1. OUTLINE OF THE SCHEME

1.1 OBJECTIVES

The ABF Masterpoint Scheme is intended to:

1.2 ADMINISTRATION

1.2.1 ABF Masterpoint Unit

The Masterpoint Unit is the principal administrator of the Scheme.

This Unit is responsible for the proper maintenance of the Scheme, has the authority to provide any necessary interpretation of the rules applying to the Scheme and is authorized to make any minor amendments to the Scheme. The Unit is also the normal channel by which proposals for major amendments to the Scheme are brought before the ABF Council.

1.2.2 State Masterpoint Secretaries

Each State Association has a State Masterpoint Secretary who is responsible for administering the Scheme within the State. The responsibilities of the State Masterpoint Secretary include supervision of the allocation of masterpoint awards for all events within the State, ensuring that all relevant data are forwarded to the ABF Masterpoint Centre, and recommending to the State Association the authorization of Congresses within the State.

1.2.3 Club Masterpoint Secretaries

Each club should appoint a club masterpoint secretary to administer the Scheme within the club. The club masterpoint secretary is responsible for the allocation of masterpoint awards for club events at grades F, E and D and for completing and submitting the returns to the ABF Masterpoint Centre. The club masterpoint secretaries also advise the Masterpoint Centre of changes to player details, new members, and membership non-renewals. The club masterpoint secretary is expected to act as the go-between the club members and the ABF Masterpoint Centre

1.3 MEMBERSHIP

1.3.1 Registered players

Members of clubs affiliated to the ABF (via their State Association) are recorded as participating in the Scheme upon payment by the club of the annual capitation fee (and any other fees which the ABF may from time to time decide upon) to the ABF through the ABF Masterpoint Centre. Such players are known as ABF player members (or home club members) and each is issued with a unique ABF number (see Appendix A).

Membership of the Scheme is renewed annually (on March 31st). Players belonging to more than one club must nominate which club is to be considered their principal (home) club for the purposes of payment of the prescribed fees.

 1.3.2 Inactive players

Members become non-financial (inactive) if their home club cancels their memberships before April 1st. Clubs may only advise the Masterpoint Centre once a year of their inactive members. This is carried out by either going to the Player Cancellations section of the Centre web site, or else completing the special form produced by the Masterpoint Centre for that purpose (see Appendix C). Players who later rejoin the Scheme will have their original ABF numbers restored and their home clubs will be charged the prescribed reactivation fee.

Masterpoints earned during the period of non-registration, apart from those earned in the quarter of renewal and the quarter immediately prior to renewal, will not be credited.

1.3.3 Overseas players

Visiting overseas players may be allocated masterpoint numbers and become members of the "Foreign Players Club", the "NZ Players Club" or the "English Players Club". For Scheme purposes they are treated in the same manner as other registered players, although no capitation fees are levied. Membership of these clubs is not available to permanent or temporary Australian residents.

Overseas players who become permanent Australian residents, may, on application to the ABF Masterpoint Centre (with the appropriate documentary evidence), be granted the minimum points necessary for them to achieve a similar ranking, with a maximum of Grand Master, to that achieved in their home country. Points subsequently earned in Australia are separate from this calculation.

New Zealand players who take up permanent Australian residency shall be given a minimum of one Australian gold point for each New Zealand A point.

1.3.4 Reciprocity with New Zealand & Great Britain

On application, masterpoints earned in New Zealand or Great Britain will be credited to Australian players using the following formulae:

NOTE: Players who take up permanent residence in Australia will, on application, be granted an equivalent ranking as specified in clause 1.3.3 - the formulae in this clause will not be used for this purpose. However, New Zealand players taking up permanent Australian residence will be granted a minimum of 1 gold point for each NZ A point as a part of their total.

1.3.5 Youth Players’ Club

Players under the age of 26 as at the 1st of January can obtain free registration with the ABF for the coming year, through membership of the Youth Players’ Club. For scheme purposes they are treated in the same manner as other registered players, although no capitation fees are levied. The membership records of this club are managed by the ABF Youth Coordinator or his delegate.

Youth players are de-registered at the end of the year in which they turn 26, unless they have joined another registered club .

1.4 ABF MASTERPOINT CENTRE

1.4.1 Responsibilities of the Centre

The Masterpoint Scheme is managed by the ABF Masterpoint Centre, which is responsible for:

1.4.2 Information supplied to the Centre

Any changes in club membership (registration of new players, deaths, activations, name and detail changes, inter-club transfers, etc) are reported to the Centre using one of the prescribed methods in Appendix C.

Details of player membership non-renewals are also advised to the Centre, either on special player schedules (which are distributed to the clubs by mid-February of each year) or online (see also Appendix C). These details must be advised to the Centre by midday March 31st - membership cancellations received after that time cannot be accepted.

Club masterpoint awards can be submitted by mail or online. See Appendix E for details.

Masterpoints awarded in Congresses, State, and National events are reported to the Centre following the procedure detailed in clause 5.4.1.

1.4.3 Information distributed by the Centre

Daily : Reports from Congresses, State and National events as they are processed, together with the appropriate invoices. Registration cards for new players and players whose details have changed. Supplies of various forms and computer files as requested.

Monthly : Details of masterpoint credits earned by home club members in National, State and Congress events processed during the past month. Promotion certificates and a newsletter. A schedule of home player promotions is also provided.

Quarterly : Player ranking reports, giving details of the masterpoint totals of all home club members and alternate members of the club. Invoice and statement detailing the masterpoints submitted by the club during the quarter and the total fees and levies outstanding. Numerous other reports are also produced.

Annually : A schedule of all registered home members as detailed in clause 1.4.2. Player registration cards, valid for the current membership year only (April 1st to March 31st) are issued each April. Details of the masterpoint levies and capitation fees (determined each year at the ABF Annual General Meeting). 

Note: From January 2012 clubs with email access will receive their quarterly reports as Portable Document File (PDF) email attachments. Clubs without email access will receive printed output, all of it on A4 pages.

1.4.4 Internet information

The Masterpoint Centre maintains an Internet site at www.abfmasterpoints.com.au/ . By accessing this site users can record player changes, upload credit files, download various files, view results and obtain important information. The site also provides several comprehensive help files and a unique provision for creating detailed Player Awards Statements. See Appendices C, E & F for further details.

Player masterpoint details are also available from the Masterpoint Centre website, by clicking onto "Masterpoint Lookup". These files are updated whenever processing takes place, however ranking promotions only happen once each month.

1.4.5 Player inquiries about masterpoint records

All such inquiries should be directed initially to the club masterpoint secretary. It may in turn be necessary for the club masterpoint secretary to pass these queries on to the State Masterpoint Secretary, or to the ABF Masterpoint Centre. The Masterpoint Centre is unable to accept queries from individual players.

1.5 TOURNAMENTS

1.5.1 Tournament grades

Tournaments are divided into several grades, as detailed in the following table. Awards in all grades are multiples of the award for a Teams event at the base grade E (weighting factor 1.0).

Tournament Grades

Grade

Type

Grade Weighting Factor

Description

 

 

Pairs

Teams

 

F

Blue

0.75

0.5

Supervised play

E

Green

1.5

1.0

Club events

D

Green

2.0

1.5

Club Championships

C

Green

2.5

2.0

Regional Championships

B4c

Red

2.5

2.5

Special Club events

B5i

Red

2.0

2.0

Interclub Tournaments

B4s

Red

2.5

2.5

Special State events

B5

Red

2.0

2.0

Congress minor events

B4

Red

2.5

2.5

Congress Championships

B3

Red

3.75

3.75

Super Congress Championships

B

Red

5.0

5.0

State Championships

A2

Gold

5.0

3.75

ABF Super Congresses

A2

Gold

5.0

5.0

National minor Championships

A

Gold

10.0

10.0

National Championships

1.5.2 Directing requirements

The scheme recognizes 6 levels of Director’s accreditation:

All Congresses (apart from Bridge Tours and Cruises), State Championships and National Championships must be run under the control of a non-playing accredited director, approved for the relevant level of tournament. 

Clubs may elect to run the following events under the control of a playing director:

1.6 TYPES OF MASTERPOINTS

The Scheme recognizes four types of masterpoints, distinguished by colour:

Gold masterpoints, available in certain ABF sponsored events and issued under the direct control of the ABF Masterpoint Unit. The Unit may delegate this responsibility by nominating a special officer of the Scheme, the Goldpoint Coordinator.

Red masterpoints, issued by State masterpoint secretaries or their nominees, available in State sponsored events, Congresses and a limited number of club and interclub events.

Green masterpoints, issued by club masterpoint secretaries for events held in their clubs (grades E and D) and by State masterpoint secretaries for Regional Championships (grade C).

Blue masterpoints, which may be issued to players in supervised duplicate sessions (often before they become registered players) - see clause 2.2.

1.7 PLAYER PERFORMANCE AWARDS

1.7.1 Green point achievement awards

These awards, for players winning the most green points at their home club during a calendar year (within that club's category) were discontinued from January 2012.

1.7.2 McCutcheon Trophy

This trophy is awarded annually to the player winning the most masterpoints during the calendar year.

1.7.3 McCutcheon awards

These awards are presented annually to the player in each master ranking group (Gold and Silver Grand Masters are combined into a single category) winning the most masterpoints during the calendar year. Player ranking groups are determined by their master ranking at the start of the calendar year. Registered foreign players (ref. clause 1.3.3) are excluded from these awards.

Players who have moved to Australia from overseas are not entitled to win McCutcheon awards for the rankings beneath Life Master if they have already achieved an equivalent or higher ranking in their former country. 

1.8 MASTER RANKINGS

Masterpoints won by players over their lifetime are used to determine each player’s master ranking. There are currently 21 different ranks ranging from Graduate Master to Diamond Grand Master. Players receive an official certificate with each Scheme promotion. Master ranks may be used to determine seedings in tournaments. In addition, master events may be held in which entry is restricted to players of the specified masterpoint ranking(s).

MASTER RANKINGS

RankMinimum RequirementsNotes
 TotalRed & GoldGold
Graduate2  
Club5  
Local15  
*Local25  
**Local35  
Regional50  
*Regional100  
State5025  
*State10050  
National15075  
*National200100  
**National300150  
Life30018030(1)
Bronze Life40024040(1)
Silver Life50030050(1)
Gold Life75045075(1)
Grand1000700200(2)
Silver Grand25001900600(2)
Gold Grand500040001400(2)
Emerald Grand1000085003000(2)
Diamond Grand15000130005000(2)

(1) The minimum gold point requirement, and the minimum red and gold point total requirement, will be reduced by 20% of the red points earned prior to 1982 (the year of introduction of gold points).

(2) The minimum gold point requirement, and the minimum red and gold point total requirement, will be reduced by 40% of all red points earned prior to 1982. As an example, a player being assessed for the various Life Master rankings (with 175 red points earned prior to 1982) will need 35 mp fewer than the shown red and gold point total, and 35 mp fewer than the shown gold point total. The reduction in these requirements increases for the Grand Master rankings from 35mp to 70 mp. These pre-1982 allowances cannot be used towards player total requirements.