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Team Rules

Rules and Procedures. Headturners3, LLC. Fishing Tournaments 2019

1. Modification of Tournament Rules and Procedures.

  • These rules and procedures are for any and all Headturners3, LLC. event(s) and may be modified up and until the completion of the captain’s dinner/meeting taking place the day prior to the first day of competition in any Headturners3, LLC. tournament.

2. Compliance with Applicable Law

  • All anglers participating in a Headturners3, LLC. event are required to follow applicable federal, state and local regulations and laws. Any violation of such regulations and laws and/or other tournament rules may result in a penalty including but not limited to and any combination of the following. Daily weight penalty, dead fish(s) penalty, fishing time penalty, disqualification from a tournament day, disqualification from the entire tournament, points deductions, disqualification from all future series events, or any combination thereof as decided by Headturners3, LLC. officials.

3. Eligibility Requirements.

  • Headturners3, LLC. reserves the right to deny entry to or remove from this series or any event any angler, person, participant and or competitor for any reason the tour and/or it’s officials deem necessary. Anglers failing, failing to take a requested truth detection test from any tournament or tournament trail or being banned from competition by another tournament or trail for cheating, unsportsmanlike conduct, public demeaning displays or similar reasons will not be ineligible to compete in any Headturners3, LLC. events.

4. Entry Fee and Credit Card Procedures.

  • Team Captain will pay a $200.00 annual administration fee. Captain’s team partner will pay a $100.00 annual administration fee.
  • Check It Stik Team Open Tour Event (4) entry fee is $800.00 per team per event.
  • No multiple event registration is required, teams can fish 1 or all 4 of the Check It Stik Team Open events.
  • A optional 2nd chance $200.00 side pot will be offered and pay 1 in 5 for places 11th – 15th or as many as 20 should all teams enter.
  • Atlas All Star Tour Team Open Classic Kick Off Event (1) entry fee is $2500.00 per team.
  • Atlas All Star Tour Championship Event (1) entry fee is $1000.00 per team.
  • Teams earn a $250.00 credit for each event fished (up to 1000.00) during the 2019 tournament season.
  • All administrative, event entry and electronic payment service fees must be paid in full prior to or on the tour established deadline in order to participate in a Headturners3, LLC. fishing tournament.

5. Communication.

  • The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular telephones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, pagers or any electronic device able to communicate any information pertaining to fishing or navigation with anyone outside the field of current Headturners3, LLC. anglers during tournament days is strictly prohibited. Lock information, family emergencies and work related calls may take place as long as no discussions pertaining to fishing information relevant to the tournament or tournament waters at which event is being held on or near is discussed. Anglers can contact anyone at anytime by any means when a emergency issue arises. Texting while operating your boat above idle is prohibited.

6. Off limits, Practice and Information.

  • There is no restriction to the number of days a competitor(s) can practice for a Headturners3, LLC. tournament.
  • 30 days of the start of any Headturners3, LLC. tournament scouting or marking fish from aircraft is prohibited.
  • 30 days prior to the start of all Headturners3, LLC. tournament competitor(s) can not hire a professional guide paid by cash or barter in an attempt to gain local knowledge pertaining to redfish movement, locations, lures, techniques and or navigation.
  • Monday the week of all Headturners3, LLC. tournament competitors nor any affiliated person(s) of the competitor(s) in an attempt to gain or relay information back to any competitor(s) CAN NOT:
  • Seek to gain information pertaining to fishing, navigation, techniques, equipment and/or other information from anyone who is not a paid participant in the tournament taking place for which the off limits has been initiated, including personal or 3rd party exchanges of information made in person, by phone, email, texting, private messages.
  • Loan a boat with navigational equipment that is not removable or that does not have the ability to be disabled to anyone not fishing same Headturners3, LLC. event and then use the same boat and/or navigational equipment during practice or tournament days.
  • Have on their boat experts, guides, friends, sponsors, family members or any other person that could be considered by the tour to be professionals, guides or persons capable of offering significant angling help that are not registered and competing in the same event.
  • During off limits competitors can practice with sponsors, friends and or family members that are not considered experts or capable of providing significant help in locating or catching redfish, navigation, lure selection and/or fishing techniques to the Headturners3, LLC. competitor(s).

7. Insurance, Registration and Fishing License.

  • State required insurance and registration must be enforced and current prior to the use of any vessel in all Headturners3, LLC. events. It is the angler’s responsibility to maintain insurance coverage and ensure all registrations and fishing licenses required by state, federal and local law are up to date for each competitor(s) in all Headturners3, LLC. events. A vessel not complying with state, federal and local laws governing equipment, registration, decals and their proper display, cannot be used in competition. If such a boat is placed in competition either intentionally or unknowingly, the angler’s catch for the day(s) such vessel was used will be d.q.’d.
  • Competitor(s) must have a current fishing license for the state in which they are fishing.

8. Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs.

  • Competitor(s) possessing alcohol or drugs (other than their own current prescriptions) during tournament hours may be d.q.’d.
  • Competitor(s) that consume alcohol prior to a truth verification test may be d.q.’d from the tournament and forfeit all winnings/awards.

9. Extreme Weather.

  • Should any day(s) of a Headturners3, LLC. event be cancelled due to extreme weather or the eminent threat of extreme weather:
  • Day 1 canceled, all anglers fish day 2 in a one day shootout to determine place of finish for all teams.
  • Day 2 canceled, results from day 1 are final and will determine place of finish for all teams.
  • Days 1 and 2 canceled, the day immediately following day 2 (Sunday or Monday) will be used to determine place of finish.
  • If no days of a Headturners3, LLC. event can take place, the event will be rescheduled 30 days or more from event’s original date.

10. Field and Paybacks.

  • Two angler per boat 2 day team tournaments except in case of foul weather (see 9)
  • Each team must consist of the same 2 anglers on the boat during any day of competition. If 1 angler has to withdraw during any portion of the tournament, the team cannot compete with a backup, alternate or as a 1 angler team.
  • Each Team Open will pay back 125% of all entry fees in cash and prizes provided by Skeeter Boats and Yamaha Outboards.
  • Payback sample for Headturners3, LLC. events will be posted on each event release information page.
  • 100 Team max full field in Check it Stik Team Open Tour will payback of $100,000.00 including all checks and prizes based on returning boat, motor and trailer sponsors or similar to those of 2017-2018. Without any of or all 3 returning or being replaced, paybacks subject to change.
  • 50 Team max full field in Atlas All Star Tour Classic Kick Off will payback of $125,000.00 including all checks and prizes based on returning boat, motor and trailer sponsors or similar to those of 2017-2018. Without any of or all 3 returning or being replaced, paybacks subject to change.

11. The Atlas All Star Team Championship and Team of the Year. 50 Team Max Field

  • Championship will take place December 6-7-8 in South Padre Island Texas.
  • No entry fee for qualifying teams having fished 4 events total in 2019. (see 4)
  • All qualifying teams fish 2 days. After 2 days the top 10 teams move on to fish day 3 except in case of foul weather (see 9).
  • First place guaranteed Skeeter Boats and Yamaha Outboards tournament rig. Based on returning boat, motor and trailer sponsors or similar to those of 2017-2018. Without any of or all 3 returning or being replaced, paybacks subject to change..
  • The top 25 teams in points from the Atlas All Star Tour Classic Kick Off qualify for the Championship.
  • The top 25 teams in points from the Check it Stik Team Open tour after 4 events qualify for the Championship.
  • Team of the year to receive $10,000.00 based on total points after all 6 events including Championship results. No drop tournaments.

12. Mechanical and Navigational.

  • For mechanical reasons only an series approved mechanic may temporarily ride along for the purpose of determining and remedying a mechanical issue, however no tournament related information outside of the problem being diagnosed can be discussed.
  • It is the angler’s responsibility to notify a tour official by phone of a mechanical issue, mechanic’s name and duration of time he/she is expected to be on board prior to boarding of an series angler’s boat during practice or competition.
  • If a angler has GPS/graph issues any day of the event, they must borrow, rent or purchase any electronic navigational device from someone still in the field, from an retail dealer with a store front business or a onsite tournament support representative.

13. Remedies for Break Downs and Returning to Launch.

  • Competitor(s) boats experiencing mechanical failure may be towed in by any one from any where at any time.
  • Competitor(s) can only board the boat of another competitor fishing the same event.
  • Competitor(s) must tag and/or mark and keep separated their fish from any competitor’s fish who’s boat they board.
  • Competitor(s) boarding another competitor(s) boat for any reason will result in the end to both competitor(s) day of fishing.

14. Anglers Must Remain in Boat.

  • All angling must be conducted from inside the boat. No wading.
  • Competitor(s) cannot leave the boat to cast to, catch or land a fish.
  • Competitor(s) may leave the boat and seek safe shelter in bad weather where danger may be imminent but must continue to follow all tournament rules and procedures during this period.
  • Competitor(s) may leave their boat to pull it out of an area where tides have gone out but cannot leave their boat to gain access to any area and must wait on water levels to rise enough to allow entry.
  • No jumping berms, dykes, land masses or any other object blocking entrance to any waterway, either man made or natural.

15. Tackle and Techniques.

  • Competitor(s) must cast, flip or pitch their lure to the fish they catch.
  • Only artificial lures may be used and only artificially produced bait attractants. No live or dead bait allowed.
  • Only one rod at a time may be used per angler.
  • A cast must be fully retrieved before another cast can be made by the same angler.
  • All redfish must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner.
  • No snagging off fish, netting of fish or scooping of distressed surface fish is allowed.
  • No multi lure rigs allowed.
  • Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited.
  • Competitor(s) must obey all local, state and federal laws in regards to boating, equipment and fishing.

16. Acceptable Fishing Locations.

  • An official playing field or boundary may be set by the tour for any Headturners3, LLC. event deemed necessary by tour officials to ensure a fair playing field and help anglers with local law enforcement and state laws.
  • Competitor(s) may only navigate and fish those waters open for navigation, boating and fishing to the general public equally.
  • Competitor(s) nor anyone working on their behalf may lift, unlock or pass through gates, chains, booms or other canal, river and/or waterway objects meant to divide public from non public waters during a practice period or any day(s) of competition.
  • Competitor(s) must know that even water without obvious vessel restricting objects waters can still be considered non public.
  • If a competitor(s) is or has ever been been asked to leave a particular body of water due to it being claimed to be non public even if those waters are located within the official “playing field” map or description they must not return during any practice period or day(s) of competition and should notify the tour immediately so a notice of non public waters can be sent to all competitor(s).
  • If at anytime during recreational boating, scouting, practice and/or during any tournament day(s) a competitor(s) is asked to leave they cannot ever return to that same water even by alternate routes again during the remaining days of practice or tournament days or any other time during any Headturners3, LLC. event.
  • Angler(s) failing to observe the public water rule in any manner including but not limited to intentionally returning to the same waters after being asked to leave or fleeing to avoid capture will be disqualified from the competition and tour for remainder of the season.

17. Live Fish, Limits and Penalties.

  • Competitor(s) may not intentionally attempt to manipulate the weight or length of any redfish.
  • A .75 pound penalty will be assessed for each dead fish presented for measuring.
  • No culling of dead fish permitted.
  • TX tournament limit will be 3 redfish per day 20”-28”.
  • LA tournament limit will be 5 redfish per day 16”-27” including 1 fish up to 30”. Any fish over 27” must me alive to count.
  • Official tour fish measurer/bumper reserves the right to refuse any red fish deemed to have been altered and/or damaged sufficiently to make determining the exact length of the fish’s overall tail non conclusive, in his opinion. Fish with abnormal, severely damaged or deformed tails or noses will not be accepted, regardless of fish’s length.
  • The Check it Stik Official Elite Measuring System will be used only with fish’s head facing left and the tail to the right only, no flipping.
  • Competitor(s) are encouraged to take a picture and submit via text to tournament director for ruling during tournament day on a fish’s overall condition and whether or not that fish would be approved or denied if presented in the current pictured condition.
  • Failure to notify official and having a fish weighed with a hook, lure, jig or other object in it’s mouth may incur dead fish penalty.
  • Dead fish may be kept separate from live fish but only with water or an ice substitute, frozen water bottles, Arctic Ice, etc.
  • Re weighs of a limit of fish are only executed by the weigh master (not at the request of any angler) and based solely on his judgment of conditions when the automatic scales render their final, computer controlled weight.
  • It is the angler(s) responsibility to keep control of their fish from their live well till it reaches the stage for weighing, any loss of control or intermixing of any fish with other competitor(s) fish while catching a ride with another competitor(s) during a mechanical issue, getting fish ready for weigh in at boat or at staging tanks, etc. will result in all fish affected not being counted.

18. Safety, Boats, Motors and Accessories.

  • Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times by all competitor(s).
  • During all days of practice, each competitor(s) and any of their guest on board are encouraged to wear a Coast Guard-approved chest type life preserver at any time the combustion engine is in operation.
  • During each day of competition all competitor(s) must wear a Coast Guard-approved chest type life preserver any time the combustion engine is on and in gear. This preserver must be strapped, snapped or zippered securely and maintained in that condition until the combustion engine is out of gear or shut off.
  • All boats used in practice or competition beginning Monday the week of the Headturners3, LLC. event must have engine kill switch installed and attached to the driver anytime the combustion engine is on and in gear.
  • Only a traditional and common style single engine outboard motor powered boats are allowed to be used in competition.
  • Competitor(s) must compete from boats capable of safely carrying a cameraman or tour official.
  • Any competitor(s) refusing to carry or fishing from a boat that cannot safely carry a cameraman or tour official will be disqualified.
  • No air boats, pump driven, extended shaft mud type engines or boats with more than 1 outboard engine are considered “traditional” in nature by the tour and may not be used in practice or competition beginning Monday the week of all Headturners3, LLC. events.
  • Additional fuel may be purchased from a public marina during normal business hours and open to the general public equally.
  • Additional fuel may be carried only in factory installed (built-in) fuel tanks. No portable fuel containers allowed.
  • 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. Failing to do so and being reported will result in penalty.

19. Sportsmanship and Penalties.

  • It is prohibited and against the law to enter any fish in a saltwater or freshwater fishing tournament that have had the length or weight altered, were taken unlawfully, or are fraudulently represented. Competitor(s) doing such will be d.q.’d and prosecuted.
  • Competitor(s) are required to display the highest level of sportsmanship to each other, recreational anglers or boaters sharing the waters, the tour and it’s staff, Headturners3, LLC. ownership, sponsors and fans.
  • Competitor(s) proved to be displaying poor sportsmanship or violating fishing, game and/or boating regulations will be penalized.
  • Act(s) or action(s) deemed to be a intentional and unsportsmanlike toward another angler(s) is prohibited.
  • Competitor(s) receiving a non moving ticket for any reason will result in disqualification of the day’s catch for the day that the ticket was issued. Angler’s receiving a moving violation will be disqualified from the event.
  • Failing to disclose receiving any citation or ticket to tour officials will result in immediate disqualification from the event.
  • Competitor(s) can not cast pitch or flip within 100 yards of a competitor’s boat (not separated by land or jetties but in same body of water) which is anchored by a traditional anchor and/or anchoring system such as Power Pole or Talon.
  • Competitor(s) knowingly attempting to circumvent state, federal or local law enforcement or similar in an attempt to avoid capture or issuance of a ticket or citation will be disqualified immediately for the remainder of the season.

20. Protest and Truth Detection.

  • HeadTurners3, LLC. polygraph test both competitors on a team, in most cases. If only one competitor on a team is going to be polygraphed, due to time or other circumstances, the tour will pick which competitor to test.
  • Any competitor(s) that feel they cannot take or pass a truth detection test, for any reason can not fish with Headturners3, LLC.
  • A reported violation may be brought to the attention of tour officials at anytime during or after the conclusion of the event.
  • Should a polygraph or other truth detection test be needed to settle a protest, the angler protesting and the angler being protested may both be required to render to the tour the fee for the polygraph test with the winning angler being reimbursed the test fee.
  • Should no polygraph test be available the day of the protest, the event will continue as normal, under protest with the results, tournament placement, prizes, points and awards being retained by the tour until a test can be administered to settle dispute.
  • HeadTurners3, LLC. and the Elite Series acts as a broker when hiring the truth detection administrator and has no influence on procedures, type of test, the amount of time or the results of the testing and as such all rulings of cause are determined by the testing agent and not by anyone affiliated with Headturners3, LLC.
  • All truth detection results are final and not contestable by any Headturners3, LLC. competitor(s).
  • HeadTurners3, LLC. its parent, affiliated and subsidiary companies, the hosts, sponsors and tour officials are not involved in or in any way responsible for the results of or methods used in any truth detection test given.

 

Angler Code of Conduct.

Competitor(s) participating in any Headturners3, LLC. 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 the general public and does not reflect unfavorably on Headturners3, LLC., its members, officers and/or representatives and/or community and product sponsors of Headturners3, LLC..

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 event and sport. Following are examples of unacceptable behavior by competitors in Headturners3, LLC. events that will be cause for penalties as outlined in this document.

  • Heated and loud public disagreements with Headturners3, LLC. officials, other competitors and fans and volunteers during an event that can be seen as a public display of unsportsmanlike and unprofessional conduct.
  • Public attacks through media, including social media, upon the integrity of Headturners3, LLC. rules and/or officials.
  • Public comments that an angler knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of Headturners3, LLC., Headturners3, LLC. officials, ownership and/or tour 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 a Headturners3, LLC. 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 and/or fishing organization may result in disqualification from competition and rejection of an application for participation in a Headturners3, LLC. 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 Angler of the Year/Classic qualifying points, forfeiture of tournament winnings, suspension from competing in individual Headturners3, LLC. sanctioned events, permanent ban from competition or any combination thereof deemed by Headturners3, LLC.

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