Club level laws
It seems to me that there may be some value in having a different set of laws for competitions/serious Bridge and for regular club nights.
For example, the laws assume that all partnerships have convention cards so the rules around alerting and announcing make perfect sense. However, in the real word clubs where many partnerships are there for the social side at least as much as for the game, this is very much not the case (at least at the 10+ clubs I have played at in the UK). Club level laws might include a brief statement of system before cards are drawn, 'we play 5 card majors', 'we're playing precision' etc. When I play a very seldom game with one member of the club on one of our mixed groups I will say that we are playing 5 card majors, then alert any minor open again new/inexperienced player to let them know more specifically that it doesn't show a 4 card suit necessarily. However, the rules state to not alert as a 3 card suit is natural.
I think that this may, in part, be part of why clubs in the area I live have left the EBU (that and pay to play). This feeling that the rules are used to 'punish' unsuspecting casual players by a certain type of player and essentially gets in the way of the casual players that make up the majority, having a pleasant evening.
Has anyone else come across this? Any thoughts?