Board of Directors
The ACBL comprises 25 regional districts, each of which elect a member to serve on the Board of Directors, which in turn hires the chief executive officer. The board is the league’s legislative body with responsibility for establishing the regulations for tournaments and play and the overall budget and administration of the league. The districts are composed of 308 units whose board members elect the national director for their district.
Board of Governors
The Board of Governors, composed primarily of five members from each district, reviews reports of actions taken by the Board of Directors.
The ACBL Laws Commission, in cooperation with the laws committee of the World Bridge Federation, prepares the laws under which both duplicate and rubber bridge games are governed. The commission consists of between nine and 15 members appointed by the president of ACBL with the approval of the Board of Directors.
Competition and Conventions Committee
The ACBL Competition and Conventions Committee reviews conventions, convention charts, the alert procedure, convention cards, conditions of contest and any other competitive aspect of bridge. Recommended proposals for change are forwarded to the ACBL Board of Directors for approval.
Ethical Oversight Committee
The Ethical Oversight Committee acts upon charges brought by ACBL Management as the ACBL disciplinary body in cases of alleged cheating by the use of signals, other unauthorized information, other forms of cheating, or serious breaches of ethics, in accordance with the ACBL Code of Disciplinary Regulations. League Counsel, the ACBL President and the District Director (for the district of the person charged) are to be notified of a decision to hold an ethical oversight hearing.
The mission of management’s technology committee is to optimize the experience of bridge players through the improved use of technology. The committee consists of three external technology experts, three ACBL board members, and three members of the ACBL staff.
The handbook provides members, organizers of sanctioned bridge games and elected officials responsible for the administration of bridge with details of the rules and regulations and policies and procedures of the ACBL. The handbook is updated after each meeting of the ACBL Board of Directors.
The Codified minutes contain the regulations of the ACBL Board of Directors currently in effect, organized by subject matter.
Ethics and Discipline
ACBL Binding Arbitration Agreement
Any dispute which is in any way related to membership in the American Contract Bridge League (“ACBL”), or any action for damages or injunctive relief against the ACBL, or any action to reverse, amend, modify or delay enforcement of a disciplinary action by the ACBL, regardless of the facts or the legal theories which may be involved, shall be resolved by binding arbitration before the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) by a single arbitrator in accordance with the Commercial rules of AAA in effect at the time the arbitration proceeding is initiated.
The arbitration hearing shall be held in the AAA’s Southeast Case Management Center (located at 2200 Century Parkway, Suite 300, Atlanta, Georgia 30345) or at such other location as the parties may agree in writing. The arbitrator shall prepare in writing an award which includes the legal and factual reasons for the decision. The parties shall divide equally the costs of the arbitration and shall pay their respective attorney fees and expenses, but the arbitrator may assess all such costs and the prevailing party’s attorney fees and expenses to the non-prevailing party in the arbitration award. The provisions of the Federal Arbitration Act shall apply to arbitration between the ACBL and its members.