Meeting Update Las Vegas
The Las Vegas NABC is just around the corner, if you have not made plans yet its not too late!
There are many hotels nearby and the playing site is awesome!
Here is an overview of the hot topics in Las Vegas meetings:
1. Cheaters, Cheating and Ugliness
In Memphis we passed a motion to allow people on a team with known "Collusive Cheaters" to allow the team to self forfeit their titles.
In Memphis we voted that no readmission to "Collusive Cheaters" to the ACBL be allowed if the transgression is during a NABC+ Event or equivalent.
In Las Vegas we are voting to clarify "Collusive Cheaters" in the following manner":
192-06 The following be added to the Code of Disciplinary Regulations Definitions (CDR):
A. An agreement made between contestants that encodes signals or exchanges information, or an agreement not to disclose a method, treatment, or convention, for the purpose of deceiving opponents.
B. An agreement made between two or more people, at least one of whom is a contestant, to exchange or pass information illicitly. This section includes agreements made by persons who are not partners or contestants, including, but not limited to kibitzers or teammates.
This motion looks to pass easily.
There are 2 other motions that were deferred from Memphis about Cheating:
In Las Vegas:
192-02 A motion to vacate the titles of convicted cheaters and reapply awards to teams and pairs that may have won (ie: Second place to first) many feel this is right and management feels that there are many variables such as a KO event that different matches woul dhave yielded different finalists completely and awarding a win to the second place team may not always be fair and equitable.
192-03 Is a companion motion that removes titles and just vacates them, not reapplying master points or titles.
These will be discussed and be certainly a hot button as several players are already threatening to sue if their titles are taken (and yes they were convicted of cheating).
I am leaning toward Vacating titles and moving the second place team and pairs up, the loss of prestige and income to these players is significant.
There is also 192-10 to change the statute of limitations for cheating that should pass easily, currently the limitations are 180 days and 5 years this motion removes those limits.
2. There is a motion that will almost certainly pass to raise the "Senior Age" to 65 and the Super Senior to 75.
There is some discussion of how to do this, the prevailing theme is to match the WBF formula to make it the same for all, and raise it 1 year every two years until it reaches 65. I plan to vote for this motion and match the WBF.
3. 192-37 Creating of a Free Guest Membership, is from Marketing and basically we assign everyone who asks an ACBL# and give them access to the Bulletin online only. This basically ends the "Temporary Membership" and replaces it with a Free membership. Note that Guest members have to pay $4 per session premium at all tournaments.
4. 192-24 A motion to more significantly limit the use of TA's in place of ACBL Tournament Directors.
5. 192-63 A motion to increase awards for new players at clubs. The multiplier for players with fewer than 5 masterpoints (currently 0.3) and between 5 and 10 masterpoints (currently 0.4) in club games and/or within strata for limited or open games both be changed to 0.5;
The depth of session awards for players with fewer than 10 masterpoints in newcomer club games and/or within strata for limited or open games (currently 40%, as all other games) be changed to 60%; and These changes will apply to both regular club games and to special games held at clubs.
This one is easy and a good idea in my opinion.
6. 192-40 NABC Regional Fees were raised to $20 per session starting in Las Vegas, our Canadian District Directors have asked that this be repealed back to $16 if not for all NABC's at least for the Montreal NABC as the push back has been affecting their ability to even get volunteers for the NABC.
I have a survey posted to get your opinions: Please go to https://election.acblemba.org/index.php/585972?newtest=Y&lang=en and let me know what you think.
7. 192-18 A motion to increase the Gold Club awards for Team Games in October Club Appreciation Games
Club Appreciation Team Games and Upgraded Club Championships – Awards 25% Gold masterpoints, up to a maximum of 1 masterpoint; remaining awards are black.
The month of February is designated as Education Foundation Fund month. Monies raised from Education Foundation Charity Games shall be distributed to the Education Foundation.
There are many many motions and my post NABC report will include many more and the decisions on the above.
You can add comments to the survey or if you have opinions you would like me to consider please feel free to email me at email@example.com
Pre Meeting Memphis Agenda
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I will be traveling to Horn Lake March 17-19 to meet the ACBL staff at headquarters and receive further orientation.
We will then move onto Memphis March 20-25 for meetings.
The more interesting Issues so far:
191-02 a BOG Motion to ban for life anyone convicted of "collusive cheating"
191-03 a BOD Motion to ban cheaters for 10 years and to allow application after 5 years if they admit guilt. This Board option offers AC flexibility in cases where 191-02 does not. Age, level and admission it is felt should be mitigating factors.
191-04 Deals with cleaning up language that is: To clarify and simplify process for moving matters from Units and Districts to the Board of Directors when appropriate.
191-10 A Bridge Committee motion to increase MP awards for 4 session Regional events other than KO by 40% over a 2 session event. by using an artificial table count below it. I worked with AJStephani to modify this to a straight 60% increase with a MP limit of 50 MP. This accomplishes the goal withou trying to manipulate the data to give an award higher than a sililiar 2 session event with a flight below it.
191-13 Allows clubs to run any two games under the Jane Johnson Club Appreciation in October, currently it allows 1 pair game and 1 team game, many clubs are complaining about the difficulty and table loss for the team game.
191-14 Motion to allow a 18 board regional event to pay the same as a 24 board regional event. The thought is to allow a three session KO to complete in the time of a 2 session event and still pay full 3 session awards. The motion did not gain any traction in committee, and will go to the board without an endorsement.
191-21 ans 191-22 Are BOG motions to first incentivize and second reward recruiters. I feel that this is a good idea as does most of the board, however the motion falls short in many areas, and the consensus is that we can get a better resolution so I expect these to fail but not the idea just the motion as written. I feel we can do more than the motion allows for recruiters, (there is a $49 limit per year no matter the recruiting effort). Expect the spirit to move forward but these motions to fail.
191-50 NABC Child Care
Moved that: the ACBL provide options for child care at every NABC.
History: Submitted by Gloria Tsoi McDevitt District 25, Fall 2018 NABC meeting in Honolulu, item 183-05BG: NABC Child Care
Notes: This would seem an endorsement of The ACBL Codification, Chapter VIII - North American Championships, Section E: Operations:
1.16 Child Care
1.16.1 Child care services will be offered at all NABCs.
191-51-52 Are management motions to save money by cutting the Goodwill receptions to 1 per year, and 52 limits the compensation to the Goodwill Chair (Sandy DeMartino)
In committee I was able to get some support for keeping the 3 meetings instead of the proposed 1, with the exception of removing the Open Bar in favor of a Cash Bar. However I was the lone vote against cutting the stipends for GW Chair to 2 nights hotel and 2 days free play, in place of the current airfare, 2 nights hotel and free playes for the duration of the tournament. The majority felt we needed to save more money as we kept the 3 meetings and more importantly the stiupend was more inline with the other volunteer chairs. These will go to the boartd and we will see what happens.
If any more that seem interesting I will post them.
District Director Orientation
The first introduction was held January 30, 2019 via a 4 hour webinar with HQ.
This committee deals with the playing of bridge, including NABC scheduling, masterpoints, events, tournaments, and conditions of contests. This year the committee will be focused on simplifying the tournament award system and implementing SOF awards for pairs/Swiss.
NABC Review Committee
A subset of the Bridge Committee we analyze past NABC's to better plan for the future.
We research locations for upcoming NABC's.
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