Plan by the Bridge
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Patron Members receive special benefits at NABCs, including guaranteed reservations at host hotels, express service for purchasing entries and more. If you are interested in upgrading to a Patron Membership, contact the Membership Department at 662-253-3173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CANCELLATION POLICY: A one-night room deposit will be charged to your credit card when booking your stay. This charge will be refundable for reservations canceled before or on September 15, 2019 (additional cancellation charges from the hotel may apply).
NOTE: Childcare services will not be offered in San Francisco.
780 Mission St.
San Francisco CA 94103
$165 + tax
Westin St. Francis
335 Powell St.
San Francisco CA 94102
$161 + tax
There are three airports in the San Francisco Bay area. By far the most convenient to the host hotel is SFO. It is about 13 miles from downtown San Francisco and the hotel. But if you have other plans, you can fly into Oakland (OAK) or San Jose (SJC).
If you are commuting from the East Bay area, you can take BART to Powell St. station. Head toward the rear of the platform, up and bear right until you reach street level. Turn around and go left on 4th St. one block. You will be at the Marriott Marquis.
If you are commuting from the peninsula, you can take Caltrain. Keep in mind the last train leaves San Francisco at 12:05 am weekdays, 10:40 pm on Saturday, 10:08 pm on Sunday, and takes about 1½ hours to get to San Jose. The Caltrain terminal is at King and 4th St. It is ¾ mile to the Marriott on 4th St. You can walk to 3rd St and take a bus to 3rd and Mission St., then walk to 4th St. and the Marriott. Or you can go to the take Caltrain to the Millbrae station and switch to BART there.
San Francisco is certainly not an easy city to negotiate by car. If you are driving to the host hotel, parking can be a problem. The Marriott has valet parking only, for $79.99 a day* (no oversized vehicles. Garage clearance is 6 ft).
There is a municipal parking garage on Mission between 4th and 5th Streets It is the closest self-parking large garage in the area. Rates are $3/hr, with a maximum of $34 for 24 hrs. There are other garages within walking distance that may be available, and some are reservable.
You can put in the hours you wish to arrive and leave, then find a parking location availability and price. If you are staying until the evening session is over, be sure to select “open 24/7” under Select Amenities.
* Prices subject to change.
All players must have an ACBL member number to participate in any event (ACBL member numbers are valid for life, even if your membership is inactive). If you have never been an ACBL member, you can purchase a full-year membership or a temporary membership (one month of benefits for only $7.99). Not a member? Join now!
Entry Fees (per person/per session)
All fees are subject to change without notice.
|Events||ACBL Members*||Inactive members**|
|NABC+ (Platinum points)
$1.50 per entry benefits the International Fund
|NABC (Gold and Red points)||$22||Not Eligible|
|Regional / Gold Rush (Gold and Red points)||$20||$24|
|Intermediate/Newcomer (0-299er, Red points)||$15||$19|
* Members who are up-to-date with their membership dues or service fee** Inactive members may renew during the event, or pay a $4 upcharge per session
Team Entry Fees: For team events of three or more sessions, the entry fee is the base price of the event, times the number of people on the team. For example, an event with a base price of $20 is $80 for a team of four, $100 for a team of five, or $120 for a team of six. In all team events, except one- or two-session Swiss events, entry fees are charged on a per person basis.
Screen Fees: $10 per session per pair and $20 per session per team is added to events when screens are in use.
Seminars and Meetings
Beyond the games at the NABCs, members can enjoy educational programs. Below is a listing of the seminars being offered in San Francisco. Please check the NABC Daily Bulletin for the exact location of each session.
Best Practices Teacher Workshop
This workshop covers proven techniques that help teachers be more effective in their classroom. The focus is on how, rather than what, to teach. It is built around simulations to engage participants in analyzing and practicing as well as giving and receiving feedback on working with students while delivering bridge lessons.
Best Practices Teacher Certification: To earn it, workshop participants are required to pass a proficiency assessment. Assessments are conducted at the conclusion of the workshop and are scheduled in 20 minute time slots.
Learn Bridge in A Day?®
Move quickly along the initial learning curve. Participants should include true beginners, those returning to bridge after long absences and those wanting to “test the waters” before committing to formal classes. The concentrated course includes both class instruction and coached play.
Doubles in A Day
Learn two useful doubles that happen every time you play!
Learn Bridge in A Day? Instructor Accreditation
This program instructs teachers in methods of administering and presenting LBIAD. Teachers wishing to be accredited must complete the following two requirements:
- Serve as a Table Mentor at an LBIAD seminar led by Patty Tucker, and
- Attend a two-hour LBIAD Teacher Training event presented by Whirlwind Bridge.
Teacher Training will include information on organizing and marketing LBIAD as well as maximizing retention rates, writing effective grant requests and the presentation of the seminar.
Club and Cruise Directors Course
This comprehensive course prepares candidates for directing club and bridge cruise games. Anyone interested in becoming a club director or a director aboard a cruise ship is invited to participate.
Club Director Refresher Course
This continuing education course for club directors covers updates to Chapters 4 and 5 of the ACBL handbook. Participants must attend both sessions.
Reception for Club Officials & Teachers
Enjoy ACBL’s thank you reception for the club officials and teachers who recruit and retain our members. All club managers, teachers and club directors are invited to attend.
Friday, Nov. 29 – 4:30 pm to 6 pm
Meeting of the Board of Governors
Board of Governors discussion will include recent actions of the Board of Directors and reports from the Executive Director, In-house Counsel and treasurer, as well as new proposals from the Board of Governors. All ACBL members are invited to attend.
Sunday, Dec. 1 – 10 am to noon
Audrey Grant’s Continuing Education for Teachers and Club Managers
When it comes to bridge, Audrey Grant is a household name. For decades, she has taught students, teachers and club owners across the world. Her hands-on approach and creative use of the table, cards and bid boxes has helped keep students engaged, excited and focused.
Audrey will walk through and explain teaching techniques in this hour-and-a-half seminar. Following the seminar, you can attend her free two-hour bridge lesson.
Be a Caddy
For information on being a caddy, contact Alan Crank at email@example.com
Please note all NABC caddies must be at least 18 years old.
|Position||Name & Email|
Janelle Van Rensselaer
|Prizes||Bob and Joan Rouse
|Restaurant Guide||Loren Nordlund
|Volunteer Chair||Singrid Price