RIP THIER LIPS BASS CLUB RULES AND REGULATIONS - 2014
MEMBERSHIP RULES AND REGULATIONS
ALL GENERAL RULES will apply to all Rip Their Lips Bass Club (RTL) tournaments and contestants. It is your responsibility, as a participant, to read and comply with all written tournament rules, and any local or state rules and regulations. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH MEMBER TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THESE RULES. It is not the responsibility of officers to let club members know what happened at a meeting. It is the club member’s responsibility to find out what happened. Rip Their Lips Bass Club is a non-profit organization.
Rip Their Lips Bass Club prides ourselves in being a club unlike the others. We are all friends that enjoy bass fishing in a friendly, competitive atmosphere.
If your intentions are to change and/or complain about the way we do things, this may not be the bass club for you.
PRESIDENT: Preside over all meetings and direct all official business. Appoint and direct all committee functions. Supervise all club functions. Serve as weigh-master at all tournaments.
VICE PRESIDENT: Assist the President in all duties and preside in his absence. Assist with the weigh in at all tournaments.
TREASURER:Conduct financial business of club. Receive and disburse tournament money. Maintain an accurate accounting of club income and expenditures. Serve as custodian of the club’s bank accounts.
SECRETARY:Assist with all club functions; vote on all matters in regards to rule changes, tournament changes, membership eligibility, etc.
POINTS MASTER: This individual will be appointed as our “Points master”. It is his job to keep an accurate and timely reflection of the club points. He will submit the copy to our webmaster within 7 days of last tourney.
WEBMASTER:Maintain website in a timely manner by updating all results and information. Update website within 7 days of receiving information from “Points Master”.
BOARD MEMBERS: Assist with all club functions; vote on all matters in regards to rule changes, tournament changes, membership eligibility, etc. This individual will be appointed as our “Points master”. It is his job to keep an accurate and timely reflection of the club points. He will submit the copy to our webmaster within 7 days of last tourney.
1. A NONREFUNDABLE annual membership fee of $50.00 will be required upon acceptance into the club.
2. Potential new members are brought up during “new business” at the annual November fish fry. Each individual member is then discussed, voted on, and then added to the registry for active membership for the next year. Membership will be granted or denied by a majority vote of the club. That potential new member has until the January meeting to submit his completed membership form and annual dues. A prospective member must attend the December or January meeting to be eligible for membership. A member is considered in “good standing” if their yearly membership is paid and there is no cause to remove them from the membership roll. RTL reserves the right to remove any member at any time from its active roster due to violation of club rules. RTL will not accept a new member after the January meeting. The January meeting ends the second the Treasurer cranks his truck to leave the parking lot of the January meeting location. If this is still unclear for someone, they will be asked to not join our organization
3. Membership is open to anyone 18 years of age or older; 17 years and younger will require a parent or guardian as a partner.
4. The President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Points Master, Webmaster, and Board Members will be voted into office during the November fish fry or the club members can elect to keep the officers in their present positions. Webmaster will be handed down from “webmaster to webmaster” in the event of any changes.
5.Changes in the RTL rules are to be discussed and voted on at the November meeting. A majority vote must be achieved before any rules are changed. Rule changes take place from November fish fry until first meeting in December. They are set for the next year.
6. Officers and/or board members can discharge a member and/or change a rule if necessary at any time without notice if they feel that an injustice has taken place.
2. No alcoholic beverages are allowed during tournament hours.
1. Safe boating must be observed at all times. A Coast Guard approved life vest must be worn with the kill switch lanyard attached (if equipped) while the outboard motor is running and the boat is on plane.
3. Minimum length will be 12 inches and all fish will be measured (Golden Rule) at the weigh-in table. The weigh-master will make the final decision on the length of fish and their decision is final at the weigh-in. An angler that brings a fish measuring less than 12 inches will only be allowed to weigh up to 4 fish. Some lakes have a slot limit; you will not be allowed to weigh in a slot fish; if a fish is found to be in the slot, you will be disqualified from the tournament. A member weighing in more than five fish will be disqualified. No penalty for dead fish. If for some reason listed in these rules, a member received “DQ” status, he receives 0 points for this tournament.
6. The largest fish of each member must be weighed first. Then, all remaining fish will be weighed. A member’s big fish will be utilized for big fish payout and in the event of a tie.
7. All tournament protests must be made in writing within 15 minutes of the official check in time. The decision of the club officers shall be final in all matters. To avoid protests, if you suspect a possible infraction is about to take place, alert the would-be offender and check the rules. Do not engage or start “parking lot discussions”. Address the issue immediately.
8. Scoring will be determined by pounds to the nearest one hundredth for each competing member’s catch during the tournament. Only largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass will be weighed. The tournament limit will be five fish per angler.
9. Guests are not allowed to fish in a club tournament. A spouse or child IS allowed to join a member in a tournament; however, NO fishing or assisting in fishing in any way, form, or fashion will be allowed.
10. There will be an optional $5 trash fish pot for every tournament, winner takes all. You must commit to the trash fish pot for the entire year no later than the January meeting to be eligible. In the event there is no trash fish caught, a drawing will be held to determine trash fish pot winner.
11. RTL does not require anglers to release their catch for each tournament. However, RTL does encourage catch and release. It is at the discretion of each member whether or not he releases or keeps his fish.
13. The October tournament will remain a mystery until the Thursday before the selected tournament date for that month. ALL of the lakes (except the lake fished in September) that were placed in the bingo basket during the December meeting will be placed in a bingo basket again and drawn to determine where the mystery tournament will be held. The lake that is chosen will remain off limits until Saturday morning. Lakes that are being drawdown will be thrown out before the drawing.
14. Places for each tournament will be paid as follows regardless of the number of anglers participating: 1st Place:50%; 2nd Place:30%; 3rd Place:20%. Big Bass: 100%. Unbreakable ties will split the prize money and receive equal points.
15. Tournament times are as follows:
2. If a member is unable to attend a monthly club meeting because of work or illness, he/she will receive zero points (0).
1. Top15 Championship pays 15 places. There will be NO big bass pot.
Board Members: Jeff Shows
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