the CBA Mentoring Program? The mentoring program was established to have more
experienced players (mentors) to help newer advancing players (mentees) with less experience
improve their Bridge game.
2017 Program Welcome to the 2017 CBA Mentor/Mentee
Opening night at the CBC is Tuesday, May 31st at 7:00pm.
Mentees are asked to bring a snack item to share with everyone as a thank you to
all of the Mentors who are donating their time and talents. This will not be a
dinner as it has in years past.
Opening Day in NKy is Tuesday May 2nd at 10:00 AM.
following are guidelines to help you make the most of opportunities offered by
Guidelines: We suggest you play Bridge together at least four times between now and
the end of September.
Designated Mentor Game dates at the Cincinnati Bridge Center:
Wednesday May 31, 7:00pm Sunday
June 18, 1:00pm Wednesday June 21, 7:00pm (Longest Day charity game)
Sunday July 9, 1:00pm Wednesday July 19, 7:00pm Sunday August 6,
1:00pm Wednesday August 30, 7:00pm Sunday September 17, 1:00pm
you play in Cincinnati with your designated partner on one of these dates, you
play at half price for the pair, and play one stratification lower than the
Designated Mentor Game dates in Northern Kentucky at the Elsmere Senior Center.
Tuesday May 2, 10:00am Wednesday May 24, 6:30pm Friday June 16,
10:00am Tuesday June 27, 10:00am Friday July 7, 10:00am Thursday
July 20, 11:30am Thursday August 3, 11:30am Wednesday August 9, 6:30pm
you play at NKBC, you’ll play in the mentee strat and pay the going rate. None
of the above games are mandatory, but they are always fun, educational and
For those of you in Northern
Kentucky, please contact: Iris Libby
firstname.lastname@example.org (513) 381-4061 (925) 289-6036
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should be a
mentor? 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
their game. 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
agreement? 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
ACBL members? 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 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/Future Master 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/Future Master
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. How much will it
cost to play in the specially designated mentor pair games? Mentor pairs will be able to play
for half price, but
only during the designated games at the Cincinnati Bridge Center.
NKy runs their Mentoring Games according to their design and
costs. All players are eligible to play in these games, but those
who are not
part of the mentor pair program will pay full price.
Responsibilities of the Future Master: Contact
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. Future Masters are newer, and looking to you for guidance. The
“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
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