Zero Tolerance Policy

Kona Bridge Club Zero Tolerance Bridge Policy


The KBC has adopted the following Zero Tolerance Policy as it relates to general behavior at the bridge table and is based on the ACBL Zero Tolerance Policy.

The ultimate purpose of the Z-T policy is to create and maintain a pleasant atmosphere in our club.  We are attempting to eliminate unacceptable behavior in order to make the game of bridge more enjoyable for all of us.  Below are some examples of commendable behavior, which, while not required, will significantly contribute to the improved atmosphere:

  • Being a good 'host' or 'guest' at the table.
  • Greeting others in a friendly manner.
  • Praising the bidding and/or play of the opponents.
  • Having two clearly completed convention cards readily available to the opponents (this one is a regulation, not just a nicety).


The following list contains some examples of behavior which will not be tolerated:

  • Badgering, rudeness, insinuations, intimidation, profanity, threats, or violence.
  • Negative comments concerning opponents' or partner's play or bidding.
  • Constant and gratuitous lessons and analyses at the table.
  • Loud and disruptive arguing with a director's ruling.


If a player at the table behaves in an unacceptable manner, the director should be called immediately.  Annoying behavior, embarrassing remarks, or any other conduct which might interfere with the enjoyment of the game is specifically prohibited by Law 74A. Law 91A gives the director the authority to assess disciplinary penalties.

At the start of each game the director shall make an annoucement that there will be Zero Tolerance for unacceptable behavior. It is requested that the director be called whenever behavior is not consistent with the guidelines outlined above.

The director, when called, shall make an assessment of the situation and determine whether it is appropriate to impose a disciplinary penalty, in accordance with the Laws of Duplicate Bridge, and ACBL Zero Tolerance Policy. The director's decision is final.

Remember: Bridge is meant to be enjoyable. Don't hesitate to call the director if someone's behavior at the table makes you uncomfortable. All you need to say is:" THIS PERSON IS INTERFERING WITH MY ENJOYMENT OF THE GAME".