| CBA Mentoring Program
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. games are run at the Cincinnati Bridge Center and the
Northern Kentucky Bridge Club.
How do I
Both mentors and mentees need to register.
(Preferred) Fill out the on-line application: Click Here to Apply Online (for mentors & advancing players)
Bob Fisk or Barbara Levinson (Mentoring Program Committtee)
(Optional) Click to Open and Print the form and then fill out the application. Return the application to
or any director at the CBC or NKy games.
Click to see the
Frequently Asked Questions below for more information.
Welcome to the 2016 CBA Mentor/Mentee
Opening night is Friday
April 29 (NKBC Elsmere KY) and at 10:00 AM and Tuesday, May 24th at
7:00 PM. For the CBA opening game, advancing players 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.
following are guidelines to help you make the most of opportunities offered by
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:
Tuesday May 24, 7:00pm
Sunday June 12, 1:00pm
Tuesday June 28, 7:00pm
Sunday July 10, 1:00pm
Tuesday July 26, 7:00pm
Thursday August 4, 7:00pm -
SWISS TEAMS!!! (Play with other Mentor Pairs)
NEW DATE! Sunday August 21, 1:00pm
Tuesday August 23, 7:00pm
Sunday September 11, 1:00pm
Fund Game $9 Entry Fee - Extra Master Points.
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.
Friday April 29 (Kickoff and Junior Fund Game), 10:00am
Tuesday May 3, 10:00am
Wednesday May 11, 6:30pm
Thursday May 19, 11:30am
Monday May 23 (The Common Game), 11:30am
Friday May 27, 10:00am
Thursday June 9, 11:30am
Tuesday June 14, 10:00am
Friday June 24, 10:00am
Friday July 8, 10:00am
Thursday July 21, 11:30am
Monday July 25 (The Common Game), 11:30am
Wednesday July 27, 6:30pm
Friday August 5, 10:00am
Tuesday August 23, 10:00am
Thursday August 25, 11:30am
you play at NKBC, you’ll play in the mentee strat and pay the going rate.
of the above games are mandatory, but they are always fun, educational and
If you have
any questions, please contact:
For those of you in Northern
Kentucky, please contact:
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 Future 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 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 CBA.
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:
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.
“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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