Explanation of Easybridge!
EastBridge! is a wonderful way to introduce people to duplicate bridge. It is also a great marketing tool, as evidenced by numerous testimonials. EasyBridge! is a program that is guaranteed to bring in lots of people when the directions are followed closely. It teaches people to love and enjoy the game as much as we all do!
People who were primarily social bridge players, or people who never played bridge before, are lured into the program by the promise of free lessons and free refreshments. Everywhere it has been well-advertised and promoted many students show up to learn about duplicate bridge.
EasyBridge! 1 is 15 weeks long, the first fewweeks which are free. Students have a great time during these initial weeks and tend to bond into a cohesive group that wants to keep on learning and having fun. Each session consists of a 20 minute lesson followed by 2 hours of play.
EasyBridge! 2 & 3 are 10 weeks each and cost students a nominal amount. Having 3 courses allows for flexibility in scheduling the times and lets students repeat a course if they wish. Weekly workshops are also part of the program.
How does one start and EasyBridge! program?
First, one must become accredited. This can be done at selected Regionals or at the NABC’s for a cost of $65, or via a “home study course”, for a cost of $100. The accreditation process is extremely important, as EasyBridge! works very well when offered properly using the EasyBridge! guidelines.
The only commitment to the folks who developed EasyBridge! is to order the text books from them. They are not very expensive and work exceedingly well! You can contact them on their website.
Why choose EasyBridge! to increase membership?
In the September, 2015, the Cheyenne unit chose to use the EastBridge! program primarily because it focused on learning by playing, allowing participants to experience the fun of playing bridge. The materials supplied by EasyBridge! contained small digestible lessons with lots of card playing in a laid back, fun-filled environment. Players soon developed bonds with each other. They were not just learning and playing bridge, they were also making new friends! After the first 6 weeks, players began playing in the unit’s Newcomer games and started earning master points. Most of them joined ACBL, which resulted in a 75% increase in membership for the unit.
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