Passing Etiquette

Some good stuff on being nice, by Tarim

The wonderful thing about passing is, so long as you have good passing etiquette, you can keep the pattern going and pick up the dropped club(s). Passing Etiquette is very important, what it means is, don't steal the gaps!

"Eh?" you say, "I read this far only to find Tarim is one club short of a cascade!"

No, no, bear with Tarim now, Passing Etiquette is simply this:

If you have less than 3 clubs, don't pass.
If you are one of these people who thinks that they should on all accounts throw something, you are a gap hogger! If you have 2 clubs and you always throw when you receive, you keep 2 clubs and a gap. Everyone else always has 3 clubs, so the person who has that last club at their feet, never has a chance to pick it up.

Now, if when you have 2 clubs, you simply don't pass, you receive a club, so you can carry on the pattern and you have passed the gap to someone who may be able to use it. Conversely, if you pass to someone who only has 2 clubs, you know they won't pass to you, so you have plenty of time to pick up that club at your feet and pass it to the next person. If there isn't a club at your feet, pass the gap to the next person, by not passing a club.

Passing Etiquette / January 1995
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