Active tournament directors rated by ACBL are ACBL employees. ACBL has the following ranks listed in ascending order: Local, Associate Tournament Director, Tournament Director, Associate National and National. Each tournament director has a Field Supervisor as immediate supervisor. ACBL management and the tournament department manager are next in the chain of authority. The DBS reports directly to the ACBL Chief Executive Officer.

Each tournament needs a director-in-charge and sufficient staff to support the tournament. See Section Two.