Organizing your Club Calendar

 

When preparing your club calendar for 2013, here are some tips for successful event scheduling.

Use the calendar outline below as a guide for filling out your yearly calendar of events.  In addition to the events which are tagged to particular months, club managers can also hold the following events during the year:

Club Championships

Each regularly scheduled weekly club game is entitled to four Club Championship Games per year. These may be scheduled as four one-session, two one-session and one two-session, or two two-session championships.

Each Club Championship (one or two sessions) must be scheduled in a different quarter of the year and may not be scheduled in conflict with a sectional or higher-rated event in progress within 25 miles of the playing site.

The overall awards for Club Championship Games in open clubs are computed at 65% of sectional rating.

Membership Games

The number of one-session Membership Games a club is allotted is proportionate to the overall club activity. A club may hold one membership game per year for each regularly sanctioned session. (If a club runs one game a week, it may hold one membership game per year; if a club runs ten games a week, it may hold ten membership games per year.) Only Life Members and paid ACBL members are eligible to win masterpoints in these games.

The point awards for an open game are 100% sectional rating and the session designated for the game must be one for which the club is sanctioned.

North American Open Pairs - Club Qualifying

Grand National Teams - Club Qualifying

January

Bartlesville, OK Sectional - Jan 10-12 (Information)

February

February is designated as Junior Month. During this month, each sanctioned club game is authorized to run its regularly scheduled sessions as sectionally-rated black-point Junior Fund Games. All clubs may run as many fund games as they have games scheduled. Junior Fund Games may be run in any other month except April and September. An extra $1 per person is contributed to the ACBL Junior Fund in the United States and the CBF Junior Fund in Canada.

 

Springfield, Mo Sectional - Feb. 28 - Mar. 2 (Information)

March

Emporia, Ks Sectional - Mar. 7 - 9 (Information)

Wichita Sectional - Mar. 15 - 12 (Information)

April

The month of April is designated as Charity Month. During this month, each sanctioned club game is authorized to run its regularly scheduled sessions as sectionally rated black point Charity Games. All clubs may run as many charity games as they have games scheduled. Charity games may be run in any other month except February and September. An extra $1 per person is contributed to the ACBL Charity Foundation in the United States and the CBF Charity Foundation in Canada.

Charity Club Championship Game awards for open games are computed at 100% of sectional rating.

STaC Week - April 7 - 13

May

Lee's Summit, Mo Sectional - May 2 - 4 (Information)

Oklahoma City Regional - May 5 - 11 (Information)

Grand National Teams Finals held at the

Wichita Sectional - May 23 - 25 (Information)

June

Columbia, Mo Sectional - Jun 6 - 8 (Information)

July

Lee's Summit, Mo Sectional - July 11 - 13 (Information)

August

Broken Arrow, Ok Sectional - Aug 1 - 3 (Information)

Oklahoma City Sectional - Aug 8 - 10 (Information)

Topeka Regional - Aug. 13 - 17 (Information)

September

The month of September is designated as International Fund Month. During this month, each sanctioned club game is authorized to run its regularly scheduled sessions as sectionally-rated black point International Fund Games. All clubs may run as many fund games as they have games scheduled. International Fund Games may be run in any other month except February and April. An extra $1 per person is contributed to the International Fund in the United States and the CBF International Fund in Canada.

Masterpoint awards for this game are 100% of sectional rating.

Bella Vista Sectional - Sept. 19 - 21(Information)

Wichita Sectional - Sept. 26 - 28 (Information)

October

October has been designated as Club Appreciation Month. During this month, club managers may run one Club Appreciation Pair Game and one Club Appreciation Team Game in place of a regularly scheduled session. The pair game pays 100% of sectional rating (all black), and the team game pays sectional Swiss rating with 5% gold. (A player can win a max of .25 gold.)

Springfield, Mo Regional - Oct. 6 - 12 (Information)

Kimberling City, Mo. Sectional - Oct. 31- Nov. 2 (Information)

November

Oklahoma City Sectional - Nov. 21 - 23 (Information)

December

STaC Week - Dec. 8 - 14

Overland Park, Ks Regional - Dec. 26 - 31 (Information)

 

 

Knock-Out Team Events

Many of our players would like to get some practice playing in Team Games.  They see the Knock-Out Team events scheduled at tournaments and they would like to get familiar with the process and the strategies before venturing among the 'vultures'.  Our club-level venues are a great way to introduce KO Team play to our newer players.

Let's see how this might work at your club.  Go through a sign-up process; encouraging singles, pairs and 4-person teams to register.  Build your team roster and assign a team handicap, so that there is reasonable parity in the competition.  Handicapping Events

If your usual club game is eight to twelve tables, then you should be able to easily incorporate a Knock-Out event into your annual event calendar.  Play all of the sessions on your normal sanction day.  The first round will eliminate half of the teams and the second round will see two teams survive for the 'finals'.  After the first round, the following weeks run your regular pair game at the same time as the semi and final rounds are being played.  You should expect that your game in the second week will be about half the size of your normal pair event, as round two of the KO teams continues.

The players who are playing in the pair events will take great interest in the progress of the team event.  Try to arrange the seating so as to provide some privacy to the team event.

By scheduling a Knock-Out Team event, you are likely to attract some players from nearby clubs.  Be sure to coordinate scheduling and promotional activities with your fellow Club Managers.

 

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