The Tournament Disciplinary Committee at each tournament has jurisdiction over all cases that involve conduct and/or ethics (all forms of impropriety).

The DIC is responsible for bringing cases before this committee (the tournament recorder may suggest that cases be heard).

The Tournament Disciplinary Committee may assess disciplinary penalties in conduct and ethics cases. Further information concerning sanctions can be found in the ACBL Code of Disciplinary Regulations. See Appendix C.

Tournament Disciplinary Committee members need not tolerate any form of verbal or physical abuse from players. ACBL defines as gross misconduct all derogatory statements to a committee member and all disrespectful statements about a committee, its members, or its rulings.

Refer to Chapter 11 of this handbook for more information. Additional copies of disciplinary materials are available at