Club Management Focus: Winter 2017

Club and County TD Training Courses

Club TD Training Courses

Club Tournament Directors Courses are run by English Bridge Education and Development (EBED) to help equip participants with the necessary skills which will enable them to run events, from local club duplicates to county events and beyond.

Upcoming courses are listed at

Club Tournament Director Courses are open to all bridge players and clubs, regardless of EBU affiliation. They are the first step on the ladder and consist of four modules: Essentials, Book Rulings, Judgement Rulings and Assessment. These courses are run nationally in response to demand from individual clubs. Please email if your club would be interested in hosting a suite of these courses.

County TD Preparation Day

On Saturday 20th May there will be a County TD Preparation Day. This is for more experienced directors, with ambitions to progress to a county or national level. This will be held at the EBU Headquarters in Aylesbury, and gives delegates a flavour of harder book and judgement rulings and also covers use of the EBU’s White Book (the essential guide for tournament organisers). Full details of the course are here.

Places on the course are limited, so delegates should be recommended by your county. Further details are available from Richard Banbury - 01296 317218 or by email:

Other 1/2 or 1day TD Training Courses

In addition EBED can run bespoke half or one day courses tailored to the objectives of the host club/county which might include (not exhaustive).

  • Refresher courses on book rulings, intended for those who have sat the Club TD course in the past and would like a chance to update their knowledge or ask about difficult situations
  • Next Step Courses on judgement rulings for competition players who want to make sure they are aware of their rights, or directors who would eventually like to go on to County/National level
  • Course providing help with the scoring technology, what to do when someone pulls out the wrong plug, the capabilities of EBUScore vs other software, movement questions
  • Managing difficult situations at the table – stopping a confrontation between players before it escalates – Enforcing Best Behaviour @ Bridge - how to manage an appeal
  • How/when/why to call a director – an intro aimed at new players to be more ready/willing to seek help as soon as something goes wrong
  • “I need a new partner” – well we don’t have a course for that one yet I’m afraid – but ask Richard if you have another idea instead !

Other useful resources for Club Directors

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 at

You can download useful flow charts on more commonly infringed laws from

The latest edition of the Blue Book has been published (effective from August) and can be downloaded from Please make sure your club is using the current version.