Intermediate and newcomer players sometimes feel intimidated by the competitive environment of duplicate bridge.
While the challenges of the game make it compelling, players’ insecurities can keep them from returning. It is key that they feel welcome and are encouraged to not just join, but continue to play. A great way to do that is to devote some resources to I/N players.
When you are hosting an I/N game or tournament, there are some things to keep in mind:
- Guarantee partners: Most newcomers don’t have a regular partner. Ensuring there will be someone they can play with will help “singles” get in the game.
- Have a social aspect: If you’re hosting an I/N game or tournament, set aside some time for socializing. This will give players a way to meet peers and develop connections with other bridge players. With stronger relationships forged, they are more likely to return for future events. Be sure to provide nametags and refreshments.
- Give out awards or certificates: Especially when we are just beginning, a sense of achievement is very encouraging. There are three certificate templates available on the Resource Center to be used for a variety of accomplishments. You could also create a photo wall.
Don’t forget to browse the Resource Center for items specifically geared toward I/N players! Welcome to the World of Duplicate Bridge can be a very handy resource as can the A to Z Member Guide, which covers topics players should be familiar with.
What steps have you taken to help and encourage I/N players?
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