Code of Conduct:

Note: Canterbury Regional Bridge have a fuller discussion of Bridge Protocol. You can download it from here, print it (double sided), and fold it into a booklet so that it is handy for reference.

‘Promoting enjoyable and conflict free Bridge’

Directors

  • Accept all decisions and directions of the directors without argument or attempt to change the decision.
  • The ruling of a director may be appealed up until 30 minutes after the official score has been made available for inspection.

Partners

  • Bring out the best in your partner, with mutual respect and understanding.
  • Address partnership misunderstandings and issues in private and not at the bridge table.
  • Be welcoming, courteous and display good sportsmanship.
  • Avoid gloating, griping and talking, either during or after play at the table.
  • Only give advice if asked.

Opposition

  • Be welcoming, courteous and display good sportsmanship.
  • Avoid gloating, griping and talking, either during or after play at the table.
  • Only give advice if asked.

Breaches of the Code of Conduct

  • Complaints of a breach of conduct by a club member(s), reported to a Session Convener or Club Recorder, will result in a verbal warning from a Club Recorder.
  • A repeated complaint will result in letter being sent to the member(s) concerned, signed by the club President and Secretary Manager, that their behaviour has breached the club’s Code of Conduct and has affected other member’s enjoyment of Bridge.
  • A further complaint will be taken to the committee. Under Section 11 of the club’s constitution the member may appear before the committee and a written warning may follow.
  • Further complaints will result in a stand down period from playing at the club.

Becoming a Better Bridge Player

  • Develop a positive mental attitude. Show optimism and confidence.
  • Always bid and play in an even tempo.
  • Show poise and keep your wits about you. Don’t be intimidated.
  • Don’t lose interest when holding uninteresting cards, especially against astute declarers.
  • Show no emotion when dummy appears, as inferences will be taken from your expression.
  • Think and plan at trick one. Any plan is better than no plan.
  • Analyse play objectively and leave any teaching to discuss at the end of a session.
  • Develop a Bridge ‘sense of humour’. Accept injustices and partner’s fallacies.
  • Strive to improve. Ask better players, read and compete against good opponents.
  • Concentrate properly and switch off when dummy.
  • Don’t dwell on previous hands. The past is history.