Rules


OFFICIAL RULES FOR THE  2014 SUPER TEAM TOURNAMENT TRAIL

1. RULES CHANGES: These rules shall remain unchanged throughout 2014.  Interpretation and enforcement rules shall be left exclusively to the tournament director.
Tournament director may impose sanctions as deemed appropriate for rule infractions  without limitation e.g., disqualification, forfeiture of prizes, entry fee and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. Federal, state, local and lake laws and rules must be obeyed at all times and shall supersede Super Team rules when in conflict.
2. PARTICIPANTS AND ELIGIBILITY: Membership is required to participate in all Super Team tournaments. Tournament eligibility and entry is open to all members in good standing and with at least one team member 18 years of age or older.
3. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND DRUGS: During tournament hours no alcoholic beverages or narcotic drugs may be consumed or allowed in the boat while on the water, except prescription medications.
4. SPORTSMANSHIP: All entrants in Super Team tournaments must follow standards of sportsmanship, safety and conservation at all times. Displaying of poor sportsmanship and bringing unfavorable publicity to the sport of bass fishing shall be grounds for disqualification. If one team member is disqualified, the team shall be disqualified.
5. BOATS & MOTORS:  There is no horsepower limit, however, no engine may exceed the BIA horsepower rating for the boat in use. All boats must meet US Coast Guard and state regulations. All boats must have an emergency kill switch. All boats must have a functioning aerated livewell suitable to sustain a tournament limit in reasonable condition. Standing on seats, or motor or the use of ladder or raised platform for the purpose locating or fishing for bedding fish in not permitted.
6. SAFETY: Boating safety must be observed at all times during practice and competition.  A US Coast Guard approved chest type life preserver (PFD) Type III or higher, must be worn and properly fastened any time the combustible engine is operative and the kill switch must be attached to the driver with a lanyard no longer than forty-eight-48” in.
7. TACKLE & EQUIPMENT: Intentional snagging of fish will not be allowed. Trolling with the aid of combustion or electric motors is not permitted. Only artificial lures may be used. No live bait or prepared bait permitted with the exception of pork rinds. Liquid fish attractants are allowed. Only one (1) rod may be used at any one time. Other rods may be in the boat and ready for use, however, every cast and retrieve must be completed before another cast is made. Rods may not exceed eight feet in length. The use underwater cameras are not allowed during competition. Cell phones may not be used to locate fish or gain fishing information during tournament hours.
8. PROTESTS: All protests must be submitted in writing prior to the official closing of the scales.
9. POLYGRAPH: All contestants are subject to a polygraph testing. Failure to submit is grounds for disqualification. Any contestant who has failed a polygraph test for cheating in a bass tournament is not be eligible to compete in Super Team tournaments. Polygraph testings are preformed at the discretion of the tournament director.
10. OFFICIAL BOATS: Officials boat(s) may be on the water for boat inspection, observation and filming during tournament hours. Entrants shall cooperate with all
reasonable requests from official boats.
11. SCORING FISH: Each team may weigh in five (5) fish per day with a minimum of 12 inches in length, unless state or lake limits are greater, measured on a flat board with mouth closed and tail compressed. Any team weighing-in a fish shorter than the legal tournament length will be assessed a one (1) lb.. penalty plus the loss of the short fish. Any team bringing more than five (5) fish to the scales will be disqualified. A penalty of .20 lbs. per dead fish will be deducted from the total weight. Only largemouth, spotted, smallmouth bass will be scored. Any team returning to the checkpoint late will be penalized at the rate of one pound per minute up to 15 minutes. After 15 minutes no  weight will be allowed.
12. BREAKDOWNS: Contestants must leave and return to official checkpoint by boat. In the event of equipment failure, there shall be two permitted methods of returning to the check-in and weighing fish. (1) By both partners remaining in their boat and being towed by water, or (2) By one partner entering the boat of another Tournament contestant or staff member along with the days catch. Teams fish must be kept separate. A team may be allowed a replacement boat only after contacting the tournament director and getting his approval.
13. CULLING FISH: It is the responsibility of each team to keep no more than a maximum of five (5) fish in a live well. If more than five fish are present in the live well during the event you will be subject to disqualification. No culling is allowed in the host marina.
14. PERMITTED FISHING WATERS: No fishing is allowed inside the host marina area. All fishing must be done from a previously inspected boat. No tube or wade fishing allowed. No fishing is allowed within 50 yards of a .Gas dock. No fishing is allowed within 25 yards of another anchored or tied tournament boat with trolling motor out of the water, without the anchored boat's permission. Both team partners must fish from the same boat. Only contestants may be in the boat during the tournament hours. Having a non-contestant sit on a hole for you shall not be tolerated. Hole sitting will not be tolerated. Boats may not be trailered to weigh in during the tournament hours unless under the direction of the tournament director. Contestants must be able to get the boat into the fishing area without getting out of the boat. Navigable waters are the only waters to be fished during the tournament. Contestants cannot leave the boat to and a fish. The practice of restricting the natural movement of fish by any means such as, but not limited to the use of nets, tanks, or dams shall not be tolerated and will result in immediate disqualification. No baiting of fishing holes during practice will be tolerated. Restricting the access to waters normally accessible to anglers by any means such as felling of trees or placement of obstructions will result in disqualification.
15. GUIDES/PROS: No guides may be used on the practice days. Guides / Pros will be allowed to participate in the event provided they have fished a preceding
tournament in that circuit's series of seven. If it is their first tournament, they must pay for the next tournament in advance.
16. REGISTRATION: By mail or in person at Fish'N Stuff. A $20 late fee is in effect the Friday at 6pm preceding the Sunday tournament. Late registration will be taken 4-6pm on Saturday at tournament HQ and at the tournament launch site the morning of the tournament.
17. OFF LIMITS: The lake will be off limits Monday thru Thursday the week of the tournament (on AR River, you must stay two locks away from tournament water).
Friday and Saturday are practice days. All entrants must be off the water by sun set on practice days.
18. CONSERVATION: Adequate live wells are mandatory on each boat. They must provide aeration to sustain a limit of fish in as good and releasable condition as
possible.
19. CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: Qualifying will be based on a points and pound format beginning with 100 points for first place and descending down by one 1 point per place. In each event. First Place will receive 100 points plus their weight, e.g., 1st Place = 100 points + 20.50 lbs. = 120.50 points, 2nd Place = 99 points + 20.00 lbs. = 119 points. This procedure will be followed for all teams weighing fish. The lowest team having weight will be the last points given bases off the point's structure. All remaining teams that fished but did not weigh fish will receive one-half (_) of the last weighing teams. points. No points shall be awarded to contestants that pay but do not fish.
20. CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING: You must fish a minimum of 5 regularly scheduled team tournaments during the year to qualify for a championship berth
based on points system. You must fish a minimum of 6 regularly scheduled team to qualify for a championship berth based on the Wild Card. system. Championship qualifiers will be determined after the last regularly scheduled tournament in each region. Each member is allowed to fish all qualifing events alone and represent the
team. A contestant may fish the first event alone without a designated partner. The team must be declared prior to the contestant fishing their second event. Team members may accumulate points when fishing alone providing the other team member does not participate in that event.
21 PARTNERS: A member may fish the first event alone without a designated partner. A team with two members must be declared prior to fishing a second event.
Members accumulate points for the designate team when fishing alone providing the other team member does not participate in that event. Each member is allowed to fish all qualifing events alone and represent the team. No substitution of partners will be allowed except in cases of partner death, catastrophic illness or military duty at the director's discretion. Championship but only their best 7 points events will be calculated toward a championship berth regardless of the number of tournament fished.
22. CHAMPIONSHIPS: The top 35 teams plus 5 wild card teams will qualify for the Arkansas Championship. Wild cards will qualify in last event (the top 5 teams who are not in the top 35 by points that have fished 6 events). A $200 entry fee will be added to the championship fund for this event. Also 5 Arkansas Couples Teams and 3 Teams from Vince Miller’s Tuesday Night Tournaments will qualify for this Championship. Super Team Championship Prize: Tracker Pro 170 with 40Strke 40 Mercury . A $500 Cash Prize will be awardered at each SUPER TEAM Winner fishing out of a boat they bought from BRADFORD MARINE and ATV (MUST BE ORIGINAL OWNER). Can ONLY BE WON ONCE A YEAR.

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