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Official Rules for the 2013 Anglers in Action Tournament (Team) Trail
1. ELIGIBILITY: All individuals, 18 years of age or older with a paid entry fee and a current paid membership to Anglers in Action Tournament (Team) Trail (AiA) is eligible to fish. A parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone under 18 years of age. A team may consist of one (1) angler per boat or two (2) anglers per boat. AiA reserves the right to reject any entry that is not in the best interest of the tournament.
2. ENTRY/MEMBERSHIP FEE: Entry fee is $140.00 per qualifying event per team. Entry fees for the DIVISION SHOOTOUT'S will be $200 per team. Entries will be accepted by mail, online, or may be paid at the ramp. There will be an annual membership fee of $50.00 per angler, which is good for the Team Trail and Solo Pro Series. Memberships will expire after the final regular season tournament for that year. Take off positions are determined by order of paid entry. Paid entry fees may be transferred with AiA approval. No refunds. $20.00 per entry will be put towards DIVISION SHOOTOUT payouts.
3. BIG BASS: There will be an optional $10 Big Bass pot at each event. 100% of this pot will be paid back to two (2) Big Bass places at each tournament. The $10 Optional Big Bass can be paid the morning of each tournament during registration.
4. PAYBACKS: Anglers In Action will pay one (1) place for every five (5) teams entered for the Qualifying Tournaments. The Division Shootouts will pay back one (1) place for every six (6) teams entered. There will be a maximum of twenty-five (25) cash places paid regardless the number of teams entered. All qualifying tournaments will pay back 80% to the field.
5. CHECK-IN and PRE-MEETING: One team member must check in the morning of tournament. A pre-meeting will take place on the water approximately five (5) minutes prior to the official start. Idle by live well checks may take place at any time either on or off the water.
6. POINTS: Each team will receive 25 show up points. Points will start at 200 for 1st place and descend 1 point for each place dropped. Each team will also receive 1 point for each pound of bass weighed in, and will be rounded to the nearest whole number.
7. SHOOTOUT QUALIFICATION: To be eligible to qualify for a DIVISION SHOOTOUT, fish all 4 qualifying events in a division and you're automatically in. We will then take the top 60% of all teams that fished 3 or less tournaments. Team must fish a minimum of 2 events to be eligible to qualify for a DIVISION SHOOTOUT. NO BUY-INS ARE ALLOWED!
8. PARTICIPATION and ALTERNATES: A team may use one (1) alternate OR fish by themselves - ONE TIME PER DIVISION.
You cannot use an alternate for the DIVISION SHOOTOUT'S. With Director's approval you could fish with another qualified angler.
ANGLERS IN ACTION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN OBSERVER RIDE ALONG WITH COMPETITOR(S) AT ANY
QUALIFYING EVENT or DIVISION SHOOTOUT.
9. SCORING: Largemouth, small mouth, and spotted bass will be scored. There will be a five (5) fish limit at all lakes. Short fish will result in a one (1) pound penalty plus the loss of the fish. A dead fish will result in a one (1) pound penalty per fish. If dead fish is big bass, (1) pound will be deducted from big bass. No more than five (5) fish are allowed in a live well at any time. Anyone bringing more than five (5) fish to the weigh-in scales will not be allowed to weigh in any fish. All fish MUST be brought to the scales in an AiA official weigh-in bag.
Culling of dead bass is prohibited.
10. QUALITY ASSURANCE TESTING: By contestant(s) signature on entry form and /or participation in these tournaments, the contestant(s) agree to any quality assurance tests if required by the Tournament Director. They may include all or part of the following: CVSA, Polygraph test, Urinalysis, or Blood test. Refusal of an angler to submit to a test or failure of a test will result in loss of winnings, immediate disqualification, plus subsequent disqualification from future tournaments. Quality assurance tests will be conducted as soon as possible at the conclusion of official tournament hours.
11. SAFETY and SPORTSMANSHIP: Safe boating must be observed at all times. Life jackets and kill switches must be used any time the combustion motor is running. All contestants are required to follow the highest degree of sportsmanship, courtesy, and conservation. At the discretion of the Tournament Director, tournament days may be shortened or cancelled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. No alcohol or controlled substance can be used or allowed in the boat during tournament hours. No hole-sitting allowed.
12. PROTEST: All protests must be submitted in writing to the tournament director within fifteen (15) minutes of the weigh-in completion. The appointed Tournament Advisory Board will handle all protests. The decision of the Tournament Director shall be final in all matters.
13. LATE PENALTY: One pound per minute, up to ten (10) minutes, then disqualification.
14. TIES: All ties will be broken by 1)big bass, 2) most fish weighed in, 3) by earliest entry.
15. TACKLE and EQUIPMENT: Only artificial lures and pork style baits are allowed. All bass must be caught on a rod and reel. Only one rod and reel in use at any time by any one angler.
16. BOATS and MOTORS: Any boat, 14 feet or longer, meeting B.I.A. and Coast Guard requirements with a functional kill switch and functional bilge pump and properly aerated live well will be accepted. No over-powered boats.
17. LOCATIONS: Anywhere on tournament waters available to the public and accessible by boat, except areas designated as “off limits” or “no fishing” by the Corp of Engineers, local, state, or federal officials. You cannot fish within 50 yards of a contestant's anchored boat.
Any additional off limits will be announced at the pre-meeting prior to take-off. There are no off-limit days.
18. INSURANCE: Boat owners must have at least $100,000 of Boating Liability Insurance. Proof of insurance may be asked for at any time and may be a question on the polygraph test.
19. SPECIAL SITUATIONS: Breakdown: In the event of a boat breakdown, the team may transfer their fish to another contestants boat for transport to the weigh-in site, meeting the following conditions; The fish must be placed in a segregated livewell. One member of the breakdown team must accompany those fish at all times to the weigh-in site. The team broken down must stop fishing from the time of transfer. Early Departure: Any team departing prior to weigh in from the tournament lake, must contact the tournament director or appointed staff member. Failure to do so will result in the loss of any points earned at that tournament. Cell Phones: We encourage all contestants to have a cell phone in their boat for emergency use only. Contestants may not depart the boat to land fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. Contestants must leave and return to official checkpoint by boat. No tournament boat may be loaded on the trailer before weigh-in except with the permission of the Tournament Director.
20. KNOWLEDGE OF THESE RULES IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH CONTESTANT. Failure to read these rules or ignorance of them is no excuse. The Director reserves the right to reject any entry if he feels that it is not in the best interest of AiA. Any announcements made by the Director at the tournament site take precedent over written rules. The decision of the Tournament Director shall be final in all matters.
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