Soberton Shield 2019 Rules and Guidance
WHEN: 4 January, (1 February cancelled), 1 March, 5 April, 4
October, 1 November, 6 December.
WHERE: At the Soberton Village Hall. Table money is £2.00
per player including tea/coffee and biscuits.
- The competition is for eight teams only with each team
consisting of six players.
- All teams to have a playing name (assigned by the team) and a
team number (assigned by the organisers).
- Each player will be assigned an individual handicap, based on
their NGS grade as at the date of play. These will be as
follows: 2 +16, 3 +8, 4 +8, 5 +4, 6 +4, 7 0, 8 -4, 9 -4, T -8, J
-8, Q -12, K -16, A -20. In the absence of an NGS ranking,
players will be asked to disclose their percentage on these
dates. For those with no ranking, handicaps will be assigned
commensurate with playing experience.The handicap of each team
will be calculated on this basis.
- Each team will field 4 players to play on the evening. There
are no restrictions on which 4 players can play on any night.
- Any team unable to field 4 of their chosen 6 shall be
entitled to bring in a player who has not previously played for
any other team. The substitute does not become a permanent
member of the team. The handicap of the substitute player shall
be the NGS percentage as on the date of play.
- The Captain of each team to disclose to
no later than 9am on the Friday of play, the identities of the
players for that week.
- Any team not fielding 4 players shall be assigned the lowest
score of the evening minus 1.
ON THE NIGHT:
- Please arrive at 6.45pm to help set up for a 7pm start.
It is felt that the burden of administering the evening has
not been taken up evenly and for the coming year there will be
a rota. The responsibility for closing the hall must rest with
the team on the rota tasked with putting away. The Hall will
be opened at 18.30. There are in essence three jobs for each
evening of play. These are:
A. Setting up. Eight tables will need to be set up with chairs,
cloths, bidding boxes and scorecards. The Meon committee member
opening up will unlock the cupboard containing the equipment and
the chairs, cloths and tables are in the cupboard to the left of
B. Catering. This involves setting out the tea cups, biscuits
etc. and putting on the urn and immersion heater. There will
always be 32 players. The role also involves serving the tea and
coffee overseeing washing up and putting away as well as
emptying the urn and turning off the immersion heater.
C. Putting away. The chairs and tables need to be stacked neatly
in the main cupboard and the rest of the equipment put away in
the Meon cupboards. If the curtains are drawn these need to be
opened and any open windows to be closed. As a safety
precaution and to ensure fairness to those Meon Committee
members who hold keys, the team holding responsibility for
putting away must all remain until the hall is closed and locked
NOTE: although these roles are assigned in the rota below, it is
hoped that all players will assist as normal. Many hands make
light work ! Dummies will be asked to wash up after the break as
usual. The rota is as follows. The numbers are the number
of the team:
A B C
Jan. 3 2 1
Mar. 7 8 1
Apr. 2 3 4
Oct. 5 6 7
Nov. 8 3 1
Dec. 6 5 4
- A list showing team names and numbers will be on the table
immediately outside the hall.
- When the 8 tables have been set up please, as a team, go and
sit at the table corresponding to your team number. The dealing
machine will always be used so please do not shuffle the boards
or look at the travellers.
- Each table will have pre-programmed Bridgemates. Each North
player must ensure throughout that their opponents and the
boards are as is shown on the Bridgemates.
- Please put table money of £2.00 per person on the table.
- When the 3 boards have been played, agree the scores with
your opponents. All players must complete a score card to
facilitate accurate scoring for your team in case the
Bridgemates have a technical hitch.
- A break for refreshments for about 15 minutes will be held
after the 5th round. Since there will always be 8 full tables
would all players please be prepared to assist with washing up,
with dummies finishing off after the break.
- After having played each of the other 7 teams you should
return to your original table.
- After play is completed players are asked to stay in the hall
while the Director confirms that the scores have been correctly
collated by Bridgemates. If there is a problem, teams will
be asked to score manually using IMPS. The Director will
explain the process and players should remain in the room until
the Director is satisfied with the results.
- Once play is completed all teams should stack chairs in piles
of 8, fold up their table and put it in the store room next to
the stage. Bidding boxes and table covers should be put in the
boxes on the stage. North should place the Bridgemates in
numerical order in the metal case on the stage.
- The scores and board analysis will be entered into the web
where a copy of these rules may be found.
Team members, team numbers and team names
Tim Howard (1 - Lord, Ladies and Gentlemen)
Nigel Tay (2 - Five Queens and a Knave)
Graham Lawrence (3 - Six Hearts)
Gill Flexon (4 - Acolytes)
Jennifer Privett (5 - Ruffs)
Maggie Flood (6 - Come Up Trumps)
Mark Baylis (7 - Sparkling Diamonds)
Neil Goulding (8 - Six Diamonds)