General Guidelines...Points...National Seats

  

Central Tennessee BASS Nation HS/JR Trail General Guidelines and Tournament Rules for 2019-2020 

All times will be Central Time

Launch will be “Safe Light” or “Safe Conditions”

I will call numbers whether or not you are in the water!

Mandatory Lunch Break 10:30am – 10:45am

All Junior Boats will be due back in at 1:00pm

First High School flight will be due back at 2:00pm

Competitors:

· Fishing Team – an independent or school affiliated youth fishing club registered with BASSMASTER

· Individual Team – two anglers who fish together for the entire year!

Dues and Liability Forms:

· All membership dues must be paid prior to fishing first tournament: Required dues include 3 memberships (total of $30 per angler.) $10 BASSMASTER membership, $10 BASS Nation membership, and $10 Tennessee BASS Nation membership. 

· All state liability forms must be completed with original signatures and turned in prior to October 15. Teams can add anglers. Dues and liability forms must be paid/submitted as you add additional anglers.

Events:

· Launch positions will be drawn as each individual team registers for each tournament.

· Junior angler tournaments will be held the same day as High School tournaments and will start immediately after HS launch and will weigh in one hour prior to High School teams.

· Each event includes a mandatory lunch break. During lunch break anglers may not fish, baits may not be in the water, and rear motor and trolling motor must be off/not propelling the boat (Spot-Lock is allowed). 

Points:

· For each tournament, points start at 100 for the winning team and decrease 1 point per place of finish down to 40 points. After 60 places, all teams, including those with zero fish weighed, earn 40 points. The Central Regional Championship tournament awards double points. 

· The Central Region Points Champions (Individual Team) is the team with the highest point total based on the best 4 out of 7 regular season tournaments plus the Region Championship.

· To qualify for High School or Junior District championship a team must fish 2 district events.

· The ONLY route to the National Championship for Juniors is through the State Junior Championship or BASS Opens.

· For high school teams, the winner of the Central Region points competition receives the first entry to the National championship.  The rest of the entries for the National Championship will be awarded based on highest rankings in the points race, to the extent additional entries exist.

· In the event a high school team qualifies through a BASS Open event or the TN State Trail the region retains said entry and awards National Championship entries to the next highest placed team, and so on, until no more entries remain.  

· The number of National Championship entries BASSMASTER awards to state and regional trails are based upon the number of individuals that fish and are paid members. Failure to pay dues by October 4, 2019 will result in loss of all points and you will no longer be allowed to fish.

· If your partner, for academic, or medical, or other reasons, is removed from the team, the remaining angler may keep points earned to date – at the sole discretion of the regional director. 

· If you and your partner choose to not finish the year together, points will NOT be carried forward. 

· Payout of scholarship dollars will be based on number of entries to each event. Junior division anglers will receive plaques for the top 3 teams and for big fish.
 

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Tournament Rules in Addition BASS Nation

Additional Rules Information

  

Tournament Rules which will be emailed and posted each tournament

All times will be Central Time

Launch will be “Safe Light” or “Safe Conditions”

I will call numbers whether or not you are in the water!

Mandatory Lunch Break 10:30am – 10:45am

All Junior Boats will be due back in at 1:00pm

First High School flight will be due back at 2:00pm

Largemouth 15 inches

Smallmouth 18

Kentucky/Spotted Bass 12

All Coaches/School Advisors: Please email all team rosters fishing this event to the Capt Jake – sctnbassnation@gmail.com Not Later than 6pm on XX XXX XXXX. Entries need to be paid at registration or the morning of the tournament. Boat numbers will be drawn as teams pay their entry…

Life Vest/Person Flotation Devices (Type III) must be worn by all individuals on board anytime the main motor is in use, ALL Buckles buckled, and all zippers zipped all the way up **Tennessee State Law require all individuals 12 years of age and younger to wear a PFD at all times while on the deck of a vessel.

1. You must maintain 50 yards away from another competitor, unless you invite the competitor in…once you invite a competitor in all are invited. 

2. NO Hole sitting (You may NOT have anyone sit/hold/block and area)

3. Alabama/Tennessee rigs are authorized, must meet TWRA Regulations or Alabama Regulations if in Alabama Waters.

4.  All Boat Captains and Anglers must have read and understand the general tournament rules posted by BASS for High School and Junior Tournaments. 

5. At NO TIME in either Junior or High School boats will a Boat Captain fish or touch any rod, reel. Line or bait during tournament hours.

6. Mandatory 15-minute break by all teams starting at 10:30am central time

7. A Boat Captain can “Coach” anglers while on the water…Captains MAY NOT demonstrate…verbal coaching only.  Boat captains can coach but will never touch or handle any fishing rod, lures or line during competition hours. Including lunch break. Captains can net if a single angler is in boat.

8. Trolling Motor Operation – Manually or by REMOTE, In the interest of Safety…High School Teams: A boat Captain may operate the trolling motor to “Make Safe” the anglers and vessel, this is the only time a High School Captain should be operating the trolling motor. 

** JUNIOR Boat Captains** if the anglers are not familiar with operating the trolling motor, you MAY operate the trolling motor…BUT PLEASE teach them, once anglers move up to High School level they MUST operate the trolling motor.  Captain shall operate the trolling motor, unless it’s to make safe the anglers or vessel. All Teams which qualify to fish at the National Level “MUST” operate the trolling motor.

9. Junior Boat Captains- Junior Level only until 1 January 2020: Boat Captain may assist/instruct with tying lures, measuring a catch, clearing backlashes (reel must be detached from rod)  and may net fish (the effected angler must be observing the boat captain and not fishing while you teach him/her…again, it is expected that you teach your anglers as once they reach the next level they must be able to do these actions themselves).

10.  ALL, it is the ANGLERS responsibility to ensure length limits of all fish and number of fish in the livewells.  Anglers MUST cull immediately upon catching the 6th fish…no more than 5 fish are to be in the livewell at any given time.

11. Anglers will present the days catch to the scales. There will be a NO courtesy check station at the weigh-ins after 1 Dec 2019. Once a catch is presented to the scales, the catch may/will be checked as needed by the weigh master. Bass presented for weigh-in, which fail to measure the official length, shall result in a penalty of 1 pound for each such bass, which penalty shall be deducted from the total score of the competitor. Short fish will not be weighed. Dead fish penalty is .25 pounds.

12. Anglers are not authorized to use electronic devices (cell phone, for example) unless emergencies arise including during lunch break. No phone fishing

13. Boat Captains may and are encouraged to video and/or take pictures during the competition hours and post them to Facebook or send them to the tournament directors for use on Facebook. 

14. All Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency rules must be adhered to at all times. It is the Anglers responsibility to be familiar with and understand TWRA Regulations. If you have a question, contact the tournament Director. A ticket during tournament hours from TWRA/USCG/TVA is a automatic Disqualification for the tournament day.

15. All Boat Captains and Anglers must have read and understand the general tournament rules posted by BASS ( can be found at Bassmaster.com/ high school) for High School and Junior Tournaments.

16. All Protest or complaints shall be filed either prior to the start to the weigh in or immediately following the weigh in…once we start issuing scholarships it’s over. Period!

17. Failure to report a rules violation to the tournament director SHALL result in both the offending team and the team who fails to report said violation to be disqualified, points removed for that event or complete suspension for the remainder of the tournament season. In other words, if you fail to report the day of the tournament, but later report a violation or complain that you saw a violation…this rule will be enforced.

These tournaments are meant to be a teaching, learning and enjoyable experience. It is the responsibility of all Coaches, School Advisors, Boat Captains and Tournament Officials to teach and ensure good sportsmanship and prepare our anglers for the next level of life and tournament competition. If you have questions, please contact the Asst State Director Capt Jake Davis at 615.613.2382 or via email at sctnbassnation@gmail.com or the State Director David Lowrie at 931-235-6216

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Conservation, Community Service Competition

Additional Information

  

Central Tennessee BASS Nation High School/Junior Trail 

Community Service, Conservation, TN Promise Competition 2019-2020


Some may remember last year (Christmas/Winter Break) we had a Community Service competition. We will be continuing this again during the 2019-2020 tournament season. It will run from 14 Sept 2019 to 4 April 2020. Thanks to several sponsors who really liked everything we did last year with the lake clean ups, habitat rehabilitation, and kid’s events. We have $1500 to award this year and MAYBE more coming. 

In order to keep this fair across the board and provide equal opportunity for ALL community or school-based teams to have a reasonable chance at the awards, here is what I have come up with after talking to several coaches. 

1.  The Central Region High School Trail will schedule three (3) lake clean ups (Tims Ford, Normandy and Percy Priest).

2. The Central Region Trail received the AFTCO grant for habitat work again this year. It is dedicated to Tims Ford, Woods Reservoir and Normandy Lake. We will schedule several workdays for these projects. 

3. As you may have noticed we have teamed up with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation to help promote “Fishing in Tennessee.” Part of that effort is our commitment to exposing fishing to young future anglers and people that would normally not get a chance or take the opportunity. So, if CTNBN Trail with the help of a school or community team wishes to set up an event such as the disabled angler’s event that Scotts Hill or Livingston Academy conducts this would count. 

4. If a school or community team wishes to conduct a lake clean up or habitat restoration project, it needs to be coordinated and approved with/by the CTNBN Director and all school teams/programs allowed to help. 

** Note: This is not just limited to anglers! Boat Captains, Parents, Siblings, Boy Scout Troops, FFA Clubs can all help… (Example: Say Coffee County Bass Team talks the Coffee County Football Team members into helping, who ever showed up to help for that event would count towards Coffee County) (Everyone that showed up will get TN Promise credit but the hours will also count towards the respected school/team)

COMPETITION SCORING: One (1) ticket is earned for every eight hours (per angler/volunteer) of service credited towards your team. With that said, the more volunteers equal more hours which equals more tickets. **There is NO Limit to the numbers of ticket a team can earn** On 4 April 2020, at the Kentucky Lake tournament, we shall place all tickets in a container and draw out the winners. There can only be one (1) prize place awarded per school. As of today, there would be three (3) awards. 1st$750, 2nd $500, 3rd $250 

Community Service/Conservation work/TN Promise is not working a sponsor event, party, outing, tournaments, fishing show support…that is sponsor support which your team agreed to with that sponsor.  Community service is participation in conservation activities, lake clean ups, habitat restoration, take a kid fishing events, actually working a benefit tournament whose primary cause is Kids Cancer, Homelessness, Saint Judes, helping challenged kids learn to fish or enjoy the outdoors…  If anyone has concern whether or not an event qualifies call or email Capt Jake beforehand.  

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