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:
- Policy creates a more pleasant atmosphere at the tables resulting in a more enjoyable game for all;
- Policy is consistent with ACBL directives;
- 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;
- 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
Any action or conduct by a player that makes bridge more enjoyable for others.
- Greeting others in a friendly manner prior to start of play on each round.
- Being a good “host” or “guest” at the table.
- Doing everything possible to make bridge enjoyable for yourself, partner and your opponents.
- Giving credit when opponents make a good bid or play.
Any action or conduct by a player that makes bridge less enjoyable for others.
- Badgering, rudeness, insinuations, intimidation, profanity, threats, or violence.
- Negative comments concerning opponents' or partner's play or bidding.
- Constant and gratuitous lessons and analyses at the table.
- 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