By Darwin Afdahl, District 17 President

North American Pairs

The qualifying period for the 2014-2015 North American Pairs (NAP) competition is coming to a close. If you’ve not yet earned your “Q,” August is the final month to do so. Flight C players who qualify will play for free at the D17 finals in Phoenix.

There are three flights: Fight A, Open; Flight B, 0-2500 masterpoints; and Flight C, Non-Life Masters with fewer than 500 masterpoints. Each player who qualifies at a local club is eligible to play in the District 17 NAP finals during the Phoenix, Arizona, Regional held at the Mesa Convention Center in October.

Club level qualification may be earned at any club in any unit in the district; any eligible partnership finishing in the top 50% of their field (rounded up and including ties) plus any pair scoring “average” but not in the top half of their field are qualified to play in the District Finals.

Funds have been allocated to help defray the cost of District representation in the national finals at the Spring NABC in New Orleans, Louisiana, in March, 2015. In District 17, first place winners at the district finals in each flight are eligible to receive $700 per player. Second place winners are eligible to receive $300 apiece. Third place winners are eligible to receive $200 each. If a qualifying pair chooses not to participate in the National Finals the qualification for that position will be extended to the next ranked qualifiers. That’s eighteen lucky players off to represent our District in New Orleans. You could be among them. The D17 2014-2015 Conditions of Contest are on the D17 website under Tournaments at D17acbl.org

District 17 2014 Goodwill Members

At the district meeting in Denver, the nominations for the 2014 membership in the District 17 Goodwill Committee were approved and will be posted on the D17 website and included in ScoreCard. It is a great honor to be recognized in this way, and well deserved by all of this year’s honorees. Congratulations to all.

District 17 and Individual Bridge Clubs

I’m often asked to offer insight into the roles of our District and the ACBL as they pertain to local clubs. Bridge clubs are owned and operated as private businesses. The ACBL’s role is to issue sanctions to club managers, authorizing them to run duplicate games at regularly scheduled times and locations and to award masterpoints at those games in accordance with ACBL rules and regulations. It is also the ACBL’s responsibility to provide clubs with prompt and efficient customer service and to assist them in marketing and promoting the game of bridge. Every ACBL-sanctioned masterpoint club game must designate an active ACBL member as its manager. If the club manager is the club owner, the club manager is free to operate the club as he or she sees fit, as long as the operation of ACBL sanctioned games falls within the limits prescribed by the ACBL. The club’s success is in the club manager’s hands. The club manager also accepts the responsibility for complying with all local, state, and federal laws. ACBL policy calls for open competition among sanctioned club masterpoint games, subject to reasonable controls imposed by ACBL. The following arbitration agreement is included on the sanction application and must be signed by the club manager or other responsible party:

“Should any dispute, of whatever kind or nature, arise between ACBL, other clubs, units or districts and the undersigned club, it is agreed that such dispute shall be resolved by binding arbitration pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration [Association] or other method of binding arbitration as may be agreed mutually by the parties.”

Remember bridge is a game, Have fun.

Upcoming D17 regionals and NABCs

Colorado, Springs, Colorado, August 11‑17

Phoenix, Arizona, October 6-12

Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 19-25, 2015

Tucson, Arizona, February 23-March 1, 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana, NABC, March 12-22, 2015

Mesa, Arizona, Senior, April 6-12, 2015

Start making your plans to attend.

If you have any comments or suggestions, e-mail me at: Darwin@afdahls.com or call me: (Home) 520.742.1801, or (Cell) 520.305.0360

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