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In Memory

There are special people in our lives who never leave us....
Even after they are gone.

Bob Fosse, longtime member of Unit 533, passed away Friday, October 13.
Bob was a member of the unit board and a driving force behind our Zero Tolerance Policy.
An accomplished player with an engaging personality, he will be missed by his friends and bridge partners.


Margaret (Margie) Shore, an active member of the unit until recently, passed away Wednesday, October 11.
A gentle woman with a fierce competitive spirit, Margie will missed by her family and friends.
Margie's obituary appeared in the Desert Sun October 14 - Click here

Elaine Kennedy, a newer member of the unit, passed away Saturday, October 7. Elaine was one of several Mission Hills residents
 who made a major contribution to the success of MHDBC in its infancy.  The unit extends its sympathy to her husband, Richard, and  their family.

Welcome New Members

Beverly McKeon
Patricia Rogoff
Pam Smith

Rank Changes

NABC MASTER

GEORGE HUBMAN
LORI KIEFER

REGIONAL MASTER

AVI SCHNELLER

SECTIONAL MASTER

JAMES SANZARO

CLUB MASTER

LESLIE FORESTER
ROBERT GOLDBERG

JUNIOR MASTER

DAVID COMBS
JAY KIRSCHNER
DAVID SMITH

Congratulations!

 
Zero Tolerance
ACBL Unit 533 Zero Tolerance Policy

Zero Tolerance Policy Introductions

Bridge Unit 533 has adopted the Zero Tolerance Policy and Guidelines similar to the ACBL Zero Tolerance Policy. This policy applies to Unit sponsored games and events (sectionals, unit games). The Board of Directors of ACBL Unit 533 recognizes the autonomy of individual club directors and managers.  However, we encourage, although not require, club directors and managers to adopt a similar policy, consistent with the ACBL Zero Tolerance Policy and Procedures.

The Unit 533 Board of Directors supports the implementation of the Zero Tolerance Policy for the following reasons:

  1. Policy creates a more pleasant atmosphere at the tables resulting in a more enjoyable game for all;
  2. Policy is consistent with ACBL directives;
  3. Zero Tolerance, properly explained and enforced by directors, encourages newer players to the Unit (both beginning and advanced) to support and promote bridge throughout the Unit, potentially increasing the number of bridge players in our Unit;
  4. Clear guidelines including penalties for unacceptable behavior results in greater respect for all involved with competitive bridge.

 

Unit 533 Zero Tolerance Policy - Applicable to all Unit 533 sponsored games and events

Bridge Unit 533, the covering the Coachella Valley cities, is a Zero Tolerance Policy Unit. We expect common sense behavior and respect toward every person and toward the rules and ethics of the game.

Discourtesy must be avoided. Players should treat the director-in-charge, their partners and opponents with respect. Players may communicate only by appropriate use of the bidding box. They should do nothing to otherwise receive or convey information about a hand. In fact, they should actively avoid extraneous communication.

In case of disputes, at the table, the director-in-charge’s decision is final. The director-in-charge may impose immediate sanctions. Post-game appeal procedures exist for some infractions, but for the duration of the game, the director-in-charge’s decision is final.

The director-in-charge will notify the players immediately if they have a right to appeal. Clearly defined matters of law, like revokes or behavior-related penalties, are not appealable. Players wishing to appeal must notify the director-in-charge before the completion of the final round; the director-in-charge will appoint a committee to meet, hear testimony, and adjudicate the matter.

The director-in-charge may assign penalties as a consequence of violations of these tenets. The Discipline Committee and/or the Unit Board may suspend a player for extreme violations or repeated violations. For more information, please direct your inquiries to the director-in-charge or visit the ACBL website.

To view ACBL's Zero Tolerance Policy, click here.

 

Unit 533 Zero Tolerance Guidelines and Penalties

Expected Behavior

Any action or conduct by a player that makes bridge more enjoyable for others.

  1. Greeting others in a friendly manner prior to start of play on each round.
  2. Being a good “host” or “guest” at the table.
  3. Doing everything possible to make bridge enjoyable for yourself, partner and your opponents.
  4. Giving credit when opponents make a good bid or play.

Unacceptable Behavior

Any action or conduct by a player that makes bridge less enjoyable for others.

  1. Badgering, rudeness, insinuations, intimidation, profanity, threats, or violence.
  2. Negative comments concerning opponents' or partner's play or bidding.
  3. Constant and gratuitous lessons and analyses at the table.
  4. Loud and disruptive arguing with a director's ruling.

It is understood there might be a natural reluctance to complain about fellow players. Should it become necessary to call the director-in-charge, the player should simply state, “The player is interfering with my enjoyment of the game.” This conduct is specifically prohibited by Law 74A1 in the Laws of Duplicate Bridge.

Penalties for Failure to Comply with Unit 533’s Zero Tolerance Policy

   First Offense – a procedural penalty of one-quarter board or three IMPS
   Second Offense – ejection from the game where the offense occurs