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13th Black Bass

World Championships!

2 - 8 October 2017
Vaal River South Africa

 

The teams that will be competing in the World Championships are as follows:

South Africa  USA  Zimbabwe  Swaziland  Namibia  Zambia  Croatia  Italy  Mexico  Germany  Russia  Portugal  Spain 

Boat Pairs will only be finalised at the Vaal


Program – Sequence of Events:

Monday 2nd October 2017

From 13h00 to 15h00 accreditation of delegation and collection of chalet keys.

15h00 - Managers / Captains Meeting held at the Conference Centre (Club House).

16h00 - Skippers Meeting to discuss and sign a non-disclosure agreement and code of conduct.

19h30 - Dinner at the Emerald Hotel.

Tuesday 3rd October 2017  (Practise Day One)

06h00 - Breakfast in the anglers chalets

07h00 - (first flight) - start of the first training sessions.

07h10 - (second flight)

07h20 - (third flight)

16h00 - (first flight) - end of the first training session.

16h20 - (second flight)

16h40 - (third flight)

17h30 - meeting of the National Teams at the Clubhouse for team photographs.

18h00 - depart for the opening ceremony at the Emerald Casino Resort.

20h00 - dinner at the Emerald Hotel.

Wednesday 4th October 2017  (Practise Day Two)

06h00 - Breakfast in the anglers chalets

07h00 - (first flight) - start of the second training sessions.

07h10 - (second flight)

07h20 - (third flight)

16h00 - (first flight) - end of the second training session.

16h20 - (second flight)

16h40 - (third flight)

17h30 - Managers/Captains Meeting.

20h00 - dinner at the Emerald Hotel.

Thursday 5th October 2017  (Tournament Day One)

06h00 - Breakfast in the anglers chalets

07h00 - (first flight) - start of the first competition session.

07h10 - (second flight)

07h20 - (third flight)

16h00 - (first flight) - end of the first competition session and weigh-in.

16h20 - (second flight)

16h40 - (third flight)

18h00 - disclosure of team rankings and Managers/Captains Meeting.

20h00 - dinner at the Emerald Hotel.

Friday 6th October 2017  (Tournament Day Two)

06h00 - Breakfast in the anglers chalets

07h00 - (first flight) - start of the second competition session.

07h10 - (second flight)

07h20 - (third flight)

16h00 - (first flight) - end of the second competition session and weigh-in.

16h20 - (second flight)

16h40 - (third flight)

18h00    - disclosure of team rankings and Managers/Captains Meeting.

20h00 - dinner at the Emerald Hotel.

Saturday 7th October 2017  (Tournament Day Three)

06h00 - Breakfast in the anglers chalets

07h00 - (first flight) - start of the third competition session.

07h10 - (second flight)

07h20 - (third flight)

16h00 - (first flight) - end of the third competition session and weigh-in.

16h20 - (second flight)

16h40 - (third flight)

19h00 - depart by bus to the Emerald Hotel. (2 minute drive)

19h30 - prize giving ceremony and gala dinner in the Emerald Hotel banquet hall.

23h00 - buses depart every half hour back to the chalets. (2 minute drive)

Sunday 8th October 2017  (Departure Day)

07h00 - Breakfast in the anglers chalets

11h00 - All Chalets to be vacated and keys handed in to the Organisers

 

 

Tournament Rules

FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONALE
DE  LA  PÊCHE  SPORTIVE EN  EAU  DOUCE

OFFICIAL F.I.P.S.e.d.  RULES OF INTERNATIONAL “FOR NATIONS”  COMPETITIONS “BLACKBASS” 

ORGANISATION

-1-    Official international competitions shall only be organised by national Federations that are members of C.I.P.S.. The organising Federation shall be officially responsible for the competition under consideration.

-2-    Only the members of a national Federation affiliated with C.I.P.S. and F.I.P.S.e.d. who have fully paid their annual membership fees shall be allowed to participate; their Federations shall designate them.

Regarding the national teams, the team anglers must hold the same nationality as the Country that they represent. There shall be only one (1) foreign competitor.

In any case, foreign competitors can be entitled to be part of a national team only on condition that the following requirements are met:

-    The competitor shall have resided in said Country for at least 5 years and he/she shall hold an official document confirming that;

-    The  application  shall  be  forwarded  by the  Nation  the  angler  wishes  to represent.

Competitors shall always be able to prove their nationality by means of national IDs or passports.
All supporting documents shall be produced at the 1st team captains’ meeting.

Any angler who has already participated in a World Championship or in any international competition representing a Nation, shall not be allowed to compete for any other Nation.

Only teams that are members of the national Federations shall be allowed to take part in
World and Zone (Europe, etc.) Championships.

In order to apply to organize a championship, the Nation under consideration must have participated at least once, over the previous three years, in the championship that they wish to organize.

A preliminary programme shall imperatively be sent to F.I.P.S.e.d.’s Secretariat before
the 31st October of the preceding year.

With the exception of the World Fishing Games, F.I.P.S.e.d. is officially tasked with providing the printed material, certificates and rankings for the awarding of prizes for all championships; therefore, the organizing Nation shall pay for all board and lodging expenses (room, meals and closing gala dinner) of the person performing such tasks.
Said person’s stay may begin on the eve of the first day of practice and end on the day
after the closing dinner; F.I.P.S.e.d. shall pay for the relevant travelling expenses.

For all F.I.P.S.e.d. championships, the organizing Nation shall cover all board and lodging expenses (room, meals and closing gala dinner) for two members of F.I.P.S.e.d.’s Executive Committee, and for the person in charge of the rankings; their stay may begin on the eve of the first day of practice and end on the day after the closing dinner.

No championship organization shall be entrusted to a Nation if that Nation does not undertake to put live fish back into the water after they have been counted and weighed (it is forbidden to kill fish).

The Nation organizing a World or Zone Championship shall be responsible for procuring the trophies, which will be paid for by F.I.P.S.e.d.; the organizing Nation shall envisage 3 trophies for the team competitions, 6 trophies for the “pair” competitions and 2 trophies for the “pair” who has caught the biggest fish. F.I.P.S.e.d. shall refund a maximum amount of
€ 550 for 11 trophies. Such trophies shall feature a plate, carrying a “F.I.P.S.e.d.” engraving or F.I.P.S.e.d.’s logo as well as the place and date of the championship. An invoice will be required in order to prove trophy-related expenses. If the aforesaid provisions (concerning the plate/logo) are not complied with, F.I.P.S.e.d. shall not reimburse any money. F.I.P.S.e.d. shall provide the medals.

Programmes and invitations for all championships shall only be sent to Nations that are members of F.I.P.S.e.d. (no invitations shall be sent to clubs or individuals).

-3-    Each C.I.P.S. member Nation shall be allowed to present one team only, composed of 3 “pairs” of competitors (for black-bass fishing, competitors compete in “pairs”). Maximum 2 reserves will be allowed for each Nation. If an angler is replaced, the substitution shall be final.

No competitor shall be allowed to participate as an individual.

Before the beginning of each leg, the team captains shall be entitled to replace competitors, by selecting them among the one included in the relevant championship participation list. It shall be possible to replace one or two members of a “pair”. It shall also be allowed to replace two competitors belonging to two different “pairs” with the two official reserves. Maximum two changes shall be allowed.

In the event of any injury during a competition, the regular participant may be replaced by one of the reserves designated in official documents, with the possibility of replacing fishing tackle. Angler substitutions shall be authorised by a Jury member.

-4-    Competitions shall be organized at watercourses, such as rivers, canals, or at suitable stretches of water, such as lakes etc.; it must be possible to fish along the entire width and length of the venue. The fishing area selected for the competition shall be specified in the program, and the competition shall actually take place right at the indicated venue.

-5-    The venue shall not expose the competitors or the spectators to any kind of danger.

One or more members of the Technical Commission or a competent delegate shall inspect the venue that may be selected for a championship, and said inspection shall take place at the same time of the year as to that proposed for the organization of the competition under consideration. F.I.P.S.e.d. shall pay for the travelling expenses (including flight and train tickets or car) of the Technical Commission’s member(s), while the organizers shall cover all transfer costs from the airport or train station, and will pay for accommodation and meals. A report of the inspection shall be  submitted  to  the Executive Committee of F.I.P.S.e.d. for evaluation and approval. The final decision on the approval or rejection of a venue by F.I.P.S.e.d. shall be communicated to the candidate Nation.
With regard to accommodation, participating Nations shall have two options:

1- Opting  for  the  official  accommodation  proposed  by  the  organizing  Nation (optional). In that event, the organizing Nation shall clearly indicate the terms and conditions for the stay, including:

-    The half-board price per night per person for, depending on the number of persons sharing each room, regardless of the duration of the stay (full board cannot be mandatory); the participating Nation shall specify the dates  of  their  anglers’  stays  (the  term  “official  stay”  used  by  many Nations, starting on Thursday, has never appeared in any regulations, and therefore should not be used);

-   The price of the closing gala dinner.

The accommodation terms proposed to the Nations shall first be approved by the
Technical Commission.

2- Selecting their hotels by themselves.

If this is the case, participating Nations shall be required to communicate their accommodation-related choices to the organizing Nation upon registration (in the official registration form).

In both cases (participation through or without the help of the organizers), the registration fee is  €  1 ,400.00, which includes 10 closing gala dinners and 8 fishing permits for  the whole duration of the championship (the period of practice and the competition  itself), insurance and sundry expenses such as gifts, cups, trophies, etc..

For  the  closing  gala  dinner,  be  it  a  dinner  with  table  service  or  a  buffet  dinner, participating Nations shall be assigned a number of seats corresponding to the number of gala dinner seats they reserved.

If no details about the accommodation are provided by the deadline set by the organizers, the  participating  Nations   shall   imperatively  have   to   book   their  accommodations themselves and shall still pay  €  1 ,400.00 to the organizers.

Any Nation that undertakes to take part in a championship by filling in the relevant registration form but does not show up, shall, in any case, pay the contribution of   € 
1,400.00 to the organizing Nation. Nations failing to comply with this provision shall be forbidden from taking part in and organizing future championships.

All Nations shall communicate their arrival dates to the organizing Nation at least one week before the first training day. Any absent Nation (that has not arrived) in the last training day shall be considered as a WITHDRAWING Nation and shall not be allowed to participate in the championship (see penalties under article 44 § c).

Together with the event programme, the organizing Nations shall provide a list of hotels, lodgings, rooms and campsites located within a 20-km range from the venue.

The organizers shall see to it that all registration forms are duly filled in and carry the mobile  phone  numbers  of  one  delegate  and  one  team  captain.  Addresses  and emergency telephone numbers (police, fire-fighters, hospitals, etc.) shall be provided in the program leaflets.

Any Nation requesting rental boats, but not showing up at the championship venue, shall anyway pay the rental fee to the organizing Nation. Nations failing to comply with this provision shall be forbidden from taking part in and organizing future championships.

The Black Bass World Championship shall take place in October or November.
-6-    The waterbody surface required for a competition shall be of at least 10,000 m2/boat
(e.g.: 10 Nations, 30 boats = waterbody of at least 300,000 m2, that is 30 hectares).

TEAM CAPTAINS’  MEETING 

-7-   It would be advisable that general stewards attend the team captains meetings.

In the event that a team  captain or a Nation’s delegate is absent, the President of
F.I.P.S.e.d. or a delegated representative shall draw lots.
1st meeting - On Tuesday afternoon or on the eve of the first training day

During this first meeting, an international Jury shall be appointed, pursuant to article 41 of the present Official Rules. Then, the following operations shall be carried out:

-   Roll call of Nations.

-    The  boats  (supplied  by  the  organisers,  personal  or  rented  out  of  the organization) shall be divided into three groups, namely groups A, B, and C, depending on engine power (group A shall consist of boats with more powerful engines, group B boats with less powerful engines, group C boats with least powerful engines). The boats shall be numbered from 1 to n (with n being equal to the number of boats participating in the championship.  Groups A, B and C boards shall be of different colours.

-    Lot drawing aiming at matching the boats made available by the organisers with the “pairs” of the various Nations. Lots shall be drawn so as to attribute a boat from each of the three groups A, B, and C to the three “pairs” of each national team. No lot-drawing shall be required for the boats belonging to the competitors or rented directly by the latter, but the boats shall be utilised by the respective owners or the persons who have taken the boat in location. Such boats shall be attributed the numbers that have not been given to the boats made available by the organizers.

-    After drawing lots for the boats, each team captain shall indicate which “pair” shall belong to group A, which one shall belong to group B, and which “pair” shall belong to group C.

-    Draw for the start order of the boats for the three legs (e.g.: 1st leg: group B, then group C and, last, group A. For the 2nd leg, the group that started first in the 1st leg shall start second, and the group that started second shall be third, whereas the group that started third shall start first. In the 3rd  leg, the group that started first in the 1st  leg shall start third, the group that started second shall start first, and the group that started third shall start second.

-   Various information about the progress of the championship.

As a general rule, there shall be a 10-minute time interval between the departures of each group. Depending on the venue, the organisers, in agreement with the International Jury, shall decide to increase the time interval between the departures of the different groups.

There shall be a 20-minute time interval between the arrivals of each group (A, B or C). The arrival order of each group in each leg shall always be the same as the starting order for the same leg.

In case of thunderstorm or other unforeseen situations causing an immediate competition stop, the boat arrival order can be random.

The organizers shall draw up a departure list and give it to all participants.
Subsequent meetings  (optional) - During the competition, depending on the issues to be discussed, daily meetings shall be summoned by the organisers (time to be determined by the organizers).

-   Comments on the progress of the championship.

NB: Captains’ meetings are informative meetings, where guidelines are provided for the competitions. Under no circumstance shall changes to the Rules be made during the captains’ meetings. The Rules shall only be changed at F.I.P.S.e.d. Executive Committee’s annual meetings, based on the remarks that shall be sent  in writing by national Federations to F.I.P.S.e.d.’s Secretary General.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

-8-    The participating teams may use boats made available by the organisers, their own boats, or boats rented by themselves  out of the organization. In that case, they shall compulsorily insure their boats themselves, by abiding by the instructions given by the organizers in the competition program. They shall also fully equip their boats with boat equipment, including an anchor.

The organizing Nation shall make boats available to the teams that ask for one, for a rental fee (for the duration of the championship, including the training period); said fee shall be specified in the program (it shall also include fuel costs and insurance).

The organisers shall make sure that the competition program puts well in evidence the engines power that will be made available as well as the maximal speed limits allowed, which shall correspond to the average speed of the boats supplied by the organisers, on condition that this speed limit is authorized by the navigation rules in force on the concerning waters. Stewards shall ensure the respect of the speed limits.

The  organizing  Nation  shall  only  be  responsible  for  insurance,  boat  equipment  and anchor for the boats made available by the organizers. The material required to signal dangerous situations for the boats shall also be provided by the organizers.

Should any participating Nation wish to rent boats, it should inform the organizing Nation at least two months before the competition start.

All personal or rental boats shall be handed over to the organisers upon the arrival of the Nations at the championship venue. All personal boats shall be made available to the teams after the end of the championship, and the rental boats shall be returned by the organisers.

During both the trainings and the competitions, each Nation shall be allowed to put maximum three boats in the water.

During the two training days, the team members, the captain and the vice-captain may be on board their national teams’ boats (on condition that these latter are homologated for 4 persons).

Between one leg and the other, the boats shall be kept in a confined area under the organizers’ responsibility for the entire championship duration. In order to prepare their boats, the teams shall be allowed every day, before and after each leg, one hour for the
1st leg and half an hour for the 2nd and 3rd legs. During the following each leg, the boats shall be handed over to the organisers, who shall fill up their fuel tanks and shall charge the batteries (for private and rental boats, the battery chargers shall be made available to the organisers).
-9-    Competitors may reach the venue by their personal means of transportation.

One  steward  shall  be  present  on  each  boat.  If  these  conditions  are  met,  only  the stewards of the “pairs” of the organizing Nation shall be foreigners, and they shall be drawn among the present Nations. Those who volunteer to act as the stewards of the organising Nation’s “pairs” shall have to guarantee their presence for all legs.

It shall not be allowed to use reserves as stewards, except for the last leg.

Should it not be possible to have a steward on each boat, there shall be general stewards with their own boats (1 boat every 10 competing boats), and only such boats will be allowed to tow and repair “competing” boats.

The owners of boats directly rented outside the organization cannot act as stewards, as drivers or be present on board of their personal boat during the training or competition days.

The stewards shall have thorough knowledge of the rules of the competition.

-10-  The competitors shall abide by the rules on legal Black Bass size limits in force for the competition (national Rules). Said minimum size parameters shall be specified in the program  drawn  up  by the  organisers,  and  shall  be  reminded  at  the  team  captains’ meeting.

When some particular national or regional rules are also in force, they shall be communicated to all nations registered to the championship, by annexing them to the competition program.

-11-  The competition shall take place in three legs of 8 or 9 hours each, depending on the competition venue.

In the event of a forced interruption (e.g. a thunderstorm, demonstration, natural disaster, etc.), the Jury may validate the leg, provided that it lasted at least  half of the time envisaged for the whole leg.

The Jury can decide to reduce the duration of the leg if the competition schedule does not allow continuing angling for the 8 or 9 scheduled angling hours.

-12-  Each competitor is expected to fully abide by the competition rules.

-13-  Only no-kill angling shall be performed, using artificial baits (pork rind is allowed). Any kind of artificial baits are allowed, even those ones equipped with hooks and with grapnels (with three or four tips), provided they do not cause multiple catches (for example the use of the "Spinner Bait" or similar is authorized, while the use of the "Alabama Rig" or similar is prohibited).

Only live fish shall be considered for the ranking.

-14-  All forms of fish feeding are forbidden. Only alluring substances and surface oils to be spread on artificial baits shall be allowed.

-15-  All competitors are required to be able to swim.

-16-  Using echo sounders and GPSs is allowed. Using earphones, telephone or walkie-talkies is allowed to anglers but is forbidden to stewards, who can use them only in case of force majeure.

-17-  The competitors shall be the only ones allowed using landing nets. The use of a landing net is compulsory to recover fish; grapnel, Lip Grippers and Boga Grips are prohibited for recovering a fish. They can only be used for removing an artificial bait out of a fish’s mouth.
-18-  Besides having a federal fishing licence, the competitors shall also comply with all rules and regulations on navigation, on the ownership of a boat, and with the fishing law in force. Depending on the type of boat used, the pilot(s) shall hold the required licence(s). Before putting the boats into the water, the people concerned shall be asked to produce all the documents proving their authorization to navigate. The organizers shall have all administrative authorizations in place allowing the boats involved to navigate.

-19-  The fishing area and the area reserved for the departure and arrival of the boats shall be marked and clearly visible. Competitors may navigate and fish on the whole authorised waterbody surface. Should it not be possible to use the whole waterbody surface, the fishing area shall be clearly marked (buys). It is however recommended to use transponders, if possible.

-20-  All boats shall return to the start area and near the jetty at the time envisaged and fixed at the beginning of the leg. In said area, all boats shall circulate at low speed.

If a problem to a boat or to an engine provided by the organizers occurs during the competition - i.e.: break of battery, low fuel, or any kind of other technical problem - the team concerned may be authorised by the International Jury to extend its fishing time by
20 or 40 minutes more. This rule shall apply to teams belonging to the 1st or 2nd departure groups.

-21-  It is forbidden to fish in boat start and arrival areas and in any area forbidden to navigation, as well as outside the competition limits zone.

-22-  The steward shall check that compulsory life jackets are properly worn when sailing with heat engine boats. It shall also be compulsory to wear life jackets when angling in bad weather conditions (rain, wind). Only electric engines may be used during the angling activities.

-23-  The distance between boats  during the competition in a lake or in an artificial basin shall be of at least 50 metres (both during angling and when navigating near another “pair”). The distance between boats during competition in a canal or a river shall be of at least 50 metres during angling and of at least 20 metres during navigation, with a speed as lowest as possible and by the side indicated by the anglers in fishing action.

-24-  Trolling and angling from the riverbank are forbidden.

-25-  Any fish in bad conditions or dead shall not be weighed. Any fish handed over for weighing in such conditions, shall entail a 0.500 kg penalty.

-26-  Any  fish  that  does  not  meet  the  relevant  minimum  size  parameters  shall  not  be calculated. Such catch shall be weighed separately, and its weight shall be deducted from the total weight of the validated fish. Measurements shall be taken from the tip of the closed mouth to the extremity of the open tail of the fish, in its natural position.

-27-  Each caught fish shall be maintained alive in a bowl or a thermal container  of a capacity of 50 litres of water maximum featuring an oxygen and air circulation system. After training and between the different legs, the bowl shall be kept safe, locked - if possible - sealed  by  means  of  a  sheet  of  paper  signed  by  the  competitors  and  taped  to  the container. The competitors shall remove themselves the seals they have placed at the beginning of the competition.

-28-  The catching of a fish is valid even if it is accidentally hooked outside its mouth. Any fish caught but not hanging from the angler’s line shall not be deemed valid and shall be put back into the water.
-29-  Only  the  catch  of  Black  Bass   (micropterus  salmoides,   micropterus  punctulatus, micropterus dolomieui, micropterus notius, micropterus coosae, micropterus treculi, micropterus cataractae, cichla temensis, cichla ocellaris, cichla intermedia, cichla orinocensis, cichla monoculus and cichla pinima) shall be considered valid; the number of catches is limited to 5 for each leg. The anglers of the “pair” shall stop fishing until one of the 6 fishes is put back into the water. In no event shall a fish container contain more than
5 fishes.

-30-  Fly-fishing with mouse-tail end is forbidden.

-31-  The boats for the Jury, the stewards and the security staff shall be made available by the organizers.

-32-  Any  boat  that  does  not  show  up  at  the  time  envisaged  for  its  departure  shall  be authorised to start last, but its return time shall remain unchanged.

When the first signal is given - 30 minutes before the departure of the boats - the anglers shall gather at the edge of the departure zone. The roll shall be called, the general steward shall tell the exact time, so that both the stewards and the anglers may synchronise their watches. Then, the anglers shall be allowed to get on-board their boats, and the first group shall line up at the start. A second signal shall be given for the boats of the first group to start heading to the angling area; then the boats of the second group shall sail off, and then those of the third group.

-33-  For each minute of delay against their scheduled return time, 0.500 kg will be deducted from the total weight obtained by a “pair”. Any “pair” arriving with a delay of 15 minutes or more shall be ranked last for the relevant leg.

-34-  The boats will be numbered (two sticker numbers shall be stuck on each side of the boats, and they shall be clearly visible). The organizers shall keep copies of the sticker numbers to be stuck on reserve boats, if needed.

-35-  The boats shall sail by using either thermal or electric engines, but the safety rules and the local speed regulations shall be complied with at all times.

-36-  All boats shall have on board the compulsory equipment required pursuant to local rules and F.I.P.S.e.d. rules. Lacking such equipment, the boats shall not be authorized to navigate.

-37-  All boats shall help any nearby boat in trouble or danger. When that happens, any fish caught and kept on the endangered boat may be transferred, in the presence of a member of the Jury, to the place where the caught fish shall be weighted and validated.

Land docking and docking to the boats of other competitors is forbidden. A general steward or a member of the Jury may authorise exceptions in cases of absolute need.

-38-  Deliberate foul hooking of fish is prohibited.

-39-  Competitors may keep and assemble as many rods as they wish but, when angling, they shall only be allowed to have one rod each.

-40-  The competitors (there shall be 2 on each boat) shall not be allowed to get any help by anybody.

THE JURY

-41-  An international Jury shall be appointed to examine any complaints lodged and to apply penalties, as per the rules; the  Jury shall be established at the first team captains’ meeting.

The Jury shall consist of the following members:
-   F.I.P.S.e.d.’s President, or a substitute delegated by the President;

-   F.I.P.S.e.d.’s General Secretary;

-   The members of F.I.P.S.e.d.’s Executive Committee;

-    A delegate representing the organizing Nation, unless he/she holds the same nationality as the above-mentioned members, except for the F.I.P.S.e.d.’s President (or his substitute) who shall be the President of the Jury ex officio.

The Jury members shall be at least 5. If this number is not reached, some delegates from different  Nations  shall be  chosen  by  drawing  lots  with  the  aim  to  reach  at  least  5 members. These delegates cannot have the same nationality as the F.I.P.S.e.d.’s representatives and the organizing Nation.

These delegates shall be enrolled on the team registration form; captains cannot be appointed as delegates.

In the event of any infringement by a “pair” or by a team holding the same nationality as a member of the Jury, such Jury member shall not vote (except if he/she is the President of the Jury).

The members of the Jury shall wear a “Jury” badge, and shall be at the competition venue to receive any complaint. A place where one or more members of the Jury shall always be available shall be indicated.

-42-  Any complaints, except for those regarding the rankings, shall be submitted to the Jury within ½ an hour after the last weighing. Complaints shall be lodged verbally, but they shall immediately be confirmed in writing. Should they deem it necessary, the Jury may watch any video or look at any picture produced by the delegate of the team filling the complaint.

Complaints concerning the ranking shall be lodged within 30 minutes after the official results have been published. The publishing time shall be recorded in the official result list.

A € 100 deposit - for which the F.I.P.S.e.d.’s general Secretary or his delegate shall issue a receipt - shall complement any written complaint submitted to the Jury. Should the complaint not be judged grounded by the Jury, the deposit shall be transferred to F.I.P.S.e.d.’s bank account.

All infringements and warnings shall be reported to the Jury, with the Jury being the only authority enabled to disqualify anglers. Any “pair” who is imposed a penalty shall be informed immediately.

The Jury members and all stewards shall make sure the Rules are abided by. Hence, they shall have a thorough knowledge of such Rules.

-43-  The Rules, which are drawn up in the two official languages, shall be made available to the Jury and the team captains by the organizers of the championship.

The international Jury will make its decisions on a simple majority basis; in the event of a tie vote, the President of F.I.P.S.e.d. or his/her delegate shall have a casting vote.

All members of F.I.P.S.e.d.’s Executive Committee shall wear a personal badge. Said
badges shall only be valid for the Executive Committee’s term of office (4 years).

LIST OF PENALTIES

-44-  The penalties shall be as follows:

a) Warning (yellow card) for the infringement of articles 8b, 12, 17, 20, 22, 23, 25,
26, 27, 35 and 40.
b) Disqualification (red card) of the “pair” in the leg for the infringement of articles
13, 14, 21, 24, 29, 30, 38, 39, 52, 53.2 and 54 and after a second warning for the infringement of articles 8b, 12, 17, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27 35 and 40.

c) Disqualification of the Nation for the infringement of articles 5, 51a and 51b-1.

d) When a “pair” is disqualified, a number of  penalties equal to the number of participating Nations 1 will be assigned to him. If a “pair” is disqualified, those which follow him in the ranking shall keep their original ranking (for example: if “pair”  X  who  ranked  8th   is  disqualified,  the  following  “pair”  shall  keep  their rankings and shall mark 9 points, 10 points, and so on).

e) Any warning given to a Nation shall be recorded in that Nation’s file and shall remain in the files for a period of 3 years. Any new infringement over these 3 years shall be considered as a “relapse” and the Jury shall make its decision considering such relapse and the list of penalties.

f)  Any warning given to a “pair” shall be recorded in the competitor’s file for a period of 3 years. Any new infringement shall be considered as a “relapse”, and the Jury shall  make  its  decision  considering  such  new  infringement  and  the  list  of penalties.

g) F.I.P.S.e.d.’s Executive Committee shall be entitled, both during a competition and subsequently, to impose penalties on fishermen, captains or reserves if they infringe any rule or misbehave, even if said infringements are not provided for in the official Rules.

-45-  The members of F.I.P.S.e.d.’s Executive Committee may access the competition venue
and take note of any infringement of the Rules.

WEIGHING OPERATIONS

-46-  The weighing operations shall be performed by the organizers in the presence of the “pairs” of all teams. The fish taken by the organizers from the bowls on the boats shall be carried to the weighing area in appropriate containers. After the relevant checks (health conditions and size), the fish shall be weighed by the organisers, who shall also put it back into the water.

The participants of each “pair” shall sign the document where the weight of the fish is registered. No claims concerning the weight of the fish shall be allowed after the signing of the weight document.

Weights shall be recorded in grams.

Depending on the size of the catches, or for other reasons that may be specific to a given championship, an authorisation to reach the Jury and have the catch weighted during the competition may be given at the captains' meeting.

RANKINGS

-47-  1-  LEG RANKING

A- Ranking by “pairs”

a) The ranking shall be drawn up based on weight (1 point per gram).

The “pair” who recorded the highest weight shall be given 1 penalty, while 2 penalties shall be attributed to the second “pair”, and so on.

b) In the event of a tie on weight, the “pairs” concerned shall obtain a number of penalties equalling the average of the rankings they should have had (example n°
1: two “pairs” ranking equal 4th shall obtain (4 5):2 = 4.5 penalties each; example
n° 2: three “pairs” tying in the 6th placing, totalise (6 7 8):3 = 7 penalties each).

c) Any “pairs” that have not caught any fish shall be given a number of penalties equal to the average value of non-attributed places (example n° 1: twenty-four “pairs”, twelve of whom rank top 12, with penalties ranging between 1 and 12, the subsequent “pairs” will get (13 24):2 = 18.5 penalties each; example n° 2: thirty “pairs”, five of whom have caught fish and scored 1 to 5 points - the 25 “pairs” who have not caught any fish mark (6 30):2 = 18 penalties). Should only 1 “pair” not have caught any fish or should there be one or more absent “pairs”, they shall get a number of penalties equalling the lowest ranking (example: thirty “pairs”, twenty-nine of whom have caught fish, whereas one has not caught any, the latter will get 30 penalties).

B- Ranking by teams

a) Sum of the penalties obtained by the “pairs” of a team.
b) The national team scoring the lowest number of penalties shall rank 1st, and so on.

c) In the event of a tie on penalties, the teams concerned shall be ranked based on
the heaviest total weight recorded by the “pairs” of the same team.

d) In the event of further tied score, the teams concerned shall be ranked based on
the heaviest weight recorded by one of the “pairs”.

e) In the event of another tied score, the teams concerned shall be ranked based on
the number of fish caught by the “pairs” of the same team.

f)  Last, should there be another tied score, the teams concerned shall be ranked based on the biggest fish caught by one of the “pair” of the team.

2- GENERAL RANKING A- Ranking by “pairs”
a) Sum of the penalties obtained by each “pair” in the three legs; the “pair” totalling
the smallest number of penalties shall be ranked 1st, and so on.

b) In the event of a tie on penalties, the “pairs” shall be ranked based on the highest
aggregate weight obtained in the three legs.

c) In the event of further tie on weight, the “pairs” shall be ranked by the highest
total number of fishes caught over three legs.

d) In the event of another tied score, the “pairs” shall be ranked based on the
heaviest weight recorded in one of the three legs.

e) In the event of a further tied score, the “pairs” shall be ranked based on the
heaviest weight obtained in the 2nd leg and, if necessary, in the 3rd leg.

f)  Any “pairs” that did not take part in all the three legs shall be ranked in the last places of the classification, following the order of their penalties (firstly the “pairs” that have participated to all the three legs, followed by those “pairs” who just attended two legs and finally by the “pairs” that just participated to one single leg).

B- Ranking by teams

a) Sum of the penalties obtained by the “pairs” of the same team over three legs;
the team totalling the smallest number of penalties shall be ranked 1st, and so on.

b) In the event of a tie on penalties, the teams concerned shall be ranked based on the highest aggregate weight obtained by the “pairs” of the same team in the three legs.
c) In the event of another tied score, the teams concerned shall be ranked based on
the number of fish caught by the “pairs” of the same team in the three legs.

d) In the event of another tied score, the teams concerned shall be ranked based on the heaviest weight obtained by the “pairs” of the same team in the 2nd leg and, if necessary, in the 3rd leg.

3- NATIONS RANKING

A world or zone ranking per Nations shall be drawn up for all championships,  taking into account the best 5 results over the 6 past years; such ranking list shall be updated every year and published on F.I.P.S.e.d.’s website.

The Nations included in such ranking that, for any reason, do not participate in a championship,  shall  be  given  a  number  of  penalties  equal  to  the  number  of participating countries for that specific year 1.

-48-  The ranking will be established by a person mandated by F.I.P.S.e.d. or, lacking this person, by the organizers, in the presence of F.I.P.S.e.d.’s President or in the presence of his representative and, possibly, also in the presence of the members of the Jury.

ROD LENGTH

-49-  The length of the rods is limited to 2.75 metres (9 feet).

 “ CIVI L  LI ABI L I TY”  INSU R ANCE 

-50-  The organizers SHALL take out a “CIVIL LIABILITY” insurance to cover the whole event (from the first training day to the end of the final dinner); a certificate issued by the insurance company, certifying that the whole event is covered by a “CIVIL LIABILITY” policy shall be handed over to the President of F.I.P.S.e.d. two months prior to the competition.

TRAINING

-51-  a) Official training shall take place at the official venue.

Training shall only be allowed without a steward if one of the anglers has a boat
operator’s license, if required by the laws of the organising Nation.

Training shall be organized so as to offer equal conditions to all anglers (with or without steward), regardless of whether they use personal boats, rental boats, or boats made available by the organizers. Should training without steward be envisaged, there shall anyway be one person onboard holding a boat operator’s license.

b) The official venue shall be organized as follows:

1) Fourteen-day absolute closing before the first training day for all the members of the participating official delegations. During these 14 days, training at the venue shall be forbidden for all Nations in the entire area chosen for the championship; the anglers shall not be allowed to navigate on the venue waterbody in the
14  days  prior  to the  competition, even  without  their  angling  gear.  It is forbidden for the organizing Nation to organize any competition during the aforesaid 14 days.
Apart from the closing period, the venue shall be made available for regular visits and fishing [local closing periods and special fishing conditions (fishing permit) shall be abided by]. Should the venue be always closed to fishing, it shall be made available on at least 2  weekends (the  dates shall be  specified  in the programme).

2) Two days of official training: Wednesday and Thursday (boats to return by 3:00 pm).

3) Three days of competition (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

All participating Nations shall be provided with a document carrying the technical specifications and information concerning the venue.

ELECTRIC POWER LINES AND PLANTS

-52- It is strictly forbidden for the boats to stop and fish at less than 50-metre distance, on both  sides,  from  any  electricity  infrastructure  (including  power  lines,  transformers, trellises, etc.).

RULES IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER OR WATER-RELATED CONDITIONS

-53-  1- WHEN BAD CONDITIONS BREAKS OUT BEFORE OR DURING PREPARATION

A signal shall tell the anglers that they are required to get off their boats, and the competition start shall be delayed. If the weather  or water-related conditions and the competition schedule allow, the  leg may be  regularly performed.  In  that event, a second signal shall indicate the start of the leg.

If the weather  or water-related conditions do not improve or the competition schedule does not allow, the leg shall simply be cancelled. The cancelled leg shall not be considered when making the rankings, which shall be established based on the results of the held leg(s). The cancelled leg shall not be held at a later stage.

2- IF  BAD CONDITIONS BREAKS OUT DURING THE LEG

The leg shall immediately be stopped and the rods shall be placed horizontally in the boat area at the opposite end from the anglers. The leg stop signal shall be given by the Jury to the stewards by radio, by telephone, or by launching one or more signal rockets.

Should the  swell be  such  as to  endanger the  boat crews, the stewards  -  again, following the Jury’s instructions - shall immediately order their crews to reach the closest landing spot and wait there for a possible leg resumption signal.

If  the  weather  or  water-related  conditions  allow,  the  Jury  shall  authorise  the resumption of the leg through the afore-mentioned communications systems and through the relevant stewards.

The Jury may shorten the duration of a leg if the competition schedule does not allow angling for 8 or 9 hours.
A leg shall be validated if it lasted at least half of the time envisaged for the whole leg. Should  the  weather  or  water-related  conditions  not  allow  to  duly  carrying  out  a
competition, the Jury may decide to cancel one leg. Said leg shall not be postponed and the ranking shall be drawn up based on the leg(s) that was/were actually carried out. The cancelled leg shall not be held again.


ANTI-DOPING CONTROLS

-54-  F.I.P.S.e.d. adopts the World Anti-doping Code applied by C.I.P.S..

During a championship, the anglers selected to undergo anti-doping controls shall imperatively go to the designated place at the indicated time, following F.I.P.S.e.d.’s or the Jury’s guidelines. When an angler selected to undergo anti-doping checks does not report for the controls, the concerned “pair” shall be disqualified from the competition and shall be given a penalty corresponding to the bottom rank in the ranking 1, for all the competition days the “pair” participated in.

Organizing Nations shall cover all anti-doping controls costs. All contacts with the NADO (National  Anti-Doping Organization)  of  each  Nation  shall  be  exclusively  kept  by  the organizers of the championship under consideration.

The organizers shall be responsible of the fishing material and equipment of the angler drawn to be tested, while he is undergoing the anti-doping control.

F.I.P.S.e.d. AND C.I.P.S. FEES

-55-  A € 150 fee shall be paid by each participating Nation; said fee shall remain available to
F.I.P.S.e.d..

A € 500 fee shall be paid by the organizing Nation to C.I.P.S.’s disposal (to be paid to
C.I.P.S.’s bank account).

OPENING CEREMONY AND PRIZE AWARDING CEREMONY

-56-  The opening ceremony and the presentation of the teams shall take place two days before the first leg at 6:00 p.m.. Said ceremony shall not last longer than 2 hours, and shall not end later than 08:00 p.m..

The top 3 teams and the top 3 “pairs” shall officially receive a GOLD, a SILVER and a BRONZE medal respectively. In conformity with international standards, during the prize awarding procedures, the national anthem of the winner (team or “pair”) shall be played, and the national flags of the top three “pairs”/teams shall be raised. The medals shall be paid for by F.I.P.S.e.d. and shall be handed over by F.I.P.S.e.d.’s designated representative.

A certificate stating the results obtained shall be delivered to all the three first ranked  Nations  official  members,  who  shall  be  present  at  the  prize  giving ceremony, as well as to the five first ranked “pairs”.

Any other reward shall be equally awarded to all participating Nations. All participating
Nations shall provide their flags and the recordings of their national anthems.

During the ceremony for the announcement of the official results, the winning Nation may be represented on the podium by up to 10 persons, who shall be handed out the medals while playing their national anthem.
Rules versions

-57-  In the event of any dispute arising from or in connection with the interpretation of these
Rules, only the French version shall be considered as the original and reference text.

OBLIGATIONS of the organizing nations

-58- The organizing Nation of a World or Zone (Europe, etc.) Championship shall:

a) Have the F.I.P.S.e.d. trophies engraved (plate or logo);

b) Send out official programs and information about the championship in the two official languages (English and French).

 

The President of F.I.P.S.e.d.                                 The General Secretary of F.I.P.S.e.d.

Ugo Claudio MATTEOLI                                                Barbara DURANTE

The President of the F.I.P.S.e.d. Technical Commission

Roland MARCQ


 

Tournament Details
Name13th Black Bass World Championships 2017 - Final Results
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceGauteng
VenueVaal River
Number of Competitions3
How many Competitions will count3
Minimum Anglers in a team1
Maximum Anglers in a team2
Start Time07:00
End Time16:00
Tournament Ties1 Heaviest Bag 2 Heaviest Fish - Linked to competitions used to calculate Grand Prix Points
Next Competition Date2017-10-05
Species, Points, Countries and Categories
SpeciesCompetition PointsCountriesCategories
Black Bass,0,
shortfish=-1000
deadfish=-1500
fishlength=0
fishweight=1000
latepoints=0
bagsize=5
tourbonus=0
bonusbigfish=0
bonusbigbag=0
dailywinner=0
nofishbonus=0
nofishbonustype=2
max=39
min=1
attendancebonus=0
tourpenalty=0
reset=0
tourterm=FIPSEDBB
tie=1
bonusfrequency=0
gptype=1
pointintervals=[1,39,1]
speciespoints=
South Africa
Swaziland
Zimbabwe
Mexico
Italy
Russia
United States
Germany
Zambia
Namibia
Spain
Croatia
Portugal
Spain
Boat Pairs
Entry #NameCountryCategoryANGLER1ANGLER2
1Russia A RussiaSergey LobasAndrey Zhivin
2Russia B RussiaDenis DemidovAndrey Pitertsov
3Russia C RussiaDenis VikhrovSergey Titov
4Mexico A MexicoJulio Juan Molina RodriguezJuan Rogelio Chagollan Zuñiga
5Mexico B MexicoGuillermo Lam CastroEduardo Yoshii Casuga
6Mexico C MexicoDiego Del Valle ColinasAlberto Blanco Sanchez
7Spain A SpainFrancisco Javier PerezRafael Perez Carrasco
8Spain B SpainJuan Rodriguez BravoJuan Carlos Rodriguez Moreno
9Spain C SpainRamiro Ruben Tarazona SiciliaLuis Vilar Patiño
10Germany A GermanyChristian BierethEduard Airich
11Namibia A NamibiaAlec WilliamsAnton De Wit
12Namibia B NamibiaMax PieperRicardo Abrantes
13Namibia C NamibiaRichard GrantJacques Marais
14Zambia A ZambiaKen HyslopBruce Donaldson
15Zambia B ZambiaDonald BousfieldStrang Middleton
16Zambia C ZambiaLeon De WitMurray Moore
17Zimbabwe A ZimbabweGlen FowlerKevin Elkington
18Zimbabwe B ZimbabweBrandon EdwardsNeil Gulab
19Zimbabwe C ZimbabweAndre KondonisStratos Orphanides
20USA A United StatesScott MartinScott Canterbury
21USA B United StatesDavid DudleyMark Rose
22USA C United StatesJames WatsonFred Roumbanis
23South Africa A South AfricaRichard EldridgeAugust Lingnau
24South Africa B South AfricaDarryl QuintonShane Estran
25South Africa C South AfricaJusty VarkevisserRuan Wahl
26Germany B GermanyThomas EngertMarc Ptacovsky
27Germany C GermanyMatthias KreutzJustus Kohlschein
28Croatia A CroatiaDaniel VignjevićSiniša Pavlinić
29Croatia B CroatiaSamir AlijanovićAnđelko Jazvić
30Croatia C CroatiaRobert BergerBoris Leskovar
31Swaziland A SwazilandMatthew Van DykJason Van Dyk
32Swaziland B SwazilandDerek HopfWilliam Brown
33Swaziland C SwazilandWimpie BouwerLouis Van Zuydam
34Italy A ItalyNicola MinaldoniVittorio Luca Della Ciana
35Italy C ItalySamuele FerroniAlessio Telese
36Italy B ItalyMassimo FavaStefano Ruggi
37Portugal A PortugalEduardo FoutoPedro Rodrigues
38Portugal B PortugalJaoquim MoioJoáo Grosso
39Portugal C PortugalNuno FeijocaJoáo Macide
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