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Australian Anglers Association, (WA Division) Inc.



Draft General Competition Rules, March 2000.

(Incorporating March, 2000 Federal Executive Meeting resolutions)



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GENERAL COMPETITION RULES March 2000

(Incorporating March, 2000 Federal Executive Meeting resolutions)

FOR THE CONDUCT OF AUSTRALIAN ANGLERS ASSOCIATION ANGLING AND CASTING COMPETITIONS (TO BE OBSERVED AT ALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS UNLESS VARIED BY RESOLUTION OF THE FEDERAL EXECUTIVE).

1. The competitions shall be conducted in four (4) sections:-
(a) Estuary (Mens, Ladies, Juniors, Veteran Men and Veteran Ladies).
(b) Off-shore (Mens, Ladies, Veteran Men and Veteran Ladies).
(c) Beach and/or Rock (Mens, Ladies, Juniors, Veteran Men and Veteran Ladies).
(d) Casting (Mens, Ladies, Juniors, Veteran Men and Veteran Ladies).

2. (a) Each section, excluding Casting, shall be fished over three (3) rounds.

(b) Individual championship events in each section, except Casting, shall be fished over three (3) rounds. In the event of any round being cancelled, the championship shall be determined over the completed round or rounds.

3. (a) Competitors must be registered for the National Angling Championships and Convention.

(b) To be eligible to compete as a Junior, a participant shall be under the age of sixteen (16) years on the first day scheduled for competition.

(c) To be eligible to compete as a Veteran, a participant shall be over the age of fifty five (55) years on the first day scheduled for competition.

(d) In both individual and team events, competitors may only compete in the category for which they have registered, i.e. Mens, Ladies, Juniors, Veteran Men and Veteran Ladies.

(e) No competitor may register in more than one category.

4. (a) Competitions shall be fished within boundaries and time limits as set out in the programme. Competitors must be within the defined boundaries whilst fishing.

(b) At the discretion of the Field Officer sewage outlets may be placed out of bounds, in which case, the boundaries shall be flagged accordingly.

5. Any competitor fishing outside boundaries or time limits in a competition for which boundaries or time limits have been fixed, shall be disqualified from such competition.

6. In all fishing events, competitors shall be on their honour to commence and cease fishing at the nominated times - this shall be referred to as the "Honour System":

7. No fishing shall take place from any boat on which a competitor is present between registration and lines down.

8. Competitors in all sections will be responsible for the provision of bait and other personal requirements.

9. Fish caught by any legal means (except netting or deliberate jagging), shall be eligible for all competitions. Jigging will be permitted.

10. Any or all fish must have been caught by the competitor weighing in.

11. Each competitor must hook and land, boat or beach, their own fish, but they may receive such assistance from another competitor (gaffing, gilling, or use of a landing net) as does not entail their assistant handling their rod, reel or line at any time prior to the fish being landed, boated, or beached. A non competing boat operator shall not provide assistance by gaffing, gilling or using a landing net.

12. In all angling events no competitor may receive assistance from anyone other than another competitor between lines down and lines up except as provided for in Rule 11. The use of boats operated by a non competitor is permissible.

13. In the event of fish being hooked in or through the mouth by more than one competitor, the points for that fish will be shared.

14. (a) Minimum fish sizes shall not be less than those prescribed by the relevant State Fisheries laws. Under-sized fish presented at the scale shall incur a penalty of twenty five (25) points per under-sized fish.

(b) Where competitors present to weigh-in numbers of fish exceeding the State or Carnival limit, they will have the heaviest fish(s) of that species removed, plus a twenty five (25) point penalty for each fish over the limit

(c) Any penalties to be restricted to the bag for that particular round only. No penalty shall result in the competitor scoring less than zero points in any round.

15. Physically mutilated fish must exceed the scheduled length by at least three (3) centimetres. "Physically Mutilated" is defined as a broken backbone. The Field Officer shall determine whether a fish is physically mutilated.

16. (a) All fish taken shall be weighed and recorded by Official Recorder/s, who shall be on duty at specified times.

(b) Undersize fish shall be removed from the competitors bag prior to the bag being weighed. Undersize fish removed shall be weighed and recorded separately in case of dispute.

17. Receipts for fish weighed in will be issued to all competitors at the time of weighing in and competitors are responsible for checking correctness of particulars shown thereon before leaving the scales.

18. The marking of fish after weighing in and recording, to prevent re-submission, be left to the discretion of the Host State.

19. Fish surplus to an individual's requirements are to be left in the weigh-in area for disposal at the discretion of the Organising Committee.

20. (a) Details of any disputes arising out of competitions must be put in writing and handed to the Control Centre within two (2) hours of completion of weigh-in. The Disputes Committee shall meet and adjudicate on such dispute within twenty four (24) hours of its receipt.

(b) The Field Officer shall determine the time of completion of the weigh-in and such time shall be announced and posted on the official score board.

21. The Disputes Committee shall consist of President General, Secretary General, Field Officer, and the Captain of each State or a person authorised to act on his behalf. Voting shall be limited to one (1) per Member State.

22. Competitors under the influence of liquor may be banned from competitions at the discretion of the Officials conducting any competition in question. This decision once made shall not be subject to any appeal.

23. Officials shall have the power to inspect equipment at any time before and during competition. Use of gear which does not meet required specifications will cause the competitor to be disqualified from the event. Any competitors who refuse or hinder such inspection shall render themselves liable for disqualification from the event in question.

24. (a) Men's team events shall be Estuary, Off-shore, Beach and Casting. Ladies' team events shall be Estuary, Off-shore, Beach and Casting. Juniors' team events shall be Estuary, Beach and Casting. Veteran Men's team events shall be Estuary, Offshore, Beach and Casting. Veteran Ladies' team events shall be Estuary, Offshore, Beach and Casting.

(b) State team events, except Casting, shall comprise the second and third round in each section. Should either round be cancelled, the remaining round will constitute the teams event.

(c) Each State Division may be represented by up to two (2) teams in each team event.

(d) Where a State Division is represented by two (2) teams the scores of the number one (1) and number two (2) teams shall be aggregated separately for the purpose of determining championship winners.

(e) Team members can only compete for the team for which they have been nominated. No team member shall be nominated for more than one (1) team in any event.

25. State Teams shall be nominated twelve (12) hours before the starting times of the competition team events.

26. (a) State Teams, or individual members of such teams, must report to the control centre before fishing in any competition.

(b) Failure to report shall render such team or members liable to disqualification, but any individual member so disqualified shall not necessarily render his/her team liable to disqualification.

(c) The score of any member disqualified shall not be included in the aggregate of his/her team.

27. Points shall be allocated on the basis of one (1) point per fish plus ten (10) points per kilogram weight of fish (point score). The resultant point scores shall be converted to percentages on the basis of the highest point score in a round in each category being one hundred (100) percentage points and all other bags being reduced to a percentage thereof (percentage point score).

In the context of these General Competition Rules -

(1) Categories are provided for Men, Ladies, Juniors, Veteran Mens and Veteran Ladies.

(2) Round means a single angling competition between lines down and lines up.

(3) Percentages shall be calculated to two (2) places of decimal.

28. (a) The percentage point scores for each round in each section shall be aggregated to ascertain individual section winners.

(b) To ascertain individual national champions, the individual section winners shall be allocated one hundred (100) percentage points and all other aggregate section scores shall be expressed as a percentage thereof. The percentage scores so achieved for each of the three (3) angling sections shall then be aggregated.

(c) For team scoring, each team in each category of Mens, Ladies, Juniors, Veteran Mens and Veteran Ladies shall be scored separately in each round of team competition. The points score of all scoring team members in each round of team competition shall be aggregated and the team with the highest total points score in each round shall be allocated one hundred (100) percentage points and all other teams total points scores shall be expressed as a percentage thereof. The percentage points scores of each round shall be aggregated and the team with the highest score (200 possible) shall be the national champion in that event.

(d) Scoring team members are defined as:-

(1) Men top six (6) scores
(2) Ladies top three (3) scores
(3) Junior top three (3) scores
(4) Veteran Men top four (4) scores
(5) Veteran Ladies top three (3) scores
and are determined from points scores at the end of each round.

29. (a) The score achieved in the Mens, Ladies, Veteran Men and Veteran Ladies categories from the four (4) championship sections shall be the basis for determining the Champion State.

(b) For determination of the Champion State (Warrnambool Trophy), the 0. J. Collidge Trophy (Mens, Ladies and Juniors Beach and/or Rock and Estuary Teams events) and the W.H. Wohling Trophy (Ladies Beach and/or Rock, Estuary, Off-shore and Casting Teams events) individual percentage point scores from each round of each event, calculated in their category, for each eligible member of each State Team will be aggregated to determine the State Team scores for each round of each event. The State Team with the highest aggregate point score in each round shall be allocated one hundred (100) percentage points and all other States aggregate points scores shall be expressed as a percentage thereof. The percentage points scores of both rounds of each angling event and three (3) rounds of the casting event shall be aggregated and the State Team with the highest score (200 possible per angling event and 300 possible for casting) shall receive one hundred (100) percentage points and all other States Teams aggregate points scores shall be expressed as a percentage thereof. The percentage points scores of each State Team for each event shall be aggregated to determine the winner.

30. (a) The Convention Champion of Champions (The Garven Family Trophy) shall be determined over the four championship events for all categories.

(b) To ascertain the Convention Champion of Champions the individual winners in each round of each event (highest score from all categories) shall be allocated one hundred (100) percentage points and all other event scores in each round, from all categories, shall be expressed as a percentage thereof The percentage scores so achieved for each round, in each event, shall then be aggregated. The maximum possible score is twelve hundred (1200).

(c) The Convention Champion Male (Bill Kerr Memorial Trophy) shall be determined over all championship events.

(d) The Convention Champion Lady (Phil Smith Memorial Trophy) shall be determined over all championship events.

(e) The Convention Champion Junior (Osborne Family Trophy) shall be determined over all championship events.

(f) The Convention Champion Veteran (Dick Cavill Memorial Trophy) shall be determined over all championship events.

(g) To ascertain individual Convention Champions, the individual section winners shall be allocated one hundred (100) percentage points and all other aggregate section scores shall be expressed as a percentage thereof. The percentage scores so achieved for each of the relevant sections shall then be aggregated.

(h) The National Angling Champion of Champions (Club Marine Trophy) shall be determined over the three (3) angling events for all categories in the same manner as the Convention Champion of Champions.

31. In the event of two (2) or more competitors having an equal number of points in any angling competition, the competitor who has taken the greater number of fish shall be declared the winner. In the event of a tie, multiple winners will be declared.

32. A scoreboard will be used and updated on a daily basis.

ESTUARY SECTION

E. 1 State Estuary Teams shall consist of not more than:-

(a) Seven (7) men.
(b) Four (4) ladies.
(c) Four (4) juniors.
(d) Five (5) veteran men.
(e) Four (4) veteran ladies.

E.2 Estuary boundaries including those occurring on breakwaters, shall be clearly defined.

E.3 Two (2) rods or lines may be used at any one time with two (2) hooks on each. A flight of hooks shall count as one (1) hook. All equipment must be manually operated.

OFF-SHORE SECTION

(Weather and circumstances permitting.)

OS.1 State Off-shore Teams shall consist of not more than:-

(a) Seven (7) men.
(b) Four (4) ladies.
(c) Five (5) veteran men.
(d) Four (4) veteran ladies.

OS.2 Fishing localities for each boat may be decided by the skipper of the vessel.

OS.3 In the interest of safety, all boats fishing in Off-shore Events must be over 4.25 metres in length, equipped with two-way marine radio and must be manned by no less than two (2) persons. The method of measuring boats shall be from the bow to the stern in a direct line excluding bow fittings protruding beyond the bow and outboard motors protruding beyond the stern.

OS.4 Live bait may be gathered prior to competition registration time. It shall not be gathered for a competitor's use between registration and lines down.

OS.5 Two (2) rods or lines may be used at any one time with two (2) hooks on each. A flight of hooks shall count as one (1) hook. All equipment must be manually operated.

OS.6 In the event of bad weather, an Off-shore Event may be cancelled or postponed by a majority vote of State Team Captains. The decision to cancel or postpone must be made before the start of nominations. Any such meeting for the purpose of cancellation or postponement may be called by the Field Officer or any State Captain.

BEACH AND/OR ROCK SECTION

B.1 State Beach Teams shall consist of not more than:-

(a) Seven (7) men.
(b) Four (4) ladies.
(c) Four (4) juniors.
(d) Five (5) veteran men.
(e) Four (4) veteran ladies.

B.2 Beach boundaries including those occurring on breakwaters, shall be clearly defined.

B.3 Two (2) rods or lines may be used at any one time with two (2) hooks on each. A flight of hooks shall count as one (1) hook. All equipment must be manually operated.

CASTING SECTION

C.1 State Casting Teams shall consist of not more than:-

(a) Seven (7) men.
(b) Four (4) ladies.
(c) Four (4) juniors.
(d) Five (5) veteran men.
(e) Four (4) veteran ladies.

C.2 The Casting programme shall include:-

Day 1.

Event 1 Up to and including 112 gram (4 oz.) Accuracy Event - Teams and Individuals.

Event 2 56 gram (2 oz.) V. Court Distance Event - Teams.

Event 3 Up to and including 112 gram (4 oz.) Artificial Bait V. Court Distance Event - Teams.

Day 2.

Event 4 Up to and including 112 gram (4 oz.) V. Court Distance Event -Individuals.

Event 5 Up to and including 112 gram (4 oz.) Artificial Bait V. Court Distance Event - Individuals.

C.3 Distance Events two (2), three (3), four (4) and five (5), will be measured to the point where the weight finishes. Measurements shall be taken in a direct line from the base line to the point where the weight finishes.

C.4 (a) The Accuracy target shall be a circle 6.25 metres in radius, comprising twenty five (25) concentric circles, the radius of each being two hundred and fifty (250) millimetres larger than the preceding one. Maximum score of twenty five (25) points within the centre circle reducing by one (1) point for each circle from the centre circle. Measurement shall be taken at the first point of impact. The overall maximum total that could be scored would be two hundred (200) points for the eight casts.

(b) The target for the Accuracy Event shall consist of a cone with a base of 500 mm in diameter with a height of 300 mm. The cone shall be made of tinplate and be a distinctive colour.

C.5 The V. Court for Distance and Artificial Bait Events shall measure twenty (20) metres either side of the centre line, at a point one hundred (100) metres from the base line, measured at right angles to the centre line.

"The mid point of the base line will join the apex of the V. Court and the base line will be at right angles to the centre line of the V. Court. For the Accuracy Event the base line must be square to the target. All casts must be released from behind the base line, and at least part of one foot shall be within two (2) metres of the centre point of the base line."

In the Accuracy Event groups of distances shall be drawn from the following:-

Group 1 2 3 4 5
Metres 61 64 67 70 73
Metres 30 33 36 39 42
Metres 76 79 82 85 88
Metres 46 49 52 55 58

Ladies, Juniors, Veteran Men and Veteran Ladies four (4) distances will be drawn between thirty (30) and sixty one (61) metres.

C.6 Each competitor shall have two (2) casts for each Event nominated, except Event one (1). In Event one (1), two (2) casts will be allowed at each target.

C.7 Any method of casting will be allowed except revolving the rod around the body or head.

C.8 There shall be no restriction on the choice of rods, reels or line.

C.9 (a) In all events the breaking strain of line shall be optional and must be of equal gauge to the weight or leader.

(b) In all events terminal knots shall not exceed 100 mm.

(c) Breaking strain of leaders is optional and leaders will be permitted in:-

Event I. Accuracy

Event 3. Artificial Bait Distance - Teams

Event 5. Artificial Bait Distance - Individuals

(d) For Event one (1) (accuracy), leader length shall not exceed 250 mm.

(e) For Events three (3) and five (5) (artificial bait), leader length shall not exceed 1,000 mm.

(f) Leader length is defined as the distance between the terminal knot and the top of the weight.

(g) Swivels, rings and loops may be used to form part of the leader.

(h) Plastic tubing may be used for 112 gram, 56 gram and artificial bait in level line distance events (the line shall be inserted through the plastic tube prior to tying the knot). The plastic tubing may be used as an alternative to pom poms for double-handed accuracy events. The plastic tubing shall be of a soft, flexible material, of minimum length 200 mm and maximum length 250 mm. The diameter shall be nominally 2.5 mm minimum inside diameter of 4.5 mm maximum inside diameter. Colour to be optional. The Host State shall supply the plastic tubing.

(i) For the accuracy event either plastic tube or porn poms shall be used. Pom poms of a consistent specification shall be supplied by the Host State.

C.10 Artificial bait shall be supplied by the Host State, and shall be made of wooden dowel 90.0mm long and 13.0 mm in diameter. It shall be attached to a swivel, ring or dropper loop by a line of a minimum length of 230.0 mm and must hang completely above the weight. Weights shall be made of lead or lead alloy. The casting weights will be standard at 56 grams, 84 grams and 112 grams.

C.11 (a) Distance Events.

Casters must use the correct State Identification coloured weights for Distance Events. The Host State will provide these, with suitable scales to check weights. "No-cast" will be declared if the competitor fails to use the correct colour or weights and no points will be awarded for the cast. Plastic tubing or tags will not be allowed for identification in lieu of correctly coloured weights.

(b) Accuracy Event.

For the Accuracy Event the caster may use weights of optional colour and design, with optional visual aids "excluding plastic tubing" providing the total mass for weights does not exceed 112 grams.

C.12 Each competitor shall cast within one minute of being called to the casting mark. "No-cast" will be declared if the caster fails to comply with this rule, and no points will be awarded for the cast.

C.13 No competitor shall cast until the "all clear" is given.

C.14 If any caster is distracted or interfered with in any way, the decision to award another cast rests with the officials conducting the event.

C.15 Break-offs shall be counted as a cast, but will not be eligible for measurement, nor will another cast be allowed to substitute the break-off

C.16 Overstepping of the base line, break-offs or a weight or artificial bait landing or blown out of court shall be declared a "No-cast", and will not be eligible for measurement.

C.17 Practice casting will not be permitted on the official courts on the day of competition prior to or during any event.

C.18 Officials shall have the power to inspect equipment at any time before and during competition. Use of gear which does not meet required specifications will cause the competitor to be disqualified from the event.

C.19 Any protests or disputes must go through the State Captain or his representative to the Disputes Committee, which shall resolve the matter before the completion of the event from which the dispute or protest arose.

C.20 All Team Captains shall be responsible for their team's punctuality. Failure to comply could result in disqualification of a team member or members.

C.21 All Team Captains shall make themselves available at a pre-arranged time for the drawing of teams order of casting, and the four (4) Accuracy Event Distances.

C.22 All State Team Casters shall be numbered as follows - Men, one (1) to seven (7); Ladies and Juniors each one (1) to four (4), Veteran Men, one (1) to five (5) and Veteran Ladies, one (1) to four (4). A group of competitors with corresponding numbers from each State Team shall cast in each round according to the order of the draw. No round shall be commenced before the previous round has been completed.

C.23 Team casting shall be completed before individuals, with the exception of Event number one (1) (Accuracy).

C.24 Team members may participate as individuals in Events four (4) and five (5).

C.25 Points scored by individuals shall be based on a percentage of the best aggregate distance cast in Distance Events four (4) and five (5). Points shall also be awarded as a percentage of the best score in the Accuracy Event. Scoring shall be calculated to two (2) decimal points. An individual's total casting score is determined by the addition of the percentage points accrued in Events one (1), four (4) and five (5).

EXAMPLE:-
Best Caster.
Event (1) Accuracy 110 points = 100%= 100 points
Event (4) 140 m, 135 m = 275 metres = 100% = 100 points
Event (5) 120 m, 115 m = 235 metres= 100% = 100 points
Total 300 points.
Average Caster.
Event (1) Accuracy 100 points = 90% = 90.91 pts.
Event (4) 110 m, 125 m = 235 metres = 85% = 85.45 pts.
Event (5) 105 m, 102 m = 207 metres = 88% = 88.09 pts.
Total 264.45 points.

C.26 Teams Events - (Accuracy, 56 gram. Distance and Artificial Bait).

(a) Each category of Men, Ladies, Juniors, Veteran Men and Veteran Ladies shall be scored separately.

(b) In the Distance Events the total distance cast by each scoring team member shall be aggregated and the highest team score shall be one hundred (100) percentage points and all other teams shall receive a percentage thereof.

(c) In the Accuracy Event the score of all scoring team members shall be aggregated and the highest score set to one hundred (100) percentage points and all other teams shall receive a percentage thereof.

(d) Scoring team members are defined as:-
(1) Men top six (6) scores
(2) Ladies top three (3) scores
(3) Juniors top three (3) scores
(4) Veteran Men top four (4) scores
(5) Veteran Ladies top three (3) score
and are determined from points scores at the end of each round.

(e) For each State Team their final percentage points scores for each event shall be aggregated. The team with the highest score (300 possible) shall be the overall winner in the casting event.




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