Directing a session of Bridge is an essential part of the clubs operation. The layout of the playing room, the smooth flow of the moving pairs around the room and the movement of the boards to and from the tables are one of the directors prime responsibilities.
There is “office work”: keeping records of contests, collecting and accounting for table fees, looking up player’s registration numbers, answering the phone, and dear to the heart of us all, the calculation and publication of results at the end of a session and ladder.
Why we need the director
A director needs skill in a number of areas. Using the rules and setting up the movement are the main two areas and attention to detail is needed in both areas. No one learns all this but a director needs to know what is needed quickly so practice leading to familiarity is needed. Using the computer system is another skill which can and is often done by another person.
Peter Van Leeuwen
As a club player, make good use of your director. They are there to help when things go awry, be it a spilt card, a bid made when it’s not your turn or a lead made out of turn. Just raise your hand and call out “Director Please!” They will explain things for the benefit of all four players.