DISTRICT 4

GRAND NATIONAL TEAMS

2018

DISTRICT 4 CONDITIONS OF CONTEST
GRAND NATIONAL TEAMS

DISTRICT 4 GNT COORDINATOR
Name: Bob Glasson
Telephone: 609-203-1250
E-mail: bglasson45@gmail.com

INTRODUCTION
The 2018 District 4 Grand National Teams Finals will be conducted in one stage. No Qualification from the club or unit level is required to play in the District Finals. The District Finals will be held at a time and place to be determined by the District 4 Board of Directors or Executive Committee and published in advance.

The Flight A & Flight C District Finals will be held on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Valley Forge Bridge Club, 215 West Church Road, Suite 100, King of Prussia, PA., 19406.

The Open and Flight B District Finals will be held on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018at the Valley Forge Bridge Club, 215 West Church Road, Suite 100, King of Prussia, PA., 19406

CONDITIONS OF CONTEST
The 2017-18 ACBL Grand National Teams Special Conditions of Contest shall govern all Grand National Teams qualifying play in District 4. The District 4 Conditions of Contest Grand National Teams is a supplement to the ACBL GNT Conditions of Contest. ACBL GNT Conditions of Contest supersede District 4 GNT Conditions of Contest in cases of conflict. This is the link to the 2017-18 ACBL GNT Conditions of Contest.

FLIGHT MASTERPOINT REQUIREMENTS
GNT District Finals will be played over a period of two days. The GNT is played in four flights as defined below. Masterpoint requirements for each flight are as follows:

FLIGHT MASTERPOINT LIMITS

Open Championship Unlimited
Flight A Under 6000 Masterpoints
Flight B Under 2500 Masterpoints
Flight C Non-Life Master under 500 Masterpoints

Flight eligibility will be established by ACBL’s September masterpoint cycle run by ACBL data processing on or about August 7, 2017. Masterpoints won after this cycle will not impact on flight eligibility for these events.

QUALIFICATION AND ELIGIBILITY
1. The event is open to teams of four, five or six players. Each team must have a captain.

2. All players must live in District 4, be a member of a District 4 unit and be a paid up member in good standing of the ACBL. For the GNTs, a member's principal physical residence as of September 1 of the year prior to the National Final shall establish the district in which a member is eligible to participate beyond the club qualifying stage. Changes in residence after September 1 shall not change the district in which the player is eligible to participate. The ACBL will not grant a player's request to change units for the sole purpose of playing in a District GNT
finals.

3. The first-place finishers in the Championship Open Flight, Flight A, Flight B, and the second place finisher in the Championship Flight of the District 4 final earn Blue Ribbon Pairs qualification. The first place finishers in the Non-Life Master Flight in the District 4 final earn Red Ribbon Pairs qualification.

4. Players deemed ineligible by the ACBL are not allowed to participate in the District Finals. Such players are disqualified and may cause their team to be disqualified as well. See the ACBL GNT Conditions of Contest regarding "Ineligible Players and Disqualifications.”

ENTRY FEES
Entry fees will be determined and published in advance by the District 4 Board of Directors, Executive Committee or their designee.

DISTRICT WINNERS
The winning team from each Flight qualifies to compete in the National Finals.

RULES OF PLAY FOR DISTRICT FINALS - TWO DAYS
1. Byes are not permitted

2. Replays during the knockout phase are to be avoided as long as possible.

3. The defending champion team in the Open Flight, Flight A and Flight B shall receive the top seed provided at least four members of that team return, not including substitutes or augmentees. Other teams within these Flights shall be seeded based on average masterpoints of team members.

4. Schedule of Play for Open Flight, Flight A & Flight B:

2 Teams Head-to-head, 60 boards played within two 30 board sessions on Saturday.
3 Teams
Saturday: Two round robins, 7 boards per match, in each of the 2 sessions (total of 4 round robins on Saturday). Each team will have played 28 boards against each other team. Two teams qualify for Sunday.
Sunday: 32 board final with full carryover (results in 60 boards in head-to-head play between finalists).
4 Teams
Saturday: Two round robins, 9 boards per match (18 boards against each team) for a total of 54 boards on Saturday. 3 teams advance to Sunday with full carryover. Victory points determine teams advancing to Sunday.
Sunday: Sunday: 1st session – Two round robins, 7 boards per match (14 boards against each team) for a total of 28 boards to qualify 2 teams to final.
Sunday: 2nd session – 32 board final with full carryover (results in 60 boards
in head-to-head play between finalists).
5 Teams Saturday: Two round robins, 7 boards per match (14 boards against each team) for a total of 56 boards on Saturday; 4 teams advance to Sunday with
full carryover. Leader chooses opponent.
Sunday: 30 board semifinal and 30 board final.
6-10 Teams Saturday: Full round robin with maximum of 64 boards with full carryover. 4 teams advance to the semifinals on Sunday. Saturday winner will choose their opponent.
Sunday: 30 board semifinal and 30 board final.
11+ Teams Saturday: 2 seeded brackets complete round robins of 48-64 boards. Seeding by masterpoints. The top 2 qualifiers from each bracket advancing to Sunday KO where each bracket winner plays 2nd place finisher from opposite
bracket.
Sunday: 30 board semifinal and 30 board final.

5. Schedule of Play for Flight C:

2 Teams Head-to-head, 48 boards played within two 24 board sessions on Saturday.
3 Teams Three-way matches on Saturday afternoon with one team eliminated and head-to-head 24 board final on Saturday night.
4 Teams Head-to-head, 24 board semifinal on Saturday afternoon followed by 24- board final on Saturday night. Seeding by masterpoints.
5 Teams
Saturday: Two round robins, 6 boards per match (12 boards against each team); 4 teams advance to Sunday. Leader chooses opponent.
Sunday: 24 board semifinal and 24 board final.
6-10 Teams
Saturday: Full Round Robin, 4 teams advance to Sunday. Maximum of 56 boards. Saturday winner will choose their opponent.
Sunday: 24 board semifinal and 24 board final.
11+ Teams
Saturday: 2 seeded brackets complete round robins of 48-64 boards. Seeding by masterpoints. The top 2 qualifiers from each bracket advance to Sunday KO where each bracket winner plays 2nd place finisher from opposite
bracket.
Sunday: 24 board semifinal and 24 board final.


TIE BREAKERS (Applies to all Flights):
1. If a KO match ends in a tie, a four-board playoff will determine the winner. Should subsequent playoffs be required to break a tie, each playoff will be four boards.

2. Swiss & Round-Robins: In the event of a tie for the last qualifying spot (the right to go on and play in the semifinals), there is a 4-board playoff. If the playoff continues to result in a tie, there will be an additional four-board playoff; if a third tiebreaker is required, there will be a one-board playoff.

MISCELLANEOUS
1. All boards shall be pre-duplicated with hand records available at the end of each completed segment.
2. The winner of the Saturday Round-Robin shall pick their opponent for Sunday.
3. Conventions: Open Championship and Flight A - ACBL Mid Chart, Flight B and Flight C - ACBL General Chart
4. Preregistration required in all flights.
5. All round robin matches are scored by IMPs and each match is converted to Victory Points
(using the 20-Point Victory Point Scale) to decide the order of finish.
6. The total boards played in Flight C matches shall be as above unless time issues require fewer boards. This decision will be made by the District Coordinator after consulting with the DIC.
7. The total boards in the Open, Flight A and Flight B semifinal and final matches shall be as above unless all the Team Captains agree to play fewer boards before the matches begin.
8. Points awarded are gold for overalls in the Open Flight, Flight A and Flight B District Finals and 25% gold and 75% red for overalls in the Flight C District Finals. Match awards are red and regionally rated: 100% in the Open Flight, 90% in Flight A, 70% in Flight B and 50% in Flight C.
9. The award for first place overall for the District Champion in each flight is set by the ACBL and is based on the number of sessions in the District Final. The maximum number of masterpoints awarded to the winners in each flight: Open: 36 masterpoints: Flight A: 30 masterpoints; Flight B: 26 masterpoints; and Flight C: 15 masterpoints.

SUBSTITUTIONS DURING PLAY AT DISTRICT FINALS
The District GNT Coordinator or the Director-in-charge may approve a substitute in an emergency. Only one substitute is permitted at any time, and no substitute is permitted if four or more team members of record are available. A substitute may not appreciably strengthen a team and also is subject to the following limitations:
1. Must meet the requirements under QUALIFICATION (see page 1);
2. Must be eligible to play in the flight in which the team requiring the substitution is competing; and
3. Is not permitted for more than 50% of the boards played; any substitute who is required to play more than 50% of the boards because the original team member cannot return shall be deemed a replacement player subject to the requirements of the following section; the original player shall not return for the remainder of the District Finals but may be returned to the team as an augmentee provided such player meets the requirements for augmentation set forth below.
4. Any team with a substitute player shall retain its original seed.

REPLACEMENT DURING PLAY AT DISTRICT FINALS
The Permanent replacement of a player who, for cause, cannot continue in the event is permitted only with the permission of the District 4 GNT Coordinator. A replaced player permanently leaves the event with all masterpoints already earned, and the replacement continues in the event earning points thereafter. A replaced player may be returned to the team as an augmentee provided such player meets the requirements for augmentation set forth below. Play percentage requirements apply to the replacement only for the portion yet to be played. The replacement:
a) Must meet the requirements under QUALIFICATION (see page 1).
b) Must not be eligible for further competition in another flight, but may withdraw from such other flight in a writing directed to the District GNT Coordinator;
c) Must be eligible to compete in the flight of the team needing the replacement; and
d) Must not appreciably strengthen the team.
e) A team with a replacement player shall retain its original seed.

AUGMENTATION OR REPLACEMENT AFTER DISTRICT FINAL
The Permanent replacement of a player who, for cause, cannot continue in the event or augmentation of a fifth and/or sixth player to a team after completion of the District Final will be allowed provided:
1. The District GNT Coordinator is notified;
2. The augmentee or replacement does not appreciably weaken the team;
3. The player(s) to be added meet the requirement under QUALIFICATION (see page 1) and are eligible to compete in the flight in which the team wishing to add them is competing;
4. At least three original members remain on the team; and
5. Must not be eligible for further competition in another flight, but may withdraw from such other flight in a writing directed to the District GNT Coordinator.

NATIONAL GNT FINALS

The 2018 National GNT Finals, for all flights, will be held at the Summer NABC in Atlanta, Georgia beginning on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. In each flight, the first place team will represent District 4 in the National GNT Finals. In the event that the first place team cannot attend, the second place team will be offered the opportunity to represent the district. In the event that the second place team cannot attend, then the offer will be made to the third place team. If the third place cannot attend, then the offer will be made to the fourth place team.

At the district finals, the losers of the semifinal matches will be offered a playoff for 3rd and 4th place. Determination of the third and fourth place teams will be as follows:
1. If both teams agree to a playoff then the playoff determines 3rd and 4th place. The number of boards played will be determined by the Director in Charge.
2. If one team agrees to a playoff and the other does not, then the team that agreed is the 3rd place team and the other team is the 4th place team.
3. If neither team agrees to a playoff then a coin flip will determine which of these two teams is 3rd and which is 4th.
In the event that none of the teams that finished first (1st) through fourth (4th) can attend the national event, then the District GNT Coordinator, the District President, and the District ACBL Director will select a team based on these priorities:
1. Pairs or individuals who can attend nationals that played on the first through fourth place teams (in that order) will be given priority. Preference will be given to established pairs over individuals. That is, pairs from the first place team will be selected before pairs from the second place team, and on down the line.
2. After #1 above, priority will be given to pairs (or individuals) that played in the District 4 finals on any team in the specific flight.
3. After #1 and #2 above, any pair eligible from the district may be extended an invitation.

DISTRICT 4 SUBSIDIES
The ACBL does not provide subsidies to teams participating in the National GNT Finals, and does not require the Districts to provide subsidies. District 4 will reimburse each team that qualifies for the National GNT Finals for all entry fees as long as each team survives in the event, as well as giving each team $1,000 for the first two days of play and an additional $400 per day of play after the second day of the event.

UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES
In the event that these District 4 Conditions of Contest and the ACBL GNT Conditions of Contest do not provide a remedy to an incident that requires a timely solution, The District 4 Director, or, in that person's absence, the District 4 President, or in both of their absence the District 4 GNT Coordinator, shall make a timely and just determination and ruling with the consultation of district officials, tournament directors, and others as such person may deem necessary

2017 - Unlimited - Rick Rowland, Bob Glasson, Joann Glasson, Marty Rabinowitz

2017 - Flight A - Everett Young, Doug Dye, Estelle Ronderos, Al Ronderos

2017 - Flight B - Judy Robbins, Helen Leibowitz-Hoyer, Andy Rosenberg, Wayne Rosenberger

2017 - Flight C - James Xiong, Mark Jui, Michael Xiong, Jerry Jia