| CBA Mentoring Program
Information for the 2020 Mentor-Mentee Coming Soon
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should be a
Any Life Master
Non-Life Masters who feel that they are willing
and able to help newer players
Who should ask for a mentor?
Any non-Life Master with less than 300 points
who has an interest in advancing their skill.
Can I be both a
mentor and a mentee?
Yes. All non-Life
Masters who are willing and able are encouraged to become both a mentor
and a mentored Future Master. Some newer players aren’t ready
to take advantage of the advice provided by some of the veterans at the
center. They also might be intimidated
at the idea of sitting down at the table with someone with 2000+
Masterpoints. These players would
benefit greatly from having an experienced non-Life Master help them
Can I choose my
own mentor/Future Master?
Many of you have already spoken to someone about forming a
mentor partnership. If you have
already come to an agreement with someone, then you need to make sure you enter
each other’s names on the Mentor Pair Application. If you do, then we will definitely put the
two of you together. It would be best if
you choose someone you do not play with on
a regular basis to be your Mentor/Future Master, although this is not a requirement. Please do not
choose someone who has been your Mentor/Future Master in the past.
mentors and Future Masters be paired for those of us who haven’t already reached an
Partnerships will be made based on Masterpoint and
experience levels. The committee will
look at the information provided on the applications and attempt to make the
best pairings possible. For example, the
newest players who do not play modern conventions might be paired with non-Life
Masters for the most part. An
experienced non-Life Master with 200 or more Masterpoints might be paired with
a mentor with thousands of points since they are more able to take advantage of
the mentor’s Bridge knowledge.
Must Future Masters be
Yes. If someone seeking a mentor is
not a current member s/he will be asked to send in their dues to get their
membership up to date before being allowed to participate in the mentor pair
When do the
mentor pairs play together?
Pairs are asked to play together a minimum of four (4) times
between the kickoff event in May and the final event in September. Dates designated for Mentor Pair discounts
will be provided when available.
How much will it cost to play?
In the specially designated mentor
pair games at the CBA, mentor pairs play for half price.
Mentor pairs can also purchase $10 coupons to play in
any CBC game between May 29, 2019 and
September 30, 2019. Coupons can be
purchased from John Williams, Pam Campbell, or Mike Lipp.
How will the specially designated mentor pair games be stratified?
The special games will be stratified the same way that most open games at
the club are stratified with the following adjustment. Mentor/mentee pairs will
play one level lower than the stratification that would be assigned if they were
not a mentor pair. For example, if the mentor has over 2000 Masterpoints, the
pair would normally play in the ‘A’ strata. Because they are playing as a
mentor/mentee pair, they will be placed in the ‘B’ strata. If the mentor has
less than 2000 Masterpoints, the pair will be placed in the ‘C’ strata.
Responsibilities of the
your mentor to arrange dates for playing Bridge. Do this as soon as possible. Do not wait until the last minute.
your mentor what you would like to work on to improve your play. Ask your mentor for input/suggestions. Be willing to negotiate/compromise.
kind and patient with your new partner.
Mentees are newer, and looking to you for guidance.
“extent” of your mentoring is up to you.
Be willing to share what you know and direct your Future Master to any other
resources s/he might find helpful. CBA
has a great library available, and there's lots of great information on our website!