KBF Competition Rules Standard

Revised December 24, 2017

Rules Revision

No revisions are pending at this time.

Refer to the KBF Rules Revision  Log for a complete record of previous changes to the KBF Competition Rules Standard.

KBF Competition Rules Standard

The terms and conditions presented in this document apply between Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC (“KBF”) and those persons registering for and participating in KBF competitive Events (“Competitor”). “Events” include both “Tournaments” (meet-up competition) and “Challenges” (distributed competition where participants do not congregate). The pronouns “he,” “him,” “himself,” and “his” herein are used as generic, gender-neutral terms and do not restrict or confirm access on the basis of sex.

Each Kayak Bass Fishing (“KBF”) Challenge, Tournament, or Big Bass Brawl (referred to herein as “Competition”) is conducted according to Competition Rules found in two documents:

  1. KBF Competition Rules Standard (this document) cover about 90% of the terms, conditions and standards common to all KBF Events.
  2. KBF Event Rules Addendum, located on the KBF Calendar Event Page, presents the remaining event-specific rules and details such as dates, locations, times, fishable waters, and local restrictions.

Together, these two documents comprise the KBF Competition Rules. As a condition of participation in any KBF Competition, the participating angler (“Competitor”) agrees to read, understand, and comply with all KBF Competition Rules. Failure to comply will result in penalty, which may range from points deductions to submission denial or disqualification.

For each Event, the Tournament Director (“TD”) will be identified in the KBF Event Rules Addendum. He has responsibility for interpretation and enforcement of the KBF Competition Rules and may amplify or clarify them to make them more relevant or complete. KBF management will review the TD’s action and revise the KBF Competition Rules appropriately. Such revisions will be summarized in a Revisions Log (above) and highlighted in red in the body of the rules standards. Announcement of the rule changes will also be posted fifteen (15) days prior to implementation in the Kayak Bass Fishing Facebook Group Page, KBF Members-only Facebook Group Page, KBF Advisory Group Facebook Page, and the Kayak Bass Fishing Facebook Company Page.

Table of Contents

  1. Participation and Eligibility
  2. Fish Eligibility
  3. Competition Period
  4. Pre-fishing
  5. Competition Area
  6. Cooperation and Assistance
  7. Fishing Tackle, Equipment and Methods
  8. Watercraft & Propulsion
  9. Photo Standards
  10. Scoring
  11. Penalties
  12. Awarding of Prizes
  13. Taxes
  14. Sale of Prizes
  15. Safety
  16. Competitor Conduct
  17. Disputes and Appeals
  18. Public Comment
  19. Unavailability and Force Majeure
  20. Compliance with Laws
  21. Waiver and Release

1. Participation and Eligibility

A. KBF Membership

i. Unless otherwise exempted in KBF Event Rules Addenda, to participate in KBF Member-only Tournaments and Challenges, each Competitor must be an active KBF Member at least one day before start-of-competition. These include but are not limited to KBF Challenges and Championships. Non-members who fish at such Events are not eligible for prizes, ranking, and rewards.

ii. Unless specified as “KBF Member-only” participation in any KBF Event is open to both KBF Members and non-members who meet all other eligibility requirements specified in KBF Competition Rules. These include but are not limited to KBF OPEN Series and KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments.

B. Professional Fishing Guides may register and compete in Events providing they do not guide-for-pay on Eligible Water within 30 days prior to the Event’s start-of-competition date.

C. Event Registration — All KBF Competitions are conducted using a Tournament Management System (“TMS”). Each angler who wishes to participate in such an Event must create a TMS user account before the first day of competition.

i. Any Competitor who desires to compete in a KBF Challenge is required to sign up for the Event and pay the entry fee on the TMS.

ii. For all Tournaments (e.g., KBF OPEN Series, KBF TRAIL Series), TMS registration and use is strongly recommended but not absolutely required. If an angler does not have Internet access and the Registration Deadline permits, he may register and pay the Event Entry Fee as late as the pre-tournament Check-in deadline at Tournament HQ, and a Tournament Director (“TD”) or an Event staffer can assist in setting up a TMS account and adding his name to the Event Roster.

D. Entry Fees — Entry Fee amounts, administrative surcharges, registration deadlines, late fee exceptions, and refund or transfer restrictions are specified in the KBF Event Rules Addendum for each Competition.

No Satisfaction Guarantee — Competitor understands and agrees that payment for the Event does not secure a guarantee or promise of satisfaction.

Competitor’s failure or inability, for any reason except as otherwise provided herein, to participate in any or all of the activities of the Event does not relieve or suspend the Competitor’s obligation to make all payments required by KBF Rules on a timely basis, nor entitle the Customer to a refund or credit, except as provided below.

E. Payment — Competitor agrees that once an Event Registration is submitted, the terms and conditions of the KBF Competition Rules constitute an Agreement that is a legally binding and enforceable obligation of Competitor.

F. Competitor’s Right to Cancel — Any competitor who wishes to cancel an Event Registration may do so by emailing KBF (accounting@kayakbassfishing.com).

For Tournaments, if cancellation email is dated more than 15 days prior to the Event, no administrative fee will be charged. Any cancellation dated 15 days or fewer before the Event shall result in a per person administrative fee equal to the lesser of $25 or 30% of the Event Registration Fee.

For Challenges, if cancellation email is dated more than 1 day prior to the Event, no administrative fee will be charged. Any cancellation dated 1 day or less before the Event shall result in a per person administrative fee equal to 30% of the Event Registration Fee.

Once an Event has started, no cancellations will be accepted and no refunds will be provided.

KBF is not responsible for any refunds of expenses related to travel or lodging reservations or other payments involving third parties.

G. Pre-Tournament Check-in — Each Tournament Competitor is responsible for reviewing the Schedule of Events in the KBF Event Rules Addendum for pre-event check-in times and location. Each Competitor must check in with official KBF Competition staff at the time and place designated in the Schedules of Event for verification of eligibility, signing of waivers if required, and rules acknowledgement. Late check-in and registration process (if permitted), event-specific instructions, and Event schedule are specified in the KBF Event Rules Addendum.

H. Captains Meeting Attendance — Tournament Competitors are required to attend an on-site Captains Meeting or view a recorded “Virtual” Captains Meeting Webcast, as stipulated in the KBF Event Rules Addendum. Failure to either view a Virtual Captains Meeting or attend an on-site Captains Meeting results in a Competitor’s disqualification from the Event.

2. Fish Eligibility

A. Species—For “Bass” KBF Competitions, only “black bass” are eligible for scoring. That designation includes the three most common species (Largemouth Bass – Micropterus salmoides, Smallmouth Bass – Micropterus dolomineu, and Spotted or Kentucky Bass – Micropterus punctulatus) as well as other less well-known species or varieties:

i. Shoal Bass – Micropterus cataactae
ii. Redeye Bass – Micropterus coosae
iii. Suwannee Bass – Micropterus notius
iv. Guadalupe Bass- Micropterus treculi
v. Bartram’s Bass – Micropterus bartrami
vi. Alabama Spotted Bass – Micropterus punctulatus henshalli
vii. Mean Mouth Bass – hybrid offspring of M. dolomieau and M. punctulatus

For Competitions involving other species (e.g., Hybrid Striped Bass, Striped Bass, Sea Trout, Flounder, Redfish, Walleye, Catfish, Musky, Pike) the species of fish permitted for scoring will be specified in the KBF Event Rules Addendum. Submission of a photo of an ineligible species will result in denial/disqualification of the photo.

B. Length—The minimum length of bass scored in competition is 12 inches, except for KBF TRAIL Series Tournament, for which the minimum length scored is 8 inches. Photos of bass shorter than the minimum specified for an Event will be denied.

C. Condition—Bass must be hooked in the mouth or jaw. It may not appear to have snagged, snatched, or hooked in the body or a fin. Bass must appear to be alive. If bass appears to be dead, mutilated, frozen, mangled, or otherwise damage, or it appears to have been mashed, mauled, or otherwise altered, the photo will be denied.

D. Caudal (Tail) Fin—The tip of at least one lobe of the caudal (tail) fin must be contact with the measuring board. If the entire caudal (tail) fin is lifted away from the measuring board so that the tip is no long in contact, the photo will be denied.

E. Eye—The left eye must be visible in photo. Violation will result in denial of the photo.

3. Competition Period

A. Competition start and end dates and times are stated in the KBF Event Rules Addendum. Any Competitor who begins fishing before the official Competition Start Time on any day of competition will be disqualified from the Event. Under no circumstance will a fish photographed outside of the official Competition Start and End times be considered for scoring.

B. Check-in — Tournament Competitors who have already submitted digital photos by upload to the TMS must be in the Judges’ Check-in Line at Tournament HQ by the time specified in the KBF Event Rules Addendum. Failure to be in or through the Judges’ Check-in Line by that time will result in disqualification from the Event.

C. Early Check-in — Tournament Competitors who could not or did not upload their photo submissions to the TMS must report to the Judges’ Check-in Line at an “Early Check-in Time” specified in the KBF Event Rules Addendum and turn in their digital media (i.e., memory card), camera, or camera phone with USB cable in order for judges or tournament staff to download them to a computer and then manually upload them to the TMS for subsequent evaluation and scoring.

4. Pre-fishing — Practice in Eligible Watermore info is permitted until the time specified in the KBF Event Rules Addendum on the day prior to Competition.  If no pre-fishing deadline is stated in the Addendum, then practice may continue up until six hours prior to competition start time. There are no restrictions regarding areas, type of watercraft, or types of bait used in pre-fishing. Fishing on the event’s eligible water after the specified prefishing deadline will result in disqualification from the Event. (Refer to Rule 6 regarding pre-fishing with a professional fishing guide.)

5. Competition Area

A. Competitive fishing is allowed only on publicly-accessible waters within the geographic area designated by the KBF Event Rules Addendum as “Eligible Watermore info.” Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.

B. Competitors may launch from any public-access shore directly onto Eligible Water or may launch and then paddle or portage to Eligible Water. Crossing restricted property to reach Eligible Water is not permitted. Tributaries, canals, sloughs or estuaries separated from the rest of eligible water by temporary obstructions (e.g., fallen trees, log jams, beaver dams) that, if removed, could be entered by floating/paddling are considered eligible waters in which competition is permitted, and competitors are permitted to drag or portage watercraft over or around such obstructions. Those separated by obstructions of a permanent nature (e.g., levees, earthen or concrete dams, berms, roadbeds, spillways, waterfalls) are ineligible water, and competition in such areas is prohibited. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.

C. Competitors are not restricted to fishing where they start out each day but are permitted to relocate to other Eligible Water during tournament hours.

D. Watercraft must not be anchored in such a position as to prevent or block access for other watercraft or powerboats. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.

E. Wade fishing is permitted provided the Competitor uses his watercraft to access the fishing location. Bass caught while wading or walking the shoreline ARE eligible for submission; however, each Competitor must be within sight of his watercraft while fishing, and the watercraft must appear in every bass photo submitted. Competitors may depart the watercraft to catch and land fish. If a Competitor must go out of sight of his watercraft for any reason (e.g., for a restroom break or to contact a tournament official by phone or other means, or to report an emergency), he must cease fishing until he returns to his watercraft, at which time he may resume fishing. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.

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a.) Photos that competitors submit for scoring in every KBF Challenge or tournament must be of fish caught from Eligible Water. To be “Eligible,” the body of water must be inside the competition area boundary, during public-access hours, be accessible to the public, and be where fishing is permitted by regulations. b.) If a community pond is posted and reserved for residents only so that unauthorized use would be trespassing, even if you can drive right up to a ramp and launch, that water is ineligible Permission to use private lakes or ponds or cross private property does not make that water eligible. If a community lake provides public access, though, even though it’s otherwise surrounded by private property, it’s eligible. Whether the water is under the jurisdiction of any level of government (municipal, county, state, federal), corporately-owned, or privately-owned, with or without a user fee requirement, the criteria for eligibility are (i.) public access and (ii.) regulatory approval for public fishing. Areas posted continuously as “Off Limits” or “No Fishing” by regulatory authorities or owners do not qualify as “Eligible Water.” A competitor must be able to access the water from or across publicly-accessible areas or right-of-ways. He may NOT cross property where egress is not permitted to all. c.) If a pay-to-fish lake does not discriminate so that any member of the public may pay the user fee to fish it, that’s a public-access water and is eligible. d.) If a lake has posted use times, it is eligible only during the hours permitted by the owner or the regulatory body. For example, Montgomery Bell State Park allows fishing from sunrise to sunset. Even if a competitor is able to reach the lake across publicly-accessible property, the lake is eligible only during the posted hours.

6. Cooperation and Assistance

A. Up until the end of the established pre-fishing period, competitors may fish with and receive direct assistance from other anglers and professional guides on the Eligible Water, except as restricted in Rule 6.B., below.

B. Within 30 days prior to the Event, a Competitor may not fish on Eligible Water with, nor receive expert advice from, a professional fishing guide who accepts payment for such services. Violation will result in Competitor’s disqualification from the Event.

C. Before and during the event, competitors may (a.) share gear, tackle and equipment, (b.) assist in photographing a fish for submission, and (c.) communicate with and fish in proximity to other people, including other Competitors (except Professional Fishing Guides, as stipulated in Rule 4.B., above); however, then may not receive assistance in catching fish, including boat positioning, casting, retrieving, hooking, playing, or landing a fish. Violation will result in Competitor’s disqualification from the Event.

7. Fishing Tackle, Equipment, and Methods

A. All bass must be caught live, the Competitor using only equipment and legal methods that comply with all sportfishing statutes and regulations of the states and body of water in which they are taken. Competitors are responsible for research of and compliance with all applicable fishing and boating regulations. Snatching or snagging fish is not permitted. When visually fishing a bed for spawning bass, to be admissible all bass must be hooked inside the mouth. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.

B. All bass must be caught on rod, reel, line and hook with artificial lures only. No traps, snares, set lines or other methods of fishing other than rod, reel and line are permissible, even if legal under state game laws. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.

C. Acceptable measuring boards include the “Hawg Trough” manufactured by Hagen’s (pictured below), a FishStik Version 2 (with Bump Board Arrows and Lock Slide) and the Ketch Co Measuring Board. Measuring boards may be shortened b removing inches from the upper end (opposite the fence) For example, one may cut a measuring board off at the 26 inch mark in order to fit crossways between a watercraft’s gunwales. However, it may not be broken, snapped, or cut apart and then reassembled at any point between the two ends. A crack that does not separate the measuring board into pieces and does not affect the measuring board’s accuracy may be repaired and reinforced for use. Violation will result in denial of photo.

Hawg Trough

D. Competitors may share measuring boards.

E. A break of the measuring board’s fence may be mended for use if the repair is rigid, flat and at a right angle to the measuring surface. The mended measuring board must be submitted to the Tournament Director, personally or by two or more emailed photographs that clearly show (i.) the mended area and (ii.) a side view of the measuring surface and the fence. Violation will result in denial of photo.

F. Each competitor must use a mobile phone with camera or a digital camera or video camera capable of producing still photos with memory card and/or download cable to submit digital photographs.

When a Competitor’s smart phone becomes inoperable or is lost, he may share smart phones with other Competitors, provided each Competitor logs into his own TMS account in order to submit photos of fish he caught. Competitor under the same circumstances may share digital cameras, provided each Competitor can clearly and positively identify photos of the fish he caught. Violation will result in denial of photo.

G. Only artificial lures and biodegradable artificial lures may be used. No live bait, preserved bait, or prepared bait will be permitted during competition, with the exception of pork strips or rinds. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.

H. Only ONE casting, spin-casting, spinning, or fly rod and reel may be in use at any one time. A rod and reel is considered to be “in use” when a lure attached to it by a line is in or on the water. A hung lure (one snagged in an overhanging tree) that is not in or on the water is not considered in use and the attached rod and reel may be set aside while another is in use.

I. Nets and grippers (e.g., Fish Grip, Boga-Grip) may be used for landing bass during tournament competition, but grippers must not remain attached to the fish in photos. Violation will result in denial or disqualification of the photo.

J. If a Competitor breaks his line while setting the hook or retrieving a fish, he is allowed to make an attempt with the rod being used or by hand to secure the line and land the fish to be counted as legal. He may NOT hook the line with another lure, rod and reel, or other device. If a Competitor loses his rod and reel while landing a bass he MAY use another rod and reel to retrieve the lost outfit. If after retrieval, the bass is still hooked, it may be landed, photographed, and submitted as a legal fish. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.

8. Watercraft & Propulsion

A. Watercraft acceptable for use in KBF Competition are:

i. Small, narrow, single-hull watercraft not exceeding 44 inches in hull width and 17 feet in hull length, or 18 feet in combined hull length plus attachments, and…

ii. that the manufacturer identifies and sells as a kayak, including inflatable kayaks and modular kayaks

iii. Stand-up paddleboards (SUP)

iv. Canoes

v. Other watercraft specifically approved in advance of competition by KBF Management. If unsure about the acceptability of a watercraft, contact KBF Management in advance for eligibility determination.

vi. Under no circumstance will the following watercraft be approved for use in competition:

a. Gas- or liquid-fueled motorized or hybrid fuel/electric powerboats or personal watercraft
b. Sailboats
c. Jon boats
d. Pirogues, coracles, and rowboats
e. Dinghies and skiffs
f. Float tubes, inflatable rafts, and rigid inflatable boats (e.g., Zodiac)
g. Pontoon boats, pontoon-style pond boats, twin-hull watercraft, or similar.

Use of watercraft in competition other than those listed above will result in disqualification from the Event.

B. Watercraft propulsion is restricted to paddle, pedal, pole, or electric motor.

C. Unless specifically prohibited in the KBF Event Rules Addendum, use of a single electric propulsion unit per watercraft in KBF-sanctioned competition is approved with the following restrictions:

i. Competitors must comply with all boating regulations pertaining to motorized kayak/electric-propulsion watercraft registration, use, and operating restrictions for the designated fishing area. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.

ii. Electric motor used to propel a watercraft:

a. must be attached to the kayak in a safe manner for operation, and

b. may not exceed the lesser of (a.) manufacturer’s labeled Maximum HP/Thrust Capacity, (b.) 3 HP, or (c.) 155 foot-pound thrust. Violation of either condition will result in disqualification from the Event.

D. Towing, transport or relocation assistance from another watercraft, including “mothershipping,” is NOT permitted except in cases of emergency, as when pulling a kayak from a danger zone or restricted area. Once the emergency has ended, the Competitor may resume fishing only if the watercraft was pulled no more than 100 yards from the danger zone. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.

E. Trolling (i.e., lure(s) attached to a single rod and towed behind a watercraft while underway) is permitted in KBF Competition.

9. Photo Standards—Digital photographs of each bass submitted to judges for scoring must meet these criteria:

A. Unique—Each digital photo submitted by the same Competitor in each Event must be of a different bass. Subsequent digital photos of the same bass submitted by the Competitor in an Event will be denied.

B. Visible/Legible—Each photo must be in sharply focused and clear enough for a judge to:

i. Verify the correct Identifier Form and Event ID Code. Inability of the judge to verify will result in denial of photo.

ii. Verify the bass’ condition. Violation will result in denial of photo.

iii. Verify the bass’ length. Judge will score fish at the greatest length of which he is certain.

iv. Verify whether its jaw or lip is in contact with the measuring board fence. Inability of the judge to verify will result in a penalty of 1 inch.

v. Except where covered by hand or fingers, the entire bass, from its mouth/jaw to the tip of its caudal (tail) fin, must be visible in photos. If either end is covered or cropped off, the photo will be denied.

C. Centered—Camera lens positioned directly over the center of the bass’ body, which contributes to accurate measurement by judges. Photos taken at a low angle in order obscure an open mouth may be denied or penalized at the Tournament Director’s discretion.

D. First-generation—Each digital photo must be a first-generation image (not a photo or screen-shot of another photo). Violation will result in denial of photo.

E Identifiable—Official KBF Identifier Form above, below, or beside that bass (not covering any portion of the bass, unless attached to the Competitor’s hand or arm). Neither a hand-drawn form nor an image of the KBF Identifier Form on a smart phone are permissible. Violation will result in denial of photo.

F. Background—Competitor’s watercraft clearly visible in the photograph. Violation will result in denial of photo.

G. Hand Position.

i. Hand or finger(s) may be in contact with the caudal peduncle (fleshy, scaled part of the bass’ body at the base of the caudal fin) but not touching any portion of the caudal fin (tail fin). Violation will result in a 1-inch deduction in score.

II. No portion of a hand or finger may be under the fish’s operculum (hard gill flap). Violation will result in denial of photo.

H. Mouth

i. Bass’ lip or jaw must be in contact with measuring board fence (bump board, upright), and the fence must be visible in the photo. Violation will result in denial of photo.

ii. Mouth is preferred closed for uniformity of measurement. If mouth is clearly open less than 1/4 inch, no penalty will be assessed. If judge considers the mouth to be open 1/4 inch or more, even if it is structurally unable to close, a one-inch penalty will be assessed.

I. Not “In-possession.” In most states, though not all, unless a bass is secured by a restraint device or is placed in a holding container, state regulatory agencies do not consider it to be “in possession” by Competitors, so states’ minimum length regulations do not apply for photo submissions. If Event takes place in a state where photographing a fish constitutes “possession,” and a photo is submitted of a bass that does not comply with state size limits, the photo will be denied. (Refer to regulatory compliance, Rule 7.A.)

10. Scoring

A. Bass length is determined by its caudal fin (tail fin) touching or crossing the quarter-inch ridge/line on the measuring board. If it falls short of a 1/4-inch mark, the length is rounded down to the next lower 1/4-inch mark that the bass’ caudal fin actually touches or crosses.

B. If any portion of a bass’ caudal (tail) fin extends off the measuring board, the score will be determined by the highest 1/4-inch measurement reached or crossed by the portion of caudal fin on the Measuring Board. Any portion of the caudal fin extending off the Measuring Board is not considered in scoring.

C. Tournament ranking, contingency awards, Angler of the Year Points, and Championship qualification shall be determined by the aggregate length of each Competitor’s photos remaining on the Leader Board when judging has concluded and the Dispute Period has closed. Unless otherwise stipulated in the KBF Event Rules Addendum:

i. In one-day tournaments the scores of the five longest bass on the Leader Board when judging is complete will be combined to determine the aggregate score.

ii. In two-day tournaments, the scores of the five longest bass of Day 1 and the five longest bass on Day 2on the Leader Board when judging is complete will be combined to determine the aggregate score.

D. If a Competitor’s photo is denied by a judge after end-of-competition, it may be automatically replaced by a previously submitted and auto-culled photo; however, no Competitor may submit a replacement photo after end-of-competition time.

E. In the event of a tie in score, the tied competitors’ longest (highest-scored) bass are compared, and the tie breaks in favor of the competitor with the longest (highest-scoring) bass. If the longest bass are equal, the second-longest bass are compared and determine which competitor wins the tie. If the second-longest are identical, the third bass is compared, and if they, too, are identical, then the fourth bass breaks the tie. If all four of the tied competitors’ highest scoring bass are identical, then the tie breaks in favor of the competitor whose last Leader Board photo was uploaded earliest.

F. KBF judges apply the following scoring criteria to adjust measurements, approve or deny photos, and to penalize photos by deducting points (length) or disqualifying a Competitor.

Item Photo Scoring Criteria Penalty
Photo Blurry photo/length unclear: scored at the highest mark of which there is no doubt n/a
Photo Blurry photo; completely unable to judge Deny
Photo Appears to be second-generation (screen shot, photo of photo) Deny
Photo EXIF data and other evidence substantiates photo taken outside of Eligible Water boundaries Deny
Photo EXIF data, other evidence substantiates photo was taken outside of competition hours Deny
Photo Multiple digital photos submitted of the same bass; unintentional violation Deny
Photo Multiple digital photos submitted of the same bass; evidence indicates intentionally Ban
Photo Competitor’s watercraft not visible in photo background Deny
Photo Entire fish not in picture Deny
Orientation Bass positioned with right side of body toward camera; head pointing right and caudal fin left Deny
Orientation Bass positioned with dorsal fins at bottom of photo, pelvic and anal fins upward Deny
Identifier Official identifier Form missing, counterfeit, or incorrect for event Deny
Identifier Identifier Form is lying on or covering any portion of the bass Deny
Identifier Incorrect Event ID Code for Event Deny
Fish Secured by restraining device (e.g., stringer, tape, or clip attached to bass) Deny
Fish Photo violates state regulations regarding possession Deny
Species Photo of any other than the species or varieties approved for the Competition Deny
Body Body length less than 8 inches (KBF TRAIL) or 12″ (all other KBF Events) Deny
Body Any portion of a hand or fingers under the fish’s operculum (hard gill flap) Deny
Body Finger(s) or hand touching the caudal (tail) fin 1.00″
Body Entire caudal (tail) fin entirely lifted away and out of contact with the measuring board Deny
Body Eye covered; not visible in photo Deny
Body Bass appears to have been snagged, snatched, or hooked in the body rather than mouth Deny
Body Bass appears to be dead, mutilated, frozen, mangled, or otherwise damaged Deny
Body Bass appears to have been mashed, mauled, or otherwise altered to increase its length Deny
Mouth Bass lip or jaw clearly not touching measuring board fence (upright end plate) Deny
Mouth Unable to ascertain with certainty that bass lip or jaw is touching measuring board fence 1.00″
Mouth Mouth slightly open, but clearly less than 1/4 inch 0.00″
Mouth Mouth open 1/4 inch or more, even if it appears to be structurally unable to close completely. 1.00″

11. Penalties

A. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director may impose such penalties as deemed appropriate, including without limitation, the following:

i. Reduction of score (length) as described above or determined by the Tournament Director

ii. Loss of catch for the day or up until the violation has been remedied

iii. Disqualification from the tournament in question

iv. Any additional penalties determined by the Tournament Director including but not limited to monetary fines and/or reduction of Competitor of Year points.

Subject to the appeal process set forth below, the Tournament Director’s decisions on violations are final.

B. Following a review of evidence, a determination by KBF Director of Operations of cheating or conviction of fraud will result in permanent revocation of KBF Membership, suspension from all Kayak Bass Fishing competition and KBF-affiliated Events, and series, and revocation of all KBF Social Media privileges. The findings will be published on a password-protected KBF Members-only web page.

C. Competitor acknowledges that (i.) the use of polygraph tests may be necessary to verify compliance with rules and to settle disputes and (ii.) entry constitutes acceptance of this requirement and agreement to abide by its conclusion. Refusal by a Competitor to submit to a polygraph test is grounds for immediate disqualification from the KBF Event and prohibition against future participation in any KBF-affiliated Event. Results of a polygraph test will not be the sole determining factor in a KBF Management Review of a Competitor’s eligibility for awards and qualification for future participation but may be one of several factors considered in such review.

D KBF Director of Operations shall

i. Have the discretion to determine the need for a Polygraph examination.

ii. Be responsible for (i.) selecting an independent expert to administer the polygraph test, (ii.) establishing, in consultation with the expert administrator, the scope of the questions that may be asked during the test examination, and (iii.) interpreting the results.

iii. Have sole responsibility selecting the location, date, and time of the test nearest KBF headquarters with respect to all concerned parties schedule and travel cost.

E. The Competitor shall:

i. Make himself/herself available at the location selected by the Tournament Director

ii. Cooperate in all respects with such test.

F. Competitors may be selected at random to undergo polygraph examinations during or following KBF competitive Events.

12. Awarding of Prizes

A. Prizes and numbers of positions paid out are addressed in the Event Rules Addendum. Amounts paid per rank are subject to change based on participation (lower value for fewer entries and higher value for more entries) and sponsor provision.

B. Prizes will be processed after all photos submitted for scoring have been judges, the results reviewed by a separate panel, and disputes have been resolved.

C. Product prizes (e.g. kayaks, paddles, propulsion units) may require additional processing or delivery time. This allows competitors some flexibility in selection of model, color or style. Product selection may be limited to specific features and models.

13. Taxes — Competitors are responsible for all applicable taxes on both cash and merchandise awards. Failure to meet those obligations may result in disqualification from all future KBF events. All prize recipients whose cumulative total for the year adds up to $600 or more must fill out and turn in an IRS Form W-9 including name, address, social security number, signature and date. These are used to prepare IRS 1099 forms for distribution in January.

14. Sale of Prizes — No prizes won participating in KBF Events may be advertised or promoted for sale on KBF Facebook pages for a period of one full year. Violation of this rule will result in ineligibility for all future events and forfeiture of qualification status.

15. Safety

A. During competition, every Competitor must have all required Coast Guard safety equipment, (e.g., light source, whistle or other audible signal device, Coast Guard-approved chest-type life preserver [PFD]). See www.uscgboating.org/.

B. PFD Usage — At all times, except as described below (Rule 15.C. PFD Wear Exception) while on the water during competition hours, Competitors must wear either an inherent-flotation or inflatable USCG-certified PFD, either vest-style or float jacket. A belt-style PFD, even one that deploys as a vest, is not permitted during Competition. The PFD must be properly positioned and adjusted to conform with USGC and manufacturers’ instructions. When an infraction, as described above, is verified by the Tournament Director, the competitor is disqualified from participation in the event.

C. PFD Wear Exception — If all of the following conditions exist, Competitor may briefly remove his PFD while afloat in order to change, add or remove articles of clothing:

i. No fishing lines are in the water; and
ii. The watercraft is not underway; and
iii. Weather and water conditions permit one to do so safely; and
iv. Competitor is over the age of 12.
When finished changing his attire, Competitor must immediately put the PFD back on before resuming navigation, fishing, or any other competition-related activity.

Read Crystal Keill’s article on wearing of PFDs.

D. The Tournament Director has the right to postpone or cancel the start of an official tournament day because of bad weather or other factors that would jeopardize Competitors’ safety. Tournament waters may also be restricted at any time because of bad weather.

E, In the event of weather emergencies that pose an imminent threat to Competitors, the Tournament Director may terminate Competition before the scheduled end-of-competition time. An Early Termination Announcement with an adjusted end-of-competition time will be broadcast to Competitors via email and group text messaging and will also be posted on the TMS site and social media sites. The Announcement will also specify an adjusted report-in time and location. If safe to do so, upon receiving the Announcement, Competitor should make his way to the specified location at that time.

Competitor is required to stop fishing as soon as he receives the Early Termination Announcement. No photos of fish caught after the adjusted end-of-competition time may be submitted for scoring; however, to accommodate those seeking shelter immediately, Competitor has up to 15 minutes after the Adjusted End Time to submit a photo of any bass caught before the adjusted end-of-competition time/photo submission deadline.

F. In the event of an emergency situation, Competitor should call 911 first and then notify tournament officials as soon as possible.

G. Use of alcohol or drugs (other than those purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a licensed physician) by any Competitor during an Event will not be tolerated and will be cause for automatic disqualification from this and all future KBF tournaments. No alcoholic beverages or other non-prescription stimulants or depressants shall be allowed in watercraft during competition days. Chemical substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude, 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 after circumstances are reviewed by the KBF Director of Operations. Any disqualification, suspension from, or other disciplinary action regarding any tournament or fishing organization, shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation in a KBF tournament, and/or disqualification from a KBF tournament, after circumstances are reviewed by the KBF Director of Operations.

H. Night Tournaments that take place between April 1 and September 30, in which boats leave or return after 10:30 P.M., must comply with the following six stipulations in order for the event(s) to be eligible for Event Liability Insurance coverage provided through the North American Tournament Association’s policy.

i. All participant boats must be equipped with working Coast Guard approved running lights. Running lights must remain on in accordance with the governing state regulations. [Note: Kayaks are categorized by USCG as “oar-driving craft” and meet USCG requirements by having an “electric torch” (a.k.a. flashlight) that can be used to signal other boaters. While anchored, all watercraft must display a 360-degree white light. Some states impose additional requirements.]

ii. The tournament director shall have predetermined the availability of cell phone or radio coverage to assure reasonable communications in the event of an emergency. [Note: All competitors should make sure their cell phone numbers are entered in the TMS and the Tournament Director should have a list of all competitors with cell phone numbers for texting or calls.]

iii. The tournament director shall have on hand the contact information for emergency rescue and medical services and must maintain the ability to make contact at all times during the tournament.

iv The governing authority, as required by law or ordinance, shall be notified of the tournament date and hours.

v. The tournament rules shall mandate an on the water speed limit of not more than 35 miles per hour between sunset and sunrise. [This should pose no problem for our competitors.]

vi. The tournament director shall have in place a system of accounting for the return of all participants. [Note: This includes not only an end-of-competition check-in but also a way for competitors who leave early to notify the TD.]
16. Competitor Conduct — Competitors participating in any KBF sanctioned event must observe the applicable rules for the specific event in which they are participating and must conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects favorably on the sport of kayak bass fishing, KBF, its members, officers or representatives, tournaments or sponsors. Competitors are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, integrity, safety and conservation in support of the sport of kayak bass fishing, especially when in the vicinity of non-Competitors who may be on or beside Eligible Water. Any Competitor who violates these principles or behaves in ways the reflect unfavorably up KBF efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters and courtesy, may forfeit tournament winnings, face suspension from future KBF sanctioned events, be permanently banned from competition, or any combination thereof deemed appropriate by KBF.

17. Disputes and Appeals

A. If a Competitor wishes to dispute a rules violation penalty, a judge’s scoring decision, or other action that materially affected the Competitor’s ranking or prize eligibility, he must email a dispute with the Tournament Director within 48 hours (2 full days) following completion of Event judging. The dispute must include the following:

i. Event title, location, and date
ii. Description or identification of penalty imposed, or condition being disputed
iii. Reference to pertinent rule
iv. Reason for dispute and requested action

Except for situations involving fraud or other law violation, any disputes submitted after the 48-hour dispute deadline will be reviewed without affecting the outcome of an event. No change in rank or reward will result from disputes submitted after the deadline. Only Competitors in the Event where the disputed action occurred may submit disputes. Disputes must be handled privately. All parties directly involved will be provided a copy of the dispute. The Tournament Director will review the Competitor’s claims, thoroughly investigate the disputed decision, and issue a ruling.

B. The Competitor who filed the dispute may appeal the Tournament Director’s ruling. Appeals of rulings must be presented to the KBF Director of Operations via email within 48 hours from the time and date of ruling. An Appeals Processing Fee of $100 must be paid to KBF via PayPal Funds Transfer. KBF Director of Operations will impanel an appeals committee comprised of one KBF staff member not involved directly in directing or judging the Event and two KBF Members who were not Competitors in the Event. Appeals hearings shall take place within seven (7) business days from the date of receipt of the written appeal, and all parties must make themselves available at prescribed time of hearing. The appeals committee will submit its findings and recommendations to the KBF Director of Operations, whose decisions are final. If the Director of Operations rules in the Competitor’s favor and reverses or nullifies the ruling, then the entire Appeal Processing Fee will be refunded; however, if the ruling stands, then the Fee is forfeited.

18. Public Comments

A. The favorable public reputation of KBF as a sanctioning organization in the sport of kayak bass fishing, the integrity of its officials, and the reputation of its media channels are valuable assets and tangible benefits for KBF. Accordingly, it is an obligation of Competitors to refrain from comments in public forums and social media or to the news media that unreasonably attack or disparage the integrity of Kayak Bass Fishing tournaments, tournament officials, sponsors, fellow members, fellow Competitors or the KBF organization. Competitors are encouraged to express themselves and have the right to question the rules officials. Responsible expressions of legitimate disagreement with KBF policies are encouraged, as opposed to attacks upon the integrity of the rules or officials. However, public comments that a Competitor knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of Kayak Bass Fishing LLC, KBF officials, KBF members or sponsors, may result in disciplinary action.

B. Sponsor contributions will not be devalued by disputes or disagreements in public forums or social media platforms.

C. Publicly disputing any judgment decisions by a Tournament Director, KBF Director of Operations or judges will result in participants receiving one warning followed by disciplinary action up to permanent disqualification for repeated offenses. Any public dispute of final rulings, ongoing determination by judges or judging panel is grounds for immediate disqualification from the current Event and termination of any eligibility for future Events, even if previously qualified. This provision is not intended to discourage legitimate disputes but to ensure that a fair and unbiased approach is used and the approved challenge and appeals processes are followed in determining the best possible outcome.

19. Unavailability and Force Majeure — KBF will use reasonable efforts to hold the Event; however, under no circumstances will KBF be held responsible for unavailability caused by circumstances beyond KBF’s control, including flood, fire, hurricanes, earthquakes or other “acts of God,” acts of government, civil unrest, acts of terror, strikes or labor problems nor will any Event Registration be cancelled, altered or amended once the Event has commenced on the basis of circumstances beyond KBFs reasonable control.

20. Compliance with Laws — This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Tennessee. All rights and obligations of the KBF and the Competitor under this Agreement are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. These terms and conditions shall be deemed revised to conform to applicable statutes, rules and regulations. KBF may modify the terms and conditions stated herein at any time in its sole and absolute discretion. Competitor shall be bound by the modified Agreement and agree that no other modifications shall be enforceable. This Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties and supersedes all prior agreements between the parties, whether written or oral. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision hereof shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. The waiver of any breach shall not constitute a waiver of any subsequent breach.

21. Waivers and Releases

A. Name and Likeness Release — By registering for this Kayak Bass Fishing Event, the Competitor grants to Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC and Kayak Bassin TV the right to use all photographs, likenesses, stories, accounts, details of Competitor contributions, exploits, interviews, bloopers, and information pertinent to the Kayak Bass Fishing Event, as well as any video footage, photographs gathered at the Event, for marketing and promotional purposes. This release is granted without expectation for additional compensation upon submission of Event Registration.

B. Waiver and Release of Liability — As a condition of participation in a Competition, and by virtue of registering for the Competition, each Competitor agrees to accept the terms and condition of the Kayak Bass Fishing Waiver and Release of Liability Agreement (below). This Agreement absolves Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC, its officers, staff, and volunteers from responsibility and threat of litigation in the case of injury, loss, or death sustained by a Competitor in the Event. Registrants under the age of 18 must have their waiver/release form signed by the parent or adult guardian who will accompany them throughout competition. A printed copy of the Kayak Bass Fishing Waiver and Release Form (below) is available at the Event HQ Check-in Table and must be signed and on file with Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC before a registrant is eligible to compete.


Attachment A – Adult Registrants
KAYAK BASS FISHING WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY AGREEMENT
READ BEFORE REGISTERING FOR ANY KBF COMPETITIVE EVENT

In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in the Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC’s Event and its related competition and activities, I, the undersigned (or registrant), being at least 18 years of age, acknowledge, appreciate, and agree that:

  1. I affirm that my participation in any KBF Event is voluntary and declare that I am physically fit and capable to participate in such; and
  2. I acknowledge that kayak fishing participation and competition involves certain inherent dangers, and hazards; that the risk of injury from the activities involved in this event is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular skills, physical fitness, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and,
  3. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation; and,
  4. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary Terms and Conditions for Participation. If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and immediately bring such to the attention of KBF Officers or Tournament Directors; and,
  5. in full recognition and appreciation of the dangers and risks inherent in such activities, I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS KAYAK BASS FISHING, LLC and its owners, officers, managers, officials, volunteer event staff, agents and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, event service and technology providers, and, if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used for the activity (“Releasees”), with respect to any and all injury, disability, death, or loss or damage to person or property, whether arising from the negligence of the releasees or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law, and I hereby waive, release, and forever discharge Releasees from and against any and all claims, demands, actions, or causes of action, for costs, loss, expenses, or damages to personal property, or personal injury, or death, which may result from my participation in the KBF Event.

I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.

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Participant’s Name (Print)                                          Participant’s Signature

_____________________________________         ___________
Date of Signing                                                           Participant’s Age
(Note If Participant is under 18 years of age, do not use this form. Registrant and Adult Supervisor must use Attachment B – Youth Registrants)

 

 

 


Attachment B – Youth (under age 18)
KAYAK BASS FISHING WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY AGREEMENT
READ BEFORE REGISTERING FOR ANY KBF COMPETITIVE EVENT AND/OR SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT

In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in the Kayak Bass Fishing, LLC’s Event and its related competition and activities, I, the undersigned (or Registrant), being under the age of 18, acknowledge, appreciate, and agree that:

  1. I affirm that Registrant’s participation in any KBF Event is voluntary and declare that Registrant is physically fit and capable to participate in such; and
  2. I acknowledge that kayak fishing participation and competition involves certain inherent dangers, and hazards; that the risk of injury from the activities involved in this event is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular skills, physical fitness, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and,
  3. Registrant (and Adult Parent, Guardian, or Designated Adult Supervisor) KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full responsibility for Registrant’s participation; and,
  4. Registrant willingly agrees to comply with the stated and customary Terms and Conditions for Participation. If, however, Registrant or Adult Supervisor observes any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and immediately bring such to the attention of KBF Officers or Tournament Directors; and,
  5. in full recognition and appreciation of the dangers and risks inherent in such activities, I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS KAYAK BASS FISHING, LLC and its owners, officers, managers, officials, volunteer event staff, agents and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, event service and technology providers (including but not limited to TourneyX), and, if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used for the activity (“Releasees”), with respect to any and all injury, disability, death, or loss or damage to person or property, whether arising from the negligence of the releasees or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law, and I hereby waive, release, and forever discharge Releasees from and against any and all claims, demands, actions, or causes of action, for costs, loss, expenses, or damages to personal property, or personal injury, or death, which may result from Registrant’s participation in the KBF Event.

I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.

_____________________________________        x___________________________________________
Registrant’s Name (Print)                                          Registrant’s Signature

_____________________________________         ___________
Date of Signing                                                           Registrant’s Age

[   ] I will serve as Adult Supervisor and will accompany Registrant while he is on the water during competition hours.[   ] In place of or in addition to me, the Adult KBF Member designated below will act as the Adult Supervisor and will accompany Registrant while he is on the water during competition hours.

 

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Parent’s or Guardian’s Name (Print)                          Parent’s or Guardian’s Signature

_____________________________________        x___________________________________________
Designated Adult Supervisor’s Name (Print)                Designee’s Signature