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Perhaps ACBL did look at the finished product and simply passed.
Sept. 30, 2019
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Again, I've only seen the trailer, but it sounded like the four were taught and then locked in cages for five days with a pack of wolfs (any Regional, anywhere in the country). Now for some of us that may be Nirvana. For these young, newly minted players, it was anything but. Did you see the guy putting his head down when he told us there was still four more days of sheer torture ahead of him?
Maybe teaching the game and then having them play social sessions with a few dozen of our top young pros, beer included, might have led to a different, more uplifting outcome. That's the movie I'd like to see.

Are we trying to introduce bridge or duplicate? Bridge, at its height had millions of players. Duplicate NEVER got above a couple hundred thousand. It's a numbers game. Teach 100 players. Some percent will take to our game. Most won't. From that group, some will become duplicate players, most won't. Starting with only a pool of four, as they did in Kids Table, I would expect at least two would not find the game at all of interest and one of the remaining two might take to duplicate. That's a negative ratio of 3 to 1. Is there any wonder so much negativity came through?
Sept. 29, 2019
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Michael,
About 4 or 5 minutes into the video I began to rethink whether bridge was really all that complicated after all. If you could follow Wheaton for even that length of time, kudos to you. More to the point, if you could follow it, AND WANTED TO, you should have no trouble with a similar presentation of bridge.
Which brings up the next point.

If anyone does go back and view this, if it cost one million dollars to produce and draws one million views….that's what I would call getting your bang for your buck.
Maybe we just need to repackage bridge. Update, if you will. Jacks become Knaves, Queens, sorcerers, Kings get different ancient mythical names and Aces become various gods. Winning a trick becomes…well I'll leave that to your imagination except to say that the winning entry will receive partial branding rights when and if this idea takes hold.
Sept. 29, 2019
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That's part of multi.
Sept. 28, 2019
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How about multi?
Sept. 28, 2019
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I haven't seen the Kids Table. The goal of having these kids competing at the highest level after a year reminds me of my first beginner bridge book's publisher's idea of how my book was to be written. I was to teach bridge to two writers who she brought together on the project. I was to teach them the way I taught my regular students and they in turn would take that experience and write the book.
I kid you not. And that's exactly what happened. All except the part about writing the book.

The trailer is puzzling. Especially when it comes to age. It's all over the place. I can't even figure out if it is meant to be pro or anti bridge. What I love about the game at every level is that you're in a place of intellectual curiosity with like minded people of every age. Maybe tilted older, but young at heart and spirit with plenty of fight left in us. What a great experience this is for younger players. See adults and seniors as still having it and enjoying it. All of us who started in college were in the same place. Have we forgotten that at 20, 45 and 50 year olds looked about the same to us as 70 year olds? I bet that's all they were back then. At the time I thought yes, they may be older and old, but they were sharp and fun and tough and helpful.

I'd like for us to try positioning bridge to the current games playing world (huge BTW, both video and board) as the ultimate game of pure strategy and tactics. “You play Magic or Catan? Well bridge is Magic and Catan on steroids. Are YOU up to the challenge?”
Sept. 28, 2019
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Does ABTA have a follow up program of regular training of newly minted and certified Best Practices teachers?
Sept. 24, 2019
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ABTA….That would be a good next step. I don't think they presently provide the service you are talking about. Am I wrong?
Sept. 23, 2019
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You might try exchanging partners rubber bridge style. North stays stationary, the others revolve around him. In an hour they should be able to play at least three hands, probably more.
Sept. 23, 2019
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People getting back to bridge after a long layoff need to simply start playing again. As Steve said, down the road what will become important, if they do decide to take lessons, will be creating groups based on their level. For now, and for the next couple of weeks, have them come, play, be watched and given gentle advice. Shuffle and play is what they are used to from the past. Keep it familiar. In weeks to come a plan of action should develop from these supervised sessions. Men in general will not want to move to formal lessons anywhere as often as women. In a one hour spot, if that's all the time you have, find out if the group will be playing at other times. If not, no more than a 20 minute lesson, followed by set up hands, seems about the right mix.
Sept. 23, 2019
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Is there a difference between teaching bridge for bridge's sake and bridge for future duplicate players?
Sept. 22, 2019
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I believe I have.
Sept. 22, 2019
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Two points:
We are not charging.
Abusive clubs can be quickly eliminated from the program.
Sept. 21, 2019
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Nicely said. I'm a fan.
Sept. 21, 2019
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How it is delivered is key for sure. Also noticing the effect it has on the players is key. If they are taking it badly, care must be given to not leaving them feeling wronged or worse.
Sept. 20, 2019
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File this under I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
I'm copying this and sending it out to our 1500 members.
Sept. 20, 2019
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Three strikes and your out. The life imprisonment laws of the 1980's led to unbelievably harsh sentences. They took away the judges ability to interpret the law and assess proper penalties. Seems some in our bridge community haven't learned from that.

Stick to enforcing rules on every level player equally or use common sense. One leads to clubs that die, the other to clubs like Honors. I'll leave the reader to decide which path we take.

Club directors and club sanction holders: Bridge clubs are clubs where people come to play bridge. Reverse that at your peril.
Sept. 20, 2019
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Why are they opposed? Do they have a better suggestion? I've seen nothing on this particular forum that I would consider objectionable. God knows there should be with how little power and influence this whole 125 member body has. Can't even get coffee and donuts let alone air travel and comped rooms.
Sept. 20, 2019
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Agreed.
Sept. 19, 2019
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Other than the word “free” I like the term you suggest. We've tried to find a better way of describing it. Someone said SP sounds like day care for adults.
Sept. 18, 2019
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