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The Teaching Area in BCL

The Teaching Area has a similar layout to the main Club but is on a separate dedicated server. It contains a Lobby, a Practice Room and several Teaching Rooms.

The Practice Room holds up to 24 tables and contains 48 random-dealt boards. It is set up in the same way as Coaching Corner in the Main Club and is open 24/7. It uses the SAME BOARDS as were used in the PREVIOUS WEEK's Coaching Corner in BCL

At present there are 6 Teaching Rooms, but this number can be increased if necessary. Each room can accommodate up to 24 tables and up to 160 members.

There is an integrated AudioVideo system in all the rooms in the Teaching Area.

Student Access

Approved teachers can provide a free subscription for bona fide students on their courses for a maximum of their first whole year. Thereafter the normal subscription rates apply, including a special Student Subscription (£15/annum) for those under 18 or in full time education.

Other discounts may be applicable at the time of membership renewal (e.g. our 'Low User" 50% discount, for those who play less than 500 boards in the main club in the preceding 12 months).

All our subscriptions allow UNLIMITED play and are NOT per session or per board.

Teachers

Teachers who wish to take advantage of using the BridgeClubLive teaching area for their students must be full members of BCL and must first register and/or get in touch with our Teaching co-ordinator to get authorisation.

Teacher Registration

Authorised teachers can then book a room or rooms on any day, in any one of 6 servers, in any one of:

  • 3 x fixed 5 hour slot periods (UK - morning, afternoon, or evening)
  • 1 x fixed 9 hour slot period (for non-UK time zones)

This provides 4x7x6 = 168 teaching slots per week and allows for a very flexible lesson period within each Slot to suit each teacher.

There are no costs for teachers to use this facility other than they must be a current full member of BridgeClubLive.

Teacher's Upload

Once a teacher has been allocated a time slot, they will be given a code enabling them to use a special Board Uploader for that specific slot.



Boards must be in PBN format.

Board Uploader - New Slot TImes


A maximum of 48 boards can be uploaded at a time. If fewer boards are contained in a particular PBN file, the system will pad these out to 48, and if more than 48 boards, only the first 48 boards will actually load.

There is a PBN reader so you can check that the correct file has been uploaded in advance of your slot time.

Unless you overwrite those boards by uploading a new set, they will be available in that slot again the following week.

Times & Schedules - UK Time

(Updated 21st Jan 2021) Get PDF file

In UK time the 4 daytime slots are:

  • 0900 – 1400 (Slot 1)
  • 1400 – 1900 (Slot 2)
  • 1900 – 2359 (Slot 3)
  • 0001 - 0900 (Slot 4)

Because most of the teachers are UK-based, the slot times are anchored to UK time.  Please be careful and adjust for your local times.

Your own Teacher will define the exact teaching period within each time slot which now has a much more flexible active time span of 4:45mins per Slot.

Slot Times

  • Rooms SHOWS 5 minutes BEFORE the Slot START Time
  • Room Opens AT THE Slot Start Time
  • Room Closes 15 minutes BEFORE the Slot END Time
  • Room does NOT SHOW 10 minutes BEFORE the Slot END Time

For Example for SLOT 1 ( 0900 - 1400)

  • 0855 - Room SHOWS
  • 0900 - Room OPENS
  • 1345 - Room CLOSES
  • 1350 - Room does NOT SHOW

The Practice Room

This room uses the deals already played in the Main CLUB Coaching Corner the previous week and are currently changed every Tuesday, on a weekly basis.

  • 07:00 - Room is CLOSED
  • 07:15 - Room does NOT SHOW
  • 07:45 - Room SHOWS
  • 08:00 - Room OPENS (with last weeks Coaching Room Deals)

  • 07:00* - Room CLOSES
  • 07:15* - Room does NOT SHOW
  • etc ....

* The following WEEK

Room E

This room offers Bridge Students the opportunity of Self Improvement.

Details available here

Teacher's Get-together

The next informal Teachers’ Get-together will be held on the BCL Audio/Video System (Click AV ICON below to join in)

on Tuesday March 1st 2022 at 9am.

Contact

To book slots, further information on signing up students to the free trial, or other help, please contact the Teaching Co-ordinator, Ann Rooke (alias Annr.) at:

teachers@bridgeclublive.com