The Villages Duplicate Bridge Club has initiated the development of regular classes of instruction to help members of all abilities to be able to extend their own knowledge and skills in the game. To assist with this aim they have appointed Bob Matthews as the Education Director and Coordinator.
Our Club has offered many Educational Workshops in the past. Paul Matheson, Neil Timm, Rich Seidman, Dean Robinson, Andy Sloan, Jon Williams, Jack Lahoud, Sharlene Tyler and many many others have all contributed toward teaching our members the finer points of playing bridge.
Currently, we have the following programs aimed at helping those who are both new to the game as well as experienced players wishing to go further.
Scheduled Bridge Classes:
The club now offers regular scheduled classes in many different aspects of the game that are aimed at various player levels. Check out the Education Classes article on the Home page for details of each class.
Anyone wishing to reserve a place at any scheduled class or series of classes should do so, unless otherwise instructed, by sending an email to the named instructor using the email address given on the Schedule.
There will be a set fee for these scheduled lessons. This is presently $5 per person per session payable on the day or first day of a series. If a class runs for several weeks, as some will, the fee is calculated as $5 times the number of weeks for that class. For example, a three week class will cost $15.
Most classes will have a maximum number of places determined by the subject and the way the teacher wishes to present that material. However, the long term aim is to have popular classes repeated so everyone eventually has a chance to benefit from them.
Please make careful note of which day of the week and at which venue any class you wish to attend will be held. Please note also that classes at Seabreeze run from 9 am until 11 am, whilst those at O’Dell Recreation Center run from 8:45 am until 10:45 am.
A mentor program has been created and administered by Jon Williams to help novice players develop their bridge skills and transition from limited games to open games. In this program novice players are paired up with experienced players for regular game play and instruction. Please click on the Submenu Button to the left for more details about the following aspects of this program:
Mentor Program Description
Describes the purpose of the program along with details on how it works and how to sign up.
Mentor-Novice Special Game
Information on the Mentor-Novice Special Game that is held the 3rd Sunday of each month.
We would like to encourage all experienced members of our club, particularly Life Masters or above, to volunteer their time and services to act as Mentors. This is a great way to share your own rich experience and to sharpen your own skills by studying complex concepts so as to better able to "teach" the same, as well as to enjoy the reward of having helped an aspiring new player to better themselves.
You can get more information from Jon by calling or emailing him directly, or emailing him at email@example.com.
This program is designed for people who have only played "social" bridge and wish to progress to playing "duplicate" bridge in a friendly, social atmosphere.
The program consists of 2 games held weekly.
The first is on Monday evenings at the Seabreeze Rec Center beginning usually around 5:30 pm with a lesson on some aspect of the game, followed by playing a Duplicate session which begins at 6:30 pm and finishes around 9 pm. It is currently limited to people who have 50 or fewer Master Points and where partners can usually be provided.
The second is on Wednesday morning at the Eisenhower Rec Center beginning at 8:30 and finishes around 11. It is limited to people who have 20 or fewer Master Points, and the unique thing about this game is that the director can provide advice to players during the game. On the Wednesday morning game we also currently run a section for people who have passed the 20 MP point, but are still under 50 MP in total. This allows those who wish to continue playing alongside their peers, while at the same time advancing their experience levels.
Both games typically play between 12 to 18 boards (hands), and for those who join or are existing ACBL Members, Master Points are awarded.
For further information call one of the following:
Bob Matthews (Education Director) 352-283-4913
Janet Matthews (Monday night game Director) 352-283-4914
Marilyn Schmidt (Wednesday morning game Director) 413-329-3779.
Bridge Resource Material:
Click on the Submenu Button to the left titled Bridge Resources for other resource information on everything from bridge conventions, to how to improve your game, to how to fill out your convention card.