Suffolk Summer League for Club Teams-of-Eight

Conduct of League
  1. The Summer League ('The League') is an inter-club competition run by the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association (SCBA) for its member clubs.
  2. Play is subject to the SCBA General Competition Rules.
  3. The League is the responsibility of an SCBA appointed League Secretary.
  4. The League consists of a First and a Second Division covering the whole geographical area.


The General Competition Rules are on the Suffolk website. Those rules require observance of the Laws of Bridge and the current EBU Regulations (on systems, alerting etc.). They also describe how to obtain a ruling in the first instance and how to appeal such a ruling.

To be explicit, systems up to Level 4 are permitted and partnerships are required to provide their opponents with completed system cards.

Masterpoints are awarded to all players winning or drawing matches. Ranking awards are made to teams in the top quarter of each division. To so qualify, players must have competed in at least a third of their team's matches. Captains are responsible for submitting line-ups for proper allocation.

Makeup of Teams
  1. Teams are of eight players, all of whom must be bona fide club members.
  2. Players may represent only one club.
  3. A player may not play for more than one team in the same division.
  4. A player may represent a club in different divisions but the total matches played for the club may not exceed the number of fixtures of the team for which he or she first plays.


To clarify the effect of 2.3 and 2.4: imagine a club has three teams, two in Division 1, one in Division 2.

If a player first represents her club in Division 1 she may not play for the other team in that division. She may however subsequently represent the same club in Division 2 but each appearance requires her to miss a match in Division 1.

Were she to first play for the Division 2 team she would be able to play for only one of the two Division 1 teams. Furthermore she would be limited to the total number of Division 2 fixtures.

An entry fee is payable to SCBA; currently (2015) it is £10 per team.

Format of Matches
  1. Each captain selects two teams of four players and these teams stay together for the duration of the match.
  2. Each match is of four separate 12-board team-of-four matches. There is a mandatory swap of opponents after six boards and a mandatory exchange of teams after 12 boards. Home players retain the same seats throughout.
  3. Each 12-board match is scored by IMPs, converted into Victory Points (VPs) using the EBU approved scale for 12-board matches. Each club's score is the sum of the four VP results thus obtained.
  4. It is suggested that refreshments be kept to a reasonable minimum; there is no obligation to provide more than tea/coffee/soft drinks and biscuits.


To illustrate, say the home club is represented by two teams-of-4, H1 and H2, the away club by A1 and A2. Then in each 6-board quarter,

Q1: boards 1-6 are played in H1 v A1, boards 7-12 in H2 v A2. Teams may score at this, the half-way stage in their 12-board match.

Q2: both away teams swap NS/EW within their respective matches. The teams exchange boards; 7-12 are played in H1 v A1, 1-6 in H2 v A2.

Break – boards 1-12 are finished and may be discussed. Q3 & Q4 repeat Q1 & Q2

Q3: H1 plays A2 (and H2 v A1) using boards 13-18 (19-24).

Q4: as Q2, away teams swap NS/EW.

The current VP scale is shown right:

  1. The League is played between June and September, with one match approximately every four weeks.
  2. At the beginning of the season the League Secretary issues a schedule, detailing the order of play and which club is at home. Matches may be arranged earlier if agreed by both captains.
  3. The home captain offers three dates (which may all be on the same day of the week as their club-night) and the onus is on the away captain to accept one of those offered.
  4. In the event of no agreement before the end of the designated month, the League Secretary should be informed.


In five-team divisions, the four fixtures may be played one per calendar month but those clubs in six-team divisions should be careful to arrange their matches in time.

Typically clubs play matches embedded in their own club-night – though this is not a stipulation – but it is the reason for differing from the 'away captain offers dates' rule adopted elsewhere and allowing any number of offers on the weekday of the home club.

End of Season
  1. The winner in the Second Division will be promoted to the First Division, and the lowest team in the First Division will be relegated to the Second Division.
  2. In the event of two or more teams tying for promotion or relegation, their positions will be decided by total IMP scores. If still equal, the VP scores between the teams concerned will decide the positions, that being equal, the IMP scores.
  3. If a match is outstanding at the end of September, an assigned score may be imposed by the League Secretary.
  4. In addition to these procedures, the League Secretary may promote other teams or enter newly-formed teams directly into any division in order to maintain a balanced complement of teams.


Assigned Scores. If a match cannot be played and the League Secretary considers that a team is not at fault, its score will be assigned as the highest of these options:

The average of all their other matches played (rounded down - i.e. 13.8 gives 13).

20 minus the average of their opponent's score in all the opponent's other matches played

12 VPs.

League tables are published on the Suffolk website

Update History

Refresh; Link to Pivot Teams

VP Scale

0-110 – 10
2-411 – 9
5-712 – 8
8-1113 – 7
12-1514 – 6
16-1915 – 5
20-2416 – 4
25-3017 – 3
31-3718 – 2
38-4619 – 1
47+20 – 0

Printable Versions

SCBA Regulations