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NAP Conditions of Contest

 

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     (Rev.04/2004)                                     CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 1) 

                                                       ___________________ 

     NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS CONDITIONS OF CONTEST 2004-2005

     THESE CONDITIONS OF CONTEST MAY NOT BE CHANGED AT ANY LEVEL OF PLAY

     DURING THE COURSE OF THIS EVENT. LACK OF KNOWLEDGE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE

     CAUSE FOR EXCEPTION TO THESE CONDITIONS OF CONTEST.

 

     SCHEDULE

     1. Club Level     Must be held only in June, July and August of 2004

     2. Unit Level     As scheduled by Units & approved by the District

                       NAP Coordinator

     3. District Level Must be completed by the 3rd Sunday of January 2005

     4. National Level Pittsburgh, PA Spring 2005 NABC

        Flight A        Wednesday and Thursday March 9 and March 10

        Flights B & C   Saturday and Sunday March 19 and March 20

 

     FLIGHT ELIGIBILITY

     Masterpoints won in other bridge organizations, such as the ABA and

     foreign organizations, must be taken into account for placement in the

     appropriate flights.

 

     1. Flight A  Open to any Player

     2. Flight B  Players with less than 2000 MPs as of the 2004 June

        masterpoint cycle.*

     3. Flight C  Non-Life Masters with fewer than 500 MPs as of the 2004

        June masterpoint cycle.

 

     * The June masterpoint cycle is run by ACBL data processing between

     May1st and 15th.  Any points won but not included in this cycle do not

     affect masterpoint eligibility.

 

     PRIOR TO THE NATIONAL LEVEL OF PLAY    

     Flight C Eligible Players May play in Flights A, B & C until

                               concurrence forces a choice

     Flight B Eligible Players May play in Flight B and Flight A until

                               concurrence forces a choice

     Flight A Eligible Players May play in Flight A only

 

     However, please note that in a stratified event at the unit or

     district level, a player must have played in a club qualifying game

     and earned qualification in that flight to be eligible. If not

     eligible to qualify for higher flights, the pair will receive

     masterpoints, but not qualification to the next stage for the higher

     flight for which he did not qualify at the club level. When noting

     qualifiers from a field stratified field, select players who are

     eligible for qualification, disregarding the ineligible pair(s).

 

     FLIGHT-MIXED PARTNERSHIPS

     1. Partnerships consisting of an A player and a B player, must enter

        the event as a Flight A pair. If the pair qualifies in the Flight

        A strat or event, the A player is eligible for the next stage in

        the Flight A event only. The Flight B player is eligible for the

        next stage in the Flight A and Flight B event.


 

 

                                                       CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 2) 

                                                       ___________________ 

 

     2. Partnerships consisting of an A player and a C player must enter

        the event as a Flight A pair. If the pair qualifies in the flight

        A strat or event, the Flight A player is eligible for the next

        stage in the flight A event only. The Flight C player is eligible

        for the next stage in the Flight A, Flight B and Flight C event.

     3. Partnerships consisting of a B player and a C player must enter

        the event as a Flight B pair. 

 

     If the pair qualifies in the Flight A strat or event, the Flight B

     player is eligible for the next stage in the Flight A and Flight B

     event only.  The Flight C player is eligible for the next stage in the

     Flight A, Flight B and Flight C event.

 

     If the pair qualifies in the Flight B strat or event, the flight B

     player is eligible for the next stage in the Flight B event only.  The

     Flight C player is eligible for the next stage in the Flight B and

     Flight C event.

 

     CLUB LEVEL PARTICIPATION

     2. Club level qualification may be earned at any club in any unit in

        any district.

     1. Club level qualification is earned as an individual and not as a

        partnership.  A player may play at any participating club as often

        as desired and with as many different partners as desired.

     2. At the club stage, a player may qualify and earn masterpoints with

        any member of the ACBL or with a non-member of the ACBL. 

 

     UNIT LEVEL PARTICIPATION

     1. Both players must be members of the parent district. (see Appendix

        I in these Conditions)

     1. Both players must have qualified in a club.

     2. Any player that qualified in any club may play with any other

        qualified player in any unit in their district. Each player must

        be a member of a Unit of their parent District.

     3. Each player must be an ACBL member in good standing.  An ACBL

        member in good standing is defined as: A player who is not

        currently on suspension, indefinite probation or serving probation

        in excess of ninety days that resulted from a suspension, the

        initial term of which was in excess of ninety days and whose dues

        are current OR, A life master with life member status (must have

        joined the ACBL prior to January 1, 1996 and have never resigned

        his membership at any time) who is not currently on suspension,

        indefinite probation or serving probation in excess of ninety days

        that resulted from a suspension, the initial term of which was in

        excess of ninety days whose fees may or may not be paid.

     5. A player may enter only one unit stage competition per flight.  (A

        stratified event covers all club flight eligibility options)


 

 

                                                       CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 3) 

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     6. A player whose membership dues are paid at or prior to the Unit

        competition is deemed to be a paid member at the time of entry.

        ONLY PAID MEMBERS, INCLUDING LIFE MASTERS WITH LIFE MEMBER STATUS,

        WHOSE DUES OR FEES ARE CURRENT AT THE UNIT STAGE AND BEYOND WILL

        BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE ANY SUBSIDY THAT MIGHT BE AWARDED BY THE

        ACBL BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  ONLY PAID MEMBERS, INCLUDING LIFE

        MASTERS WITH LIFE MEMBER STATUS, are eligible to play in the

        national final.

 

     DISTRICT LEVEL PARTICIPATION

     1. A player who moves to a different district during the course of

        the event may elect to continue in his original district and not

        his new district for the remainder of the event.

     2. District Conditions of Contest will define qualification

        requirements. In general to be eligible for the District stage: 

         A)  If there is a Unit stage - a player must have qualified at the

             club stage and at the Unit stage; or

         B)  If there is NO Unit stage - at the club stage.

 

     NATIONAL LEVEL PARTICIPATION

     A person or pair may represent a district in only one flight at the

     national level. The North American Final will be a four-session event,

     with between 52 and 78 pairs competing in a two-session play-through

     to qualify for a 28 pair two-session play-through final with

     carry-over as per ACBL formula.

 

     ONLY PAID MEMBERS, INCLUDING LIFE MASTERS WITH LIFE MEMBER STATUS,

     WHOSE DUES OR FEES ARE CURRENT AT THE UNIT STAGE AND BEYOND WILL WE

     ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE ANY SUBSIDY THAT MIGHT BE AWARDED BY THE ACBL

     BOARD OF DIRECTORS. ONLY PAID MEMBERS, INCLUDING LIFE MASTERS WITH

     LIFE MEMBER STATUS are eligible to play in the national final.

 

     QUALIFYING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

     FROM CLUB STAGE

     Eligible partnerships finishing in the top 50% of their field (rounded

     up and including ties) plus any pair with "average" not in the top

     half of their field.  New partnerships between Club Stage qualifiers

     may be formed at the Unit Stage.

     FROM UNIT STAGE

     Eligible partnerships finishing in the top 50% of their field (rounded

     up and including ties) plus any pair with "average" not in the top

     half of their field.  Plus, at District option, a unit may qualify 60%

     of the field to the next level.  New partnerships between Unit Stage

     qualifiers may be formed at the Unit District Stage.

     SPECIAL ADVANCEMENT TO DISTRICT STAGE

     An ACBL member who qualified at the club stage whose representation of

     his NCBO or ACBL in WBF competition prevents participation in the Unit

     Level competition is granted qualification to the District Final and

     may play with a player who has qualified at the club level and has not

     played in a level beyond the club level. This also applies to ACBL

     members who are WBF officials, and NPCs and coaches on official

     ACBL/NCBO business preventing participation at the Unit qualifying.


 

 

                                                       CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 4)  

                                                       ___________________ 

     FROM DISTRICT STAGE

     The top three eligible pairs in each flight qualify to the National

     Finals.  Plus, two additional pairs in each flight will be invited by

     the method outlined in Appendix II.  Districts may opt to qualify

     alternate players for qualified players who choose not to play in the

     District Final.

 

     (Consult your District NAP Conditions of Contest).  Pairs qualifying

     to the National Finals qualify as a pair and no new partnerships may

     be formed at the National Finals regardless of the circumstances.

 

     MULTI-FLIGHT QUALIFICATIONS

     Flight C category players Retain qualification in each flight (A,B&C)

                               in which they have achieved the finish

                               stated for each level of play.

     Flight B category players Retain qualification in each flight (except

                               Flight C) in which they have achieved the

                               finish stated for each level of play.

     Flight A category players Compete in Flight A only.                   

 

     CONVENTIONS

     1. At the club stage, subject to established ACBL minimum guidelines,

        each club determines the conventions to be allowed in its games.

     2. At the unit stage, the ACBL General Convention Chart applies.

     3. At the district stage, the ACBL General Convention Chart applies

        except that at District option Flight A may use the ACBL

        Mid-Chart.

     4. At the national stage, the ACBL Mid-Chart applies for Flight A,

        and the ACBL General Convention Chart applies to Flights B and C.

 

     SUBSTITUTES

     1.1 At any stage of the competition, the district director (or his

         designee), the district NAP coordinator, the tournament director

         or the tournament committee may approve a substitute in an

         emergency.  A substitute must meet the eligibility requirements

         listed on page 1, under FLIGHT ELIGIBILITY, and may not

         appreciably strengthen the partnership and is subject to the

         following limitations:

 

          A) At the Club or Unit stage, if a substitute plays more than

             fifty percent of the boards, he becomes the contestant of

             record if otherwise qualified.

          B) At any stage beyond the Unit stage, a substitute is not

             permitted for more than fifty percent of the boards played in

             a qualifying session or sessions; for more than fifty percent

             of the boards played in a final session or sessions; or for

             more than one session in any case. Additionally, the

             substitute must be a member of the district and must be

             either eliminated from the event or not yet qualified from

             the unit stage.

     2.  A replacement is not permitted beyond the District stage of the

         competition.


 

 

                                                       CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 5) 

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     MISCELLANEOUS REGULATIONS

     1.1.1 A player whose membership dues accompany the unit stage game

           report (if there is a unit stage) is deemed to have been a

           member at the time of entry. In order to receive reimbursement

           to the National Finals, a player's membership dues and/or Life

           Master service fees must be current at the unit stage, district

           final and the commencement of the National Final.

     2.   When a District Final is held at split sites, the qualifiers may

          be apportioned on any objective basis, provided the basis is

          published in the District's Conditions of Contest. Should a

          qualified pair decline to participate in the North American

          Final, an alternate pair (based on the order of finish in the

          District Final from the same qualifying field) will replace

          them.

 

     SUBSIDIES TO NATIONAL FINALS

     1. To be eligible for any subsidy that may be awarded all

        participants must be current in the payment of dues or life master

        fees at the time of the Unit Level competition and beyond.  If

        there is no Unit Level, then the participants must be current in

        payment of dues or life master fees at the time of the District

        Level and beyond.

     2. Those who qualify for participation in the National Finals will be

        notified by the ACBL Special Events Manager of any travel and/or

        lodging subsidy their finish in the district finals may have

        earned.

 

     DISTRICT DIRECTOR AUTHORITY

     All ACBL tournament regulations, though not specifically included in

     these conditions, apply to this event throughout.  Only in the case of

     an unforeseen situation, the district director (or his designee), in

     consultation with the ACBL NAP coordinator, may make exceptions to

     these conditions.  In emergency situations only, the district director

     on his own may make decisions consistent with the spirit of these

     conditions of contest.  In cases of dual residence, active military

     duty, school attendance or similar cases of extended temporary or

     permanent relocation, the ACBL NAP coordinator has final authority of

     the residency and/or the qualification requirements (see Appendix I to

     these conditions).  The district director has final authority on any

     item not specified in the conditions of contest.

                               

     APPENDIX I

     2004-2005 NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS CONDITIONS OF CONTEST

     DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP - (Board Item 003-106)

     Members of the ACBL are normally expected to belong to the unit in

     which they reside. If a member chooses to belong to a unit in which

     he/she does not reside, the member must specifically make this request

     in writing to the ACBL stating the unit of preference and the reasons

     for the request.  Further, if the unit is not in the same district as

     where he/she resides, both districts must approve the membership in

     the other district. The following are some of the reasons why a member

     would be given permission to belong to a unit outside the district of

     residence (To warrant consideration, a player should meet at least two

     of the six reasons listed.):


 

 

                                                       CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 6) 

                                                       ___________________ 

 

     1. Plays at least once a month in a club in that unit

     2. Attends STaCs or sectionals in that unit at least twice a year

     3. Attends the annual unit dinner and/or membership meeting

     4. Participates in unit special events

     5. Serves on the unit board and/or unit committees

     6. Serves on the district board and/or district committees

 

     If it is determined that a member requests a change of unit membership

     for the sole purpose of Grand National Teams (GNT) or North American

     Pairs (NAP) play, the request must be denied.

 

     The membership approval granted by a district in which the member does

     not reside may be reviewed by that district at least every five years

     to assure the above criteria continue to justify non-residency

     membership.

 

     If a player has been a member of that unit and wishes to remain and

     does not participate in GNT and NAP events in that district,

     permission may be granted by the district without the player meeting

     any of the six criteria.

 

     APPENDIX II

     2004-2005 NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS CONDITIONS OF CONTEST SELECTION OF

     ADDED PAIRS TO NATIONAL FINALS - ALL FLIGHTS

     In addition to the three top pairs determined at the 25 District

     Finals, two more pairs for each Flight will be invited to participate

     in the National Finals determined as follows:

     FLIGHT A - One of the two extra pairs will be the previous year's

                winners at the National Final. This pair may, if they wish,

                play in the current event at any stage for which they are

                eligible and qualified. Should either or both players move

                to a different district, the pair is deemed to represent

                the original district. The second pair will be determined

                by the method described below.

     FLIGHT B - Both pairs will be determined by the method described

                below.

     FLIGHT C - Both pairs will be determined by the method described

                below.

 

     DETERMINATION OF EXTRA PAIRS

     Districts (and each Flight) will be ranked from 1 to 25 on two scales:

     1. The total tables in play at the club level (in each flight) based

        on reports received in Memphis by October 1. (The lowest table

        count will be assigned a value of 1 and the highest a value of 25)

     1. The ratio of total tables in play at the club level in each Flight

        to the total membership of that Flight in the District as of the

        May 1 cycle.  (In the case of Flight C this number once determined

        will be doubled)

     2. The values determined in numbers one and two above will be added

        and the districts with the highest total will earn the extra

        berth.

     3. Ties will be broken in favor of the highest participation

        percentage and then by total club level participation.


 

 

                                                       CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 7) 

                                                       ___________________ 

     4. The home district of the previous year's Flight A winner is not

        eligible to earn the other Flight A extra pair regardless of their

        ranking as determined by steps 1-4 above.

 

     APPENDIX III

     2003-2004 NORTH AMERICAN OPEN PAIRS CONDITIONS OF CONTEST

     RIBBON QUALIFICATIONS EARNED

    


     FLIGHT  SINGLE-SITE     SPLIT-SITE SEPARATE RANKING    NATIONAL FINAL

             DISTRICT FINAL  DISTRICT FINAL

     A       1st&2nd+ties    1st at each site+ties          Top 10+ties

             =BR qual        =BR qual                       BR qual

 

     B&C     1st&2nd+ties    1st at each site+ties          Top 10+ties)

             =Appropriate Q  =Appropriate Q                 =Appropriate Q

    


 

     APPENDIX IV

     2003-2004 NORTH AMERICAN OPEN PAIRS CONDITIONS OF CONTEST

     MASTERPOINT AWARDS

 

     CLUB STAGE

     FLIGHT        COLOR          RATING          RATE & COLOR CLUB IS INV

    


     A          1/2R 1/2B       100% of SECTL      B ONLY 80% OF SECTL

     B          1/2R 1/2B        86% of SECTL      B ONLY 60% OF SECTL

     C          1/2R 1/2B        60% of SECTL      B ONLY 45% OF SECTL

    


 

     UNIT STAGE

     FLIGHT     COLOR         COLOR-TWO SESSIONS OR MORE         RATING

                1 SESS       O'ALLS      SECTION

    


     A          R             20%G 80%R      R               100% of SECTL

     B          R             10%G 90%R      R                86% of SECTL

     C          R              5%G 95%R      R                60% of SECTL

    


 

     UNIT STAGE - CONSOLATION

    


     FLIGHT A - BLACK POINTS AT 65% SECTIONAL RATING

     FLIGHT B - 53% OF SECTIONAL RATING

     FLIGHT C - 39% OF SECTIONAL RATING

    


     DISTRICT STAGE

     FLIGHT            FIRST OVERALL    COLOR   COLOR   COLOR    RATING OF

                       2    3     4     O'ALLS   SECT   SESSION   SESSION

                     SESS  SESS  SESS   AWARDS   TOP    AWARDS    AWARDS

    


     A               24    30    36    100%G      G     R        REGL

     B               16    20    24    100%G      G     R        86% REGL

     C               10    12.5  15    25%G 75%R  G     R        60% REGL

    



 

 

                                                       CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 8) 

                                                       ___________________ 

 

     NOTE: In districts holding a separately scored and ranked split-site

     final, the applicable first place award will be divided in proportion

     to each site's share of the total tables.

 

     DISTRICT STAGE - CONSOLATION

    


     ONE OR TWO-SESSION CONSOLATION AND 1ST SESSION OF TWO ONE-SESSION CONS

     FLIGHT A

     65% OF REGIONAL RATING  -  50%R 50%B

     2ND SESSION OF A TWO ONE-SESS CONSOLATION

     65% OF SECTIONAL RATING - 100%B

     FLIGHT B

     ONE OR TWO-SESSION CONSOLATION AND 1ST SESSION OF TWO ONE-SESSION CONS

     53% OF REGIONAL RATING  -  50%R 50%B

     2ND SESSION OF A TWO ONE-SESSION CONSOLATION

     53% OF SECTIONAL RATING -  100%B

     FLIGHT C

     ONE OR TWO-SESSION CONSOLATION AND 1ST SESSION OF TWO ONE-SESSION CONS

     39% OF REGIONAL RATING  -  50%R 50%B

     2ND SESSION OF A TWO ONE-SESSION CONSOLATION

     39% OF SECTIONAL RATING -  100%B

 

    


     NATIONAL FINALS

     FLIGHT             1ST OVERALL POINTS         SESSION AWARDS

    


     A                  65 GOLD                 G/R at Natl Rating

     B                  45 GOLD                 G/R at 86% Natl Rating

     C                  30 1/3G 2/3 R           R at 60% of Natl Rating

                                                (Except Sect Top 1/2G 2/3R)

    


 

     APPENDIX V

     2004-2005 NORTH AMERICAN OPEN PAIRS - CONDITIONS OF CONTEST

     STRATIFYING YOUR CLUB, UNIT, AND DISTRICT NAP GAME

 

     NOTE: ALWAYS SET YOUR STRATS USING THE NAP LIMITS - NONE/2000/NLM

     1. At the club level, the choice to stratify or not is the

        independent choice of the club for all or any qualifying games (in

        any flight) held at that club.

     2. At the unit level, Units are encouraged to stratify rather than

        not conduct a particular flight.

     3. At the district level, stratification is NOT recommended but a

        two-session play-through stratified event is allowed when

        attendance is insufficient to support separate flights.

     4. Pairs from each flight should be evenly distributed in the

        North-South and East-West fields.

     5. Flight A, B or C pairs finishing in the top half (rounded up and

        including ties) of the Flight A field (NS or EW) qualify for the

        next level of play in Flight A.

     6. Flight B or Flight C pairs finishing in the top half (rounded up

        and including ties) of the Flight B field (NS or EW) qualify for

        the next level of play in Flight B.


 

 

                                                       CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 9) 

                                                       ___________________ 

 

      7. Flight C pairs finishing in the top half  (rounded up and

         including ties) of the Flight B field (NS or EW) qualify for the

         next level of play in Flight C.

      8. A pair playing "average" (even though the finishing position is

         not in the top half of the field) is deemed to also be in the top

         half of the field.

      9. Flight C may be a "stand-alone" stratified event with the only

         permissible strats being 0-20, 20-100, 100-NLM<500.

     10. Flights A and B may be run as a stratified event (with Flight C

         run separately).

     11. Flights B and C may be run as a stratified event (with Flight A

         run separately).

     12. At the unit level, to be eligible to compete in any particular

         Flight a pair must have played at the club level and qualified in

         that particular Flight. For example, Any Flight C player who

         qualified at the club level in both B and C may compete at the

         Unit Level in B and C but not in A.

     13. At the district level, to be eligible to compete in any

         particular Flight a pair must have played at the unit level and

         qualified in that particular Flight. For example, Any Flight C

         player who qualified at the unit level in both B and C may

         compete at the Unit Level in B and C but not in A.

     14. Qualifiers are determined for each stratum across the field at

         large.

     15. Ineligible players are disregarded when selecting qualifiers from

         a stratified field.

     16. At District option 60% of the field may be qualified.

     17. At District option, when an insufficient number of pairs (fewer

         than five pairs) enter a scheduled qualifying event (unit or

         earlier stage), all players who pay their entry fee are qualified

         to the next stage of competition. This also applies when an

         insufficient number of pairs enter the lowest strat of a

         scheduled stratified game. Sanction fees, player numbers, and

         names must be submitted to ACBL.

     18. A District running a stratified District Final must continue the

         same format for all sessions.

 

     APPENDIX VI

     2004-2005 NORTH AMERICAN OPEN PAIRS - ORGANIZERS CONDITIONS OF CONTEST

     Organizers and directors should be familiar with all Conditions of

     Contest in order to conduct the event.

 

     DISTRICT COORDINATOR

     Each District will appoint a District NAP Coordinator whose duties are

     to:

     1. Submit to ACBL Headquarters, prior to commencement of the event, a

        set of District NAP Conditions of Contest supplementing the

        National Conditions with the District's options and specifics.

     2. Provide necessary information to players, clubs and units.

     3. Perform all other functions necessary for the smooth and efficient

        operation of the contest at all stages within the District.


 

 

                                                      CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 10) 

                                                      ____________________ 

     CLUB STAGE

     1. Clubs may hold up to two (2) club qualifying game in each of the

        three months (June, July, August) for each weekly sanctioned

        session held that month. This applies to each flight.

     1. No special sanction is required and Clubs should use the club

        number as the sanction number.

     2. A club may hold a qualifying game at a time for which it is not

        sanctioned only by obtaining permission from the District Director

        or his designee

     3. A club may hold a qualifying game at a different location (to

        accommodate expected attendance) provided the game is at the same

        time as their regularly sanctioned game and the move is adequately

        publicized.

     4. A club may hold a regular club game simultaneously with any flight

        of a NAP qualifying game.

     5. An Invitational Club (a club open to members only) may conduct a

        NAP qualifying game:

         E.A Under its usual rules and award masterpoints at 80% of an

             open club or,

         E.B May, with unit permission and appropriate publicity, hold an

             open qualifying game for any NAP flight provided the game is

             open to any ACBL member fitting any applicable flight

             participation requirements

     6. A club-stage game may not be held within 25 miles of a sectional

        tournament within the district without permission of the District

        Director or his designee.

     7. All club-stage games conflicting with a regional tournament in

        that district may be prohibited by the district. (Consult your NAP

        District Conditions of Contest)

     8. A club-stage event must have a club or higher-rated director.

        ACBL recommends a non-playing director, but games of one section

        with 17 tables or fewer (at the club or unit stage only) may have

        a playing director.

     9. Sections should not be larger than 17 tables. Boards should be

        duplicated when there are two or more sections. The game should be

        seeded regardless of size.

    10. The game director must issue qualifying slips to the qualifiers.

        ACBLscore will print qualifying slips.

    13. At a club-stage game, each pair must be scheduled to play at least

        21 boards.

    14. A list of all the qualifiers from each game must be submitted to

        the district NAP Coordinator or his designee.

    15. Fees of $4.00 (U.S.) per table, per session are due ACBL and are

        paid in one of the following ways:

     J.A Clubs using the latest version of ACBLscore should DBADD the game

         file to the monthly report for masterpoint postings.  ACBLscore

         will calculate the amount due for the NAP game and include it

         with the monthly report total along with all other games held at

         the club. No separate payment is necessary.

     J.B The updated version of ACBLscore will have the new sanction fee

         of $4.00 per table. If you are using an older version of

         ACBLscore or scoring by hand, please make the necessary

         adjustments on your month-end financial report. Send the game

         report and separate payment to ACBL Special Events Department.


 

 

                                                      CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 11) 

                                                      ____________________ 

    16. Club NAP qualifying games may be stratified using these limits:

        Open/2000/Non-LifeMaster<500

    17. A stand-alone Flight C event may be stratified. The only

        permissible strats are 0-20, 20-100, 100-NLM<500.

    18. See Page 3, Qualifying to the Next Level for determination of

        qualifiers.

    19. When an insufficient number of pairs (fewer than five pairs) enter

        a scheduled qualifying event all players who pay their entry fee

        are qualified to the next stage of competition.

    20. When an insufficient number of pairs (fewer than five pairs) enter

        the lowest strat of a scheduled stratified game, all players who

        pay their entry fee are qualified to the next stage of

        competition.

    21. A LIST OF ALL QUALIFIERS FROM EACH GAME MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE

        DISTRICT NAP COORDINATOR OR HIS DESIGNEE.

    22. See Appendix V - Stratifying Club, Unit and District Stage NAP

        Games

    23. If no clubs in a particular unit hold club level qualifying games

        then the Unit must hold a club level qualifying game.

 

     UNIT STAGE - ORGANIZATION

     1. A District may opt to hold no unit qualifying games providing each

        unit in the District agrees not to run a Unit Final.

     2. If Unit Finals are not held in a District, that District may hold

        a multi-unit single-site Unit Final prior to the District final;

        or eliminate the unit stage, qualifying directly from the clubs to

        a District final.

     3. If Unit Finals are held, the following options are available:

         A.  A one-unit Unit Final sponsored by the unit or by the district.

         B.  A multi-unit single site Unit Final sponsored by one or more

             units or the district.

         C.  A unit with many club-stage qualifiers may request district

             permission to conduct a Unit Semi-Final game (club stage

             rating) to qualify a reasonable number of pairs to Unit Final.

         D.  A unit may hold a multiple-site Unit Final (but not if a Unit

             Semi-Final is held). Games in a multiple-site Unit Final should

             be concurrent. A Unit Final may not conflict with a North

             American Bridge Championship.

     4. A sanction application must be submitted to ACBL Headquarters for

        each Unit Final and should be submitted at least 90 days prior to

        the event. Your District NAP Coordinator must approve scheduling. 

         A.  Go to www.acbl.org, point to GOVERNANCE, select Sanction

             Applications, then select North American Open Pairs, fill out

             the form and click on the submit button.

         B.  Your application will come to the Special Events Department via

             email.

         C.  Your submission will be acknowledged and copied to your

             District Coordinator who can then approve it or inform you of

             any objections.

         D.  Your sanction number is a "U" followed by the unit number

             unless the event is directed by an ACBL-assigned director in

             which case you will be notified of the sanction number.

     5. The sponsor is responsible for obtaining a director (club or

        higher-rated) for each game site and for obtaining supplies, etc.


 

 

                                                      CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 12) 

                                                      ____________________ 

 

     1. SEE Page 2 - UNIT LEVEL PARTICIPATION for eligibility rules.

 

     UNIT STAGE - CONDUCTING AND REPORTING

     1. The Unit Final may be one or more sessions. (Overall awards in a

        two-session or more unit final are part gold. See Appendix IV -

        Masterpoint Awards)

     2. The first session of a Unit Final may be used to qualify at least

        70% of the field for the second session. The percent of the field

        to qualify must be announced no later than the second round in

        session one. A consolation session for non-qualifiers may be held

        awarding black points at 65% of sectional rating for Flight A,

        black points at 53% of sectional rating for Flight B and black

        points at 39% of sectional rating for Flight C. See Appendix VI -

        ACBLScore and Your Unit Level NAP Game.

     3. Each session of a unit final must be at least 24 and no more than

        30 boards.

     4. Ineligible pairs playing to fill out the movement will receive

        session awards (no overall awards) won but may not qualify for the

        next stage of the event. If the ineligible pair includes one or

        two players with more masterpoints than permitted in the flight

        they are filling in, duplicate masterpoint awards will be issued

        by ACBL.

     5. A player arriving without his qualification slip should be allowed

        to play if he advises the director of the name of the club at

        which he qualified. This information must be included with the

        game report.

     6. The game director must issue qualifying slips to the qualifiers.

        ACBLscore will print qualifying slips.

     7. Game results must be reported to the District NAP Coordinator.

     8. A fee of $7.00 (U.S.) per table, per session must be remitted to

        ACBL.

     9. See Appendix V - Stratifying Club, Unit and District Stage NAP

        Games

 

     DISTRICT STAGE

     1. The District Coordinator must submit the sanction application to

        ACBL Headquarters 90 days prior to the date of the event.

     2. A tournament director will be assigned by the Tournament

        Department to officiate at each District Final. ACBL will attempt

        to assign your requested director. A District Final may be:

         A.  A two-session play-through event.

         B.  A three-session event, the first two sessions play-through to

             qualify 25 to 45% of the field for the final session. (with

             carry-over as per ACBL formula)

         C.  A four-session event, the first two sessions play-through to

             qualify 30 to 50% of the field for the final two play-through

             sessions. (with carry-over as per ACBL formula)

         D.  A four-session play-through event.

     3. A District may hold a split-site District Final; each site

        governed by the same conditions of contest as detailed in the

        District's submitted conditions. The DICs at both sites should

        coordinate the reporting of results to be certain the

        determination of rankings is reported accurately.


 

 

                                                      CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 13) 

                                                      ____________________ 

 

     4. Each session must be at least 24 boards and no more than 30

        boards.

     5. Only ACBL members in good standing may participate. Ineligible

        pairs playing to fill out the movement will receive any session

        awards (no overall awards) won but may not qualify to the next

        stage of the event. If the ineligible pair includes one or two

        players with more masterpoints than permitted in the flight they

        are filling in, duplicate masterpoint awards will be issued by

        ACBL.

     6. When a qualifying format is used the district may run a one or

        two-session consolation for the non-qualifiers.

     7. Stratification at the District Final is NOT recommended but a two

        session play-through stratified event is allowed when attendance

        is insufficient to support separate flights.

     8. See Appendix V - Stratifying Club, Unit and District Stage NAP

        Games.

     9. A fee of $7.00 (US) per table, per session must be submitted to

        ACBL. (NAP games held in conjunction with other tournaments will

        not be charged more or less than their prescribed sanction fees.)


 

 

                                                      CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 14) 

                                                      ____________________ 

     GRAND NATIONAL TEAMS 2003-2004 SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF CONTEST

 

     LACK OF KNOWLEDGE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE CAUSE FOR EXCEPTION TO THESE

     CONDITIONS OF CONTEST.

 

     THESE CONDITIONS OF CONTEST MAY NOT BE CHANGED AT ANY LEVEL OF PLAY

     DURING THE COURSE OF THIS EVENT.

 

     THE GENERAL CONDITIONS OF CONTEST FOR SWISS TEAM AND KNOCKOUT TEAM

     EVENTS WILL APPLY TO THIS EVENT SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL

     CONDITIONS OF CONTEST.

 

     It is the spirit of these Conditions that the Grand National Teams be

     a "grass roots" event, with each participant competing in his/her

     District of membership.

 

     A participant who is a full-time student, a member of the armed

     services, has dual residency, or a person whose full time employment

     requires temporary relocation, may play in the District in which he or

     she temporarily resides.  Such players must notify the GNT coordinator

     of the District in which he or she intends to play prior to entering

     the competition.  Prior to the start of the 2002-2003 GNT, each

     District shall review the eligibility of any member who is not a

     member of that District but intends to play in that District.  The

     District GNT Coordinator in consultation with the ACBL GNT Coordinator

     shall determine whether or not eligibility requirements (see Appendix

     I to these conditions) have been satisfied,  however, the ACBL GNT

     Coordinator is the final authority.  In no case may a player compete

     in more than one District in the 2002-2003 GNT. Out-of-District

     members and non-ACBL members may compete in regular club session

     qualifying games.

 

     Each participant in the GNT, beyond the club qualifying level, must be

     an ACBL member in good standing.  (The membership requirement is

     deemed to have been met if dues accompany the corresponding game

     report.)

 

     DISTRICT DIRECTOR AUTHORITY

     All ACBL tournament regulations, though not specifically included in

     these conditions, apply throughout this event.  Only in the case of an

     unforeseen situation, the District Director (or his designee) in

     consultation with the ACBL GNT Coordinator, may make exceptions to

     these conditions.  In emergency situations only, the District Director

     (or his designee) on his own may make decisions consistent with the

     spirit of these conditions of contest.  The District Director has

     final authority on any item not specified in the Conditions of

     Contest.


 

 

                                                      CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 15) 

                                                      ____________________ 

     GENERAL

     This is a team event in which each ACBL District will name a district

     champion in each category by means of a fair competition that is not

     necessarily the same from district to district.  These district

     champions then may compete in the national final of their respective

     category. A player may represent the District in only one flight at

     the national final. Teams in the national final will not be subsidized

     in any way by the ACBL. 

 

     A district may elect not to name a district champion in flight A

     (0-5000).

     The Flights are as follows:

     FLIGHT                                     MASTERPOINT LIMITS

    


     Open Championship Flight                   Unlimited

     Flight A                                   Under 5000 Mps

     Flight B                                   Under 2000 Mps

     Flight C                                   NLM under 500 Mps

    


     For eligibility in Flights A, B and C stated limitations must be met

     as of September 1, 2003. Exceeding any particular Flight limitations

     after September 1, 2003 does not affect eligibility for that Flight.

 

     At District option, each flight may be played at one or more levels.

     The Open Championship and Flight A may be combined at club and unit

     level for play and masterpoint awards.

 

     In a stratified field all teams are  eligible for qualification to the

     Championship flight.  All teams are eligible for Flight A

     qualification with the exception of a team with a member over 5000

     masterpoints on September 1, 2003.  Teams are eligible for Flight B

     qualification with the exception of a team with a member over 2000

     masterpoints on September 1, 2003.  Teams are eligible for Flight C

     qualification with the exception of a team with a member over 500

     masterpoints or Life Master rank on September 1, 2003.

 

     The September masterpoint cycle (determined before the second week of

     August) will determine a player's eligibility. ACBL rules and

     regulations apply to all play in the event and supersede District

     conditions in cases of conflict.

 

     CONVENTIONS

     At District option the ACBL Midchart may apply at the district level

     of the  GNT - Open Championship and Flight A provided that this has

     been included in the District Conditions of Contest.


 

 

                                                      CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 16) 

                                                      ____________________ 

     DISTRICT REQUIREMENTS

     Each District shall determine the nature of the event by which it

     declares its District champions.  Prior to September 1st, each

     District must provide ACBL Headquarters with an outline of their

     conditions of play. The name, address and phone number of the person

     to whom questions should be directed concerning the District's event

     should be included.  Districts are not required to subsidize players

     at any level, including the national final, and are not required to

     ensure that the District is represented at the national final.  All

     Districts must notify ACBL Headquarters by June 15, 2004 of each team

     in any flight that will be participating in the GNT North American

     finals.

 

     SCHEDULING

     District events commence September 1st and may schedule play at any

     time thereafter.  No level or stage may be scheduled  which would

     prevent a player from attending one or more days of a North American

     Bridge Championships or participating in the United States Bridge

     Championship, the United States Women's Bridge Championship or the

     Senior Trials.  The national final for all Flights will begin on the

     Wednesday prior to the Summer NABC.  The Open Championship and Flight

     A commence with an afternoon session and Flight B and Flight C will

     start in the evening.

 

     ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

     The Championship Flight is open to any player, except as previously

     noted.  Flight A is open only to a player, who has fewer than 5000

     masterpoints recorded as of September 1, 2003.  NOTE: If the event is

     stratified, the Open Championship and Flight A are combined at club

     and unit level. Flight B is open only to players who have fewer than

     2000 masterpoints as of September 1, 2003. Flight C is open only to

     players with fewer than 500 masterpoints who have not attained the

     rank of Life Master as of September 1, 2003. Teams may consist of

     four, five or six eligible players.

 

     Masterpoints won in other Bridge Organizations, such as the ABA and

     foreign organizations, must be taken into account for placement in the

     flights.  A player's bridge experience will be taken into account to

     determine a suitable flight.  The Director-in-charge is authorized to

     make the decision on the player's classification.

 

     The first place finishers in the  Championship Flight, Flight A,

     Flight B, and the second place finisher in the Championship Flight of

     the district final earn Blue Ribbon Pairs qualifications. The first

     place finishers in the Non-Life Master Flight in a district final earn

     Red Ribbon Pairs qualification.

 

     The first place finishers in the Championship, Flight A, Flight B and

     the second place finishers in the Championship at the National Final

     will earn Blue Ribbon qualification. These teams will earn qualifying

     points, if applicable, for international competition on the same scale

     as in the Blue Ribbon Pairs and the Life Master Pairs.  The first and

     second place finishers in the Non-Life Master Flight at the National

     Final will earn Red Ribbon qualification.


 

 

                                                      CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 17) 

                                                      ____________________ 

     Overall awards will be based on the participation of each member (see

     page 6).

 

     REPLACEMENTS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

     Issues regarding replacements and/or substitutions not addressed by

     the District Conditions of Contest are resolved by using the

     Vanderbilt/Spingold Conditions of Contest.

 

     INELIGIBLE PLAYERS AND DISQUALIFICATIONS

     An ineligible player is disqualified. The ineligible player's team

     will be disqualified unless the Director-in-Charge determines that

     teammates were unknowledgeable about the deficiency of the

     disqualified member. Any team reduced to fewer than three original

     members due to disqualification of ineligible players may not continue

     and is disqualified.

 

     When a team is disqualified after the correction period, the

     disqualified team's rank remains vacant. In ongoing events, teams move

     up one qualifying position as appropriate.

 

     MASTERPOINTS

     FLIGHT                                       RATING

    


     Championship (Open) Flight                   100% of Open Rating

     Flight A - (0-5000)                          97.14% of Open Rating

     Flight B - (0-2000)                          84.34% of Open Rating

     Flight C - (NLM 0-500)                       60.59% of Open Rating

    


 

     If stratified, the Championship and Flight A will be combined as one

     flight at unit level and club level.

 

     Size and depth of overall awards below the district final are based on

     the number of teams entered in that game except when Unit finals are

     held.  Masterpoints for Unit finals will be as in regular stratified

     team events even if all flights are not held concurrently.

     (NOTE:  Higher flights will receive the table count of all lower

     flights even though they are not playing concurrently.)

 

     Points awarded at club level games are half red and half black, at

     Sectional rating.  A club game conducted by invitation awards only

     black points, at 80% of Sectional Open rating for the

     Championship/Flight A,  65%  of Sectional Open Rating for Flight B,

     and 48% of Sectional Open Rating for Flight C.

 

     One session unit finals will award red points only at Sectional

     rating.

 

     Overall masterpoints awarded at two or more session unit finals are

     20% gold, 80% red for the Open Championship and Flight A. Flight B

     awards are 86% of Sectional rating 10% gold, 90% red; and Flight C is

     5% gold, 95% red at  Sectional rating.  Match awards are red at

     Sectional rating.  Consolations of these games award black points at

     Sectional Consolation rating.


 

 

                                                      CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 18) 

                                                      ____________________ 

 

     A game at any level or stage may give overall awards only if

     qualifying teams from that game will join teams from another site or

     other sites at a further level or stage. The size and depth of overall

     awards at any stage below the district stage in which teams play swiss

     matches to qualify into a knockout will be as follows:

 

     -  If two teams qualify into the KO, the award for first will be based

        on 4 teams with two overall positions.

     -  If four teams qualify, the award will be based on 8 teams, with 4

        overall positions.

     -  If eight teams qualify, the award will be based on 16 teams with 4

        overall positions.

     -  If sixteen or more teams qualify, awards are based on 32 teams with

        8 overall positions.

     -  In no case will any stage pay overalls based on more than the

        eligible teams in actual competition.

     -  The qualifying phase will pay match awards only.  Teams entering the

        KO phase will be entitled only to the sum of all match awards or the

        overall award, whichever is greater.

 

     Silver points will be available at any unit level game played in

     conjunction with and at the site of an open Sectional tournament.

 

     Points awarded at the stage in which the District champion is declared

     are gold for overalls and red for match awards at Regional rating. 

     Swiss team events that qualify to a knockout are considered to be a

     part of the district finals whether they are conducted at the same

     site or not and do NOT award overall masterpoints. Consolations of

     these games award half red and half black points at Regional

     Consolation rating.  The award for first place overall for the

     District champion is arbitrary and is based on the number of sessions

     in the district final as follows:

 

     CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

     2 sessions - 24.00 masterpoints

     3 session non KO event - 30.00 masterpoints

     KO or other longer events - 36.00 masterpoints

     Overall awards are gold.  Match awards are 100% Regional rated.

 

     FLIGHT A:

     2 sessions -  20.00  masterpoints

     3 sessions non KO event - 25.00  masterpoints

     KO or other longer events -  30.00 masterpoints

     Overall awards are gold. Match awards are 95% of regional rating.

 

     FLIGHT B:

     2 sessions - 18.00 masterpoints

     3 session non KO event - 22.00 masterpoints

     KO or other longer events - 26.00 masterpoints

     Overall awards are gold.  Match awards are 86% Regional rated.


 

 

                                                      CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 19) 

                                                      ____________________ 

     FLIGHT C:

     2 sessions - 10.00 masterpoints

     3 session non KO event - 12.50 masterpoints

     KO or other longer events - 15.00 masterpoints

     Overall awards are 25% gold and 75% red.  Match awards are 60%

     Regional rated.

 

     The winners of the Championship at the national final will receive 100

     masterpoints, the winners of Flight A at the national final will

     receive 75.00  masterpoints, the Flight B winners 60.00  and the

     Flight C winners 40.  For the Championship flight, Flight A and Flight

     B event, overalls will be gold and will extend to the top eight teams

     if the entry is 16 or more teams and to the top four teams with an

     entry of 8 to 15 teams.  Match awards will be red at National rating.

     Flight C awards will be 1/3 gold and 2/3 red for the National Final

     overall and section top finishes.

 

     SANCTIONS, DIRECTORS AND FEES

     Requests for rated ACBL Tournament Directors should be received in

     Memphis 6 months before the event.

 

     The director must be a club rated or higher-rated director to run

     games at the club and intermediate level.  A non-playing director is

     recommended by ACBL, but at a club qualifying event with 17 or fewer

     teams may have a playing director.  A tournament director will be

     approved by the Tournament Department to officiate at each district

     final.  ACBL will attempt to assign your preferred director.

 

     Game reports are to be submitted on the official ACBL GNT report

     forms, which will be available from the District GNT coordinator.

 

     A sanction fee of $1.25 per table per session must accompany the game

     report for all games at all levels. A District may add a surcharge for

     games run by its clubs and/or Units.

 

     NATIONAL FINAL

     In the national final for the Championship Flight and Flight A, all

     teams will be seeded based on average masterpoint holdings of all team

     members and shall be distributed into four groups as follows:

 

         I.             II.            III.                IV.

         1              2              3                   4

         8              7              6                   5   

         9 etc.

 

     In the semi-final, I plays IV and II plays III.  The seeding

     provisions of the Vanderbilt/Spingold Conditions apply whenever a

     group is reduced to two teams and for the semi-finals and finals (the

     group 1 winner is 1, etc.)


 

 

                                                      CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 20) 

                                                      ____________________ 

 

     All other flights will be played as seeded knockouts which may

     commence with round-robins. Seeding will be by average masterpoints.

     Ties will be broken by lot.  The championship and all Flights of the

     national final will begin on the Wednesday prior to the Summer NABC.

     The ACBL Superchart will govern conventions in Championship and Flight

     A with segments of 12 or more boards, the General Convention Chart

     will apply to Flights B and C.  Details of  tie-breaking procedures,

     time and related penalties, playing requirements and other conditions

     related to round-robin and knockout play apply to the finals as stated

     in the Conditions of Contest (and appendices thereto) for the Spingold

     Knockout Team event played at the same NABC.

 

     APPENDIX I:

     BOARD ITEM 003-106

     Members of the ACBL are normally expected to belong to the Unit in

     which they reside.  If a member chooses to belong to a Unit in which

     he/she does not reside, the member must specifically make this request

     in writing to the ACBL stating the Unit of preference and the reasons

     for the request.  Further, if the Unit is not in the same District as

     where he/she resides, both districts must approve the membership in

     the other District.  The following are some of the reasons why a

     member would be given permission to belong to a unit outside the

     District of residence (To warrant consideration, a player should meet

     at least two of the six reasons listed.):

 

      1. Plays at least once a month in a club in that Unit

      2. Attends STaCs or Sectionals in that Unit at least twice a year

      3. Attends the annual Unit dinner and/or membership meeting

      4. Participates in Unit special events

      5. Serves on the Unit  board and/or Unit Committees

      6. Serves on the District board and/or district Committees

 

     If it is determined that a member requests a change of Unit membership

     for the sole purpose of Grand National Teams (GNT) or North American

     Pairs (NAP) play, the request must be denied.

 

     The membership approval granted by a District in which the member does

     not reside may be reviewed by that District at  least every five years

     to assure the above criteria continue to justify non-residency

     membership.

 

     If a player has been a member of that Unit and wishes to remain and

     does not participate in GNT and NAOP events in that District,

     permission may be granted by the District without the player meeting

     any of the six criteria.

 

     BOARD ITEM 973-170

     The General Knockout Conditions of Contest are revised to reflect the

     following:

 

     1. For any overall award, a player must play at least 50% of all the

        boards played by the team at the time he or she (and the team)

        earned that award.


 

 

                                                      CCSPEC.041 (PAGE 21) 

                                                      ____________________ 

 

     2. For the first place award, when the team wins the final, a player

        must play at least 50% of the combined boards in the semi-final

        and final matches.

     3. For any given overall award, the player must have played at least

        50% of the boards in the match in which they earned the award.

 

     EXAMPLE: A player plays 100% of round one and 100% of round four, the

     final.  If the team loses the final match, that player will receive

     masterpoints (match awards) only for the first round victory.

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