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Rules for 2009 - 2010
1. Annual membership dues are $35 per person, and are due on August 1. Each fishing member must also pay a $15 per year Tournament Maintenance Fee at his first tournament registration. Children under age of 16 are exempt from these 2 fees.

2. Registration times will be announced and will be held the morning of the tournament. Tournament entry fee is $90 per boat except at Ross Barnett where the entry fee will be $95 per boat (this is to cover the PRVWSD lake fee). Fishing times are from announced time in the newsletter by the TD until 2:00 PM and you must be in the weigh-in line by 2:30 PM. All participants, prepaid or not, must check in at registration table the morning of the tournament and sign Tournament Entry form. All boats must be at registration site and available for inspection by the Tournament Director.

3. Fishing start times will be announced for each tournament and all tournament fishing time ends at 2:00pm. You must be in the weigh-in line by 2:30pm. Teams may be on their first fishing spot early, but may not drop hooks into the water until the official Announced Start Time. Tournament Entries may fish with up to six poles per boat with no more than 2 hook sets per pole. No more than two people are allowed in tournament boats at any point during tournament hours except for emergencies, assistance with boat troubles, or assignment of a tournament observer. Cell phones, radios and any other form of electronic communication may not be used to get fishing information. Electronic communication is allowed in the case of boat trouble, emergencies or personal, non-fishing related phone calls.

4. Unlimited Substitute Rules. In an attempt to bring new members into the club, Teams may use substitutes in any regular tournament. All adult subs must pay annual Membership Fee ($35) plus annual Tournament Maintenance Fee ($15). There is no limit to the number of substitutes (children or adults) a Team can use during the regular season. At registration, an established Team must declare and register their sub as a sub. Otherwise, the first two adult fishermen become an established team. Members of established Teams may not serve as substitutes. The intent of this Unlimited Substitute Rule is to bring in potential new members, not to co-mingle existing teams. No substitutes (child or adult) may fish the “Finals”. Subs may be declared as a regular Team member at any point during the regular season. Subs who have not been declared as a regular member of a Team may serve as a substitute on more than one team during regular tournaments.

5. Weigh-in Rules. Weigh-ins will begin at 2:30 PM. At least one team member must be in the immediate weigh-in area with no more than 7 crappie caught by the tournament team on tournament day in a bucket before 2:30 PM. Teams that have not turned in weigh in tickets before 2:30 PM will be declared late and receive 10 points only for entering. Fish judged by the Tournament Director to be under 10 inches will be thrown out and may not be replaced by another fish. Fish must be kept healthy as possible. There is no penalty for dead fish but any fish that is questionable can be taken out by the Tournament Director or Weighmaster. In the event they can not agree, the President will break the tie. The remaining fish will be weighed. Presenting more than 7 crappie to the weigh-in crew will cause the team to be weighed last, giving them one more opportunity to count to 7 crappie. Teams should have no form of ice in the container when container is handed to the weigh-in crew. If ice is present when presented to the weigh in crew, that team will be weighed last after they have removed all forms of ice from the container. Fish will be weighed only one time. Disqualified teams will receive 10 points for entering. Teams may weigh as many Big Fish as they like.

6. Payouts will be based on the club’s 2009-10 Regular Tournament Payout Schedule.

7. Overall Points Rules. Overall Points will be kept for the year, and the Top Ten teams will be recognized at the Awards Banquet. Teams will receive 10 points for entering. Fish will be weighed to the nearest 1/100th of a pound and a like number of points will be assigned to the team’s Points total at each regular tournament.

8. Big Fish Rules. Every boat is entered in the Big Fish pot upon registration. This is not optional and is part ($10 per team) of the entry fee. Two Big Fish prizes will be made at each regular tournament—1st place is 60 %, 2nd place is 40% of the day’s Big Fish Pot. One team may win both Big Fish prizes.

9. Post-Season Payout Rules. To qualify for any of the Post-Season Activities and Payouts, teams must have been entered in all but two “held” tournaments, have a total of 90 points or more, and each member of the team must have sold at least one (1) book of raffle tickets (1 book=25 tickets). Teams will have a “window” to pay tournament entry fees retroactively for missed tournaments. This “Window” closes at mid-season, and the exact “window” date will be announced in the newsletter as the regular season progresses. Tournaments that were scheduled but not “held” do not count for you or against you. There will be 3 Post-Season Payout pots.
Big Mama Pots— The regular season will be divided into 2 splits. The 1st split includes the first 5 held regular tournaments. The 2nd split includes the remaining held regular tournaments. Teams may win more than one Big Mama prize per split. The pot will be built at the rate of $5 per boat per regular tournament. The pots for the two season splits may vary depending on the number of boats entered in each split. Five Big Mama prizes per split will be awarded. 1st @ 30 %, 2nd @ 25 %, 3rd @ 20 %, 4th @ 15 %, 5th @ 10 %. Additionally, a $250 Biggest Big Mama prize will be awarded for the heaviest fish caught during the regular season.
Overall Points Payout-- $1.00 per point per team will be awarded to every team that meets the post season qualifier.
“Championship” Payout-- The “Championship” tournament will be held at the end of the regular season. This event will be 2 one-day tournaments. Exact dates and lake site(s) will be announced later. “Finals” Rules will be issued separately.

10. In the event of inclement weather on tournament day, those members of the Governing Board present will meet and may cancel the tournament. Entry fees for canceled tournaments that are not rescheduled will be returned. Canceled tournaments do not count toward qualification for Post-Season activities or payouts.

11. The Tournament Director is in charge of all activities on Tournament Day. At his discretion, teams may be subject to polygraphs, boat checks, and official observers. In the event a protest is lodged, the TD will listen to the initial complaint and may decide to take the protest to the Protest Committee as provided in the Club’s By-Laws. Protests must be filed with the TD on the day of the tournament. All Protest Committee and TD decisions are final. There is no appeals process.