The 2015 Super-Novice (0-20 masterpoints) pairs event at the Summer Festival of Bridge attracted 17 tables. The super-novice teams event attracted 15 tables.
Early data for the Gold Coast Congress (21-28 February) shows around 20 tables each for two rookie (0-10 masterpoints) competitions scheduled during the event.
It is wonderful to see so many newer players competing in these events.
This focus on our newer players was introduced in each of these events in 2013 and both are showing significant growth in numbers. These players represent our competitors in more advanced fields in the future so we should all make sure they feel welcome and encouraged.
As a matter of interest, people with 0-10 masterpoints represent approximately 34% of total membership of affiliated clubs and those with 0-20 masterpoints approximately 43% of total membership (as at June 2014).
Masterpoint ranges as a percentage of total membership are effectively:
- 0-100 masterpoints - 71%
- 100-300 masterpoints - 16%
- 300+ masterpoints - 13%.
Each club should have a good idea of their masterpoints profile so that educational activities can be pitched at the right level and so that members can be encouraged to participate in events most suited to their 'level'.