Sanction applications must be submitted by the appropriate coordinator and must include the following information:

BASIC TOURNAMENT INFORMATION: Enter the start and end date, tournament name, category, type, MP Restrictions, conventions allowed, and unit or district.

TOURNAMENT SITE: Enter the name, address, city, state, zip code, and telephone number of tournament location.

TOURNAMENT APPLICANT: Enter the ACBL number, name, email and phone number of the person submitting the application.

REQUESTED DIRECTOR-IN-CHARGE (DIC): This information is mandatory.

TOURNAMENT CHAIR: Enter the name and player number of the person in charge of the tournament. Note if this person is to be listed in the ACBL Bridge Bulletin and on the ACBL web site for players to contact regarding tournament information.

TOURNAMENT CORRESPONDENT: Enter the name, player number and email address of the person who will receive all correspondence (electronically) from ACBL concerning the tournament (must have email access. Note if this person is to be listed in the ACBL Bridge Bulletin and on the ACBL web site for players to contact regarding tournament information.

APPROVAL: The completed Sanction Application will be transmitted to the appropriate Unit and/or District Tournament Coordinator for approval and then forwarded to ACBL for sanctioning.

PERMISSIBLE EVENT TYPES AND RESTRICTIONS

The following event types and restrictions are authorized for ACBL sanctioned tournaments. Management is authorized to sanction other events on an experimental basis.

EVENTS and RESTRICTIONS

I. TYPE:

  •  INDIVIDUAL
  •  PAIR
  •  TEAM (SWISS, B-A-M, KNOCKOUT or any combination of these)
  •  PAIR/TEAM (one-session event with masterpoints to be the greater of the pair event or team event)

II. GENDER:

  • OPEN
  •  MEN’S
  •  WOMEN’S
  •  MIXED
  •  UNMIXED

III. AGE:

  •  OPEN
  •  JUNIOR (25 years and younger)
  •  SENIOR (55, 65 or 75 years and older)

IV. EVENTS:

  •  OPEN: (No masterpoint restriction.)
  •  FLIGHTED: (By masterpoints only.) Three flights event. Each flight may have two strats. Note: Flighted KO events at Regionals may be bracketed (but may not be randomly grouped) to finish in 4 sessions. NOTE: Only flights/strats with 750 masterpoints or greater in two session regional events are eligible for Gold points.
  • STRATIFIED: (By masterpoints only.) Two or three strats. Up to five strats are permitted in a one-session event which has an upper limit of 300 or fewer masterpoints – specifically an IN event. Note: At sponsor option, the stratification level of a team in an Open Stratified Swiss Event may be determined by the average masterpoint holding of all team members.
  • STRATIFLIGHTED: (by masterpoints only): Two flights with up to three strats in each flight. NOTE: Only flights/strats with 750 masterpoints or greater in two session regional events are eligible for Gold points.
  • HANDICAPPED: Based on masterpoint holding of entrants.
  •  BRACKETED: (KO and Swiss Teams) Based on masterpoint holding of entrants.
  •  MASTERS: One member of each partnership must meet minimum limit.
  •  NON-MASTERS: All entrants must be under maximum limit.
  •  LIFE MASTERS: All entrants must meet Life Master requirement.
  •  RESTRICTED: (Upper masterpoint limit) All entrants must be under maximum limit.)
  • SIDE GAME SERIES: (Open Pair game only) May not be restricted by age, gender, or masterpoint holding. (May be stratified for single side game session awards only.)
  • CHOICE: (Pair game only) An event which is scheduled for three sessions during one calendar day (morning, afternoon and evening), and a pair must choose to play in only two of the three sessions. Concurrent event rule does not apply to any pair in this event during their unplayed third session.

NOTE: SIMULTANEOUS SPLIT REGIONALS SHALL HAVE THE SAME CHAMPIONSHIP PAIR EVENTS PLAYED SIMULTANEOUSLY AT BOTH SITES. THESE GAMES CANNOT BE QUALIFYING EVENTS.

V. SCORING METHODS:

  • INDIVIDUAL: Matchpoint, IMP
  •  PAIR: Matchpoint, IMP
  •  TEAM: Win-loss, victory point, total points, board-a-match
  •  PAIR/TEAM: Matchpoints/board-a-match (must be a one-session event only)

VI.          REGIONAL STRAT/FLIGHT UPPER MASTERPOINT LIMITS

Flighted Pairs

Flight A 0-INFINITY, or two strats  (lower strat must be at least 500 above B top to 5000)
Flight B Up to two strats using 0-750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, 2000, 2500, 2750, 3000, with at least 500 above C top
Flight C Up to two strats using 0-100, 200, 300, NLM, NLM (max 500), 500, 750, 1000

Stratified Pairs

Strat A TOP “B” -UNLIMITED
Strat B TOP “C” -750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, 2000, 2500, 2750, 3000
Strat C 0-100, 200, 300, NLM, NLM (max 500), 500, 750, 1000
Strat A Both over 300, LM, 500, 750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, 2000, 2500, 2750, 3000
Strat B One over & one under
Strat C Both under

Stratiflighted Pairs

Flight  A UNLIMITED – Up to three strats with bottom strat at least 500 higher than upper limit of B, Max 5000
Flight B TOP OF “C” -750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 2000, 2750, 3000
Strat C TOP OF “D” -300, NLM (max 500), 500, 750, 1000
Strat D 0-100, 200, 300, NLM, NLM (max 500)

Flighted Knockout Teams

Flight A 0-INFINITY
Flight B 0-750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, 2000, 2500, 2750, 3000
Flight C 0-100, 200, 300, NLM, NLM (max 500), 500, 750, 1000

Bracketed Knockout and Swiss Teams

Must be bracketed by:  Average MP’s all team members

Average or total of top two masterpoint holders

Flighted Swiss Teams

Flight A 0-INFINITY, or two strats  (lower strat must be at least 500 above B top to 5000)
Flight B Up to two strats using 0-750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, 2000, 2500, 2750, 3000, with at least 500 above C top
Flight C Up to two strats using 0-100, 200, 300, NLM, NLM (max 500), 500, 750, 1000

Stratified Swiss Teams

Strat A TOP “B” -UNLIMITED
Strat B TOP “C” -750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, 2000, 2500, 2750, 3000
Strat C 0-100, 200, 300, NLM, NLM (max 500), 500, 750, 1000

Stratiflighted Swiss Teams

Flight A UNLIMITED – Up to three strats with bottom strat at least 500 higher than upper limit of B, Max 5000
Flight B TOP OF “C” -750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 2000, 2750, 3000
Strat C TOP OF “D” -300, NLM (max 500), 500, 750, 1000
Strat D 0-100, 200, 300, NLM, NLM (max 500)

VI.      SECTIONAL STRAT/FLIGHT UPPER MASTERPOINT LIMITS

Flighted Pairs

Flight A 0-INFINITY, or two strats (lower strat must be at least 500 above B top to 5000)
Flight B Up to two strats using 0-750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, 2000, 2500, 2750, 3000, with at least 500 above C top
Flight C Up to two strats using 0-100, 200, 300, NLM, NLM (max 500), 500, 750, 1000

Stratified Pairs

Strat A TOP “B” -UNLIMITED
Strat B TOP “C” -750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, 2000, 2500, 2750, 3000
Strat C 0-100, 200, 300, NLM, NLM (max 500), 500, 750, 1000
Strat A Both over 300, LM, 500, 750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, 2000, 2500, 2750, 3000
Strat B One over & one under
Strat C Both under

Stratiflighted Pairs

Flight A UNLIMITED – Up to three strats with bottom strat at least 500 higher than upper limit of B, Max 5000
Flight B TOP OF “C” -750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 2000, 2750, 3000
Strat C TOP OF “D” -300, NLM (max 500), 500, 750, 1000
Strat D 0-100, 200, 300, NLM, NLM (max 500)

Flighted Knockout Teams

Flight A 0-INFINITY
Flight B 0-750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, 2000, 2500, 2750, 3000
Flight C 0-100, 200, 300, NLM, NLM (max 500), 500, 750, 1000

Note: May be bracketed to end in three sessions

Bracketed Knockout and Swiss Teams

Must be bracketed by: Average MP’s all team members or average or total of top two masterpoint holders

Flighted Swiss Teams

Flight A 0-INFINITY, or two strats (lower strat must be at least 500 above B top to 5000)
Flight B Up to two strats using 0-750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, 2000, 2500, 2750, 3000, with at least 500 above C top
Flight C Up to two strats using 0-100, 200, 300, NLM, NLM (max 500), 500, 750, 1000

Stratified Swiss Teams

Strat A TOP “B” -UNLIMITED
Strat B TOP “C” -750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 1750, 2000, 2500, 2750, 3000
Strat C 0-100, 200, 300, NLM, NLM (max 500), 500, 750, 1000

Stratiflighted Swiss Teams

Flight A UNLIMITED – Up to three strats with bottom strat at least 500 higher than upper limit of B, Max 5000
Flight B TOP OF “C” -750, 1000, 1250, 1500, 2000, 2750, 3000
Strat C TOP OF “D” -300, NLM (max 500), 500, 750, 1000
Strat D 0-100, 200, 300, NLM, NLM (max 500)