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Thanks Jim. I knew you would have the answer.
April 12
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Oh darn. I was thinking about doing a league that spanned my District. That would be 5 states.

Comments above are not very encouraging.

BTW, how would we go about handling a sanction for a KO team league?
April 12
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Before Gold Rush (GR) was created, players competed in an Open Pair event. There were three strats: A, B and C and depending upon the number of tables, there were various awards for depth of places.

Dividing the Open Pair field into two games raised the number of possible strats to six: Open flight A, B and C, plus GR flights 3, 5 and 7. The number of places in each strat was still based upon the number of tables.
Recently, the BoD authorized a change that now allows seven strats; when the schedule has a Top flight (A/X) game, a mid-flight game and a GR game. In this situation, two strats exist in both the A/X and the mid-flight. The GR event retains it's three strats.

My comments: When splitting the Open events into two separate games, it was decided that the overall masterpoint awards for the Open events should include the table counts from the GR events. There is some reasonable logic to this, at least at the time the decision was made.
The GR events have been a huge success and the table counts for GR often exceeds that of the Open events. The master point awards for the Open events appear to be quite attractive.

We can all come up with ideas of how we might improve the current situation. But if we step back and look at the overall effect, we should recognize that the GR events have made tournament attendance much more attractive for our LT 750 MP players. That, to me is success.
April 8
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Jeff,

You should look here: https://cdn.acbl.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/23141038/Excerpts-of-Memphis.pdf

If not listed, then you can ask your DD.
March 30
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This post was made for/by a player like me. For many years I have rehearsed the possible actions I would take, depending upon various bids being made by partner and/or opponents.
At the table, I am constantly adjusting and planning so that I am quick to Alert and quick to make my next choice. I began doing this so that I could remember our CC and treatments. Now it is just a constant routine.
I figure it is good to keep the brain circuits fresh.
March 29
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Update to my ACBL Restructuring Plan:

Now that we have a proposal from the planning group, I'll be writing my recommendations to carry the plan further.

My early observations include:

ACBL Plan uses the term Committee for the Senate groups. To me a committee is always a ‘recommender’ and not a decision-making body. I chose the term Panel, but I have no vested interest in that term. I do want something other than ‘Committee’.

ACBL Plan does a great job of transition planning. I chose to completely ignore that activity; instead concentrating on the end design. No further action is warranted.

I built a performance review process into the Senate. I'll explain that further.

The main issue that I have is that as an 80+ year-old organization, the ACBL has no organizational entity that is responsible for member recruitment.
We don't know how to locate or engage bridge-playing prospects. The general approach has been to manufacture new players.
There is a lot that goes into this topic. The important take-away is that we need to deal with this vitally important function.

I'll be in Las Vegas for the NABC and hopefully the meetings that deal with the ACBL restructuring.

I appreciate all of the comments that have been provided.

—————- Build for Tomorrow —————
March 29
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My opinion is that the Online NABC tournament is a suckers bet. It has a poor return in Master points for the entry fee.
But people play the lottery, so we can all dream that we might get lucky.

Most people will figure out that there are better ways to earn MP's. I expect to see participation decline.

As a regular BBO player, I'll do better (more MP's) by playing in the ACBL Robot tournaments.
March 25
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The documents include the initial framework for the restructuring of ACBL governance.
There is a lot to consider, but it sounds like a very viable approach.
March 23
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Ian,
Ten weeks!? I'm an advocate for 20 minute lessons; followed by one hour of play. After three weeks, they should be playing rubber bridge with a group.
Then several months later, a follow up session.
The only convention that should be taught is Blackwood.
March 21
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What I heard was that we must treat Gates and Buffet just like any other bridge players. Further, the ACBL cannot try to benefit from their celebrity status.
This information was attributed to the support staff of Gates and Buffet.
March 18
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The idea of having an affiliation with other organizations can provide mutual benefits.
I took my concerns about our ‘one-way’ deal with AA to Bahar Gidwani. He assured me that he had renegotiated the arrangement so that the ACBL received something in return. He did not provide any details.
Bridge is sometimes viewed as a game for old people. Linking our organization to the Alzheimer's Association plays into that stereotype.
I think our organization should explore Strategic Relationships that provide mutual benefits.
Here is what I have previously written:

Strategic Alliances for the ACBL

The ACBL can benefit by developing Strategic Alliances with other organizations. We are all aware that the demographic shift that affected card games also affected board games.

Moreover, there have been multiple waves of demographic changes that have brought us to our current demographic climate.

Our challenge, as an organization, is to chart a path forward that cultivates an interest in Bridge by non-players.

If we look more broadly at the landscape, we are likely to find other organizations that face the same challenges, that are also looking for the best road to follow and that might be eager to work cooperatively to seek solutions.

The core criterion for exploring a Strategic Alliance is that there are mutual benefits. Cross-marketing to the members is important. Collaborating on common issues and possibly working jointly in marketing and promotion.

Several different groupings of organizations could become important Power Partners for the ACBL.

Card-playing Organizations: Pinochle, Poker, Cribbage
Gaming Organizations: Maj Jong, Chess, Backgammon
Problem Solvers: Crossword Puzzles, Sudoku, Scrabble, Logic Puzzles
Life-long learning organizations: Continuing Education, OLLIE
Memory Enhancement Organizations: Lumosity

Exploring Strategic Alliances with other Membership Organizations opens up more possibilities for new members, it may enhance our current member benefits and it opens up communications lines that may yield creative solutions to shared problems.
March 18
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Also before unleaded gas, color TV, 8-track tape decks and many other things. None of which contributed to the decline in bridge play.
March 17
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It used to be called the Brooklyn Bridge, before Jeff bought it.
March 17
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This is the only ‘study’ of bridge in school that I've seen.
http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/teachers/statisticallyspeaking.pdf
It is not research, but still interesting information.
March 15
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When we have an issue and we don't know how to deal with it, we can try these approaches:

- regulate it, make rules
- throw money at it
- do a survey
- form a committee
- do nothing
- complain often

What is missing?
March 14
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Alternately, we could try to keep people from learning to play Bridge. Tell them it is a pilot program and they have to qualify to be a part of it.
If turned down, they can reapply up to two more times to get into the pilot group.
Their friends, neighbors and co-workers may not make it into this somewhat exclusive group.
March 13
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Bravo.

In D15, to get a team to go to the NABC, we sometimes go down to the fourth place qualifying team.
The ACBL should not try a one-size fits all solution. Let the Districts implement their FAIR selection process.

BTW, we are going to ramp up our commitment to GNT's, in part, as a way to give our NLM's more experience in team events. They mostly play pair events and our Swiss team sessions are suffering.
March 13
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A rewarding experience.
March 10
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Jeff,

In Jay's January 2018 message to members (Bulletin), he avoided the pie-in-the-sky goals statements that have traditionally been stated by incoming ACBL Presidents.

Instead he said “…Whipple has an agenda for the year that centers around a single theme: the smooth functioning of the ACBL chief executive officer and the Board.”


We know that did not turn out well. Otherwise, he accomplished all of his goals. ;)
March 9
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Last year, the BoG considered a motion to allow the Club Appreciation games to float; with no specific month. It did not pass, but I'm not sure the members understood the rationale.

Since half of all ACBL members are non-Life Masters, the Gold point award for these team games is appreciated. Even though it is more of a ‘fleck’ of Gold, when it is your first piece, it is exciting to our new players.

We have GNT team games during October and running the Club Appreciation games fills up the monthly calendar pretty quickly.

I'm in favor of the CA games floating and at the discretion of the Club Manager.
March 9
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