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

Club and Cruise Directors Course (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov 19, 20, 21)

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 Nov.15 here, contact tournaments at 662-253-3100 or send an email to directorcourses@acbl.org.
Fee: $50
Date: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – November 19, 20, and 21.
Time: 1-10 p.m. Monday, November 20 with dinner break
9 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday, November 21 with lunch and dinner breaks
9 a.m. – noon Wednesday, November 22 followed by lunch break and testing

Reception for Club Officials & Teachers (Friday, Nov. 23)

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, November 23
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Best Practices Teacher Workshop (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 23, 24 and 25)

This workshop will train teachers on how, rather than what, to teach. It is built around simulations to engage participants in analyzing and practicing as well as giving and receiving feedback on working with students while delivering bridge lessons, and have the opportunity to earn ACBL’s Best Teaching Practices Certification by completing a proficiency assessment.

Proficiency assessments to earn Best Practices Teacher certification are conducted at the conclusion of the workshop for an additional $25 fee. Assessments are scheduled in 20-minute slots, and will be offered on Sunday, November 25 between 2 and 6 p.m. and Monday, November 26th between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Pre-register online here, contact the education department at 662-253-3115 or email education@acbl.org for more information.  Registrants will be sent a Basic Bridge Knowledge Test (70% score required for participation in Workshop).
Fee: $125
Date: Friday, Saturday and Sunday – November 23, 24 and 25
Time:8 am-noon, all three days

Learn Bridge in A Day? (Saturday, November 24)

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: $15 when you pre-register, $20 at the door. Textbooks and door prizes are included in the fee.
Date: Saturday, November 24
Time: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Learn Bridge in A Day? ® Instructor Accreditation (Saturday, November 24)

This program instructs teachers in methods of administering and presenting LBIAD.
Teachers wishing to be accredited must complete the following two requirements:

  • Serve as a Table Mentor at an LBIAD seminar led by Patty Tucker, and
  • 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: Saturday, November 24
Time: Seminar 1-6 p.m. Instructor Accreditation 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. A light meal will be provided.

Audrey Grant’s Continuing Education for Teachers and Club Managers (Sunday, November 25)

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, Nov. 25 Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Free Lesson: 10 a.m. – Noon

Notrump in A Day? (Sunday, November 25)

Be one of the first to experience the new “In A Day” workshop series, Notrump in a Day. This workshop explores basic notrump bidding and the most common responses, from raises to Stayman and Jacoby Transfers. Want to be sure when to use which convention, what your second bid should be or what your partner is telling you? Then this workshop is for you!
Course includes student workbook, presentation and practice hands
Date: Sunday, November 25
Time: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Fee: $15 when you pre-register, $20 at the door. Textbooks are included in the fee.
More info about the event: Email marketing@acbl.org or call 662-253-3112
Questions about course contents: Email Patty Tucker patty@whirlwindbridge.com or call (404) 735-4779

Club Director Refresher Course (Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov 27th and 28th)

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, Nov 27 & 28
Time: 9:00 am – noon, both days