2012 Official Rules
Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series
Effective January 1, 2012
The following rules shall apply to all “Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series operated by American Bass Anglers (ABA)” tournaments, with the following exceptions: (i) rules for special tournaments and/or Championships may be published separately and (ii) these rules may be changed by American Bass Anglers (ABA) at any time immediately upon notice by ABA to its members; which notice may be published on the ABA web site at www.americanbassanglers.com. Interpretation and enforcement of these rules shall be left exclusively to the Tournament Director or his/her designee at a tournament. In the event of a rule violation, ABA may impose such sanctions, as deemed appropriate by them, including, without limitation, disqualification, forfeiture of prizes and/or entry fee, probation and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. The decision of the ABA shall be final in all matters. Each competitor agrees to report to the Tournament Director any violation or infraction of any Tournament Rules. Failure to report violations, or suggestions to another competitor that they violated these rules, or false verification of weigh-in forms, will be cause for disqualification. Rules violations must be reported to the Tournament Director on site and in writing within 15 minutes after the announcement “The scales are closed”.
Penalties may include the following:
(a) Reduction of competition hours as determined by the Tournament Director
(b) Loss of one or more fish in question. All such fish must be marked and verified by either your partner/observer/camera operator. If not verified the entire catch may be disqualified
(c) Loss of catch for the day
(d) Disqualification from the tournament in question
(e) Disqualification from future ABA events, which may be from a specific number of events, a specific period of time, or may be a lifetime disqualification.
(f) Any different or additional penalties determined by the Tournament Director including but not limited to monetary fines, probation and/or Angler of Year points.
1. PARTICIPATION, REGISTRATION AND ELIGIBILITY:
i.) This tournament is open only to current members of both B.A.S.S. and ABA who are 16 years of age or older. Proof of age to the satisfaction of tournament officials is the responsibility of the potential competitor. Any candidate for competition who, in the judgment of the Tournament Director, is disabled in such a manner as to unfairly hinder their partner or endanger the safety and well-being of their partner or themselves shall not be eligible.
Excluded participation; – Professional anglers who have fished two or more tournaments with an entry fee of more than $1500 in the previous six months.
ii.) During the official practice and competition days of any Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament, competitors may not operate a boat unless that contestant has documented proof of a minimum of $300,000 per occurrence boating liability insurance (see Participant Release of Liability and Official Entry Forms) covering the boat being used. Proof of insurance must be with the boat being used and must cover the competitors using that boat. Random checks may be conducted at tournament registration and/or at tournament weigh-in and any competitor not in compliance may be disqualified.
iii.) A properly completed and signed official entry form and the entry fee must be received by the ABA Tournament Department prior to the deadline date, or at, the official on-site registration. The Tournament Director reserves the right to discontinue acceptance of applications prior to the official on-site registration. THE ENTRY FEE DEADLINE DATE FOR EACH TOURNAMENT SHALL BE 5:00 pm CST, 10 DAYS PRIOR TO THE FIRST COMPETITION DAY. Entries received after the entry deadline date will be assessed a $25.00 late fee. Entry fees will only be refunded and/or transferred if notification is made to ABA Tournament Department prior to WEDNESDAY 5pm CST, prior to the weekend scheduled event, NO EXCEPTIONS. There will be a $20.00 processing fee per tournament for refunds. Contestants are expected to compete every day for which they are qualified and registered; failure to do so will result in a penalties assessment under PENALITIES above.
2. ANGLER CODE OF CONDUCT
Anglers participating in any ABA sanctioned event shall observe this code of conduct and the applicable rules for the specific event in which he/she is participating. Anglers shall, at all times, conduct themselves in a manner becoming ABA anglers that will not reflect unfavorably on B.A.S.S., ABA, its members, officers or representatives, tournaments or sponsors. To this end, anglers shall use their best efforts to demonstrate professionalism and integrity in support of the sport of fishing. Any angler who violates any of the provisions of the Angler Code of Conduct may be subject to fines, forfeiture of tournament winnings, probation, suspension from competing in ABA sanctioned events, permanent ban from competition, or any combination thereof deemed appropriate by ABA.
MEDIA COMMENTS, PUBLIC ATTACKS
The favorable public reputation of B.A.S.S. and ABA as a sanctioning organization in the sport of fishing, the integrity of its officials, and the reputation of its media properties are valuable assets and tangible benefits for B.A.S.S. and ABA. Accordingly, it is an obligation of competitors to refrain from comments to the news media that unreasonably attack or disparage the integrity of tournaments, tournament officials, sponsors, fellow members, fellow anglers or the B.A.S.S. and ABA organization. Competitors are encouraged to express themselves and have the right to question the rules officials. Responsible expressions of legitimate disagreement with B.A.S.S. and ABA policies are encouraged as opposed to attacks upon the integrity of the rules or officials. However, public comments that an angler knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of B.A.S.S. and ABA, ABA officials or sponsors shall be considered conduct unbecoming a professional and will result in disciplinary action.
3. PRACTICE AND OFF LIMITS: During regular season Divisional one and two day events, there will be no off-limits or official practice days. During the post season, ABA has established off-limits and official practice days as follows: Regional Qualifier: No off limits. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Off-limits begin, at 12:01 am, 14 days prior to the first day of competition. Regional Qualifier and Championship Rules will be published 30 days prior to the event. Contestants are not allowed to practice after the start of the tournament briefings.
i.) During competition a competitor can only have the assistance or advice of another competitor for the purposes of locating or catching bass on tournament waters. During official practice and during BWS tournaments, a competitor may not "SKIN DIVE" OR "SCUBA DIVE" in the tournament waters.
ii.) Testing of engines after the weigh-in for multiple day tournaments is only allowed under the supervision of the Tournament Director. All rods/reels must be stowed in rod lockers while testing. No Exceptions.
iii.) Competitor may not buy or barter a fishing location from any person for use during any competition day.
iv.) During the official competition days of the tournament, a competitor may not use a CB radio, a VHF marine-band radio, a cellular phone, texting or any other type of communication device for the purpose of locating or catching fish. Competitors are permitted to transmit by radio or telephone only in the event of an emergency. If cell phone is used, it must be in speaker mode and the other angler must be allowed to hear the conversation. Co-Anglers are not allowed to use portable GPS units.
v.) A designated tournament official must be granted access to the competitor's boat and cell phone at any time during competition. Failure to grant such access may result in immediate disqualification. By his/her signature on the official tournament entry form, each competitor agrees to submit to a polygraph examination/truth verification method or any other type examination as determined by ABA, and abide by its conclusion should he/she be accused of any rule violation. The ABA Tournament Director or ABA HQ shall have the discretion to determine the need for a polygraph/truth verification method examination. ABA shall be responsible for selecting an independent expert to administer and interpret the results and establishing, in consultation with the expert administrator, the scope of the questions which may be asked during the polygraph/truth verification method examination. The competitor shall make himself/herself available at the location selected by the Tournament Director and shall cooperate in all respects with such examination. Anglers taking a polygraph/truth verification method examination will be responsible for any and all cost incurred.
4. REGISTRATION /CHECK-IN ON SITE: Each preregistered competitor must sign-in person at the designated place during official registration hours, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm (local time), the day prior to the event. Exceptions: Those anglers holding a freedom pass (See paragraph 4-i.) below; Competitors who sign-in between 6:30-6:45 p.m. are considered late and will be assessed a $25 late fee. Additional registrations and/or sign-ins will not be accepted after 6:45 p.m. The pre-tournament Safety and Rules meeting is mandatory for all competitors and will begin at 7 p.m. Failure to attend will result in the forfeiture of entry fees and disqualification for the event.
i.) ABA Freedom Pass: Anglers holding an ABA Freedom Pass and cannot attend tournament registration and/or briefing for the Divisional one and two day events, may have someone represent them. Non-competitors may only represent one competitor. Competitors may represent themselves and one other competitor. The representative must register the late angler with the tournament officials during the official registration hours, attend the tournament briefing, meet the partner and record/provide all pertinent information to the partner. ABA Freedom Pass may be purchased prior to event or on site for $25 annually (January – December). ABA Freedom Pass privileges do not extend to the Regional Qualifier or National Championship events.
ii.) Linked Entries: It is the responsibility of anglers to provide information identifying their link (boater/co-angler) during the registration process. Boaters and co-anglers who link themselves at time entry is paid gain a guarantee that they will fish in each tournament they enter as a linked entry, provided both anglers are physically present at the event. Linking of anglers will only be allowed until 12:00 noon on the Wednesday before an event. All anglers will be paired in accordance with computer generated draw. Linked anglers will not be paired together.
5. SAFETY: Safety is paramount and anglers must recognize that; Fishing from an open boat in itself is inherently dangerous, and as a result American Bass Anglers seeks to limit those hazards with reasonable safety rules.
i.) Safe boat conduct must be observed at all times by competitors. During the official practice and competition, each competitor must wear a US Coast Guard-approved chest-type life preserver. This life preserver must be worn at all times the combustion engine is in gear. This life preserver must also be strapped, snapped or zippered securely and maintained in that condition until the combustion engine is no longer in gear. Violation of this rule shall be reason for disqualification. Fanny Pack” preservers are not allowed. In the event a boat is being towed, all anglers in the towed boat must wear a life preserver.
ii.) Tournament officials may delay, shorten, restrict tournament waters or cancel the start of an official tournament day because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the safety of the competitors. Tournament waters may also be restricted at any time because of bad weather.
iii.) ABA reserves the right to impose boat speed limits during any or all tournaments. The decision to impose a speed limit, the area covered by the speed limit and/or the actual speed limit shall be left exclusively to the discretion of the tournament director.
iv.) In the event of an emergency, competitors should call 911 immediately and then notify tournament officials.
v.) Competitors are allowed to leave the boat and seek safe shelter in bad weather when danger may be imminent, at which time all fishing must cease.
6. SPORTSMANSHIP: Competitors in ABA tournaments are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification.
i.) Use of or possession of illegal drugs or drugs (other than those purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a licensed physician) by any competitor during the official practice or during pre and post tournament activities will not be tolerated and shall be cause for automatic disqualification from this and all future ABA tournaments. The consumption or possession of alcohol during tournament hours is prohibited. Tournament hours are defined as from check-out in the morning through weighing of fish in the afternoon.
ii.) Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to boating and angling near non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a competitor which reflects unfavorably upon efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters and courtesy, shall be reason for disqualification.
iii.) All competitors are bound by the prevailing statutes and regulations of the various states within which they fish and responsible for understanding the states fishing/boating regulations.
iv.) Chemical substance addiction or abuse, crimes involving moral turpitude, conviction of a felony not specifically exempted by ABA, or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation and/or for disqualification. Any disqualification, suspension from or disciplinary action imposed by fishing organization shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation in an ABA tournament and/or disqualification from an ABA tournament after circumstances are reviewed by the Tournament Director.
7. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: The use of a landing net is allowed. The use of grippers in landing bass is prohibited. Only artificial lures may be used. No “live bait” or “prepared bait” will be permitted during official practice and competition, with the exception of pork strips or rinds. Only one casting, spin casting or spinning rod (8 foot maximum length from butt of handle to rod tip) and reel may be used at any one time. Other rigs as specified above may be in the boat ready for use. All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. Anyone guilty of snatching or snagging visible fish will have their catch disqualified. When visually fishing a bed or fishing for bedding bass, to have a bass counted as a legal fish all bass must be hooked inside the mouth and must be verified by your partner before being unhooked.
8. HORSEPOWER REGULATIONS: Maximum horsepower for all outboard motorboats used in official tournament practice and in tournament competition will be 250 HP. Horsepower cannot exceed the limitations set by the U.S. Coast Guard or the manufacturer’s rating plate. When required, each boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard horsepower-rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. The horsepower of the outboard engine must not exceed the rating specified on this plate nor the horsepower maximum set by ABA. Each competitor agrees to submit, by their signature on the official entry form, the boat and outboard motor used in the tournament, to an inspection by factory-trained personnel, if there is any reason to suspect the horsepower is in excess of the rating. Normal maintenance of engines is allowed. Changing or altering standard factory parts of a competitor's engine to increase the horsepower over the factory horsepower rating is forbidden, and will result in disqualification. Falsifying information on entry forms or altering the horsepower-rating numbers on the engine is also cause for immediate disqualification from ABA tournaments. Posted speed limits must be observed and all boats must be operated in a safe manner.
9. BOAT AND MOTOR: For the safety of all competitors, during official practice and competition all boats must be equipped with an approved type of operable ignition kill switch and lanyard. Only one manufactured lanyard may be used and must be attached to the driver's body any time the combustion engine is in gear. Any time the combustion engine is operating and in gear there must be a driver in the driver's seat in full control of the boat. Fishing boats that are less than 16 feet in length may not be used. Any raised platforms or decks cannot be higher than the gunnels of the boat. Fishing, while standing on the outboard motor or boat seats is not allowed. An electric trolling motor may be used for slow maneuvering; however, trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. All bladder tanks and any other type of auxiliary gas tanks that are not installed by the boat manufacturer are prohibited. Boats that do not have factory-installed gas tanks are restricted to a maximum of 18 gallons of gasoline in tanks, properly secured or strapped, and meet U.S. Coast Guard regulations. No portable gas tanks or containers capable of holding gasoline can be placed anywhere on tournament waters or shoreline for use by any tournament competitor. No “barges” or similar craft or “stick steering boats will be permitted. “Stick steering” shall be determined by the Tournament Director.
10. BASIC BOAT EQUIPMENT: During official practice and competition every boat must have all required US Coast Guard safety equipment as well as a functional bilge pump. During competition every boat must have live-well space, properly aerated, to adequately maintain alive a limit catch of bass by both competitors using the boat. Tournament officials shall have the sole responsibility for determining whether aeration and capacity is proper and adequate. Boaters must make a back seat available for co-anglers each competition day.
11. BOAT IDENTIFICATION: Prior to each day's start, each boat must be given an inspection check by a tournament official. Each day, each boat will be given a launch numbered card which must be displayed upon request of tournament officials and must remain with the boat until turned in each day at the check-in.
12. BOAT OPERATION AND EXPENSE: This is a boater/co-angler event therefore boaters will fish from the front deck, co-anglers from the rear deck, no exceptions. Co-anglers are only allowed to operate the boat in emergency situations during competition hours and during loading and unloading from trailers. Any boater, who, in the judgment of the officials, operates the boat in such a manner or unfairly handicaps their co-angler partner, shall be disqualified. At no time may a boater competitor request that the co-angler competitor not fish. In view of the large expense involved in operating and maintaining a tournament bass boat, it is suggested that the co-angler partner share, at minimum, the cost of gas and oil for the competition day. In ABA events where an observer replaces a co-angler as an official rider, the observer can only assist the boater in case of emergencies or to assist in landing a fish. Observers are not required to pay for gas and oil expenses.
13. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Tournament waters and additional off limits shall be established by the Tournament Director for each tournament. Specifically any water within boundaries posted “Off-Limits” or “No Fishing” by state or federal agencies as well as the live-bass-release area established by the Tournament Director will be OFF-LIMITS and will be announced at the Tournament Briefing. Only that water open to all public fishing will be considered tournament waters. All angling must be done from the boat. Competitors wishing to change fish habitat by placing any object in the tournament waters may do so if such action does not violate state or federal regulations.
14. COMPETITORS MUST REMAIN IN BOAT: During the competition days, competitors must not depart the boat to land fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. Boats must remain in tournament waters during tournament hours. Competitors must leave from and return to official checkpoints by boat. Both competitors must remain together in the boat and in sight of each other and each partners catch, except in case of dire emergency or with permission from the Tournament Director. In such an emergency or with the permission from the Tournament Director, competitors may be removed from their boat to either a boat operated by other competitors or a rescue boat designated by the Tournament Director. If a dire emergency occurs, competitors must contact a tournament official by phone or other means or to report the emergency or breakdown, and at which time both competitors must cease fishing, their catch verified by a tournament official to insure their catch is counted in the tournament. If after the emergency situation is resolved by tournament officials and enough time remains for the competitors to resume fishing, a restart will be allowed by the Tournament Director. Trailering boats during tournament hours is prohibited, except at the direction of tournament officials.
15. OFFICIAL CHECKPOINT: There shall be only one official point for check-out in the morning and check-in in the afternoon, these points shall be designated at the tournament briefing. At the time of check-out, all competitors and their boats shall be in full conformity with all rules set forth by American Bass Anglers. At check-in, all boats shall identify themselves by means of the numbers described in Rule 11 and proceed immediately to the designated weigh-in area and all fishing must cease. Partners must stay together through the weigh-in process if both are weighing bass. Once bass are bagged for weigh-in, anglers that are not weighing bass may accompany their partner through the weigh-in process.
16. SCORING: Tournament standings, auxiliary awards and final winners shall be determined by the pounds-and-hundredths weight of each competitor's catch during the competition days of the tournament. Only Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted or Redeye bass will be weighed. The limit for boaters shall be 5 and 3 for co-anglers of the above species and varieties per day, unless otherwise specified by tournament officials. At no time shall a competitor have in their possession more than the tournament limit. In the event tournament officials observe more than the allowable limit in boat or if angler presents more that the allowable limit at weigh-in, tournament officials will cull down to the prescribed limit beginning with the largest fish. The official length for bass shall be determined by the Tournament Director and announced at the Tournament Briefing. In most cases it will be the longest state limit covering the tournament waters. Only bass as described above which measure the official length or more on the longest straight line, shall be weighed. Bass presented for weigh-in, which fail to measure the minimum official length, shall result in a penalty of 1 pound for each short bass and that bass will not be weighed. Any bass that appears to have been mangled, mashed, mauled or otherwise altered will be weighed and credited only at the discretion of tournament officials. After competitors check in at the official checkpoint they must present all legal fish in their possession to a tournament official to be counted, measured and weighed. Once a competitor's catch is measured, counted and verified by a tournament official, that competitor may not return to the boat until their catch has been weighed and recorded. Bass must not be placed on a stringer at any time during the tournament. Culling tags or clips are allowed. In the event of a mechanical failure (boat is inoperable) anglers may have their catch of the day weighted and counted by one of the following methods ONLY: 1) Boat is towed to the weigh-in site by another boat; 2) One partner may take both anglers catches (clearly marked) and board another competitors’ boat only for a ride to weigh-in. A competitor must not allow any bass caught by them to be counted on the score of another competitor. In such a case, both competitors shall be disqualified from this tournament and from all future tournaments conducted by ABA. Mechanical failures do not extend established weigh-in times.
17. CATCH AND RELEASE: CULLING OF DEAD BASS IS PROHIBITED. A penalty of 8 ounces (.50 pounds) for each dead fish will be assessed and deducted from the total day’s weight. In the event the anglers' big fish is dead, a penalty of 8 ounces (.50 pounds) will be deducted from the big fish total weight. The Tournament Director or his/her designees shall have sole authority to assess dead fish penalties and for assessing penalty weight. For fish care ABA recommends the use of Rejuvenade and suggests that in warm weather tournament anglers keep extra ice.
18. LATE PENALTY: Competitors who are not in the official checkpoint area as described in Rule 15 at the appointed time shall be penalized at the rate of one pound per minute late to be deducted from the total weight of their catch that day, including any weight to be counted toward a “big bass award”. No weight will be awarded if the net weight after penalties is zero or less. Any competitor more than 15 minutes late shall lose all credit for that day's catch. Exact starting and check-in times will be announced at the Tournament Briefing and it is the angler's responsibility to confirm these times.
19. POINTS SYSTEM AND QUALIFICATIONS: Points are awarded to both boaters and co-anglers based on place of finish and cannot be combined or transferred. Any angler disqualified from an event will not receive points for the tournament.
i.) Divisional One day: These events are worth 250 points to the winners. Points will be awarded in 1 point decreasing increments. Contestants not weighing fish will receive 50 points.
ii.) Divisional Two day – The Divisional Two day events are worth 500 points to the winners. Points will be awarded in 2 point decreasing increments. Contestants not weighing fish will receive 100 points. Anglers who have fished events within the respective Division will be given Priority Status in the Divisional two day event. The top 40 anglers, (boater & Co-angler) by points from the Divisional Two day will be invited to compete in a Regional Qualifier.
iii) Regional Qualifier – Regional Qualifiers are worth 2000 points to the winners. Points will decrease in 5 point increments based on place of finish. The top 50 or 25%, whichever is greater, of boaters and co-anglers by place of finish from each Regional Qualifier will be invited to compete in the National Championship.
iv.) National Championship -The top 50 or 25%, whichever is greater, of boaters and co-anglers by place of finish from each Regional Qualifier will be invited to compete in the National Championship. In addition; Divisional points leaders, boaters and co-anglers, will be given an automatic berth in the National Championship providing; 1) points leaders have fished five events in a single Division and, 2) points leaders have fished their respective Regional Qualifier.
i.) Ties will be broken using the following criteria:
If the tie is not broken by applying the foregoing procedures, place monies will be split evenly, and place points will be awarded accordingly. Merchandise prizes and plaques will be awarded as determined by tournament officials. Standings will reflect ties starting at place closest to first. Event winners’ tiebreaker may result in a fish-off.
ii.) Year end Divisional point's tiebreaker shall be the total weights for the angler from his divisions' yearly events.
21. PAIRING OF COMPETITORS:
Pairing of pre-registered competitors will be by computer generated draw. Computer drawing (Boater/Co-angler) is established in order of precedence: 1) Linked Package entries; 2) Registration with Link; 3) Package entries without a link; 4) Date of entry. In the event there are more boaters than co-anglers, anglers will be paired in a boater-boater pairing. Announcement of your fishing partner will be made at the Tournament Briefing. It is the responsibility of each partner to appear at a mutually agreed upon location in sufficient time to check out at the official checkpoint. Tournament officials have no responsibility for finding missing partners. The Tournament Director, at his/her sole discretion, may reassign partners prior to the morning take-off.
22. CONTINGENCY PROGRAMS: These are sponsor based programs developed to reward competitors based on a predefined set of criteria. Participation in contingency programs is at the anglers' discretion. Should an angler elect not to participate in a sponsor contingency program, the angler will be excluded from any benefits such as prize purse or qualification for supplemental tournament competitions associated with the respective contingency program.
23. B.A.S.S. and ABA Member Shield Logo: ABA encourages (not mandatory) the wearing of the B.A.S.S. and ABA Member Shield and Bassmaster Weekend Series logo. Suggested placement for the B.A.S.S. Member shield is on the right chest, the top of the patch should hit top center of the right collarbone. The suggested placement for ABA logo is centered on the left chest, the top of the patch should hit top center of the left collarbone. Patches can be ordered by contacting B.A.S.S. and ABA Member services. While a sponsor may pay the entry fee, competitors agree to use any and all official equipment/clothing provided by ABA at Bassmaster Weekend Series events.
24. PATCHES AND/OR SIGNAGE: ABA encourages the use of patches, logos and other signage to promote the angler's sponsors. ABA may, however, restrict the use of patches, logos, signage, etc., that promote or advertise products which are in competition with the products or services of official ABA sponsors or which are, in ABA's sole judgment, in poor taste. In addition, if ABA provides any ancillary clothing or products (such as life vests) bearing the logos of ABA or the official sponsors of ABA, each competitor shall wear such clothing or utilize such products in a manner requested by ABA.
25. TAXES: Where and when state laws require income taxes be paid on cash awards to non-residents, the taxes may be automatically deducted prior to the awards being presented to the winners. Anglers are responsible for all applicable taxes and rules on both cash and merchandise awards.
26. WAIVER AND RELEASE: As a condition of participation in each tournament, competitors must execute a waiver, release of liability and a name and likeness release.
All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of any material in these rules is prohibited except by written permission of American Bass Anglers, Inc.
OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM
Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series operated by American Bass Anglers, Inc.
2012 Entry Form
Go to www.americanbassanglers.com for the preferred and easiest way to register for a Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament.
BASS MEMBERSHIP #_________________ ABA MEMBERSHIP #_____________________
LAST NAME ______________________________ FIRST NAME__________________________________
CITY__________________________________________ STATE_____________ ZIP CODE____________
EVENING PHONE______________________ CELL PHONE______________________
BOAT BRAND_________________________ H.P. RATING______________________
OUTBOARD MAKE_____________________ H.P. _____________________________
TROLLING MOTOR MAKE ________________TRUCK MAKE __________________________
BOAT INSURANCE COMPANY___________________________________________
If Triton Owner: Triton Hull Serial Number: ___________________________________________
If Mercury Owner: Engine Serial Number: ____________________________________________
Guaranteed/Linked Boater [ ] Yes, [ ] No -- If yes, Co-Angler Link Name ___________________
BASS Member #_____________ABA Member # ______________
[ ] One-day Tournaments 1 thru 4 X $200 per tournament $ __________
[ ] Two-day Tournament 1 X $300 $__________
Guaranteed/Linked Co-Angler [ ] Yes, [ ] No – If yes, Boater Link Name _____________________
BASS Member #_____________ABA Member # _______________
[ ] Tournaments 1 thru 4 X $100 per tournament $___________
[ ] Two-day Tournament 1 X $150 $__________
BASS and ABA MEMBERSHIP DUES: You must be a current member of BASS and ABA to participate. If not, check below and enclose the proper amount.
BASS Membership: [ ] $25.00 – 1 Yr. [ ] $39.00 – 2 Yrs. [ ] $55.00 – 3 Yrs. $___________
ABA Membership; [ ] $25.00 – 1 Yr. [ ] $40.00 – 2 Yrs. [ ] $60.00 – 3 Yrs. $___________
ABA Free First year membership for: Triton Boat Owner ________ or Federation Nation Member: _________ (Mark Yes or No)
FREEDOM PASS: $25.00 - $___________ (allows anglers to send a representative to meetings)
Entries may be made on line at www.americanbassanglers.com.
VISA___ MASTERCARD____ AMEX____ DISC______
Total Amount Enclosed or to be charged: $ ________________
NOTE; A 5% handling fee will be added to all tournament entries made using a credit card.
Make checks payable & mail to:
American Bass Anglers
P.O. Box 475
Athens, AL 35612
Liability Release Form
In consideration of being allowed to participate in the Bassmaster Weekend Series fishing tournament series operated by American Bass Anglers, Inc. for 2012, I acknowledge and agree to the following:
1. I understand the risk of injury, disability, death, loss or damage to person or property from the activities involved in tournament(s) fishing is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis, illness, injury and death to a person and destruction of equipment. I also understand while complying with particular ABA rules, correct use of equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk.
2. If I am fishing in the Boater Division in the tournament(s), I certify that I now have or will obtain prior to the tournament series, Boat Owners Liability Insurance (including coverage for third party property damage and bodily injury) with no Tournament Exclusion, having a minimum limit of at least $300,000.00 per occurrence. Anglers insurance must be issued by a reputable insurer rated A or better by A.M. Best and Co. I will provide satisfactory evidence of having such current insurance to any ABA official upon their request.
3. I have been advised by ABA of the contents of this document through my reading it, and have had the opportunity to seek legal counsel with respect to the legal effect of this document prior to signing it; or acknowledgement of it on ABA’s web site.
4. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL RISKS REFERRED TO ABOVE, AND ALL OTHER RISKS OF TOURNAMENT PARTICIPATION, BOTH KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, EVEN, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES (AS DEFINED BELOW) OR OTHERS, AND ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR RISKS ARISING FROM MY PARTICIPATION IN THE TOURNAMENT(S;)
5. I willingly agree to comply with the terms and conditions for participation in any tournament of ABA and should I observe any unusual hazard(s) in my presence or during participation which could potentially cause injury or damage to any person, I will remove myself from participation and bring such hazard(s), to the attention of the nearest ABA official immediately.
6. I, FOR MYSELF AND ON BEHALF OF MY HEIRS, ASSIGNEES, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND NEXT OF KIN, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS B.A.S.S. LLC, AMERICAN BASS ANGLERS, INC., ITS PARENT AND AFFILIATED COMPANIES, THE OFFICERS, OFFICIALS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, AGENTS, CONSULTANTS, AND/OR EMPLOYEES OF EACH, OTHER PARTICIPANTS, AND SPONSORING AGENCIES, SPONSORS, ADVERTISERS, AND, IF APPLICABLE, OWNERS AND LESSORS OF PREMISES AND PROPERTY USED TO CONDUCT THE EVENT ("RELEASEES"), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, OR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PERSON OR PROPERTY, WHICH I SUFFER OR WHICH I AM FOUND TO HAVE CAUSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY MY NEGLIGENCE OR INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, OR OTHERWISE, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
7. If there are any questions raised by the judges or officials of ABA as to my veracity in respect to my participation in any tournament, I agree to submit to a polygraph examination and understand that failure to pass the examination will result in disqualification from such tournament and potentially from ABA at its discretion as provided by the rules of the organization. I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENTAND THE ATTACHED RULES, FULLY UNDERSTAND THEIR TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY.
8. PUBLICITY. In consideration for permission to participate in any ABA tournament, I (“Contestant”) hereby grant to B.A.S.S. and American Bass Anglers, Inc. its assignees and/or licensees (including television production companies contracted by B.A.S.S. or ABA), the unconditional right to use my name, voice, image, image in a video format while participating in a tournament, photographic likeness, biographical information, fishing tips and/or instructions in any medium whatsoever, including but not limited to video/audio productions, merchandising, promotions, articles, and/or press releases, in connection with B.A.S.S., ABA and/or the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, without restriction as to changes or alterations at any time. I understand that I will not be entitled to receive any royalties or other compensation in connection with such use and waive my right to review the finished product. By my signature below I verify that I have read and understand the foregoing provisions.
PARTICIPANT’S SIGNATURE: _______________________________________________________________
Age if under 18:__________ Date: _____________
I, AS PARENT/GUARDIAN DO HEREBY CERTIFY THAT I HAVE LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PARTICIPANT AND I AGREE AND GIVE MY CONSENT TO HIS/HER RELEASE AS PROVIDED ABOVE OF ALL THE RELEASEES, AND, FOR MYSELF, MY HEIRS, ASSIGNEES, AND NEXT OF KIN, I RELEASE AND AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE RELEASEES FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITIES INCIDENT TO MY MINOR CHILD’S OR WARD’S INVOLVEMENT OR PARTICIPATION IN THESE PROGRAMS AS PROVIDED ABOVE, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF MINORITY AGE PARTICIPANTS MUST SIGN LIABILITY RELEASE AT TIME OF REGISTRATION
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American Bass Anglers
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