Rules and Regulations of the LBHCBA

Association Constitution

Rules of the LBHCBA [PDF]
Formal definition of the association, make-up of committee and functions of officers, conduct of meetings etc.
Bye-Laws of the LBHCBA [PDF]
Submission to Laws of duplicate and rules of EBU, conduct of league, knock-outs, Selfridges Pairs, SURDOC Multiple Teams, etc.

Both documents were last revised at the AGM on 8-Sep-2009.


Annual Subscription
£5 per team but £15 unless a team representative is present at the post-AGM fixture meeting
£15 per team
Knock Outs
£5 per team (minimum two matches; one Cup, one Plate or two in Cup)
SURDOC Teams-of-Four
Though often receiving a modest subsidy, the event includes refreshments and is charged to avoid a signicant loss. Recently this has been of the order of £50 per team.
Selfridges Pairs
Comments as the SURDOC, typical fees, £5.00-8.00 per player.

Conduct of Matches

It has long been a principle that there are no forfeited matches in League matches. In knock-out matches this does not apply and forfeits, though regrettable may arise by failure to supply a team or by not keeping to an agreed date.

In January 2007 the committee ruled on a match starting very late and created a precedent for this difficulty. It established:

  1. The League is competitive but friendly forum for bridge.
  2. The matter of adjustment of League matches is solely the responsibility for the committee.
  3. All matches should start by 19:00. A captain cannot be compelled to start a match half an hour later than the agreed start time or 19:00 (whichever is the earlier).

The committee urges captains to read the precedent in full, written up as an addendum to the committee minutes.