KBL Competition Rules and Regulations

Kayak Fishing League has adopted Kayak Bass Fishing’s standard competition and safety rules as disclosed at https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kbf-rules-standards/

Addendum’s to KBF’s rules specific to competition with KFL are as follows:

Team Organization

Each team must be it’s own organization as is responsible for revenue and it’s expenditures associated with it it’s local and federal tax laws. Any revenue driven by the team specifically must be maintained and managed by the team itself. Each team is responsible for paying and maintaining tax records of its players and/or employees.

Each team must consist of at least 6 players and 2 alternates which 2 transaction moves are allowed per season. Any trades between teams in the KFL must be approved by KFL and submitted in writing prior to any games within 24 hours of the start of any game.

Each team must be responsible for choosing a coach or leader of the team and putting together it’s roster of 4 starting anglers per game. A minimum of three anglers must start the game or otherwise the team forfeits and it’s considered a loss for that day.

Kayak Fishing League Organization 

KFL organization is a nonprofit organization that is the umbrella company that will be responsible for overseeing the rules team scheduling and approving transactions of each team as well as distributing any league income directly related to from sponsorships and or any income derived that is a revenue shared agreement between KFL and its. 

The KFL has the sole right indiscretion of discipline any player and or team that in it’s actions may not be in the best interest of the overall league and cause damage to the league itself. 

The KFL is consisted of a Commissioner, Director of operations, director of marketing, director of Media. Kayak Fishing League’s Mission is to further the sport of kayak fishing using a team format, create fence, interest in other non-endemc and endemic sponsors, to work with communities, and to be a great steward of our resources. 

Our league is consisted of outdoorsman and women that enjoy the sport in our natural conservationist I will do everything we can to help promote the sport as well as a great testimony in our communities to help further the love of kayak fishing.. 

Scoring 

Scoring will be between two teams competed in seven hour increments of which will be scored by fish measuring devices including Ketch and Hawg Trough boards. 

Scores will be the best 10 fish in inches of each team. 

The higher inches of the best 10 wins the game. There is a 14” mininum length to count as a scorable bass. 

Season 

KFL season will consist of six regular games competed between home events and away events of teams that will be given a schedule prior to the season. 

There will be two different conferences including a North conference and a south conference. 

Each conference will have three teams to make the playoffs. Each playoff round will consist of a wildcard weekend, a conference championship weekend, and a final championship weekend.

Waiver and Liability

Waiver and Release of Liability — As a condition of participation in a Competition, and by virtue of registering for the Competition, each Competitor agrees to accept the terms and condition of the Kayak Fishing League Waiver and Release of Liability Agreement (PDF). This Agreement absolves Kayak Fishing League, its officers, staff, and volunteers from responsibility and threat of litigation in the case of injury, loss, or death sustained by a Competitor in the Event. Registrants under the age of 18 are not allowed to compete in KFL.

Player Conduct

Players participating in any KFL sanctioned event must observe the applicable rules for the Competition and must conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects favorably on the sport of kayak bass fishing, KFL, its members, officers or representatives, tournaments or sponsors. Competitors are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, integrity, safety and conservation in support of the sport of kayak bass fishing, especially when in the vicinity of non-Competitors who may be on or beside Eligible Water. Any Competitor who violates these principles, intentionally violates KFL Competition Rules or regulations (attempts to commit fraud) or behaves in ways the reflect unfavorably up KFL efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters and courtesy, may forfeit tournament winnings, face suspension from future KFL sanctioned events, be permanently banned from competition, or any combination thereof deemed appropriate by KFL.

Disputes and Appeals

A. If a Competitor wishes to dispute a rules violation penalty, a judge’s scoring decision, a KFL’s competition staff’s decision or other action that materially affected the teams scoring or record the team must submit a dispute within 24 hour (one full day) to the league office following completion of Event judging. The dispute must include the following:

  1. Event title, location, and date
  2. Description or identification of penalty imposed, or condition being disputed
  3. Reference to pertinent ruleiv. Reason for dispute and requested actionExcept for situations involving fraud or other law violation, any disputes submitted after the 24-hour dispute deadline will be reviewed without affecting the outcome of an event. No change in rank or reward will result from disputes submitted after the deadline. Only Competitors in the Event where the disputed action occurred may submit disputes. Disputes must be handled privately. All parties directly involved will be provided a copy of the dispute.

B. The Competitor who filed the dispute may appeal the dispute results. Appeals of dispute results must be presented to the KFL Chief Operations Officer (for Tournament Director’s dispute rulings) or President (for COO’s dispute rulings). The KFL executive handling the appeal will impanel an appeals committee comprised of one KFL staff member not involved directly in directing or judging the Event and two KFL Members who were not Competitors in the Event. 

Public Comments

A. The favorable public reputation of KFL as a sanctioning organization in the sport of kayak bass fishing, the integrity of its officials, and the reputation of its media channels are valuable assets and tangible benefits for KFL. Accordingly, it is an obligation of Competitors to refrain from comments in public forums and social media or to the news media that unreasonably attack or disparage the integrity of Kayak Fishing League games, game officials, sponsors, fellow members, fellow Competitors or the KFL organization. Competitors are encouraged to express themselves and have the right to question the rules officials. Responsible expressions of legitimate disagreement with KFL policies are encouraged, as opposed to attacks upon the integrity of the rules or officials. However, public comments that a Competitor knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of Kayak Fishing League , KFL officials, KFL members or sponsors, may result in disciplinary action.

B. Sponsor contributions will not be devalued by disputes or disagreements in public forums or social media platforms.

C. Publicly disputing a judge’s ruling or any dispute or appeal decision by a KFL Game Officials, or KFL Executive will result in participant receiving a warning for a first offense. A repeat of the offense will result in disciplinary action up to suspension from the current game and permanent termination of eligibility for future KFL Games, This provision is not intended to discourage legitimate disputes but to ensure that a fair and unbiased approach is used, and the approved challenge and appeals processes are followed in determining the best possible outcome.

Compliance with Laws

Each team and player agrees This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Virginia, headquartered state of KFL. All rights and obligations of the KFL and the teams and players under this Agreement are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. These terms and conditions shall be deemed revised to conform to applicable statutes, rules and regulations. KFL may modify the terms and conditions stated herein at any time in its sole and absolute discretion. Competitor shall be bound by the modified Agreement and agree that no other modifications shall be enforceable. This Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties and supersedes all prior agreements between the parties, whether written or oral. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision hereof shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. The waiver of any breach shall not constitute a waiver of any subsequent breach.

Taxes

Teams and players are responsible for all applicable taxes on both cash and merchandise awards. Failure to meet those obligations may result in disqualification from all future KFL games. All prize recipients whose cumulative total for the year adds up to $600 or more must fill out and submit a substitute IRS Form W-9 including name, address, social security number, signature and date. Teams will be responsible for keeping these records. Each team will receive a 1099 from Kayak Fishing League and is responsible for their own filings. These are used to prepare IRS 1099 forms for distribution in January. 

Weather

The KFL commissioner or KFL team captains has the right to delay, shorten or cancel the start of an event because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the safety of the competitors. Competition waters may also be restricted at any time because of bad weather. Teams will be monitoring the weather at all times during the competition day and will communicate to your teamates and competitors.

In theevent that dangerous conditions develop, KFL will suspend the competition for all participants and instruct you to immediately take cover. If at any time you feel you are in danger, and your competitors HAS NOT been contacted, you should take cover and immediately contact players on the water. The KFL Commissioner or team captains will suspend the competition until the conditions have improved.

Official game is considered official if 31/2 hrs of fishing time has taken place. If the game is unable to finish after 31/2 hrs complete that score at the stopped time will be official.

Cancellations of games will be made up at a negotiated later date that may include a time and place that is agreed upon by both competing teams.

Grant of Rights

In connection with the promotion of Kayak Fishing League and any games or other events staged by KFL During games I agree to promptly and fully comply with all filming, camera location and other rules, guidelines and instructions of KFL.

I hereby warrant that I have the right to make this release and that my granting this release and the rights conveyed thereby will not infringe the rights of any third party. I represent and warrant that I have or shall obtain any rights and permissions from all third parties sponsoring or affiliated with me needed by KFL. (the “Third Party Rights”) to effectuate the grant of rights set forth. These Third Party Rights from sponsors and affiliates shall grant KFL. the right to utilize such third party logos, insignia, trade dress or other intellectual property (collectively “Third Party IP”) shown in any Materials featuring me, or otherwise in connection with KFL use of my Identity as set forth above. Provided that such Third Party IP is only

I hereby irrevocably grant permission to Kayak Fishing League and its affiliates and subsidiaries, the successors of each of the foregoing, and each of their respective agents, licensees, and assigns and those acting under their permission or upon their authority (collectively, the “Licensees”), in perpetuity, a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully paid up license to reproduce, display, exhibit, publish, broadcast, distribute, and otherwise use, and permit others to use, my name, image, nickname, initials, symbols, likeness, signature, photograph, voice, statements, biographical material, and any and all attributes of my personality and appearance (collectively, my “Identity”) in materials created in connection with my participation in the KFL games (collectively, the “Materials”), alone or with other materials, in any and all manner and media now known or hereafter devised, including without limitation, in print, on television programs, websites owned by or affiliated with the Licensees, on third-party websites, in social media channels, in public relations materials and for any lawful purpose in its sole discretion, shown in conjunction with my Identity, (for example, on apparel worn by me or on items used by me), KFL shall not be required to seek approvals from such Third Parties.

I acknowledge that the Licensees have no obligation to use the Materials or my Identity. I hereby waive any right that I may have to inspect or approve any finished product or the use to which it is applied and I agree no further approval is required for the Licensees to use any Materials or my Identity and that the Licensees will not be liable to me for any distortion or illusionary effect resulting from the exhibition, publication or broadcast of the Materials or my Identity. I acknowledge and agree that no further payment or consideration will be due to me for KFL’s use of the Materials or my Identity as authorized herein.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

If Angler elects to participate in other KFL sanctioned tournaments, Angler will be required to notify KFL and adhere to containing the applicable rules and regulations, code of conduct and tournament series specific content and uniform guidelines. Angler agrees to participate in programs recommended or developed by KFL that promote the growth of the sport and to fully support programs intended to raise awareness of my individual angler brand and identity.

Content Usage Guidelines

KFL holds the content rights to the tournaments it owns and operates. However, KFL grants certain exceptions, including the following content rights, to tournament participants:

Anglers may use video or still images, shot by the angler during a tournament, for promotional or marketing purposes on the Angler’s website and in social media. You may also live stream during a game, except when KFL has a camera in or around your kayak. During games KFL may ask to mount a POV streaming camera in a competitor’s kayak (the footage may be used in KFL.’s web coverage). KFL may also request a teammate operate these, or other (POV, smartphone or other) cameras. A competitor is required to comply, even if he already has a personal camera mounted in his boat. Refusing to comply may result in a suspension.

If a competitor has a personal camera person or crew following him on the water, that person or team must not get in the way of KFL photographers or videographers who are covering the tournament. Off the water, they must follow the general guidelines of any media covering the tournament as set forth by KFL Communications.

KFL also encourages anglers to send photos, videos and updates to gnosar1507@gmail.com for exposure on KFLFishing.com and our social media pages.

In social media, you may use our hashtag #KFLFishing to amplify and spread your post to our social media presence.

KFL reserves the right to revoke these exceptions, and the angler must remove the tournament-related content, if KFL in its discretion believes the content is inappropriate or in any way violates other KFL rules.

KFL wants to help promote both your brand and the sport of professional bass fishing through its multimedia assets. If there are stories written about you or by you appearing on KFLfishing.com, KFL grants permission to link to these stories, and any others on our website, from your website or social media pages. You may also grab photos from Bassmaster.com to promote yourself. Please do credit KFLFishing.com.

The participation agreement containing the rules and regulations will be mailed to you. In order to compete, it must be completed and may be returned to KFL 71 Boundary Dr Stafford Va 22556 Attn: Greg Nosar or be completed and signed at registration the day before competition