This was an exceptionally good year for the prestigious DBAA honor known as SPOTY (Sportsperson of the Year). There were many excellent candidates nominated, but one stood head and shoulders above the rest (and not just because he is so tall): Arnold Hawkins is the player that we honor this year for his admirable ethical behavior and strong sense of fair play over an extended period of time and for his outstandingly pleasant and gracious comportment at the table. His partners and his opponents all agree that while they admire his bridge successes at all levels of the game, it is his demeanor and affability that they appreciate the most.
Arnold will receive a certificate and a year of free plays at all of the DBAA Sectional Tournaments in 2018. His name will be included on the DBAA maintained plaque with all our previous winners. Congratulations, Mr. Hawkins.
In August, you will have the opportunity to play in the greatest event offered to bridge players. Read about the NABC HERE
The Hall of Fame ("HOF") Committee has begun soliciting recommendations for membership in the DBAA Hall of Fame. The period of submission of recommendations to the HOF Committee ends on June 30. If you want to recommend someone for consideration, please submit a summary of your reasons to HOF Committee Chair, Mike Sheldon, at the email address email@example.com or to one of the HOF Committee members, Mike Sheldon, Jim Stogner or Sara Medlin, in person. Any approved inductions will be announced at the Atlanta October Sectional, or similar venue later this year.
The award of HOF induction is primarily intended to be recognition of achievements by the candidate in playing in ACBL sanctioned bridge events. This recognition should include accomplishments in Sectional, Regional, National and International events. Accomplishments in club and online play may also be considered, incuding Sectional Tournaments at Clubs, results ("STAC"), ACBL Instant Matchpoint results, McKenney and Mini-McKenney award recognition, and Ace of Clubs recognition. These achievements are intended as examples, and are by no means exclusive. Significant achievement playing in ACBL bridge events shall be considered integral to this award. On the other hand, induction into the HOF is NOT to be considered a 'lifetime" achievement award, and may occur at any time during or after a player's career.
Award consideration should also include recognition of a level of service or contribution to the game of bridge within the DBAA. Other awards such as the ACBL and Unit Goodwill Committee selection have been developed to recognize outstanding service to the game of bridge, so this factor, although given considerable importance, shall be considered a criteria secondary to bridge accomplishment for purposes of this award.
The candidate's ethics and conduct (including both sportsmanship and general behavior) should also be given some weight in choosing a candidate.
A detailed explanation of this award, including its criteria and the procedures for selection, may be found in the Hall of Fame Policies and Procedures on the DBAA website, in the Hall of Fame area.
The DBAA or Duplicate Bridge Association of Atlanta is the local name for Unit 253 of the ACBL. The Association is granted some rights and responsibilities from the ACBL, but the primary focus is to promote bridge in the metropolitan Atlanta area. In that roll, the DBAA organizes, promotes, develops, and manages many different bridge activities to benefit the area players and to encourage new players to join our ranks.
The organization is funded by tournament receipts and by a small percentage of our members’ dues. We are always seeking volunteers to help us with this programming. Please email: President@DBAA.us, if you are willing to help.
This is a partial list of the DBAA’s programming:
Roz Howell, incoming DBAA President presents 'thank you' gift to Marty Nathan, outgoing DBAA President
DBAA President, Roz Howell, presents award to Bill Kulbersh, ACBL overall ACE of Clubs winner for 2017.
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Atlanta offers players so many opportunities to play in tournaments and earn those coveted pigmented points. Here’s what’s on tap thru 2018;
May 31-June 3
Crown Plaza Ravinia
Ruff 'N Sluff Bridge Club
July 26 - August 5
Marriott Marquis Downtown
August 20-26 2018
District 7 St@c at your club
Marriott Atlanta NW at Galleria
District 7 St@c at your club