Word Cup 10 Rescheduled – August 7-11, 2021

We are excited to announce the rescheduled dates for Word Cup 10 in Naperville, IL for August 7-11th, 2021! We will be updating our flyer in the coming days, but you can expect most of the details to remain the same except for the dates. We will be at the same announced venue, the DoubleTree by Hilton in Naperville-Lisle, for the same announced hotel rates (breakfast included). The main event will still be 31 games over 5 days and will include both TWL and CSW divisions. There will also be an early bird event on August 6th.

We appreciate everyone’s support over the past few months. Rescheduling this event has not been ideal, but we are confident it was the correct decision to protect our community during this pandemic. We recognize that the future of the pandemic is still unsettled, and WGPO will continue to monitor the situation. But we are hopeful that by next summer we will be able to gather again in person to play our favorite game.
Best,
Lynda Finn and Mike Johnson
Word Cup Ten Directors

Another Cancellation – Portland’s 31st Annual won’t happen

Well, we did it for 30 years.  Karen Merrill started the ball rolling and several of us have done our best to keep it going.  But we’re getting older and don’t seem to be attracting youngsters ready to take over.  The pandemic is something we’d rather not deal with.  We’ll miss you all come this Labor Day Weekend.  But maybe next year?

Word Cup Cancelled for July 2020

Dear Friends,

With sadness, the WGPO Executive Committee and Board of Player Representatives have voted to cancel this year’s Word Cup event in Naperville, IL due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our intention is to reschedule in Naperville, IL for Summer 2021, and we are currently in discussions with the Doubletree by Hilton Lisle-Naperville regarding alternate dates. We expect to announce new dates in May, if things go smoothly.

We recognize that canceling Word Cup will be disappointing. Many of you have already made travel/hotel arrangements and will need to cancel them. Luckily, most major airlines are offering to waive change fees for this summer’s travel, but some require you to act soon. We encourage you to check with your airlines to find out what options they have available.

The Word Cup Directors will be reaching out to those who have already sent in registrations in the coming week. All entry fees and donations will be either returned or held and applied to Word Cup 2021, your choice.

Thanks to everyone for your patience during this pandemic. We look forward to the time where we can gather again to play the game we love. Stay safe until that time.

Best,

The Executive Committee, Board of Player Representatives, and Word Cup Directors

Word Cup – 2020: COVID-19 Update

Dear Friends,

The organizers of Word Cup want you to know we are continuing to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19. Your safety and welfare are our top concerns. Working with the elected leadership of WGPO, we expect to have a final decision on whether Word Cup will proceed as scheduled by May 1. Because there is a strong chance that Word Cup in July will be affected by this pandemic, we ask that you hold off on sending in new entries until a decision is made. We want to assure you that should the event be cancelled or rescheduled, or should you decide that it’s safer for you not to attend, all entry fees or donations will be either returned or held and applied to Word Cup 2021, your choice.  We miss you and are looking forward to seeing you again under safer conditions.

Mike and Lynda

Announcing the Isolation Nation, No Contact WGPO Online Tournament!

Join us on Sunday, April 5 starting at 1 PM Central time for an unrated online tournament held on ISC directed by Lynda Finn. 6 Games, 20 minute per side, 5 pt challenge, unrated, TWL only. Divisions, if any, will determined based on registrants. Limited to the first 36 entries. Games 1-2 at 1 PM Central, games 3-4 at 2:45, games 5-6 at 4:30. This will allow a 15 minute break between every two rounds so that you can get short break for snack, bathroom, short walk, etc. You must have a Facebook (Messenger) account to play as all announcements and reporting of results will be conducted through Facebook Messenger.
Pairings and Standings will be found at http://director.victoriascrabble.org/
By entering this tournament you agree not to use any outside help with anagramming or word checking.
Share your ISC handle on the WGPO Facebook page if you are interested in playing. Lynda Finn will set up a Facebook Messenger group for all interested parties. You must arrive on ISC by 12:55 on Sunday the 5th in order to be paired in first round.
Contact lyndafinn@gmail.com for more info.

WGPO Club Suspensions for Covid-19

Dear WGPO Directors and Players,

To help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many local clubs have decided to cancel upcoming meetings. These actions are part of a nationwide effort to “flatten the curve” and save lives. The Executive Committee (EC) and Board of Player Representatives (BPR) unequivocally supports these actions.

Unlike rated tournaments, our local club system includes many clubs that are not officially affiliated with any organization. The BPR and EC recognize that we cannot mandate suspension of activities for all clubs nationwide, however, we strongly recommend the temporary suspension of all in-person club related activity until at least April 30th.

While playing our game in person is a core part of our organization’s mission, it does not allow for social distancing. People sitting in close contact, facing each other, and touching the same tiles only provides opportunities for the virus to spread within our community. We are also learning that the virus can be spread easily through people who are not yet symptomatic. The CDC makes it clear that it typically takes between 2-14 days after exposure for symptoms to appear. Simply asking those exhibiting symptoms to stay home is not an effective way to protect our club members, especially since COVID-19 has the highest death rate with one of our core demographics (those over 60).

The time for social distancing is now. Increasingly, governmental agencies are calling us to “hunker down.” WGPO asks that our clubs follow this advice.

Sincerely,

The Executive Committee of WGPO and the Board of Player Representatives