TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS
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1.Participants and Eligibility
A) Any person 18 years of age or younger must be teamed with their parent or legal guardian.
B) Entrants must have in their possession a valid fishing license
C) Each team must consist of two members unless prior permission is obtained
from the tournament director before the start of the tournament. Only the two
team members may be in the boat. Substitutions are permitted prior to the
start of the Tournament only if the new team member executes an entry form.
D) The NWA has the right to refuse acceptance of entry applications.
2. Boats, Fish and Equipment
A) All teams are subject to inspection during the Tournament; NWA patrol boats may come alongside and conduct inspections at any time.
B) CB, marine radios or telephones are allowed for emergency use only.
Any transmission of information via radio or telephones concerning
any aspect of fishing is prohibited during the Tournament.
C) All fish weighed must be kept and carried in aerated live wells or coolers
to keep fish alive and as fresh as possible for release. The use of fish stringers, wire baskets, boat bags, etc. is prohibited. Any fish altered to add weight or showing white gills, soft flesh, sunken eyes, may result in disqualification.
D) Only fish at least the length announced prior to the Tournament are eligible for the daily weigh in limit of 5 fish per team.
E) All applicable state fishing regulations will apply.
3. Good Sportsmanship and Safety
A) High standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and safety are expected from all
participants. Any contestant who displays poor sportsmanship will be disqualified.
B) All boats will be required to meet U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations.
C) In the event of a storm or lightening teams may pull into shore until it is safe.
D) No alcoholic beverages may be consumed during Tournament hours.
E) All contestants must wear life jackets when the boat is operating above trolling speed.
4. Boat Release and Fishing Hours
A) All boats released from the flight holding area must idle out until past the marked (buoys) holding area boundaries. Any boat not complying with this request and risking the safety of other teams shall be disqualified.
B) Boats may be released in flights pursuant to assigned team numbers.
C) Tournament fishing hours is noted on entry form & will be announced at the rules meeting. Teams who return later than the assigned times, or who leave earlier than the assigned times will be disqualified.
D) Tournament practice is allowed up to 5:00pm the day before the tournament.
5. Prizes and Scoring
A) All prizes will be awarded by total team weight, with the exception of the largest walleye prize, which will be awarded individually. At least one team member must accompany the catch to the scale.
B) In the event of ties, final placing will be determined by the heaviest single fish.
C) In the event of the largest fish tie, winner will be determined by the heaviest
D) A FIVE TENTHS OF A POUND (1/2 lb) DEDUCTION WILL BE IMPOSED FOR EACH DEAD FISH AS DETERMINED BY THE WEIGH MASTER.
E) Teams will be disqualified if any fish does not meet the legal length limit.
G) The NWA pay out awards will be one in five teams.
6. Protest and Waiver
A) The Tournament Committee, or any contestant, has a right to protest another team or contestant. The protest must be filed in writing with the Tournament Director no later than one-half hour after the close of the Tournament fishing hours. A three-man protest committee shall be appointed by the Tournament Director prior to the Tournament and will convene to hear both sides of any protest. A polygraph may be utilized if so decided by the protest committee. The decision of the protest committee shall be final in all cases. A $150.00 protest fee must accompany each written protest. The fee will be returned if the protest is found valid. If the protest is valid, the disqualified party must pay all investigative cost, including the polygraph. If the protest is invalid, the fee will not be returned.
B) PROMOTERS, TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS, SPONSORS AND ORGANIZATIONS ASSISTING IN THE TOURNAMENT OPERATION, THEIR AGENCIES, AGENTS, ETC. ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DEATHS, INJURIES, DAMAGES, LIABILITY, THEFT, FIRE OR ANY LOSS OF ANY KIND TO ENTRANTS. EACH ENTRANT UPON SIGNING AN ENTRY FORM WILL BE SIGNING A WAIVER FORM.
C) Disqualification from the Tournament will result in forfeiture of entry fee.
D) All rules have "loopholes". In the interest of good sportsmanship contestants are reminded that the "spirit of the rule" will prevail in all judgment cases.
A) No refund of entry fee for cancellation will be issued within one week of the tournament. A $25.00 service charge per team will be retained on all refunds of entry fees regardless of the cancellation date.
B) CATCH AND RELEASE IS REQUIRED. A release pen may be available.
C) ALL CONTESTANTS MUST CHECK IN PRIOR TO THE START OF THE
PRE-TOURNAMENT RULES MEETING.
D) RULES MEETINGS ARE MANDATORY. AT LEAST ONE TEAM MEMBER MUST ATTEND THE START OF THE RULES MEETING OR THEY ARE SUBJECT TO DISQUALIFICATION WITHOUT REFUND OF ENTRY FEES.
E) Any team that tries to gain an unfair advantage in any way not mentioned in the foregoing rules may be subject to disqualification.
F) Each contestant agrees to submit to and pay for a truth verification test; refusal to submit to and pay for such a test will disqualify the contestant and team from all prizes and awards.
G) By signing an entry form, teams verify that liability insurance is maintained on the boat used in the tournament and understands the rules & regulations.
H) The tournament committee has the right to delay, reschedule, or cancel any tournaments due to unforeseen or unsafe conditions.
I) The tournament committee has the right to change tournament lake location 10 days prior to the scheduled tournament date. In this situation entry fees will not be refunded and teams are required to fish the new location.
J) CONTESTANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL APPLICABLE TAXES.
K) The Tournament Committee has the right to review any requests that are exceptions to the above rules & regulations.