Within the past few years
amateur astronomers in the United States have demonstrated a marked increase of
interest in the observation of eclipsing binary (EB) stars, and the AAVSO EB
program has been a major focal point for this activity. Considerable experience
has been gained in the various phases of the conduct of this program. This
paper discusses some of the problems faced by the individual observer, how he
can overcome them, develop his observing skills and assure he obtains the most
accurate data possible.