Dear Friends: January 2014
As we mentioned in our December news notice, we continue to have a large number of friends interested in playing bridge at our club. We have been fortunate to increase our number of tables thanks to our hosts, CoCo Tropical, which has allowed all or almost everyone who wants to play to do so.
Unfortunately, this has not solved other concerns including but not limited to:
The constant changing of partnerships without notifying anyone of the change.
Players forgetting that they are scheduled on a particular day and not showing for the game. For example, this past Thursday we believed we had 24 full tables but ended up with 20 tables. This causes last minute shuffling of tables and people. No-shows also deprive wait-list people from playing unless they come to CoCo’s and wait around until just before the game to see if there is an opening.
Singles needing to have a partnership established on a regular basis or singles listed on the wait-list are problematic.
Accidents happen and names could be inadvertently left off the daily list or duplication of one member of a partnership with a second person.
People emailing early in the year thinking that would guarantee a playing slot. Emailing began earlier and earlier each year and has become unmanageable.
Players not arriving by 1:15 pm or large numbers arriving at the last possible moment which causes the game to begin late.
Recently our CoCo Tropical Bridge Club Committee met and through discussion we came to the conclusion that many of our problems stem from having a registration book in the first place. With this in mind, the following changes will be in effect beginning March lst.
l. WE WILL NO LONGER HAVE A BOOK. Beginning March lst when you arrive you will check in your partnership by paying for you and your partner (with correct change) and you will be assigned your section, table and direction. If you are unable to keep score you will be assigned to play East/West and of course, if you have a medical concern, we will do our best to accommodate your directional needs. Registration will begin at 12:30 pm and end at 1:15 pm.
2. Anyone who does not have a partner may contact Evelyn as soon as he or she can and she will let you know of anyone else who may also be looking for a game. It will be your responsibility to contact the person. You can also come down to CoCo’s at 1:00 pm and wait to see if anyone else is looking for a game.
3. Partnerships arriving after 1:15pm may be turned away. By 1:20 pm we plan to have the rotation determined and shortly thereafter, everyone seated and the boards distributed. We plan to begin promptly at 1:30 pm. Those tables located in the courtyard need to be cleared by 5:00pm with no exceptions as agreed upon between CoCo’s and the Committee.
Prior to March 1st we will continue with the book. If you are on the wait-list, it is up to you to call Evelyn sometime between 10:15 am and 11:30 am to see if a slot has become available. If you are unable to play on a given day, please contact Evelyn, or any of the other Committee members either by phone or email to the website.
Kathy George 223-4505 Ginger Carpenter 178-5392 John Rayner 113-0194 Evelyn Patrick 222-1974 or
Maxine Webb 221-5112 or www.bridgewebs.com/cocospv
Your Board of Directors
CoCo Tropical Bridge Club