Beyond the games at the NABCs, members can enjoy educational programs. Below is a listing of the seminars being offered in Denver. For more information, contact education@acbl.org.

Club and Cruise Directors Course (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 23, 24, and 25)

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 November 18, contact Joyce Stone at 662-253-3138 or send an email to directorcourses@acbl.org.

Fee: $50

Date: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – November 23, 24, and 25

Time: 1-10 p.m. Monday with dinner break

9 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday with lunch and dinner breaks

9 a.m. – noon Wednesday followed by lunch break and testing

Management Technology Committee Meeting

Membership is invited to hear updates on ACBL tech projects.
Rules of decorum for public meetings will be enforced to ensure productivity and respect.
Date: November 27
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Reception for Club Officials and Teachers (Friday, November 27)

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: November 27
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Club Director Refresher Course (Tuesday and Wednesday, December 1 and 2)

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, December 1 and 2

Time: 9 a.m.–noon, both days

The TAP – Teacher Accreditation Program (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 27, 28 and 29)

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 here, contact the education department at 662-253-3115 or email education@acbl.org.

Fee: $125 (Free for previously ACBL accredited teachers and players 25 and younger).

Date: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 27, 28 and 29.

Time: 8:30 a.m. to noon daily.

Learn Bridge in A Day?® (Sunday, November 29)

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. For more information contact Patty Tucker at patty@whirlwindbridge.com or call 404-735-4779.

Fee: $20 at the door. Textbooks and door prizes are included in the fee.

Date: Sunday, November 29

Time: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Learn Bridge in A Day?® Instructor Accreditation (Sunday, November 29)

This program instructs teachers in methods of administering and presenting LBIAD.

Teachers wishing to be accredited must complete the following two requirements:

1) Serve as a Table Mentor at an LBIAD seminar led by either Melissa Bernhardt or Patty Tucker, and

2) Attend a two-hour LBIAD Teacher Training event presented by Whirlwind Bridge.

Teacher Training will include information on organizing and marketing LBIAD as well as maximizing retention rates, writing effective grant requests and the presentation of the seminar.

Date: Sunday, November 29

Time: Seminar 1-6 p.m. Instructor Accreditation 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. A light meal will be provided 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Fee: $75. For any teacher wishing to purchase an LBIAD License within 30 days of Accreditation, $50 of the $75 fee will be applied to the first-year License fee.

To register, or if you have questions, please contact  Patty Tucker at patty@whirlwindbridge.com or call 404-735-4779.

Audrey Grant’s Continuing Education for Teachers and Club Managers (Sunday, November 29)

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, November 29

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Free Lesson: 10 a.m.-noon

Zero Tolerance Workshop (Monday, November 30)

A workshop focused on handling zero tolerance and behavioral issues in club games.

Free of charge. 

Date: Monday, November 30

Time: 9 a.m. – noon