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Seminars and Meetings at the Phoenix Fall NABC

There is more to the game at the NABCs when Members have an opportunity to take advantage of numerous educational programs. Here is a listing of the seminars being offered in Phoenix at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. For more information, contact

Club and Cruise Directors Course (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 25, 26 and 27)

This is a 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 November 20 at, or contact Joyce Stone at 662-253-3138, or send an e-mail to
Fee: $50
Date: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – November 25, 26 and 27
Time: 1-10 pm Monday with dinner break
9 am-10 pm Tuesday with lunch and dinner breaks
9 am - noon Wednesday followed by lunch break and testing

Reception for Club Officials and Teachers (Friday, November 29)

This is the ACBL's "thank you" reception for the club officials and teachers who recruit and retain our members. All club managers, teachers and club directors are encouraged to attend.
Free of charge.
Date: Friday, November 29
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Club Manager Q & A (Saturday, November 30)

Come by for coffee and meet with members of the ACBL staff. This interactive session will be hosted by Carol Robertson, Director of Club and Member Services. We will be there to answer your questions and share thoughts about club games, marketing tools and programs. Bring your ideas and hear from others about growing the game of bridge.
Time: 10:00 to 11 am

Club Director Refresher Course (Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3 and 4)

This is a continuing education course for bridge directors to increase their skills. Participants must attend both sessions (Tuesday and Wednesday).
Fee: $15 covers both sessions. Sign up at door.
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3 and 4
Time: 9:00 am – noon, both days

The TAP -- Teacher Accreditation Program (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 29, 30 and December 1)

This is an introduction to the ACBL Bridge Series material and other popular teaching products. Learn modern teaching techniques from one of the ACBL’s premier teachers 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. Use the link following link to pre-register, or contact the Education Department at 662-253-3115 or for more information.
Fee: $125 (Previously ACBL Accredited Teachers and players 25 and younger are free)
Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday – November 29, 30, December 1
Time: 8:30 am - Noon

Learn Bridge in a DAY? (Sunday, December 1)

A seminar designed to move new bridge players quickly along the initial learning curve. Typical participants include true beginners, those returning to bridge after long absences, and those merely wanting to “test the waters” before committing to formal classes. The concentrated course includes both class instruction and coached play. No pre-registration required. For more information contact Patty Tucker at or call 404-735-4779.
Fee: $20 covers textbooks and door prizes
Date: Sunday, December 1
Time: 1 pm – 6 pm

Zero Tolerance Workshop (Monday, December 2)

A workshop focused on handling zero tolerance and behavioral issues in club games.
Free of charge.
Date: Monday, December 2
Time: 10 am - noon

Free Bridge Lesson (Friday, November 29)

Barbara Seagram –10 am – noon

Free Bridge Lesson (Saturday, November 30)

Jerry Helms – 10 am – noon

Free Bridge Lesson (Monday, December 2)

Audrey Grant – 10 am – noon

Celebrity Speakers (Friday, November 29 – December 7)

Daily presentations (except the final Sunday) by some of the best-known players and teachers at 9:15 am and 6:45 pm Free.
See Celebrity Speaker site for details.