A player under the age of 26 is a junior player. A number of programs are in place to encourage college, high school, junior high and even elementary school students to learn bridge.
A. SCHOOL BRIDGE LESSON SERIES
The School Bridge Lesson Series program is available to elementary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities in North America. It offers free bridge lessons to students. The ACBL funds this program which includes textbooks, teacher fees, bags for course graduates and trophies for mini-tournament winners.
B. STUDENT MEMBERSHIPS
Student memberships have been established whereby ACBL’s Junior members pay a greatly reduced membership fee. Anyone under the age of 26 who is a student is eligible to receive:
- An opportunity to win scholarship monies in the King and Queen of Bridge Contest,
- The opportunity to use discount entry coupons for all events at NABCs,
- The right to participate in all ACBL-sponsored Junior activities.
- Access to the Bridge Bulletin via the MyACBL portal.
These students can join the ACBL for $5 (effective January 1, 2017) a year and receive all of the above benefits.
C. NABC JUNIOR PROGRAM
The NABC Junior Program consists of the following:
- Special Junior events and activities,
- Junior entries for a reduced fee,
- Junior Day, the first Saturday of each NABC.
D. JUNIOR MONTH
The month of January is designated as Junior month. During this month each club is authorized to hold sectional-rated black point Junior Fund games. Junior Fund games may also be run in any other month, except April, May and September. For more information contact the ACBL Education Department.
E. YOUTH NORTH AMERICAN BRIDGE CHAMPIONSHIP (YNABC)
Each summer in conjunction with the NABC, the ACBL sponsors a three-day Youth Championship known as the YNABC. This tournament is open to all players age 19 and under. Two sessions are offered each day for the most experienced down to the newest players. Two championship events that offer scholarships are held: The National Open Pairs and the National Swiss Teams of Four.