Here are the updated rules based on changes voted on at the annual meeting for 2017 tournaments:
Nighttime tournaments will begin at 8 PM on Saturday and end at 6 AM on Sunday morning unless otherwise notified. Daytime tournaments will begin at the tournament director’s discretion.
[*] Registration fees are $120.00 per team and teams can shoot in both classes. No team will be allowed to participate until a registration fee is paid.
[*] 1 to 4 person teams only.
[*] Non-WBA members will be required to pay a $15.00 per shooter operating fee on top of the normal entry fee.
[*] When arriving at the tournament PLEASE REGISTER as soon as possible.
[*] Release forms must be signed and on record for each participant of a tournament.
[*] Registration will close 15 minutes prior to the tournament starting.
The awards for tournaments will be presented at an awards ceremony as soon as possible after the check in at 6AM. Awards will be given according to the following WBA payout schedule:
[*] Equal payouts for each place for both categories, Numbers and Big 30 –
• 20 or more boats: 1st – 15%; 2nd – 10%; 3rd – 7%; 4th – 5%; 5th – 4%; Big fish – 6.5%; Wildcard – 6.5%; WBA – 5%.
• 10 to 19 boats: 1st – 25%; 2nd – 10%; Big fish – 10%; Wildcard – 10%; WBA – 10%.
• 2 to 9 boats: 1st – 30%; Big fish – 15%; Wildcard – 15%; WBA – 10%.
[*] All percentages based on 100% of entry fees – the WBA percentage goes to fund promotions for bowfishing. If a Wildcard fish is also the biggest overall fish, it wins only the Wildcard prize. The next biggest fish then wins the Big Fish prize.
[*] Teams may weigh and count for both categories if they choose. However, teams are only eligible to win one prize between the Big 30 and Numbers categories and will be awarded the prize for their highest finish.
[*] If a team finishes in the same place in both categories, a coin flip will determine which prize they win. The next highest ranked team in the category wins the vacated prize.
Winners in the Numbers Category are determined by the total number of legal rough fish shot by each team.
Winners in the Big 30 category will be determined by the total weight of up to 30 fish, of which only 20 can be carp and buffalo. Please have your fish sorted and ready to be weighed before getting to the scales. A team’s biggest overall fish will break ties. Teams are responsible for choosing and having their biggest fish weighed.
Big Fish/Wild Card
Teams may win one, or both, of the Big Fish and Wildcard prizes.
Team of the Year
Teams will be awarded points for where they place in each category (no matter which prizes they win) for Team of the Year purposes.
[*] Teams must submit a roster prior to the start of the 2nd tournament of the year with the names of up to 4 team members.
[*] To qualify for points, a team must have at least 2 members from the roster on the boat for each tournament
[*] Points will be awarded based on the place the team finishes during the tournament:
o 1st Place – 50 points
o 2nd Place – 40 points
o 3rd Place – 30 points
o 4th Place – 20 points
o 5th Place – 10 points
o Big Fish – 15 points
o Wildcard – 15 points
o Tournament Participation – 10 points
[*] Teams can now gain points in each category during the same tournament depending on their finish and can qualify to win Team of the Year in both categories.
[*] Only WBA sanctioned events qualify for points
A penalty of one fish, or 10lbs. per minute, will be assessed to any team returning late, for up to 15 minutes, after 6 AM. After 15 minutes, any teams not reported in will be disqualified. Penalty fish will be removed by the penalized team. NO grace period will be extended in the Big Fish Pot. Late teams are disqualified from Big Fish Pots.
[*] Each team member must wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket anytime the boat is running faster than no wake.
[*] No shooting on tournament waters 24 hours prior to the start of any tournament.
[*] No baiting or chumming of fish.
[*] Fish entries must be taken with a bow: compound, recurve, crossbow, or long bow and single point arrow only.
[*] No field points, arrows with explosives, or other shocking devices will be allowed.
[*] All arrows must have a line attached to it for retrieval. This line must be attached to a reel on the bow.
[*] No snares, no dip nets, and no gigs will be allowed in boats. Gaff hooks with single hook may be used for landing big fish.
[*] All airboats or fan motors must have a suitable shroud protecting the fan blade.
[*] Alcoholic beverages are PROHIBITED in boats during tournament hours.
[*] All fish barrels should be labeled with owner’s name and phone number.
[*] Identification of persons participating is required upon request.
[*] All contestants must leave with their boat from the tournament site at sendoff. Wade fishing (leaving the confines of the boat) is legal. Trailering to another public launch on the sanctioned water body(s) is allowed.
[*] Each team will be allowed the use of only one boat during the tournament. If mechanical trouble requires the use of another boat, that boat must be inspected before leaving the tournament site.
[*] No unsportsmanlike conduct will be tolerated. Teams will stay a minimum of 25 yards away from other teams whenever possible.
[*] All participants must check-out upon leaving the tournament. If leaving early, please leave number plaque in the designated place at the launch site, or specified vehicle stated during the tournament meeting.
[*] It is the responsibility of tournament participants to know and obey state and local fish, game and boating laws. Any DNR or Vehicle violations issued while taking part in the tournament will result in tournament disqualification.
[*] Suspected transferring of fish between teams will result in disqualification of all teams involved. At no time should one team’s fish be placed in another team’s boat.
1) Bring to attention of tournament director.
2) Go in front of board (consisting of WBA officers/representatives) with proof of the infraction.
3) A formal protest fee in the amount of $50.00 must be made to officials and posted prior to the awards ceremony. The protest fee will be refunded if the protest stands.
Cheating will result in expulsion from the club for WBA members. Proof must be indisputable.
Failure to comply with tournament rules will result in disqualification and entry fee WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.
The decision of tournament officials will be FINAL.
[*] Tournament hosts and sponsors will not be responsible for accidents, or lost property.
[*] Tournament boundaries will be determined by the tournament director. Tournament director will designate floats to mark NO WAKE ZONES at tournaments where safety is a concern.
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