2023 NYFA Rules
- Preface Rules: These rules are in effect during all NYFA competition days and It is every angler/boater coach/sponsor’s responsibility to know these rules that you will be held accountable for. These rules and regulations remain unchanged during the 2023 season for all NYFA events. Interpretation and enforcement of the following rules and regulations is left exclusively to the tournament director and are not subject to appeal. PRE-Fishing is allowed during 2023 fishing season!
- Protest: All protest must be submitted in writing to the tournament director within thirty (30) minutes after the official check in time of the final flight. Tournament Advisory Committee handles all protest, and the Tournament Director shall have final say in all protest matters. Protested parties are subject to a lie detector test upon Tournament Directors say. Once anglers/boater have been notified they are being protested, they may not in return protest the person that protested them.
- High School Youth Angler Eligibility/Rules: Any youth angler male or female, grades 4-12 (public, private, and/or home schooled), from any state. Youth Angler must have a valid fishing license in the state where the NYFA tournament is being held. Youth Anglers must have a parent or guardian sign the release on the membership/registration forms. Youth Anglers must be eligible by school/club regulations. Youth Anglers must have an eligible boat captain to fish any NYFA tournament. Grades 4-12 Youth Anglers must fish with a partner during NYFA events unless certain circumstances should arise and is approved by the tournament director. All Youth Anglers grades 4-12 must take and pass the Missouri Boaters Safety Course before being allowed to run the electric trolling motor on a boat during tournament hours. If neither Youth Anglers has passed the Missouri Boater Safety Course, then the boater must run electric trolling motor.
- Jr. High School Youth Anglers Eligibility/Rules: Any Youth Anglers male or female, grades 4-8 (public, private, and/or home schooled), from any state. Youth Anglers must have a valid fishing license in the state where the NYFA tournament is being held. Youth Anglers must have a parent or guardian sign the release on the membership/registration forms. Youth Anglers must be eligible by school/club regulations. Youth Anglers must have an eligible boat captain to fish any NYFA tournament. Grades 4-8 Youth Anglers must fish with a partner during NYFA events unless certain circumstances should arise and is approved by the tournament director. All student angler’s grades 4-8 must take and pass the Missouri Boaters Safety Course before being allowed to run the electric trolling motor on a boat during tournament hours. If neither student angler has passed the Missouri Boater Safety Course, then the boater must run electric trolling motor. JR High School Anglers in grades 4th thru 8th, are not allowed to fish both Jr and HS Divisions, they must choose.
- Boat Captain Eligibility/Rules: Boat captains must be out of school, 19 years of age or older, and have completed a background check that has been approved by the school/club or NYFA, and register as a boater on the NYFA website before boating in any NYFA tournament. NYFA reserves the right to request a new background check if deemed necessary. NYFA reserves the right to refuse any boat captain at any time. Boat Captains must sign the release on the NYFA boater registration forms. Boat Captains must meet all state law requirements or have a valid boater’s safety card. The boat captain must have knowledge of CPR and First Aid. Boat Captains must have at least a minimum of $100,000 boater liability insurance and be able to show proof of insurance upon request by NYFA. Boat Captains must be aware and trained in any “special medical conditions” of Youth Anglers in the boat. The Boat Captain must carry a fully charged cell phone or other forms of communications for emergencies. Boat Captains must be aware of state boating regulations on waters in which they are boating on. Boat Captains may run the electric trolling motors but MAY NOT FISH OR CAST FOR YOUTH ANGLERS. Boat Captains may net fish, help with fish care and help maintain student angler’s equipment. Boat Captains are allowed to give advice, teach and coach.
- Safety: Safe boating must be observed at all times. All Youth Anglers/boat captains must wear a coast guard approved personal flotation device (PFD). The floatation device must be fully zipped/snapped and secured at all times when the combustion engine is running. INFLATABLE PFD’S ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE WORN BY YOUTH ANGLERS UNDER THE AGE OF 16. It is recommended that all Youth Anglers/boat captains wear eye protection. ONLY boat captains may operate the combustion engine during tournament hours. All Youth Anglers/boat captains should be seated in the boat recommended on plane seats when the combustion engine is running, and the boat is on plane. NO SITTING IN ELEVATED SEATS WHILE BOAT IS CRUISE IDLING OR ON PLANE. The emergency shutoff lanyard “Kill Engine Switch” must be attached to the Boat Captain when the combustion engine is running. The captain must observe all posted speed limit restrictions. If no restrictions, the “recommended” speed is 55 MPH or less.
- Sportsmanship: All contestants are required to follow the highest degree of Sportsmanship, Courtesy, and Conservation. No alcohol or illegal controlled substances without a prescription may be used or allowed in the boat during tournament hours.
- Pre-Tournament Registration/Memberships: All Youth Anglers must be registered members of NYFA and have completed all registration forms, paid membership and team pot fees before being allowed to fish a NYFA tournament. For preferred entry, team pot fees must be received the TUESDAY prior to each event at “NYFA/Teen Anglers PO Box 297, Rogersville, Mo. 65742” by 7:00 pm. Teams may enter online at nationalyouthfishingassociation.com. All online entries must be completed by 7:00 pm the TUESDAY prior to the tournament. Preferred entry assigns you a boat and flight number. NYFA will take entries the morning of the tournament, but all late entries will be placed at the end of the take-off field in order received, and a additional $20 late fee will be charged. Coaches/Sponsors must make sure all requirements are in compliance for all Youth Anglers and Boat Captains at each event.
- High School Team Pot Fees: Forty ($40) dollars per event is charged per team. Five (5) places paid back if we have a field of (0-100) Teams. Ten (10) places paid back if we have a field of (101- and up). These will be ($200) places paid back. Along with ($200 Team Scholarships). These Scholarships are based on a two-person team. Fishing solo, you will only receive your part of the team scholarship.
- Jr High School Team Pot Fees: Forty ($40) dollars per event is charged per team. Five (5) places paid back if we have a field of (0-100) Teams. Ten (10) places paid back if we have a field of (101- and up). These will be ($200) places paid back. Along with ($200 Team Scholarships). These Scholarships are based on a two-person team. Fishing solo, you will only receive your part of the team scholarship.
- Insurance: Boat Captains must have at least a minimum of $100,000 boater liability insurance and be able to show proof of insurance upon request by NYFA.
- Boats and Motors: All boats must meet B.I.A. and Coast Guard requirements; House boats, barges or other cumbersome crafts are not allowed at the Tournament Directors discretion. All boats must be equipped with an operable ignition emergency shutoff lanyard, “Kill Engine Switch” device. Each boat is required to have a properly aerated live well adequate to maintain alive, a limit catch of bass. Running lights must be operational at take-off.
- Tackle, Equipment and Umbrella Rigs: Only artificial bait or lures may be used. Pork style baits are allowed. No live bait or prepared bait allowed. All bass must be caught using rod and reel and only one rod and reel allowed in the water per student angler at one time. If student angler breaks his/her line while setting the hook or retrieving a fish, he/she is allowed to make an attempt with the rod or with hands to secure the visible line and land the fish. Youth Anglers/boaters may not leave the boat to land a fish. Trolling is not allowed. Underwater cameras are not allowed during competition hours. Snagging bass off spawning beds is not allowed and any bass caught off a spawning bed must be hooked inside the mouth or it must be released immediately. All bass must be caught alive and on rod and reel. Umbrella rigs or A Rigs are not allowed. All multi armed baits and umbrella rigs are banned regardless of materials used in construction with the exception of two arm spinnerbaits and buzzbaits which are allowed, provided the arms are no longer than five inches from the “R bend” or line tie to the end of the wire. Only spinner blades may be attached to the wires, (no teaser baits). Arms must be above the main body/hook of the bait. Donkey rigs are allowed. Use of prohibited rigs and baits will result in immediate disqualification from NYFA events. Any bait in question should be presented to NYFA Officials prior to competition and all rulings by NYFA Officials are final.
- Competition Periods: Tournament hours begin as listed on the schedule unless changed by tournament director. The tournament director reserves the right to change tournament hours if need be. Youth Anglers/Boat Captains must know and observe the official times, dates and rules. During tournament hours, Youth Anglers/Boat Captains may not participate in the practice of hole sitting or follow another competitor’s boat to fishing locations. No wake zones and no fishing zones on all lakes must be observed. Cell phones are for emergency use only. Youth Anglers/Boat Captains, Coaches/Sponsors may not use any mobile communication devices to communicate with anyone about locating or catching fish on tournament waters during tournament hours. Mobile communication devices may be used during tournament hours to communicate with the tournament director/officials. Boat Captains may use cell phones for business or personal use not related to fishing information. Cell phones may be used to take pictures of fish during tournament hours but may not be posted to social media or texted during tournament hours on the water.
- Permitted Fishing Locations: Fishing on tournament waters is permitted anywhere available to the public and accessible by boat except; within 50 yards of a public gas pump or any docks attached to, or within 50 yards of the commercial gas docks, or 50 yards of another competitor’s boat which was first anchored or secured in a fixed position unless that competitor specifically allows any and all tournament boats the right to fish with in the 50 yard radius claimed by him/her; within any “off limit” or “no fishing” area designated by local, state or federal agencies. Corp of Engineers Lakes in the White River chain have specific “off limits” in and around concession areas, marinas and commercial docks. Any other off limit no fishing areas will be announced at the pre-meeting take-off or on the website for launch anywhere tournaments.
- Special Situations/Break Downs: Youth Anglers/Boat Captains may not depart the boat to land fish or make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. Youth Anglers must leave and return to the official check in point by boat unless the lake has been designated as a launch anywhere site. In the event of a boat breakdown, one or both Youth Anglers may be removed from boat into another competitor’s boat or a rescue boat. It is the sole responsibility of the Youth Anglers to transfer and keep their fish separated. The fish must be placed in a segregated live well and at least one of the participating Youth Anglers must accompany those fish at all times to the weigh-in site. Must notify a tournament director when appropriate.
- Take-Off Announcement & Inspection: If all boats are taking off from one place, pre-take-off announcements start 10 minutes before take-off. Boat’s take-off in order of assigned number and flight. No boat allowed to leave until your number has been called and you idle by with kill switch attached and live well lids open. No boat leaves take-off with a faulty kill switch. Running lights must be in and working unless tournament director has instructed no lights. Life Jackets must be fully zipped/snapped and secured when boat number is called, or you will be sent to the end of the tournament take-offline.
- Launch Anywhere Tournaments: If the tournament is a launch anywhere event, you may launch your boat anywhere on tournament waters and run to your first fishing spot. You may not make a cast until your “designated time” determined by flight times. No Trailering to the Weigh-In, must motor by boat to the weigh-In. It is your responsibility to be at the weigh-in/check-in on time. You may only fish on tournament waters.
- Check In/Weigh In: Check in site will be determined by NYFA tournament director. Check in instructions for off water weigh in sites will be explained on NYFA website before each event. All boats will identify themselves at the check-in site by means of boat number and proceed immediately to the designated weigh in area to weigh fish. Check in Procedure: Before weighing in fish, teams must report to the “check in tent”. Teams will identify by boat number and receive a weigh in card with names and boat number on the card. Teams must have weigh in card before being allowed to weigh in any fish. It is the student angler’s responsibility to know your boat number.
- Scoring: Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted “Kentucky Bass” and Meanmouth “Red Eye” are counted. Five fish per team may be weighed in at each event. The official length limit will be determined by the Tournament Director and announced before the tournament. Bass should measure on a flat board with mouth closed and the tail of the fish must touch the legal length line to qualify. A SHORT FISH results in a complete loss of your weight for the day. A dead fish results in a one (1) pound penalty per fish. At no time during tournament hours shall a boat possess more than a 5-fish limit or weigh in more than a 5-fish limit. Anyone bringing more than five (5) fish to the weigh in scales will not be allowed to weigh in any fish. All fish must be brought to the scales in an official NYFA weigh-in bag. A dead fish may not be weighed in for big bass.
- Culling: Culling must be done immediately. Student angler or Boat Captain may put 6th bass in the live well before getting the cull fish out of the live well as long as the cull fish comes out immediately after doing so. You may not cull a dead fish and all fishing must stop until culling is complete.
- Late Penalty: If late to check in, a team’s weight will be disqualified for that day and they will not be allowed to weigh in their fish.
- Ties: If a tie occurs, NYFA Officials will combine and divide equally the prizes between the spots that are tied. Any trophy position shall be decided by entry position on ties.
- Points: Each paid registered team receives 100 points at each event. Points start at 400 for 1st place and descend 1 point for each place dropped. Each team receives fish weight as points. Points earned remain with the team for TOY points and championship eligibility during the season.
- TOY Award “Team of Year” JR and HS: The most points accumulated over a team’s regular season tournaments in each division and the Divisional Championship will determine the “TOY Award”.
- Divisional Championship Qualifications JR and HS: from qualifying events in your Division, you must finish in the top (40%) of the field in points, to qualify for the Divisional Championship. Youth Angler membership covers all divisions and teams may fish all divisions if they choose. Each angler must sell one (1) book of 5 raffle tickets for each division they fish. Raffle Tickets must be turned in by the third Tournament. If a team fishes both divisions and qualifies for both division championships, the team may fish both division championships. There will Be a ($40) HS Team Pot at the One Day Divisional Championship and a ($40) JR Team Pot for the One Day Jr Divisional Championship. All final decisions will be made by Tournament Director.
- Quality Assurance Testing: By his/her signature on entry form and/or participation in the NYFA tournaments, Youth Anglers or Boat Captains agree to any quality assurance test if required by the Tournament Director. They may include all or part of the following: CVSA, Polygraph, Urinalysis, or Blood test. Refusal of any angler or boater to submit to the test will result in the loss of winnings, immediate disqualification, plus subsequent disqualification from future tournaments.
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