District 17 encourages clubs and Units to lay the foundation for the future of bridge by encouraging our youngest players.  Junior is defined as players under the age of 26.  Youth is defined by ACBL as under age 20.

What can you do?  

Get a deck of cards into the hands of your grandchildren and teach them ANY card game to get them started.   Encourage the teenagers in your family to become sectional caddies.  Help ACBL boost student run college programs by being a mentor or sponsor.   Volunteer to be a partner and mentor for a junior/youth player.  Talk with your Unit Board about supporting an in-school program.

District 17 Offers Tournament Discounts

Junior/youth players get a $6 discount on entry fees at all of our D17 regional tournaments.  Players can pick up a discount coupon from directors, which requires a name, age and event.  To be eligible for the discount, the player must an ACBL member in good standing and not "playing for hire".

Let's hear about our younger duplicate bridge players!  Got pictures?   Got ideas?  Contact the Web Master, Rod Southworth, at  southworth15@yahoo.com


Youngster Discovers Bridge, Recruits Mom

Reprinted with permission from the Sunday, July 23, 2017 Toronto Daily Bulletin

When he was nine years old, Raymond Cole discovered a package of games on a computer at his home in Boulder Colorado. The package included several card games, among them spades, hearts and, lucky for him, bridge. He played some of the other games, but eventually gravitated to bridge. “It kind of grows on you,” he says.

Raymond, 24, went to the Toronto Nationals with his mother and favorite partner, Beth. While there, he stopped by the Daily Bulletin office to announce that he had become a Life Master shortly before the Summer NABC.

Raymond discovered duplicate after receiving a book about bridge. “I read it,” he notes, “and I found the ACBL website at the back.” After checking out the website, Raymond decided it was time to try duplicate. Says his mom, “Raymond told me ‘you have to learn.’” Beth grew up in a bridge-playing household, but she didn’t try it until her son took an interest in the game. Now that she plays regularly with Raymond, she confesses that “it’s very addicting.”

Their duplicate debut occurred in 2008, when they went to the Niwot Bridge Club near Boulder and found themselves in an 11-table game. “Surprise, surprise,” Raymond says, “we came in 11th.” Not the least bit discouraged, Raymond looked at the situation analytically. “I knew there would be lots of other sessions.”

That same year, Raymond went to his first sectional, and in early 2009 played in his first regional, with his grandfather. “It was pretty thrilling just to be at the regional,” he recalls, “and we won five red points.” Raymond says he has experienced other thrills in bridge, notably bidding and making a doubled grand slam off a cashing ace (the defender on lead picked the wrong suit). Raymond also considers it a thrill to “figure out those puzzles we call bridge hands.” He spends time after sessions reviewing hand records, which he collects. He has a five-inch-tall stack of them. He says they remind him of how long it took to become a Life Master.

Beth approves of her son’s interest in bridge. “It’s good for him,” she notes. “It helps with socialization and it’s nice to know you are among people with the same interest.” Raymond’s mom plays with him only on Tuesdays in part because she has a job working in early intervention with families who have children up to three years old with disabilities. Asked if he sees himself playing bridge for a long time, Raymond equivocates. Mom has other ideas. She needs 500 masterpoints to earn her gold card and she has only about 200. Says Beth, “He has to keep playing with me until I make Life Master, so he has a long way to go.”


A Gallery of Youth and Student Players

Bridge players at Lakewood High School in Colorado.

 Lakewood High School (Colorado) bridge players!

Greg Herman (left) and Burke Snowden from Fort Collins, CO  (they were on the winning D17 GNT B Strat Team in 2014)


The 24 year old Justin Browning (right) playing in the Boulder Sectional with Dan Zwonitzer.  



Previous page: Masterpoint rank changes - March, 2018   Next page: Where's the Gold