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This summer there are some some unique opportunities for your child to play and to continue learning.  Children from all over North America and the world will be in Atlanta this year playing bridge and making friends.  If you are worried that your child might not know enough yet to play in a tournament… don’t worry.  They may not play well.  They may not win.  However the experience of meeting other kids who enjoy bridge, who share their interest in the game and the competition will be invaluable.  Literally thousands of bridge players will be attending the North American Bridge Championships (NABC) and hundreds of children from around the globe will be in Atlanta.  For some of our young players this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Don’t let them miss it.  (Flyers are enclosed and a description of the events is listed below.)

2013 Youth NABC (YNABC) – In July of 2008 Atlanta created and held the 1st Youth NABC.  August 1st through 3rd the YNABC returns to Atlanta.  Entry to the Youth NABC events, all entertainment, prizes, gifts, awards and closing ceremonies is free with purchase of a $15.00 ACBL Junior Membership. Though you do not have to pre-register to attend, pre-registration is requested and only those children who do pre-register are assured of receiving registration gifts.   A link to join the ACBL can be found at http://www.youth4bridge.org/events/youthnabc/register.php . If the membership fee is a financial hardship, please e-mail patty@atlantajuniorbridge.org or speak to you Atlanta Junior Bridge teacher.  AJB has some scholarship money available to assist where needed.

2013 World Open Youth Bridge  Championships (WOYBC)–  Opening ceremonies are held on August 3rd at the close of the YNABC and play begins on August 4th.   Entry to the WOYBC events varies but the information is available on the Atlanta Junior Bridge website.  Entry to the WOYBC events is being subsidized by ACBL who will pay ½ the entry for any ACBL junior member in good standing.  In addition, if the remaining entry fee is a financial hardship, please e-mailpatty@atlantajuniorbridge.org or speak to you Atlanta Junior Bridge teacher.  AJB has some scholarship money available to assist where needed.  Entry into the events also includes meals.

Georgia Youth Swiss Team Championship – Friday, May 24th at 2:00 p.m. the Swiss championship will be held during the Memorial Day Sectional at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia at 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road.  Entry is $5.00 per player.  A second game (attendance permitting) will be held for our new, less experienced players.  Snacks will be provided. Everyone is welcome to play!  If you need help finding a partner please contact patty@atlantajuniorbridge.org or talk to your AJB teacher.  In addition, if the entry fee creates a financial hardship, please e-mailpatty@atlantajuniorbridge.org or speak to you Atlanta Junior Bridge teacher.  AJB has some scholarship money available to assist where needed.

Summer Camps – Week long summer camps are available throughout the greater Atlanta area.  All camps are free. Camps for those just learning bridge and camps for advancing players are both available.  A complete listing is on the Atlanta Junior Bridge website (address above) under 2013 Summer Bridge Camps.  Other camps are being added.  If you would like a camp in your area, please e-mail patty@atlantajuniorbridge.org and we’ll see if it is possible to add another opportunity for the children to learn.

Raleigh NC has a Youth Bridge summer camp scheduled for June 17th  thru June 21st.  See their website http://www.raleighjuniorbridge.org/

Unit 223 Youth Bridge Camp is scheduled for June 30th  through July 6th.  See their flyer Adobe PDF file, click here to get the free Adobe reader.


District 9 (Florida) has organized their entire district’s youth efforts.  Want to know how?   Read District 9 Education Chair, Carla Burke’s ‘Organizing a District Youth Program’ Adobe PDF file, click here to get the free Adobe reader.

Do you know a School Teacher? A District 9 (Florida) has organized their entire district’s youth efforts. Want to know how? Read District 9 Education Chair, Carla Burke’s ‘Organizing a District Youth Program’.Principal? One of the biggest challenges faced in the promotion of youth bridge is to educate our school administration and parents about the value that bridge can add to a child’s life. Please help promote youth bridge by sharing this information Adobe PDF file, click here to get the free Adobe reader with those you know. More information is available on the Atlanta Junior Bridge website which is www.atlantajuniorbridge.org.

The Asheville ‘How to Teach and Organize Youth Bridge’ workshop was a tremendous amount of fun. Here are the documents presented at the workshop. Workshop Presentation Adobe PDF file, click here to get the free Adobe reader Beginning Bridge Outline Adobe PDF file, click here to get the free Adobe reader Presentation To Educators and Schools Adobe PDF file, click here to get the free Adobe reader Continuing Education Seminar for Teachers of Youth Adobe PDF file, click here to get the free Adobe reader

Are you a school teacher? Do you know a school teacher? Or a principal? Take a look at the Advantages of Bridge and help us pass the word along about all that bridge can offer!

Bridge Coach Development Program for School Teachers Would you like to learn a life-long recreational skill that would qualify you to become a paid coach for your school bridge team? The Office of Partnerships, Professional Development, and Technology of Western Illinois University and the Youth Bridge Education Organization have established a program to help you accomplish that. Click here for more information.

"How to Approach Schools"  A school administrator working with us has put together a packet of information on "How to Approach Schools" to give you a basic set of information you can tailor to your situation in approaching your local schools. You can put the 'slant' you need on the information. Areas you might stress could be the lack of cost to the schools, the academic benefits or the social benefits to the children. You should talk to some parents in your area, familiarize yourself with what problems the educational structure in your area is facing and create a packet that stresses the help you can provide them. Good Luck! Call or email if you need advise or help. Patty Tucker 404-735-4779 or wimsey@mindspring.com.
Getting Started PDF  General Presentation Guide Word Doc  General Packet for Administrators Word Doc  School Superintendent Letter Word Doc  Press Clippings  NY Times Article


"Bridge: A Path to Math" is now available coded to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards for your assistance in reaching schools across the country. Click Here to Download


Bridge Winners has posted the 2nd half of the Youth Symposium Video and the Meeting minutes are complete from the April 11th meeting in Gatlinburg


School Teachers......Check out this wonderful opportunity to learn bridge and earn your professional development units!

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Tricks are for Kids Newsletter!

Canadian Daniel Lavee has created a newsletter just for our young players....Thanks Daniel! Click here to read it


New York Times on Youth Bridge

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A Case for Your Child to Learn Bridge

Click here for more information Adobe PDF file, click here to get the free Adobe reader



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