Youth and Junior Bridge
Youth and Junior bridge is an opportunity for young people to get involved in a fun and social sport. As players learn and improve their bridge game, there are opportunities and invitations to compete in tournaments of various levels and even travel around the world.
This page will list links to Junior and Youth bridge tournaments and websites. The photo below was taken at the 2017 World Youth Open Bridge Championships in Lyon France. Click here to read bulletins and find out more.
Do YOU want to learn to play bridge?
1. Find a local club, call them up and ask them if they have lessons for youth and juniors. Click here for links to clubs in your area
2. Find a Bridge Teacher – if you live in the USA this link will help you find teachers in your area. Just call them up and see if they have a junior lesson program happening anywhere. http://www.abtahome.com/index.php?id=23
3. Get your School to give lessons – there’s a step by step set of instructions for your school. Ask them to go here in North America http://www.acbl.org/learn_page/school-bridge-program/ or here elsewhere in the world http://www.wbfteaching.org/
4. Online Learn To Play Links – we’ve added lots to our Learn Bridge area click here >
5. Check out the links below!
Youth, Junior, Girls, Kids – what are the ages?
In the World Championships, the eligibility for different categories depends on when a person is born. At the 2017 Championships (see links below) the ages are as follows:
born no earlier than Jan 1, 1993
born no earlier than Jan 1, 1993
born no earlier than Jan 1, 1998
born no earlier than Jan 1, 2003
YOUTH BRIDGE LINKS
New! WORLD YOUTH BRIDGE SITE
This is a fantastic new online magazine with articles, news, links, video quizzes and more! http://youth.worldbridge.org/
American Contract Bridge League (ACBL)
The ACBL is the governing organization for bridge in Canada, the USA and Mexico. They have a strong Junior Bridge program and some excellent players. Here are some relevant links:
Next Gen Bridge (formerly Youth4Bridge) www.nextgenbridge.com
Canadian Bridge Federation Youth Programs information cbf.ca/about-the-cbf/cbf-youth-programs/
United States Bridge Federation (USBF) – The United States Bridge Federation junior training program, directed by Michael Rosenberg, provides players under the age of 26 with USBF mentors to improve the quality of our junior teams in international competition. As part of the program, practice sessions are held on Bridge Base Online (BBO), where the juniors play team matches and the mentors analyze and comment on their play. The matches are 15 boards, IMP scored, and take about 90 minutes. Website here
European Bridge League (EBL)
The 13th European Youth Bridge Pairs Championships will be held at Liepajas Olympic Centre, Latvia from 12th to 17th of July 2016. The Championships will include the four series: U26, U26 Women, U21 and U16. Mixed Pairs and all four series are for National Pairs. Details here
EBL Youth Committee www.eurobridge.org/youth.aspx
English Bridge Union (EBU)
English Bridge Education and Development – Learn, Teach, Grants http://www.ebedcio.org.uk/
Australian Bridge Federation (ABF)
Youth in Bridge Australia www.abf.com.au/member-services/youth-bridge/
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY BRIDGE?
Everything you need to know can be found on the Bridge Teachers for Youth dot Org webpage.
Online WBF Teaching Program – Free teaching program and material to be used for teaching bridge in schools or at bridge clubs or private classes by teachers in NBOs all over the world.available in French, Spanish, Serbian, Chinese and English. Visit website!
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR YOUTH
World Youth Open Bridge Championships
2017 World Youth Open & Teams Championships
Aug 19-26 Lyon, France
OFFICIAL PAGE HERE
The WBF very much looks forward to welcoming Youth from all over the world. More information will be posted as it comes in.
OLDER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LINKS
Click here to go to the information pages for the 2016 Youth Teams Championships
There are collages using the pictures of the teams – many of them on the WBF Facebook page – remember to “like” the page so you get notifications when new pictures are uploaded.
They are also being put on the WBF photogallery for the event on Flickr.
2015 4th World Youth Open Bridge Championships organised by the World Bridge Federation in cooperation with the Croatian Bridge Federation & Opatija Bridge Association was held in Opatija, Croatia from 20th – 29th August. Click here to read more >
Videos from the World Youth Championships feature tips and interviews Click Here >
The 2013 World Youth Open Bridge Championship was held in Atlanta Georgia, USA. Click here to read more >