2016 - 2017 Tournament Rules

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GA Slab Masters 2016 - 2017 “Proposed” Rules:
By your participation in this tournament, you agree to comply with the following rules.
Teams may have a third partner if third partner is under 16. Pole limits for three partner teams will be the same as two partner teams.  (Example: Eight poles per team unless state limit is lower in which case lower limit for two persons will apply.)   A qualified partner from one team may fish with a qualified partner from another team at any GA Slab Masters event that requires qualification from events.
  1. You may enter alone or with the partner of your choice. Practice is allowed until official sunset the day before the tournament. Spectators are not allowed in boat with team during tournament hours.
  2. Tournament waters shall be defined as areas open to all participants of the event and accessible by normal navigational means only. Fishing within 50 feet of a marina gas pump or within 50 feet of a competitor’s boat, which was first anchored, is prohibited. (Trolling motor must be in up position to be considered anchored.) A safe and courteous distance should be maintained when trolling motors are in use. Any violation of off limits water will result in disqualification.
  3. Any team entering a GA Slab Masters event, must bring their tournament boat to the signup location during the signup times for boat/livewell inspection. A marker of various types may be issued to the team after inspection and must remain on the boat during the tournament and weigh-in.
  4. Entry fees will be collected at the designated signup location during the signup times. Entry fees must be paid by Cash.
  5. In the case of extreme weather/water conditions, GA Slab Masters reserves the right to postpone or cancel a tournament.  Notice will be given by social media, website updates, and other available postings or text message if your number is on file with the tournament officials.
  6. All times for Slab Masters events will be understood as EST no matter where the tournament waters are located.  Tournament waters are off limits from official sunset the day prior to the tournament until 5:30 AM the day of the tournament.
  7. Teams may start fishing anywhere on the lake at 7:00 AM and may continue fishing until 3:30 PM unless otherwise noted at the signup. Any fishing by a team member before or after the designated times on the day of the tournament will disqualify the team.
  8. Two-or three-person team (one boat per team) must stay within 25 feet of each other while fishing. Teams must remain in boat while fishing. Third partner must be under the age of 16. Pole limit applies to three person team.
  9. Teams may use rod and reel combos, hand held pole and reel combos or hand held poles. A maximum of 8 poles per team/boat and a maximum of 2 hooks/baits per pole except where state limit is set at a lesser number. Live and artificial bait may be used.
  10. Crappie must be hooked and landed with a rod or pole by team member(s). Crappie must be hooked through the lip or in the mouth.
  11. Teams must comply with all state fishing and boating regulations, including the use of PFDs and kill switches. Fishing, parking passes, and boating licenses are the responsibility of team members.
  12. Crappie must be weighed at the official GA Slab Masters weigh-in site. Both team members must be present at the time of weigh-in to be eligible for prizes unless cleared with tournament officials prior to the start of the tournament. No team will be allowed to join the weigh-in line after 4:30 PM. Angler(s) must be in line with fish by 4:30 PM.
  13. A team may not weigh-in more than 7 crappie, and those 7 crappie must be alive when entering the official weigh-in line. Any team presenting more than 7 crappie will be disqualified. The tournament director has sole responsibility for the declaration of dead or live crappie.
  14. All crappie brought to the scales for weigh-in must have been caught during the tournament hours from tournament waters by the team bringing them to the scales. All crappie presented for weigh-in must meet state length requirements for the state in which they are being weighed and may not have any weight enhancements. Any team bringing an illegal crappie to the weigh-in line will be disqualified.  All crappie submitted for weigh-in are subject to being seized until the tournament conclusion for decisions from protests.
  15. All teams should have one fish entered as their Big Fish at each tournament to allow for the tie breaker in each event for the teams overall finish in the tournament.
  16. Any team having a member who has failed or refused to take a polygraph test, or was on a team that was disqualified or denied a prize because either member of that team failed or refused to take a polygraph, or who has ever been denied a prize because he or she misrepresented compliance with a tournament rule, will be disqualified. A contestant who fails to pass a polygraph test or whose condition does not permit the administration of a test because of contestant’s use of alcohol / drugs will be disqualified and the team will not be allowed to participate in any future GA Slab Masters events.
  17. Any minor who participates must make arrangements to have a parent or guardian present at the weigh-in to sign a release form or have the release on the entry form signed prior to the tournament to allow a polygraph examination if required by the tournament director.
  18. Protests must be made in writing and delivered in person to the tournament director within 15 minutes following the end of the official weigh-in. All protests must site the rule number(s) allegedly broken and a complete detail of the alleged offense along with a listing of witnesses.
  19. The protest will be reviewed and discussed by Slab Masters Tournament officials and board members if present.  An interview with the parties involved will be conducted immediately.  If the protest requires a polygraph to make a decision, the person(s) making the protest must pay upfront for ½ of the costs of the polygraph and those listed in the protests must pay upfront ½ of the costs of the polygraph. If either party refuses to take a polygraph test, or pay their ½ of the costs, the protest will be determined unfounded or determined as grounds for disqualification of the refusing party.
  20. Payouts will be withheld until any protests are decided.
  21. Classic - TBA
  22. Classic qualifications - TBA.
  23. Alcoholic beverages, illegal, or nonprescription drugs are not allowed during GA Slab Masters events. Instances of poor sportsmanship for may be grounds disqualification, if circumstances require
  24. NO ONE can be hired or compensated in any way to fish with you or for you at any GA Slab Masters event. The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular phones, marine radios, any type of two way radios, CBs, etc. to communicate fishing information during tournament hours is strictly prohibited. No hole sitting by competitor or non-competitor boat during the tournament. The use of Aqua View or other underwater cameras is also prohibited.
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