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How to Introduce New Players to Duplicate Bridge


TIP – Submitted by John Grossman, Colorado Springs, CO, Unit 360

Summer Open House Program
In August 2009, Colorado Springs (Unit 360) hosted a four-week series of Open Houses on Saturday night. These were designed to attract social bridge players in the community. We used a combination of advertising, posters, community calendars (TV stations and newspapers), PSAs, our web site and member networking to find bridge players. This program produced 90 new faces (15 to 18 tables each night) with about a 50/50 mix of members and visitors. Four visitors have since become ACBL members, and we expect more down the road. During the first month, about a dozen visitors have sampled other games.  Read more...

TIP – Submitted by John Grossman, Colorado Springs, CO, Unit 360:

Social bridge players outnumber ACBL members in some cities by 10:1. Colorado Springs, Unit 360, targeted this group by mimicking a neighborhood game at our building. We called this event the "Summer Bridge Festival", our fancy name for a combination open house and community game.  Read more...

TIP – Submitted by Kathie Walsh, Hilton Head Island Bridge Club, South Carolina:

Last summer, when our club was looking for creative ways to lure new duplicate players, I decided to organize a "land cruise."

I took 16 players who had never played in a club game (but had taken bridge lessons) to Tuscany. Each player had to find their own way to the train station in Arezzo, the closest station to our destination, Podere Spedalone, a 6th century farmhouse. The farm house had been a waystation for pilgrims traveling from France to Rome and a hospital/hostel in the Middle Ages. Read more...

TIP – Submitted by Sue Kroning, Seaside Bridge Club, Seaside Oregon:

I recently persuaded a reluctant pair from the supervised play group to try duplicate in a half table game. I told them they were doing me and the sit out pair a real favor by playing with them. I also told them that they were welcome to opt out at any time. I suggested that the sit out pair play two boards instead of three and give themselves an Average+ for the third board. Read more...

TIP – Submitted by Kathie Walsh, Hilton Head Island Bridge Club, South Carolina:

The transition from being an absolute novice and workshop participant to playing in a game can be daunting. There are so many things to learn - manners, methods, etc. In 2006, our club developed the Hilton Head Island Bridge Ambassadors program to help with this transition. Read more..

TIP – Submitted by Kathie Walsh, Hilton Head Island Bridge Club, South Carolina:

I found that at the conclusion of my workshops, that students were reluctant to dip their feet into the duplicate waters, even though our club offers one 199 and two 499 games/week.We decided to offer a FREE two-hour workshop entitled "Methods, Mechanics and Manners of Duplicate Bridge." This workshop was taught by three of us and it was organized this way: Read more...