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How about multi?
Sept. 28
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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
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Does ABTA have a follow up program of regular training of newly minted and certified Best Practices teachers?
Sept. 24
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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
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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
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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
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Is there a difference between teaching bridge for bridge's sake and bridge for future duplicate players?
Sept. 22
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I believe I have.
Sept. 22
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Two points:
We are not charging.
Abusive clubs can be quickly eliminated from the program.
Sept. 21
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Nicely said. I'm a fan.
Sept. 21
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Agreed.
Sept. 19
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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
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We have them get back into it with our social supervised sessions. We offer eight a week.
I get calls several calls a week where people are thinking of coming back to bridge after a long layoff (63 years is the current record). I tell them it's like riding a bike. Just jump in and see what comes back. And if you want to take lessons after one or two practice sessions, at least the instructor will be familiar with your game and would be in a good position to suggest the right class for you.
Sept. 17
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I'm sorry.
Sept. 17
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What should we be discussing Linda? Pick two topics and let's go.
Sept. 16
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About EZ Bridge and 0 - 20 Novice Games. What we found was that we had to limit the number of times a player could call for help. We now set that at just two. This was because the more experienced 0- 20 DUPLICATE players actually wanted a more competitive game.
Sept. 7
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