Tournament Rules

Notice: All anglers entering a tournament are subjected to the rules and by entering the tournament you are agreeing that you have read the rules, accept the rules and will abide by the rules.

By your participation in this Tournament, you agree to comply with the following rules, and the boat captain agrees to submit to and pass a POLYGRAPH TEST or similar truth test in order to qualify for the team receipt of any prize. Tests will be given at Kids Outdoor LLC discretion.

1.  Tournaments are an open format.  2 Divisions (crappie & bass) Students do NOT have to be part of a high school fishing club. Students may enter alone or with a partner of your choice. No more than four (4) persons will be allowed in a participating boat during tournament hours.  You may fish as a 1 or 2 member team and up to 2 boat captains or 1 boat captain and a parent.

2. Students should sign up one week prior to tournament.  Students are allowed to sign up at the tournament seminar as long as there are slots available.

3. Students may participate in the tournament from the time they are 12 years of age, up until the time they have entered college.  Students do NOT have to be a resident of the state they are fishing in.

4. Students must provide proof of having passing grades at the time of the tournament to receive scholarship money.

5. Student anglers may get their voucher at Angler Meeting at 5:00 pm on the Friday night before event or Saturday morning from 6 am to 7:30 am.

6. SEMINAR: One team member must be present at Seminar Friday evening and remain until the Seminar is dismissed unless approved by Tournament Director for emergency reasons.

7. WEATHER: In the case of extreme weather/water conditions or National emergencies, Kids Outdoor LLC shall have the right to postpone or cancel any tournaments.

8. FISHING HOURS: Fishing hours are 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Anglers must be in the weigh in line by 3:00 PM.  There will be a mandatory live-well, cooler check starting at 5:00 AM to 7:30 AM at the weigh-in location.

9. STATE LAW: Teams must comply with all State and boating regulations throughout the entire year, including the use of P.F.D.’s and kill switches. Fishing, boating regulations, and licenses are the responsibility of team members. State fishing laws and boating regulations supersede tournament rules. Violation of State or Lake laws is grounds for disqualification.

10. MINORS: Any minor (under 18) 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.

11. BIG FISH: Only one (1) Big Fish entry per team. Only one (1) big fish will be weighed in. Teams will have that fish marked and designated as their big fish at weigh-in.

12. PRIZES: Prizes will be given after the tournament. Teams must be present to receive prize.

13. OFF LIMITS: Tournament waters are off limits the Monday thru Thursday the week of the tournament.  Team may pre-fish the weekends prior to the tournament and Friday, the week of the tournament.  Teams must quit fishing at 4:00 pm that Friday.

14. FISHABLE WATERS: Fishing within 50 feet of a Marina gas pump or within 50 feet of a competitor’s boat, which is first anchored, is prohibited (Trolling motors must be in up position and anchor rope visible or any shallow water anchoring device must be deployed to be considered anchored). A safe and courteous distance (50 feet) should be maintained when trolling motors are in use. Fishable waters are areas that tournament officials can access the fishing team via a John boat with a gasoline propelled tiller handle with lower unit. Boats may fish anywhere except areas designated as “off limits” or “no fishing” by Local, State or Federal officials or as posted on the Tournament Information page or announced at the Seminar. Any violation of off-limits water will result in disqualification. Participants are not allowed to exit the boat to gain access to fishable waters. Teams may enter fishable waters at any public access ramp. Trailering is allowed.

15. ALCOHOL: Alcohol beverages are not allowed during the tournaments. Use of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs during tournament hours is prohibited and will result in disqualification.

16. COMPENSATION: No one can be hired, compensated, or offered compensation in any way to fish with you, mark fishing spots for you, or help you gain a competitive advantage in anyway 30 days prior to any tournament.


17. BOATS: You must fish from a boat. Rubber Rafts, Canoes and Go-Devils are not allowed. One boat per team must stay within 25 feet of each other while fishing.

18. POLES: Limit of eight (8) poles per team during tournament applies except where a state limit is set at a lesser number. Teams may use rod and reel combos, hand-held pole and reel combos or hand-held poles.

19. BAITS: A maximum of two baits per pole may be used during tournament hours if in accordance with Local and State laws. Live and artificial bait may be used excluding Ultimate Challenge tournaments.

20. MOTORS: All tournament boats are required to have a minimum 6 HP or greater motor.

21. OTHER EQUIPMENT: Binoculars and other magnifying devices are not allowed during tournament hours.  Under water cameras during competition is not allowed. The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular phones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CB’S, etc. to communicate fishing information during tournament hours is prohibited.

22. SPOTTING: During tournament hours no one may spot fish for you or mark fishing spots for you.

23. LANDING FISH: Fish 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. Landing nets may be used.  Boater may help net and unhook fish only.

24. HOLE- SITTING: No hole sitting by a competitor or non-competitor boat during the tournament will be allowed.

25. LIFE JACKETS: Life jackets or personal flotation devices must be worn while on plane. All State and Local rules and regulations supersede tournament rules.


26. VOUCHER: A weigh-in voucher will be issued to each registered team at the Registration/ Seminar sign-up. That voucher must be presented back to the tournament official at the weigh-in.

27. SCALES: Scales will be set up and open two hours before the end of the official fishing hours for all tournaments.

28. FISH: All fish must be brought to the official weigh-in line in a cooler. Coolers must be a minimum of 30 quarts. Failure to bring your fish to the weigh-in line in a cooler will result in disqualification. Fish bags or buckets are prohibited. Teams may weigh in Five (5), live crappie on tournament day. Teams five (5) crappie must be alive when entering the official weigh-in line. Teams presenting more than five crappie will be disqualified. Once you have entered the weigh-in line, your fish will be counted and be verified dead or alive by the tournament official. Dead fish will be removed and you may then continue to the scales for your official weigh-in. Once your fish have been verified alive, and entered on the weigh-in voucher, you will then be allowed to weigh those fish, even if one or more die before reaching the scales. The tournament official has sole responsibility for the declaration of dead or alive crappie. No mutilated fish may be weighed. Mutilation is defined as any damage that impairs the fish’s fighting ability. All decisions regarding mutilation will be made by Kids Outdoor LLC tournament officials. Kids Outdoor LLC has the right to keep weighed in fish for further evaluation at our own discretion without explanation or cause.

29. WEIGH IN SITE: Fish must be weighed at the official Kids Outdoor LLC tournament Weigh-In site. You must check in at the official check in site by the announced time on the Tournament Information Page or as announced at the seminar. Director will make the announcement when the check in line is closed and the last team in line will have their voucher marked.

30. TOURNAMENT HOURS: 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. Teams will be allowed to be on the tournament waters, on tournament day, two hours prior to the official starting time of the tournament at 6:00 AM.  Teams may begin fishing at 8:00 am and your baits must be out of the tournament waters at 2:00:00 pm. If your baits are in the tournament waters at 2:00:01 pm, then you will be disqualified.

31. LENGTH: All fish brought to the scales 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 in illegal crappie to the weigh-in line will be disqualified.

32. TIES: In the case of a tie for first place, big fish of each team will determine the winner. Second place and on down, all ties split the combined purse of that prize level.


Team members and boaters are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, honesty, courtesy, safety, conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, Kids Outdoor LLC, Kids Outdoor LLC sponsors, the sport of fishing, and Kids Outdoor LLC efforts to promote the sport. Examples of conduct not complying with those standards include, but are not limited to, the following: • Violation of or failure to comply with any of the official rules. • Consumption of alcoholic beverages or any kind of mind-altering substance during registration or during tournament hours. • Conviction of a felony. • Suspension/disqualification from any tournament or fishing organization for cheating, refusing or failing a polygraph. • Any other words, conduct or actions (including and not limited to discussion forums and internet sites) reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with the tournament rules, or which fail to comply with these standards set forth in the first sentence of this paragraph.

33. CONDUCT: In case of any conduct not complying with the standards, Kids Outdoor LLC shall have the right to refuse any entry application and/or award and/or revoke previously accepted application, or to disqualify a team.

34. UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT: Unsportsmanlike conduct can be grounds for disqualification if circumstances require and will be at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

35. PROTEST: Protest must be made in writing to the Tournament Director within 30 minutes following the end of the Official Weigh-In. Protests must cite the rule allegedly broken. Protests must be given to the Tournament Director. Protest must be deemed a legitimate protest by Tournament Director. Both parties may be subjected to a polygraph. All parties involved and all grievances, protests, and complaints shall be handled in house with confidentiality. The Tournament Director’s decision is final in all matters.

36. COMPLAINTS: Complaints about teams outside of protest times should be made directly to Kids Outdoor LLC, Inc. Board of Directors. Complaints must be in written format. Kids Outdoor LLC decisions in handling complaints is final in all matters.

37. SPOTTERS/OBSERVERS: Kids Outdoor LLC shall have the right to place a spotter boat/and/or an observer in the boat with any competitive team at any time during the competition, from the start of competition to the finish. Any refusal will be grounds for disqualification.

38. BOAT/LIVEWELL/STORAGE: Kids Outdoor LLC tournament officials shall have the right to at random, board and inspect the boat of any competing members, at any time from Registration until the end of the tournament. Refusal to allow inspection is grounds for disqualification.

39. POLYGRAPH: By your participation in a Kids Outdoor LLC tournament, you agree to comply with the rules, and the boat captain agrees to submit to and pass a polygraph test or similar truth test in order to qualify for the receipt of any prize. Kids Outdoor LLC shall have the right to polygraph any boat captain at Kids Outdoor LLC discretion.  Anyone who has failed or refused to take a polygraph test or was 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 or because of unsportsmanlike conduct may be disqualified. A boat captain who failed to pass a polygraph or whose condition does not permit the administration of a test because of the use of alcohol or drugs will be disqualified. The use of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs during tournament hours is prohibited.


At the request of  Kids Outdoor LLC , the adult boat captain of each team that qualified for a prize must submit to and pass a polygraph test and/or any other test deemed necessary to determine compliance with tournament rules. Contestants agree to release  Kids Outdoor LLC , its staff and all sponsors from any liability arising from the administration of the test and/or the decisions made in result of the test. All decisions regarding compliance with these rules and the interpretation of these rules will be made by the Tournament Director and Kids Outdoor LLC, which reserves the right to make additional reasonable rules for the conduct of its tournaments if circumstances require. All decisions are final and all matters are not subject to appeal. A pre-tournament Seminar is held for the review of the rules. You are liable to abide by the rule changes made during the Seminar, therefore, one team member is required to attend unless absence is pre-approved by Tournament Director.  Kids Outdoor LLC does not discriminate for reasons of race, creed, color or national origin.