OBN Official Rules
Official Rules Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation Effective January 1, 2019
Participation Agreement P1.
HAVING ACQUAINTED MYSELF WITH THE RULES AND REQUIREMENTS IN THIS BOOKLET, I HAVE SIGNED AND DATED THE PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT. I WILL MAIL OR FAX THE COMPLETED PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT AND COMPLETE THE ENTRY FORM BY THE DEADLINE DATES PROVIDED BY B.A.S.S.
In signing this agreement, I hereby agree to be bound by and comply with all tournament rules, payment schedules, late fines and regulations. I expressly assume all risks associated with the tournament series and I hereby release B.A.S.S., LLC, its parent, affiliated and subsidiary companies, the hosts, sponsors and tournament series officials from all claims of death, injury and/or property damage incurred by me in connection with my participation in this tournament series. I certify that I now have or will obtain prior to the tournament series, boat owners liability insurance (including coverage for third party property damage and bodily injury) with no “tournament exclusion,” having a minimum limit of $300,000 per occurrence. The insurance must be issued by a reputable insurer rated A or better by A.M. Best and Company. Policy must include international waters, or a separate policy for international waters must be obtained if I choose to fish international waters during applicable B.A.S.S. events. At B.A.S.S.’s request, I will provide satisfactory evidence of that insurance.
I hereby agree to waive my rights of privacy or publicity with regard to the programs of the tournament in which I appear and consent to B.A.S.S., LLC (and its parent, affiliated and subsidiary companies, its owners, directors, employees and agents and those acting under their permission or upon their authority), copyrighting, distributing, televising, publishing and using in any way the audio and visual portions of any television videotape, film and photographs or pictures of me or of interviews, scenes or other sequences in which I may be included, and any reproduction thereof, anywhere at any time through any medium or media for advertising, promotion, trade, television programming or other lawful purpose whatsoever; and I shall not be entitled to receive any royalties or other compensation in connection with such use.
P2. CONTENT RIGHTS
B.A.S.S. holds the content rights to the tournaments it owns and operates. However, B.A.S.S. grants certain exceptions, including the following content rights, to tournament participants:
- Anglers may use up to 10 minutes of video, shot by the angler during a tournament, for promotional or marketing purposes, and in social media.
- During tournaments B.A.S.S. may ask to mount a GoPro or similar camera in a competitor’s boat (the footage may be used in B.A.S.S.’s web or TV coverage). A competitor is required to comply, even if he already has a personal camera mounted in his boat. Refusing to comply may result in a penalty.
- Still photos taken by an angler during a tournament may be posted to social media and the angler’s website.
- A.S.S. also encourages anglers to send photos, videos and updates to firstname.lastname@example.org for exposure on Bassmaster.com and our social media pages.
- In social media, you may use our hashtag #bassmaster to amplify and spread your post to our 1 million social fans.
B.A.S.S. reserves the right to revoke these exceptions, and the angler must remove the tournament-related content, if B.A.S.S. in its discretion believes the content is inappropriate or in any way violates other B.A.S.S. rules.
B.A.S.S. wants to help promote both your brand and the sport of professional bass fishing through its multimedia assets. If there are stories written about you or by you appearing on Bassmaster.com, B.A.S.S. grants permission to link to these stories, and any others on our website, from your website or social media pages. Please do credit Bassmaster.com.
P3. CONTINGENCY PROGRAMS Contingency programs are sponsor-funded programs developed to reward competitors based on a predefined set of criteria. Participation in contingency programs is at the anglers’ discretion.
P4. ADDITIONAL AGREEMENTS I further understand and agree that the Tournament Director reserves the right to reject my application for any reason and, upon such rejection, to refund the deposit or entry fee. I am currently a member in good standing with B.A.S.S. All anglers who elect to participate in B.A.S.S.-sanctioned tournaments will be required to execute a Participation Agreement containing the rules and regulations, code of conduct and tournament series specific content such as wrapped boat and uniform guidelines. In addition to adhering to the Rules and Code of Conduct, to ensure effective and timely communication between B.A.S.S. and the anglers, I understand that I am required to provide B.A.S.S. with a current e-mail address. If I do not have my own e-mail address, I must furnish an e-mail address for a primary contact person. I agree that delivery of an e-mail to my designated contact will constitute delivery to me. I also understand I must provide my personal cell number capable of receiving text messages from B.A.S.S.
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- RULES AND PENALTIES:
The following rules shall apply to the Ohio BASS Nation State Championship event(s) (i) rules for special tournaments may differ from those contained herein and (ii) these rules may be changed by Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation immediately upon notice by OBN to its membership, which notice may be published on Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation website at www.ohiobassnation.com, Here after the Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation is referred to as the OBN. Interpretation and enforcement of these rules shall be left exclusively to the Tournament Director, OBN rules committee, or his/her designee at a tournament. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director or a rules committee may impose such sanctions as deemed appropriate by them, including without limitation, disqualification, forfeiture of prizes, entry fee and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. Subject to the appeal process set forth in rule 23 below, the decision of the Tournament Director, his/her designee, or the rules committee, shall be final in all matters.
Except for very serious rules violations, as determined by B.A.S.S., and any rules that might lead to disqualification of an angler from participation in OBN tournaments or other B.A.S.S. circuits, rules violations must be reported to tournament officials within 15 minutes of the final day’s weigh in of the alleged violation.
Penalties for rules violations may include the following:
(a) Reduction of competition hours as determined by the Tournament Director
(b) Loss of one or more fish in question. All such fish must be marked and verified by
either your partner/co-angler/observer. If not verified the entire catch may be disqualified
(c) Loss of catch for the day of the violation
(d) Disqualification from the tournament in question
(e) Disqualification from future Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation events, which may be from a specific number of events, a specific period of time, or may be a lifetime disqualification.
(f) Any different or additional penalties determined by the Tournament Director including but not limited to monetary fines and/or reduction of Angler of Year/State Team points.
- PARTICIPANTS AND ELIGIBILITY:
(i)This tournament is open only to current members of B.A.S.S. who are also members of the B.A.S.S. Nation and an affiliated Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation club who are 16 years of age or older. Proof of age to the satisfaction of tournament officials is the responsibility of the potential competitor. Any candidate for competition who, in the judgment of the Tournament Director, is disabled in such a manner as to unfairly hinder their partner or endanger the safety and well-being of their partner or themselves may not be eligible.
It is recommended each contestant have an endorsement of having passed a boating safety course or grandfathered by law. Failure to do so may prevent boating on tournament waters. Boating safety courses are available online.
(ii) During the official practice and competition days of any Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation tournament, no pro or co-angler competitor may operate a boat unless that contestant has documented proof of a minimum of $300,000, per occurrence, boat owners liability insurance covering the boat being used in the tournament. Proof of insurance must be with the boat being used and must cover all passengers in that boat. Random checks will be conducted and any competitor who does not have proof of in-force insurance with $300,000 coverage may be disqualified. Each policy must show an effective start and expiration date. Tournament officials have sole authority to determine if insurance policies meet B.A.S.S., LLC requirements.
(iii) A properly completed pre-printed and signed official entry form (attached to these rules) must be provided to the OBN tournament administrative team prior to the first day of competition. prior to receiving a check in an OBN event, all competitors must complete a W-9 and when required a Form 590, or W-8 BEN provided by B.A.S.S. If tax status or address changes occur, new forms must be submitted prior to participation in the next OBN event. If you don’t turn in your form you won’t be eligible for the state team.
Anglers that are 16 during the tournament season may be eligible for competition as an adult with the following criteria being met:
- Signed parental release form.
- Signed medical release form.
- Current boater education certification
- The angler must meet personally with the tournament and youth directors to discuss the expectations and adult tournament rules.
- PRACTICE AND COMPETITION:
(i) There will be no off limits period for any tournament unless specified by the Tournament Director.
(ii) There will be an official practice period immediately prior to the first day of competition. Two official practice days will begin at 12:01 am the Thursday prior to the start of competition. The competitor must know and observe these dates. During practice and competition a competitor can only have the assistance or advice of another competitor for the purposes of locating or catching bass on tournament waters. Competitors may only fish with other competitors during official practice and competition. The only exception to the above ruling (ii) is is if a competitor is fishing with an immediate family member can be in the boat (the family member can be in the boat but can’t fish or assist the angler in any way for the competition). Flying over tournament waters, other than a ticketed commercial airline, is prohibited during official practice and competition unless approved by the tournament director. The use of drones for the purposes of locating or catching fish or to gain a competitive advantage is prohibited in both official practice and competition. During the official practice competitors are not allowed to live well or keep any bass unless they have permission from tournament officials.
No practicing at night, defined as beginning at 30 minutes after local sunset and ending 30 minutes before local sunrise, to include running to and from a fishing location. In practice and competition, when running in low light conditions, running lights should be in operation.
(iii) Anglers renting boat slips may launch boats and proceed immediately to slip location. Testing of engines after the weigh-in is only allowed with permission from the Tournament Director. NO EXCEPTIONS. During the official practice and during the tournament, a competitor may not snorkel, “skin dive” or “scuba dive” in the tournament waters.
(iv) No competitor may buy or barter a fishing location from any other competitor for use during any competition day.
(v) During the official competition day(s) of the tournament a competitor may not make cell calls for the purpose of locating or catching fish on tournament waters. Cell phones may be used for emergency situations and must be put in SPEAKER MODE during the phone conversation. NO TEXT MESSAGING DURING COMPETITON. TEXT FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSES ONLY ARE PERMITTED. IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY TEXT THE COMPETITOR MUST SHARE THE TEXT WITH THEIR PARTNER IN THE BOAT and OBN T.D. if requested. Competitors are allowed to call lockmasters for locking purposes only. Competitors are allowed to use smart phones for global maps, weather, power generation, tidal charts, notes, etc., however using smart phones during competition to log into daily tournament blogs or social media is not permitted.
(vi) A designated tournament official must be granted access to the competitor’s boat at any time during the official practice or competition days. Failure to grant such access may result in immediate disqualification.
(vii) Each competitor agrees to report to the Tournament Director immediately any violation or infraction of any tournament rules. Failure to report violations, or suggestions to another competitor that they violate these rules, or false verification of weigh-in forms, may be cause for disqualification. Official protests must be filed in accordance with Rule 1.
By signature on the official tournament entry form, each competitor agrees to submit to a truth verification test and abide by its conclusion should he/she be accused of any rule violation.
By entering tournament through OBN website or mail in entry, each competitor agrees to submit to a truth verification test and abide by its conclusion should he/she be accused of any rule violation. The OBN Tournament Director, rules committee, or such person designated by the Tournament Director, shall have the discretion to determine the need for a truth verification test. Failure of a truth verification examination is not appealable. The OBN Tournament Director or his/her designee shall be responsible for selecting an independent expert to administer and interpret the results and establishing, in consultation with the expert administrator, the scope of the questions which may be asked during the test. The OBN Tournament Director or his/her designee shall have sole responsibility selecting the location, date, and time of the test nearest with respect to all concerned parties schedule and travel cost. The competitor shall make himself/herself available at the location selected by the Tournament Director and shall cooperate in all respects with such test. Anglers taking a truth verification test may be responsible for any and all costs incurred. Random truth verifications tests may be administered on site during the course of a B.A.S.S. Nation event.
Each Competitor must complete Online registration by the Tuesday morning at 8am one week prior to the start of the event. Any entries received after the 8am deadline will be refunded. OBN reserves the right to accept entries after the deadline if the OBN deems it necessary to manage the event. The decision for accepting entries late or on time entries lies solely with the OBN and shall be made final by tournament director and or designated rules committee. Mail in entries must be postmarked TWO WEEKS prior to the event date. All refund requests must be done through the tournament director no later than 3 days prior to the event. There will be a 20 dollar processing fee charged for all refunds.
- a) Online and Mail in payments are the only accepted methods of tournament entry. Any bad check fees will be the responsibility of the angler and not the OBN.
- b) Phone in registrations will NOT be accepted.
- c) There is NO mandatory registration and pairings meeting. There will be a courtesy meeting the day prior to competition. All competing participants are responsible for the material covered in the courtesy meeting. Pairing of boaters and co-anglers will be accomplished by computer generated draw. Announcement of fishing partner will be posted to OBN website by the day prior to competition. It is the responsibility of each partner to appear at a mutually agreed location in sufficient time to be at the official checkpoint. The Tournament Director, at his/her sole discretion, may reassign partners prior to the morning take-off. Any competitor refusing to go with an assigned partner will be disqualified immediately.
- d) By using OBN online registration you agree to the rules and the indemnifications listed in the rules without signing any official document. Mail in entries must incorporate the official entry form with a signature.
(i) Safe boat conduct must be observed at all times by competitors. During the official practice and competition, each competitor must wear a Coast Guard- approved chest-type life preserver anytime the combustion engine is running. This preserver must be strapped, snapped or zippered securely, and maintained in that condition until the combustion engine is shut off. Inflatable life vest indicators should be checked daily. Violation of this rule may be reason for disqualification. Inflatable PFD’s are allowed as long as U.S. Coast Guard regulations are met. The Coast Guard requires that inflatable PFD’s must be worn at all times unless there is an equal number of non-inflatable Coast Guard approved PFD’’s on board.
It is suggested the Pro competitor have a safety check with the Co-angler each day prior to launch to familiarize the location of all safety equipment.
It is recommended each contestant successfully complete a boating safety course. Boating safety certification, or a “grandfathered” exception, may be required in certain states. Boating safety courses are available online and should carry an endorsement by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators or NASBLA.
(ii) When boating in low visibility situations i.e. fog, heavy rain, during both practice and competition, competitors must operate their boats at a safe speed and in a safe manner as determined by tournament officials.
(iii) Radar units permanently mounted in the boat, subject to approval by OBN/B.A.S.S., may be approved for competition.
(iv) Tournament officials have the right to delay, shorten or cancel any part of an official tournament day because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the safety of the competitors. Tournament waters may also be restricted at any time because of bad weather. Weather delays resulting in half of the tournament day being lost (first flight take-off and check in), shall result in cancellation.
(v) The Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation reserves the right to impose boat speed limits during any or all tournaments. Whether or not to impose a speed limit, the area covered by the speed limit, and/or the actual speed limit imposed, shall be left exclusively to the discretion of the Tournament Director.
(vi) IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, COMPETITORS SHOULD CALL 911 FIRST AND THEN NOTIFY TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
(vii) COMPETITORS ARE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE BOAT AND SEEK SAFE SHELTER IN BAD WEATHER WHERE DANGER MAY BE IMMINENT.
Competitors in Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation tournaments are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification.
(i) Use of alcohol or drugs (other than those purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a licensed physician) by any competitor, during the official practice or during the tournament, will not be tolerated and shall be cause for automatic disqualification from this and all future Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation tournaments. No alcoholic beverages or prohibited drugs shall be allowed in the boats during the official practice or competition days, or when in the weigh-in area.
(ii) Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a competitor, which reflects unfavorably upon efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters and courtesy, may be reason for disqualification.
(iii) All competitors are bound by the prevailing statutes and regulations of the various states in which they fish. Some regulations may differ from these rules resulting in fines, citations or other penalties at the discretion of law enforcement and may or may not result in tournament penalties. Competitors are responsible for research of fishing and boating regulations.
- ANGLER CODE OF CONDUCT:
Anglers participating in any Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation sanctioned event shall observe this code of conduct and the applicable rules for the specific event in which they are participating. Anglers shall, at all times, conduct themselves in a professional manner that demonstrates integrity, honor and respect toward fellow competitors, tournament staff and general public and does not reflect unfavorably on B.A.S.S., The Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation, its members, officers or representatives, tournaments or sponsors.
Anglers are frequently in the public eye and are considered role models by young people; therefore, it is imperative that tournament competitors demonstrate good sportsmanship in fishing. Sportsmanship is defined as fair play, respect for opponents and polite behavior while competing in the sport
(i) Following are examples of unacceptable behavior by competitors in OBN events that will be cause for penalties as outlined in this document.
- Heated public disagreements with OBN/B.A.S.S. officials, other competitors and fans and volunteers during an event.
- Public attacks through media, including social media, upon the integrity of OBN/B.A.S.S. rules or officials.
- Public comments that an angler knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of B.A.S.S., B.A.S.S. Nation, B.A.S.S. & B.A.S.S. Nation officials or its sponsors
- Displays of anger and displeasure for reasons related to fishing competition where members of the public, including other anglers, spectators and the media, are present.
- Publicly questioning or criticizing a tournament official or official decision, ruling or penalty except through the proper channels.
- Abuse (physical, verbal, threatening or slanderous) of tournament officials, volunteers, fellow competitors or others connected with an OBN/B.A.S.S. event.
- Offensive or slanderous comments with racial, cultural or sexual overtones regarding event officials, event personnel or fellow anglers.
- Intentionally interfering with a fellow angler’s ability to compete.
Any disqualification, suspension or other disciplinary action imposed by any tournament or fishing organization may result in disqualification from competition and rejection of an application for participation in an OBN tournament.
(ii) Chemical substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or crimes involving moral turpitude, may be grounds for disqualification from competition and for rejecting any application for participation.
Any angler who violates any of the provisions of the Sportsmanship Rules or the Angler Code of Conduct may be subject to fines, reduction of points, forfeiture of tournament winnings, suspension from competing in individual OBN/B.A.S.S. sanctioned events, permanent ban from competition or any combination thereof deemed appropriate by OBN/B.A.S.S.
- TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT:
Use of grippers for landing bass is prohibited during tournament competition. During practice and competition no more than one artificial or biodegradable artificial lure may be attached to a line at one time. One lure is defined as a single manmade device designed to attract and/or catch one fish at a time. Adding trailer hooks, plastic trailers, blades, etc., to a single lure is acceptable. If multiple fish are caught on a single manmade lure, on a single cast, all fish are considered legal and may be added to the daily catch subject to scoring rules (C17). No “live bait,” “dead bait,” or “prepared bait” will be permitted during official practice and competition, with the exception of pork strips or rinds. Any umbrella-type rigging, harness or other device designed to hold more than one lure at a time – with or without hooks – is not allowed. Such rigging, harness or device cannot be added to a single lure as described above. Twin arm spinnerbaits, underspins and buzzbaits are allowed. Trailer hooks and plastic trailers must be on the main hook of the bait; only spinner blades can be affixed to the arms. The head on the main stem may be hinged. On twin arm spinnerbaits, underspins and buzzbaits, no more than two wires, with a maximum length of 6 inches, may extend off the main arm or body of the lure at the head or line tie point. The bend of the main hook must be even with or trail behind where blades attach to the wires. OBN officials have the sole authority to determine whether a lure is considered a single lure as defined above.
Only ONE casting, spin casting or spinning rod (10-foot maximum length from butt of handle to rod tip) and reel may be used at any one time. A hung or snagged lure that is not in or on the water is not considered in use and may be set aside while another is in use. Other rigs as specified above may be in the boat ready for use; however, only ONE is permitted in use at any given time. 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 with his hands to secure the visible line and land the fish for it to be counted as legal. He may NOT hook the line with another lure, rod and reel or other device. The use of braid or other line to attach one stinger hook (single or treble) is allowed but cannot be over two inches in length.
No competitor may intentionally snag or foul-hook a bass to be counted in his daily catch. Anyone guilty of intentionally snatching or snagging visible fish will have his catch disqualified. When visually fishing for bedding bass, to be counted as a legal fish, each bass must be hooked inside the mouth and must be verified by the assigned partner or other observer before being unhooked. With the fish’s mouth closed naturally, you must not be able to see where the hook point enters the fish for it to be considered hooked inside the mouth.
Competitors, including those who have been “cut” from competition in an event, are allowed to share baits and tackle with one another at any time.
- HORSEPOWER REGULATIONS:
Maximum horsepower for all outboard motorboats used in official tournament practice and in tournament competition will be 250 horsepower. Horsepower cannot exceed the limitations set by the U.S. Coast Guard. When required, each boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard horsepower-rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. The horsepower of the outboard engine must NOT exceed the rating specified on this plate nor the horsepower maximum set by OBN/B.A.S.S. Each competitor agrees to submit, by their signature on the official entry form, the boat and outboard motor used in the
tournament, to an inspection by factory-trained personnel, if there is reason to suspect the horsepower is in excess of the rating. Normal maintenance of engines is allowed. Changing or altering standard factory parts of a competitor’s engine to increase the horsepower over the factory horsepower rating, is forbidden and will result in disqualification. Falsifying information on entry forms, or altering the horsepower-rating numbers on the engine, is also cause for immediate disqualification from OBN/B.A.S.S. tournaments. Posted speed limits and those imposed by OBN/B.A.S.S. must be observed and all boats must be operated in a safe manner. Violations of speed limits shall result in loss of competition hours and not limited to disqualification.
- BOAT AND MOTOR:
These restrictions apply during official practice and competition. For the safety of all competitors, all boats must be equipped with an approved type of operable ignition kill switch and lanyard. Only one manufacturer’s lanyard may be used and must be attached to the driver’s body any time the combustion engine is operating and in gear. Any time the combustion engine is operating and in gear there must be a driver in the driver’s seat in full control of the boat. Fishing boats that are 16 feet or more in length may be used. Any raised platforms or decks cannot be higher than the gunnels of the
boat. Standing on the outboard engine or seats while fishing is not allowed. An electric trolling motor may be used for slow maneuvering. However, trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. The “Long-Lining” or “Strolling” technique is NOT allowed in either practice or competition and defined as intentionally using a trolling motor or outboard to mechanically extend a cast. No exceptions. Only gas tanks that are installed by the boat manufacturer are allowed. No portable gas tanks or containers
capable of holding gasoline can be placed anywhere on the tournament waters or shoreline for use by any tournament competitor. No “barges” or similar craft will be permitted. No boat equipped with “stick steering” shall be permitted. “Stick steering” shall be as defined by the Tournament Director. Jet drive engines and tunnel hull boats are not allowed during both official practice and competition. Any boat/hull designs other than standard mass produced units are only allowed at the discretion of
- BASIC BOAT EQUIPMENT:
During official practice and competition, every boat must have all required Coast Guard safety equipment and a functional bilge pump. During official competition, every boat must have live-well space, properly aerated, to adequately maintain alive, a limit catch of bass by both competitors using the boat. Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation recommends livewells be maintained at full level and aerators/re-circulators on manual. Tournament officials shall have the sole responsibility for determining whether aeration and capacity is proper and adequate. Pro competitors must make a back seat available for co-anglers each competition day.
- BOAT IDENTIFICATION:
Prior to each day’s start, each boat must be given an inspection check by a tournament official. Each day, each boat may be given a number, which must remain with the boat. This number must be displayed upon the request of tournament officials, and at each check-in.
- BOAT OPERATION AND EXPENSE:
During competition, in pro-am type events, Angler’s will fish from the front deck, co- anglers from the rear deck, NO EXCEPTIONS. The Co-Angler may come to the front deck to land a fish or help the Angler land a fish with a dip net. During both practice and competition, Co-anglers are only allowed to drive (outboard engine) the Angler’s boat in emergency situations with the exception of loading and unloading from trailers. During official practice, co-anglers not practicing with an Angler competitor, may practice, drive, and fish from the front deck of the boat. Any Angler that, in the judgment of the officials, operates the boat in such a manner as to unfairly handicap their co-angler partner shall be disqualified. At no time may an Angler competitor request that the co-angler competitor not fish. In view of the large expense involved in operating and maintaining a tournament bass boat, it is suggested that the co-angler partner share, at minimum, the cost of gas and oil for the competition day. In Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation events where observers replace co-anglers as the official rider, observers cannot assist the pro in any way. Observers are not required to help with gas and oil expenses.
- PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS:
Tournament waters shall be established by the Tournament Director for each
tournament. Each competitor must obtain this information from the OBN Tournament Department. Any water within these boundaries that are legally and obviously posted “Off-Limits” or “No Fishing,” as well as the live-bass-release area established by the Tournament Director, will be off-limits to tournament competitors and will be announced at the Tournament Briefing. Only that water open to all public fishing will be considered tournament waters. Waters deemed off-limits by authorities or
tournament officials should be treated like a wall. No boats or casting behind that boundary while fishing. All angling must be done from the boat. In states where landowners have the legal authority to claim private property, these areas must be posted or they will be considered tournament waters unless instructed otherwise by tournament officials at any time during the event. If forced to leave, a competitor must report the incident to tournament officials as soon as possible. Any water to which a competitor is barred access becomes off-limits to all competitors. Prior to the tournament registration, any questionable areas must be brought to the attention of tournament officials to be considered tournament waters and may be announced in the briefing for all to hear unless determined otherwise by tournament officials. Tournament officials reserve the right to restrict or enhance tournament waters based on conversations with local authorities. Competitors are not allowed to cut, remove, displace, or engage in any type structure removal from private property (dry land) during off limits, official practice or competition. Moving structure to include sawing of logs or other obstructions in the water is only allowed if laws permit. No competitor may place any object that may impede or cause danger to boaters
- COMPETITORS MUST REMAIN IN BOAT:
During the competition days, competitors must not depart the boat to land fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. Competitors may not shift a majority of their weight outside the boat and onto a dock or other object outside the boat for the purpose of landing a bass or accessing a fishing spot. A bass that cannot be landed without the angler leaving the boat or shifting his weight outside the boat must be released immediately. While keeping the majority of weight in the boat anglers are allowed for boat protection to push or shove off objects while landing a fish to be counted as legal. Competitors are allowed to leave the boat to retrieve a lure. All fishing by that competitor must cease until the competitor is back in the boat. Only then may another cast be made.
Boats must remain in tournament waters during tournament days. Competitors must leave from and return to official checkpoints by boat. Anglers must remain in the boat at all times except in case of dire emergency or with permission from the Tournament Director. Exceptions are spelled out in rules 5, 15, and 18. In such an emergency or with permission from the Tournament Director, competitors may be removed from their boat to either a boat operated by other competitors or a rescue boat designated by the tournament director. Partners must remain together at all times, in sight of their catch, under the conditions cited above, in order for their catch of that day to be scored in the tournament with the following exception. In breakdown situations and with a tournament official’s permission, Co-anglers may transfer their boat’s (Pro’s and Co-angler’s) fish to another competitor’s boat and ride to check in, and they may leave their Pro with the disabled boat. In such cases, the co-angler must stay with their catches at all times and assisting boat’s partners should verify the catch. Any angler whose boat is disabled and rides with another competitor or rescue boat to weigh in is not allowed to fish. In the event of a needed restroom break or refueling situation at a marina gas pump, partners are allowed to leave the boat; however, in that event, all fishing must cease until partners are back together in the boat. If a competitor violates any of the above conditions (without contacting a tournament official by phone or other means or to report an emergency or breakdown), competitors must cease fishing at this point, and their catch must be verified by a tournament official in order to be counted in the tournament. If after the emergency situation is resolved by tournament officials and enough time is left for the competitor to resume fishing, a restart will be allowed, and the competitor will continue and their catch will be counted. This applies only to dire emergency situations as determined by the Tournament Director or his designee. Towing boats on trailers during tournament hours is prohibited, except by the direction of tournament officials.
- OFFICIAL CHECKPOINTS:
There shall be only one official check point for check-out in the morning, and one official check-in point in the afternoon, which points shall be designated at the tournament briefing. Failure to go through boat check and check-out in the morning or failure to check-in at the check-in point in the afternoon may result in disqualification. At the time of check-out, all competitors and their boats shall be in full conformity with all rules set forth by the Tournament Director. At check-in, all boats shall identify themselves by means of the numbers described in Rule 12 and proceed immediately to the designated weigh-in area. Partners must stay together, through the weigh-in process if both are weighing bass. Once bass are bagged for weigh-in, anglers that are not weighing bass do not need to accompany their partner through the weigh-in process.
Tournament standings, contingency awards and final winners shall be determined by the pound-and-ounce weight of each competitor’s catch during the competition days of the tournament. Only Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted, Redeye or Shoal bass will be weighed. The Angler’s limit shall be 5, Co-angler limit shall be 3, of the above species and varieties per day, unless otherwise specified by tournament officials (example – hot weather/fish care concerns). At no time shall a competitor have in his or her possession more than the tournament limit. All culling must be done prior to making the next cast. In the event tournament officials or the competitor observe more than the allowable limit is in boat or at weigh-in, tournament officials will cull beginning with the largest fish until the competitors reduced to the legal limit. In this case, competitors must attempt to notify tournament officials and if unsuccessful must notify officials at check in. Once a competitor checks in they must present all legal bass to tournament officials at the verification table. If competitors at the verification table have more than the tournament limit, the T.D. will reduce with live bass with the fish of his/her choice to the tournament limit and each returned bass will result in a 4 oz penalty to be deducted from their daily score. If a competitor has his/her fish verified, weighed and upon returning to the boat discovers additional fish over the tournament limit that were not presented to officials; he/she then must notify tournament officials within one hour of final flight check in to receive a 4 oz. penalty for each bass discovered. Anglers who do not remove fin clips prior to verification will be assessed a 4 ounce penalty per clip. No manmade or foreign object connected to a bass will be weighed and shall be removed by tournament officials. The official length for bass shall be determined by the Tournament Director and announced at the Tournament Briefing. In most cases it will be the longest state limit covering the tournament waters. Only bass as described above which measure the official length or more on the longest straight line, shall be weighed. Bass presented for weigh-in, which fail to measure the official length, shall result in a penalty of 1 pound for each such bass, which penalty shall be deducted from the total score of the competitor. Any bass that appears to have been mangled, mashed, mauled or otherwise altered will be weighed and credited only at the discretion of tournament officials. After competitors check in at the official checkpoint they MUST present all LEGAL fish in their possession to a tournament official to be counted, measured and weighed. Once a competitor’s catch is measured, counted and verified by a tournament official, that competitor may not return to the boat until their catch has been weighed and recorded. Bass must not be stringered at any time during the tournament. Specially designed bags which increase survival rate will be furnished by the Tournament Director and must be used for the weigh-in.
- CATCH AND RELEASE:
CULLING OF DEAD BASS IS PROHIBITED. For each legal dead bass presented to weigh-in officials, the competitor shall be penalized 4 oz. to be deducted from their daily score. Competitors are allowed to ice a dead fish that is part of their daily catch. The Tournament Director, or his/her designees, shall have sole authority for assessing penalty points. In addition, the Tournament Director, or his/her designees, may reduce tournament hours or tournament limits for fish care purposes. It is suggested in warm weather tournaments anglers keep extra ice for fish care. Contestants are allowed to purchase ice on the water; however they are not allowed to receive ice from non-contestants. Upon mutual consent of both pro and co-angler paired together, for fish care concerns, the verification table will open one hour prior to check in time of the first flight. SMALL DIP NETS FOR CULLING PURPOSES ARE ENCOURAGED. It is recommended competitors keep all bass in live wells during the culling process. Placing bass on the boat carpet during culling is not advised. Only non-penetrating culling clips and culling beams are allowed for use. Any clip or device that penetrates or is designed to penetrate the skin or mouth of a fish is not allowed. Proper fizzing technique is suggested when needed. For instructions on acceptable fizzing practices please contact tournament officials.
- LATE PENALTY:
Competitors who are not at the official check-in point, as described in Rule 16, at the appointed time, shall be penalized at the rate of one pound per minute late; to be deducted from the total weight of his/her catch that day, including any weight to be counted toward a “big bass award”. Any competitor more than 15 minutes late shall lose all credit for that day’s catch to include point’s credit under rule 20. There shall be no excuse for tardiness, and in no case, shall a competitor be allowed to make up “lost time.” After proper recognition at the check-in point, competitors will be allowed ample time to proceed to the weigh-in site; however, all fishing must cease upon check-in. After the tournament begins, fishing the tournament waters is prohibited except during tournament hours. Exact starting and check-in times will be announced at the Tournament Briefing. It is each competitor’s responsibility to confirm check-in times each day on the daily pairings.
- TOURNAMENT POINTS:
OBN State Qualifiers and Club Championship will determine OBN State Team. OBN State Qualifier events will be scored on a 200 point system. Winning Angler and Co-Angler points will start at 200 points and will decrease by (1) one per place until all tournament anglers that weighed fish have all been credited. Example: (1st – 200, 2nd – 199, 3rd – 198). This system will be used for both the angler/co-angler divisions. The competitors that did not weigh any fish will receive 100 show up points. The club championship will be a team event where Anglers and Co-anglers must be designated at registration for the tournament or prior to the start of the event. Teams will compete for two days and use a 5 fish per team per day and weights will be combined. The top 3 teams will earn state team positions. Any member that qualifies for the state team in more than one way or in more than one event must decide on which spot they will commit to on the team and voided positions will be filled by angler of the year points from the State Qualifier events.
In case of a tie for first place weight in the Pro division at the end of the tournament, there will be a sudden-death fish-off between the tied competitors, under the direction and special rules established by tournament officials. All other ties will be resolved in the following order: (1) individual with heaviest single day catch during competition; (2) if the tie is not broken, the next tiebreaker will be the individual with the second heaviest single day catch during competition; (3) if the tie is not broken, the next tiebreaker will be the individual with the largest number of legal fish weighed during competition; (4) if the tie is not broken, the next tiebreaker will be the individual with the largest number of legal live fish weighed during competition. If the tie is not broken by applying the foregoing procedures, the tie will remain a tie, and monetary prizes for each competitor will be awarded in an equal amount between the tied competitors. Angler of the Year points will be awarded for the place of the tied
position and each competitor will be awarded equal points. In the instance where merchandise is involved, it will be awarded as determined by tournament officials. In the Co-angler division, should a situation arise after using all the tie breakers a tie for first place occur, a sudden-death fish off will be arranged between the tied competitors, under the direction and special rules established by tournament officials. Ties for any cut in the Pro and Co-angler division will be resolved in the same order explained above and if the tie is not broken, will be awarded as determined by tournament officials.
In case of a tie for the Club Championship for 3rd place and tie breakers could not determine the winner a sudden death fish off for 1 hour will be conducted. If tie not broken in first hour teams will be give one more sudden death fish off for ½ hour to determine the winner. If tie not broken coil toss will determine the winner.
- PAIRING OF COMPETITORS:
Two competitors will be assigned to each boat. Linking will guarantee a Pro/Am pairing during the days of competition. Pro’s will be paired with Pro’s in the event there are more Pro’s registered than Co-Anglers. Pairings are computer generated along with boat launch numbers. The OBN reserves the right to adjust pairings and launch numbers to ensure weigh in starts at the correct time. Announcement of your first-day fishing partner will on the OBN website http://www.ohiobassnation.com the evening before the first official competition day. It will be the responsibility of each partner to appear at a mutually agreed upon location, with sufficient time remaining to check out at the official checkpoint and start on time. Tournament officials shall have no responsibility for finding missing partners. The Tournament Director, at his/her sole discretion, may reassign partners prior to the morning take-off. It is suggested that a minimum of 30 minutes is required for preparation to depart to the check-out point. When two competitors check out at the beginning of the day, they must stay together and within sight of each other and each other’s catch, throughout the day, until the weigh-in is completed, except in case of dire emergency or exceptions (see Rule 15,16 &18). A competitor must not allow any bass caught by them to be counted on the score of another competitor. In such a case, both competitors shall be disqualified from this tournament and from all future tournaments conducted by BASS.
- RULES VIOLATIONS AND APPEALS COMMITTEE:
An appeals committee will be established by the Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation, which shall be comprised of one member of the board who is not the Tournament Director, and two anglers who are not competitors in the event in question. If two anglers can’t be identified then two other board members who are not the T.D. or President will be selected. Appeals for penalties assessed under Rule C1 (b), (c), (d), (e) & (f) must be presented in writing 48 hours from the time and date of ruling to the Tournament Director. 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. If competitors admit to a rules violation, they may not file an appeal of either the finding that they have violated the rules or the penalty imposed for the violation. Decisions of the appeals committee shall be final.
Competitors are allowed to compete while under appeal. Field sizes after cuts would
include any appealing angler making the cut for the next round of competition for that
event. Final standings will not be official until all appeals hearings are final and ruled upon. However, all standings above that of any appealing angler, as well as any adjusted final standings may be declared official. Standings, including points and monetary awards, may be adjusted after appeals final ruling and all affected anglers shall comply with all details of the final ruling. The three member ruling committee should remain confidential within the immediate appeals process
- PATCHES AND/OR SIGNAGE:
Anglers are encouraged to wear their own clothing which may bear patches, logos and other signage promoting the angler’s sponsors. Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation may, however, restrict the use of patches, logos, signage, etc. that promote or advertise products which are, in Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation’s sole judgment, in competition with the products or services of official Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation sponsors, or which are, in Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation’s sole judgment, in poor taste. Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation will provide as much advance notice as possible to the competitors in such instances.
Competitors are responsible for all applicable taxes on both cash and merchandise awards. Failure to meet those obligations may result in reduction of Angler of Year Points, fines, and/or disqualification from all future Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation events.
- WAIVER AND RELEASE:
As a condition of participation in each tournament, each competitor must execute a waiver and release of liability, and a name and likeness release. If the participant pays online through OBN website, by entering online they agree to the waiver and release of Liability, and a name and likeness release at the time of payment.
OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM-2018
The Ohio Bass Nation.
(Please Print) I WILL BE ENTERING AS A BOATER_____ CO-ANGLER_____
LAST NAME ________________________ FIRST NAME_____________________________
CITY____________________________ STATE_____________ ZIP CODE____________E-MAIL
HOME PHONE______________________ CELL PHONE______________________
State Championship Entry Fee:
[ ] Two-day Pro Tournament $310 $ __________
[ ] Two-day Co-Angler Tournament $310 $___________
[ ] 10 Dollar Big Bass Included in entry fee.
Make checks payable & mail to: The Ohio Bass Nation, 6389 Ambleside Drive Columbus, OH 43229. Phone: 614-327-2080.
Liability Release Form
In consideration of being allowed to participate in the Ohio Bass Nation tournament for 2018, I acknowledge and agree to the following:
- I understand the risk of injury, disability, death, loss or damage to person or property from the activities involved in tournament(s) fishing is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis, illness, injury and death to a person and destruction of equipment. I also understand while complying with particular OBN rules, correct use of equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk.
- If I am fishing in the Pro Division in the tournament, I certify that I now have or will obtain prior to the tournament series, Boat Owners Liability Insurance (including coverage for third party property damage and bodily injury) with no Tournament Exclusion, having a minimum limit of at least $300,000.00 per occurrence. Anglers insurance must be issued by a reputable insurer rated “A” or better by A.M. Best and Co. I will provide a copy of my current insurance policy declaration page to OBN prior to fishing, as evidence of having current insurance.
- I have been advised by OBN of the contents of this document through my reading it, and have had the opportunity to seek legal counsel with respect to the legal effect of this document prior to signing it.
- I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL RISKS REFERRED TO ABOVE, AND ALL OTHER RISKS OF TOURNAMENT PARTICIPATION, BOTH KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, EVEN, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES (AS DEFINED BELOW) OR OTHERS, AND ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR RISKS ARISING FROM MY PARTICIPATION IN THE TOURNAMENT
- I willingly agree to comply with the terms and conditions for participation in any tournament of OBN and should I observe any unusual hazard(s) in my presence or during participation which could potentially cause injury or damage to any person, I will remove myself from participation and bring such hazard(s), to the attention of the nearest OBN official immediately.
- I, FOR MYSELF AND ON BEHALF OF MY HEIRS, ASSIGNEES, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND NEXT OF KIN, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS AMERICAN BASS ANGLERS, INC., ITS PARENT AND AFFILIATED COMPANIES, THE OFFICERS, OFFICIALS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, AGENTS, CONSULTANTS, AND/OR EMPLOYEES OF EACH, OTHER PARTICIPANTS, AND SPONSORING AGENCIES, SPONSORS, ADVERTISERS, AND, IF APPLICABLE, OWNERS AND LESSORS OF PREMISES AND PROPERTY USED TO CONDUCT THE EVENT (“RELEASEES”), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, OR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PERSON OR PROPERTY, WHICH I SUFFER OR WHICH I AM FOUND TO HAVE CAUSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY MY NEGLIGENCE OR INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, OR OTHERWISE, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
- If there are any questions raised by the judges or officials of OBN as to my veracity in respect to my participation in any tournament, I agree to submit to a polygraph examination and understand that failure to pass the examination will result in disqualification from such tournament and potentially from OBN at its discretion as provided by the rules of the organization. I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENTAND THE ATTACHED RULES, FULLY UNDERSTAND THEIR TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY.
- PUBLICITY. In consideration for permission to participate in any OBN tournament, I (“Contestant”) hereby grant to The Ohio Bass nation and its assignees and/or licensees (including television production companies contracted by OBN), the unconditional right to use my name, voice, image, image in a video format while participating in a tournament, photographic likeness, biographical information, fishing tips and/or instructions in any medium whatsoever, including but not limited to video/audio productions, merchandising, promotions, articles, and/or press releases, in connection with OBN, without restriction as to changes or alterations at any time. I understand that I will not be entitled to receive any royalties or other compensation in connection with such use and waive my right to review the finished product. By my signature below I verify that I have read and understand the foregoing provisions.
PARTICIPANT’S SIGNATURE: _______________________________________________________________
Age if under 18:__________ Date: _____________
I, AS PARENT/GUARDIAN DO HEREBY CERTIFY THAT I HAVE LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PARTICIPANT AND I AGREE AND GIVE MY CONSENT TO HIS/HER RELEASE AS PROVIDED ABOVE OF ALL THE RELEASEES, AND, FOR MYSELF, MY HEIRS, ASSIGNEES, AND NEXT OF KIN, I RELEASE AND AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE RELEASEES FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITIES INCIDENT TO MY MINOR CHILD’S OR WARD’S INVOLVEMENT OR PARTICIPATION IN THESE PROGRAMS AS PROVIDED ABOVE, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF MINORITY AGE PARTICIPANTS MUST SIGN LIABILITY RELEASE AT TIME OF REGISTRATION
_________________________________________________ Date_____________ PARENT’S/GUARDIAN’S SIGNATURE
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER(S) ____________________________________________
The Ohio Bass Nation
Affiliate of B.A.S.S.
6389 Ambleside Drive Columbus, OH 43229