors will be publicized on event literature and promotional material with appropriate acknowledgement. Entitled to sponsor 20 (silver), 40 (gold) and 200 Platinum) contestants respectively.
2. Prize Donations: Donor's organization or individual name will be attached to the prize, published in the award announcement and appearing in the list of sponsors, donors and volunteers. Entitled to sponsor 10 contestants.
3. Volunteers and Services: Organizations and/or volunteers who help and support the event will be acknowledged in the event and in its pamphlets with appropriate acknowledgement. Entitled to sponsor 2 contestants.
4.
Publicity Support: Press and media support will be acknowledged throughout the event. The TV/radio/news and print media will be contacted to cover this event include:

  1. Public TV broadcasters such as Channel 12 

  2. News papers such as New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Journal News, Business Journal, Patent Trader

  3. Magazines and publications such as Business Week, Reader's Digest, Forbes, etc.

  4. Cable Public Channel such as Cable Vision Channel 20

  5. Publicity channels of NY County Library Systems and Neighboring State Libraries

  6. Local school systems and neighboring state schools

  7. The tournament may be video taped and edited for TV broadcasting in the public channels and school use.

Make Contributions address to 'Community Education Scrammble Tournament Sponsored by MPL et. al.' (Non-Profit 503 (C) Tax Exempt ID 14-6039220) 668 Route 6, Mahopac Public Library, NY 10541

Goal of The Tournament

Scrammble Games

Prizes and Donations Received So Far (List to be updated biweekly)

  • Citiobank

  • Sound Federal Savings 

  • Anonymous Individuals

  • 115 Books from Reader's Digest (Classics, History and Children Books)

  • Scrammble Games

  • Educational Games and Toys

Rules of Scrammble Tournament (Official Rules and Approved Modifications)

  1. All contestants must register with a sponsor. (Businesses and any individual of 21 year or older may be a sponsor)

  2. Judges' rulings always prevail provided not in conflict with the tournament official rules and tournament dictionary.

  3. A division and/or category may be changed to informal games if not sufficient contestants were enrolled. (cash prize may be cancelled but awards and recognition may be granted if appropriate)

  4. Punctual arrival and report to the contest on time is a pre-requisite for participation. Late arrival forfeits the right to play.

  5. No contact and no conversation with any non-contestant during the contest are allowed. Violation may be grounds for forfeiting the competition.

  6. Cell phone usage is not permitted by any contestant during any contest.

  7. For team competition (Family or student team), one person must be designated as the team captain. Team captain must report to the contest official prior to the contest. Substitution of team members are not allowed unless due to sickness, prior approval is required. 

  8. The official tournament rules are published on the Tournament Web site at http://www.scrammble.us

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