ABSP Online League
Welcome to the ABSP Online League - a free, online Scrabble league for ABSP members.
All games are played on the EA Scrabble MATTEL Facebook app.
In each round, players play a full round robin against all the other
players in their division - typically, 10 games - at the same time.
At the end of the round, the top players in each division will be promoted
to the next highest division. Rounds last for two weeks, starting every
other Tuesday at 8pm UK time.
In order to play in the league, you will need to join the ABSP Online Facebook
forum, where the league administrators and other players will be happy
to answer any questions. The league administrators are Anne Ashmore and
Wayne Kelly. This is a private group, so you need to request
access to it before you can post questions or see answers. When you
request access, you will need to supply your ABSP membership number,
so that the administrators can see that you are an ABSP member and one
of them will respond to your request as soon as they are able. The most
commonly asked questions are in the Frequently Asked Questions list below.
You will also need to register on myscrabbleapp.com to play.
Registration is free for ABSP members wishing to play
in the ABSP Online league. Sometimes, e-mail notifications are sent out
(final game scores, notification of rounds starting), so make sure you
remember to enter your e-mail address in My Details when signing up.
The league also has an etiquette guide with
which players are expected to comply.
Quick start checklist
- Ensure you are a current member of ABSP or sign up or renew
- Visit the Facebook home page for the league
and request access to the group, quoting your ABSP membership number.
- Create an account on myscrabbleapp.com
- Read the etiquette guide
- Register for the next round and wait for it to start
The sign-up and registration steps are described in more detail in the How to Play section below.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need a Facebook account to play in the league?
- Do I need to 'friend' my opponents on Facebook?
- Yes. However, you can restrict what information they can see
about you and how they interact with you. You can also unfollow
them, so you do not receive notifications about their timeline
- Can I 'unfriend' my opponents once the games are finished?
- It is strongly recommended that you do not routinely
unfriend your opponents, because in all likelihood, you will be playing
against them again in the next round or so. This leads to delays at the
start of each round whilst friend status is re-established.
- Can I play on my iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet?
- Yes, the EA Scrabble MATTEL app is available on both the Apple and
Android app stores.
- Can I play on my laptop or desktop computer?
- Yes, there is a EA
Scrabble MATTEL Facebook app that is available if you have a web
browser on any platform (you will need to log into your Facebook account
from that browser first)
- What if I'm going to be away and will not be able to play in the next round?
- Do not register for the next round - or unregister from it if it
has not yet started. If you miss multiple consecutive rounds, you will
start dropping down one division every two rounds, but you can always miss
one round and maintain your division without penalty.
- What if I discover I won't be able to play for a few days after
the round starts?
- Use the chat facility in each of the games to explain to your
opponents that you will not be able to play for a number of days. You can
also post in the Facebook group, although if you're going away, it's best
not to broadcast that fact on Facebook, even though it's a private group.
Letting your opponents know what is going on is important - people start
to worry if they've not heard from an opponent for a few days.
- What happens if I don't finish all my games before the end deadline?
- The league administrators will use screenshots provided by the
players in the final half hour up to the deadline to adjudicate the game
and determine the fairest final score possible.
- Are there any penalties for not completing all my games before the deadline?
- A system is currently under trial whereby any player who fails to
finish two games or more in two successive rounds will be suspended for
one round. If, after resuming play, they fail again to complete two or
more games they will be suspended for a further two rounds. Extenuating
circumstances will always be considered before penalties are imposed, as
we know that sometimes unpredictable or unavoidable things will happen.
We are not looking to impose draconian measures, but simply hope that
this will encourage players to finish all their games and not leave them
to the last minute.
- How long does each round last?
- Two weeks. Rounds start at 8pm UK time on Tuesdays every other week.
- How many games do I play in each round?
- Usually, 10.
- How do I know who I am playing against and who starts?
- All the management of who starts against whom is handled by
the myscrabbleapp.com website once the round starts. More detailed
instructions may be found in the How to play section elsewhere on
How to play in the league
Instructions for playing in the league and using myscrabbleapp.com:
- Please join the ABSP Online group forum on Facebook before
registering for the next round, so that you see any announcements.
When you join the group, you need to quote your ABSP membership number.
- Log in to the myscrabbleapp
website and choose ABSP
ONLINE from the left-hand panel to see all your games.
- Within myscrabbleapp.com
click the button to register for the next round, starting every other
Tuesday at 8pm (UK time). Each round lasts two weeks and scoring closes
- When the round starts, find your matches under My Games. Further
instructions on entering results can be found there.
- The 'starter' column indicates who should start the game. If you
need to befriend your opponent, click on their name to bring up their FB
profile in a new window. If this does not work then search the members
list within the Facebook group and click on their name there.
N.B. sometimes there are multiple people
with the same name - make sure you connect with the correct person!
As long as you are already friends with other Scrabble players, it'll
usually be the person with whom you have the most friends
If your opponent has not started within
48 hrs, you may start (and you may, if you wish. make the first move
- Please enter a short message in the in-game chat to identify the
league, the round and who is playing, e.g.: ABSP Online Rd 1 Rachel v Tom.
- Once you have played your first move, enter it in the 'first word'
column and click the update button, to record that the game has started.
If you exchange tiles, enter something like
"Exch 5"; if you passed, just enter "Pass".
- Finishing: The player who lays the last tile should record the
result immediately. To record a result, enter the scores in the order
they appear in the Scrabble app (the starter on the left, the responder
on the right). Click update or just hit return after editing but please
note that you can only update one result at a time.
If your opponent finished the game but did
not enter the scores reasonably soon, you should enter them yourself to
ensure that the scores are not lost.
- If you accidentally enter an incorrect score, you can simply re-enter
the correct one or enter the scores as 0-0 until the game has finished.
- Your opponent is informed when you update a result. You can
optionally include a short message in the 'Last Message' field. NB All
result updates are recorded in the results log. The last message recorded
- The spread is highlighted in green if you won and red if you
lost. Note that the spread value shown is always the first score minus
the second score. The stat table, when shown, gives a summary of all
the results listed.
At the end of each round, promotions and relegations will occur, before
the next round begins. Generally, the top 3 in each division
will be promoted to the next higher division and the bottom 3 demoted
to the next lowest division. However, sometimes the number of players
who move division is different due to players missing a round.
Players who sit out will return below players in their previous division
but above those in lower divisions. If two or more consecutive rounds are
missed, players will drop one division per 2 rounds missed. New players
will be added to the lowest division which will usually contain fewer
than 11 players. *The highest division is Division A. If many players
return at once it is possible some promotions in lower divisions will
not occur as anticipated. On the plus side, when players sit out, some
players may avoid demotion or extra players may get promoted. In all
cases, the final ranking from the last round will be preserved (with
top 3/bottom 3 swapping places).
- Please be courteous to other players on the Facebook page and within the games themselves.
- No anagram checkers (ULU/Zyzzyva/Scrabble Checker etc) should be
used when playing the games – you can check on the online dictionary
before playing, or try multiple choices, but all attempts to play must
be your own. The "Teacher" is also not to be used as this may give hooks
away etc. The Teacher can be disabled in the Facebook Scrabble options.
- Please remember to use the chat function to introduce the game
– eg Hi opp – ABSP round xx v (your name) will suffice. This is
because people may have multiple games going and need to know which is
a league match.
- Please enter the first word played and the final scores as soon as
you can – the player starting enters the first word and the player who
concludes the game must enter the scores. If you see your opponent has
not done either then you can do this yourself.
- Please try to start games and complete as soon as you can within the
deadlines – it’s not a race, but people can have other commitments
and may not be around in the later stages. Opponents may start the game
48 hours after the start of the round.
- If you think you may struggle to complete games in a round, then
it may be worth missing out a round. This may lead to a demotion,
but incomplete games may also count against you if you have not finished.
- Please try and communicate with each other and admins – we don't
put notices up for the fun of it! PMs are encouraged as they are unlikely
to see messages on the game if they are unable to play. It is certainly
good practice to let your opponents know if you are going to missing
for a while – especially at the beginning or end of a round.
- Nudging is not recommended as a prompt for your opponent to play.
It is also ineffective if they do not have notifications for the game
- Resigning games is strictly not allowed. First offences will get
a warning, second cases may result in a ban. In extreme cases, such as
resigning all games in a round, will result in automatic ban of 10 rounds.
- Please try and register for the next round when you know you can
play, to save chasing people at the last minute. You can let admins know
if you do not wish to play in the next round if this is not wanted to
As ever, if you have any queries please contact your admin: Anne
Ashmore and Wayne Kelly