Beyond the games at the NABCs, members can enjoy educational programs. Below is a listing of the seminars being offered in Washington. For more information, contact education@staging.acbl.org.

Club and Cruise Directors Course (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, July 19, 20, 21)

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).

Contact Joyce Stone at 662-253-3138 or send an email to directorcourses@staging.acbl.org to register.

Fee: $50

Date: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, July 19, 20, 21

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

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

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

Reception for Club Officials and Teachers (Friday, July 22)

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: July 22
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The TAP – Teacher Accreditation Program (Thursday, Friday and Saturday , July 21, 22 and 23)

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.

If you have  taken the TAP before, do not use the online registration form. Please call or email the Education Department at the number below.

Preregistration is closed. You may still register on site or contact the education department at 662-253-3115 or email education@staging.acbl.org.

Fee: $125 (Free for previously ACBL accredited teachers and players 25 and younger).

Date: Thursday, Friday and Saturday , July 21, 22 and 23

Time: 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Thursday, July 21

8:30 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23

Board of Governors and General Membership Meeting (Sunday, July 24)

All members of the Board of Governors are invited to attend the Summer NABC meeting and the annual ACBL membership meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC.
Date: Sunday, July 24
Time:10 a.m. – noon

Learn Bridge in A Day?® (Sunday, July 24)

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: $15 when you pre-register, $20 at the door. Textbooks and door prizes are included in the fee.
Pre-register here.

Date: Sunday, July 24

Time: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Learn Bridge in A Day?® Instructor Accreditation (Sunday, July 24)

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, July 24
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. For any teacher wishing to purchase an LBIAD License within 30 days of Accreditation, $50 of the $75 fee will be applied to the first-year License fee.

To register, or if you have questions, please contact Patty Tucker at patty@whirlwindbridge.com or call 404-735-4779.

Audrey Grant’s Continuing Education for Teachers and Club Managers (Sunday, July 24)

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, July 24

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Free Lesson: 10 a.m.-noon

Teacher and Club Owner Roundtable with Patty Tucker (Monday, July 25)

Need some ideas for expanding your club? Want some help in managing your lessons series? The ABTA, the Educational Foundation and the ACBL are partnering for an informal meeting where new and potential teachers and club owners can brainstorm with veteran teachers and club owners. Led by Patty Tucker, we’ll discuss ideas, projects, problems and opportunities with those who have been there before. Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries will be provided.

Fee: free
Date: Monday, July 25
Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Zero Tolerance Workshop (Monday, July 25)

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

Free of charge.

Date: Monday, July 25

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Club Director Refresher Course (Tuesday and Wednesday, July 26 and 27)

This continuing education course for club directors covers a variety of rulings, delving into the more difficult situations that can arise at the table. Additional topics include better delivery of rulings and improved customer service. Participants must attend both sessions (Tuesday and Wednesday).

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

Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, July 26 and 27

Time: 9 a.m.–noon, both days