Learning by doing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should Young People Learn to Play Bridge?

  • Bridge is fun. If you like other card games or games of puzzles like crosswords or Sudoku or games of strategy like chess or board games, you will enjoy playing bridge. Bridge involves logic, strategy, math, and tactics. Nearly everyone who has learned to play bridge enjoys the game.
  • Bridge is a good exercise for your brain and will improve your problem solving skills. One study showed that young bridge players outscored their non-playing counterparts on standardized test scores by 39.31% in Science, 24.22% in Math, and 22.74% in Social Science.
  • Bridge also improves your abilities to work together with a partner toward a common goal.
  • Bridge is an activity you can share with your friends; all you need is one other player to be your partner and two more players to be your opponents. That, and a deck of playing cards.
  • Bridge is easy to learn to play – there are only a few absolute rules in bridge. Yet playing bridge well is a pursuit that can last a lifetime. You will never actually master playing bridge; instead what you will learn, through experience and study, is to play bridge better and more successfully.

How Can I Help a School Start a Bridge Club?

  • We have found that it is easiest to start a school bridge club if there is an adult who can act as a recruiter. Faculty members who reach out to students that the member thinks would enjoy learning to play bridge make great recruiters. Parents who will convince not only their own children, but friends of their children, to try out a bridge club can be successful recruiters, too.
  • If you or someone you know can play this role, please contact us, and we can help with the details.
  • Once someone has attended a school bridge club, we think the game itself will keep them interested in returning.

How Can New England Youth Bridge Help Start and Sustain a Bridge Club?

  • By supplying lesson plans and teaching aids to bridge instructors.
  • By providing free materials such as playing cards, bidding boxes, and duplicate boards.
  • By offering marketing support.
  • By organizing tournament events and other competitive outlets for students to represent their schools and themselves.
  • By providing financial assistance as needed.
  • Contact us.