District News & Coming Attractions
First Alternate District Director Election
On October 6, ACBL Director of Elections Kelley McGuire announced that Paul Cuneo has won the District 16 election for 1st Alternate.
Congratulations to Paul and thanks to the other candidates and to all the unit board members who voted in the election.
NAP News Flash!
On October 1st, ACBL announced that District 16 will receive enhanced subsidies in Strats B and C for this year’s NAP National Final. We have been awarded these additional monies because of the excellent club-level participation this year. The District also contributes additional subsidies. Below are the combined amounts available this year.
|Strat A||Strat B||Strat C|
So make your plans to qualify at the Unit level so you can play in our District finals being held in San Antonio on January 16-17th and have the opportunity to win an invitation to represent District 16 at the ACBL Nationals in Reno! Good luck and well done!
Bridge Teacher of the Year!
LOVE YOUR TEACHER?
Many teachers lend their expertise to help students learn the game and take pride in their accomplishments. Along the way many area locations expand their bridge populations.
Beginning in 2010 with Tina Radding, from Charleston South Carolina, through August 2015, when Jeff Schuett, from Riverwood, IL, was awarded Teacher of the Year, the ABTA, in conjunction with Master Point Press, recognizes outstanding teachers. We’d like to learn more about teachers, who go the extra mile to create a wonderful atmosphere in their classrooms.
Previously nominated teaching professionals earned comments from their students such as: “undeniably superb, thinks outside the box, positive, patient, and devoted, will go in any direction that the students ask him, great depth of knowledge, and responsible for building my self confidence.”
Please review the criteria and complete a nomination form, available on one of the following sites: www.abtahome.com, or www.teachbridge.com. Enter your teacher now into competition for the 2016 Teacher of the Year Award. The winner receives an engraved crystal plaque plus a cash subsidy. The finalists and overall winner will be announced at the ABTA Annual Conference, in Washington, D.C., July 19 to July 22, 2016. Yes, previous nominees who did not win are welcome to re-apply.
2015-2016 Committee members are: Larry Cohen (Boca Raton, FL), Nancy Abbott (Middleburg, VA), Linda Lee (Toronto, Ont), Mary Jane Orock (Fort Worth, TX), Tina Radding (Charleston, SC), Barbara Seagram (Toronto, Ont), Kathie Walsh, (Hilton Head, SC) and Joyce Penn (Columbus, OH) Chairman,
Questions may be directed, by email, to Joyce at: abtaTOY@gmail.com. The deadline for all nominations and submissions is March 15, 2016.
Submitted by Joyce Penn
American Bridge Teachers Association
The September/October issue of the District 16 Scorecard has been posted on this site. You can read it by clicking here.
Charlie Price wins Jacoby Award!
Charlie Price was awarded the 2015 Jacoby Award during the Labor Day Regional. You can read all about it here.
Fort Worth Results
You can see the results from Fort Worth by clicking here.
Dan Morse's Report from Chicago
Dan Morse's report from the Chicago NABC can be seen here.
North American Pairs Unit Qualifying
The time for the NAP Unit finals has arrived. All those who qualified at the Club level are eligible to play in one Unit final (per flight). 60% of the field will be qualified to play in our District finals in San Antonio next January 16 and 17. The top 3 pairs in Flight A as well as the top 4 pairs in Flights B & C will be invited to represent District 16 at the Spring Nationals in Reno.
If you have any questions regarding qualifying or Conditions of Contest, please contact Melody Euler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254.718.2270.
A list of when and where each Unit is holding it's Unit qualifying games is shown below.
|San Antonio||172||Fiesta Bridge Club||October 24, 2015||10:00 am||All|
|San Miguel||173||Club de bridge amigos||No Information|
|Houston||174||Bridge Club of Houston||November 7, 2015||10:00 a.m./TBA||B|
|Westside Bridge Academy||November 8, 2015||10:00 a.m./TBA||A & C|
|Dallas||176||BAND||September 27, 2015||1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.||C|
|Dorsey's Bridge Studio||October 4, 2015||1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.||B|
|Dorsey's Bridge Studio||October 18, 2015||1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.||A|
|Fort Worth||183||Fort Worth Bridge Studio||September 13, 2015||12:30 p.m./TBA||B|
|Fort Worth Bridge Studio||October 4, 2015||12:30 p.m./TBA||A & C|
|South Texas||187||Bridge Club of South Texas||October 3, 2014||10:30 a.m./TBA||All|
|Llano Estacado||197||The Bridge Center||November 1, 2015||1:00 p.m./TBA||All|
|Sabine Neches||201||Beaumont Bridge Studio||October 31, 2015||9:30 a.m./TBA||All|
|Fort Concho||204||Sue Barber Bridge Club||November 21, 2015||10:00 a.m./2:00 p.m.||All|
|Amistad||205||Lake Chapala Duplicate BC||October 13, 2015||1:30 p.m.||All|
|Texas Capitol||207||Bridge Center of Austin||October 17, 2015||10:00 a.m./1:30 p.m.||All|
|Permian Basin||209||Allison Bridge Center||September 12, 2015||10:00 a.m./TBA||All|
|Fort Phantom||224||Mabel Lillius Bridge Studio||September 19, 2015||10:00 a.m./TBA||All|
|East Texas||225||Longview Duplicate BC||October 31, 2015||10:00 a.m./1:00 p.m.||All|
|Central Texas||233||Temple CAC||September 13, 2015||1:00 p.m.||All|
|Magic Valley||237||Not participating|
|Wichita Falls||353||The Bridge Center||November 22, 2015||1:30 p.m.||All|
The District 16 Finals will be held Saturday, January 16th at 10:00 a.m./3:00 and 17th and Sunday, January 17th at 10:00 a.m./TBA during the San Antonio Winter Sectional at the Omni San Antonio, 9821 Colonade Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78230 PH:800-843-6664.
This note is from District President Paul Cuneo:
I am enjoying writing my series of articles for the Scorecard. The July/August article addresses membership retention. New member attraction and retention will be a topic for the District meeting on July 4.
When I received the QUIP report from ACBL on April 1, I was shocked that D16 ranked last in new member retention. I immediately contacted ACBL to request data on membership retention from the largest clubs in our District. I was optimistic that some clubs were excellent and others would lag. After I received the data from ACBL, I started talking with teachers, club owners/managers, unit board members and others about the issue. Through those discussions, I compiled the list of Best Practices for New Member Retention. Click here to see it. Then please encourage your clubs to adopt as many as possible.