Guide to Starting a College Backgammon Club

YOU can be the driving force in starting a backgammon club. The USBGF will provide an advisor who will be available to you every step of the way to start and keep the club running smoothly.

What do you need to start a College Backgammon Club?

1.  A Student Organizer

A good place to start looking for an organizer would be to ask the Chairman of the Math, Economics or Business Departments (or all three!) if they know any students interested in backgammon, or if they know any students who play chess.  Follow-up on any names provided, to see if they are interested and able to run a club.  Some people are not.

Other ways to look for and choose an organizer would be to:

  •  run a “WANTED: CLUB ORGANIZER” ad in the school newspaper
  • place an article about backgammon and the creation of a club in the school newspaper
  • contact the chess and math club to see if any of the members would be interested, or know of someone who might be
  • put up notices in the student activities center, cafeteria, fitness center, dorm notice boards, frat and sorority houses, the book store, the library, and nearby restaurants and coffee shops
  • check popular student internet sites where students could see an article or ad
  • talk with the people who respond to the Organizer ad or other suggested people, to gauge their enthusiasm and ability to run a backgammon club

2.  A club permit or other special permission 

At some schools, an application must be submitted to start a club. Ask a faculty member about the school’s policy.  If they don’t know, they might be able to point you in a direction to get the information you need.

3.  A faculty member as club sponsor or advisor

Some schools might require a club to have a faculty advisor or sponsor.  If the school you have in mind has such a policy, you can start your sponsor search by setting up a meeting with the Chairman of the Math or Economics departments, or the Business School, to convince them of the benefits of learning backgammon. They may know of a professor who might be interested. Take along, or email in advance, a copy of an article on how valuable a skill learning to play backgammon really is for college students, entitled, “Decision Analysis for Success” (We will provide that article to you). Reading that article may very well help the faculty person become more inclined to assist you.

How does the Student Organizer recruit club members?

Once the Organizer has been interviewed and chosen, the next step is to announce the creation of your club and build up club membership!  Ways to do that include, but are not limited to the list below. Get creative!

  • Contact the campus Student Activities Coordinator
  • Run an ad in the school newspaper
  • Distribute flyers throughout the campus: in the student activities center, cafeteria, fitness center, dorm notice boards, frat and sorority houses, the book store, the library, and nearby restaurants and coffee shops
  • Place an ad on campus buses
  • Put posters in strategic places
  • Place an ad on a popular student internet site
  • Contact the chess and math club to see if any of their members might be interested

What are the USBGF benefits to college backgammon club members?

The USBGF will support a club by:

  • Providing free online instruction or in-person coaching from a USBGF member
  • Providing significant discounts on backgammon boards
  • Offering USBGF Youth memberships at a discounted rate of $15 for club members under the age of 26 or full-time undergraduate or graduate student
  • Instructional materials and other resources
  • Tournament draw sheets and scorecards
  • Inviting the Club to participate in an online National Collegiate Championship  Tournament on April 2nd, 2011, with scholarships for each member of the winning team

So there you have it!  READY?  Let’s get a club going!  Send an email to psimborg@sbcglobal.net with “COLLEGE BG CLUB” in the subject line. Include your phone number, address, the proposed school location, and any other information or ideas you have to share.