2020 KBF Challenge Series300+ opportunities for advancement in competition at national or state/province levels
KBF Challenges provide KBF Members opportunities to compete in places and times most convenient to them. They are catch-photo-release (CPR) online competitions using TourneyX and are organized at either the State or Regional level. KBF State Challenges run twenty-one (21) days. KBF Regional Challenges are typically of shorter duration—two, three or four days.
In 2019 KBF began rolling KBF State Challenges based on local weather and state regulations. Weather patterns and open seasons were considered in establishing the first month of competition for each state or province. Those with relatively warm winter months that permit year-round fishing will begin in January. Moving northward, the states will see events posted on TourneyX beginning in March, April, May and June. If five or more KBF Members in a state commit to compete in a month earlier than shown on this page’s roll-out map, notify the Series Director and KBF will set up that event.
Prerequisites: KBF Membership (Competitor, AmBASSador, or Lifetime) is required to compete in KBF Challenges and be eligible for KBF Challenge Points. KBF Membership dues must be paid no later than 12:00 a.m. Central Time (not necessarily local time zone) of the first day of competition for a registrant to be eligible for prizes and awards. Non-members who register and compete will be contacted and offered an opportunity to pay their KBF dues or receive a refund for their Entry Fee.
Concurrent Events: KBF Members may submit the same photo of a fish they catch in up to five concurrent KBF competitions (two bordering states with reciprocal fishing license agreements, a Regional Challenge, a KBF TRAIL Series Tournament, and a Pro Tour Event, for example). While most opt to compete in only one state or region at a time, KBF Members have been known to compete in up to four regions, states or provinces during the same month—as well as in several TRAIL Series Tournaments. KBF Members often register and compete in KBF State Challenges of the states to which they travel for KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments, Member-only Tournaments, and Championships. If permitted by their rules, the photos submitted in KBF competition may be submitted in KBF Partner or non-affiliated club or circuit competition, too.
Registration: Event registration deadline is 12:00 a.m. on the first day of competition, in the time zone set for each event. For example, If one wishes to compete in the May Virginia KBF State Challenge, which is in the Eastern Time Zone, then he must register by May 1 at 12:00 a.m. EDT. No registrations are permitted once competition has begun.
Time Zones: For states or regions with multiple time zones, events go by the predominant time zone. For example, East Tennessee is in Eastern Time Zone and the rest of the state in Central. The Tennessee KBF State Challenge is set up for Central Time Zone. Indiana uses multiple time zones but Eastern Time Zone is designated for state events. Arizona has regions on Pacific Time and others on Mountain Time, but only one—Mountain Time—is used in setting up events for the entire state. The Southeast Region encompasses states in both Eastern and Central Time Zones and uses Eastern Time for its schedule. Competitors must be aware of this and adjust accordingly so as to not start or end an hour early or late.
All 2020 KBF Challenges will be run using the TourneyX Tournament Management System. Get started by creating a free TourneyX account. One may use a web browser on a computer or mobile device to register for an event by opening the Event Page (using the search function or jump to KBF Tournaments). Or, one may download the free TourneyX app for Apple or for Android devices and register in the app.
Minimum Registration Threshold (MRT): KBF Regional Challenges with fewer than five registrants are cancelled. If fewer than five register in a state for a KBF State Challenge, that state is merged with a bordering state—usually one having the fewest registrants of its own and similar black bass characteristics. If the combined number is still less than five, then another state is selected for merger. Once merged, states remain so for the rest of the 2020 season unless a waiver is granted by the Series Director.
Entry Fee: $35 per Challenge. This includes both the Challenge and Big Bass competition. $5 covers TourneyX charges. $1.31 is retained by PayPal. $7.50 is held back for the KBF Challenge Series Championship prize pot, and KBF covers all adminstrative costs, so $21.19 from each registration goes into the pot that is distributed as event cash prizes.
Refund requests must be received before competition start time; requests for refunds after competition has started will be denied. An administrative fee is charged for requests received after the date stated in the KBF Event Rules Addendum.
Cash Prizes: One place pays for 5-9 registrants, and then one for each additional ten. That is, two for 10-19, three for 20-29, etc. [See 2020 Challenge Series Payout PDF.]
KBFNC Qualification: Awarded to top 10% of field, rounded to the nearest 10, minimum one qualification per Event (per state or multi-state group, in monthly KBF State Challenges). If Competitor has previously qualified, the award does not roll down.
• 5-14 Registrants: first place qualifies
• 15-24 Registrants: top 2 places qualify
• 25-34 Registrants: top 3 places qualify
Challenge Points: At each KBF Challenge, Points are awarded, ranging from a maximum of 600 to a minimum of 120 (for active participants) or 60 (for non-participating registrants), dropping by 5 points from one place in rank to the next. Points from one’s top three KBF Challenges plus the KBF Challenge Series Championship (four scores in all) make up a KBF Member’s 2019 Challenge Points score. The maximum possible points, at 600 per event and 1,200 at the Championship, is 3,000. Ties in overall ranking are broken by competitors’ scores earned at the 2019 KBF Challenge Series Championship.
Challenge Points are the basis for 2019 KBF Challenge Angler and 2019 KBF Challenge Rookie of the Year awards. State and Regional Challenge Anglers of the Year will also receive recognition. KBF Challenge Points also are part of the equation used to identify KBF Members who will be invited to compete in the 2019 KBF Challenge Series Championship.
KBF Challenge Series Championship: October 2020 on a lake to be announced in the center of the United States. This will be at the same time and place as the 2020 KBF Partner Championship. The following qualify to compete in the 2019 Challenge Series Championship:
- Challenge winners (first place only; no roll-downs)
- Top 5 residents of each state and province based on Challenge Points total from each one’s top three events (regardless of the state/province in which they were earned)
- Top 50 residents of each KBF Region (all Canada is included in Central Region) based on Challenge Points total from each one’s top three events (regardless of the region in which they were earned)
- Cut-line: all KBF Members whose 3-event Challenge Points total is 1,700 or more
If a KBF Member has already qualified by winning, or by rank in either state/province or region, qualifying position do not roll down.
Rules: KBF Competition Rules apply and are comprised of the foundation, “KBF Competition Rules Standard,” and an event-specific set of rules and details called the “KBF Event-specific Rules,” which is on each KBF Event Page. Links to all Challenge Event Pages will be on KBF’s “2020 Events Schedule” web page.
Challenge Series Angler of the Year and Rookie of the Year are named at the 2020 KBF Challenge Series Championship.
State Challenge Points Leaders will be recognized for each state and province having five or more 2019 Challenge Series participants. Awards are based on state/province of residence as indicated by the member’s KBF online store account and TourneyX profile—not on the competition location. If a KBF Member relocates during the season, the state or province in which he resides most of the season will be considered his “state/province of residence.”
Example: KBF Member “Matt Bass” lives in Iowa. He competes in North Central and Northeast KBF Regional Challenges, and in IA, MN, FL, and WI KBF State Challenges. Here are Matt’s best three events:
• 595 Challenge Points earned for placing second in a WI State Challenge
• 585 Challenge Points for fourth place in an IA KBF State Change
• 595 Challenge Points for second place in a Central Region One Night Stand.
That gives him a 3-event total of 1,775 Challenge Points. If that’s tops in the state, then Matt wins the 2019 Iowa KBF AOY Title (ROY is not tracked at the state level). Since his top-3 score is over the 1,700 cut line, he qualifies automatically for the 2020 KBF Challenge Series Championship.