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West Virginia Kayak Anglers will abide by the rules conducted according to Competition Rules found in two documents:
1. Kayak Bass Fishing (“KBF”) Competition Rules Standards cover about 85% of the Rules.
2. West Virginia Kayak Anglers (WVKA) Competition Rules Addendum deal with the remaining 15% of the rules and cover event-specific details such as dates, locations, times, fishable waters, and local restrictions. The may be found on each Event page. Together, or on the event page using TourneyX.com. These documents comprise the WVKA Competition Rules for each Competition. For each Competition, the Tournament Director has responsibility for interpretation and enforcement of the Competition Rules and may amplify or clarify them to make them more relevant or complete. Notifications of Competition Rules changes will be posted to the West Virginia Kayak Anglers Facebook Page.
Simply put... Teams consist of two (2) anglers. At least one (1) member must be 21 years of age. Each angler must possess a valid West Virginia fishing license. Anglers can use any type of man-powered boat (kayak, canoe, or SUP). Each angler must be in a separate kayak, canoe, or SUP. Anyone under the age of thirteen (13) must be accompanied by an adult.
In a team tournament event. Both Anglers are required to submit fish for the team results to be verified.
ANGLER CODE OF CONDUCT:
Anglers participating in any WVKA 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 manner becoming professional anglers that will not reflect unfavorably on WVKA, 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, reduction of points, forfeiture of tournament winnings, suspension from competing in WVKA sanctioned events, permanent ban from competition, or any combination thereof deemed appropriate by WVKA.
MEDIA COMMENTS & PUBLIC ATTACKS:
The favorable public reputation of WVKA 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 WVKA.
Accordingly, it is an obligation of competitors to refrain from making comments to the news or making social media posts that unreasonably attack or disparage the integrity of tournaments, tournament officials, sponsors, fellow members, fellow anglers or the WVKA organization. Competitors are encouraged to express themselves and have the right to question the rules officials. Responsible expressions of legitimate disagreement with WVKA 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 WVKA, WVKA officials or sponsors, shall be considered conduct unbecoming a professional and may result in disciplinary action.
Safe kayak conduct must be observed at all times by competitors. During the competition period, each competitor must wear a Coast Guard-approved chest-type life preserver anytime on the water. This preserver must be strapped, snapped or zippered securely, and maintained in that condition while the entrant is in the water on the kayak. Inflatable life vest indicators should be checked daily. Violation of this rule may be reason for disqualification.
When kayaking in low visibility situations i.e. fog, heavy rain, during both practice and competition, competitors must operate their kayaks in a safe manner as determined by tournament officials. All electronic equipment used for fishing i.e depth finders, temperature gages, sound attractants are allowed in any event, trolling motors are subject to approval by WVKA upon proof the angler is disabled and unable to manpower his or her kayak under normal conditions. It is strongly encouraged that all competitors have a safety check each day prior to launch to familiarize the location of all safety equipment.
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 will be up for majority vote to go with what’s been scored at that point to complete in that said tournament or majority vote to re-start the following day or majority vote to re-schedule.
IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, COMPETITORS SHOULD CALL 911 FIRST AND, ONCE SAFE, THEN NOTIFY TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
COMPETITORS ARE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE KAYAK AND SEEK SAFE SHELTER IN BAD WEATHER WHERE DANGER MAY BE IMMINENT.
Competitors in WVKA 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.
Use of alcohol or drugs (other than those purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a licensed physician) by any competitor, during the tournament, will not be tolerated and shall be cause for automatic disqualification from this and all future WVKA tournaments.
Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to kayaking 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, may be reason for disqualification.
Please stay a minimum of 50 yards away from fellow competitors during competition. If you must get closer to pass a competitor, please ask permission before getting too close. Be courteous. All competitors are bound by the prevailing West Virginia statutes and regulations. Competitors are responsible for research of fishing and kayaking regulations.
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 Executive Committee. 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 WVKA tournament, and/or disqualification from a WVKA tournament, after circumstances are reviewed by the WVKA Executive Committee.
RULES VIOLATIONS & APPEALS COMMITTEE:
An appeals committee will be established by WVKA, which shall be comprised of one WVKA representative and two anglers who are not competitors in the event in question. Appeals for penalties assessed under Penalties and Rules Violations must be presented in writing (via email) 48 hours from the time and date of ruling to the Tournament Director. Appeals hearings shall take place within seven (7) business days from the date of receipt of the written appeal and all parties must make themselves available at prescribed time of hearing. If competitors admit to a rules violation, they may not file an appeal of either the finding that they have violated the rules or the penalty imposed for the violation. Decisions of the appeals committee shall be final.
Competitors are allowed to compete under appeal for penalties assessed under Penalties and Rules Violations until final ruling by Appeals Committee. Appeals of non competition rulings must be presented in writing to the Tournament Director within 48 hours from the time and date of ruling for review
PATCHES & SIGNAGE:
Anglers are encouraged to wear their own clothing which may bear patches, logos and other signage promoting the angler’s sponsors. WVKA may however, restrict the use of patches, logos, signage, etc., or which are, in WVKA’s sole judgment, in poor taste. WVKA will provide as much advance notice as possible to the competitors in such instances.
Anglers/Observers are responsible for all applicable taxes on both cash and merchandise awards. Various States require withholding tax on merchandise be paid upon the awarding of certificates and anglers awarded merchandise certificates in these States are responsible for remitting their tax to WVKA. Failure to meet those obligations may result in reduction of Angler of Year Points, fines, and/or disqualification from all future WVKA events.
WAIVER & 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.
Penalties for Rules Violations: MAY include the following;
Reduction of competition hours as determined by the WVKA Executive Committee
Loss of one or more fish in question. All such fish must be marked and verified by the rules of CPR as outlined in Official Rules of CPR on the WVKA website. If not verified the entire catch may be disqualified.
Loss of catch for the day of the violation
Disqualification from the tournament in question
Disqualification from future WVKA events, which may be from a specific number of events, a specific period of time, or may be a lifetime disqualification.
Any different or additional penalties recommended by the Tournament Director and determined legit by the WVKA Executive Committee could include but not limited to monetary fines and/or reduction of Angler of Year points.
FOLLOW THESE CRITERIA OR YOUR FISH COULD BE DISQUALIFIED.
See below the penalties for incorrectly submitted fish:
Photo MUST include entire fish, lip to tail.
If we cannot see the lip, fish is disqualified.
If tail is cut off, we will give you the longest length we can see without a doubt.
Do NOT cover the mouth, eyes, or tail.
If mouth, eyes, or tail are covered, fish is disqualified.
Lip MUST be touching the bump board.
If lip is not touching the bump board, fish is disqualified
Fish must be LEFT SIDE UP, belly facing angler, mouth facing left.
If fish is not positioned correctly, fish is disqualified
Hawg Trough lines MUST be clearly visible.
If we can’t be sure the tail hits a certain mark, we will round down to the nearest .25″
Identifier must be clearly visible.
If identifier is not visible, fish is disqualified upon judges discretion.
Note: Identifier will be given out at Captain’s Meeting the night prior to each LIVE event.