Bridge Building Guidelines for New Regions
How Can I Establish A New Region?
Up to this time, the International Bridge Building Committee has been
very informal on what constitutes a Region
for selecting entrants to the International Bridge Building Contest.
As the contest has grown, however, many have requested written
rules or guidelines for establishing Regions. Some unfairness
has existed in that densely populated areas may have hundreds of
schools competing in a single Region but are allowed to send only two
winners to the International Bridge Contest, the same as isolated
schools that may have been considering themselves alone as a local
Region. The International Bridge Building Committee has adopted
the following guidelines for Regions.
The goal is to promote fairness and yet encourage new geographic
areas to participate.
High schools, colleges, and professional organizations are encouraged
to form Regions for High School Bridge
Contests in accordance with the following guidelines:
- Only one regional contest leading to the International Contest
should be held within each 150 mile radius. (Note that
this guideline may be modified by those which follow.)
- A Region must have a minimum of 5 participating high schools
(participating i.e. send at
least one entry).
- Schools may participate in only one Region.
- If more than 50 high schools have participated in one regional
contest then, before the next contest is held, that Region
may be split into smaller non-overlapping contiguous
geographic Regions as long as each new Region has at least
20 participating high schools.
- The two winning students from each Region will
be eligible for the International Contest.
- STARTUP: To encourage a high school to participate for the
first time, the high school may establish its own Region
and hold its own regional contest subject to the following
- The high school has not participated in a regional contest.
- It is more than 150 miles from an established regional contest.
- The second year at least one other high school must participate
in the new Region.
- The third year, the new Region must meet guideline 2.
- The International Bridge Building Committee will serve as a
clearinghouse for approval of prospective Regions prior
to regional competition in order to develop a fair system
of regional and national competition.
These guidelines are based on input from many participants.
Further suggestions are welcome. Contact:
The International Bridge Building Committee, Regions
Ann Brandon <brandon3912 at wowway.com>
Carlo Segre <segre at iit.edu>
Last update: November 25, 2017
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