The purpose of the Pro/Am/Ham game is to provide a sanctioned game at all levels, (Club, Grade B, Grade A, Sectional and National) to give our new players an opportunity they would not otherwise have, to play with a more advanced player against other Pro/AM pairs and receive some important tips during and at the end of the game eventually increasing the skill level of ABA players and increasing tournament attendance over time. Additionally, this event is to encourage Pro Players to “give back” to the new players as someone did for them when they got started.
PRO/AM PAIRS: One member of each pair is a more experienced player "the PRO" (over 2000 master points), and the other is a new or relatively new player "the AM" 0 - 599 master points). The format enables the new player to meet and get to know some of the more experienced in the area. The new player also gets the benefit of good advice and tips from his or her PRO. The game itself is run along the lines of an Open Pairs session. A PRO/AM/HAM team game is being planned for later this year and will use the ACBL's "8 is enough" rules.
(PRO) Definition: Any current ABA member with greater than 2000 Master points.
A PRO does not have to be an expert, but should know the basics of bidding and play. The person will play basic standard with the protégé. The PRO, hopefully can form a relationship to commit to working with the protégé at least once a month for six months. The mentor will play with the protégé in at least one game a month and have the patience to work with new players without becoming abusive or insulting. The relationship requires mutual respect. The PRO should encourage the AM to participate in Tournament Competition and play together in PRO/AM/HAM tournament play.
(AM) Definition: Any current ABA member with 0-599 Master points
Any player in a beginner’s class or has just completed a beginner’s class and has been playing duplicate bridge for no more than five years. The AM should hopefully form a relationship where they commit to working with the PRO at least once a month for at least six months and be willing to play together once a month.
(HAM) Definition: Any current ABA member with 600-1999 Master points
Two HAMS can play together in a Pro/Am/Ham game. Any HAM can “play up” as a Pro in any game if the circumstances are appropriate. If you have an existing mentor-mentee relationship with a player of there are not enough Pros to go around, the Ham player can register as a Pro.
There are four basic traits that have been found to be present in most newcomers who are successful in a mentoring relationship. It is somewhat obvious why. Mentees who value and respect their mentor’s time and advice will be more appealing to a mentor.