Bridge Mentoring Program




                      Mentoring Program Guidelines


                          And Application Form



                                    2015 - 2016


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The Long Term Objective:


 is to design a multi-level program that will meet the needs of members at different stages of their development (newcomers, beginners, intermediate and advancing players)


Core Objectives:


  • Attract newcomers to Duplicate Bridge
  • Develop beginning players who are serious about improving their game
  • Offer advancing players the opportunity to continue developing their skills


Guiding Principles:


  • Mentorship
  • Create a “buy-in” in the program across the spectrum of skill levels by asking a mentee to become a mentor of a player at a lower skill level.
  • Giving  Back—Better players who previously benefited from the program give back their time and expertise by participating in the program.
  • Commitment
  • Define the responsibilities of both Mentors and Mentees to create mutual commitment to learning.
    • Continuity & Standardization
    • Create a road map of knowledge and skills to help Mentors and Mentees plan for improvement




  • Only Kalamazoo Bridge Club Members are eligible to participate in this program.
  • Mentors and Mentees are paired based on their respective skill levels and/or master points.
  • Players with less than 500 MP may participate as Mentees in the program.
  • Create “buy-in” by requesting that mentees mentor players with lesser skills as determined by the M/M committee or to become a Bridge Buddy.
  • Mentors/Mentees are permitted to only play in games in which both players are eligible to earn masterpoints.
  • Mentors/Mentees are allowed to play together 10 times over the course of a 12 month period.
  • Observation sessions - Mentors are encouraged  to observe their Mentees during one or more limited games.
  • It is recommended that  the M/M partnership play in one or more of the Swiss Team and Pro/AM events scheduled at the Bridge Center


Entry Fees:


  • Mentees pay normal entry fees
  • Mentors play for free


Responsibilities of the Mentee:


  • Make time—Meet with your Mentor before the start of the program to discuss the mentoring Suggested Planning Guide.  Identify the areas you would like to work on and fill out a convention card.  DO ANY HOMEWORK assigned by your mentor.
  • Respect your Mentor’s time—Your Mentor will allot sufficient time to fill out a convention card.  After the game, your Mentor will discuss difficult hands and other problems that occur during the game.
  • Learn from the information provided by your Mentor—Do not be overly sensitive to constructive criticism.
  • Show respect for your Mentor’s efforts—Your behavior and follow-through are how you express respect for your Mentor.  Since all human relationships involve some form of conflict, it is possible that you and your Mentor may have basic personality differences.  In this case, the coordinators will happily try to assign you another Mentor.
  • Become a Mentor yourself whenever possible


Responsibilities of the Mentor:


  • Give your time unselfishly - Meet with your Mentee before the start of the program to discuss the Suggested Planning Guide and identify the areas you would like to work on.
  • Allow Sufficient Time - Complete a convention card prior to starting the program.  It is recommended that you start with simple agreements and proceed toward more complex systems as the partnership matures.  You should spend a reasonable amount of time discussing the problems that came up during the game.  Analyze some of the hands as a learning tool.
  • Be willing to share your knowledge and experience
  • Make sure of the accuracy of the information you teach your Mentee
  • Inform your Mentee of various treatment options and your personal preferences.
  • Make a commitment to play the required 10 times.


Suggested Planning Guide:


  • Learn the etiquette of duplicate bridge
  • Planning Declarer Play
  • Learn when and how to inquire about the meaning of a bid
  • Learn how to respond to an inquiry about a conventional bid
  • Learn how to complete a convention card
  • Select a Bidding System
  • Opening & Responding to 1 NT
  • Opening & Responding to 2 NT
  • Opening & Responding to 1 of a major
  • Opening & Responding to 1 of a minor
  • Forcing Auctions
  • Competitive Bidding
  • Opening & Responding to Preemptive Bids
  • Opening & Responding to 2 Clubs
  • Slam Bidding
  • Defense & Carding
  • Defense against Popular Conventions


                  Mentee Application Form