WESPA Youth activities
Ms Karen Richards will be in Nairobi, to conduct a coaching clinic for young players on Monday November 6.
Teachers are also welcome to observe.
Topics covered in this clinic will cover strategy, word study, and other requirements for becoming a top player
(physical fitness, attitude etc). Obviously, it is impossible to cover everything in one short day.
Hence participants will also be directed to various resources available around the world, to assist in their quest for improvement.
Karen has lead the WESPA Youth Committee since the inception of WESPA. Although based in Australia,
she has lived in various countries, including South Africa. She continues to travel the world,
coaching and encouraging young people to compete in this wonderful game – a game which develops multiple skills,
such as problemsolving, logic, ability to study and recall copious amounts of information, risk management,
plus the obvious mathematics and spelling.
Since 2006, Karen has organised eleven World Youth Championship events, with up to 150 players from 20 countries
participating each year. Players compete for free quota places to represent their country. However,
additional spots are available if an entry fee is paid. Hence every young player, aged 7 to 17, is encouraged to compete – which will inspire them to reach higher levels, and network with other intelligent young people worldwide.
This year’s event will be held in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) from 27 to 29 November, with an anticipated 200 plus competitors.
Details are on www.youthscrabble.org
WESPAC 2017 Youth Calendar November 6th.
8am – 8:10am Introduction
8:10 – 8:30 Scoring
8:30 -10 am Word Study
10:30 – 10:45 Rack management
10:45 – 11:00 Board Management
11:00 – 11:15 Resources
11:15 – 11:30 Cardbox study
11:30 to 11:45 Using clocks and challenging
11:45 – 12:30pm More (methods of) word study
2.00 – 3:30pm Consensus Game
4.00 – 4:15pm Scrabble rules and etiquette
4:15 – 4:30pm Recap – general strategy summary
4:30 – 5.00pm Goal setting, Q/A