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Draft General By-Laws 1995, (Competition Rules)



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1.
(a) SOCIAL EVENT.

The Association will hold one Social Event every year, the proceeds being invested to offset the financial expenses of the next Convention to be held in W.A. 4/75

(b) REFUND OF EXPENSES.

Executive Committee members, attending country Club meetings on official Association business will have their travelling and accommodation expenses refunded. 4/76

(c) RECORD CAPTURE FEES.

Application fees for Record Captures shall be $2.00.

(d) PROGRAMME OF EVENTS.

The Executive Committee shall draw up a full programme of events for the ensuing year, and submit same to the Delegates' Council for approval, no later than the May Delegates' Council meeting.

(e) CHANGES TO PROGRAMME OF EVENTS.

Following approval of the programme in accordance with by-law 1 (d) competitions may be cancelled or further Competitions included on the approval of Delegates Council.

(f) NET PROFIT FROM EVENT.

(1) A host affiliated Association shall be entitled to one third 1/3 of any net profit accruing from an event.

(2) For Clubs that organise and host event, involving public participation, on behalf of the Australian Anglers Association (WA Div) Inc (eg Mandurah 500, Swanfish, Fishing Clinics) that profit (revenue less all costs) be proportioned 50% to the Club and 50% to the AAA". 5/91

(g) PUBLIC COMPETITIONS.

Open Public Competitions may be conducted. These Competitions shall have the title of "Tournaments".

(h) ANGLER OF THE YEAR

(1) Angler of the Year will be automatically selected by awarding 100% to the top Competitor of each State Championship Competition and by relating all other Competitors in each Competition to that top Competitor on a percentage basis.

(2) Angler of the Year will be the person who gains the highest aggregate percentage over the four State Championships.

(i) NOTICE OF MOTION.

A time span of 1 (one) year must elapse before a defeated Notice of Motion can be resubmitted with the same basic principles. 3/82

(j) ASSOCIATION STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS.

Association State Championships will be held on the last weekend of the month. Clubs are requested to keep the last weekend of each month free for Association State events. 8/89

(k) SPORTSTAR OF THE YEAR NOMINEE.

1. The Nominee to represent Angling in W.A. Sportstar of the Year awards will be automatically selected by awarding 100% to the top Competitor of each National and State Championship Competition and by relating all other Competitors in each Competition to that top Competitor on a percentage basis.

2. The Nominee to represent Angling at the W.A. Sportstar of the year awards will be the person who gains the highest aggregate percentage over the four (4) State Championships and the four (4) events in a National Championships in each year the latter is conducted.

The above By-Laws do not effect the selection of the Association Angler of the Year. 9/86

(l) STATE TEAMS

(1) A five (5) member INITIAL SELECTION COMMITTEE be nominated by the Association twenty-one (21) months before a National Angling Championships for the purpose of organising State Teams and that any vacancy occurring within the Committee will be filled by such Committee.

The CHAIRMAN of the Committee will be appointed by the Delegates Council meeting and any replacement Chairman will be ratified by the Council.

(2) All Teams and Squads will be selected by the Selection Committee and will be subject to ratification by the Delegates Council. COMPETING TEAMS will be selected forty-eight (48) hours prior to each event and the Selection Committee at that time will include the appropriate Team Captain.

The initial Selection Committee in organising the Team Programme will be bound by the following timetable

TIMETABLE

(3) A GENERAL MEETING of all interested participants will be called and held eighteen (18) months before the forthcoming Championships to discuss all known Carnival and Team arrangements.

(4) Team 'SQUADS' to be named fifteen (15) months prior to a Carnival and meetings/training will be organised by the Selectors.

(5) Team CAPTAINS and VICE-CAPTAINS will be elected by the respective Squads twelve (12) months before the Carnival and the Team Captains will then be responsible for organising their Teams.

(6) FINAL TEAMS will be selected (9) months beforehand and will be ratified and published by the Association at that time. Final Teams will include sufficient members to field a standard team plus four (4) extras for all Men's Teams and two extras for other teams but Team order will not be determined at that time.

(7) General Training will cease three (3) months before Team departure time.

The STATE CAPTAIN will be elected by the Delegates Council twelve months before the Carnival and will be responsible for the overall control of the STATE TEAM and other Western Australians participating in the Carnival.

(8) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

That the arrangements for assisting State Teams as established in 1980/81 be encouraged in that the Association endeavours to provide at no cost to Team members the member's nomination fees, bait and boating hire costs as well as providing free 'pockets' or Carnival name 'tags' and the Farewell and State nights.

(9) TEAM FUNDRAISING

All Teams are to be responsible for raising any money necessary for Team expenses which are in excess of the amount provided by the Association and the Association shall announce the total amount to be provided at least six (6) months before the Carnival commences. 11/87

REGISTRATION DUES:

The value of the annual Registration Dues payable by an Affiliated Association shall be calculated on the "angling" membership of that Affiliated Association, based on -

(a) Two dollars for Senior Angling Members and One dollar for other "Angling" members. 5/87

(b) Membership records of the Affiliated Association for the period from January to June prior to the date on which the fees become due (ie 1st July each year).

(c) Only one Affiliated Association including payment for an "angling" member who holds membership of two or more Affiliated Associations.

All Affiliated Associations shall submit the names of their "angling" members when paying Registration Dues and such names shall be recorded by the Association for the purpose of determining the voting rights of each Affiliated Association.

Only registered "angling" members will be entitled to compete in Association conducted Championships.

An Affiliated Association may register additional "angling" members at any time during the financial year.

"Associate Members" of the Australian Anglers Association are not eligible to fish in State or National AAA Competitions. 7/91

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GENERAL RULES FOR OPERATION OF BOAT, BEACH, ESTUARY AND DRY CASTING SUB-COMMITTEES

1. Each Club represented is entitled to one (1) vote only. However as many persons as wish to, may attend meetings.

2. A "written" set of minutes is to be tabled at the next Delegates Meeting following the Sub-Committee(s) meeting.

3. The Sub-Committee(s) will meet as necessary.

4. Sub-Committee(s) will have the power to set "Rules of the Day", plus any other business pertaining to the operation of that respective section provided that:-

(a) They do not contravene any existing Constitutional Rules.

(b) They do not contravene any existing By-Laws.

NOTE: Proposed changes to By-Laws or the Association Constitution will need to be Moved at Delegates Meetings as normal.

5. A Chairman is to be appointed at each Annual General meeting of the Association for each Sub-Committee.

6. Each Club represented in the respective fishing section is to be advised one (1) month in advance (where practical) of an impending meeting.

This should be done where possible, in writing.

7. Sub-Committee(s) shall decide the required month for the respective event they represent and advise the Delegates Council prior to each Annual General Meeting in August.

NOTE: The Association competition year runs from 1st August in any year to 31st July in the following year.

8. The program for a State event is to be submitted to the appropriate Sub-Committee for APPROVAL prior to printing of any programme booklets or rules of the day sheets.

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AUSTRALIAN ANGLERS' ASSOCIATION (W.A. DIVISION) INC. GENERAL COMPETITION BY-LAWS

(a) All Association Competitions shall be subject to the Competition Rules and Regulations here within and together with any special conditions defined for any particular event, shall be binding on all competitors.

(b) DISPUTES.

Any Affiliated Associations with a matter for dispute or complaint, not covered by these Rules, arising out of an Association Competition shall submit same in writing within fourteen days of the Competition, to the General Secretary, said dispute or complaint will then be adjudicated at the next Delegates' Council Meeting (for disputes arising from within the Rules, refer to Rule 5 (o).

(c) TEAMS.

An affiliated Association shall have only one Team in each section of any State Angling or Dry Casting Championship. The Team will comprise of -

Mens Team six (6) competitors with one (1) reserve

Ladies Team three (3) competitors with one (1) reserve

Veterans Team three (3) competitors with one (1) reserve

Junior Team three (3) competitors with one (1) reserve

All Team members including reserves to validate a Team.

MENS TEAM SCORING: The best of six (6) results only to score seventh (7th) result is not to be included in the score.

LADIES, VETERANS AND JUNIORS SCORING: The best three (3) results only to score, the fourth (4th) result is not to be included in the score. 7/95

Footnote: To be eligible to compete as a Junior, the person shall be UNDER the age of 16 at the commencement of the Association Angling year. To be eligible to compete as a Veteran, the person shall be OVER 55 at the commencement of the Association Angling year. To be eligible to compete as a Mini Junior the person shall be UNDER 12 years of age at the commencement of the Association Angling year. 5/87

NOTE: The Association Angling Year shall commence on the 1st August in any year to 31st July in the following year.

(d) BOUNDARIES.

Competition boundaries, unless considered dangerous, are to be set well before the event. 2/81

(e) FEES.

1. Competition fees are to be set by the Delegates Council. 2/81

2. Fees charged for all Pensioners to be the same as charged for Juniors in all State and Open Competitions as well as Fishing Clinics conducted by the Association or on behalf of the Association. 3/92

(f) TEAMS.

Club Teams in any State event can only be comprised of financial members of that Club. No member of other Clubs may be co-opted to form a Team. 8/95

(g) Competitors may enter different sections for Team and Individual events but may only enter in one Team and one Individual section. Age criteria as per footnote to General Competition By-Law (c). 12/85

(h) CONDITION OF FISH FOR WEIGHING.

(1) Any fish presented for weighing at AAA State Competitions that are rotten, badly deteriorated or generally in an unfit state, shall not be eligible for weighing. (eg. not kept to a standard of eating quality) 8/89

(2) Fish presented in plastic bags for weighing at any AAA Competition, shall not be weighed. N.B. Plastic bags are defined as chain store carry bags, garbage bags etc. Woven polypropylene (fibreglass) bags are not included in this motion. 5/91

ENTRY TO COMPETITIONS.

(a) All nominations to participate in an Association Competition, unless where otherwise specified shall be made by or through Affiliated Associations to the General Secretary or Competition Committee, and said bodies once having nominated will be responsible for all fees and expenses incurred on their behalf, or any member connected with the Competition.

(b) Nominations for all competitive events must be made either in writing to General Secretary or on Nomination forms supplied by the Association for the event. These Nominations must be in the hands of the Association by the time allotted for said Competition.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS FOR COMPETITIONS.

(a) When a Competition is nominated a "Beach Competition", competitors shall only fish from the beach.

DEFINITION OF A BEACH

(b) For the purpose of these Rules a "Beach" shall be a foreshore where there is predominantly sand, rock, reef or Jetty underfoot.

(c) A number of these Rules are not applicable to "Boat Angling Competitions", and in some instances may be varied to suit Boat Angling Competitions. (see Boat Angling Competition Rules).

DISQUALIFICATION

(d) A competitor disqualified in a competition, shall not render his Team liable to disqualification, but his points shall not be included in his Team's aggregate score.

CASTING RULES

(e) National Drycasting Rules will be those used at all State Drycasting events. Some segments of the events may be deleted at the discretion of the Delegates' Council.

DRYCASTING RECORDS

(f) To be a Drycasting record it must be thrown on an Official Association Drycasting Event. 11/79

ESTUARY BOATS

(g) Boats will be included in all Estuary Events. 8/81

ANGLING COMPETITION RULES. PLACING OF GEAR

(a) Competitors are not permitted to place any fishing gear at their selected fishing spots prior to the official registration time. 8/89

COMPETITION WINNER

(b) The winner of the Competition shall be the Angler who receives the highest number of points, decided by one (1) point per fish and four (4) points per kilogram in the Beach and Estuary events and one (1) point per fish and ten (10) points per kilogram for Offshore events. 8/89

TIED POINTS

(c) In the event of any Angler or Competitor scoring an equal number of points, the determining factor shall be the highest average weight per fish.

SHARED WEIGHTS

(d) In the event of a fish being hooked in or through the mouth by more than one Competitor the weight of that fish will be shared.

LANDING ASSISTANCE

(e) All fish weighed-in must be caught by the Competitor weighing-in. Each Angler must hook and land his own fish but may receive assistance in gaffing, gilling or landing which does not entail his assistant handling his rod, reel or line.

BAG LIMITS

(f) 1. In the interest of fish conservation - For all AAA competitions the bag limit shall be one days State bag limit.

(f) 2. Any competitor who presents for weighing more fish than the State bag limits will be disqualified. 1/92

MINIMUM SIZES

(g) No fish must be less than State legal minimum size. Any competitor weighing in undersize fish will be disqualified. 1/92

WEIGHABLE SPECIES

(h) No Rays of any species or Western Buffalo Bream (Kyphosus Cornelu) and Common Buffalo Bream (Kyphosus Sydeyanus) will be accepted for weighing. Most Sharks will be acceptable for weighing. (Sharks excluded are all Wobbegongs, Carpet, Port Jackson, Cat and Leopard Sharks). 8/89

NUMBER OF LINES & HOOKS

(i) A Competitor must not use more than two rods or hand lines at any one time and each rod or hand line must not have more than two (2) hooks. (A flight of hooks to be considered one hook). Additional rods may be carried but Competitors must not have more than two (2) lines in the water at a time. A Competitor may use any gauge line.

BOUNDARIES

(j) Any Competitor fishing outside the boundaries or the time limits shall be disqualified.

WEIGH-IN RECEIPTS

(k) Receipts for all fish weighed will be issued to all Competitors at the time of weighing. Competitors are responsible for checking the correctness of the particulars shown thereon before leaving the scales.

CLEANING OF FISH

(l) Competitors shall not clean fish or leave fish within the area of the Competition Headquarters.

INSPECTION OF FISH

(m) Any Officer of the Association or organising Committee shall have the power to inspect all fishing bags or carrying devices during the Competition and should any Competitor obstruct, hinder or refuse to allow inspection he is liable to disqualification.

DISPUTES

(n) Details of any disputes must be reported to the Field Day Officer within ten (10) minutes of the completion of the weigh-in. The Disputes Committee shall adjudicate on all disputes within these Rules and their decision will be final. There shall be three (3) members of the Disputes Committee, excluding the Field Day Officer.

FIELD DAY OFFICER

(o) The Field Day Officer is in charge of the Competition and is empowered to report any competitor whom he considers has breached the rules to the Disputes Committee or the Delegates Council for disqualification.

DISQUALlFICATION

(p) Any member or competitor breaching the Rules shall be liable to disqualification.

CLEANING FISH

(q) Cleaned fish can be weighed but only weight weighed will receive points and one (1) cm of length will be deducted from the fish.

MINIMUM SIZE

(r) The minimum length of fish other than those listed on the legal lengths charts shall be 20cm for all State Championships. 1/92

JUNIOR AGES

(s) Junior Competitors shall be under the age of 16 at the commencement of the Association Angling Year being the 1st of August in each year. 5/87

MINI JUNIOR AGES

(t) Mini Junior Competitors shall be under the age of 12 years at the commencement of the Association Angling Year being the 1st August in each year. 5/87

(u) A minimum of 4 (four) Mini Juniors will be necessary to assure a Competition. 8/81

VARYING RULES

(v) The Competition Committees shall have the power to vary "competition arrangements" to contribute to the smooth running of the Competition.

COMPETITION DISCLAIMER

(w) All Competitors participating in any Competition organised by the Australian Anglers Association (WA Division) Inc. do so entirely at their own risk and the Australian Anglers Association (WA Division) Inc. and/or the organising Committee will not be held responsible in any way whatsoever for any loss or damage sustained by any Competitor or any other persons to his or their person or effects.

CLUB TEAMS NOMINATION

(x) All Club Teams must be nominated prior to the start of the Competition. 8/89

SPECIES NOMINATION

(y) All competitors are responsible for nominating species for individual species prizes at weigh-ins. 8/89

NO FISHING

(z) There shall be no fishing for eight (8) hours prior to the official start of the Competition within the Competition Boundary area. 8/89

FISHING RULES - DISQUALIFICATION.

MUTILATED FISH

(a) Mutilation, caused by persons, sharks or propellers that remove flesh will disqualify the capture. Any outer portion of a fish being removed (by persons, other fish, propellers etc) will be classified as mutilated fish. (Injuries which are caused by leader or line, gaffing, scratches, old healed scars and regeneration deformities shall not be deemed disqualifying mutilation). 8/88

GILLING & GUTTING

(b) Fish may be gilled and gutted and/or bled. (refer to by-law 5 (q) 8/88

SHOOTING FISH

(c) Shooting or harpooning any fish, including Sharks at any stage will disqualify the capture. 2/89

BERLEYING

(d) Berleying (chumming) with or using as bait, the flesh, blood, skin or guts of any MARINE MAMMAL is prohibited. 2/89

BEACHING OF FISH

(e) Using a boat or any device to beach or drive into shallow water any fish in order to deprive said fish of its normal swimming ability. 2/89

(f) Intentionally foul-hooking a fish. 2/89

FLOTATION DEVICES

(g) The use of any flotation devices excluding balloons, blobs, bobby corks or similar fishing devices which will deliberately hamper the swimming ability of a fish.

CLOSED WATER AREAS

(h) For any Australian Anglers Association (WA Division) Inc or related Club activity, captures must not be taken from artificially enclosed pondages, or breeding areas, enclosed fishfarms or commercial impoundments. 2/89

TROPHIES

(a) A number of Perpetual Trophies shall exist for State Angling and Drycasting Championships, which maybe added to, altered or removed at the discretion of the Delegates Council. These Trophies shall be either cup or shield and listed here within.

(b) 1. Pennants, Banners or Medallions shall be awarded to all open section, team winners and second place getters and may also be awarded to third place on the recommendation of the organising Committee to the Delegates Council.

(b) 2. Cloth sleeve or hat badges may be awarded as in Part (b)1, for pennant or banners etc., to all open section, team winners and second place getters, and may also be awarded to third place on the recommendation of the organising Committee to the Delegates Council.

(c) 1. Prizes may be given with the Perpetual Trophies Pennants, Banners or Medallions for all State Competitive events if same can be organised or obtained by the organising Committee. The Delegates Council has the right to approve on reject any prize arranged by the organising Committee.

(c) 2. The value (excluding donations) of Prizes, Pennants, Banners, Medallion, Badges and any other awards is not to exceed seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750.00) 12/91

(d) Prizes for "Tournaments" (General Public Competitions) will be those arranged by the organising Committee with the approval of the Executive Committee.

(e) Perpetual Trophies must be returned to the Association at least two (2) months before the advertised date of the next State Championship to which the Trophies pertain.

(f) A book is to be kept of Perpetual Trophies awarded at State events.

PERPETUAL TROPHIES .

(a) BEACH

1. State Beach Angling Champion

2. State Beach Ladies Angling Champion

3. State Beach Junior Angling Champion

4. State Beach Mini Junior Angling Champion

5. State Beach Angling Team Champions

6. State Beach Ladies Angling Team Champions

7. State Beach Junior Angling Team Champions

8. State Beach Mini Junior Angling Team Champions

9. State Beach Veterans Angling Champion

10. State Beach Veterans Angling Team Champions

(b) ESTUARY

1. State Estuary Angling Champion

2. State Estuary Ladies Angling Champion

3. State Estuary Junior Angling Champion

4. State Estuary Mini Junior Angling Champion

5. State Estuary Angling Team Champions

6. State Estuary Ladies Angling Team Champions

7. State Estuary Junior Angling Team Champions

8. State Estuary Mini Junior Angling Team Champions

9. State Estuary Veterans Angling Champion

10. State Estuary Veterans Angling Team Champions

(c) BOAT

1. State Boat Angling Champion

2. State Boat Ladies Angling Champion

3. State Boat Angling Team Champions

4. State Boat Ladies Angling Team Champions

5. State Boat Junior Angling Champion

6. State Boat Junior Angling Team Champions

7. State Boat Veterans Angling Champion

8. State Boat Veterans Angling Team Champions

(d) DRYCASTING

1. State Drycasting Champion

2. State Ladies Drycasting Champion

3. State Junior Drycasting Champion

4. State Drycasting Team Champions

5. State Ladies Drycasting Team Champions

6. State Junior Drycasting Team Champions

7. State Veterans Drycasting Champion

8. State Veterans Drycasting Team Champions

BOAT ANGLING COMPETITIONS BY-LAWS

A) COMPETITION SECTIONS

Boat Angling Competitions shall consist of Mens, Ladies, Juniors and Veterans Sections. (Juniors to be over 10 and under 16 years of age at the commencement of the Association Angling year being the 1st August).

B) SAFETY DISC

All Skippers to return their Safety Disc and sign off by the nominated time in the Rules of the Day Sheet.

C) SCORING SYSTEM

In the Boat Angling Competitions all class winners will be determined using the points score of ten (10) points per kilogram or part thereof, and one (1) point per fish. Sharks shall be on the same points system.

D) FISHING RESTRICTIONS

No power winches, set lines, traps or hooks on marker floats to be used by Competitors.

E) SAFETY EQUIPMENT

As per Navigable Waters Regulations Safety Equipment must be carried by all boats and may be subject to inspection by the Safety Officer or his Deputy. Any boat not conforming will be disqualified.

F) RADIOS

All boats must be equipped with a Marine Band Radio.

G) BOAT SIZE

All boats MUST BE 4.2 metres (l4ft) minimum length or over. The method of measurement will be in a straight line from bow to stern and will exclude bow rail fittings and outboard motors. The Safety Officer reserves the right to refuse entry to the Competition of any boat he feels is unseaworthy.

H) COMPETITION CANCELLATION

In the event there is a current OR forecast Strong Wind Warning on the 3.00 am Boat Forecast, the Competition will be automatically cancelled.

In the event that there is no "Strong Wind Warning", current or forecast, but weather conditions are such that the Host Club has doubts as to the safety of Competitors, a Delegate from each competing Club will discuss and vote on the holding or cancellation of the Competition.

In the event that a Competition is cancelled 'after' start time, a time period of 4 hours must have elapsed from start time to constitute a Competition in which bags will be weighed.

I) STARTING TIMES

No boat shall leave the starting area before the given time.

J) BOAT ACCOMMODATION

All competitors to arrange their own boat accommodation. This rule can be waived to suit certain competitions at the discretion of the organising Committee.

K) TROLLING

Trolling is allowable at all State Angling Events, but only with the permission of the Skipper.




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