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EBU Review of P2P & Masterpoints – Jan-2011

The EBU has proposed some changes to the P2P, Masterpoint and Licensing regulations from April 2012. If you have any observations or comments on these proposals, please discuss with your club secretary or send them to .

Download and/or read the summary document.

EBU National Club Committee – Jul-2010

The EBU formed the National Club Committee; you can read the Terms of Reference and Structure.

our regional representative on the NCC is . The body has a webpage detailing their composition and explaining what they do, their email address is cc@ebu.co.uk.

Universal Membership

To revitalise bridge in England and involve more grass roots players, the EBU intends to make all club players members of the national body - hence Universal Membership (UM).

It is not our purpose here to explain the generality of how UM and Pay-to-Play (P2P) will work but to describe what is happening in Suffolk, especially those things which are particular to the county and what decisions the SCBA committee has taken so far.

Here you can find:

A brief overview of Universal Membership

There will be many changes, not least of all how the EBU raises funds to support bridge. It is moving from a subscription base to one where each club player pays a small amount every time they play. Pay-to-Play (P2P) has attracted more attention than the overall plans for the future of bridge - unfortunate but perhaps to be expected in current times.

The debate about the principle and practicality of P2P came to a head with a vote of the shareholders of the EBU (the county associations) in June 2008. The change to funding was passed by 52 votes to 31; Suffolk has two votes which were both cast in favour of the proposal.

At that time the Suffolk Association set out how P2P would work locally and this has not changed in principle or detail. Suffolk set up a sub-committee and they produced a document describing the county's position [PDF] which was adopted by the full committee and remains true in all respects today.

Nevertheless, the EBU's changes markedly affect how Suffolk is funded. You can read how the county raises funds now and how this will change. This was sent out to club secretaries in October 2009.

The county association listened carefully to its member clubs and held a meeting that informed its voting decision in May last year. At that meeting the majority of clubs were in favour of the new proposals. Obviously opinions and club officers change and we urge you to keep us informed of your decisions - after all, the county association will be, and always has been, the sum of its clubs and its members. We hope you will be part of bridge in the future - and part of Suffolk.

Suffolk after UM

The constituent counties of the EBU will adopt different courses after UM. This has always been true and is a result of the diversity of the counties. Some, for example those in metropolitan areas, had just one or two clubs and many EBU members, some, like ours, had relatively few EBU members and more clubs. Because the county subscription will disappear as a default, each county will have to make a choice how to replace it. Some will continue with that model, some will wholly depend on a county P2P component, some will do something in between.

The following give detail and context to how Suffolk will work:

Suffolk Working Party on UM and P2P

The SCBA committee has established a working party to advise on factual matters and questions pertaining to the EBU document and receive recommendations from the involved parties:

01473 218366
01206 272351
 
01379 870291

All of the above are available to consult, receive opinions or represent the association at any club. You can send email or call them individually - by clicking on their name - or send a mail to the all together.

In addition is the regional representative for East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire) — you may contact her directly through your club or the SCBA.

Of course you can take any question or comment direct to the EBU.

Eastern Region Bulletins

is the regional representative for East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire) and she has issued a number of bulletins to clubs. Your club should have drawn your attention to these (though some have been of technical interest to scorers and the like). You can read them here:

December 2010
EBU stratified simultaneous pairs 7-11 March 2011; Club Teacher training course FREE of CHARGE; Club Constitutions.
September 2010
Early observations on P2P process; county club affiliations; members' personal area; masterpoint; stratification.
February 2010
Cessation of paper Master-Points; new National Clubs Committee; widgets; education.
December 2009
Consultation on Stratified Duplicate Results (running competitions where players are separated on ability).
November 2009
Update on responses from clubs in Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire; bullet points from October meeting of the National Clubs Committee.
June 2009
P2P Online system - how will I get my password - privacy settings etc.
May 2009
Feedback on English Bridge
April 2009
Appeal for volunteers to help with IT Training
February 2008
English Bridge questionnaire.
January 2008
Report from the January Club Committee Meeting: ScoreBridge and BridgeWebs deals - Working timetable for P2P and UM - EBU's Development plans
October 2008 (2)
Alerting of Doubles - submit your views
October 2008 (1)
Introduction - a great opportunity for you to have a real say in the future of bridge in this country

Documents

Local

See also What UM will mean to Suffolk members and clubs above.

National

Some of these are extracted from the EBU pages on UM and P2P for easy reference (see links below).

Links

The EBU has set up a central page for UM and P2P matters at http://www.ebu.co.uk/pay2play. All current documents describing the process together with example submissions are listed, as are the plans the EBU has for revitalising bridge in England.

The EBU has set up a club committee (Suzanne Gill above is our regional representative) and they have a webpage explaining what they do and their composition and an email address: cc@ebu.co.uk.

Debate

As one might expect with a change of this import, there were strong feelings on both sides, both locally and nationally. The Suffolk committee actively collected opinions to inform its decision. You can read a description of the process leading up to the vote in June 2008.

This page: history

  • 19-Jan-2011 Review of P2P heading
  • 24-Aug-2010 EBU National Club Committee
  • 1-Apr-2010 link to Club Player's Guide
  • 23-Feb-2010 Updated club responses, Feb Bulletin
  • 13-Jan-2010 Updated club responses, Nov & Dec Bulletins
  • 22-Oct-2009 Created

Suffolk & Universal Membership

There is quite a lot of detail on the website. Much of it concerns financial matters, how clubs and the county relate to each other after UM. For player guides, the best pages to read are:

See the UM homepage for links to all the material.

Any committee member will help you with questions on UM but we have a dedicated working party to answer and pursue problems.

Other than the pages on the debate in June 2008, all the others are kept up to date on matters of both advice and fact and the page history panel reflects that.

EBU on Universal Membership

The EBU has set up a central page for UM and P2P matters at http://www.ebu.co.uk/pay2play. All current documents describing the process together with example submissions are listed, as are the plans the EBU has for revitalising bridge in England.

Specific links:

The EBU has set up a club committee ( is our regional representative) and they have a webpage detailing their composition and explaining what they do, their email address is cc@ebu.co.uk.