One of the thrills of bridge is the competition, but occasionally, that competitive drive can lead to unkind behavior.
Unfortunately, these incidents cause many newcomers to not return to a club – or to give up the game entirely.
Adopting a Zero Tolerance policy at your club can help the situation. Let your players know that you promote a friendly environment for playing bridge by creating standards for behavior at the table. The ACBL has a set of guidelines for tournaments that you can use or adapt.
Announce your rules at the start of your games and keep a list visible in your club. You can order Zero Tolerance posters in the Resource Center to highlight aspects your policy. Shipping is free, and there are both English and French versions.
Remember that enforcing the policy is key to its success. You should be vigilant and willing to suspend a player if necessary. With your help, we can make the bridge table a more welcoming space for newcomers.