Darwinisms
By Darwin Afdahl, District 17 President

Congratulations

The 2013 Mini-McKenney Leaders for District 17 are:
Grand Life Master: Mike Passell, Las Vegas
Platinum Life Master: David Caprera, Denver
Emerald Life Master: En Hay, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Diamond Life Master: Anne Brenner, Denver
Gold Life Master: Stephen Apodaca, Santa Fe
Silver Life Master: Bill Wittmann, Colorado Springs
Bronze Life Master: Joan Cremin, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Life Master: Joan Kushner, Conifer, Colorado
Youth (under 20): Gregory Herman, Fort Collins, Colorado
Junior (under 26): Gregory Herman, Fort Collins, Colorado
Senior: Garey Hayden, Tucson
Sectional: Spencer Jones, Denver

Mike Passell, Las Vegas, was District 17’s top masterpoint winner in 2013. The top five winners in each category are listed in the March 2014 ScoreCard. In eight of the twelve categories, the winners were from Colorado.

Zero Tolerance

The ultimate purpose of the Zero Tolerance policy is to create a more pleasant atmosphere in our tournaments. We are attempting to eradicate unacceptable behavior in order to make the game of bridge more enjoyable for all. Below are some examples of commendable behavior which, while not required, will significantly contribute to an improved atmosphere:

  • Being a good ‘host’ or ‘guest’ at the table.
  • Greeting others in a friendly manner.
  • Praising the bidding and/or play of the opponents.
  • Having two identically completed convention cards readily available to the opponents. (This one is a regulation, not just a nicety.)

The following are examples of behavior that will not be tolerated:

  • Badgering, rudeness, insinuations, intimidation, profanity, threats, or violence.
  • Negative comments concerning opponents’ or partner’s play or bidding.
  • Constant and gratuitous lessons and analyses at the table.
  • Loud and disruptive arguing with a director’s ruling.

If a player at the table behaves in an unacceptable manner the director should immediately be called. Annoying behavior, embarrassing remarks, or any other conduct which might interfere with the enjoyment of the game is specifically prohibited by Law 74A. Law 91A gives the director the authority to assess disciplinary penalties.

District 17 tournaments are Zero Tolerance as outlined by the ACBL. District 17 encourages clubs and units to adopt zero tolerance policies.

Sandy DeMartino, ACBL Goodwill Chair, said at the 2014 Dallas NABC, “You can be competitive, but can also be friendly and ethical”.

Remember bridge is a game. Have Fun.

Upcoming D17 regionals and NABC:
Las Vegas Summer NABC, July 17-27
Colorado Springs, August 11-17
Phoenix, Arizona, October 6-12
Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 19-25, 2015
Tucson, Arizona, February 23-March 3, 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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