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Seminars and Meetings at the Houston Spring NABC

There is more to the game at NABCs, when members have an opportunity to take advantage of numerous educational and social activities. Here is a listing of the seminars being offered in Houston at the Hilton of the Americas hotel. Check out the Houston entertainment section for social activities. For more information, contact

Club Directors Course

Comprehensive course that prepares candidates for directing club and bridge cruise games. Anyone interested in becoming a club director or a director aboard a cruise ship is invited to participate. Study materials may be purchased through Baron Barclay Bridge Supply.
Pre-register online by February 27 or contact Joyce Stone at 901-332-5586, ext. 1337, or send email to
Fee: $50
Date: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday — March 10, 11, 12
Time: 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday with dinner break
9 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday with lunch and dinner breaks
9 a.m.-noon Thursday followed by lunch break and testing

The "New" TAP — Teacher Accreditation Program (TAP)

Introduction to the updated ACBL Bridge Series material and other popular teaching products. Learn modern teaching techniques from one of the ACBL’s premier teachers, Betty Starzec, in this 10-hour interactive learning course which includes three hours of hands-on experience. Learn the business side of teaching bridge and be introduced to 64 weeks of class material and more! There are even techniques to move your students into duplicate faster. Leave with the tools needed to develop a successful teaching career. Click here to pre-register. Contact Dana Norton at 901-332-5586, ext. 1264 or for more information.
Fee: $125 (ACBL Accredited Teachers can retake for no course fee.)
Date: Thursday afternoon, evening and Friday morning — March 12 & 13
Time: Thursday: 1 p.m. & 7 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m. to noon

Reception for Teachers and Club Officials

This is the ACBL's "thank you" reception for the teachers and club officials who work so hard to recruit and retain our members. All teachers, club managers, directors and owners are welcome to attend.
Free of charge.
Date: Friday — March 13
Time: 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m

Free Bridge Lessons

Jerry Helms — Saturday — March 14, 9:45 a.m.-noon
Gary King — Sunday — March 15, 9:45 a.m.-noon

Bridge Teachers and Bridge Cruises

Join Sue Williams, experienced bridge cruise host, for an informative session about what you need to know to be a successful teacher and bridge host on a cruise ship. Contact for sign up information.
Fee: $25 at door.
Date: Saturday — March 14
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12 noon

ACBLscore Q&A

You have a problem? We’ll find a solution! Join the ACBL staff for a lively, informative and entertaining 90 minutes on hints to help make your club’s computing problems disappear. Come by for coffee and help us solve problems and find new ideas too.
Free of charge
Date: Saturday — March 14
Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon

Workshop for Teachers of Youth Bridge Players

Interested in teaching the game of bridge to young people? Currently teaching young students? Meet officials from The School Bridge League and the ACBL Education Department staff to exchange ideas and find others interested in pursuing youth bridge activities in their areas. Any questions please call Patty Tucker at 404-735-4779, or send email to
Free of charge
Date: Sunday — March 15
Time: 10 a.m.–noon

Board of Governors Meeting

All members of the ACBL Board of Governors are invited to attend the Spring NABC meeting. This meeting is also open to the general membership of the ACBL. Discussion will include recent actions of the Board of Directors, reports from the CEO and treasurer and new proposals from the Board of Governors.
Free of charge
Date: Sunday — March 15
Time: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Get Online with Bridge Base

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with Fred Gitelman, the creator of the ACBL’s Learn to Play Bridge program. Get a guided tour of the Bridge Base site and its outstanding teaching features.
Free of charge
Date: Monday — March 16
Time: 11 a.m.-noon

Understanding the Changes in the Laws

An overview of the recent changes in the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge, followed by Q & A.
Free of charge
Date: Saturday — March 21
Time: 10:30 a.m.–noon

Celebrity Speakers

Daily presentations (except the final Sunday) by some of the best-known players and teachers at 12:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Free.
See Celebrity Speaker site for details