I’m relatively new to the backgammon “scene”, having only started playing at a club since the start of 2015. I thought it may be useful to share my experience of entering this interesting new world. I also have a suggestion which pulls together some of the ideas already mentioned in Phil Simborg’s article.
Here is my suggestion. The UKBGF should set up a “Buddy” system. New joiners are given the contact details of an existing member (ideally in the same location) who has been officially designated as a “Buddy”. The idea of a temporary “Mentor” during tournaments was mentioned in the article but a “Buddy” would act as a more permanent guide for new joiners.