Each category is dealt with differently as defined below. The appropriate Grass Roots Regional Commissioner and the Grass Roots Commissioner are available for guidance on these matters.
A. Behavior/Conduct:The Grass Roots Club Director has historically been the person to resolve this problem. Though the Club Director(s)(1) will be permitted great latitude and autonomy in the resolution of this type of problem (by allowing said director(1) to temporarily suspend a member for one meeting/tournament) the Club Director(s)(1) must provide the accused member the opportunity to present his/her case to the club before any formal action is taken. A decision regarding barring a member, from that club only, (for more than one meeting/tournament) may then be made (using a secret written ballot and indicating the length of the proposed suspension.)(2) Any action taken involving barring a member from that club only (for an extended period) shall be documented and submitted in writing, to the Chairman of the ACC Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee may proceed further if deemed necessary.
B. Cheating: All complaints of cheating must be sent to the Chairman of the ACC Ethics Committee. Notarized complaint letters from at least two members along with a letter of recommendation from the Director(s)(1) of the Grass Roots Club must be received before expulsion can be pursued. This information shall then be forwarded to the ACC Ethics Committee. If sufficient evidence of cheating is available (and presented), the accused member shall be immediately suspended from participation in sanctioned play until the matter is resolved.
C. Offenses requiring legal system intervention such as battery or theft. These offenses may require immediate suspension by the Ethics Committee.
Members expelled from the ACC will lose all privileges, honors, and rankings earned.
(1) - In the event the problem concerns the director, portions of this may need to be excluded or dealt with by members of the club after discussion with the ACC Grass Roots Commissioner or Regional Statistician or Commissioner.
(2) - Form is available from Grass Roots Commissioner.
If you do not have an Application for a Charter Form, you may apply by letter or email to:
Grass Roots Commissioner
725 Fredrick Ct Apt 8
Green Bay WI 54313
If applying by letter, include:
Materials needed to begin playing will be forwarded upon receipt of the Charter Application
Note: New Clubs may be chartered and begin playing at any time during the season, in competition with other clubs scheduling approximately the same number of tournaments during the playing season.
Membership in both the ACC and the ACC GR program is required.
ACC Membership Secretary
P. O. Box 2444
Roseburg, OR 97470-0510
(888) 734-4464 / (888) PEGGING
Grass Roots Membership forms and dues should be mailed to your Regional Statistician. (Make checks payable to "ACC Grass Roots").
Members are players that join the local GR club and have a current ACC membership. Members of the ACC Grass Roots are eligible for GR awards earned during "official" play. A player must be a member to earn GR rating Points.
Members of a Club for Snow Birds or whose jobs take them to different States on a regular basis, etc. They must be a member of the ACC and Grass Roots. They earn points for 36 events and thereafter they will not earn points but can still play. They must sign up for the Travelers club immediately and pay their dues at the first club they play.
Visitors are GR members in good standing from other GR clubs. Visitors will also be recognized for 28, 29 hands and Grand Slam awards in official play. They will also be able to earn points up to their club division of tournaments in chronical order after their home club points for YTD and lifetime points like a traveler. They will not be added to the club points for club champion.
This category was created to accommodate those few individuals who are new to the ACC and not yet sure if they want to participate. One or two sessions are usually sufficient for a player to make a decision but they will be allowed up to four (4) times before joining. At that point players must either join or quit playing. This category also includes any ACC member who is not a GR member.
Players are permitted to transfer from one club to another once during the playing season. Current-year rating points earned in the club from which they transfer are maintained for lifetime totals but not transferred to the new club for current year standings (with the exception of the Travelers). Travelers' points will continue to accumulate during the year until they have played in any of 36 local events. A Transfer Form must be completed or emailed to the Regional Statistician.and copy submitted to the Director of the losing club, the Director of the gaining club, and the Regional Statistician. Transfers must be completed by Jan 31st of the season. Travelers are permitted to change back to a local club only at the beginning of the season (first time they play).
Member and Traveler Grass Roots dues are to be collected when the player plays his/her first official tournament of the season (between September 1st and May 31st). The dues for a player joining in the last month of the GR season, also covers the dues for the following season providing the member has not played in any Grass Roots Tournaments prior April 15th of the season. Dues are sent to the Regional Statistician along with membership forms.
The current, official, ACC Rule Book governs all GR tournament play.
The GR Season begins on September 1st and ends May 31st. GR clubs may play all year but no points will be earned during summer. "Official" tournaments are those tournaments played during the season and do not exceed the maximum number of local tournaments allowed for their respective division. The final results, registrations, and award forms must be completed and received by the regional statistician by the 7th of June. This includes online reporting.
Division 1, 2 & 3
These tournaments are played with a 9-game format during the club's regular schedule for the current season. Clubs may elect to play at times other than their regular schedule to complete the full number of tournaments allowed for their division per GR season.
Division 4 (Lite)
Are played with a 6-game format up to 36 weeks per GR season
Important: A player may not play against any opponent more than twice. Playing two consecutive games against the same opponent is not an acceptable format for GR play. Therefore a minimum of 6 GR members (or visitors or travelers) are needed for a 9 game event and 4 GR members (or visitors or travelers) for a 6 game event. An automatic win may not be awarded when playing the 'dummy' or sit out if there is an odd number of players or in the event of early departure of a player (such as illness). Grass Roots Rating Points are awarded while playing in their home club or another sanctioned club, but only the ones at home will apply to Club Champion.
Active Grass Roots members of any club or division may earn awards for 28 hands, 29 hands and Grand Slams (for division 1, 2 or 3) during official Grass Roots local tournaments. Division 4 not eligible for Grand Slam.
The participation of members under 21 years of age is permitted at the discretion of individual Clubs subject to individual State, county & local regulations.
Individual clubs may not turn down Grass Roots membership for junior members based solely on age. It is recommended that acceptance be based on the youth's ability to play at the speed and skill level of the slowest members of the club.
These tournaments consist of an 18-game format. Members may 'officially' enter the regional and/or national tournament only once. More than one club may get together to conduct one of these tournaments. Members are not bound to play with their local club, but may play with any other club. They will need to designate and pay their entry fee before play if this is to be their Official Regional or National Play whether they are a member or visitor. Players must declare prior to the start of the tournament if they wish to play 'officially' or 'unofficially'. Players will need to pay their entry fee before the beginning of that tournament. If the player chooses to play 'officially' the fee is $15. If the player chooses to play 'unofficially' the fee is $6. Any scores earned during 'unofficial' play will not count toward the tournament nor earn Grass Roots points. However, 'unofficial' players will be eligible for 28 hand, 29 hand and Grand Slam prizes. These tournaments are used to raise funds for the Grass Roots Awards Program, and participation is encouraged. This allows the program to operate at a minimal cost, and gives players an additional opportunity to earn Rating Points and other awards. GUESTS are NOT PERMITTED to play in the Regional or National Tournaments. However they may join before tournament starts and play.
For GR Rating Point competition, clubs are assigned to one of four (4) Divisions. These Divisions are based upon the number of tournaments played in the season, without regard to geography. These do not include the 18 game tournaments.
|Division I||25 to 36 scheduled tournaments|
|Division II||14 to 24 scheduled tournaments|
|Division III||Less than 14 scheduled tournaments|
|Division IV||Playing 6 games per event up to 36 scheduled tournaments|
The Local Clubs are free to determine the amount of the local entry fees, how much is to be retained for club expenses, and how much will become the prize fund. The suggested ratio of winners to all entries is 1:4.
A "Blind" Draw Must be Used to Determine Player Seating. An exception is allowed at director's discretion for players requiring an anchor position, relatives & location of judges. This may be accomplished by numbering the scorecards. The scorecards are mixed, turned face down, and the players draw for seat numbers and write their names on the cards. Another way is to write the players names on the scorecards. The cards are thoroughly mixed and "blindly" placed on the table. The players write their seat number on the cards. This follows the ACC guidelines found on cribbage.org on the left side of home page under "about the ACC."
Exhibits #1 and #2 show the normal methods of seat numbering. If there are more than twenty players, two tables may be used (minimum of 10 per table). If the room is not long enough to accommodate enough individual tables to make one "table", care must be exercised to insure proper seat numbering and rotation are maintained.
Note: Seat numbers and proper rotation are required for all GR Regional and National tournaments.
Players will rotate to the right after each match. Though they should complete a game in 15 minutes, slow play may cause players to wait for a full game. Care must be taken to maintain proper rotation. Note: There are several other acceptable methods for the seating and rotation of players. Current Club Directors are the best source for this information
Anchors/Pivots - Even number of Players
The terms anchor and pivot are used synonymously. An anchor (stationary player) prevents players from playing each other until every player has been played once (with less than 10 players). When a sitout is not used, Seat number one is considered the anchor. Opponents of the anchor will move around the table and sit to the right of the anchor for the next match.
If additional anchors are required, the total number of anchors must be odd and sit together on the same side of the table, or proper rotation is lost. See Exhibits #2 on this page and #4 on Page 12 for rotation with additional anchors.
Exhibit #1 - Normal method seat assignments - Rotation is for 1 anchor
An alternate method of assigning seat numbers is shown in Exhibit #2. Additional seats can be added to the table without disrupting other players.
Exhibit #2 - Alternative method of seat assignments - Rotation is for 3 anchors
Anchors/Pivots - Odd number of players:
A problem develops if there are an odd number of players. Some players will have finished their 9th game, but others will have only eight. There are several ways to solve this problem; the most acceptable is to have all players remain in rotation. Some players will play a tenth game. GR awards CAN NOT be earned during this extra (10th) game. Any method used must have all players playing nine games. When playing the "dummy", awarding a win (2 game points Plus 10 spread points) is not allowed.
Note: When playing a GR Regional or National tournament with an odd number of players, be careful at the break. To make sure everyone has played at least 9 games, stay in rotation for a tenth game. For those playing the tenth game, it is considered as the first game of the afternoon and therefore must be recorded on their score sheets.
To set up the table for the number of players (including the dummy) is to have the last seat number sit out the first game. Everyone rotates to the right (see Exhibit #3). Players rotating "off" of the table will sit out one game. If anchors are necessary, see Exhibit #4. Normal rotation continues until all players have played 9 (18 in the 18 game events) games.
Exhibit #3 - Sit outs - Rotation with only a sit out
Exhibit #4 - Sit outs - Rotation for 2 anchors + the sit out
All scores will be recorded in black or blue ink. After the 9th game has been played, all players will tally their scorecards (game points, games won and net spread points).
All scorecards must be turned into the club director or statistician for verification. Suggestion: Count games won by adding up the number of entries in the plus column. Use this number (times 2) plus the number of skunks to verify the games points. This usually finds the mistake of entering the spread points in the wrong column.
Game points awarded for the following:
2 points for a win
3 points for a skunk (or double skunk)
0 points for a loss
Scorecards are ranked by the number of game points, number of games won, and by net spread points. Total plus points may be used as an additional tie breaker.
Eligibility: To be eligible for GR rating points, a player must be a member in good standing of the Grass Roots and the ACC and play in an "official" tournament.
"Official" tournament: In addition to all other requirements, 9-game tournaments must consist of 6 or more members, travelers and visitors. Lite division 6-Game tournaments must consist of 4 or more members, traveler and visitors. Guests do not count towards the qualifying number of players. An 18 game tournament must consist of 8 or more members, travelers or visitors. (Guests are not allowed in 18 game events.)
Effective September 1, 2014
GR rating points (equivalent to the number of game points) are awarded to anyone with 12 points or more for any 'club member', 'traveler' or 'visitor' playing in a division 1, 2 or 3 official tournament. Only Game Points are used to rank the players. In the Lite division (#4), points are awarded to anyone with 8 points or greater.
Note: GR Rating Points for the Regional/National tournaments are awarded by the Regional/National Tournament Director. The GR Rating points are awarded to any official player with 24 or more game points Guests are not allowed to play in either the GRRT or GRNT. However they may join the ACC and GR before play if they wish to play.
The Club director or statistician will fill out the local tournament report for all "official" tournaments. The report will include the club number and name, the date played, the tournament number, and the number of club members, travelers and visitors. For individual players, include the player's name, ACC number, club number (especially for visitors and travelers), and game points. The number of games won and net spread points are optional. Guests should not be included on the report, although you may want to list them on the club copy of the report. The club should keep a copy of the report.
Reports will be sent at least monthly to the Regional Statistician. Reports received by the 20th of the month will be included in the report to the Grass Roots Statistician for inclusion in the main database and Cribbage World. Please, do not hold report for several months! This creates a tremendous workload on the Regional Statistician and is a violation of duties and ethically wrong.
A computer software program is available through the Internet to automate the reporting process. You will be given a password for access with your charter, or if existing, before you start using it the first time
All final tournament reports must be sent to the Regional Statistician or completed online by June 7th or the tournament will not be included in the "official" Grass Roots results. The Regional Statisticians are required to have the final reports and posting completed by June 15th.
See Regional and National Tournaments. Especially read the section on rotation and the note about an odd number of players. Information on 18 game tournaments can be found online on this site. Please print it out and follow the guidelines.
Grass Roots Commissioner
725 Fredrick Ct Apt 8
Green Bay WI 54313
ACC Membership Secretary
P. O. Box 2444
Roseburg, OR 97470-0510
(888) 734-4464 (888) Pegging
Under the Grass Roots Rating Point System, players are worldly recognized for both current Year and Cumulative Lifetime Achievement. Grass roots club members, travelers and visitors are eligible to earn 28-Hand, 29-Hand and Grand Slam Awards, while playing during "official" tournament play. Guests are not eligible.
Current Year Awards
|Grand Slam Scored (except Div 4)||Certificate/Pinette|
|Champions and Runner-ups in each of the 4 Divisions||Awards|
|Top 10% of each of the rated players in each of the 4 Divisions||2 yr. Invitation - Tournament of Champions|
|Grass Roots National & Regional Tournament Champions||2 yr. Invitation - Tournament of Champions|
|Club Champions||2 yr. Invitation - Tournament of Champions and 3 yr invite to GR Tournament of Champions|
|Rookie of the Year each Division||One year Invite to GRTOC (3 year window), Plaque and Badge|
Grass Roots National & Regional Tournaments Only
|29-Hand Held||$100 plus plaque & pin|
|28-Hand Held||$25 plus certificate|
|Grand Slam (winning first or last 9 games)||$25 plus certificate & pin|
Lifetime Achievement Awards
|Bronze Award||1,000 Rating Points||Choice of Gifts (See list)|
|Silver Award||2,500 Rating Points||Choice of Gifts (See list)|
|Gold Award||4,000 Rating Points||Choice of Gifts (See list)|
|Platinum Award||6,000 Rating Points||Choice of Gifts (See list)|
|Diamond Award||10,000 Rating Points||Choice of Gifts|
Note: Anyone who has reached 1,000 Rating Points or higher is also awarded a permanent, yearly invitation to the Tournament of Champions.
When you think you have 10-12 players or 6-8 for Lite Division who are interested in competing worldwide while playing at the local level...
Find a suitable place to play. Do not offer to pay rent. Many clubs have little difficulty convincing operators of restaurants and bars, fraternal organizations, etc., that it would be to their advantage to let you play - without charge - in their facility. Banquet style tables seating 6 - 8 are preferred. Good lighting and ventilation are also important.
Develop a mailing list and an advertising plan. Utilize the local Shopping Guide or weekly newspaper, which usually have reasonable rates. Radio/TV stations may give you a few lines as a "public service". Place posters and leaflets in places where people congregate. Even more important - urge your members to invite their friends to come with them and play as a "Guest" (up to four times).
At the earliest practical date, publish and distribute to your members, as well as your prospects, a tentative playing schedule to stimulate recruitment and retention. Also include online at the Grass Roots site www.accgrassroots.org. This includes the 18 game events.
Publication of a club newsletter and scheduling of a year-end get together does much to increase club sociability, and makes it easier to set the stage for the following season.
You might want to consider having an organizational meeting, at which new players would be offered the opportunity to play without paying into or sharing the prize fund. It would also make it possible for the Club Director to explain the Grass Roots Rating Point System and the Grass Roots Awards Program, as well as the local payoff schedule, to new players.
Summer time is a good time to organize and give players a chance to get used to the format. September 1st is the start of the ACC Grass Roots Season and ends May 31st when points are earned. However a club can start at anytime during the year.
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