CONDITIONS OF CONTEST
2016-2017 DISTRICT 19 NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS
The North American Pairs (NAP) is one of two flighted, grass roots qualifying events on
the annual ACBL calendar; the other is the Grand National Teams. Pairs compete in
the District NAP Finals for the opportunity to earn subsidies and compete in the National
Finals held at the Spring NABC, in 2017 to be held at Kansas City, MO.
The event flyer for the District 19 NAP Finals may be found at acbl.org at the Conditions
of Contest link.
During club qualification, District Finals and National Finals, flights are as follows:
Flight A: Open to any player
Flight B: Open to players with no more than 2500 masterpoints as of the ACBL June
master point cycle, which is usually run on or about May 6
Flight C: Open to Non-Life Master players with no more than 500 masterpoints as of
the ACBL June master point cycle, which is usually run on or about May 6
District 19 representation at the National Finals:
Flight A: The top 3 pairs from the District Finals qualify
Flight B: The top 4 pairs from the District Finals qualify
Flight C: The top 4 pairs from the District Finals qualify
Subsidies to pairs qualifying for the National Finals:
1st place pair in each flight: $700 per player subsidy from ACBL
2nd place pair in each flight: $300 per player subsidy from ACBL
3rd place pair in each flight: $300 subsidy to the pair from District 19
Note: per District 19 policy, subsidies will be paid in the currency of players’ home
countries, i.e. in $US per above or the equivalent in $Canadian.
Questions may be directed to the DISTRICT 19 NAP COORDINATOR:
Tim White, 8121 SE79th St., Mercer Island, WA 98040
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
cell phone: (206) 979-9041
CONDITIONS OF CONTEST
Stages of Play
There are three stages of play: (1) STAGE ONE qualifying at local clubs, (2) District
Finals, and (3) National Finals.
(1) STAGE ONE – Qualification for District Finals
Players qualify for the District Finals by competing in qualifying games at their local
clubs. These qualifying games commence in June and continue through August. They
award extra masterpoints, allocated as 50% red / 50% black. All players who qualify at
the club level during the STAGE ONE June-August qualification period are eligible to
participate in the District Final. Unlike the District 19 GNT finals, for the District 19
NAP finals there is NO BUY-IN for players who did not successfully qualify at the
Club-level STAGE ONE qualification games
Each club may hold two NAP (North American Pairs) games per sanctioned session
during each of the months of June, July and August. For each game, the club remits a
per table NAP club-qualification game fee to the ACBL, in accordance with the ACBL
fee schedule, in lieu of the normal per table sanction fees. No District surcharge is
applied to NAP club-level qualification games. Game reports are to be submitted to
both ACBL and the D19 NAP Coordinator.
At the club stage, subject to established ACBL minimum guidelines, each club
determines the conventions to be allowed in its games.
A member may earn club-level qualification at any club in any unit in any district. Clublevel
qualification is earned as an individual and not as a partnership. A player may play
at any participating club as often as desired and with as many partners as desired.
At the club stage, a member may qualify and earn masterpoints with any other member
of the ACBL or with a non-member of the ACBL.
(2) DISTRICT FINALS – Qualification for the NAP National Finals
The 2016 District 19 NAP Finals, Sanction #1610160, will be conducted over two
sessions on a single day for each flight. Entry fees will be same as those currently in
effect at District 19 regionals: $14Cdn for Canadian-sited events and US$13 for USsited
events. These fees are per player per session.
Eligibility. It is the responsibility of every player, prior to the District 19 Finals, to
ensure s/he has successfully qualified at the club level. As stated above, unlike the
district GNT Finals, there is NO BUY-IN for players who did not successfully qualify
for the NAP at the club level. To avoid irregularities associated with qualification
status, the Director in Charge and District NAP Coordinator will adhere to ACBL HQ
generated reports of players who have qualified at the club level.
It is permissible for a player to compete in more than one flight (to “play up”) where the
finals of flights are conducted on separate days.
Flight C category players – Retain qualification in each flight (A, B & C) in which they
have achieved the finish stated for each level of play.
Flight B category players – Retain qualification in each flight (A & B) in which they
have achieved the finish stated for each level of play.
Flight A category players – Compete in Flight A only.
For the NAPs, a member's principal residence shall be as of June 1 of the year prior to
the National Final. Changes in residence after this date shall not change the district in
which the player is eligible to participate.
Flight A: Mid-Chart Conventions
Flight B and C: General Convention Chart
Event Dates and Session Start Times:
The 2016 District 19 NAP Finals will be a one-day two-session event for all flights:
Flight A (open) will be played at the Skagit PUD #1 Aqua Room on Saturday, October
22, 2016 at 12:00pm and 5:30pm.
Flight B (less than 2500 MP) will be played at the Skagit PUD #1 Aqua Room on
Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 10:30am and 4:00pm.
Flight C (Non-Life Master less than 500 MP) will be played at the Vancouver Bridge
Centre on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 12:00pm and 5:30pm.
To enable the DIC to verify players’ qualification status and set up game
movements, players are to report for their respective events at least thirty
minutes before event start time.
Venue Addresses and Directions:
Flights A and B
Skagit PUD #1 – Aqua Room
1415 Freeway Drive
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273-1436
(2 minutes from the freeway)
Take I-5 Exit 227
West on WA Route 538 (W. College Way)
Left on Freeway Drive
Go 0.2 miles, PUD is on the right
Plenty of parking behind the building
Vancouver Bridge Centre
2776 E. Broadway
Vancouver BC V5M 1Y8
Phone: (604) 255-2564
If arriving via Highway 1, there are two exits near the Bridge Centre. They are
Rupert/1st Avenue (from Eastbound Highway 1) and Boundary/Grandview Highway
(from Highway 1 West), and they are equally close by. From the Rupert/1st Avenue exit,
follow the bend and go straight through the light to go south on Rupert. Turn right on
Broadway, and take the first left (Kaslo) after the traffic lights at Renfrew Street. From
Boundary/Grandview Highway, follow Grandview until you reach Kaslo Street (one
block after Renfrew). Turn right on Kaslo.
Commitment to Represent District 19 at the National Finals
Immediately upon the conclusion of the District 19 NAP Finals second of two sessions
for each flight, pairs finishing in qualifying position for the National Finals, plus the pair
finishing one position lower in the final standings (i.e. pairs in 1st through 4th place in
Flight A and pairs in 1st through 5th places in Flights B and C), are to report to the
District 19 NAP Coordinator or DIC to (a) verify the pairs’ commitments to represent
District 19 at the National Finals and (b) provide the pairs’ contact information (email
address and phone number). If a pair finishing in qualifying position is unable to commit
to competing in the National Finals, their qualification position (and the subsidy
commensurate with their qualification position) will be awarded to the next lower pair.
An exception to this situation may exist where a pair elects to “play up” and qualify in
more than one flight; in such a case the pair will be required to declare, immediately
upon completion of the second session of the second Finals flight in which they
compete, in which flight they commit to compete in the National Finals.
(3) NATIONAL FINALS
The North American Pairs National Finals will be held during the North American Bridge
Championships at Kansas City, March 2017. A person or pair may represent a district
in only one flight at the National Finals. The North American Pairs National Finals are
planned as four-session events, consisting of a two-session play-through to qualify for a
two-session play-through final with carryover as per ACBL formula.