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Apple DBC Policies July 2016

Personal Hygiene and Fragrances

• Everyone is expected to maintain high standards of hygiene and cleanliness.

• Due to the number of players with allergies, please refrain from the use of frangrances.

Entries and game start

• Game time is 11:45am. All players are expected tp arrive by 11:40am and entry sales will cease at that time. It is our    intention to statr the game at 11:45am.

• If your partner has not arrived by 11:40am please call them to determine when they will arrive.

• At game time, people whose partners have not arrived and who have confirmed that there partner will strive shortly will be    offered the chance to play together or to receive a refund.

Conventions and Convention Cards

• ACBL requires that each pair has two identical convention cards filled out. Failure to have convention cards is subject to    penalty for repeated offenders.

• The ACBL General Convention Chart will be used. Be sure to follow the required alert and pre-alert procedures. When in    doubt, ask the Director prior to the start of play

Cell Phones

• Cell phone penalties as follows: 1st offense, warning; 2nd offence, 3 matchpoints; 3rd and subsequent, 6 matchpoints.    Records will be kept so the Director can see the appropriate penalty. Help your partner avoid penalties by reminding them    to silence their phone.

• If you must be able to receive an emergency call, explain it to the Director prior to the game, and the Director will decide    whether you may take the call without penalty.

Slow Play

• Do not start a board after the two minute warning has been sounded. If you are observed doing this , both pairs will    receive an Average Minus on the board. You will receive a No Play. This is not a penalty as your overall percentage    will stay the same.

• If you are late finishing a round, make a concerted effort to catch up when you've fallen behind, regardless of the reason.    Penalties will be assessed if after 2 rounds a pair has left the table more than two minutes into the next round.

• Habitual slow play will be subject to disciplinary penalty. Records will be kept on pairs who take no plays and receive    penalties for slow play during the game.

Respect the Director

• Law 90 requires participants to promptly comply with instructions of the Director. Arguing with the Director in a loud or    abusive manner is subject to penalty.

• If you feel that the Director has erred in making a ruling, calmly state your reasons for disagreement. If the Director's    explanation does not satisfy you, you may ask for a committee to review the issue. No appeals will be heard if the request    is not made before the game ends.


• Each player is responsible to dispose of any items they no longer wish to use in one of the trash cans. The Director should    be called if this occurs more than once in a round.

• At the end of the game, please close up your bidding boxes, and return your chairs to the racks. North/South are    responsibile for bringing boards, bidding boxes, guide cards and bridge pads to the appropriate area, and insuring that the    table area is clean and trash is placed in trash cans.

Scoring Errors

• Both pairs have a responsibilty to insure that scores are properly entered.

• If you feel a scoring error has been made, please contact your opponent. If both sides agree an error was made, send an    e-mail to me with the proposed correction and copy your opponent.

• Scoring errors must be reported within 24 hours for the club games. STAC and other special games may have shorter times    which will be announced.

Zero Tolerance

We will follow ACBL's Zero Tolerance Policies. Records of ZT infractions will be kept. We are attempting to eradicate unacceptable behavior in order to made the game of bridge more enjoyable for all.

Below are some 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.

    • Having two clearly completed convention cards readily available to the opponents. (This is one of the regulations, not      just a nicety.)

The following are examples of behavior that will not be tolerated:

    • Badgering, rudeness, insinuations, intimidation, profanity, threats or violence.

    • Negative comments concerning opponent's or partner's play or bidding.

    • Constant and gratuitous lessons and analyses at the table.

    Annoying behavior, embarrassing remarks or any other conduct which might interfere with enjoyment of the game
   violates Law 74A. Law 91A gives the Director authority for penalties. If a player at the table behaves in an     unacceptable manner, the Director should be called immediately!!! Do not wait to complain until the game is over!