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Santa Cruz County
Unit 550

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Santa Cruz Bridge Center
2450 17th Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Cruz,CA 95062
831-465-1102
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Annual Meeting and Holiday Party Games

The Annual Meeting of Unit 550 is scheduled for Saturday, December 1. The game begins at 10AM. Unit 550 is supplying lunch and desert. Both the game and lunch are FREE!

The SCBC Holiday Party is scheduled for Saturday, December 8. The game begins at 10AM. Unit 550 is hosting a full meal at the break. Both the game and lunch are FREE!

Each game will have a separate 299er section if there are five tables. Even if you don't play, you are welcome and encouraged to join us for lunch at either game.

There is a sign-up for the Holiday Party so that we can get a meal count. If you need a partner, email us and we will try to arrange one for you.

Unit 550 Board Election

Your offical ballot may be picked up at the SCBC or printed out here.

You may cast your ballot any time from now until 2P on Friday, November 30th. Results will be announced at the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party Saturday, December 1st. Remember: You must include your ACBL Number on the outside of your envelope for your ballot to count.

Patience & Teaching

Trying to teach or give advice during a game is not effective and might even be seen as a violation of ACBL rules (see Law 74.A.2, Etiquette of Word and Action: A player should carefully avoid any remark or action that might cause annoyance or embarrassment to another player or might interfere with the enjoyment of the game.)

  • Don't teach at the table; waiting until the game is over is much more effective
  • Giving advice during the game is bad strategy, typically unwanted and could easily be wrong
  • Talking about a board/result often reaveals details of the board to other players
  • Even well-meaning advice might be taken as criticism, which is unethical, rude and a violation of the Laws

Making Our Game Better

Please, if you are sick or just feeling ill, please stay home so you don't pass it on.

Here's a couple of tips to make our game better and more pleasant for everyone:

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before game time
  • Check your cell phone before the game starts and turn it off or on silence
  • Make your lead before recording the contract
  • Delay any discussion of the previous hand until you have a break or after the game

One of our newer players adds these points:

  • Call the Director, rather then trying to resolve a problem
  • Allow the Director to assess the siuation and explain the ruling
  • Bid and play in tempo so as not to give unauthorized information
  • Enter the score in Bridgemate instead of "chatting" about the hand with partner or opponents