ABTA: Home of the American Bridge Teachers' Association

“To help those who teach bridge to do it better, more effectively, more knowledgeably, more professionally.”

The 2013 ABTA Convention was held in Atlanta, Georgia from July 30 to August 1. The ACBL summer national tournament was held in Atlanta as well, from August 1 - August 11.

Register for the 2013 Conference - registration for this conference is closed.

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Provisional Program for ABTA Atlanta Conference 2013: July 30 - August 1

Monday July 29th

6:00 pm: Interview Master Teachers

7:30 pm: Work Party


Tuesday July 30th

8:00 – 10:30 am: Pre Conference Board Meeting

11 am – 12:45 pm: Newcomers Luncheon

1:00 pm: Registration

1:30 – 2:15 pm: Mary Jane Orock "Teaching today for play tomorrow."

2.15 - 3.00 pm: Roberto Moriyon "Using the BTT computer program to teach bridge in a collaborative and interactive way"

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Coffee Break

3:15 – 4:00 pm: Rosemary Boden " Acol or Two over One? Why not both?

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Stephen Smith " What's New at Great Game Products"

5:30 – 9:00 pm: Patty Tucker and Melissa Bernhardt " Learning to play Bridge in a day" {LBIAD}

Wednesday July 31st

8:00-9:00 am: Breakfast and General Membership Meeting

9.00- 9.30 am: Bryan Delfs-ACBL Education Co-ordinator-"All about what the Education Dept is doing with software for LBIAD"

9:30 am-12 pm: Audrey Grant,"It's time for the one session lesson"

1:00-2:00 pm: Jeff Schuett and Linda Green “Dealmaster Pro Demonstrations”

2:00-2:15 p.m. Jim Meier - " What's new at Baron Barclay"

2:15-3 pm: Steve Nellissen and Didier Levy, “Becoming a Vu Bridge Author”

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Coffee Break

3:15 - 4:00 pm: Leslie Schafer and Charlie Williams " Using Humor in teaching and Team teachin"

4:00pm -4:30pm: Jay and Sara Whipple-"The Common Game". A great way to introduce students to playing the same hands all over the country with a FREE hand analysis for all level of players"

4:30-5:00p.m: Amy Nellissen " Transitioning students into duplicate- what worked for us!"

Evening: free/optional dinner and activity

Thursday August 1st

8:00-9:00 am: Breakfast

9:00-10:30 am: Teacher of the Year awards

10:30-11:00 am: Linda Lee: About the New ABTA Website

11:00-11:15 am: Coffee Break

11:15 am -12 pm: Julian Laderman, “Show and Tell: Whist and Bridge Toys”

1:00 pm-1:45 pm: Ray Lee: Masterpoint Press

1:45-2:30 pm: Billy Miller, "Billy Miller's Take on Teaching New and Intermediate Players"

2:30-3:15 pm: Ted Dunn, “How To Be a Better Teacher and Partner”

3:15-3:30 pm: Coffee Break

3:30-5:00 pm: Jerry Helms - " Singletons"

6:00 pm: Awards and Banquet


Friday August 2 2013

8:00 am: Post Board Meeting