2018 KBF Partner Program

Strength in Numbers

Kayak bass fishing clubs and circuits are invited to build a strategic alliance with KBF that benefits both organizations. This page provides details of the 2018 KBF Partner Program.

Partner Program Aims

  • To engage with kayak fishing clubs and tournament tours that share KBF’s mission to (a.) increase the numbers of people engaged in kayak fishing, (b.) be a reliable source of information on the sport, and (c.) conduct well-organized, professionally-run, and highly-rewarding kayak fishing competition.
  • To standardize competition through consistent, fair, objective, and thorough rules, standards, and practices.
  • To help Partners acquire funding sources.
  • To increase tournament and KBF Challenge participation levels, raising the level of competition, increasing payouts and attracting more sponsors, spectators, and publicity.
  • Through competition, to drive innovation that introduces new materials, gear, and techniques that benefit not only competitors but recreational kayak anglers, too.
  • To support, recognize, and reward the individual contributions of tournament directors and organizers.

Partnership Benefits

  • KBF Liability Insurance — As member of North America Tournament Association, the world’s largest fishing organization, KBF and its affiliated Partners are covered by KBF’s NATA Event Liability Insurance Policy [See also NATA Certificate of Membership]. Through NATA, KBF also obtain Certificates of Insurance for parks and municipalities that require they be named as insured parties.
  • KBF TRAIL Series Hosting Opportunities — Partners may coordinate with KBF staff to plan and conduct KBF TRAIL Series or KBF OPEN Series Tournaments to elevate its profile, help it grow, and provide opportunities for its members to compete in regional events close to home.
  • Qualifications for the 2018 KBF National Championship. Each KBF Partner is authorized to award two or more KBFNC Qualifications to KBF Members in the organization based on merit.
  • KBF Advisory Role: Partner representatives are invited to serve on Facebook private groups that address a range of issues.

 Partnership Requirements

  • KBF Membership: There is no minimum requirement for KBF Membership among club members, but perks increase with the percentage and number of KBF Members in each Partner organization.
  • KBFNC Qualification Awards: KBF Partner organizers/directors award KBF National Championship Qualifying Slots to KBF Members in its ranks on the basis of competitive performance.
  • Group Rosters: KBF Partners provide a roster of active participants at the beginning of the year in order to calculate liability insurance premium amounts. Again, on August 1, Partner rosters are submitted to KBF and then returned with KBF members and KBFNC-qualified flagged. This is how the correct number of KBFNC Qualifications authorized for each Partner is determined.
  • Standardized Rules: KBF Partners are invited to use KBF Competition Rules Standards as the foundation for their own rules. This is optional, but it helps ensure the scoring criteria will be consistent for anglers wishing to enter each fish for multiple concurrent competitions (e.g., club tournament and two different Challenges). Partners may link to the KBF Competition Rules Standards and then includes their own group- or event-specific Rules Addenda.


KBF recognizes four categories or “tiers” of partnership: Prospect, Provisional, New, and Legacy.

A. Prospective Partner

1. Submitted KBF Partner Profile/Application after April 30

2. No agreements offered until the following year

B. Provisional Partner

1. Submitted KBF Partner Profile Form/Application from January 1 to April 30

2. Agreement executed & first deliverables by May 31

3. 1 KBFNC Qualification

4. If 50+ KBF Members by 9/1, 1 KBFNC Qualification per Partner tournament with 30+ registrants

C. Inaugural Partner

1. First year as KBF Partner, or a return after a hiatus of one or more years.

2. Partner Profile & Application received by December 31

3. Agreement executed & first deliverables submitted to KBF by January 31.

4. 3 KBFNC Qualifications, 1 TD KBFNC Qualification

5. If 50+ KBF Members by 9/1, 1 KBFNC Qualification per Partner tournament with 30+ registrants

6. If 50+ KBF Members by 9/1, 2 KBFNC Qualification per Partner tournament with 75+ registrants

7. If 50+ KBF Members by 9/1, 3 KBFNC Qualification per Partner tournament with 100+ registrants

D. Legacy Partner

1. Organization has been a KBF Partner continuously for one or more years.

2. Partner Profile & Application received by 12/31

3. Agreement executed & first deliverables by January 31.

4. 5 KBFNC Qualifications or 10% of KBF Members in the organization, whichever is greater, plus 1 TD KBFNC Qualification,

5. If 50+ KBF Members by 9/1, 1 additional KBFNC Qualification per Partner tournament with 30+ registrants

6. If 50+ KBF Members by 9/1, 2 additional KBFNC Qualification per Partner tournament with 75+ registrants

7. If 50+ KBF Members by 9/1, 3 additional KBFNC Qualification per Partner tournament with 100+ registrants

8. If 50+ KBF Members by 9/1 and six Partner Tournaments of 30+ registrants, three additional KBFNC Qualifications per Partner Championship/Year-end Classic

Qualification Procedure

A. If Partner meets eligibility standard, Qualification awarded to highest rank(s) only, with no roll-downs (meaning possible double-, triple-qualification by the same members)

B. Partner determines the structure it will use for year-end awards of KBF-NC Qualifications to its KBF Members

1. May skip organization’s KBF Members who qualified previously in Partner and KBF competition

2. Options include but are not limited to annual/AOY ranking, Championship/Year-end Classic ranking, top places at Events during the season, or other quantifiable, competition-based ranking.

KBF Commitments and Deliverables

A. Event Liability Insurance

1. COI required by many venues

2. Legal defense and claims payment protecting organization, officers from 3rd party claims

3. Incident reports

4. Saves Partner clubs from $350 to $2,000+ per year or $5 per participant per event

B. Pathway for competitive advancement to regional- and national-level KBF Events

C. Presence on the KBF Partner List web page, providing visibility to KBF Members and kayak bass fishing enthusiasts, which can feed Partner growth

D. Use of acceptable KBF-approved Tournament Management System at no charge for Official KBF Events (e.g., TRAIL, OPEN Series)

E.  Access to KBF volume pricing/preferred customer status for apparel, decals, promotional items and special purchase options with all participating KBF sponsors

F. Referrals and endorsement to prospective sponsors

G. Opportunity to host a KBF TRAIL or OPEN, which provides additional KBF-NC qualifying opportunities for Partner’s members


H. Graphic assets, web support, and social media promotion (logos, social media group and event header artwork) Graphic files are available on the KBF Graphics Resources Page.)

I. Representation for KBF policy and program review, refinements, and communications

J. Use of KBF Competition Rules Standard, in total or part, by link or appropriation (OPTIONAL)

K. Administrative, marketing, operational support to Partners that host KBF TRAIL and OPEN Series Tournaments and assistance in promoting Partner events/series to the maximum extent possible

Partner Commitments and Deliverables

A. Along with executed agreement, provide KBF with a roster of the organization’s “active members,” defined as competitors or group members who participated in two or more Events during the 2017 season.

B. Identification

1. Integration of KBF Partner logo in organization’s social media to identify it as a KBF Partner

2. Integration of KBF Partner logo on organization’s website (if applicable) to identify it as a KBF Partner

3. Addition of KBF decal to organization’s event banner (if applicable)

C. On August 1; provide KBF with a roster of “active members” for identification of KBF Members, calculation of percentages, and final authorization of KBFNC Qualifications

D. On or before December 1; provide to KBF a list of the Partner’s KBF Members who were awarded KBFNC Qualification, including their state or province of residence and email addresses

E. Advice

1. Assign one Partner Representative to the KBF Advisory Group private Facebook group

2. Assign Partner Representative(s) to the KBF Partner private Facebook group

F. Advocacy

1. Represent KBF and its management in a positive light with the Partner’s membership

2. Encourage organization’s members’ participation in KBF Events

3. By example and influence, encourage KBF Membership among organization membership. There is no minimum requirement for KBF Membership among club members, but perks increase with the percentage and number of KBF Members in each Partner organization.

How To Become a 2018 KBF Partner

To begin, each returning, new, or prospective Partner is asked to complete and submit a KBF Partner Profile Form. You’ll be asked for the Organization’s identify and location, plus a description of the event or series. There will be spaces to describe your organization’s objectives, issues, resources, and requirements. We’ll also request more info on your organization, like contact names, web and social media properties, event schedule, and your active membership roster (for insurance premium calculation).

Kristie Hoover, KBF’s Partner Program Manager, serves as KBF Partners’ primary contact and will follow up to review program expectations and benefits, and answer any questions. If the organization’s leadership is satisfied with the answers and agreement terms, then an authorized representative is asked to fill out and digitally sign a KBF Partnership Agreement and submit it, with a group roster of active members, to KBF. Upon receipt of the roster and executed agreement, the new Partner will then be authorized to enjoy Partner benefits and will be provided access to KBF Partner resources in a password-protected area of this Website.


KBF Partner Q&A

Why is KBF trying to get all kayak fishing groups to adopts its Competition Rules Standards?

Adoption of KBF Competition Rules Standards is optional.

KBF is not trying to impose control over the clubs but, rather, to offer resources that can help the kayak fishing community standardize its rules, practices, technology, judging criteria, and tools. Our goal is for an angler who catches a fish to be able to count that in one, two, three or more concurrent competitions. To facilitate that, all of those competitions should be using the same measuring boards, applying the same scoring criteria, perhaps using the same online apps for uploading, scoring, and displaying results. Also, by adopting a common foundation of rules, kayak anglers who fish in events run by different organizations will have a fairly consistent experience and go in with a more accurate set of expectations on how it’s going to go.

Does a KBF Partner pay KBF anything?

No. KBF covers its operational and administrative costs through membership fees, sales of merchandise, sponsorship admin fees, and venue host fees. Funds that come in through KBF BONUS BUCKS all go back out to participants in that program, as do the lion’s share of Entry Fee funds.

Organizations pay no charge to become KBF Partners. We hope KBF Partner leaders will promote KBF membership among their members.

Must KBF Partner's members or participants still supply their own liability insurance?

KBF’s Event Liability Insurance covers the organization and its leaders, organizers, and directors for claims by third parties. Each individual member is protected against claims by the liability insurance that is part of their homeowners or renters insurance.

In today’s litigious climate, it’s a good idea to be covered by a liabiity insurance policy. The individual insurance mandate for bass tournament participants grew out of bassboat competition and out of whitewater kayaking competition. Some venues require that all organizing groups present proof of liability insurance coverage and that they be provided with a Certificate of Insurance that names them as co-insured on the policy.

NATA’s liability insurance policy covers KBF, KBF Partner organizations and their officers and directors against claims by third parties arising out of loss or injuries at any event, not limited to competitive events. Every homeowner’s or Renter’s policy has a liability insurance component that provides liability protection, which covers individuals within the organization.

If an angler gets injured or killed in a club-sponsored event, or if property is damaged as a result of an organization’s activities, the venue host, club, its organizers, the TD, and KBF will, in all likelihood, be named in lawsuits brought by the injured parties or the surviving family members. The coverage pays for legal defense and of any judgment, up to one million dollars per claim with no aggregate limit.

Can KBF Partners use the KBF Identifier Form for their own events?

Yes, you may. KBF provides links to a single form or 8 to a page. Both as PDF files, so you can print off and cut out several before you need them. KBF will also have them pre-printed on card stock for KBF tournaments and will make them available to KBF Partners, too.

At what point must one join KBF to be eligible for a 2019 KBF-NC Qualifying Slot?

At the very least, one must join KBF before being awarded a KBF National Championship Qualification.

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