The number of one-session Membership Games a club is allotted is proportionate to the overall club activity. A club may hold one membership game per year for each regularly sanctioned session. (If a club runs one game a week, it may hold one Membership Game per year; if a club runs 10 games a week, it may hold 10 Membership Games per year.) Only Life Members and paid ACBL members are eligible to win masterpoints in these games.

The point awards for an open game are 100% sectional-rated black points and the session designated for the game must be one for which the club is sanctioned.

A. SCHEDULING A MEMBERSHIP GAME

A club may schedule a membership game any time during the year, as long as the dates do not conflict with the dates of sectional or higher-rated tournaments or qualifying games for the NAP or the GNT that are being held in the same community. The session designated for the game must be one for which the club is sanctioned. A club entitled to hold more than one membership game must schedule each one on a different session (for example, not two Friday nights).

A club may change the playing site of a membership game from that of its regular playing site to another location by obtaining prior written approval from the unit that has jurisdiction over the new site.
Club managers should publicize the dates and locations of their membership games in advance.

B. TYPE OF EVENT

A membership game must be a one-session event. Usually it is an open pair contest. However, a club may conduct any type of standard event it deems appropriate for its players. See Chapter 4, Section Six, III.

C. ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY

Only Life Members and paid ACBL members are eligible to play in membership games. Before the game begins, the director should make it clear to all participants that if an ineligible player enters, neither the player nor his or her partner will receive point awards.

D. MEMBERSHIP GAME DIRECTOR

Only a club or higher rated director may conduct a membership game (a playing director is permitted, but not recommended for a game of 17 tables or less in one section). The membership game is operated exactly the same way as a club championship.

E. POINT AWARDS

Point awards in the membership game are sectional-rated. Only ACBL may issue the awards. Open games receive full sectional rating, invitational/restricted games receive 80% of sectional rating, and newcomer games receive 50% of sectional rating.

F. CONFLICTS IN SCHEDULING

A membership game may not be run at the same time as an ACBL-wide event, a sectional tournament (excluding STaCs and I/N Sectionals), or a regional tournament if its playing site is located within 25 miles of the playing site of the higher-rated tournament.