Scrabble is a classic word game that is played seriously every year in tournaments culminating in a national Scrabble player of the year. If you want to take your Scrabble to the next level and enter a tournament, you’ll want to practice using the official tournament rules.
There is an official list of words, two to nine characters long, and an additional word list for ten letters or more for those who can make mega words. I suggest you study this list almost like a spelling bee. Deluxe Scrabble boards have textured tiles, but these are not allowed in tournament rules so no one can “feel” the tiles to pick certain letters.
All players must play within a 25 minute time limit total for their whole game. Like chess, each time is recorded with an analog or digital clock right there in front of you. If you use more than 25 minutes, overtime rules apply. If you go beyond the 25 minute mark, you are docked 10 points for every one minute you go beyond 25 minutes. In a close game, this could be drastic.
You are allowed blank paper and a writing utensil to map out your words, but it must be completely blank when you enter your Scrabble game. Before each game, confirm that all one hundred tiles are present and accounted for.
Draw seven tiles like a normal game. The tops of your tiles must be visible above your rack at all times and must not be moved from the rack unless you are going to play them.
Blank tiles are wild and can be designated whatever letter you wish and still count as zero, but there is a blank designation slip so each player can see what that tile has become during the game. As in normal rules, once you place a tile on the board it cannot be moved.
Scores at the end of the game must be verified by all players on the board for each player so there are no discrepancies.
Any analog or digital time clock will work, but you want one that can start and stop with a push button. Kitchen timers work pretty well if you just want to simply practice.
Most importantly, have fun. If you like practicing, try using the word list on your family, friends, and coworkers. When they ask, “What the heck does that mean?” you can tell them an enhance your long term memory for the game.