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2007 Women's Bassmaster Tour rules

The following rules shall apply to all Women's Bassmaster Tour (WBT) tournaments except that (i) rules for special tournaments may differ from those contained herein and (ii) these rules may be changed by BASS immediately upon notice by BASS to its members which notice may be published on the BASS internet site at www.bassmaster.com. Interpretation and enforcement of these rules shall be left exclusively to the Tournament Director or his/her designee at a tournament. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director or a rules committee may impose such sanctions, as deemed appropriate by them, including, without limitation, disqualification, and forfeiture of prizes, entry fee and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. Subject to the appeal process set forth in paragraph 22, below, the decision of the Tournament Director, his/her designee, or the rules committee shall be final in all matters.

Penalties for rules violations may include the following:
(a) loss of catch for the day of the violation
(b) disqualification from the tournament in question
(c) disqualification from future BASS events which may be from a specific number of events or for a specific period of time or may be a lifetime disqualification.
(d) any different or additional penalties determined by the Tournament Director.

1. PARTICIPANTS AND ELIGIBILITY:

(i) This tournament is open to current female members of BASS who are 16 years of age or older. However, employees, officers and directors of BASS or its parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies and members of their immediate families (spouse, parents, children and siblings, regardless of where they live) are ineligible. Proof of age to the satisfaction of tournament officials is the responsibility of the potential competitor. Any candidate for competition who, in the judgment of the tournament Director, is disabled in such a manner as to unfairly hinder her partner or endanger the safety and well-being of her partner or herself shall not be eligible.

(ii) During the official practice and competition days of any BASS tournament, no competitor may operate a boat unless that contestant has documented proof of a minimum of $300,000 per occurrence boating liability insurance (see Participant Release Of Liability on the Official Entry Form) covering the boat being used in the tournament. Proof of insurance must be with the boat being used and must cover the competitors using that boat. Random checks will be conducted and any competitor who does not have proof of in-force insurance with $300,000 coverage may be disqualified.

(iii) A properly completed and signed official entry form and the entry fee must be received by the BASS Tournament Department on or before the entry deadline date. Balance due dates for all entries will be 30 days prior to the first competition day. Any balances or new entries received after the balance due date will be subject to a $50 late fee. The Tournament Director reserves the right to discontinue acceptance of applications prior to deadline and also the right to extend the acceptance date. DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERRABLE REGARDLESS OF DATE OF CANCELLATION. ANY BALANCE OF THE ENTRY FEE PAID IN EXCESS OF THE DEPOSIT WILL ONLY BE REFUNDED IF PROPER NOTIFICATION IS MADE TO THE BASS TOURNAMENT DEPARTMENT PRIOR TO THE ENTRY DEADLINE DATE. ENTRY FEE DEADLINE DATE FOR EACH TOURNAMENT SHALL BE 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE FIRST COMPETITION DAY OF EACH TOURNAMENT. While a sponsor may pay the entry fee, competitors agree to use any and all official equipment provided by BASS in WBT events.

(iv) The preferred method for tournament registration is on-line at www.bassmaster.com.

2. 2007 ANGLER CODE OF CONDUCT

Anglers participating in any BASS sanctioned event shall observe this code of conduct and the applicable rules for the specific event in which she is participating. Anglers shall, at all times, conduct themselves in a manner becoming professional anglers that will not reflect unfavorably on BASS, its members, officers or representatives, tournaments or sponsors.

To this end, anglers shall use their best efforts to demonstrate professionalism and integrity in support of the sport of professional fishing. Any angler who violates any of the provisions of the Angler Code of Conduct may be subject to fines, forfeiture of tournament winnings, suspension from competing in individual BASS sanctioned events, permanent ban from competition, or any combination thereof deemed appropriate by BASS.

MEDIA COMMENTS, PUBLIC ATTACKS

The favorable public reputation of BASS as a sanctioning organization in the sport of fishing, the integrity of its officials, and the reputation of its media properties are valuable assets and tangible benefits for BASS. Accordingly, it is an obligation of competitors to refrain from comments to the news media that unreasonably attack or disparage the integrity of tournaments, tournament officials, sponsors, fellow members, fellow anglers or the BASS organization. Competitors are encouraged to express themselves and have the right to question the rules officials. Responsible expressions of legitimate disagreement with BASS policies are encouraged as opposed to attacks upon the integrity of the rules or officials. However, public comments that an angler knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of BASS, BASS officials or sponsors shall be considered conduct unbecoming a professional and will result in disciplinary action.

3. PRACTICE AND COMPETITION:

(i) Off Limits/Deadwater — The tournament waters shall be off-limits to all contestants 14 days prior to the first official practice day in all WBT events unless otherwise notified by BASS. During the 14 day off limits periods for the purpose of locating or catching bass, the competitor can only have the assistance or advice of another competitor, or use publicly-available information (e.g. newspaper and internet reports). Competitors cannot solicit, receive, or gather any information via phone, electronic devices, or any other means about locating or catching fish on tournament waters, unless that information comes from another competitor. THERE SHALL BE NO EXCEPTIONS. For a first offense, the competitor will be disqualified from the tournament. For a second offense, the competitor will lose her eligibility for the following year's WBT events.

(ii) Prior to the off limits/dead water period there are no limitations regarding fishing partners, it is open to anyone.

There will be an official practice period six (6) days prior to the day of the onsite-registration and tournament briefing. The official practice period, will start at safe light local time on Thursday, and end at dark local time on Tuesday, prior to the day of the on-site registration and briefing preceding the first day of competition of the tournament. The day of the on-site registration and briefing will be an off-limits day for all competitors. The exact dates and times of the practice period must be obtained from the BASS Tournament Department. The competitor must know and observe these dates.

During the official practice for the purpose of locating or catching bass, the competitor can only have the assistance or advice of another competitor, or, someone who has no prior knowledge of the water, or, not fished any other official practice period or fishing tournament of any kind on the water prior to the official practice period. Competitors cannot enter the tournament waters with anyone who has been on the tournament waters during the off-limits period including, but not limited to, a professional guide, state or federal wildlife agency employee, or any other person deemed and "expert" on these tournament waters by the Tournament Director.
Practice partners are relegated to the back of the boat, cannot run the motor or trolling motor, and cannot be on the front deck other than to assist in landing a fish or assist with an unsafe condition/situation. Co-anglers using their own boats during the official practice period must abide by the same rules regarding practice partners and boat operation.

During competition a competitor can only have the assistance or advice of another competitor for the purpose of locating or catching bass on tournament waters.

Flying over tournament waters during competition is not allowed.

(iii) Anglers renting boat slips may launch boats and proceed immediately to slip location. Testing of engines after the weigh-in is only allowed with permission from the Tournament Director. No Exceptions. During the official practice and during the tournament, a competitor may not "SKIN DIVE" OR "SCUBA DIVE" in the tournament waters.

(iv) No competitor may buy or barter a fishing location from any other competitor for use during any competition day.

(v) During the official competition days of the tournament, a competitor may not use a CB radio, a VHF marine-band radio, a cellular phone, or any other type of communication device for the purpose of locating or catching fish. Competitors are permitted to transmit by radio or telephone only in the event of an emergency. If so equipped, competitors may listen to the marine-band weather information.

(vi) A designated tournament official must be granted access to the competitor's boat at any time during the official practice or competition days. Failure to grant such access may result in immediate disqualification.

(vii) Each competitor agrees to report to the Tournament Director any violation or infraction of any tournament rules. Failure to report violations, or suggestions to another competitor that she violated these rules, or false verification of weigh-in forms will be cause for disqualification.

By her signature on the official tournament entry form, each competitor agrees to submit to a polygraph examination/truth verification method or any other type examination as determined by BASS, and abide by its conclusion should she be accused of any rule violation. The BASS Tournament Director or rules committee, or such person designated by the Tournament Director shall have the discretion to determine the need for a polygraph/truth verification method examination. The BASS Tournament Director or his/her designee shall be responsible for selecting an independent expert to administer and interpret the results and establishing, in consultation with the expert administrator, the scope of the questions which may be asked during the polygraph/truth verification method examination. The BASS Tournament Director or his/her designee shall attempt to have the location of such polygraph/truth verification method examination as close in proximity to the angler's permanent address or such other mutually convenient location as possible. The competitor shall make himself/herself available at the location selected by the Tournament Director and shall cooperate in all respects with such examination. Anglers taking a polygraph/truth verification method examination may be responsible for any and all cost incurred.

4. REGISTRATION: Each competitor must register in person with official BASS staff at the time and place designated in the schedule of events. Failure to register in person during the prescribed hours shall result in a $50 fine. NO EXCEPTIONS. Any competitor who has not contacted the BASS Tournament Staff 30 minutes prior to the Tournament Briefing, may be disqualified from participating in the tournament. NO EXCEPTIONS. It shall be each competitor's responsibility to either check the schedule of events for registration time and location or obtain times from the BASS Tournament Department.

(i) WBT BASS Pass: BASS Pass members who cannot attend the tournament briefing may send a representative who is 16 years of age or older to represent them at the registration and briefing. Non-competitors may only represent one competitor. Competitors may represent themselves and one other competitor. A representative must attend the tournament briefing to meet the partner and record and provide all pertinent information to the competitor they are representing. BASS Insider members may use their membership card as a BASS Pass. If the Insider card is used, the card must be shown at registration by the representative. If the card can not be shown by the representative, the representative can make the required $25 payment for the BASS Pass and that payment will be refunded when the competitor shows the Insider card prior to the start of the tournament. Members may purchase their BASS Pass on site at the tournament registration for $25 annually (January — December). BASS Pass privileges do not extend to post season tournaments.

(ii) Linking entries: boaters and non boaters who link themselves (evening the field of competitors) and pay their entry fees prior to the entry deadline date gain a guarantee that they will fish in each tournament they enter as a linked entry. Linked entries will be paired first. If more boaters enter than non boaters, non-linked boaters may be paired together based on date and time of entry. If more non boaters enter than boaters, some non-linked non boaters may not fish. Those who will not get to fish will be determined by date and time of entry. Non boaters who do not get to fish may elect to change to a boater and pay the appropriate entry fee, elect to have their money refunded, or transfer their entry fee to a future tournament.

5. SAFETY:

(i) Safe boat conduct must be observed at all times by competitors. During the official practice and competition, each competitor must wear a Coast Guard-approved chest-type life preserver. This preserver must be worn at all times the combustion engine is operating. This preserver must be strapped, snapped or zippered securely and maintained in that condition until the combustion engine is shut off. Violation of this rule shall be reason for disqualification.

(ii) Tournament officials have the right to delay, shorten or cancel the start of an official tournament day because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the safety of the competitors. Tournament waters may also be restricted at any time because of bad weather. Weather delays on full field days resulting in half of the tournament day being lost (first flight take-off and check in) shall result in cancellation. Full fields may be carried over to cut days.

(iii) BASS reserves the right to impose boat speed limits during any or all tournaments. Whether or not to impose a speed limit, the area covered by the speed limit and/or the actual speed limit imposed shall be left exclusively to the discretion of the tournament director.

(iv) IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, COMPETITORS SHOULD CALL 911 FIRST AND THEN NOTIFY TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS.

(v) COMPETITORS ARE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE BOAT AND SEEK SAFE SHELTER IN BAD WEATHER WHERE DANGER MAY BE IMMINENT.

6. SPORTSMANSHIP: Competitors in BASS tournaments are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification.

(i) Use of alcohol or drugs (other than those purchased over- the- counter or prescribed by a licensed physician) by any competitor during the official practice or during the tournament will not be tolerated and shall be cause for automatic disqualification from this and all future BASS tournaments. No alcoholic beverages, other stimulants or depressants, prescription or otherwise, shall be allowed in the boats during the official practice or competition days, or when in the weigh-in area.

(ii) 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. Any act of a competitor which reflects unfavorably upon efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters and courtesy, shall be reason for disqualification.

(iii)All competitors are bound by the prevailing statutes and regulations of the various states within which they fish.

(iv) Chemical substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude, or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation and/or for disqualification after circumstances are reviewed by the Tournament Director. Any disqualification suspension from, or other disciplinary action regarding any tournament or fishing organization shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation in a BASS tournament and/or disqualification from a BASS tournament after circumstances are reviewed by the Tournament Director.

7. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: The use of grippers in landing bass is prohibited. Only artificial and biodegradable lures may be used. No "live bait" or "prepared bait" will be permitted during official practice and competition, with the exception of pork strips or rinds. Only one casting, spin casting or spinning rod (8 foot maximum length from butt of handle to rod tip) and reel may be used at any one time. Other rigs as specified above may be in boat ready for use; however, only one is permitted in use at any given time. All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. Anyone guilty of snatching or snagging visible fish will have her catch disqualified. When visually fishing a bed or for bedding bass, to be counted as a legal fish all bass must be hooked inside the mouth and must be verified by your partner before being unhooked.

8. HORSEPOWER REGULATIONS: Maximum horsepower for all outboard motorboats used in official tournament practice and in tournament competition will be 250 HP. Horsepower cannot exceed the limitations set by the U.S. Coast Guard. When required, each boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard horsepower-rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. The horsepower of the outboard engine must not exceed the rating specified on this plate nor the horsepower maximum set by BASS. Each competitor agrees to submit, by her signature on the official entry form, the boat and outboard motor used in the tournament, to an inspection by factory-trained personnel, if there is any reason to suspect the horsepower is in excess of the rating. Normal maintenance of engines is allowed. Changing or altering standard factory parts of a competitor's engine to increase the horsepower over the factory horsepower rating is forbidden, and will result in disqualification. Falsifying information on entry forms or altering the horsepower-rating numbers on the engine is also cause for immediate disqualification from BASS tournaments. Posted speed limits must be observed and all boats must be operated in a safe manner.

9. BOAT AND MOTOR: For the safety of all competitors during official practice or competition, all boats must be equipped with an approved type of operable ignition kill switch and lanyard. Only one manufactured lanyard may be used and must be attached to the driver's body any time the combustion engine is operating. Any time the combustion engine is operating and in gear there must be a driver in the driver's seat in full control of the boat. Only fishing boats that are 16 feet or more in length may be used. Any raised platforms or decks cannot be higher than the gunnels of the boat. Standing on the outboard or seats while fishing is not allowed. An electric trolling motor may be used for slow maneuvering. However, trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. All bladder tanks and any other type of auxiliary gas tanks that are not installed by the boat manufacturer are prohibited. Additional gas tanks that are factory options and installed by a manufacturer's authorized dealer are permitted. Boats that do not have factory-installed gas tanks are restricted to a maximum of 18 gallons of gasoline in tanks that meet U.S. Coast Guard regulations. Gas tanks must be properly secured or strapped in a boat. No portable gas tanks or containers capable of holding gasoline can be placed anywhere on the tournament waters or shoreline for use by any tournament competitor. No "barges" or similar craft will be permitted. No boat equipped with "stick steering" shall be permitted to be used during official practice or during the tournament by any competitor. "Stick steering" shall be as defined by the Tournament Director.

10. BASIC BOAT EQUIPMENT: During official practice and competition, every boat must have all required Coast Guard safety equipment as well as a functional bilge pump. During official competition every boat must have live well space, properly aerated, to adequately maintain alive a limit catch of bass by both competitors using the boat. BASS recommends live-wells be maintained at full level and aerators/recirculators on manual. Tournament officials shall have the sole responsibility for determining whether aeration and capacity is proper and adequate. Boaters must make a back seat available for co-anglers each competition day.

11. BOAT IDENTIFICATION: Prior to each day's start, each boat must be given an inspection check by a tournament official. Each day, each boat will be given a number, which must remain with the boat. This number must be displayed upon the request of tournament officials, and at each check-in.

12. BOAT OPERATION AND EXPENSE: During competition in Pro-Am type events, pros will fish from the front deck, co-anglers from the rear deck, no exceptions. Co-anglers are only allowed to drive the boat in emergency situations in both practice and competition with the exception of loading and unloading from trailers. Any pro, which, in the judgment of the officials, operates the boat in such a manner as to unfairly handicap her co-angler partner shall be disqualified. At no time may a pro competitor request that the co-angler competitor not fish. In view of the large expense involved in operating and maintaining a tournament bass boat, it is suggested that the co-angler partner share, at minimum, the cost of gas and oil for the competition day. In WBT events where observers replace co-anglers as the official rider, observers cannot assist the boater in any way. Observers are not required to pay for gas and oil expenses.

13. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Tournament waters shall be established by the Tournament Director for each tournament. Each competitor must obtain this information from the BASS Tournament Department. Any water within these boundaries posted "Off-Limits" or "No Fishing" by state or federal agencies as well as the live-bass-release area established by the Tournament Director will be OFF-LIMITS and will be announced at the Tournament Briefing. Only that water open to ALL public fishing will be considered tournament waters. All angling must be done from the boat. During official practice and competition, competitors wishing to change fish habitat by placing any object in the tournament waters may do so if such action does not violate state or federal regulations.

14. COMPETITORS MUST REMAIN IN BOAT: During the competition days, competitors must not depart the boat to land fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. Boats must remain in tournament waters during tournament days. Competitors must leave from and return to official checkpoints by boat. Both competitors must remain in the boat at all times except in case of dire emergency or with permission from the Tournament Director. In such an emergency, or with the permission from the Tournament Director competitors may be removed from their boat to either a boat operated by other competitors or a rescue boat designated by the Tournament Director. Partners must remain together at all times, in sight of each other and each other's catch, under the conditions cited above, in order for their catch of that day to be scored in the tournament. In the event of a needed restroom break, contestants are allowed to leave the boat upon which all fishing must cease until partners are back together in the boat. If a competitor violates any of the above conditions (to contact a tournament official by phone or other means or to report an emergency or breakdown), both competitors must cease fishing at this point, and their catch must be verified by a tournament official in order to be counted in the tournament. If after the emergency situation is resolved by tournament officials and enough time is left for the competitors to resume fishing, a restart will be allowed and the competitors will continue and their catch will be counted. This applies only to dire emergency situations as determined by the Tournament Director or his/her designee. Towing boats on trailers during tournament hours is prohibited, except by the direction of tournament officials.

15. OFFICIAL CHECKPOINT: There shall be only one official point for check-out in the morning and check-in in the afternoon, which points shall be designated at the tournament briefing. At the time of check-out, all competitors and their boats shall be in full conformity with all rules set forth by the Tournament Director. At check-in, all boats shall identify themselves by means of the numbers described in Rule 11 and proceed immediately to the designated weigh-in area. Partners must stay together, through the weigh-in process if both are weighing bass. Once bass are bagged for weigh-in, anglers that are not weighing bass do not need to accompany their partner through the weigh-in process.

16. SCORING: Tournament standings, auxiliary awards and final winners shall be determined by the pound-and-ounce weight of each competitor's catch during the competition days of the tournament. Only Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted, Redeye or Shoal bass will be weighed. The limit shall be 5 of the above species and varieties per day, unless otherwise specified by tournament officials. At no time shall a competitor have in their possession more than the tournament limit. Tournament officials will conduct checks for violation of this provision, and in the event a competitor has more than the above-described limits in possession shall cull down to the limit described, beginning with the largest bass first. The official length for bass shall be determined by the Tournament Director and announced at the Tournament Briefing. In most cases it will be the longest state limit covering the tournament waters. Only bass as described above which measure the official length or more on the longest straight line, shall be weighed. Bass presented for weigh-in, which fail to measure the official length, shall result in a penalty of 1 pound for each such bass, which penalty shall be deducted from the total score of the competitor. Any bass that appears to have been mangled, mashed, mauled or otherwise altered will be weighed and credited only at the discretion of tournament officials. After competitors check in at the official checkpoint they must present all legal fish in their possession to a tournament official to be counted, measured and weighed. Once a competitor's catch is measured, counted and verified by a tournament official, that competitor may not return to the boat until their catch has been weighed and recorded. Bass must not be stringered at any time during the tournament. Culling tags or clips are allowed. Specially designed bags which increase survival rate will be furnished by the Tournament Director and must be used for the weigh-in.

17. CATCH AND RELEASE: CULLING OF DEAD BASS IS PROHIBITED. For each legal dead bass presented to weigh-in officials, the competitor shall be penalized the following, to be deducted from their daily score: 1 dead fish — 4 oz., 2 dead fish — 10 oz., 3 dead fish — 18 oz., 4 dead fish — 28 oz., 5 dead fish — 40 oz. The Tournament Director or his/her designees shall have sole authority for assessing penalty points. It is suggested in warm weather tournaments anglers keep extra ice for fish care. Contestants are allowed to purchase ice on the water; however they are not allowed to receive ice from non contestants. Upon mutual consent of both pro and co-angler paired together for fish care concerns, the verification table will open one hour prior to check in time of the first flight.

18. LATE PENALTY: Competitors who are not in the official checkpoint area as described in Rule 15 at the appointed time shall be penalized at the rate of one pound per minute late to be deducted from the total weight of her catch that day, including any weight to be counted toward a "big bass award". Any competitor more than 15 minutes late shall lose all credit for that day's catch. There shall be no excuse for tardiness, and in no case shall a competitor be allowed to make up "lost time." After proper recognition at the check-in point, competitors will be allowed ample time to proceed to the weigh-in site; however, all fishing must cease upon check-in. After the tournament begins, fishing the tournament waters is prohibited except during tournament hours. Exact starting and check-in times will be announced at the Tournament Briefing. It is each competitor's responsibility to confirm check-in times each day on the daily pairings.

19. 300 Point System for all BASS Series. At the conclusion of the tournament points will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st — 5th five point increments

  • 6th — 10th four point increments

  • 11th — 15th three point increments

  • 16th — 99th two point increments

  • 100th — balance of field, one point each until end of field or points run out

  • Bonus points — 5 per day for tournament leader

  • Must weigh a fish in the tournament to receive points for that event

  • Ties- Points added together and divided among tied anglers. Standings will reflect ties starting at place closest to first.

  • End of year point tiebreakers shall be total weights from full field days for season.

    20. TIES: In case of a tie for first place in the pro division at the end of the tournament, there will be a sudden-death fish-off between the tied competitors under the direction and special rules established by tournament officials. Ties for first place for the co-anglers and all merchandise awards in both divisions will be resolved in the following order: (1) largest number of legal fished weighed during competition; (2) if the tie is not broken, the next tiebreaker will be the largest number of legal live fish weighed during competition; (3) if the tie is not broken, the next tiebreaker will be the individual with heaviest single day catch during competition; (4) if the tie is not broken, the next tiebreaker will be the individual with the second heaviest single day catch during competition. If the tie is not broken by applying the foregoing procedures, prizes will be awarded as determined by tournament officials. Ties for any cut in the boater and non boater division will be resolved in the same order explained above.

    21. PAIRING OF COMPETITORS: Two competitors will be assigned to each boat. Boaters may be paired with boaters, and share time. Announcement of your first-day fishing partner shall be made at the Tournament Briefing, which must be attended by each competitor except under BASS Pass rules. It shall be the responsibility of each partner to appear at a mutually agreed upon location with sufficient time remaining to check out at the official checkpoint and start on time. Tournament officials shall have no responsibility for finding missing partners. The Tournament Director, at his/her sole discretion, may reassign partners prior to the morning take-off. It is suggested that a minimum of 30 minutes is required for preparation to depart to the check-out point. When two competitors check out at the beginning of the day, they must stay together and within sight of each other and each other's catch throughout the day until the weigh-in is completed except in case of dire emergency (see Rules 14 & 15). A competitor must not allow any bass caught by them self to be counted on the score of another competitor. In such a case, both competitors shall be disqualified from this tournament and from all future tournaments conducted by BASS.

    22. APPEALS: An appeals committee will be established by BASS, which shall be comprised of one BASS employee not affiliated with the Tournament Department, and two anglers who are not competitors in the event in question. Appeals must be in writing seven days from the date of the ruling to the Tournament Director. If a competitor admits to a rule violation, she may not file an appeal of either the finding that she has violated the rules or the penalty imposed for the violation. Decisions of the appeals committee shall be final.
    Appeals of non-competition rulings must be presented in writing to BASS Angler Relations within seven days of ruling for review and final decision to be determined by BASS.

    23. Contingency programs are sponsor based programs developed to reward competitors based on a predefined set of criteria i.e. the TOYOTA Angler of the Year program rewards overall season performance. Participation in Contingency programs is at the anglers' discretion. Should an angler elect not to participate in a BASS contingency program, the angler will be excluded from any benefits such as prize purse or qualification for supplemental tournament competitions associated with the respective contingency program.

    24. BASS Member Shield & WBT Logo. In 2007 the BASS Member shield must be displayed on the right chest, the top of the patch should hit top center of the right collarbone. The WBT logo must be displayed on the right sleeve, centered on the sleeve closest to the shoulder. The left sleeve should remain available for a contingency program logo when it becomes available and should be centered on the sleeve closest to the shoulder. These patches may be embroidered, but must be done by a BASS approved embroiderer. (See www.bassmaster.com or contact BASS Member Services at 1-877-BASS USA/227-7872).
    Co-anglers agree to wear a BASS patch on their hat/visor or front of their garment during competition, including the weigh in.

    In addition, if BASS provides any ancillary clothing or products (such as life vests) bearing the logos of BASS or the official sponsors of BASS, each competitor shall wear such clothing or utilize such products in a manner requested by BASS. Patches can be ordered by contacting BASS Member Services,

    25. PATCHES AND/OR SIGNAGE: Anglers are encouraged to wear their own clothing which may bear patches, logos and other signage promoting the angler's sponsors. BASS may, however, restrict the use of patches, logos, signage, etc. that promote or advertise products which are, in BASS' sole judgment, in competition with the products or services of official BASS sponsors or which are, in BASS' sole judgment, in poor taste. BASS will provide as much advance notice as possible to the competitors in such instances.

    26. BASS SPONSOR BOATS. When using BASS sponsor boats anglers are responsible for their physical care of the boat. Damage to the boat which is determined by the tournament director to be excessive or wanton shall result in the angler being responsible for all costs of repair.

    27. TAXES: Where and when state laws require income taxes be paid on cash awards to non-residents, the taxes will be automatically deducted prior to the awards being presented to the winners. Anglers are responsible for all applicable taxes and rules on both cash and merchandise awards.

    28. WAIVER AND RELEASE: As a condition of participation in each tournament, each competitor must execute a waiver and release of liability and a name and likeness release.

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    P.O. Box 10277
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
    ATTN: WBT Tournament Department
    Phone: 407-566-2277 or 877 BASS USA

    OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

    Women's Bassmaster Tour
    2007 Entry Form

    Go to www.bassmaster.com for the preferred and easiest way to enter a Women's Bassmaster Tour Tournament.

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    MEMBERSHIP #__________________

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    Tournament(s) and Date:

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    PRO

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    Co-angler with whom I am entering: ____________________Member #________

    Guaranteed Status must be completed 10 days prior to the tournament

    [ ] Tournaments 1 thru 5 X $650 per tournament $___________

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    Pro with whom I am entering: __________________ Member #___________

    Guaranteed Status must be completed 10 days prior to the tournament

    [ ] Tournaments 1 thru 5 X $350 per tournament $___________

    BASS MEMBERSHIP DUES: You must be a current member of BASS to participate. If not, check below and enclose the proper amount.

    BASS Membership: $25.00 — 1 Yr. $39.00 — 2 Yrs. $55.00— 3 Yrs. $_______

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    Enter at www.bassmaster.com

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    Women's Bassmaster Tour
    P.O. Box 10000
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
    Phone: 407-566-BASS (2277)
    Photocopies Accepted
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    PARTICIPANT RELEASE OF LIABILITY — READ BEFORE SIGNING

    In consideration of being allowed to participate in the Women's Bassmaster Tour fishing tournament series for 2007, I acknowledge and agree that:

    1. The risk of injury, disability, death, loss or damage to person or property from the activities involved in the tournament(s) is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist;

    2. If I am using my own boat in the tournament(s), I certify that I now have or will obtain prior to the tournament series, Boat Owners Liability Insurance (including coverage for third party property damage and bodily injury) with no Tournament exclusion, having a minimum limit of at least $300,000.00 per occurrence. The insurance must be issued by a reputable insurer rated A or better by A.M. Best and Co. I certify that my boating liability insurance policy has been endorsed to name BASS, LLC., its parent and affiliated companies, its licensees, and affiliates, their advertising agencies, and all of their respective officers, directors, agents, employees, and stockholders, as an additional insured and/or an additional interest. At BASS' request, I will provide it with satisfactory evidence of that insurance.

    3. I have been advised by BASS, and have had the opportunity to seek legal counsel with respect to the legal effect of this document; and,

    4. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL RISKS REFERRED TO ABOVE, BOTH KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OFTHE RELEASEES (AS DEFINED BELOW) OR OTHERS, AND ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR RISKS ARISING FROM MY PARTICIPATION IN THE TOURNAMENTS;

    5. I willingly agree to comply with the terms and conditions for participation. If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official immediately; and,

    6. I, FOR MYSELF AND ON BEHALF OF MY HEIRS, ASSIGNS, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND NEXT OF KIN, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD
    HARMLESS BASS, LLC, INC., ITS PARENT AND AFFILIATED COMPANIES, THE OFFICERS, OFFICIALS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, AGENTS, AND/OR EMPLOYEES OF EACH, OTHER PARTICIPANTS, AND SPONSORING AGENCIES, SPONSORS, ADVERTISERS, AND, IF APPLICABLE,OWNERS AND LESSORS OF PREMISES AND PROPERTY USED TO CONDUCT THE EVENT ("RELEASEES"), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, OR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PERSON OR PROPERTY, WHICH I SUFFER OR WHICH I AM FOUND TO HAVE CAUSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY MY NEGLIGENCE OR INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, OR OTHERWISE, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

    7. If there are any questions raised by the judges or officials of BASS as to my veracity in respect to my participation in any tournament, I agree to submit to a polygraph examination and understand that failure to pass the examination will result in disqualification.

    I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT
    AND THE ATTACHED RULES, FULLY UNDERSTAND THEIR TERMS, UNDERSTAND
    THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY.

    8. PUBLICITY. In consideration for permission to participate in the Tournament, I ("Contestant") hereby grant to BASS, LLC, its assignees and/or licensees (including television production companies contracted by BASS), the unconditional right to use my name, voice, photographic likeness, biographical information, fishing tips and/or instructions in any medium whatsoever, including but not limited to video/audio productions, merchandising, promotions, articles, and/or press releases, in connection with BASS and/or the ESPN Outdoors Bassmaster Series, without restriction as to changes or alterations from time to time. I understand that I will not be entitled to receive any royalties or other compensation in connection with such use and waive my right to review the finished product.

    By my signature below I verify that I have read and understand the foregoing provisions.

    PARTICIPANT'S SIGNATURE________________________________

    Age__________ Date__________

    PRINT CONTESTANT NAME HERE__________________________

    FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF MINORITY AGE PARTICIPANTS (UNDER AGE 18
    AT TIME OF REGISTRATION)

    I, AS PARENT/GUARDIAN DO HEREBY CERTIFY THAT I HAVE LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PARTICIPANT AND I AGREE AND CON SENT TO HIS/HER RELEASE AS PROVIDED ABOVE OF ALL THE RELEASEES, AND, FOR MYSELF, MY HEIRS, ASSIGNS, AND NEXT OF KIN, I RELEASE AND AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE RELEASEES FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITIES INCIDENT TO MY MINOR CHILD'S OR WARD'S INVOLVEMENT OR PARTICIPATION IN THESE PROGRAMS AS PROVIDED ABOVE, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

    PARENT'S/GUARDIAN'S SIGNATURE__________________________

    Date________

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