In 2013, Joe Stokes initiated a USBF training program for Juniors with international aspirations. Joe is now the Coordinator of the Program.  Thanks to help from many USBF members who are serving as mentors, over 80 Juniors now have the opportunity to practice on BBO each week on Sunday and/or Moinday. The Juniors are mostly organized in groups of 4, and each group works with one or two regular mentors. The groups sometimes play against other groups, so all of the players are exposed to a mentor other than their regular one. After the playing sessions, the groups and the mentor who watched their table discuss the hands, both online in BBO chat rooms and Google Hangouts and by email.

To join the USBF Junior Training Program, click here.

This program couldn't have happened without the support of our mentors. Our mentors wouldn't have happened without the support of Debbie Rosenberg, Michael Rosenberg and Barry Goren.  Currently, Michael is the sole organizer of the Training Program.  The role of an organizer is not only to recruit mentors, but also each week to organize the players into groups and match them with mentors. USBF and our Juniors owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Barry, Debbie & Michael for their enthusiasm and efforts, as well as to all of the other mentors. In addition to regular mentors, Barry & Michael recruited some USBF expert members who play with and against the Juniors, both for when they need an additional player for a regular session and at other times when they want to practice on BBO. We all appreciate the generosity of our expert members who are willing to devote some of their time to helping Juniors advance.

As of March 2017, Regular Online Training Mentors are:


Iftikhar Baqai

Michael Golden Kent Mignocchi Michael Rosenberg

Dave Caprera

Will Ehlers  Jim Munday Stan Subeck

Mitch Dunitz



 Mike Kopera


 USBF Members who have volunteered to help or to play with and against Juniors online, providing wonderful feedback to our developing players:


 Jeff Aker

 Karen Allison

 Kevin Bathurst

 Steve Bloom

 Bart Bramley

 Migry zur Campanile

 Tom Carmichael

 Drew Casen

 Larry Cohen

 Gary Cohler

 Lynn Deas

Nik Demirev

Bob Hamman

Carolyn Eckert

Kevin Fay

Steve Garner

Fred Gitelman

Robb Gordon

Christal Henner

Yul Inn

Dale Johannesen

Lynn Johannesen

Ralph Katz

John Kranyak

Roger Lee

Geoff Hampson

Jill Levin

Chip Martel

Karen McCallum

Alan Miller

Brad Moss

Jack Oest

Beth Palmer

Rich Pavlicek Jr.

Sue Picus

Jennifer Richter

Barry Rigal  

Kathy Rolfe

Debbie Rosenberg

Aviv Shahaf

Barnet Shenkin

Ron Smith            

JoAnna Stansby    

Cenk Tuncok      

Howard Weinstein

Roy Welland

Adam Wildavsky

Kevin Wilson

Sheri Winestock

Dan Wolkowitz

Kit Woolsey

Joel Wooldridge

Jeff Meckstroth

Many generous USBF members also volunteered their time and talent to serve as partnership coaches for the players who represented USBF in the 2016 World Junior Championship in Italy in August, 2016. They are:

Jeff Aker

Joshua Donn  Jill Levin Brian Platnick

Bart Bramley

Barry Goren  Bobby Levin Brady Richter

Dave Caprera

 Mike Kopera

 Kent Mignocchi Michael Rosenberg

Curtis Cheek

 Roger Lee

 Jim Munday Steve Weinstein

Thank you all for your time, effort & enthusiasm with this project! And of course, as always, a HUGE thank you to BBO for providing an environment where players from around the country can play together and help aspiring players improve. And also a major THANK YOU to USBF Junior Coordinator, Joe Stokes, without whose energy and enthusiasm this project would never have gotten off the ground.