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Rick,

Thank you for your post and it’s very unfortunate the situation both teams are now dealing with.

We had our D21 board meeting this weekend in Sacramento and I brought it to the boards attention that we should review our COC before next year, and recommended to the board to review this post on bridgewinners.

We just voted to also give money to our second teams in Flight b and Flight C for 2020 from the district and I think it will need to be very clear that we need to have a third place playoff in case the second team decides not to attend so we can award the money to the next team in the list.(all wording will need to be very clear so to never have the issues you are all experiencing)

We have tabled our motion about the additional funds and will put it in place during our meetings in Santa Clara ….giving us time to review the COC and create the proper wording for the additional funds .

I wish all the players the best in coming to an equitable outcome and I agree it seems the ACBL should be consulted to help the district process what has occurred.

See you all in Vegas

Tracey
June 2
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Thank you for the wonderful story of a bridge player before my time
May 16
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My partner is Steve Ramos. We played together at the Atlanta NABC in regional Pairs finishing 3rd and 4th the two days we played there. So we are not a long established partnership but get along very well at the table and both thoughtful players.
Nov. 25, 2018
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Thank you Donna….my husband and I would have never been able to play without this when my kids were young
Nov. 14, 2018
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Good luck on your move and welcome to the Bay Area!

If you are a Facebook user here's the districts FB page :

https://Facebook.com/d21acbl/

Hope to meet you at the bridge table
Jan. 30, 2018
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Kevin….we are playing your card with Jason. ;)
Dec. 2, 2017
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Peg….in the AXY Pairs we had a player ( one who is a prolific book writer) sit at the wrong table on the start of second session. By the time the directors sorted everything out this writer comes and sits down and blames the pair that should have been at the right table as causing the fiasco, since they arrived a few minutes late.

Im the nicest person but when someone is being an ASS I also just can't take it. She wouldn't shut up about assigning blame to this other pair and not them selves for sitting in the wrong section and starting a board. When I called the director to have them stop taking so we could move on the director yelled at me! This same director comes back in round two and hovers threatening over my shoulder and tells ME I must play faster. I am RARELY a slow player and was disgusted that a director acted in this manner and was threatening me and trying to intimidate me ( if I was not built of my constitution I would have blown some of those boards in a big way). This behavior by directors of allowing famous players to get away with anything is unfair.

Also, when the pair that should be sitting at EEE got to their table and told them they were sitting in the wrong table….they didn't want to move at first. When the pair finally convinced them that they truly were in the wrong section …this very experienced person got up from the table after being in the middle of an auction. ( I was the one who had to call a director and make it known they had started an auction and were now trying to come to a new table and start over.). The director had them finish the board at the wrong table and finish the second board with us. You can imagine how far behind we started round two……and I received the slow warning and get a Director hovering over my back.

We can and should be doing better as an organization in training our directors better, this is the first step….I'm hoping Bahar can help make some changes in this regard. We have some WONDERFUL directors that I adore don't get me wrong but we also have some that are acting a bit clueless and also forgetting that we are selling a product and player enjoyment is also part of their job.


Also anyone else notice how many of the directors are walking around with hand records visible. (20 minutes last night in the BLUE a director had a full hand record in his hand walking around the room. I was kibitzing and noticed that he was taking director calls and had the paper out in fully open ( not folded) he even held it near eye level for a player to easily glance. If people want some extra information the league is making it WAY TOO EASY.

During the AXY I also saw a director fold his into his shirt pocket with two boards visible peeking out. I watched him then have a conversation with two pros where they got the benefit of seeing those boards if they chose. Let's also not go into how many inexperienced people leave their convention card scores fully visible on a table.

We can do better
Nov. 29, 2017
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Thanks for the write up Dan….congrats to our USA women….awesome!
Oct. 26, 2017
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This was my choice thinking I would bid 2s after my partners inevitable 2H if they don't have diamonds with me. Experts at the Regional differed between 2D and 2S….interesting to see here it's 100% for 2D so far
Oct. 17, 2017
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Sam….those who want to work and play in main events can not just play at 7pm. As I stated above I do work and play a 1 and 7pm shift….many people in the bridge world have flexible positions that allow them to work 4-8 hours in the morning and still attend a regional or national. That couldn not happen with a 10-3 shift since we would miss all working hours. Also if I could only do one session evening than I would have found a new past time since an evening side game is not enough of a challenge.
Aug. 28, 2017
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I attend all my districts regionals and work 8am and 10 am client meetings then do the 1-7 games. I have planned this for two upcoming regionals and Nationals in San Diego. Having daytime shifts would not allow me to combine bridge and work. I'm 45 and not a typical demographic though
Aug. 27, 2017
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WJ?…as someone whose company restructured during the practice rounds and showed a 2% game for finishing only one board, conference calls, meetings, and a promotion ensued. You can not assume that a low score actually means anything….maybe the person played only a few boards. I think it's wrong they give a percentage to anyone that didn't finish a whole round of boards.

ACBL and BBO should fix this anomaly
July 10, 2017
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I've wondered why at one table we have three voice commentators and 2-3 chat and other tables no one. I would love to see this more spread out….Debbie it would be Great to hear you commentate on the women's today!?
May 7, 2017
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Jim….a group of us from D21 have been playing this for years. Very few of us have forgotten the system after one or two early goofs…find minor suit slams easily and keeps strong hand playing the contract.
April 18, 2017
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Many people confuse websites and social media … they should be used in conjunction and in relationship to each other.

This is how I use it and see it but would love feedback from others (click on the links above in my long comment to see)

Websites like bridgewinners a user needs to actively log into or look up.

Facebook….I open my application and I see a FEED- this is content I have requested Facebook to send me ( friends that I have liked and their pictures and content they create and pages I have “liked”). People nowadays can get a lot of their news articles “pushed” to them in this manner. So a Facebook experience is info coming TO you instead of you having to actively going to a website. So in once place I see interesting articles from the NYT, WSJ, Wash Post, LA times etc, I see trips my friends are on and interesting things my friends want to share, lots of political posts right now, and groups I am involved with (for me personally- bridge related groups, soccer, and fashion industry(work for me))

So a FB user that has “liked” our Unit or District site when they log in to their personal FB they may see a flyer I posted for an upcoming Sectional, regional, educational opportunities, special games, I also comb through results and post pictures of winners from our district when they do well at our Regionals, Sectionals, and at Nationals , sometimes I create little stories (maybe sharing some of our bridge personalities at our district level or unit level and share on the appropriate page- I think it's fun to highlight some of the people that make the game fun, I also comb through bridgewinners and share articles that our D21 players write here and share via FB,

To be successful you have to have someone actively managing and pushing content out. I try and do a daily post for the D21 FB page, and minimally 3 a week for our Unit FB page. Right now I have both pages OPEN in that our members can post content and freely comment on content and will keep it that way until someone abuses.

On our district FB page we have multiiple admins…..Pam Hughes our tournament manager, Kevin who creates our Daily Bulletins(so he can post them after he has created them, and myself. People are still getting used to the differences between a website and social media. Social media is social….pictures are the most liked and shared content. I'm still trying to encourage the different Units in our district to share their info with me that may be interesting to the larger District ( work that SIVVY does, charitable endeavors, new or special games, educational opportunities ( we have Jerry Helms coming to the Bay Area in May and I have been advertising that recently). I really would like to see more people in our District sending me info and a huge thanks to Debbie Rosenberg who has been the most helpful to me in this regard. At tournaments I am personally playing and can't create all the content nor post it all ( there just Isn't enough time nor energy for me to create and do everything I would like to personally and play bridge)

On our Unit page …it's MARIN County focused. Marin players and their accomplishments, our local clubs and their special games, photos from our parties, birthdays etc, and upcoming learning opportunities I really encourage people to share bridge learning opportunities on FB because I think that may help us draw new people to the game.

I hope this helps you understand the difference between a website and a social media feed. I share things we post to the website but a lot of stuff I post on FB may never make it to our website which is more static and informational only. FAcebook is more social( pictures, stories) and it's current and in the moment…..you see a post once unless one of your friends comments on it.
Feb. 21, 2017
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Steve,

I am not a club owner but social media chair for Unit 508 and District 21.

ACBL did approached me out of the blue and told me a couple years ago they were going to give me some money to do the FB adverstising but that never materialized.

I'm in district 21 …it took me three years to even get them to let me on my own time create the page. God forbid I ask them for money to advertise !!!!!!!

So far everything I do is organic, I'll let you know if that ever changes. Our Unit is doing a Learn Bridge in a Day with the ACBL later this year and I think that would be the best time to try FB paid adverstising, if our board agrees. I work in sales and marketing so I know it works.
Feb. 20, 2017
Tracey Bauer edited this comment Feb. 21, 2017
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I am extremely passionate about utilizing Facebook for our bridge world.

I joined my unit board 4-5 years ago and in my first meeting brought to them the idea of adding a social media chair, got approval, and created our Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/marinbridge/

I was convinced the bridge world needed to start using the Facebook platform from my own experience:
I started playing bridge about ten years ago, 34 pregnant, full time job, avid soccer player in my spare time ( premier league and multiple adult recreation leagues) My husband introduced me to bridge and we started dabbling in tournaments and I would post on Facebook our adventures and low level successes with our friends. Fast forward to a few years ago and on the board I see the in and out of our membership and I notice a few women's I know from my soccer days. These women are acquaintances but have been connected to me via Facebook for years and have been watching my posts and now I see they joined the ACBL and are taking lessons locally. Coincidence? I don't think so….they are also highly competitive people and I think as they were aging out of soccer competition they thought they should give this mind sport a try.
(Major lightbulb goes off about the power of Facebook in exposing people to our game.)


I then started having conversations with Darby and the ACBL marketing team about using the tool for clubs, units, and districts. It would take me three more years to convince my own district of its value and huge kudos to Pam Hughes who helped push it through:

https://www.facebook.com/d21acbl/


It's a slow process getting existing bridge players signed up to your site but even though we have less than 200 people my posts that I create have been seen by up to 2,500 people. This week I just looked and we have 816 people who viewed one of the posts. This will vary and at the end I will share some stats on Facebook for those that care to learn.


I see two important reasons we need to increase our exposure on Facebook. Everything I do is FREE and gets shared organically and we are looking for our members to share interesting content or comment on it so their friends then see our posts. This increases our exposure of bridge to our friends and their friends networks. The more we are exposed to something the more likely we will be to try it.

The other positive I have personally found is the connections it creates. I have met many more people since creating all this content for bridge. I get so many people who thank me for my time doing this. I also think those of us that are on social media and comment on each other's posts and are connected in this way have a better connection. The more we are connected the better we act towards each other and the less zero tolerance instances I think we will see. We are a small community and it's wonderful to know each other a little better and it's makes the experience more fun at tournaments.

I think there is a lot of value in the platform and will keep at my labor of love to spread our game to a larger population and to connect all of us more.

I'm also always looking for great content so I you have a bridge related story that you think I could post please email me at

tlcinsf@hotmail.com

I will be at the spring nationals the whole time for anyone attending that wants to discuss the platform more and how to utilize it and grow our game, feel free to reach out. ( I don't get to every nationals due to work and family)




P.s.
Here are some stats about Facebook from this year from Zephoria for those interested:


The Top 20 Valuable Facebook Statistics –
Updated February 2, 2017
Worldwide, there are over 1.86 billion monthly active Facebook users (Facebook MAUs) which is a 17 percent increase year over year. (Source: Facebook as of 02/01/17) What this means for you: In case you had any lingering doubts, statistically, Facebook is too big to ignore.
There are 1.15 billion mobile daily active users (Mobile DAU) for December 2016, an increase of 23 percent year-over-year. (Source: Facebook as of 2/01/17) This is hugely significant and shows the dramatic growth of mobile traffic on Facebook.
1.23 billion people log onto Facebook daily active users (Facebook DAU) for September 2016, which represents a 18% increase year over year (Source: Facebook as 02/01/17) The Implication: A huge and vastly growing number of Facebook users are active and consistent in their visits to the site, making them a promising audience for your marketing efforts.
There are 1.74 billion mobile active users (Mobile Facebook MAU) for December 2016 which is an increase of 21% year-over-year (Source: Facebook as of 02/01/17).
On average, the Like and Share Buttons are viewed across almost 10 million websites daily. (Source: Facebook as of 10/2/2014)
In Europe, over 307 million people are on Facebook. (Source: Search Engine Journal) The Takeaway: This isn’t just a U.S. phenomenon – a worldwide market is available via Facebook.
Age 25 to 34, at 29.7% of users, is the most common age demographic. (Source:Emarketer 2012) What this means for you: This is the prime target demographic for many businesses’ marketing efforts, and you have the chance to engage these key consumers on Facebook.
Five new profiles are created every second. (Source: ALLFacebook 2012) The Implication: Your potential audience on Facebook is growing exponentially.
Facebook users are 76% female (out of 100% of all females) and 66% male (out of 100% of all males). This is stat is one that you really have to think about because it’s comparing the percentage of all females against the percentage of all males who are on Facebook. Sorry for the confusion. To dig a little deeper take a look at this study which does a much better job at explaining the nuances – Source: Brandwatch – https://www.brandwatch.com/2015/01/men-vs-women-active-social-media/) The Takeaway: Since this isn’t a large statistical difference, you should be able to effectively reach both genders on Facebook.
Highest traffic occurs mid-week between 1 to 3 pm. (Source: Bit.ly blog) On another note, a Facebook post at 7pm will result in more clicks on average than posting at 8pm (Source: Forbes). Go figure. How this can help you: You have the potential to reach more consumers and drive higher traffic to your site during peak usage times, but people may be more likely to be more engaged in the evenings. This statistic may be a factor when you are planning social communication scheduling. (Also consider that Facebook has a global audience, so you may want to plan around the time zone of your key market.)
On Thursdays and Fridays, engagement is 18% higher. (Source: Bit.ly blog) The Implication: Again, use this information to determine when to post in order to optimize your social media marketing efforts.
There are 83 million fake profiles. (Source: CNN) The Takeaway: Nothing is perfect, so always remain thoughtful and strategic in your efforts. Also, fake or not, these are still potential consumers. There are various reasons for fake profiles, including professionals doing testing and research, and people who want to segment their Facebook use more than is possible with one account.
Photo uploads total 300 million per day. (Source: Gizmodo) The Implication: Again, this is an indication of engaged users; also, it is an indication that there are a lot of photos, as well as other information, competing for users’ attention, so target your efforts strategically.
Average time spent per Facebook visit is 20 minutes. (Source: Infodocket) What this means for you: You could have a short time period to make your impression, so use it wisely with relevant, interesting and unique posts and offers in order to get the most return on your efforts.
Every 60 seconds on Facebook: 510,000 comments are posted, 293,000 statuses are updated, and 136,000 photos are uploaded. (Source: The Social Skinny) The Implication: Again, there are a lot of engaged and active users, but also a huge amount of information competing for their attention, so quality and strategy on your part matter.
4.75 billion pieces of content shared daily as of May 2013 which is a 94 percent increase from August 2012. (Source: Facebook)
50% of 18-24 year-olds go on Facebook when they wake up. (Source: The Social Skinny) What this means for you: Facebook is important to these users, and potentially, if done correctly, so is the content you post on it.
One in five page views in the United States occurs on Facebook. (Source: Infodocket 2012) How this helps you: This is a huge market on the web; if you use social media marketing efforts on Facebook well, you could have huge returns to show for it.
42% of marketers report that Facebook is critical or important to their business. (Source: State of Inbound Marketing 2012 The Takeaway: This is a crowded marketplace, but you can’t afford to sit it out, because odds are fairly high that your competition is there. The key is to use Facebook marketing correctly and make sure that your efforts stand out from the crowd.
16 Million local business pages have been created as of May 2013 which is a 100 percent increase from 8 million in June 2012. (Source: Facebook). Facebook marketing has transformed how business is conducted, and its use by local businesses to extend their markets continues to explode.
Thought to take with you: At 1.86 billion, Facebook has more monthly active users than WhatsApp (500 million), Twitter (284 million) and Instagram (200 million)—combined. (Source: CNBC) Facebook continues to reign in popularity over other social media channels.
To find out more about how Zephoria can help you harness the power of Facebook to increase your business results, please contact us.
Feb. 20, 2017
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Bruce 0-5000 and the 0-1500 were formatted correctly….seems to me that the biggest event file should be checked before posted….and should have been corrected by now.
July 23, 2016
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http://live.acbl.org/event/NABC162/LM/2/summary

Can someone explain why the Von Zedtwitz LM Pairs file looks like this?

Also why is Hampson and Greco with less points (1850.00) listed above Borker Jansma with (1850.50)

This has been very confusing to read and figure out what place pairs are in going into day two ( I've been summarizing and posting D21 progress for our FB page at www.facebook.com/d21acbl)

Can someone explain the numbering associated with this event to me?
July 23, 2016
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John. I've used that tactic…..humor etc. I usually point out the slam I see on the card and thank them for the info. it's especially bad at club games in our area and directors do not seem to help correct the problem. I usually remind them that most players aren't saying anything because they get help everything time they sit at their table. Also with my age I easily see the card where many others may not.
July 11, 2016
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