Tennessee Bass Nation High School Team Guide
Membership and Cost
Bassmaster Membership $10 (obtained by the angler at https://www.bassmaster.com/high-school-resources/
Bass Nation Dues $10 – Payable by the team treasurer or coach at https://www.bassmaster.com/high-school-resources/
TBN Dues $20 – Payable by the team treasurer or coach to Tennessee Bass Nation High School (Regional Trails do not have dues)
***ALL Memberships and Dues are required to be paid in full No later than 15 September 2022** Teams that are not in good standing will not be allowed to compete.
Tournament entry fees – High School $40/Junior $20 (All State Opens and Regional Trails, except Bass Pro Shops Sevierville Trail no entry)
Trails utilize Websites and Facebook for communication
Central Tennessee region Bass nation high school www.sctnbassnation.com
North Central Tennessee region bass nation high school
West Tennessee region bass nation high school
Southeast Tennessee bass nation high school
Bass pro shops Tn high school tournaments
Trail Directors Contact Information
Tennessee Bass Nation high school/youth David Lowrie firstname.lastname@example.org or
Jake Davis email@example.com 615-613-2382
Central Tennessee Jake Davis firstname.lastname@example.org 615-613-2382
North Central Tennessee Jennifer Laster 931-607-6445 email@example.com
West Tennessee Jeremy Finley firstname.lastname@example.org or 931-698-5598
Southeast Tennessee Christina Goins 423-664-2339 email@example.com
Bass Pro Shops Sevierville Brad Burkhart firstname.lastname@example.org
Conservation/Volunteer/Soft Plastics Competitions
All Anglers are required to complete 8 hours of Volunteer Conservation/Community Service
This volunteer time counts for TN Promise and TN Achieve credit
Every year TBN HS/Youth conducts Lake/River Clean up challenges and habitat improvement enhancement programs
Soft Plastics – each year school/community teams collect used soft plastics, the school/community team with the most weight wins a $1000 Academy Sport Gift Card
Academy Receipts Competition- the school/community team with the most ($ value) in receipts wins a $500 gift card
Tennessee BASS Nation High School Hunter Northcutt Scholarship Program
This scholarship is only for senior students who are ACTIVE MEMBERS OF TN Bass Nation and have participated in tournaments this year. We hope to give away 5 scholarships again this year. It does not matter if you're going to a major 4-year school, a community college or a trade school. This scholarship is based on MORE THAN YOU’RE FISHING.
Commissioner’s Cup - (State Open Trail only) awarded to the top School/Program Team by the combined overall points from the entire season, including the State Championship Tournament of the top 3 Boat teams of each school
Regional Trail School of the year- awarded to the top School/Program Team by the combined overall points from the entire season, including the Championship Tournament of the top 3 Boat teams of each school
Boat Team of the Year – Solely based upon points from the trail which awards
Place of Finish Scholarships – (High School only) Awarded at each tournament ranging from $2000 to $100 is based solely upon participation in the tournament
Top School for Non-Championship Tournaments- awarded to the top School/Program Team by the combined overall weight of the top 3 Boat teams of each school
Path to the National Championship
National Events: All information is based on Bassmaster history: Fish a Bassmaster open event. Events are announced around the first of the calendar year. Top 10 percent of each tournament earn seats to National Championship. Example: 250 boats top 25 in tournament transfer. National events are capped at 250 HS Boats and 50 Junior Division Boats **only one seat per 25 Boats typically awarded to the Junior National Championship.
State Event: All information is based on trail history and is not guaranteed. The winner of each state tournament will earn a spot to National Championship. The championship winner earns a spot. The points champion earns a spot. All other spots will redirect back to points order. National event qualifier will supersede a state qualifier. Example: Team Davis and Lowery qualified at the southern open but are the state points champion and won an event. They will use the national ticket and the state will retain the other spots.
Regional Events: All information is based on trail history and is not guaranteed. All National Championship spots are earned by points. If the trail earns 5 transfer spots the top 5 in points get spots. If a team qualifies through the state or national events the regional trail gets to give that spot to next team in points
Junior Championship Nationals Qualification: Win a national event. Win the TN junior statewide championship tournament. Win the TN statewide junior points race.
Qualifying for TBN State HS Championship:
Starting 2021-2022 Season the TBN High School State Championship will be limited and have established qualification cut lines for Regions and State Open Trail
A: Each region to have 30 seats (5 regions…30 seats…total seats 150)
B: State Open Trail to receive 50 Seats
C: State Championship to be capped at 200 boat team
D: State Open Trail seats take precedence over region seats (Jeremy qualifies both State Open Trail and Central Trail the seat count is from the State Trail)
E. Region on Region…. The seat would come from the highest qualifying (David fishes Central and finishes 3 and also fishes BPS Trail Finishes 7th the seat comes from the Central)
F. Once the invites/rosters are set for the State Championship the roster is frozen…
2022 TBN Junior State Championship
A. Limit the field to 200
B. A Boat Team must have fished at least 3 Regional or 3 State Open tournaments to qualify to fish the Junior State Championship
2022 TBN Regional Trail Championships
A. Fields are not limited (except BPS Sevierville HS Trail which is Limited to top 25 Teams)
B. West/CTN/NCTN/Southeast trails boat teams must fish in 3 regional events
A. Points start at 200 for first place
B. After 150 places or the first “0” fish every team that entered gets 50 points
C. In the event of a tie: (two teams ties for 5thplace, both teams receive equal points (196/196) and next place receives 194 points….
D. All Regions are Best 3 of 4 plus Championship, except BPS Sevierville
E. State Trail is Best 4 of 5/6 plus Double points championship (Two Day Event – points start at 400 and drop 2 points per position of finish…
*** BASS PRO SHOP Sevierville HS Trail standings are based upon total weight not a points system.
Example of tournament rules
Tennessee BASS Nation High School State Championship Tournament Rules
Kentucky Lake, Paris Landing TN
Launch/Weigh-In Ramp is the Paris Landing State Park Marina
Mandatory Meeting 5:00pm at the Paris Landing State Park Marina
Thursday 2 June 2022
Everyone must be off the water at 4:00pm Thursday 2 June 2022
All times will be local time to the ramp we launch from...
Launch will be “Safe Light” or “Safe Conditions” approx. 5:10 Central Time
We will call numbers whether or not you are in the water!
First High School flight will be due back at 3:00pm Central Time
Launch order will reverse on Day 2
No Locking up or down at any Tournament
Five Fish any combination
Largemouth 15 Inches
Smallmouth 15 Inches
Spots/Kentucky Bass 12 Inches
Anglers MUST use the TBN Weigh In bags that we provide.
At NO time will you:
Ride/stand/sit on the deck of the boat while big motor is running
Boat Captains may NEVER fish during tournament hours
Student Anglers are NEVER to operate a boat using the big motor, unless loading or unloading the boat
All rosters/registrations are due not later than 6pm Central on Wednesday 26 May 2022. Entries need to be paid at registration or the morning of the tournament.
If you are qualified and NOT Registered by 9am on 26 May 2022, you will forfeit you qualification and the slot will be advanced to the next team in line
Coaches please email rosters to the below
High School Division – email@example.com
Junior Division – Sctnbassnation@gmail.com
All entries/rosters MUST include anglers BASS Membership Numbers
Boat numbers will be assigned by State points standings
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...period! High School Captains shall never touch any rod, reel, line or bait during tournament hours.
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. High School Captain shall NOT operate the trolling motor, unless it’s to make safe the anglers or vessel.
9. Junior Boat Captains- 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. 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 communication devices (cell phone, for example) unless emergencies arise. 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 Bassmastercom high school) for High School and Junior Tournaments.
16. All Protest or complaints shall be filed either prior to the start of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the State Director David Lowrie at 931-235-6216
TN B.A.S.S. High School Boat Captain Rules
Captains may only fall in the following criteria:
- Official faculty member of the student’s institution
- Close family friend/State Nation member
- Parent of the student’s High School B.A.S.S. Club
*If a potential Captain is a local guide, then they will be ineligible for the tournament.
TN B.A.S.S. reserves the right to deny any Boat Captain.
During Competition Boat Captains MAY:
2. Give advice (send in plays)
3. Verbally explain techniques, how to…….
4. MAY NEVER Fish
High School Boat Captains MAY NOT:
2. Teach by example
3. Tie knots
4. Land fish with or without a net
5. Run the trolling motor
During Competition, anytime the combustion engine is running, Boat Captains MUST be seated in the driver’s seat in full control of the boat with kill lanyard attached. Never operate the combustion engine with an angler standing on the cast deck.
Central Tennessee BASS Nation High School/Junior Trail
Community Service, Conservation, TN Promise Competition 2022-2023
To be announced
Some may remember last year (Christmas/Winter Break) we had a Community Service competition. We will be continuing this again during the 2022-2023 tournament season. It will run from 15 Sept 2022 to 1 May 2023. Thanks to several sponsors who really liked everything we did the last two years with the lake clean ups, habitat rehabilitation, and kid’s events.
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 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)
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.