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 2019, 6th World Youth Open Championships in Croatia.
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 Or you can talk one of your school teachers to teach bridge. Send them to our Bridge Teacher Links page here
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 the can go to the World Bridge website for teachers here.
4. Online Learn To Play Links – we’ve added lots of links and videos and apps 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 the ages are as follows:
World Girls (under the age of 26)
born no earlier than Jan 1, 1993
World Junior (under the age of 26)
born no earlier than Jan 1, 1993
born no earlier than Jan 1, 1998
born no earlier than Jan 1, 2003
In the World Youth Teams Championships, teams are made up in the following categories
The World U-31 Teams Championship, introduced in 2020, and this championship is also by invitation. It is for players who must not have achieved their 30th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place.
The World U-26 Teams for the Jaime Ortiz-Patiño Trophy. This Championship is for Junior players who must not have achieved their 25th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place
The World U-21 Teams for the José Damiani Cup. This Championship is for players who must not have achieved their 20th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place.
The World Women’s U-26 Teams Championship for the Gianarrigo Rona Trophy and this Championship is also for players who must not have achieved their 25th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place.
The World U-16 Teams Championship for the Koç University Trophy, and this championship is by invitation. This Championship is for players who must not have achieved their 15th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place.
Why might you want a bridge club in your school?
YOUTH BRIDGE LINKS
WORLD YOUTH BRIDGE SITE
This is a fantastic 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:
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
Atlanta Junior Bridge – great resource for youth players in Atlanta Georgia.
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/
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 2019
2nd World Youth Teams ONLINE Championships | Official Site Here
Youth World Triathlon Championship | TBA
2019 Youth National Bridge Championships | Hundreds of students 19 years of age and younger will gather this summer in Las Vegas Nevada to compete in the annual Youth North American Bridge Championships. From pair events to team events, players 19 and younger will play for fun, trophies and scholarships. Entry is free for ACBL members, ACBL Membership is only $5. More info here
6th World Youth Open Bridge Championships, Opatija, Croatia | 20-29 August 2019 Official information here
OLDER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LINKS
1st World Youth Teams ONLINE Championships | March – June 2018.
Youth World Triathlon Championship | 22-27 September 2018
Come and play in Orlando! Enjoy a really exciting event which will be held alongside the 15th World Bridge Series.
17th World Youth Bridge Team Championships, Suzhou, China | 8-18 August 2018
2017 World Youth Open & Teams Championships | Aug 19-26 Lyon, France
Official Page Here
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 >