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Can we refer to Jeff Lehman as JL and me as JB.
If we do, then I agree with JL. Steve managed to list seven topics of almost equal importance because they are all interconnected.

I think we need to separate the private teachers from the club teachers. The club teachers' goal is to get their students to play at the club socially or competitively. (Topic for later discussion.) The private teacher has competing forces at work. Teach them and they leave. Don't teach them and they leave. Tough balancing act.

We must keep our eye on the forest. We must try to create a system that rewards the one thing this organization needs above all else. And we all know that's new blood.

In the entire New York area I can think of only a handful of clubs, and no private teachers, that are doing that. Honors, Sagamore, The Bridge Deck, and the Cosmopolitan club come to mind. Last year the three NYC bridge clubs dropped 5% in attendance. That's 600 tables….2,400 plays. Do we, as a group, expect to create that many new players in the coming year? Yeah right.
We can't even prevent our own Unit from imploding.

We must find a way to reward growth big time. Only then will the best and the brightest look to teaching as a serious profession. Only then will clubs be able to devote the right resources to developing players. And we must do this in a way the works with the Units and the Districts and the tournaments, and the League.

Nothing short of an all out effort will prevent the inevitable.

JB
June 11, 2018
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Good idea. That's where I see us going.
Then what? Will the BoD be responsive?
Interesting.
June 11, 2018
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I'll second that. They think they do.
June 11, 2018
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BTW:
Just checked
Last year there were 2,854 clubs.
This year it's at 2,689.
That's 165 more that have disappeared.
Just ten years ago there were over 3,220 clubs.
Almost all of this drop off is from small rural clubs.
We have lost the heartland.
They've aged out and there is no one to take their place.
June 11, 2018
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Who else but clubs?
Senior centers? Churches?
The Y?
Who??
June 11, 2018
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True, only a few will become serious tournament players. But they will support those who will. A pyramid starts with a big base.
June 11, 2018
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Chump change. Band Aids on someone hemorrhaging.
You are all falling into the trap of thinking small.
June 11, 2018
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The ACBL's mission statement is “to promote bridge”.
Their mission statement should read, “to promote bridge tournaments”.
The way the ACBL is organized, Units elect every one of the 25 members that make up the BoD.
Units were created to run tournaments.
Units are run by volunteers.
The ACBL by extension, is run by a volunteer group of individuals who are interested in running tournaments.

That should be a committee. That shouldn't be the organization.
Want proof? Of the more than 100 articles up for a vote at one of the last BoD conferences, only one had to do with clubs. Did you guess? It was the STOP card!!!!

Clubs have never elected a BoD member.
Clubs are the life blood of the organization.
But no one on the Board is there representing them or their interests.
Units receive 11% of the dues.
Clubs receive zero.
See any connection here?
Is there any wonder clubs are dying.
Is it any wonder we are in the mess we are in?
June 11, 2018
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Chris. Whenever I create 100 members I get a check for $500. My rent is $70,000 a month. 11% or 100% means nothing in the scheme of things.
Like I've posted before, unless teachers and clubs get about a 20% kickback from every card fee that a player, who they created, pays whenever they play at the Sectional level or higher, recruitment will continue to decline. There is just no incentive for it.

BTW: We just set up a Teacher and Club Manager Forum on BW. Steve Moese and I. Care to become a member? I think we may have just found our first topic of discussion.
June 10, 2018
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Honors Bridge Club has been working with bestebridge.com , an Israeli company, for close to two years. We include six weeks free access to the site with our beginner classes and insist that all beginning students spend time between classes on the site. It is a wonderful teaching tool.
June 9, 2018
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Dupli-Swiss, to a club player, looks and feels just like a duplicate game and not at all like a Team event. It is for that reason that Honors chooses not to run them.
June 6, 2018
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I think south overvalued his ten of diamonds.
June 6, 2018
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Looks like all three of us have legitimate points of view.
With Bahar, the search committee certainly seemed to have done an excellent job of recruiting.
Knowing the answers behind Bahar's dismissal will allow the committee this time to be able to choose someone the BoD will be happy with long term.
I'm afraid it may also preclude them from finding someone, willing to risk their job, to once again do little more than rearrange those same 25 deck chairs.
June 5, 2018
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Hard to hire a new CEO without knowing what is and what is not expected of them, what is and what is not off base, what their mission is and just how far they can push things to try to achieve it.
So, no, I don't think we can just move on.
June 5, 2018
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Obtuse? Obtuse as in no reason given as to why he was let go. Yes, I'd say it was obtuse.
I think Bahar was dead set on eliminating several Regionals.
I imagine this didn't sit well with everyone.
In hindsight it appears he should have backed off. In any event, he really didn't have to push it. Time will take its toll soon enough.
June 5, 2018
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In NYC the average club session rate for all but the top professions is $175. $600 a day for Regionals. Stars get $250 at the club, $1,000 at Regionals.
Teachers at my club can earn $300+ a session. We pay teachers by the size of their class or the size of their seminar. An all-day seminar with 50 plus students can bring the instructor over $1500 for the day's work.
Having said all this, almost every one of the close to sixty professionals that give at least one or two playing lessons a month at Honors, is not only a fine player, but is also a really nice, usually fun, always helpful person. So are our two dozen teachers, our half dozen supervisors, and our dozen volunteers.
But this degree of professionalism I believe is strictly a New York phenomenon. Doesn't happen many other places. Maybe nowhere else.
Even so, I wouldn't discourage any young person, passionate about bridge, and of course talented, from pursuing this as a career. Every day I am reminded how the dozen really young pros at Honors truly love what they are doing.
June 4, 2018
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Brian,
Can you call me at 917 544-1224 to discuss?
May 31, 2018
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Brian this is the first posting of any kind on the BoG site in over a month. And this with Bahar's being let go. Amazing.
I like your idea about special events being special. What we can also use are National 3-day championships for 299ers and 99ers. Why shouldn't they have multi-day National events like everyone else?
May 28, 2018
Jeff Bayone edited this comment May 28, 2018
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Ed,
What would the rather clear two-tier structure look like?
May 13, 2018
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Good. The devil is always in the details isn't it?
Let's get working on it. No time to lose.
May 13, 2018
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