ACBL Board Meeting Providence RI 2014 Highlights By Phyllis Harlan

CDR - Regulations regarding password protected data now comes under the CDR. Use is more strictly limited.

 

Prehearing procedure for Appeals and Charges – Notification to both complainant and charging party must be in a timely manner and notification must be confirmed.

 

New members may receive credit for up to 20 MP won prior to joining.

 

Full 7 Day regionals - A Regional may not be more than seven days in duration. A full seven-day Regional may not schedule any events before 1:00 p.m. on the first day of the tournament. All single- session events, except Side Series Pairs on the first day of a full seven-day Regional must be run for the benefit of the ACBL Charity Foundation, the ACBL Educational Foundation, the ACBL Junior Fund, the International Fund, the Grass Roots Fund or the Canadian equivalent of these. A Regional may run two-session gold point events on the first day of the tournament. In addition, a Regional may schedule the first two sessions of a KO event on the first day of the tournament. The first session of all two-session, gold point events on the first day of a full seven-day Regional must be run for the benefit of the ACBL Charity Foundation, the ACBL Educational Foundation, the ACBL Junior

Fund, the International Fund, the Grass Roots Fund or the Canadian equivalent of these. The second session of all two-session, gold point events on the first day of a full seven-day Regional must be run for the benefit of one of the above-listed funds or a local charity. In addition, a one-session event that is run for the ACBL Charity Foundation, the ACBL Educational Foundation, the ACBL Junior Fund, the International Fund, the Grass Roots Fund, or the Canadian equivalent of these may be held during any day of a Regional. The minimum monetary contributions for the above-listed fund, foundation or charity games is $7.00 per table, per session.

 

A Regional tournament may start on any day of the week and (with the exceptions of Regionals at Sea) must be scheduled on consecutive days until its conclusion.

 

I/N Limited Sectionals – A Unit may run no more than 3 a year and can be run using directors who are not ACBL employees. I/N Limited sectionals are now 0-500 MP.-

Masterpoint motions – 13 passed unanimously on second reading. They basically try to balance the MPs awarded for pairs and teams as well as give more to the lower finishers.

 

GNT Conditions of Contest - The following statement is added to the existing rules for GNT District Finals. For all events which are played over at least three sessions, a minimum masterpoint award of 1/3 of the first place award will be given to any team that advances through 2 sessions to the second day of an event where there was a 50% or greater reduction in teams from the first day (e.g., from 4 to 2).

STACs - The General Conditions of Contest for STaCs is amended to read as follows:

  1. All masterpoints awarded are silver and sectionally rated. Overall awards are based on the total entry in each event except that Swiss Team overall awards are based only on the entry at each

 

individual site. Open Swiss Team overall awards do receive credit for limited event tables at the same site. Open Pair events do not receive credit for other limited event tables at the same site, unless they are not combined with other clubs in the main STaC.

 

VERY IMPORTANT TO TOURNAMENT CHAIRMEN - Effective April 1, 2015, tournament sanction fees will increase approximately 2% and TD fees will increase by approximately 5%.

 

The full minutes of the ACBL Fall Board Meeting in Providence, RI are available on the ACBL website at these links: Providence Minutes, Exhibits.