Rules

OFFICIAL RULES
2014

ALLOWABLE FISH

  • Only Largemouth, Smallmouth and Kentucky Spotted bass qualify.

LIMITS

  • Total fish point scores are based on the length of the best five fish that are of at least 12” on your card.

TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT

  • Only rod-and-reel tackle may be used to harvest tournament fish.
  • Only one rod-and-reel may be used at a time.
  • Only artificial lures are to be used.
  • No live bait or prepared baits will be permitted with the exception being pork rinds, strips, etc.
  • Casting only, trolling is not permitted.

PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS

  • All fishing is to be done from a boat.
  • Fishing is permitted anywhere within the shoreline boundaries of the tournament lake with the exception being any areas marked as OFF-LIMITS.
  • You are not to fish within 25 yards of another anchored contestant, unless you are invited to do so.

BOAT AND MOTOR RESTRICTIONS

  • Any boat and motor is acceptable. However, any outboard motor is restricted to no-wake / no passing for the first 30 minutes of the tournament.
  • It is the responsibility of the boat owner to ensure that the boat complies with all state and local laws with respect to insurance, registration and required safety equipment.
  • It is the responsibility of the non-boater to ensure that a proper fitting life-jacket is on-board.
  • When a boat is operated at greater than no-wake speeds, it is suggested that everyone on-board should wear a life-jacket and appropriate safety equipment (Face shield/Glasses etc.)

BOAT USE (rev. 3/10)

  • No contestant shall operate the boat in such a manner as to deliberately handicap his or her partner.
  • Each contestant shall have the opportunity to select the fishing water for one half of the day.

BLAST-OFF (rev. 3/12)

  • Blast-off order will be determined by a draw held prior to the tournament date.
  • The last boat to blast-off will have starting responsibilities.
  • Blast-offs will be in approximately 30-second intervals.
  • A boat that does not respond to their slotted blast-off call due to negligence or boat mechanical issues will lose their starting slot. (Meaning if boat 5’s engine does not start, and boat 6 is called, boat 5 is not permitted to pass boat 6 as de-fined in the BOAT AND MOTOR RESTRICTIONS guidelines.)

CATCH and RELEASE and MEASURING

  • Wet your hands and your measuring board before handling or measuring your fish.
    Handle your fish by the jaw only.
  • All bass caught are to be measured and then immediately released back to the water.
  • No more than one bass may be kept each year for trophy mounting purposes.
  • Your fish are to be measured on an official club (check-it stick) measuring board.
  • The fish is to be measured with its mouth closed and head placed against the end of the board. (The tail may be fanned to get your length.)
  • On your card indicate your fish length in half-inch increments up to 15 inches. Fish (Missouri’s) over 15 inches are to be measured and scored to the one-eighth-inch.
    TOURNAMENT FISH POINT SCORING (rev. 02/09)

Length Point
0-11.5 0
12.00 70
12.50 80
13.00 90
13.50 100
14.00 115
14.50 125
15.00 160
15.50 175
16.00 200
16.50 215
17.00 240
17.50 265
18.00 290
18.50 320
19.00 350
19.50 385
20.00 425
20.50 460
21.00 500
21.50 535
22.00 575
22.50 615
23.00 660
23.50 705
24.00 755
24.50 805
25.00 855

  • Up to five bass may be scored in a tournament.
  • Fish point totals will determine tournament winner and finish points.
  • Season scoring is based on tournament finish points.
  • A tournament first place finish earns 100 points, second place earns 95 points, third place earns 90 points, and so forth.
  • If an angler fails to card a fish or finishes in 19th or below, 10 finish points are awarded.
  • Scorecards must be initialed / signed by your partner and turned in at the tournament site to receive any points.
  • In the event of a tournament cancellation due to adverse conditions, all contest-ants that show up receive 10 show points.
  • The best 5 of 7 tournaments finishes will count in the yearend score for the SBBC Mr. Bass Award.

TOURNAMENT TIES

  •  Big bass will break fish point stringer ties, and “heavy stringer” will break big bass ties
  • In case of an identical stringer, both fishermen will receive the same finish points.

LATE PENALTY (rev. 02/09)

  • ? Grace Period: At five minutes past the published tournament end time you are considered to be late for weigh in
  • The penalty at that time (5 minutes after) will be that your largest fish will be disqualified. Also for every two minutes late beyond that (7 minutes after) you will lose your second largest fish then at (9 minutes after) your third largest fish. So on and so forth.
  • With a full card you will only receive 10 show points if you are more than 13 minutes late to weigh in.

SCHEDULING

  • It has been decided by majority vote that once the tournament schedule and de-tail has been published it cannot be changed for the season.
  • However, the tournament committee reserves the right to change the schedule if unsafe conditions are found to exist.

CANCELLATION DUE TO ADVERSE CONDITIONS (rev. 02/09)

  • In the event of questionable weather conditions that may provide an unsafe condition at the time of the scheduled launch, the Tournament committee may decide to delay the start.
  •   If it is decided to delay the start it is understood that we will take a full one hour delay and that everyone is due back to the ramp 60 minutes after the original launch time.
  • After a 60 minute delay, if the committee decides that the weather is still threat-ening we will take another 30 minute break.
  • After the second delay, if the weather is still questionable it will be decided by a majority vote of all in attendance if we go forward with or cancel the tourna-ment event.
  • A majority vote on the ramp will decide if the time delayed is to be added to finish time of event.

MAKE-UP TOURNAMENTS

? In the event of a tournament cancellation due to adverse conditions, formal make-up tournaments will not be held.
? The club may choose to hold an informal tournament on another date however it will not be included in the season scoring.
? In case of 2 cancellations, the best 4 out of 5 count and so forth.

TOURNAMENT AWARDS

? Awards will be given to first, second, and third place, and for big bass finishes during club tournaments.
? To qualify for a big bass award the fish must be at least 15 inches in length.

BIG STRINGER AND BIG BASS POOL

? Big stringer and / or big bass pools may be established for a tournament.
? Entry is voluntary.
? One can only participate in big bass / Calcutta if paid in full by tournament start time!!
? Big stringer pay-off will be 50% for first place, 30% for second place, and 20% for third place. (Pay-off will be made only to those in participation.)
? Big bass pool pays 100% to big bass.(Pay-off will be made only to those in participation.)
? In the event of a tie, see the rule regarding ties.

Non-Boaters Fee

? Fees will vary depending on the distance to the lake.
? Non-boater fee will be determined the night of the draw.
o The fee is calculated by taking the one way miles to the tournament lake and divided by 10 mpg, times the price per gallon of gas the day of the draw =Non-Boater fee for the tournament.
? The non-boaters fee is due to be paid to your boater prior to launch of each tournament.
o Failure to offer to settle the fee at that time could result with you not be-ing invited by your boater to participate from his boat at that event.

PAIRING CONTESTANTS (rev. 02/09)

? All members wishing to be included in the draw must announce their intention prior to the pairing draw.
? After the draw, late entries will be allowed given proper pairing can be made.
? Late entry boats will launch at the end of the start order on a first come first serve basis.
? Boat Cancelation: In the event that we have a boat cancel after the draw, any re-placement boat found will be given the starting position of the no-show boat.
? Participants may not compete more than one time each tournament season with same paired member or same invited guest.

Process in order for pairing draw: (rev. 02/09)

1. Determine who will fish as a boater, who will fish as a non-boater.
2. Announce boater / non-boater ratio.
3. If heavy on boats, ask if anyone would volunteer to give up their boat and be-come a non-boater for the event draw.
4. Attempt to fill any open boats with invited guest.
5. If heavy with non-boaters ask to see if anyone can bring a boat or if anyone would like to invite a guest with a boat.
6. The Tournament Director will attempt to locate any other needed boats prior to tournament event.
7. Any unpaired non-boaters after the draw will be notified by the Tournament Di-rector with options prior to the event. If no boats were found the Tournament Di-rector has the option of placing three anglers in one boat as need be.
8. Draw boater and non-boater as pair to determine tournament start order.
9. In the event that the last pair drawn has fished together in the current tournament season the draw will be declared as a “do over” and all boater and non-boater po-sitions will be redrawn. The redraw process will be given three attempts and at the end of third attempt pairing will be made by switching last non-boater with next to last non-boater then the second to last then the third to last etc until a cor-rect pairing is made.
10. To make pairing and as the last resort, any unpaired boaters will be paired by draw. It is agreed that the first name drawn will be considered to be the boater and the second name drawn will be considered to be the non-boater.

? In the event that we have a boater, who has been drawn out of his boat and actually fished an event once in the current tournament season, and the same boater is again drawn out of his boat, this boater may opt to declare the draw to be VOID. This be-ing the case, we start over and redraw all positions.

Guest’s:

? Guests are not allowed to fish with the same (host) more than once per season.
? If the invited guest is a no show and the host boater or non-boater fishes alone for that event he will go to the end of the blast off order.
? If this happens twice in one season to the same host that host is barred from declaring an invited guest for the remainder of the season as well as the entire next season.

LEADPIPE’S PAIRING OPTION (rev. 02/09) This rule is kept as record and
OBSOLETE as of (4/14) see below revised rule as voted on in the April meeting.

? All members will have the option one time each season to fish with a member of choice at any one event of their choosing.
? Once a pairing is made in this manner it is understood that both parties have used their option for the season. This member or guest pairing option cannot be made again on the same lake on any two consecutive seasons.

LEADPIPE’S PAIRING OPTION (rev. 04/14)

? All members will have the option one time each season to fish with a member of choice at any one event of their choosing.
? Once a pairing is made in this manner it is understood that neither party may choose each other again that season.
? When the option is exercised this option must be declared by one or the other party and that persons option is over for the year.
? This member or guest pairing option cannot be made again on the same lake on any two consecutive seasons.

MEMBERSHIP (rev. 04/14)

? Before considering any new membership at least 60% of the roster has to be classified as a boater.
? Membership is limited to 44.
? Club dues are $40.00 per year. Dues will be used to cover club expenses for such things as permit fees, refreshments, tournament awards, and year-end awards.
? Anyone wishing to join the membership will be required to attend two club functions before being considered.
? Inclusion to membership requires a two-thirds majority-vote with quorum being present to pass.
o This vote will be taken at the first meeting following his/her second function.
? Every boating member shall purchase an official (check-it) tournament measur-ing board. These are available for purchase from the club for $35.00 each.
? Membership dues must be paid in full before the start of any tournament for points to be awarded.

SBBC Minimum age policy: (rev. 02/09)

? The SBBC actively promotes the mentoring and teaching of the sport of bass fishing to those of all ages.
? It is generally agreed, that membership and involvement in the SBBC requires a minimum level of physical ability and mental endurance.
? The occasional need to operate a motor vehicle also lends it’s self to the fact for a need to establish a minimum age policy.
? To minimize the possibility of potential liability issues, it has been decided to be in the best interest of the organization and its members to apply the following rule.

? The SBBC will require any applicant that is hoping for FULL membership to be a minimum of no less then18 years of age with a valid driver’s license.

Exception: The Guardian Rule:

? Those less than 18 years of age are eligible for FULL membership only if the applicant has a parent or legal guardian who is an active member in the club.
? The parent or legal guardian will be required to provide us with a release of lia-bility waiver before the person that is less than 18 years of age is allowed to par-ticipate in any club sanctioned events.
? The parent or legal guardian must also be in attendance at the event before the person that is less than 18 years of age will be allowed to participate in that event.

? The SBBC will permit applicants under the age of 18 who do not have a parent or legal guardian in the club to participate in a strictly limited capacity.

? The applicant will be allowed to participate as a guest at local non-traveling club functions such as meetings, Swap Meet, banquet and Calcutta’s.

? Written permission to attend with a release of liability will be required.

ATTENDANCE (rev. 02/09)

? The club’s annual calendar will run Jan 1, through Dec 31.
? Members must attend a minimum of 50% of all club functions to qualify for year-end awards (i.e. Top ten, Heavy stringer, Big bass, Mr. Bass, Guide of the year or Non-boater of the year) or banquet raffle.
? Attendance will be reviewed at the July meeting, and summarized at the January meeting (year following).
? Members who fail to meet minimum attendance requirements for two years in a row can be removed from the roster at the tournament committee’s discretion.
o Those that have been removed may rejoin the club after meeting all aforementioned requirements.
? Club sanctioned events include 12 monthly meetings, 7 tournaments, 2 for Flea market and 1 for the awards banquet that = 22 events.
? Member participation at Calcutta events will be credited to total attendance. So out of 22 sanctioned events plus credit for the Calcutta events you must attend a minimum of 11 functions to qualify for year-end awards.

YEAR-END AWARDS

? Awards will be presented to the top 10 based on finish points and will also in-clude Mr. Bass, Heavy Stringer, Big Bass, Guide of the Year, and Non-boater of the Year.
? Season end finish point (place) ties will be awarded as such.

ADDITIONS OR CHANGES

? Changes in the rules may be made at any monthly meeting.
? Rule changes will require a two-thirds majority vote, of the quorum.
? The pairing rules may be modified by the committee as need be, providing that the paring criteria are fair and agreeable to all members.
o To modify the pairing rule for any one event, the modification must past a majority vote of all members in attendance at the time.

PROTEST (rev. 3/10)

? A consideration of protest must be communicated too at least one member of the tournament committee at the conclusion of that event.
? The formal Protest is to be made within 24 hours of the conclusion of the event.
? The tournament committee will review the issues presented and decide on the course of action. All decisions of the committee will be final.
? Quorum

? Quorum is defined as” Simple majority of membership.”

ALCOHOL / DRUG USE

? No alcohol or controlled substance consumption of any sort will be allowed during the tournament.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

? Meetings will be held on a monthly basis, on the first Tuesday of the month un-less otherwise specified by the Club Committee.
? Meetings will be conducted by the President, or in his absence, the Vice Presi-dent.
? Meetings will be informal, but will go to standard rules of order for voting.

OFFICERS (rev. 11/10)

? Elections will be held at the October meeting on even years.
? Elected officers will hold office for two years.
? Newly elected officers take office beginning with the March meeting.
? Officers include the: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Tour-nament Director. The officers will also serve as the five person tournament committee.
Directors: Swap Meet director and Calcutta director

RULE INTERPRETATIONS

? In the event of a question on the interpretation of these rules, or for a situation not specifically addressed, a ruling will be made by the tournament committee.

TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE

President: Marc Hallaert
Vice President: Rocky Lohman
Secretary: Ryan Zajic
Treasurer: Mark List
Tournament Director: Nate Brown Jr.

Club Directors
Calcutta Director: Steve Lewis
Swap Meet Director: Marc Hallaert

** (rev.) = Rule Revision Date