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I believe I read that in the Bulletin.
Jan. 23
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All good questions. Who do you suggest we reach out to for that information?
Jan. 23
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165,000 members. If every one of us goes and recruits just one new member every two years, and those recruited follow suit, there would be about a million ACBL members in just a few years. Word of mouth is the best marketing tool there is. We just need a way to empower the base.
Jan. 22
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And after these wonderful videos are made, how do we get thousands of people to see them? “Try Bridge” is not getting the hits they hoped for. This should be both a warning and a call to arms to finally hire someone who really does know how to harness social media.
Jan. 22
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Absolutely ludicrous that screens are used. You can't make this up. Why, when discussing the sociability, the player interaction, the team building that bridge affords, would you ever stick players behind screens??? No one is talking, smiling, interacting. They might as well be playing chess or taking a final chem exam. Bizarre.
Jan. 21
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David,
Let us know what you think. Maybe from your lips….
Jan. 18
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Try the Israeli teaching site bestebridge.com
It's not free. It's not BBO
It's just the best teaching site on the planet.
Jan. 18
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Randy,
Don't get me started. I have enough on my plate.
Jan. 8
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As long as the present situation exists, little more than, “the best they can do” is the best they can hope to do.
And you are right ACBL AND The Ed Foundation don't know what to do, but wish someone would come up with something and quick.
Jan. 8
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Bad directors do exist and they can negatively impact or even kill a game. I've fired every one of them. Bad, play favorites. Bad, intimidates their players. Bad, refuses to learn the rules. Bad, refuses to keep their game running smoothly. Bad, sits behind their desk and disassociates themselves from the game. Bad, could care less about making bad partnerships. Bad, gives rulings that simply piss everyone off. Bad, gives tough yet correct book rulings, but doesn't have the ability to see what effect that had on the players involved. And my number one bad director is one that had a problem with a customer (not assessing blame) and failed to report the incident to me. In each case, I can name names. None presently work at Honors, Cavendish, or Aces. And if one does get hired by accident, they don't last long.
Jan. 8
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“If running a bridge club actually requires aiding and abetting your regular clients in swindling your less regular clients or ones you personally like less, I say let ‘em die.”

As a member of the BoG Club and Teacher Committee I've read and heard that bad behavior is possibly the single biggest complaint that owners of small clubs have. My advice, and for over 40 years, I've followed it, is that if you aid and abet your nasty regulars, you won't have to worry about your less regular clients. You won't have any.
Jan. 8
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So much here.
1. One bad apple spoils the game for everyone.
2. Never play favorites.
3. If you think you are running a bridge club, you are doomed to fail. If you think you are running a club where people play bridge, Canasta, Mah Jongg, Scrabble, Euro style board games, etc. you have a chance to succeed.
4. Hire directors who feel the same way you do about #3.
5. Use common sense when applying the “rules”. At a club there are rules and then there are rules. As has been pointed out, expert players up against novices, is not the same as expert against expert. Honors is probably more experienced in this area than any other club on the planet. Over the years, ‘A’ players and experts have learned that we will not tolerate actions designed to job or intimidate newer players. Just the opposite. They get a stern warning. We've actually applied monetary fines in a couple of instances on bad behaving professional players. That's actually done the trick. Money seems to work wonders.
Jan. 8
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Or decision making of any kind.
Jan. 6
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West needed to know about that club king. Without it, it looks like slam would, at best, be on a finesse.
Jan. 6
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But, knowing this, would you expect that that would then affect the way resources are allocated?
Jan. 6
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I'm all for creating National 0-5, 0-20, 0-49, 0-99, 0-199, and so on National Championships at every Nationals. They do not exist. Why would players at these levels travel to a Nationals? To play in 6.5 table single session games? I believe that's close to the size of each section. I'd guess most teaching clubs have weekly games bigger than that. I'll answer my own question. They don't travel. Check out who in these categories actually came from out of state to play in SF. Maybe a handful from District 24, my District, and most of those went because they were involved in the Grand Nationals…a National Championship!
Jan. 6
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Randy,
About contact with the League.
When working on and rolling out ACBL Live, Aviv, our head director, was in communication with the League. Before that….Let's see. About three years back, we were contacted by the League and threatened to have our Sanction revoked if we didn't change the format for one of our regular weekday afternoon RATING POINT GAMES. The incoming ACBL counsel, (was hired about four months in) without hearing our side of the argument, called and made the threat directly.
Jay Whipple reached out when those two Gold Point at the club events were experimented with. BTW: What happened with those? What, with no Bahar there's no more hard work, no heavy lifting?
Of course, Bahar would be in constant talk with us (and with numerous other club owners) during his short reign. Since Bahar, not including the ACBL roll out….never. Not one communication that I can recall. But then under Hartman that number was zero also. So outside of that one-off Bahar year, for the past decade plus, no reaching out, except to threaten to shut down the largest club in the country, has been made. Johnson and Johnson never did. I haven't heard from the new Board President yet, but I'm not holding my breath.
But in fairness, the Education Foundation hasn't contacted me either during all that time. Honors is a teaching clinic. I've written the best book in a generation, maybe two, for teaching real real beginners, from scratch…Book Of The Year last year. First of its kind. First ever Introductory Book Of The Year award. They created it for Taste of Bridge. It is endorsed and USED by Henry Meguid himself. Who is Henry? How about ABTA Teacher of the Year this year and the President of the American Bridge Teachers Association. Has it been picked up by the Ed Foundaton or endorsed by Best Practices? No. Sour grapes, not really. Disappointment, you bet. Sadness too. Ray Lee of MasterPoint Press and I GIVE THE BOOK AWAY FREE in digital form, along with extensive teacher notes and actual hands, to any teacher that asks for it. All we need is exposure.
Is that asking too much of ACBL and the Ed Foundation?

Where's Bahar when you need him?
Jan. 6
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Kevin,
That number should be found in a report on yearly ACBL income. My remembrance is somewhere around 2,000,000 tables a year.
As some have pointed out, the net income to the League from the clubs is huge in comparison to the net income from Regional and National Tournaments. I don't have the figures in front of me but as I recall, after expenses, profit from tournaments is negligible, in the 5% - 10% of revenues generated range, while from the clubs it is something like 90% of all money taken in. Even at only the dollar a table part, we are looking at nearly $2,000,000 in profit, probably double that if you count all the extra moneys generated that go to the ACBL, and to the Units and Districts from special events at the clubs and from STaCs that go to funding the Units. Then there is ACBL's main income producing source, its 160,000 members times $50 each. This brings in $8,000,000. How many of those 160,000 “Octogenarians”, as some would have it, play only at the clubs and therefore earn Master Points only from playing at the clubs? How many new member $50 fees are generated each year? We have figures for member creation. About 8,000 a year I believe. What proportion is generated from the clubs, what from other sources…online, private teachers, pros coming from abroad, where else?

The clubs truly are the life blood of the League. It is their profit center.
Jan. 6
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Richard,
Bottom 2000 cubs make up 20%.
About right?
Jan. 5
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That is a very interesting chart indeed. 50% looks like top 200 clubs. 60% looks like 265.
Jan. 5
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