Zero Tolerance

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The Bridge Club of Center City prides itself on the most enjoyable bridge environment anywhere. To ensure that end, we expect all of our players to conduct themselves as exemplary sportspersons and to treat one another with respect and civility. Our members play for love of the game, for sport and excellent bridge competition. Pettiness, nastiness, or making anyone feel small in any way has no place here at our club - and that is what we have zero tolerance for.

In accordance with Laws 74, 80F, 81C4, 90A, 91, and 92A (Laws of Duplicate Bridge) the following ACBL policy outlines what is expected of all players during all ACBL sponsored events, as well as before and after each session.

The ultimate purpose of the ACBL Zero-Tolerance policy is to create a much more pleasant atmosphere. The ACBL is attempting to eradicate unacceptable behavior in order to make the game of bridge more enjoyable for all. Below are some examples of commendable behavior, which will significantly contribute to the improved atmosphere:

Being a good 'host' and 'guest' at the table.

Greeting others in a friendly manner.

Praising the bidding and/or play of the opponent and partner</li>

The following list are some examples of behavior which will not be tolerated:

Badgering, rudeness, insinuations, intimidation, profanity, threats, or violence.
Negative comments concerning opponents' or partner's play or bidding.
Constant and gratuitous lessons and analyses at the table.
Loud and disruptive behavior.

Arguing with the ruling of the Director.

If a player at the table behaves in an unacceptable manner, the director should be called immediately. Annoying behavior, embarrassing remarks, or any other conduct which might interfere with the enjoyment of the game is specifically prohibited by Law 74A. Law 91A gives the director the authority to assess disciplinary penalties.

It is requested that the director be called whenever behavior is not consistent with the guidelines outlined above.

The director, when called, shall make an assessment of the situation. If it is established that there was unacceptable behavior, an immediate ¼ board disciplinary penalty (3 IMP in team games) shall be assigned to all offenders. This may involve any one or all four players at the table irrespective of who initiated the unacceptable behavior. If both members of a partnership are guilty, the penalties are additive (¼ board EACH = ½ board!).

Warnings are strongly discouraged and will be given only when there is no clear violation or in cases where the facts cannot be determined. Offenders are to receive immediate penalties. Regardless of who may have initiated unacceptable behavior, ALL offenses are punishable. Retaliatory behavior is a punishable offense. Frivolous accusations will also be considered as offenses under this policy.

In accordance with the Laws of Duplicate Bridge, a director's decision to impose a disciplinary is final.