Bridge Etiquette

Ethics and Etiquette

Bridge enjoys immense popularity partly because of the high standards of ethics and etiquette which are observed by the players who are expected to conduct themselves in a highly civilised manner. Violations of proper etiquette are quite common from inexperienced players, either through ignorance or inadvertence. A well-mannered opponent who is the victim of a violation by such a novice player will, if comment is considered necessary, be at pains to make it clear that the comment is intended to be helpful and will never to make a newcomer feel ill-at-ease.

Bridge is an extremely ethical game. All good players strive to ensure that their bridge ethics are impeccable and no more serious charge, other than outright cheating, can be made than to accuse a player of bad ethics. Unlike poker in which all sorts of mannerisms, misleading statements and bluff tactics are part and parcel of the game, bridge is played with a ‘pokerface’! Beginners are, of course, excused for their lapses and in social games nobody minds very much, but in serious competition your bridge demeanour must be beyond reproach.

When you are dummy, it is poor form to look at either opponent’s hand or at declarer’s. If you do, you lose your rights as dummy. Do not stand behind declarer to see how you would play. In tournament bridge, do not discuss the previous hand with your partner if another hand is still to be played.

After the play of a hand, do not take an opponent’s cards and look at them without asking permission. As a kibitzer (onlooker) watch only one hand and above all, make no facial expressions during a hand. Do not comment or talk during or between hands. If the players want the benefit of your views, they will ask for them.

Conversation at the table in serious games is generally unwelcome. Post-mortems after each hand, if limited, can be useful as long as they seek to be constructive. It is best to keep all post-mortems until the session is over and you can go over the score-sheets with your partner at leisure. During the session, conserve your energies to do battle at the next table. It is extremely poor taste to abuse or criticise partner or an opponent. Experienced players should go out of their way to make novice players feel at ease, so that they see bridge as a pleasant recreation, not a battleground. Never try to teach anyone at the table.

Never let a harsh word pass your lips and you will be a sought-after rather than a shunned partner. Prefer to say too little than too much. If partner has bid or played the hand like an idiot, say ‘bad luck’ and leave it at that. Do not harp on past errors.

Bridge enjoys immense popularity partly because of the high standards of ethics and etiquette which are observed by the players who are expected to conduct themselves in a highly civilised manner.  Unfortunately, violations of proper etiquette do occur, either through ignorance or inadvertence.

The ABF is committed to providing its members with a pleasant, harmonious environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Many of our affiliated clubs have developed their own code of conduct and expect compliance from their members.

Bridge is an extremely ethical game.  All good players strive to ensure that their bridge ethics are impeccable and no more serious charge, other than outright cheating, can be made than to accuse a player of bad ethics.  Unlike poker in which all sorts of mannerisms, misleading statements and bluff tactics are part and parcel of the game, bridge is played with a ‘pokerface’!  Beginners are, of course, excused for their lapses and in social games nobody minds very much, but in serious competition your bridge demeanour must be beyond reproach.

Experienced players should go out of their way to make novice players feel at ease, so that they see bridge as a pleasant recreation, not a battleground.

What does all this mean for you?

  • If you encounter improper behaviour at the table, you should call director so that appropriate action can be taken.
  • A player is not allowed to touch another player’s cards. Even when the game is over, it is illegal to touch the cards of another player.
  • After the play of a hand is over, do not take an opponent’s cards and look at them without asking permission.
  • During the session, conserve your energies to do battle at the next table. It is extremely poor taste (and a breach of etiquette) to abuse or criticise either your partner or an opponent.
  • As a kibitzer (onlooker) try to watch only one hand and above all, make no facial expressions during a hand. Do not comment or talk during or between hands. If the players want the benefit of your views, they will ask for them.
  • When you are dummy, it is poor form to look at either opponent’s hand or at declarer’s. If you do, you lose your rights as dummy. Do not stand behind declarer to see how you would play. In tournament bridge, do not discuss the previous hand with your partner if another hand is still to be played.
  • Never let a harsh word pass your lips and you will be a sought-after rather than a shunned partner. Prefer to say too little than too much. If partner has bid or played the hand like an idiot, say ‘bad luck’ and leave it at that. Do not harp on past errors

Never try to teach anyone at the table.

  • Conversations at the table during a game are generally unwelcome. Post-mortems after each hand, if limited, can be useful as long as they are constructive. The best way to develop your game with your partner is to keep a hand record and go over ‘problems’ with your partner after the session. This is not only a good thing in that it prevents ‘blaming partner’ at the table (and thus potentially humiliating them publicly), but it improves your communications in bidding.
  • When attending any club session ensure that you arrive at least 15 – 20 minutes before start of play. This will enable the director to determine the most appropriate ‘movement’ based on the number of players at the session. Late arrivals, if allowed to stay, will cause a delay in the start of play.
  • Similarly, strive to arrive in plenty of time for competitions and major events. This is a basic and extremely necessary courtesy for the smooth running of our events.

SA Bridge Assoc. Privacy  & Refund Policy

Introduction

SA Bridge Assoc. regards customer privacy as an important part of our relationship with our customers. The following privacy policy applies to all SA Bridge Assoc. users, and conforms to Internet privacy standards.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should first contact the Club Manager on 8373 3995.

Collection of Information

In order to use the website, Facebook or other social media for SA Bridge Assoc., we may require information from you in order to provide the best service possible.

All correspondence may also be collected and stored, particularly in regard to sales, support and accounts, including Email.

Any information collected by SA Bridge Assoc. is collected via correspondence from you or your company. This may be via the telephone, Email, mail, fax or directly through our website, Facebook or other social media.

Use of Collection Information

Any details collected from SA Bridge Assoc. customers are required in order to provide you with our products and/or services, and a high level of customer service.

Correspondence is recorded in order to provide service references, and to assist in our staff development.

Storage of Collected Information

The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card numbers) on our website, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). When Credit Card details are collected, we simply pass them on in order to be processed as required. We never permanently store complete Credit Card details.

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it.

If you have any questions about security on our Website, you can email us at manager@saba.asn.au. 

Access to Collected Information

If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, update, delete or deactivate it by emailing us at manager@saba.asn.au.

Orders

If you purchase a product or service from us, we may request certain personally identifiable information from you. You may be required to provide contact information (such as name, Email, and postal address) and financial information (such as credit card number, expiration date).

We use this information for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing an order, we will use this information to contact you.

Communications

SA Bridge Assoc. uses personally identifiable information for essential communications, such as Emails, accounts information, and critical service details. We may also use this information for other purposes, including some promotional Emails. If at any time a customer wishes not to receive such correspondence, they can request to be removed from any mailing lists by emailing us at manager@saba.asn.au.

You will be notified when your personal information is collected by any third party that is not our agent/service provider, so you can make an informed choice as to whether or not to share your information with that party.

Third Parties

SA Bridge Assoc. may at its discretion use other third parties to provide essential services on our site or for our business processes. We may share your details as necessary for the third party to provide that service.

These third parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for any other purpose.

SA Bridge Assoc. does not share any information with third parties for any unknown or unrelated uses.

Legal

We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our website.

Links

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Changes to Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by Email, or by means of a notice on our homepage.

SA Bridge Assoc. Security Policy

SA Bridge Assoc. uses the eWAY Payment Gateway for its online credit card transactions. eWAY processes online credit card transactions for thousands of Australian merchants, providing a safe and secure means of collecting payments via the Internet. All online credit card transactions performed on this site using the eWAY gateway are secured payments.

– Payments are fully automated with an immediate response. – Your complete credit card number cannot be viewed by SA Bridge Assoc. or any outside party. – All transactions are performed under 128 Bit SSL Certificate. – All transaction data is encrypted for storage within eWAY’s bank-grade data centre, further protecting your credit card data. – eWAY is an authorised third party processor for all the major Australian banks. – eWAY at no time touches your funds; all monies are directly transferred from your credit card to the merchant account held by SA Bridge Assoc.

For more information about eWAY and online credit card payments, please visit www.eWAY.com.au

Delivery Policy

After ordering online, you will receive an email confirmation from eWAY containing your order details (if you have provided your email address). We will normally confirm receipt of your order within a few minutes of ordering. For annual subscriptions, monthly payments and monthly vouchers we will update our records/print vouchers within one working day of receipt of payment.

If you wish to query a delivery please contact us at manager@saba.asn.au.

Refund & Returns Policy

If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase we will give you a seven day money-back guarantee from the time you receive the goods. Please email us at manager@saba.asn.au within that time if you are not satisfied with your purchase so that we can resolve any problems. This refund policy does not apply to goods which have been worn,  used, or lost after delivery. All products must be returned in their original condition. All postage and insurance costs are to be paid by the buyer.