IS THE AMERICAN BRIDGE ASSOCIATION
The national body of the ABA is
divided into eight sections covering designated states. They are: (1) Eastern;
(2) Great Lakes; (3) Mid-Atlantic; (4) Mid-Western; (5) Southern; (6)
Southwestern; (7) Northwestern: and (8)Western.
are divided into units and clubs. Units are composed of local clubs. If there
are two clubs within a 35-mile radius, they may elect to form a unit. However,
if there are three or more clubs within the 35-mile radius, they must form a
LOCAL CLUB(S) holds weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly
duplicate games and sponsors tournaments. The Club is the building block for
the structure of the ABA. It is the nucleus of the local group. Membership in
the ABA is obtained through Clubs. Any individual desiring to affiliate may
submit his/her membership through an ABA Club if (s)he resides in the area of
its jurisdiction (a 35-mile radius). It is the Club's responsibility to
inform individuals of dues obligations. Forward lists of members each
year with membership dues and charter fees to the National Secretary, via the
Unit Secretary, who prepares the form PSA 404 and submits the same to the ABA
National Office and the Section Secretary. The local club(s) promotes the
programs of the unit and of the national body. The local club(s) hold business
meetings periodically. Some clubs suspend activities during the periods of
National and Sectional Tournaments.
The UNIT is
a regional group. It insures that the Section and the national laws and
regulations are carried out and adhered to by clubs within its jurisdiction. It
promotes Sectional and National programs. A unit may host,the endorsement of
its membership, may sponsor regional events, as well as sponsor through its
clubs a reasonable number of local and regional contests, a minimum of one per
club per year. Programs, fees and playing sites are announced in sufficient
time to assure maximum attendance. The unit requires that the
Director-in-Charge file accurate game results together with required fees,
promptly according to the ABA, Handbook. The unit meets quarterly.
The INDEPENDENT CLUB (where only one club exists) has
the same rights and privileges as Units.
The SECTION oversees
the business of Units and Independent Clubs within its jurisdiction. The
Section Vice-President is the chairperson of the section Committee and is a
member of the Executive Board of the ABA. All applications for clubs and unit
charters are subject to review by the section Vice-President. The section
Vice-President must approve any sanctioned game in the section. The section
provides for necessary meetings, conventions, tournaments and membership
activity. It is a clearinghouse for tournament schedules within the section to
avoid conflicts. It insures the collection, processing, and maintenance of
sanctions, fees, schedules and other such data as may be stipulated.
It insures implementation and
communication of procedures, policies and all decisions affecting the interests
of clubs, units and individuals within its jurisdiction. Each year, the
Western Section conducts two tournaments (Spring and Fall) at which time the
Bi-Annual Open Meetings are held. The section Vice-President is elected
at the Spring Sectional every other year (odd year)
national officers are the President, Vice-President, National Secretary and
The general officers are the eight
The national and general officers
are the Executive Board of the ABA. This board meets at both tournaments. Call
meetings are held at other times and places. Much business is conducted through
The election of national officers is
held every other year. The election is usually held in the
"odd" year with the term of office beginning January 1st of the
The Section Vice-Presidents are
elected every other year by the respective section. Not all sections hold
elections in the same year. The effect is to "stagger" the seating of
new board members.
WHAT IS ABA MEMBERSHIP?
in the American Bridge Association, Inc., (ABA) is open to all persons of good
character and repute. You may apply for membership through an affiliated club
if residing in an area where there is ABA activity. All others must apply for
membership through the respective Section Vice-President or National Secretary
as a member-at-large.
Each person accepted for membership
is assigned a player number. The masterpoint holdings are recorded and the
person pays dues.
All members may vote on all matters
as may be provided by the By-laws, compete in tournaments, and join any open
club. Transfer from one club to another is permissible. A person whose
membership has lapsed may be reinstated at the discretion of the ABA.
Free membership is available for New
Players who complete at least an eight-week course in bridge from an accredited
instructor. The unit/club new player's coordinators should contact the their
Section Vice President or the National Secretary at the ABA National Office for
Dues are payable the first day of
January each year and continue in force until the last day of December in the
same year. Any new member joining the ABA for the first time will
receive credit for the last three months of the previous calendar year.
National dues are paid directly to
the National Secretary using membership form PSA 404. Sectional dues and
a copy of the form PSA 404 are sent to the Section Vice-President or his/her
designee. Dues paid are not returnable or transferable.
The NATIONAL BODY is
the nationwide organization. It encourages and develops the game of duplicate
contract bridge and unites all bridge players into one group using identical laws
and procedures for bridge games. It sponsors, supervises and conducts yearly
two tournaments, the Spring and Summer nationals.
The Annual meeting of the ABA is
held at the Summer National. The ABA also holds meetings of the membership at
the Spring National.