Zero Tolerance

In 1998, the ACBL adopted a Zero Tolerance Policy to improve and promote acceptable player behavior during NABCs. Today, the policy is enforced during all ACBL sanctioned events. Many clubs have adopted and/or modified the policy.

The following are examples of commendable behavior, which, while not required, will significantly contribute to the 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; and having two clearly completed convention cards readily available to the opponents (required by regulation).

The following are examples of behavior which will not be tolerated: badgering, rudeness, insinuations, intimidation, profanity, threats, or violence; negative comments concerning opponents’ or partner’s play or bidding; gloating over good results; constant and gratuitous lessons and analyses at the table; and loud and disruptive arguing with a director’s ruling.

If a player behaves in an unacceptable manner, the director should be called immediately. 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.