• A sanction application to hold a Regional must be submitted to the ACBL Tournament Department three years in advance in order to protect the dates. If a sanction is not submitted at least three years in advance, the District may lose its claim to the dates.
  • A District that holds a Regional on the same dates and at the same sites/areas two out of three years will be placed on the traditional date list for Regionals. The tournament schedule is available on the ACBL website. Easter week and other fluctuating holidays are noted as exceptions.
  • The dates are protected except for one day at either the beginning or end of the tournament. A tournament with a two or more day encroachment on a traditional date tournament will not be sanctioned.
  • If a District has a traditional annual date but the site/area does not remain constant, it is no longer a traditional date.
  • Regionals in the schedule for a specific date and location that move their location more than 50 miles within one year from this date will be subject to the “New Tournament Rules” (in other words this move will be treated as a new tournament).
  • A list of scheduled tournaments can be found on the ACBL website.
  • A Regional appearing on the traditional date list which is not held for two years within a three year period will be removed from the list.
  • A Regional may be scheduled and sanctioned at any time provided the tournament can be included in the tournament listing in the Bridge Bulletin at least two months prior to the tournament and all rules and regulations regarding conflicts are met.
  • A Regional scheduled and sanctioned more than a year in advance takes precedence over a Sectional regardless of when the Sectional was sanctioned.
  • All tournament sanction applications must be submitted electronically.
  • A sanction application to hold a Regional will automatically be forwarded through TourneyTRAX to the District Tournament Coordinator (DTC). Once the DTC approves the tournament it is automatically forwarded to the ACBL Tournament Department.