Bridge @ the Bay

The fun and friendly Bridge Club in Batemans Bay

Code of Conduct

1. Opponents should be greeted in a friendly way.

2. Bids should be alerted where appropriate. A full explanation should be given if asked.

3. The general speed of play should be maintained.

4. Opponents should be congratulated when appropriate.

5. Other players should be treated courteously – no gloating/criticism. Unpleasant behaviour is not acceptable.

6. Lengthy post mortems should not be held.

7. When calling for the Director, his or her name should be used, not the term “Director”.

8. When any mistake in bidding or play occurs, the Director should be called for a ruling. Players should not attempt to solve problems themselves.

9. The ruling of the director should never be disputed.

10. Beginner players should be nurtured and encouraged at every available opportunity.

11. Partner’s bidding or play should not be criticized.

12. The fun and friendly ethos of the club should be maintained.

13. Enjoy yourself!    

Etiquette Tips

Remember Bridge is primarily a game and meant to be enjoyed.

1. Your partner should be thanked when dummy goes down on the table.

2. Cards should not be played unless it is your turn.

3. Cards should not be detached from your hand until it is your turn to play.

4. Cards should be played right through to the end of the hand.

5. VERY IMPORTANT: Communication between partners should only be made by the calls made and the cards played. Table talk and body language are unethical. Showing emotion is unethical. Play with a “poker face”.

6. Volunteering information is only allowed in response to a question from an opponent to your partner.

7. Cards should be played without emphasis or delay. Fumbling or hesitating is unethical.

8. A player should not delay his or her bidding for too long. A long pause before bidding followed by a no bid may inadvertently indicate to your partner that you have about 11 or 12 points – not quite good enough to open.

9. There should not be any outward demonstration of emotion (e.g. clapping, clasping partner’s hands). Opponents should be complimented on their good result. Compliments to your partner should be left until later.

10. Criticizing or abusing your partner for making a mistake is extremely poor taste. Problems should be discussed after the game is over.

11. Attempts should not be made to “teach” your partner or the opponents (e.g. “If you had taken out the trumps you would not have gone down” etc).

12. It is not a good idea to touch or pick up another player’s cards.

13. Dummy should place his or her hand down neatly. The cards should not be touched until partner calls for a card. Pointing or reaching for a card should not be used to suggest which card to play.

14. In depth post mortems with your partner after a hand finishes should be kept until later. This is time consuming and contributes to the overall noise in the room and is also extremely boring for the other people at the table.