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Seminars and Meetings at the Dallas Spring NABC

Beyond the games at the NABCs, members can enjoy educational programs. Here is a listing of the seminars being offered in Dallas. For more information, contact education@acbl.org. Please check the Dallas NABC Daily Bulletin for the location of the meetings.

Club and Cruise Directors Course (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 18, 19, and 20)

This comprehensive course 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 (www.baronbarclay.com). Pre-register online by March 11 at www.acbl.org/directorcourse, contact Joyce Stone at 662-253-3138 or send an email to directorcourses@acbl.org.
Fee: $50
Date: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – March 18, 19, 20
Time: 1-10 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

Reception for Club Officials and Teachers (Friday, March 21)

Enjoy 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, March 21
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

ACBL Information Fair
Saturday, March 22
9:30 am – 11:30 am

This is your one stop shop for ACBL information! The Information Fair will offer many areas of expertise so you can have your questions answered. Please read through the list below and make plans to attend. Coffee and pastries will be available.

ACBL CEO Meet & Greet – On your way into the fair, stop and say “hi” to Robert Hartman, ACBL’s CEO. He’ll be there to greet you and make sure all of us are manning our desks.

Club & Membership Q&A – Calling all Club Managers and bridge players! This is the place to get your questions answered about club game sanctions, special events for clubs, regulations, club discipline and most anything do to with Clubs. That’s not all! You can also get information on ACBL membership.

Discipline at the Club, Unit and District Level – ACBL’s Disciplinary Coordinator will be available to answer your questions about the ACBL’s Code of Disciplinary Regulations (CDR), how and when the CDR applies, and the roles played in the discipline process by Presidents, Recorders and Disciplinary/Appellate Chairs.

Marketing Your Clubs & Tournaments – Do you need help marketing and promoting your club or tournament? ACBL’s Director of Marketing is here to help! Get the answers you need to help grow your club or tournament.

Youth Policy Support – ACBL has adopted a Youth Policy to protect our younger bridge players. Find out how you can incorporate it into your club or tournament. Let’s not only welcome our younger players but protect them as well.

ACBLScore+ Demo with Q&A – Are you curious how the ACBLScore+ will affect your club or tournament? Just curious what it will look it? Get your questions answered here.

Education Programs - Are you interested in teaching bridge to younger players in your area? Would you like your Unit or District to train and accredit new teachers? Find out how the ACBL Education Department can help. Programs include School Bridge, Teacher Accreditation, Learn Bridge in a Day and more.

Ruling the Game – Is there one ruling just nagging at you? Is there a law you just don’t understand? Here’s where to get your answer. We want to help as many players as possible so please keep it to one question so everyone gets a chance!

Negotiating with your Tournament Hotel – Are you struggling to get your tournament hotel to compromise with you? Do you need some ideas to get the most bang for your buck? Come have a chat with ACBL’s Meeting Planner.

Club Director Refresher Course (Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 and 26)

This continuing education course for club directors covers updates to Chapters 4 and 5 of the ACBL handbook. Participants must attend both sessions (Tuesday and Wednesday).
Fee: $15 covers both sessions. Sign up at door.
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 and 26
Time: 9:00 am – noon, both days

The TAP -- Teacher Accreditation Program (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 20, 21 and 22)

Receive 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 playing duplicate faster.
Pre-register online at www.acbl.org/tap, contact the education department at 662-253-3115 or email education@acbl.org for more information.
Fee: $125 (Free for previously ACBL accredited teachers and players 25 and younger) Date: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 20, 21 and 22
Time: 8:30 a.m. - Noon

Learn Bridge in a DAY? (Sunday, March 23)

Move quickly along the initial learning curve. Participants should include true beginners, those returning to bridge after long absences and those 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 patty@whirlwindbridge.com or call 404-735-4779.
Fee: $20 covers textbooks and door prizes
Date: Sunday, March 23
Time: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Audrey Grant’s Continuing Education for Teachers and Club Managers (Sunday, March 23)

When it comes to bridge, Audrey Grant is a household name. For decades, she has taught students, teachers and club owners across the world. Her hands-on approach and creative use of the table, cards and bid boxes has helped keep students engaged, excited and focused.
Audrey will walk through and explain these teaching techniques in this hour-and-a-half seminar. Following the seminar, you can attend her free two-hour bridge lesson. You’ll observe Audrey’s techniques at work and see how she leaves each student hungering to learn more.
For more information on Audrey Grant, visit www.betterbridge.com
Fee: $20 covers Audrey Grant’s textbook and seminar; free breakfast sponsored by Baron Barclay Bridge Supply www.baronbarclay.com
Date: Sunday, March 23
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Free Lesson: 10 a.m. – Noon

Zero Tolerance Workshop (Monday, March 24)

A workshop focused on handling zero tolerance and behavioral issues in club games.
Free of charge.
Date: Monday, March 24
Time: 10 a.m. - noon

Free Bridge Lesson (Saturday, March 22)

Jerry Helms – 10 a.m. – noon

Free Bridge Lesson (Sunday, March 23)

Audrey Grant – 10 a.m. – noon

Celebrity Speakers (Friday, March 21 through Saturday, March 29)

Hear daily presentations (except the final Sunday) by some of the best-known players and teachers at 9:15 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Free of charge.
See Celebrity Speaker site for details.