FISHING LEAGUE YFL TOURNAMENT TRAIL
RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. Rules These
rules shall remain unchanged throughout the tournament
season. Interpretation and enforcement
Fishing League rules shall be left exclusively to the
tournament director. The Tournament director may impose
sanctions as deemed appropriate for rule infractions
without limitation e.g. disqualification. weigh deduction penalties.
Forfeit of prizes and
or entry fee and prohibition from participation in
subsequent tournaments. Tournament Director's
decisions are final in all matters.
Federal state local and water
body authority laws and rules
must be obeyed at all
times and shall supersede YFL rules when in conflict.
2. Participation & Eligibility This Tournament
is open to all individuals, male or female, ages 6
through 18 and
signed for by a
Parent or Legal Guardian.
Membership in the Youth Fishing League is required. $25 Annual Dues. January 1st through December 31st Participants without membership
join at the event.
3. Non-Boaters If you
are a non-boat owner and have
friends that fish with
the YFL you are welcome
to join them as long as you
have secured a boat to fish from.
If you are
unable to secure a boat
to fish from notify a member of this within
72 hours prior to the start of a tournament. The YFL will try but there are no guarantees
that we will be able to find
a boat. Most boat are full.
No bank fishing
Waiver Upon entering any Youth Fishing
League Tournament, contestants
release Youth Fishing League
officials and sponsors from liability
of accidents losses or thefts.
Contestants are responsible for knowing and understanding these rules
and signing Membership Application
Tournament Waiver. NOTE It is the
sole responsibility of the boat owner
to have adequate
general liability insurance covering him, her and passengers.
5. Divisions Age as of January 1st of
tournament Year Little League Ages 6 7 8 and 9
Minor League Ages 10 11
Ages 13 14 and 15
Stars Ages 16 17 and 18
Participants may fish
in the division above theirs if they so desire. Two participants may fish from the
same boat even if they are in the same division. Each angler
must keep his or hers fish tagged separately.
one Division may be fished
per tournament and
points earned will be
counted for that Division only.
6. Scoring Fish Each
participant may weigh in five 5 fish
per day a minimum of 14 inches in length
regardless if it is a largemouth, Spotted or Kentucky bass 16 inches on Conroe, measured
on a flat board with mouth closed and tail compressed.
contestant weighing in a
fish shorter than the
legal tournament length
will be assessed a 2lb.
penalty per short fish plus the loss
of all short fish. Any
more than five 5 fish
to the scales will be
disqualified. A penalty of .50 pounds per dead fish
will be deducted from the total weight. A dead Big Bass will be
penalized .50 pounds due to
this being a separate prize. Only Largemouth Spotted or Kentucky Bass will
be scored. Fish will be measured on an official tournament measuring board.
Ties for prizes will be settled by the
largest bass between tied contestants. Points will
be awarded equally for tying
contestants. Any contestantís
weight will not be counted
if not checked in by the
designated check in time.
Dead Fish -.50 pounds
Late Penalty -1.0 pound per minute up to 15 minutes, after 15 minutes
you are disqualified.
7. Sportsmanship ADULTS MAY NOT FISH. Assistance is allowed ONLY for boat
operation, tying on or
removal of lures, and netting of the fish. In
the Little League Division
assisting with casting is permissible however, the reel must not be engaged before handing it to the youth angler.
adult may NOT set the
hook and hand child the
rod. In ALL Divisions the child
MUST catch their own
8. Culling No
more than a maximum of five 5 fish
may be in a live
well at any time per
angler. No culling is allowed
in the host marina area. Per state
law no culling of dead fish.
9. Entry Fee
and Registration Entry fee is
$40 for all Divisions. Registration may be by mail if
postmarked on or before
Tuesday prior to event and at takeoff site on the
morning of the tournament beginning approximately 1
1/2 hours before official start time. Contestants
will receive boat I.D.
numbers according to order
in which they registered. Official tournament hours will be
announced the morning of the event. The YFL can change departure times or weigh
if weather or lake conditions are an issue. All anglers and
boat captains will be
notified before start of an event.
10. Boats and
Motors All boats must have an emergency kill
switch. All boats must have an
aerated live well. All
fishing must be done from
a previously inspected boat. Any boat that
NOT gone through a live well inspection
will not have their catch allowed for
11. Safety During
tournament competition a U.S. Coast Guard approved
chest type life preserver PDF Type III or higher,
must be worn and properly fastened any time the engine is operating and in
gear and the kill switch must be
attached to the driver with a lanyard. All participants
under the age of 13 will be
required to wear a life jacket as required by the
State of Texas during tournament
12. Tackle and Equipment Intentional snagging of fish will
not be allowed. Trolling
with the aid of combustion motor is not permitted.
Only artificial lures may be used. No live
bait or prepared bait
permitted with the exception of pork rinds
and Berkley Gulp Liquid and aerosol
are allowed. Only one 1 rod may be used at
one time. The use
of underwater cameras is not allowed
13. Permitted Fishing Waters No
tube bank or wade fishing allowed. No
fishing is allowed within 25
yards of another tournament boat without mutual consent. Hole
sitting, or having a non-contestant sit on a hole
for you shall not be tolerated. 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 land a fish.
Restricting natural movement of fish by any means
such as but not limited to use of nets, tanks or
dams will result
in immediate disqualification. Restricting access to waters
normally accessible to anglers by any means such as
but not limited to felling
of trees or placement of obstructions will result
No hiring of guides 14 days prior to any YFL tournament.
15. Championship Points Championship Points will be
based on a pure point format
beginning with 100 points for first place and descending down
one 1 point per place. In each event First Place
will receive 100 points, e.g. 1st Place
100 points 2nd Place 99. This procedure will
for all contestants weighing
fish. All remaining contestants
that did not weigh fish will receive
twenty 20 points less than
the last person weighing a fish. If a
contestant pays for an event
but does not fish the event, that contestant
will get forty 40 points less than the
last person weighing
a fish. In case of a tie for Angler of the Year AOY the
total weight between competitors
will determine the winner.
16. Championship Qualification: To
qualify for The Championship,
must fish a minimum of four 4 events and finish
in the Top Six 6 of
their Division. OR pay for all 6 prior to the event and
fish a minimum of 4 events
to qualify. NO BACK PAYING FOR ANY TOURNAMENT
17. Weather, Change
of Venue: Tournament Officials YFL Board
of Directors have the right to delay,
shorten or cancel the start of
the official tournament day due to bad weather or other factors that
would endanger the safety of the competitors. The
tournament waters may also
moved or re-scheduled at any time due to bad weather
and or lake conditions.
18. PLEASE NOTE Due to the
growth of the YFL we are going to
allow the Directors who fish with their
kids an early departure by 15 min.
The three directors who will depart
early will also have to
be in for weigh in
15 min early. This will
allow us to get everything ready for
weigh in and speed
up the weigh in process. Also
are not going to
open the scales up early any more. If the weigh in is at 2 PM you need to weigh in at 2 not 12:30. If you must get off
the water before your
designated time please load your
boat and keep your
fish in your live wells with the
pump continuously running.
Once the scales open at
the designated time you
may bring your fish
to the scales. If you have to get off
the water due to
an emergency please let a board