Seminars and Meetings at the Philadelphia, Spring NABC

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

Club and Cruise Directors Course (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 6, 7 and 8)

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 February 28 at www.acbl.org/directorcourse, contact Joyce Stone at 662-253-3138 or send an email to directorcourses@acbl.org.
Fee: $50 Register
Date: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – March 6, 7 and 8
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

Bridge Teaching Dynamics Workshop (March 8, 9 and 10 Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

Want to become an ACBL-accredited teacher? Now is the BEST time to become accredited.

Come participate in the March pilot of our Bridge Teaching Dynamics (BTD) Workshop that is becoming the centerpiece of the new Teacher Accreditation Program (TAP) we are rolling out this year. The new workshop is fast paced, engaging and will better prepare you to deal with student challenges. It is based on the Best Practices recommended and validated by several hundred of your teacher colleagues in the recent survey.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: Besides earning TAP accreditation, the pilot gives you the opportunity to earn a Teaching Best Practice Certification that will distinguish you among the list of ACBL’s accredited teachers.

The workshop will be co-facilitated by Carol Mathews, who’s earned top reviews teaching 21 ACBL TAP classes, and the designer of the workshop, Grace Major, who’s earned five national awards for contemporary workshop designs.

Dates: March 8, 9, and 10 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Time: Thursday 1-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.-noon
Fee:$125 (free for previously accredited ACBL teachers and player 25 and younger)
Contact:Full

Reception for Club Officials and Teachers (Friday, March 9)

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 9
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Learn Bridge in A Day?® (Saturday, March 10)

You’ll nail the basics of bridge in this interactive class that has both instruction and coached play. If you’re just starting, returning to the game or wanting to “test the waters” before taking formal lessons, this course is for you. The concentrated course includes both class instruction and coached play

Date: Saturday, March 10
Time: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fee: $15 when you pre-register, $20 at the door. Textbooks and door prizes are included in the fee.

Pre-Register
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

Learn Bridge in A Day?® Instructor Accreditation (Saturday, March 10)

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, March 10
Time: 1 p.m. – 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, March 11)

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 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.

Fee: $20 (includes text book, seminar and free breakfast provided by Baron Barclay
Time: 8:30-10 a.m. followed by free lesson
Contact: For more information on Audrey Grant, visit www.betterbridge.com

Changes in the Laws of Duplicate Bridge (Sunday, March 11)

This continuing education course focuses on the changes in the Laws that took effect in September 2017. The discussion will include explanations of the changes and illustrations of their application. Tips for club directors will be presented to help handle the table situations where the revised laws are applicable. While designed for club directors, players interested in understanding the changes to the Laws are welcome.
Fee: $10. Sign up at door.
Date: Sunday, March 11
Time: 9am-noon

Notrump in A Day? (Sunday, March 11)

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, March 11
Time: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Fee: $15 when you pre-register, $20 at the door. Textbooks are included in the fee.

Pre-Register
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 Managers: Eliminate Sit-outs Using BBO Robots! (Monday, March 12)

Eliminate Sit-outs! Using BBO Robots to Fill In Half Tables. With two laptops or tablet computers, it is an easy process to have two Robots fill in at your club games to avoid irritating and long sit-outs. Learn the process, see it in action, and hear from clubs that are already doing it. Besides the developers of the process, we will have representatives from The Common Game and BBO to answer any questions. Designed for club owners, managers, and directors. No charge.
Fee: Free
Date: Monday, March 12
Time: 10:30 am-noon

Club Director Refresher Course (Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13 and 14)

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 13 and 14
Time: 9am – noon, both days

Changes in the Laws of Duplicate Bridge (Wednesday, March 14)

This continuing education course focuses on the changes in the Laws that took effect in September 2017. The discussion will include explanations of the changes and illustrations of their application. Tips for club directors will be presented to help handle the table situations where the revised laws are applicable. While designed for club directors, players interested in understanding the changes to the Laws are welcome.
Fee: $10. Sign up at door.
Date: Sunday, March 14
Time: 7:30-10:30pm