2018 ILF High School Team Rules

2018 ILF High School Team Rules

ILF High School Team Rules
All ILF Events are formatted after the Major League Fishing style.

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ILF High School Team Members Qualification

  • Team defined: A High School Team is defined as one or two (1 or 2) High School age Anglers who pair together as a Team. HS Anglers as a Team do not have to attend the same High School.
  • Angler Requirements: High School Anglers must be currently in 9th, 10th 11th or 12th grades. Graduating Seniors may participate in the summer season of their graduation.
  • Your High School: The HS Anglers can still compete even if their High School does not sponsor a Bass Fishing Club or Team, they just need to be of High School age as described in item 1 above.
  • High School Anglers: Both Team members are also required to be familiar with the ILF Competition Rules and General Enforcement.
  • Boat Captains / Officials: 1. A High School Team (2-Anglers or 1 Angler) must sign up with a volunteer Boat Captain. The volunteer Boat Captain will also act as ILF Boat Officials. Boat Captains / Officials will be assigned to their own Team for each of the Qualifying rounds. Boat Captains / Officials are required to have a Smartphone device with internet capability. Boat Captains /Officials are also required to be familiar with the ILF Competition Rules and General Enforcement and watch the ILF Boat Official training video.

ILF High School Team Qualifying Events

  • Who Can fish: High School Team Events are open to all High School age Anglers (see Team Member Qualifications about).
  • Size of Field: The field size for an ILF High School Event is 24 High School Teams.
  • Entry: Team entries are on a first come, first serve basis as they sign up. Entry fee per Team $50.
  • HS Events and Awards: The 2018 ILF Season will be comprised of three (3) HS Team Events each taking place on a single day. Each Qualifying Event will award the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams with prizes.
  • Points: All HS Teams competing will be issued points based on their performance in a single Qualifying event which will possibly qualify the Team to fish the ILF High School Team CUP / Scholarship Championship.
  • Periods: Each ILF High School Qualifying Event will be broken up into three (3) two-hour periods. Teams are required to return to a designated rendezvous immediately after each period.

ILF High School Team CUP / Scholarship Championship

  • Championship Field: The field size for the ILF High School Team CUP / Scholarship Championship will be comprised of the top eighteen (18) Teams in points from each of the ILF HS Team Qualifying Events.
  • Entry: There is no additional entry fee for the ILF High School Team CUP / Scholarship Championship.
  • Awards: The Cup Championship will award the 1st place Team a $1,000 Scholarship Funds to each Team member, $2,000 total for the Team. A CUP Trophy will also be awarded to each 1st place Team member. The 2nd and 3rd place Teams will be awarded prizes.
  • Scholarship Funds: A check will be issued to the parents or guardians for the 1st place Team.
  • Boat Captains / Officials: A High School Team (2-Anglers or 1 Angler) must sign up with a volunteer Boat Captain. The volunteer Boat Captain will also act as ILF Boat Officials. Boat Captains / Officials will be assigned to a Team by random. Boat Captains / Officials are required to have a Smartphone device with internet capability. Boat Captains /Officials are also required to be familiar with the ILF Competition Rules and General Enforcement and watch the ILF Boat Official training video.

COMPETITION RULES AND GENERAL ENFORCEMENT

1. LAWS, BOATS, SAFETY AND WEATHER

  • ILF Anglers must adhere to all federal, state and local laws. ILF Boat Officials are required to contact the ILF Commissioner in Charge with any questions or concerns about an Angler’s potential action that may violate a law. A ILF Boat Official must immediately report an Angler’s violation of a law to the ILF Commissioner in Charge. Based on the set of circumstances in connection with the violation, the Commissioner in Charge who, at his discretion, will issue an immediate penalty and or disqualification.
  • Each Angler will be permitted to use their boat for tournament competition and should be fully equipped with all essentials to meet state water safety requirements including proper insurance.
  • The ILF Commissioner or his designee has the right to delay, shorten or cancel the start of an event because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the safety of the competitors. Competition waters may also be restricted at any time because of bad weather. We will be monitoring the weather at all times during the competition day and will communicate to your ILF Boat Official via text message and phone.
  • In the event that dangerous conditions develop, ILF will suspend the competition for all participants and instruct you to immediately take cover. If at any time you feel you are in danger, and your ILF Boat Official HAS NOT been contacted, you should take cover and immediately contact the ILF Commissioner in Charge. The ILF Commissioner in Charge will suspend the competition until the conditions have improved.

2. SPORTSMANSHIP

  • ILF Competitors are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any violation of the standards may be deemed cause for disqualification. (SEE Sportsmanship and Flagrant Sportsmanship Violations, definition and penalties, Rules 21s and 21t).
  • Use of alcohol or drugs (other than drugs purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a licensed physician) by any competitor during ILF Events could be cause for automatic disqualification.
  • 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.
  • ILF Boat Officials have the responsibility of reporting to the Commissioner a ILF Angler’s sportsmanship violation or a flagrant violation for any act that reflects unfavorably upon efforts to promote fisheries conservation and/or clean waters.

3. ILF COMMISSIONER’S ROLE

  • Interpretation and enforcement of rules shall be left exclusively to the ILF Commissioner and/or his assigned designees at the competition.
  • In the event of a rule violation, the ILF Commissioner and/or his designees may impose such sanctions as disqualification and/or prohibition from participation in subsequent ILF Competitions.
  • Subject to appeal, the decision of the ILF Commissioner and/or his designees, or a special rules committee established by the ILF Commissioner shall be final in all matters.
  • Supervises the training program for all ILF Boat Officials.
  • Develops and manages all ILF Boat Official duties, procedures, communications, etc.
  • Evaluates the performance of each member of the current ILF Boat Official Staff.
  • Serves as the on-site liaison between the ILF Boat Officials and ILF Anglers as required.

4. ILF BOAT OFFICIAL’S ROLE

  • A volunteer ILF Boat Official is required to watch the ILF Boat Official training video and become familiar with ILF Competition Rules and General Enforcement document.
  • A trained volunteer ILF Boat Official will accompany each ILF Angler throughout each day’s competition.
  • Each ILF Boat Official is required to have a SmartPhone scoring device with internet and texting ability. ILF Boat Officials are also required to supply their own personal flotation device that’s is Coast-Guard approved and must be worn at all times while the combustion engine is running.
  • ILF will supply each volunteer Boat Official with the following: An approved ILF scale, ILF event log book, pens, extra batteries and a Boat Official Jersey. Boat Official are required to turn in all supplied items at the end of their event.
  • The ILF Boat Official will serve as rules enforcer and the official scorekeeper.
  • The duties of the ILF Boat Official will be to weigh and record the weight of each scorable catch in the log book as well as update the ILF Scoring System using their Smartphone.
  • ILF Boat Officials are also responsible as “time keepers” throughout day notifying Anglers as to when “lines are in” and “lines are out”. See 8e SPECIFIC ILF COMPETITION RULES / PENALTIES
  • Specific Penalty Violations will be assessed “on the spot” by the ILF Boat Official and all other violations will be reported to the ILF Commissioner or his representative.
  • Rules decisions made by a ILF Boat Official are considered final, unless a ILF Angler chooses to submit a written protest to the ILF Commissioner.

5. THE WEIGHING OF BASS

  • All ILF Events shall utilize the ILF term “scorable bass". A scorable bass is any bass caught that weighs one (1) pound or greater. Any bass caught that weighs less than one (1) pound shall be deemed “un-scorable.” Weight is now the sole determining factor for a bass being scorable or un-scorable. Length is no longer a factor in the scoring of a bass caught. This effectively eliminates the need and use of measuring boards in ILF events.
  • There is no limit to the number of scorable bass a ILF Angler can catch and record during ILF Event competition.
  • Only the ILF Angler will handle bass caught during competition. Once a bass is caught, the bass will be set onto the official scale by the ILF Angler.
  • The ILF Boat Official will hold the official scale by the handle only with both hands and position it at eye level. The bass must be steady, allowing the scale to be clearly read first by the MLF Boat Official.
  • Should the bass be less than one (1) pound, the ILF Boat Official shall announce it to be un-scorable. Should the bass be more than one (1) pound, the ILF Boat Official will proceed to call the weight.
  • The ILF Boat Official will call the weight. If the call is challenged by the ILF Angler, the ILF Boat Official will zero the scale and re-weigh the bass a maximum of two (2) additional times and then the ILF Boat Official will make the final call, “the official weight is”. The bass cannot be dipped into the water between re-weighs.
  • After the official weight is announced (or after a bass is deemed un-scorable) the ILF Angler is to remove the bass from the scale, properly release the bass into the water and resume fishing.
  • The ILF Boat Official will immediately record the weight in writing onto the ILF “Log Book Scoring Sheet” and then enter the weight into the official ILF Electronic Scoring System being used.
  • Should a ILF Angler catch a bass on a bait which is illegal in the waters being fished, the bass caught will be deemed a non-scorable bass. If the ILF Boat Official discovers that an illegal bait is being used, he may warn the ILF Angler that no bass caught with the illegal bait will be scored. The ILF Boat Official may require a ILF Angler’s bait be shown to him in which case the ILF Angler must allow him to inspect the bait for its lawfulness.

6. END-OF-PERIOD SCORING

  • The ILF Boat Official being the “time keeper” is responsible for letting notifying the ILF Angler that the period is about to end providing a count down.
  • At the ends of periods, the ILF Angler will be clearly notified by the ILF Boat Official when the period competition is coming to an end and when ILF Angler must stop fishing. The only deviations to the scheduled ends of periods will be if all ILF Anglers receive extra competition time because of an Official Time Out due to a Mechanical Failure, Medical Emergency or Weather, as called by the ILF Commissioner’s in Charge.
  • Regarding the final cast of any period, any bass hooked on the final cast must be “inside the boat” - visibly inside the gunnel - before the time expires.
  • The legality or illegality of a period-end catch will be determined by the ILF Boat Official.

7. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT

  • Use of nets and grippers for landing bass is prohibited.
  • Only artificial lures can be used.
  • All bass must be caught in a conventional sporting manner.
  • Any bass caught while “visually fishing” must be hooked inside the mouth and verified by the ILF Boat Official before being unhooked. The weight of a bass caught by the technique of “visual fishing” can only be scored once during that day.
  • ILF Anglers will be permitted the use of a lure retriever; however, ILF Anglers must supply their own lure retriever.

SPECIFIC ILF COMPETITION RULES / PENALTIES

8. SPECIFIC ILF COMPETITION RULES / PENALTIES

  • NO INFORMATION RULE:A ILF Angler shall not pursue any action of any kind that may give that ILF Angler a competitive advantage during competition.

    All ILF Anglers, including eliminated ILF Anglers, may not talk with any other ILF Angler, sponsor, locals or anyone else, except for authorized ILF media personnel about any daily results or any other event information. ILF Anglers may not talk to ILF Boat Officials about any other ILF Angler’s results or tactics used during any competition day.

    ILF Anglers may not use any mapping or GPS device including boat electronics, cell phones, tablets or computers to research any information about any possible fisheries in the general area of the event location.

    Should a ILF Angler receive information that potentially gives him a competitive advantage, such as locations: baits, topography, conditions, etc., including unsolicited information, he is required to share that information with the ILF Commissioner. The ILF Commissioner shall determine whether this information should be subsequently shared with any or all other ILF Anglers.
    (Penalty – MLF Commissioner: Sharing Information, Result: 10 min stop fishing and/or disqualification)

  • OFF LIMITS: Waters are off limits except for when Anglers are competing in the actual ILF event.
    (Penalty – MLF Commissioner: Illegal Scouting, Disqualification)

  • ASSESSING PENALTIES: If the ILF Boat Official calls a penalty on the ILF Angler, he must immediately stop all activities, including fishing. The ILF Angler is not allowed to drop his shallow water anchors or operate the trolling motor unless the boat is in immediate danger of being damaged and the ILF Boat Official gives the ILF Angler permission to do so. ALL other activities of any kind are not allowed and additional penalty time will be added for a penalty compliance violation for each occurrence.

    If a penalty results from a bass Landing Violation the bass must immediately be weighed and released. The ILF Boat Official is required to manually record the weight of the bass before he starts the penalty clock.

    ILF Boat Officials are not allowed to enter the weight on the Scoring System Device before the weight is first manually recorded. The ILF Angler must not request that ILF Boat Official start the penalty clock before the weight is first manually entered.

    The ILF Angler must sit down on the front deck and is not allowed to do FISHING MOVE during a penalty time with the exception of moving the boat to safety.
    (Penalty – Official: Penalty Compliance Violation, 1 Minute Additional Penalty)

  • PENALTY CARRY-OVER: If a ILF Angler is assessed a penalty at the end of Period One or Period Two, the penalty time spent will be at the “start of Fishing” in the next period. If a ILF Angler is penalized at the conclusion of Period Three in an Event Round, the penalty time spent will be at the “start of Fishing” during the next Round. The beginning ride around time cannot be used for penalty time.

  • LINES-IN LINES-OUT RULE: Both the ILF Angler and ILF Boat Official are given the starting and ending time of each period by the ILF Commissioner. It is the responsibility of each to be aware of these “times”. Any casting that is done outside of the start (LINES-IN) and ending (LINES-OUT) times will result in a penalty plus loose of any fish caught.
    (Penalty – Official or Commissioner: Penalty Lines-In Lines-Out, 10 Minute Stop Fishing Penalty)

  • ENCROACHMENT RULE: There is no official buoy distance rule. However, at no time is a ILF Angler allowed to interfere with another ILF Angler’s line. If a ILF Angler casts close to another ILF Angler and hooks into his line, the casting ILF Angler will be penalized. ILF Anglers approaching another Anglers area are expected express their intentions and follow ILF Sportsmanship rules.
    (Penalty – Official: Hooking other’s line, 2 Min., stop fishing when line untangled)

  • LANDING BASS: While landing bass, the bass cannot touch the carpet or any other part of the boat inside the gunnel at any time during the process. If the bass comes unhooked from the bait and falls to the carpet or hits any other part of the inside of the boat it will be assessed as a violation. Excepted from this rule will be laying the bass on the carpet to remove a deep set hook, “only after it has been properly landed without it touching the carpet”. ILF Angler should first ask the ILF Boat Official if the ILF Angler can lay the bass on the carpet. If a bass comes off of the scale while weighing the bass it will not be assessed as a penalty.

    Additionally, ILF Angler is not allowed to cradle bass or allow bass that he is landing to touch his body. A ILF Angler cannot allow a bass to touch any part of his body other than his hands or forearms. A slight touch will not be penalized. If the ILF Angler brings the bass to the body deliberately to secure control of the bass or the bass hits the ILF Angler more than slightly, then it will be a penalty. From a rules standpoint, the body is to be treated the same as the carpet. Should a IFL Angler hook multiple bass on one bait, a penalty will be assessed for every bass that touches anything inside the boat or touches the angler as described above.
    (Penalty – Official: Fish Landing violation, 2 Minutes immediate, stop fishing)

  • RELEASING of CATCH: When releasing any species of fish that is scorable or un-scorable, the ILF Angler’s hand must be at gunnel level or closer to the water. No flipping or tossing of a bass.
    (Penalty – Official: Fish release violation, 2 Minutes immediate, stop fishing)

  • BROKE OFF FISH: ILF does not have a Broke Off Fish penalty.

  • SECOND LINE: A ILF Angler will be allowed to utilize a second line in the water ONCE PER PERIOD. However, when utilizing a second line, a ILF Angler must employ a “cast and retrieve” method. Working bottom bait very slowly is considered a “cast and retrieve” method. If a ILF Angler casts a second line in the water more than once per period, the ILF Angler will receive a penalty. Dragging a line from a stationery rod is not permitted. Although the ILF Angler will be penalized for the second-time use of two lines, any bass caught that is scorable will count.
    (Penalty – Official: Illegal 2nd Line, 1 Min., stop fishing when 2nd lure is retrieved)

  • LEAVING BOAT TO FISH: ILF Angler may not leave the boat for the purpose of fishing. Leaving the boat to assist in landing a hooked bass, as an act of fishing, will result in a penalty. Although penalized, if a ILF Angler retrieves a scorable bass, the fish will count. Leaving the boat for non-fishing reasons is allowed without a penalty.

    Furthermore, the ILF Boat Official may not leave the boat to help the angler for any reason. The exception for the ILF Boat Official is he may only leave the boat in a situation where the integrity of the game is at risk.
    (Penalty – Official: Leaving Boat to Land fish, 4 Minutes immediate, stop fishing)

  • OUT OF BOUNDS: On some bodies of water, ILF Anglers will compete in a pre-determined zone each day. The boat must be positioned inside the zone boundaries. Fishing outside of the boundaries is allowed as long as the boat position remains inside the boundaries. Any boat position outside the zone will result in a penalty.
    (Penalty – Official: Boat out of Bounds, 5 Minutes immediate, stop fishing)

  • GRAPHING: Graphing between periods in order to locate bass is not allowed. Penalty will be called when the ILF Angler marks a waypoint between periods.
    (Penalty – Official: Graphing between Periods, 5 Minutes at start of next period)

  • PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE: Each ILF Angler must wear a Coast Guard-approved chest-type life preserver. ILF Angler’s life preserver must be strapped, snapped or zippered securely and maintained in that condition any time the combustion engine is in gear. The ILF Boat Official's life preserver must be strapped, snapped or zippered securely and maintained in that condition any time the combustion engine is in gear. If the ILF Angler or ILF Boat Official does not comply with the above the boat must be shut down until all passengers have met the Flotation Device rule.
    (Penalty - Official: Safe-boat conduct Penalty, 3 Minutes immediate, stop fishing)

  • KILL SWITCH: The ILF Angler or other appointed driver must have his boat’s kill switch connected any time the combustion engine is in gear. If the ILF Boat Official observes that the ILF Angler does not comply with the above the boat must be shut down until ILF Angler or other appointed drive attaches the Kill Switch.
    (Penalty – Official: Kill-switch connection, 5 Minutes immediate, stop fishing)

  • SPORTSMANSHIP: A Sportsmanship Violation is defined as aggressive or hostile behavior directed at a fellow ILF Angler, ILF Boat Official, a non-competitor or any representative of ILF, including the use of profanity directed at these individuals, will not be tolerated. ILF Boat Officials are required to report violations to the ILF Commissioner.
    (Sportsmanship Violation, Penalty will be determined by the ILF Commissioner)

  • FLAGRANT VIOLATION: A flagrant violation for any act that reflects unfavorably upon the positive efforts of ILF, ILF sponsors, spectators, fisheries conservation, and clean waters will not be tolerated.
    (Flagrant Sportsmanship Violation, Penalty determined by ILF Commissioner)

  • MECHANICAL FAULT: If a ILF Angler experiences mechanical failure during ILF competition and the ILF Boat Official determines that the ILF Angler is at fault for the problem, no TIME OUT will be called.
    (Penalty – Boat Official: Self-inflicted Mechanical Failure, No time out for repair)

  • MECHANICAL FAILURE: If a ILF Angler’s boat experiences mechanical failure during competition and the problem is determined by the ILF Boat Official to be no fault of the ILF Angler, an OFFICIAL TIME OUT will be issued. All competing ILF Anglers will be promptly notified when the OFFICIAL TIME OUT is to begin. ILF Anglers must immediately stop fishing when the OFFICIAL TIME OUT is called. ILF Angler in the process of reeling in a “hooked” bass will be allowed to count the weight of this scorable bass toward his daily weight total.

    The OFFICIAL TIME OUT will be employed for the duration required to replace the ILF Angler’s boat or appropriate boat part. The ILF Boat Official with the ILF Angler experiencing the boat failure will notify the ILF Commissioner in Charge who will then communicate the beginning and ending times for the OFFICIAL TIME OUT.

    At the end of the period, ILF Anglers will be allotted extra minutes of fishing, with the total number of minutes equaling the duration of the OFFFICIAL TIME OUT. ILF reserves the right to alter the day’s competitive time schedule should a TIME OUT occur.