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Bidding Box

 

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                                                       BIDBOX.033 (PAGE 1) 

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     USE OF BIDDING BOXES

     1. Bidding boxes will be used in all events except I/N events (0-200).

     Their use will be optional in I/N events.

     2. Units and Districts are encouraged to use bidding boxes in their

     games.

     3. Handicapped players requiring bidding boxes will have preference

     when availability is limited.

     4. Non-handicapped players may use bidding boxes, if available, in

     games in which such use is not mandated as long as no player at the

     table objects.  (Board of Directors - March, 1994)

 

     Note: Any player has the right to use bidding boxes (assuming they are

     available) for any ACBL event in which they play if they are needed

     because of a hearing impairment. As a policy, we do not question

     players as to the details of a handicap when they state that one

     exists.

 

     When bidding boxes are in use for this reason, no player has the right

     to refuse to play with them.  (Office Policy - Revised November, 1994)

 

     Players who have a handicap which preclude their use will have a

     distinctive card. The card will be displayed on the table and read,

     "due to a physical or visual handicap, we are not using bidding

     boxes."  (Board of Directors - March, 1996)

 

     SPECIAL CONDITIONS PERTAINING TO THE USE OF BIDDING BOXES AND SCREENS

     BIDDING BOXES  - NO SCREENS

     1. Players must choose a call before touching any card in the box.  A

        call is considered made when a bidding card is removed from the

        bidding box and held touching or nearly touching the table or

        maintained in such a position to indicate that the call has been

        made.

 

     BIDDING BOXES - SCREEN PROCEDURES

     LAW 73 D:

     During the auction period, after an opponent has acted quickly, it is

     proper to adjust the tempo back to normal by either delaying one's own

     call (place the bidding card faced in front of, but not on, the tray)

     or by waiting before passing the tray.   It is considered that there

     can be no implications if a tray returns after 25 seconds or less.

     This period may be extended in the later stages of a complicated or

     competitive auction without necessarily creating implications.

 

     Note: This change was voted on by C&C during 1999 and did not make it

     to the Boston agenda.  (Board of Directors - Nov,2000)

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