Resources for bridge teachers


Whether you're teaching a formal class or just trying to help a friend or family member learn the game, you'll find some valuable ideas and handouts on these web sites:

From the ACBL web site: 

Free software: Learn to Play Bridge I & II -- Designed for those who have never played bridge, these interactive programs offer a great introduction to basic bidding and play. They're highly recommended as a first step for all learners.

ACBL bridge teachers page -- Teachers' newsletter, handbooks, online teaching tips and lesson plans for several different courses.

ACBL teaching materials -- Complete course outlines, teacher manuals and handouts.

EasyBridge "soundbites" -- Mini-lessons and handouts for beginners.

NABC Celebrity Speaker presentations -- Handouts on a wide range of topics. These are helpful for club managers who present mini-lessons before their games.

Many specialized resources are available if you're teaching children or teens:

ACBL School Bridge Program -- Instructions, tips and lesson plans for teaching youth and setting up group lessons at schools. It includes the complete 116-page teacher manual with lesson outlines, practice hands and worksheets. Use the email link on this page to request a free school bridge packet.
    More assistance is available from District 8's Education Coordinator Chris Shaw (ccshawjr@yahoo.com).

Bridge Teachers for Youth -- Lesson plans, handouts, promotional materials and the complete text of the "Bridge: A Path to Math" curriculum and lessons.   

WBF Youth  -- A youth bridge blog for players and teachers. Published by the World Bridge Federation.

Nextgenbridge.com -- Bridge tips and information on ACBL programs for grade-school through college-age players.

Kitty Cooper -- Comprehensive lesson materials for teaching in schools and introducing students to Minibridge.

More materials for teachers, learners and bridge clubs are available on these sites:

American Bridge Teachers Association

Karen's Bridge Library -- Bidding summaries and handouts for beginners through experts.

Fifth Chair Foundation -- An archive of articles, handouts and tutorials for beginner and intermediate-level players.

Discover the Fun & Challenge of Duplicate Bridge -- Online booklet for new-to-duplicate players.

WBF Teachers Program -- Complete outline and lesson materials for the World Bridge Federation course (23 lessons).

Richard Pavlicek -- Pavlicek offers a free package of tips and handouts for teachers of beginning players. Also on the site is a page of advanced lessons on a wide range of topics.

Eddie Kantar -- Hundreds of quiz hands to teach bidding, defense and declarer play. 

Northern Colorado and Richmond VA bridge clubs -- Topics, outlines and handouts for mini-lessons.