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TCBC Bylaws and Rules

 

REVISED Jan 2016

 

ARTICLE I. Name and purpose

Section I. Name:

This club shall be named Texas Classic Bass Club.

Section II. Purpose:

This club shall be a non-profit organization with the purpose of improving skills as fishing persons through fellowship and friendly exchange of fishing techniques and a club tournament program.

Section III. Meetings:

Regular meetings shall be held on the first Thursday of each month starting at 7:00PM.  They will be held at VFW Hall 8787.  In the event the meeting location should become unavailable, the Board of Directors must determine a temporary site for the next meeting. A reasonable attempt must be made by the Board of Directors to inform every member of the temporary meeting site. At the next meeting a new site must be ratified by a 2/3 vote of the membership.

 

ARTICLE II. Membership:

Section I. Eligibility:

A)      Membership in this club shall be open to all persons over the age of eighteen who are interested in forwarding Article I Section II.

B)      Membership is open by invitation of a present club member or voluntary expression of genuine interest in membership.

C)      New members must be approved by a majority vote.  The vote will be handled by written ballot.

Section II. Requirements:

A)      Has paid dues in advance of fishing in any tournament or voting during any meeting with the following two exceptions.  The previous year members have until the weigh-in of the first tournament they participate to pay their dues.  The previous year members also may vote in the January meeting prior to paying their dues.

B)      Returning members or new members, must fish with an existing member for their first event.  Exemption to this rule may be permitted by the tournament chairman.

C)      To uphold all the rules set forth in the Constitution and By-laws.

D)      To follow all rules when participating in any club tournament.

E)      To avoid any actions that dishonors or disgraces the club.

Section III. Numbers:

There shall be no maximum number of members for this club.

Section IV. Dues:

A)      Dues are set in the amount of $40per year per member prior to August 1.  New members joining the club on or after August 1 will be required to pay dues in the amount of $10 for the remainder of the year.

B)      This club will operate on a calendar year basis. Dues are non-refundable.

Section V. Removal:

A member can be dropped from the membership roster by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors for failure to comply with any aspect of Article II Section II.  If the member in question is a member of the Board of Directors then that member isn’t allowed a vote.

Section VI. Privileges:

A)      One vote on all issues brought before the club unless the Constitution specifies otherwise.

B)      Eligibility to fish in club tournaments.

C)      Chance to qualify for the Classic tournament held in the following year.

D)      One copy of the current Constitution and By-laws each year.

E)      A member may declare himself or herself as a non-boater or a boater for each tournament.

 

ARTICLE III. Officers

Section I. Office of President

A)      Presides over all club meetings.

B)      May not vote except in the case of a tie or when ratifying an amendment.

Section II. Office of Vice-President

A)      Presides over club meetings in the Presidents absence.

B)      Organizes the prize raffle held at the end of each meeting.

Section III. Office of Secretary/Treasurer

A)      Records the minutes for all club meetings.

B)      Keeps the official points standings.

C)      Maintains the club roster.

D)      Records the number of fish caught, the total weight, the big bass weight, the angler catching the big bass, and the standings for all club tournaments.

E)      Collects all club dues.

F)       Maintains club’s financial records.

G)      Pays all club expenses from club’s finances.

H)     In the event the Secretary/Treasurer isn’t going to be present at a tournament it is his responsibility to find a club member to act as Secretary/Treasurer and inform the other officers who this is going to be.

Section IV. Office of Tournament Judge

A)      Acts as the official timekeeper for all club tournaments.

B)      Weighs all fish and reports their weights to the Secretary/Treasurer.

C)      Will measure fish at his or hers discretion to determine if they meet the allowed lengths defined in the Club Tournament Rules.

D)      In the event of a dispute over rules interpretation, the Tournament Judge makes the final ruling.

E)      Maintains scales and weigh equipment.

F)       In the event the Tournament Judge isn’t going to be present at a tournament it is his responsibility to find a club member to act as Tournament Judge and inform the other officers who this is going to be.  The Tournament Judge is also responsible for getting the scales and weigh equipment to the acting Tournament Judge.

Section V. Office of Tournament Chairman

A)      Contacts members and acts as a point of contact before each tournament to help coordinate formation of teams.

B)      Brings lake level, ramp access and fishing reports to each meeting to facilitate choosing the tournament site.

C)      Responsible for contacting the Board of Directors to determine if the secondary tournament site will be substituted for the primary tournament site.

D)      Responsible for contacting the club members in the event the tournament site is switched from the primary to the secondary.

E)      Conducts the draw for all Draw Tournaments.

F)       Collects the tournament fees, distributes the payout to the tournaments winners, and turns the clubs portion over to the Secretary/Treasure.

G)      Determines which member won the Angler of the Year Award, purchases the award at the clubs expense, and presents the award to the winner at the January meeting.

H)     Determines which member won the Big Bass of the Year Award, purchases the award at the clubs expense, and presents the award to the winner at the January meeting.

I)        In the event the Tournament Chairman isn’t going to be present at a tournament it is his responsibility to find a club member to act as Tournament Chairman and inform the other officers who this is going to be.

Section VI. Board of Directors

This board consists of the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary/Treasurer, the Tournament Judge, and the Tournament Chairman.

Section VII. Nomination and Election of Officers

A)      Nominations

1)       Are taken at the November and December meeting with the November nominations to be included in the November minutes.

2)       The individual being nominated may accept or decline the nomination.

B)      Elections

1)       Will be held at the December meeting.

2)       Voting will be handled by secret ballot.

3)       A majority vote is required and a run off will be held among the top two candidates if a majority was not achieved on the first vote.

4)       If there isn’t a clear top two candidates for a runoff, then the candidate receiving the fewest votes will be dropped from the voting and a run off will be held with the remaining candidates.

5)       In the case of three candidates and tie among the second place candidates a separate run off will be held to determine which candidate will participate in the run off against the top candidate.

Section VIII. Terms of Office

A)      Officers’ terms begin on January 1 of the year following their election.

B)      An officer’s term expires on December 31 of the year their term began.

Section IX. Vacancies

In the event of an office other than the President’s becoming vacant, nominations shall be taken and an election held to fill the office at the first available meeting.  In the event the office of President becomes vacant, the Vice-President shall assume the duties of the President and nominations and elections shall be held for the office of Vice-President.

 

ARTICLE IV. Amendments to the Constitution and By-laws

Section I. Nominations:

In order to amend the Constitution or By-laws including the Tournament Rules the proposed amendments may be nominated at any meeting other than the December meeting.  The minutes will list all currently proposed amendments for the year.

Section II. Ratification:

For an amendment to pass, it must receive a two-thirds majority vote at the December meeting.  All amendments take effect January 1 of the following year and remain in effect until changed by another amendment.

Section III. Exception to the Amendment process:

If during the course of the year it is determined that the Constitution and/or By-laws conflict with any Federal, State or Local laws, at the first possible meeting a nomination must be made and ratified that changes the Constitution and By-laws such that there no longer exists a conflict.

 

ARTICLE V. Other

Federal, State, and Local laws will prevail at all club functions.


Texas Classic Bass Club

 

REVISED January 2016

 

Club Tournament Program:

 

Section I: Tournament Dates:

A)      There will be a club tournament held each month.

B)      The tournament dates will be set at the January meeting for the entire year.

C)      The voting order when determining the tournament dates is:

1)       Determine which month the fall two-day will be held.  The spring two-day tournament is always held in conjunction with the Classic Tournament.

2)       Determine which tournaments are partner and which tournaments are draw tournaments.

3)       Vote on the specific tournament dates.

Section II: Tournament Hours:

A)      When nominating a lake for a one-day tournament the nomination includes the hours the tournament is to be held.

B)      One-day tournaments are to be held starting no later than 12:00am Sunday.  One-day tournaments must end no later than 12:00pm Sunday.

C)      For the fall two-day tournament the start times for both days will be voted on when the lake is voted on. The ending time will stay 4:00pm on Saturday and 1:00pm on the consecutive Sunday. For the Classic Tournament the start times for both days will be voted on when the lake is voted on and the end times will stay at 4:00pm on Saturday and 1:00pm on Sunday.

Section III: LakeSelection:

A)      At the meeting immediately preceding a one-day tournament, the lake for the tournament will be selected by a majority vote.  After a lake has been selected, a weigh-in site will be selected by majority vote.

B)      For the fall two-day tournament the selection of the lake and weigh-in site will be at the meeting one month prior to the month of the tournament. For the Classic Tournament the selection of the lake, weigh-in site and draw will be at the January meeting.

The runner up lake during the voting for a primary lake automatically becomes the secondary lake.  Once the voting for the primary lake’s weigh-in site is complete then a vote for the secondary lakes weigh-in site will be held.

C)      No roadrunner tournaments will be allowed.

Section IV: Changing a Tournament:

A)      After a tournament has been set it can only be changed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors and then only in the best interest of the club.

B)      The Board of Directors should try to make the fewest changes possible when adjusting the tournament.  The order of change is:

1)       Move the weigh-in site on the primary lake.

2)       Move the tournament to the backup lake and weigh-in site.

3)       Move the tournament to the backup lake and determine an alternate weigh-in site.

4)       Select a new lake and weigh-in site.

Section V: Tournament Format:

A)      During the course of a year there will be six partner tournaments and six draw tournaments.

B)      For partner tournaments, members wanting to fish need to find a partner.

C)      For draw tournaments members wanting to fish must be present at the meeting for the draw taking place, or have notified a board member that they want to fish, and declared whether they are a boater or non-boater. Immediately following the voting for the lakes and weigh-in sites the draw will be held. The Classic draw will held in January.

D)      The tournament chairman determines if there are an equal number of boaters and non-boaters to conduct the draw. If there a more non-boaters than boaters, then non-boaters not attending the meeting will be dropped from the initial draw. Once all non-boaters at the meeting have been partnered with a boater, the remaining non-boater names will be drawn and partnered with the remaining boaters. If there are more boaters than non-boaters, then the draw will be conducted until all non-boaters have been partnered for the tournament. Any remaining boaters will then be partnered, and they must determine whose boat to use.

E)      If a member wishes to fish a draw tournament, but misses the draw they may partner with someone they haven’t fished a club tournament with during the current year.  If the member can’t find someone they haven’t fished a club tournament with during the current year, they may petition the Board of Directors to receive permission to fish with someone they have already fished a club tournament with during the current year.

F)       For draw tournaments if your draw partner drops out prior to the tournament you must meet the same restrictions given for missing the draw when trying to find a partner for the tournament.

G)      You must make every effort to find a partner for a tournament. This includes calling the Tournament Chairman. Only after exhausting all options will you be allowed to fish alone at the Tournament Chairman’s discretion.

H)     The non-boater is obligated to pay a minimum of $20 or half the expenses which ever is larger to his boater partner for each tournament.

I)        A limited form of paper tournament would be allowed on slot lakes. On lakes with slot limits each team would be allowed to claim one (1) fish that falls within the slot limit to be included in their total catch. The fish would be measured and the weight determined from a chart furnished by TPWD. The tournament judge would include this fish in a team's total weight. No fish with a weight determined by paper chart would be considered for big bass of the year or big bass of the tournament. The use of the paper chart would need to be voted on at the time of lake selection and would apply only to lakes with a slot limit in place.

Section VI: Tournament Fees and Payout:

A)      One-day tournament fees will be in the amount of $25 per participant due prior to the weigh-in.  Two-day tournament fees will be in the amount of $30 per participant due prior to the weigh-in on the first day of the tournament.  All tournament fees must be paid in cash.

B)      Each participant’s tournament fees will be divided in the following manner:

1)       $5 will be added to the club’s finances.

2)       In the event of a one-day tournament, $5 will be placed in a rolling voluntary big bass pot with no cap. Each member must declare intent to enter the big bass pot to the tournament chairman no later than 1 hour before the start of the tournament. To be awarded the winnings from the rolling big bass pot the fish must be 5 lbs. or greater.  In the event of a two-day tournament, $5 will be placed in a big bass pot for both Saturday and Sunday. In the event a qualifying big bass is caught during a 2-day tournament, the winnings will be awarded on Sunday.

3)       The remaining money will comprise the tournament pot. The tournament pot will be divided among the teams as follows:

Less than six teams fishing the tournament: 100% to the first place team.

Six to less than eleven teams fishing the tournament: 60% to the first place team; 40% to the second place team.

Eleven or more teams fishing the tournament: 50% to the first place team; 30% to the second place team; 20% to the third place team.

4)       In the event a team consists of only one individual, they are entitled to only half of the tournament pot winnings and half of the big bass winnings.  The other half of the tournament pot winnings and/or big bass winnings goes to the clubs finances.

5)       In the event of a tie, all money for the number of places as there are tied teams will be evenly divided among the tied teams. The next team after the tied teams will skip a number places equal to one fewer than the number of teams that were tied before it. (E.g. A tie for first between two teams will result in those teams both getting first place and sharing the money for first and second place. The next team in the standing will win third place.)

6)       In the event that no fish are caught during a tournament all of the tournament fees are added to the clubs finances.

Section VII: Guests:

A)      A member may partner with a guest for a partner tournament.

B)      A member may skip the draw at the meeting in order to fish with a guest at the tournament if either of the following conditions are met:

1)       The guest is a minor child of the member.  A minor is defined as being under the age of eighteen.

2)       The member petitions the Board of Directors prior to the draw tournament and gets majority approval to fish with a specific guest for that draw tournament.

3)       The exempted draw will not count as a draw tournament for qualification to the classic.

C)      A guest may only fish two tournaments a year before being required to become a member to fish anymore tournaments.

Section VIII: Point System:

A)      Five points will be awarded for each meeting a member attends.

B)      Ten points will be awarded for each tournament a member fishes unless they were disqualified.

C)      Points are awarded according to the standings of each tournament according to the following schedule:

 

Place

Points

1st

50

2nd

45

3rd

40

4th

35

5th

30

6th

29

7th

28

8th

27

9th

26

10th

25

 

Each place after tenth receives one point less than the previous place until the thirty-fifth place and lower receives no points for placing. For a team to place they must have a greater than zero weight for the tournament. Each team member receives the stated amount of points.

D)      In the event of a tie, all the team members that were tied for a place receive the number points normally awarded to the tied place. The members of the next team after the tied teams will skip a number places equal to one fewer than the number of teams that were tied before it. (E.g. A tie for first between two teams will result in those teams both getting first place and 50 points. The members of the next team in the standings will receive 40 points.)

 

 

Section IX: The Classic Tournament:

A)      This will be a two-day tournament held in March.  All current members of the club are eligible to fish.  In addition, any member from the previous year that qualified for the Classic Tournament is eligible to fish.

B)      To be qualified for the Classic Tournament pot, at least one of the following conditions must be met:

1)       The member must be in the top half of the point standings and have fished in a minimum of six tournaments with at least three of those being draw tournaments. If there is a tie among members at the break point for qualifying, then all these tied members qualify.

2)       The member must have fished in at least eight tournaments throughout the year with at least three of them being draw tournaments.

C)      If the two conditions for qualification result in an odd number of Classic Tournament qualifiers, then the next non-qualified member in line according to the point standings qualifies.  Once a non-qualified member becomes qualified this way that member stays qualified even if someone drops out resulting in an odd number again.  If the person that drops out was the non-boater, then the next non-qualified member becomes qualified and is automatically paired with the person that just lost their partner.  If the person that drops out is the boater, then the next non-qualified boater becomes qualified and is automatically paired with the person that just lost their partner.

D)      The Classic Tournament qualifiers are asked in descending order according to the point standings whether they want to fish the tournament as a boater or a non-boater.  If this results in not having enough boats then the lowest ranked qualifier that is a boater must bring their boat or not participate in the Classic Tournament until half the remaining qualifiers are boaters.  If more qualifiers for the Classic Tournament are non-boaters than boaters then the lowest ranking non-boaters are disqualified until there are as many boaters as non-boaters.

E)      Only the Classic Tournament qualifiers vote on the lake to be fished and the weigh-in site of the Classic Tournament.  The past and current President may vote if they are qualifiers.

F)       All anglers fishing the Classic Tournament must pay a regular two-day tournament entry fee.  This money will be used to create the standard tournament pot and all anglers fishing in the Classic Tournament are eligible for the standard pot according to the regular rules.

G)      Any money left in the Treasury after December 31st will comprise the Classic Tournament pot.  Only the Classic Tournament qualifiers fish for the Classic Tournament pot.  If the Classic Tournament pot is $1000 or less then only first place is paid.  If the Classic Tournament pot is over $1000 and $2000 or less then first and second place are paid at a 60/40 split.  If the Classic Tournament pot is over $2000 then first, second, and third place are paid at a 50/30/20 split.

Section X: Angler of the Year:

At the conclusion of the season, the points from the member’s 12 tournament results, attendance points and their meeting points will be tabulated to determine the Angler of the Year. The highest accumulation of points under this format wins the Angler of the Year Award. In the case of a point’s tie, the member that caught the most weight throughout the year’s club tournaments wins the title.  The award consists of a plaque to be presented at the January meeting and the club pays all tournament entry fees and club dues for the member throughout the following year.  The plaque is to be retained by the winning member with a new plaque to be purchased each year.

Section XI: Big Bass of the Year:

After a season, the member that caught the largest bass wins the Big Bass of the Year Award.  In the case of a tie, all members who caught the largest bass will win the award.  Fish caught by anglers fishing under guest status are not considered for this award.  The award will consist of a plaque to be presented at the January meeting.  The plaque is to be retained by the winning member with a new plaque or plaques purchased each year.

 


Texas Classic Bass Club

 

 

 

 

REVISED December 28, 2012

Club Tournament Rules:

Rule 1: Species:

Fish eligible to be weighed in at club tournaments are limited to Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted/Kentucky Bass, and Guadalupe Bass.

Rule 2: Length Restrictions:

All fish weighed must be the minimum length set forth in the State Regulations or a minimum of 12”, which ever is larger.  Please note the State Regulations vary from lake to lake.  A team may request a courtesy check by the Tournament Judge at the time of weigh-in for a borderline fish without being disqualified.  Fish will be measured on a flat board from the lower jaw to the tip of the tail with the jaw closed.

Rule 3: Limits:

By default, the voted on limit of fish per team are eligible for weigh-in per day.  A team my have a maximum of voted on limit of fish in their possession when the tournament ends and a maximum of ten fish live or dead at any time. In the event of extreme summer heat the club may vote to enforce a three fish limit per team.  The fish limit will be determined by a majority vote of 2/3 membership in favor and determined prior to lake selections in the meeting.

Rule 4: Declaration of Big Bass:

Each team is responsible for declaring one bass per weigh-in for consideration for big bass.  In the event a team is weighing only one fish it is automatically considered the team’s big bass.

Rule 5: Late Weigh-ins:

A team must be within sight of the weigh-in site and not fishing by the end of the tournament or they will be assessed a weight penalty.  The Tournament Judge determines if the sight requirement was violated.  The penalty is one pound per minute late up to a maximum of fifteen minutes.  Once a team is over fifteen minutes late, their weight for the day is set to zero.   GPS time is the official time.

Rule 6: Off Limits:

There is no prefishing six hours prior to any regular season tournament and no team fishing in the tournament may posses an eligible fish during the six hours preceding a tournament.  The Classic Tournament lake is off limits to fishing to the entire club for 12 days prior to the two practice days before the tournament. .

Rule 7: Lures:

Only artificial lures may be used with the exception of pork rind baits.

Rule 8: Tackle:

All fishing must be done with a rod and reel and only one line may be in the water at a time per angler.

Rule 9: Trolling:

No gas motor trolling is allowed.

Rule 10: Boating:

Both team members are required to fish from the same boat throughout a tournament. All fishing must be done from a boat.

Rule 11: Fishing Location:

Fishing is permitted on any part of the designated lake unless otherwise posted.

Rule 12: Launching:

Teams may launch into the designated lake at any point.

Rule 13: Fish Handling:

Every reasonable attempt must be made to keep your catch alive including using an aerating and/or recirculating livewell and transporting your catch to the scales in a weigh bag with enough water to cover the fish.

Rule 14: Alcohol:

No one may participate in a club tournament under the influence of alcohol or possess on their boat any alcohol during tournament hours.

Rule 15: Safety:

Each angler shall act in a safe manner at all times.  No one should act in a manner that endangers any person or property or operate their boat in excess of posted speed limits.  When the boat is on plane all anglers must wear a properly secured life vest and the ignition kill switch must be attached to the driver.

Rule 16: Sportsmanship:

Competitors are expected to display good sportsmanship and be courteous when boating and angling in the vicinity if other boaters or fisherman.

Rule 17: Recreational fishing on the same lake:

All members fishing on the tournament’s lake during the tournament hours are assumed to be participating in the tournament unless they have informed the Tournament Judge prior to the tournament that they are not participating.

Rule 18: Federal, State, and Local Laws:

A team is disqualified if any member of the team receives a written citation for violating a local, state, or federal boating or fishing regulation while participating in a club tournament. Participation is considered from launch of boat thru the close of weigh-in.

Rule 19: Protests:

Protests must be made in private to the Tournament Judge prior to announcing the results of the tournament. The Tournament Judge has the option to call a vote including all participating members to resolve the protest.

Rule 20: Disqualification:

Any team that breaks any of the tournament rules other than being late to weigh-in will be disqualified and must still pay their entry fee.



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