A club may hold round-robin and/or knockout events simultaneously with its regular club games. These events may be concluded in a single session or they may extend over several sessions.
A club may conduct single-session Swiss and/or board-a-match events during any sanctioned game session. Some clubs schedule these events at regular intervals to add variety to their programs. For example, a club that meets on Monday evenings may announce that a Swiss team event will replace its regular pair game on the last Monday of the month in those months in which there are five Mondays. It is proper for a club to devote its entire program, or any portion thereof, to team play.
If a club conducts a team game or a series of team games at a different time from that of its regular games, the session or sessions must be sanctioned by ACBL and the appropriate fees and information forwarded to ACBL before the games are held. Under such circumstances, the team game becomes a separately scheduled regular game (or session) of the club and qualifies for club championships, as does any other regularly scheduled game.
When a club conducts a team game simultaneously with its regular game, there is no additional game fee for the team game; however, the per table charge still applies. When a team game does not run simultaneously with the regular game, the per game and per table fees both apply.
The club issues all masterpoint awards. Players receive either the sum of their match awards or the overall award, whichever is greater, but not both.
A. OPEN CLUBS
Team events sponsored by open clubs must be open to all ACBL members in good standing who fall within eligibility rules established by the club for the event. An open club may restrict participation in an event to a limited number of teams, in which case it must advertise that fact and accept entries on a first-come first-served basis. An open club may allow participation only by players who hold more than a stipulated number of masterpoints. The magnitude of the masterpoint awards is not affected by these limitations. An open club also may allow only those players who hold fewer than a stipulated number of masterpoints to participate, or it may place masterpoint restrictions on the makeup of teams. For example, a club could decide that no more than two Life Masters may be on the same team, that at least two members of each team must have fewer than 50 masterpoints, or that a partnership may not be comprised of two Life Masters. When these or similar restrictions are imposed, awards are based on those for Restricted games.
B. INVITATIONAL CLUBS AND INTERMEDIATE OR NEWCOMER GAMES
Regulations for invitational clubs and restricted or newcomer games are the same as those for open clubs, with two exceptions: (1) the sponsoring club may set its own rules for eligibility, and (2) awards for one and two session events are as noted on the appropriate point award charts.
C. INDUSTRIAL LEAGUES
The same rules that regulate invitational clubs regulate team games sponsored by industrial leagues, except when matches are played at approximately the same time but in several locations. In that case, only a single sanction is required.
ACBL allots an industrial league one club championship session for every 12 regular sessions it conducts, to a maximum of four such championships annually for each sanctioned session.
The nature of an industrial league may warrant variations from the accepted standard forms of bridge competitions. ACBL will help a group design a program that fits its needs. Groups should direct inquiries to the ACBL Club and Member Services Department.