Club and Cruise Directors Course (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 24, 25, and 26)

This comprehensive course prepares candidates for directing club and bridge cruise games. Anyone interested in becoming a club director or a director aboard a cruise ship is invited to participate. Study materials may be purchased through Baron Barclay Bridge Supply (www.baronbarclay.com). Pre-register online by November 19 here, contact Joyce Stone at 662-253-3138 or send an email to directorcourses@staging.acbl.org.

Fee: $50

Date: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – November 24, 25, 26

Time: 1-10 p.m. Monday with dinner break

9 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday with lunch and dinner breaks

9 a.m. – noon Wednesday followed by lunch break and testing

Reception for Club Officials and Teachers (Friday, November 28)

Enjoy ACBL’s thank you reception for the club officials and teachers who recruit and retain our members. All club managers, teachers and club directors are encouraged to attend.

Free of charge.

Date: November 28

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

ACBL Information Fair (Saturday, Nov. 29)

This is your one-stop shop for ACBL information! All ACBL departments will be represented and available to answer your questions. Please read through the list below and make plans to attend. Coffee and pastries will be served.

  • Club & Membership Q&A – Calling all club managers and bridge players! This is the place to get your questions answered about club game sanctions, special events for clubs, regulations, club discipline and most anything do to with clubs. That’s not all! You can also get information on ACBL membership.
  • Discipline at the Club, Unit and District Level – ACBL’s disciplinary coordinator will be available to answer your questions about the ACBL’s Code of Disciplinary Regulations (CDR), how and when the CDR applies, and the roles played in the discipline process by presidents, recorders and disciplinary/appellate Chairs.
  • Marketing Your Club, Class or Tournament – Come learn more about the ACBL’s newest tool for success – the Resource Center. We’ll show you how to access and customize advertising and publicity templates to aid you in achieving your growth goals. Or come tell us your best marketing trick so we can share best practices with other clubs, teachers and tournaments.
  • Tournament Director University Updates and Information – Have you thought about becoming a Tournament Director? Here is the place to get information on how to get started.
  • Education Programs – Are you interested in teaching bridge to younger players in your area? Would you like your unit or district to train and accredit new teachers? Find out how the ACBL Education Department can help. Programs include School Bridge, Teacher Accreditation, Learn Bridge in A Day? ® and more.
  • Ruling the Game – Is there one ruling just nagging at you? Is there a law you just don’t understand? Here’s where to get your answer. We want to help as many players as possible so please keep it to one question so everyone gets a chance!

Free of charge.

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m

Club Director Refresher Course (Tuesday and Wednesday, December 2 and 3)

This continuing education course for club directors covers updates to Chapters 4 and 5 of the ACBL handbook. Participants must attend both sessions (Tuesday and Wednesday).

Fee: $15 covers both sessions. Sign up at door.

Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, December 2 and 3

Time: 9:00 am – noon, both days

The TAP — Teacher Accreditation Program (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 28, 29 and 30)

Receive an introduction to the ACBL Bridge Series material and other popular teaching products. Learn modern teaching techniques from one of the ACBL’s premier teachers in this 10-hour interactive learning course which includes three hours of hands-on experience. Learn the business side of teaching bridge and be introduced to 64 weeks of class material and more! There are even techniques to move your students into playing duplicate faster.

Pre-register online here, contact the education department at 662-253-3115 or email education@staging.acbl.org for more information.

Fee: $125 (Free for previously ACBL accredited teachers and players 25 and younger) Date: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 28, 29 and 30.

Time: 8:30 a.m. to Noon.

Learn Bridge in A Day?® (Sunday, November 30)

Move quickly along the initial learning curve. Participants should include true beginners, those returning to bridge after long absences and those wanting to “test the waters” before committing to formal classes. The concentrated course includes both class instruction and coached play. For more information contact Patty Tucker at patty@whirlwindbridge.com or call 404-735-4779.
Fee:  $20 at the door. Textbooks and door prizes are included in fee.

Date: Sunday, November 30

Time: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Learn Bridge in A Day?® Instructor Accreditation (Sunday, November 30)

This program instructs teachers in methods of administering and presenting LBIAD.

Teachers wishing to be accredited must complete the following two requirements:

1) Serve as a Table Mentor at an LBIAD seminar led by either Melissa Bernhardt or Patty Tucker, and

2) Attend a two-hour LBIAD Teacher Training event presented by Whirlwind Bridge.

Teacher Training will include information on organizing and marketing LBIAD as well as maximizing retention rates, writing effective grant requests and the presentation of the seminar.

Date: Sunday, November 30

Time:  Seminar 1-6 p.m. Instructor Accreditation 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. A light meal will be provided 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Fee: $75

To register, or if you have questions, please contact Melissa Bernhardt at Melissa@whirlwindbridge.com.

Audrey Grant’s Continuing Education for Teachers and Club Managers (Sunday, November 30)

When it comes to bridge, Audrey Grant is a household name. For decades, she has taught students, teachers and club owners across the world. Her hands-on approach and creative use of the table, cards and bid boxes has helped keep students engaged, excited and focused.

Audrey will walk through and explain these teaching techniques in this hour-and-a-half seminar. Following the seminar, you can attend her free two-hour bridge lesson. You’ll observe Audrey’s techniques at work and see how she leaves each student hungering to learn more.

For more information on Audrey Grant, visit www.betterbridge.com

Fee: $20 covers Audrey Grant’s textbook and seminar; free breakfast sponsored by Baron Barclay Bridge Supply www.baronbarclay.com

Date: Sunday, November 30

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Free Lesson: 10 a.m. – Noon

Zero Tolerance Workshop (Monday, December 1)

A workshop focused on handling zero tolerance and behavioral issues in club games.

Free of charge.

Date: Monday, December 1

Time: 10 a.m. – noon