Club Director training courses and Scoring seminar

General Information

It might be an exaggeration to say that a well-run duplicate event is thing of beauty – if not perhaps a joy forever - but it is certainly true that a poorly run or administered event can significantly detract from the pleasure of playing. It is for this reason that English Bridge Education & Development is working hard to increase the pool of trained and qualified

Tournament Directors

We provide a suite of courses to equip participants with the necessary skills which will enable them to run events from local club duplicates to county events and beyond.

All our training is provided by experienced tutors with first hand experience of running major national events on behalf of the English Bridge Union. We also run Scoring Seminars in conjunction with Bridgemate UK.

Our programme is as follows:

Club Tournament Director Courses

These courses are the first step on the ladder and consist of four modules: Essentials, Book Rulings, Judgement Rulings and Assessment.

We run these courses nationally in respond to demand from individual clubs. Please email EBED if your club would be interested in hosting a suite of these courses, which are usually held at monthly intervals.

Details of currently planned courses may be found here

Consolidate your skills

The EBU has created a series of videos to help Club Tournament Directors deal with six of the more commonly occurring situations. They can be viewed here

You can also study or download useful flow charts on the most commonly infringed laws

County Tournament Preparation

More advanced training is provided for those who want a 'refresher day' with some harder material or who are seeking some exposure to the type of material that will be tested to progress to the next stage.

The 2016 course has been held at the EBU HQ, Aylesbury. A date for 2017 will be released in due course. We will use material from previous County courses to give people a flavour of harder book and judgement rulings. It will also cover use of the EBU’s White Book (the essential guide for tournament organisers). There will be a limit of 12 places. Full details of the course are here.

Consolidate your Skills

Download a test paper consisting of 40 situations to consider: book rulings, judgement rulings and, in some cases, good old-fashioned common-sense. Some are quite intricate and others straightforward, but hopefully they will all make you think. The course is gradually being updated to take account of the 2007 law changes.

This course is designed for Club TDs who need more experience of rulings and is ideal preparation for the County Director’s Course held annually in September.

County Directors’ Course

The County TD course for 2016 has been held. Dates will be published for the next course to be held in September/October 2017.

This course is for qualified Club Directors who will normally have at least one year's experience of directing and some experience of organising events at County level. The prime objective of the course is to assess candidate's experience to become fully qualified County Directors, based on their performance in the exercises therein. Full details of the course are here.

The course is a mixture of table simulations, lecture and written assessment.

Consolidate your Skills

The County Directors’ Course may be attended a second time as a refresher course is for those who have already attended and passed the course. Participants can test their skills on some new material while being 'unofficially marked' on the same scale as before, enabling them to measure their progress since they last completed the course.

Panel TD Training and promotion examinations

The TD panel meets as a group every two years for a training weekend to discuss matters of importance and to keep up to date on modern thinking regarding tournament direction. Panel TDs are also interviewed and examined if they wish to progress through the ranks. Past examination papers for 2007 and 2009 are available to download.