Please ensure that you have the latest ACBLscore® installed:
For additional information about ACBLscore and club reports:
Day-to-day club management is easier with the information and tools you’ll find here.
Club Managers Handbook – Almost Everything You Ever Needed to Know to Manage a Successful Bridge Club.
Post Your Information
Instructions for Sending Attendance Records to ACBL
Clubs should send the attendance record in a text file to email@example.com. Once the text file is received, masterpoints will automatically post to the member’s record. Step-by-step instructions:
- Go into ACBLscore
- Arrow to database, press enter
- Arrow to update/find player, press enter
- Type F for find and enter the player’s name
- When you get to the player, type in F4 to view the attendance records
- Hit F7 to print the attendance records
- Choose text file format
- Send file to firstname.lastname@example.org
Reporting Big Games
Big Games must be reported to the Bridge Bulletin. These results are not automatically picked up from club files. The club director, manager or the players themselves may send a notice to email@example.com. Requirements:
- 75% or higher scores in a club matchpoint game that is open or non-restricted. (For example, masterpoint-restricted games or country club games restricted by membership do not qualify. Nor do cruise games, sectional or regional games.)
- Five tables with at least 20 boards in play.
- Both players are paid ACBL members in good standing.
- A game recap must accompany the report — either via an attached text file or a permanent online link to where the results are posted.
Club and Sanction Applications
To renew your club game sanction, log into MYACBL and click on the club manager link.
To sanction new club games, please contact Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club Managers can see if their month-end reports have been received, games that have been sanctioned and more on their MyACBL Club Manager Page. They will have exclusive access to this information after logging into MyACBL. Once you log in, select the Club Manager and Club Reports tabs in the left column. If you haven’t signed up for MyACBL, click here and register today. Be sure that your member information, including your email address, is correct in your MyACBL profile. Please contact the Club and Member Services Department with any comments or suggestions about this new feature.
Handbook of Club Rules and Regulations
Club managers can order a full database refresh by logging into MyACBL and selecting Member Roster.
To update just the masterpoint holding of the players in your ACBLscore database, please visit the Update Club Database web page for instructions.
Guidelines and Procedures
- Alert Procedure
- Club Discipline Regulations
- Guide to Running Swiss Teams
- Handicapping Your Games
- Homestyle Bridge
- Homestyle Scorecard
- Small Duplicate Games
- Stratifying Your Game
Special Newcomer Games
The game may be sanctioned as a regularly scheduled session or periodically, subject to ACBL regulations. The sessions may run at different times and places from the lessons. The teacher who runs the game need not be an ACBL club director. The interests of both the teacher and the pupils are advanced substantially, however, if the teacher has such a rating.
A club game sanction application will need to be completed before the pupil game can be sanctioned. You can get an application from our website at https://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/clubs/ClubSanctionRenew15.pdf. The application cannot be completed online, but it can be printed, filled out and mailed or faxed to my attention at 662-253-3187.
If the application is in order, the pupil game can be sanctioned immediately upon receipt of the application. Please be sure that you include the name and location of the game, the manager’s name, address, and player number. In the upper right hand corner, you don’t have to check any of the boxes in the type of club section, just write “Pupil Game” in that area. Please sign your name as manager in the lower right hand corner. If you are a director, write your name in the space provided for director names. There is no charge for the games, so you may leave the fee area blank. You can leave the rest of the application blank, as it is not applicable to pupil games.
These games provide a transition from ACBL beginning bridge classes to newcomer games conducted at ACBL-sanctioned games. They are operated by ACBL accredited teachers. Players are encouraged to ask the teachers for advice on bidding and playing the hands.
A sanction is required to conduct an ACBL Bridge Plus game. Bridge Plus sanctions are issued free of session fees if all of the following conditions are met:
- The applicant must be an ACBL accredited teacher or a club manager in conjunction with an ACBL accredited teacher, but only the teacher is authorized to run the game.
- Only bona fide students with fewer than 5 masterpoints may participate in the game.
- The game must consist of 6 boards.
- The game must be sanctioned for weekly operation and should be run for no fewer than two hours and no more than two-and-one-half hours.
- Monthly Report must be sent to ACBL by the tenth of the month following the month in which the game was held, and the reports must show the dates the games were held and the number of tables in play. 1.00 per table fees must accompany the reports. The ACBL Club and Member Services Department provides the blank Monthly Report Forms.
If an accredited teacher is not able to meet all the above conditions, he or she may conduct a cost-free sanctioned pupil game.
ACBL recommends (but does not make mandatory) the provision of a non- smoking environment in a separate room in which there are no other games being conducted.
Club masterpoint receipt pads are available to the sanction holder, and only the club manager or co-manager can issue the masterpoints. A minimum of 0.10 masterpoints will be awarded to the winners of three-table games.
The teacher who runs the game need not be a club director, although ACBL encourages teachers to have this rating. The teacher/director resolves all irregularities.
At the teacher’s discretion, beginning bridge players with whom he or she is acquainted or friends of the students may play in Bridge Plus games.
The teacher may use pre-dealt hands each week.
In any open club game every contestant must be scheduled to play a minimum of 18 boards to receive full masterpoint awards. Sanctioned clubs may hold shortened regular open games with a minimum number of boards played of 12-17 and will be awarded 60% of the award for open games. Sanction fees are reduced for games of 12-17 boards.