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
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

The TAP – Teacher Accreditation Program (March 8, 9 and 10 Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

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.
Dates: March 8, 9, and 10 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Time: Thursday 1-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-noon
Fee:$125 (free for previously accredited ACBL teachers and player 25 and younger)
Contact: 662-253-3115 or email education@acbl.org for more information.

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.

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

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