1. TEAMS: May enter as team or individual high school students, freshman through senior. Graduating seniors are eligible to end of tournament season. Team may consist of students from different high schools, different classes, all tournaments are open to students no matter which states they reside in.
2. ELIGIBILTY: All current high school students, in good standing, who have started their freshman year through the end of season for seniors. Must have signed waiver of parent or legal guardian.
3. REGISTRATION: Both members and Boating Captain must be present at registration. Registration can be at weigh in site the day of tournament beginning at 5:30 AM or on-line. ALL entries must have parental/guardian signature on waiver. Waiver is available on-line. Print and have parent/guardian signature if entry is to be the day of tournament.
4. WEATHER: In case of extreme weather//water conditions or National emergencies, Kids Fishing and Education will have the right to cancel or postpone any tournament.
5. FISHING HOURS: Will be 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM for each tournament.
6. STATE LAWS: Teams must comply with all State and boating regulations throughout the entire year, the use of P.F.D. is required during ALL tournament hours by students. State fishing laws, boating regulations and licensing are the responsibility of team members. State fishing laws and boating regulations supersede tournament rules. Violation of State or Lake laws is grounds for disqualification.
7. MEMBERSHIP AND FEES: There are NO Entry Fees or Membership charges.
8. PRIZES: Prizes will be awarded after the tournament. Teams must be present to receive prize.
9. FISHABLE WATERS: Fishing within 50 feet of a Marina gas pump or within 50 feet of a competitor’s boat, which is anchored is prohibited (trolling motor must be in up position and anchor rope visible to be considered anchored). A safe and courteous distance (50 feet) should be maintained when trolling motors are in use. Fishable waters are areas that tournament officials can access via a John Boat with a gasoline propelled tiller handle with lower unit. Any violation of “off limit” waters will result in disqualification.
10. ALCOHOL: Use of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs during tournament hours is prohibited
11. COMPENSATION: No one can be hired or compensated in any way to fish with you or mark fishing spots for you 30 days prior to any tournament.
12. BOATS: You must fish from a boat, Rubber Rafts, Canoes and Go-Devils are not allowed. Team members must remain within 25 feet of each other while fishing.
13. BOATING CAPTAINS: Teams must have an adult boating captain present in boat at all times. Boating captain is there to assist in any manner except: 1.Not allowed to assist in handling poles while fishing. 2. Not allowed to bait hook. 3. Not allowed to net fish. Boating captain can run trolling motor, read graph, find fishing spots, etc.
14. POLES: Limit of eight (8) poles per team during tournament applies except where a State limit is set for a lesser number.
15. BAITS: A maximum of two (2) baits per pole may be used during tournament hours if in accordance with Local and State Laws. Live and artificial bait may be used.
16. OTHER EQUIPMENT: Binoculars are not allowed during pre-fishing or tournaments at any time. Use of mobile communication devices to communicate fishing information during tournament hours is prohibited.
17. SPOTTING: During tournament hours no one outside of boat may spot fish for teams or mark fishing spots for teams.
18. LANDING FISH: Crappie must be hooked and landed with a rod or pole by team members. Crappie must be hooked through the lip or in the mouth. Landing nets may be used.
19. HOLE SETTING: No hole setting by a competitor or non-competitor boat during the tournament hours.
20. LIFE JACKETS: Life jackets or personal flotation devices must be worn at all times by student fishermen. All State and Locals Laws and regulations supersede tournament rules.
21. LAUNCH SITES: Teams may trailer and launch from any marina or access to lake
22. VOUCHER: A weigh-in voucher will be issued to each registered team at the registration/seminar sign-up. That voucher must be presented back to the tournament official at the weigh-in.
23. SCALES: Scales will be set up and open by the announced time at the seminar.
24. EARLY WEIGH-IN: There will be no early weigh-in for stressed fish.
25. FISH: ALL FISH MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN LINE IN A COOLER. Failure to bring fish to weigh-in in cooler will result in disqualification. Fish bags or buckets are prohibited. Teams may weigh-in seven (7) live crappie on tournament day. Teams seven (7) crappie must be alive upon entering the official weigh-in line. Teams presenting, to official, more than seven (7) crappie will be disqualified. Once team has entered weigh-in line your fish will be counted and be verified dead or alive by the tournament official. The tournament official has sole responsibility for the declaration of dead or alive crappie.
26. WEIGH-IN SITE: Crappie must be weighed at the official Kids Fishing and Education tournament weigh-in site. You must be in the weigh-in line by designated time announced at the Seminar. Late arrivals will not be allowed to weigh-in and will be disqualified.
27. TOURNAMENT HOURS: All crappie brought to the weigh-in line must have been caught during tournament hours from tournament waters by the team presenting them to the scales. Tournament hours will be announced at the Seminar. Example: Fishing hours 7 am – 1 pm, you are allowed to be on tournament waters any time after 12:00 am, begin fishing at 7:00 am and your baits must be out of the water at 1:00 pm. If your bait are in the water at 1:00:01 pm then you will be disqualified.
28. LENGTH: All crappie brought to the scales for weigh-in must meet State length requirements for the State in which they are being weighed and may not have any weight enhancements. Any team bringing in illegal crappie to the weigh-in line will be disqualified.
29. FINAL WEIGHT: Combined weight of crappie brought to weigh-in line will determine the winner, second place and so-on.
30. TIES: In the case of a tie for first place, big fish of each team will determine the winner. All ties split the combined purse of that prize level.
31. AWARDS: Team members must be present at weigh-in site to receive prizes.
Team members are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, honesty, courtesy, safety, conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, Kids Fishing and Education, sponsors, the sport of fishing, and Kids Fishing and Educations efforts to promote the great sport of fishing.
32. CONDUCT: In case of any conduct to complying with the above standards, Kids Fishing and Education shall have the right to refuse any entry application.
33. UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT: Unsportsmanlike conduct can be grounds for disqualification and will be at the discretion of Tournament Director.
All decisions regarding compliance with these rules and the interpretation of these rules will be made by the Tournament Director and Kids Fishing and Education, which reserves the right to make additional reasonable rules for the conduct of its tournaments if circumstances require. All decisions are final and will not be up for appeal.