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Tournament Management

Valuable resources to assist you in managing and publicizing your tournaments. For additional assistance, contact the ACBL Tournament Department

Online Sanction Applications

Online sanction applications for sectional or regional tournaments are available only through unit or district tournament coordinators. Who is your coordinator? Click here for units. Click here for districts.

To sanction unit games, unit charity games, Grand National Teams and North American Pairs, click here.

Guidelines and Procedures

Resource Guide for Planning Sectional and Regional Tournaments

Tournament Fliers

IN Tournament Planning Guide

Caddy Master’s Guide for Training Tournament Caddies

Recorder Regulations

Player Memo

Tournament Tools

Convention Charts

Shop Bridge for Tournament Supplies

Tournament Publicity

The Bridge Bulletin Rate Card
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ACBL Sectional and Regional Tournament Calendars
To have your tournament schedule or flier posted on the tournament calendar page send the information in file format to tournaments@acbl.org. Please note any schedule advertised in the ACBL Bulletin will be posted.

To have a link for your local web site posted use http://www.acbl.org/myacbl/?calendar. The request must be to information about the tournament, not your unit/district home page.

Resource Guide for Planning Sectional and Regional Tournaments

Sample Tournament Press Release

Tournament E-mail Notices

To take advantage of the ACBL Tournament E-mail Notice Program, please send your notices to Tournament Email Services. All notices must include a phone number and an e-mail address that can be used for replies. Replies to tournament notices will no longer be sent to the ACBL, but, will be sent to the tournament representative. See the full list of Guidelines below.

The ACBL is mindful of increasingly strong laws regarding internet privacy. Members currently are able to opt out of messages. We are working on an “opt in” program that will allow members to accept tournament e-mails and other messages.

Notice Guidelines

All notice requests must be sent to the ACBL via email to Tournament Email Services. In order to ensure that your e-mail flyer notice is sent out in a timely fashion, please note the following deadlines for submitting e-mail notice requests to the ACBL:

  • Notices for Sectional tournaments should be sent to the ACBL at least six (6) weeks prior to the tournament start date.
  • Notices for Regional tournaments should be sent to the ACBL at least eight (8) weeks before the tournament start date.
  • The ACBL cannot guarantee the timely delivery of any notices that are submitted less than the above deadlines.
  • All notices MUST be sent to the ACBL in the body of an email or with a Word document attachment containing the information.
  • All notices MUST include a phone number.
  • All notices MUST include an e-mail address that can be used for replies.
  • Only one (1) e-mail notice will be sent per tournament to the distribution criteria you select.
  • You are responsible for including distribution criteria – units(s), districts(s) or zip codes – all of which are subject to approval.
  • You are responsible for your notice content, so please be sure to proof read it – twice!
  • Do not use photos or other graphics in your e-mail notices because these make the notices more difficult to download. All submissions that contain photos/graphics will be returned for correction purposes.
  • E-mail notices may not contain any attachments.
  • Click here for a Sample Tournament E-mail Notice.