LBA president Jim Thornton presenting 4/22/17 benefit game proceeds of $2,150 to Baton Rouge club president Kathy McArthur.
Zero Tolerance policy
BOARD POLICY ON ZERO TOLERANCE
All game directors are required to enforce the ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY, as established by the ACBL.
The following list are some examples of behavior which will not be tolerated:
·Badgering, rudeness, insinuations, intimidation, profanity, threats, or violence.
·Negative comments concerning opponents' or partner's play or bidding.
·Constant and gratuitous lessons and analyses at the table.
·Loud and disruptive arguing with a director's ruling.
In addition, annoying behavior, embarrassing remarks, or any other conduct that might interfere with the enjoyment of the gameis specifically prohibited by Law 74A.Law 91A gives the director the authority to assess disciplinary penalties and game directors are expected to do.
Any player, in any game, is authorized, and indeed requested, to call the director when another player’s behavior violates the above guidelines. The director, when he observes such behavior or when he is summoned by any player, will address the situation immediately and decisively.
A.The director, when called, shall make an assessment of the situation. If it is established that there was unacceptable behavior, an immediate ¼ board disciplinary penalty(3 IMP in team games) shall be assigned to all offenders. This may involve any one of all four players at the table irrespective of who initiated theunacceptable behavior. If both members of a partnership are guilty, the penalties are additive (¼ board EACH= ½ board!). A subsequent violation by the same player in the same game will result in doubled penalties or disqualification.
Warnings are strongly discouraged and will be given only in cases where there is no clear violation or in cases where the facts cannot be established.
B.The director is required to document to all cases of improper conduct-- whether penalized orwarned-- on a Zero Tolerance Report Form, and to forward this form to the LBA’s Conduct andEthics Committee for recordation and further review.
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The Louisiana Bridge Association (LBA) is the largest bridge club in the greater New Orleans area. It is also the oldest, dating back to 1941. The LBA is part of ACBL Unit 134, District 10 which has over 1,300 members, ranging from new players with a few master points to Grand Life Masters with over 25,000.