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1.  XTREME PRO TEAM: INTERPRETATION & ENFORCEMENT: These rules will remain unchanged during 2016. Interpretation and enforcement of these rules will be left exclusively to the tournament director. Decisions of the tournament director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal. It is each contestant’s responsibility to read all items before entering. Xtreme Bass Series rules will apply in all events unless superseded by federal, state or local laws. Xtreme Bass Series reserves the right to refuse any membership or tournament entry fees or entry forms for any reason. XBS officials and directors decisions will be final in all matters.Each contestant agrees to report any rule violation to the tournament director immediately upon discovery of the violation. Failure to report violations may be cause for disqualification. The violation of a tournament rule may result in, but is not limited to, weight loss, the loss of weight up to a particular time in the tournament day, the loss of weight for the entire day, the loss of the heaviest one-day catch, the loss of the heaviest bass for the day, disqualification from the entire tournament or ineligibility to participate in future Xtreme Fishing tournaments.

2.  MEMBERSHIP: The nonrefundable membership fee is $35 per person per year (Children under 10 years of age are free). Only paid members may participate in Xtreme Bass Series tournaments. Anyone fishing with a non-current membership will be disqualified. No points or credit for tournament will be awarded for non-current members.

3.  ELIGIBILITY AND CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION: Participation is open only to current members of the Xtreme Bass Series. Any person age 17 or under must be a team partner with a parent or a person age 18 or older. Persons under 18 must have the signature of his/her parent or legal guardian on the tournament entry form. Each contestant must have in his/her possession a valid fishing license for waters they fish. Random checks may be conducted at each tournament. Failure to provide proof of a valid fishing license within a reasonable amount of time when requested by the tournament director will result in disqualification for that day and any preceding days in which the license was required for the tournament. Contestants are required to follow all applicable federal, state and local regulations and laws. Any violation of such regulations and laws may result in disqualification from the tournament. Competitors must fish as a team. Fishing a tournament alone is not permitted. For an alternate to fish the Classic, they must have fished at least one tournament with any team during the regular schedule. Any angler that pays $2500.00 or more on any one entry fee more than twice a year is not eligible to fish in the Xtreme Bass Series. Teams must fish in 4 of the 6 events to qualify for the Championship

4.  PARTNER SUBSTITUTION: A team may only have one alternate as needed, but all alternates must pay a membership fee. All points credits shall remain with the team captain for the entire season.

5.  TEAM ENTRY: Registration for the 2016 Xtreme Pro Team season is open to members of the Xtreme Bass Series. Field will be capped at 60 teams per event, not including the championship. No more than 60 teams will compete in any one qualifying event. Teams who plan on competing in all six (6) events have priority entry. Registration begins on January 17th at 12:00:00am. Priority entry teams will have until January 31, 2016 at 11:59:59pm to secure priority entry. All other entries will be accepted beginning February 1st, 2016. Deposits and entries for teams wanting to compete in all 6 events will still be taken after priority entry timeframe. Registration for the 2016 season will close on February 14th, 2016 at 11:59:59pm EST. Deposits must be made prior to this date in order to compete. Registrations/deposits will not be accepted after this date for any tournament. Registration will close earlier in the event that a field of 60 teams submits deposits or pays in full prior to the close of registration for any one event. Entry priority will be final once payment of deposits is received. Entries may be made either by mail or internet. Published payouts for each tournament are based on 60 team entries per event. DEPOSITS ARE NONTRANSFERABLE AND NONREFUNDABLE ONCE ACCEPTED INTO A TOURNAMENT. ENTRY FEES WILL NOT BE TRANSFERRED OR REFUNDED AFTER THE ENTRY/BALANCE DEADLINE. Any entry balances not received by the entry balance deadline will forfeit their deposit.

6.  PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Entry fees are $250.00 per event. Teams must pay a deposit of $100.00 per event to secure tournament entries for the 2016 season. $10.00 of entry goes towards the Big Bass pot. $20.00 goes towards Championship holdover. Remaining 90% of entries to be paid back at each event. Championship entry fee is $250.00 per team. $20.00 goes towards the Big Bass pot.

7.  XTREME PRO TEAM PAYOUT :
1 $4200.00
2 $2000.00
3 $1300.00
4 $1000.00
5 $700.00
6 $600.00
7 $500.00
8 $400.00
9 $380.00
10 $300.00
11 $250.00
12 $250.00
1st BB $400.00
2nd BB $200.00

*Based on a full field of 60 teams

CHAMPIONSHIP PAYOUT
Place Prize
1 $10000.00
2 $3000.00
3 $2000.00
4 $1500.00
5 $1000.00
6 $800.00
7 $700.00
8 $600.00
9 $450.00
10 $350.00
11 $300.00
12 $300.00
Day 1 BB $600.00
Day 2 BB $600.00

*Championship payout based on a full field of 60 teams at each qualifying event and 60 teams at the Championship

8.  INSURANCE: All boats used in Xtreme Bass Series tournaments must have a mandatory minimum of $100,000.00 liability insurance. This is the user/owners responsibility.

9.  SAFETY: Safe boating must be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to wear a fastened U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device anytime the combustion engine is running and in gear from boat check until weigh-in each day of the tournament. All boats must be equipped with an emergency ignition-shutoff device that must be securely attached to the driver’s body whenever the combustion engine is running. All persons must be seated and a driver must be behind the steering wheel in full control of the boat whenever it is on plane. At the discretion of the tournament director, tournament days may be shortened, postponed or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. Competitors may leave their boat and seek shelter in bad weather or when danger is eminent. They must, however, stay within sight of each other.

10.  BOAT AND HORSEPOWER REGULATIONS: Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. All boats must contain a properly aerated live well space to maintain a live limit catch of bass. All boats must have an operating kill switch that must be attached to the operator at all times when the outboard motor is running and in gear. Violation of any of the above rules may be cause for disqualification. If running lights are not working you may be held at take off. XBS officials or directors reserve the right to refuse entry to any boats that does not meet tournament standards. No airboats, canoes, or pontoon boats are permitted.

11.  SPORTSMANSHIP: All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, to XBS, XBS’s sponsors, the sport of fishing and XBS’s efforts to promote the sport. Conduct not complying with these standards includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Violation of, or failure to comply with, any of the rules for the 2016 Xtreme Pro Team.
Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or any kind of mind-altering substance during registration or tournament hours extending through the weigh-in procedure.
Abuse of, or addiction to, mind-altering substances.
Suspension/disqualification, probation or ban from any tournament or fishing organization.
Any other words, conduct or actions reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules, or which fail to comply with the standards set forth in the first sentence of paragraph 11.
In case of any conduct not complying with the standards outlined above, Xtreme Fishing shall have the right to refuse an application to compete, to deny a confirmed application to compete by returning the entry fee (minus deposit), to disqualify a contestant or impose any penalty outlined in interpretation and enforcement.

12.  CELL PHONES AND RADIOS: The use of mobile communication devices, including but not limited to, cell phones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, etc., during tournament hours is strictly prohibited except in an emergency, severe weather, breakdowns or to communicate with lockmasters about locking, to communicate with the tournament director or to communicate with Xtreme Fishing Series officials. If boat installed electronics fail, pros may use cell phone GPS and mapping apps with approval from the tournament director.

13.  PERMITTED FISHING METHODS: Fishing is defined as having a lure attached to a line and a rod and reel with the rod in hand. All bass must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner. All lures must adhere to state regulations. Only artificial lures may be used, with the exception of pork trailers and biodegradable soft baits. State regulations prevail in the use of Alabama rigs and similar umbrella-type rigs. Only ONE fishing rod may be used at a time. You may not fish on or from any structure above the deck. All fishing must be done from boat deck. No wading or trolling is allowed. All fish must be caught from the boat. All traditional rods & reels are allowed including fly rods and flipping poles. Trolling as a method of fishing is strictly prohibited. Trolling is defined as operating the combustion engine/trolling motor to extend a cast or lengthen a retrieve. No rod may be left unattended with line or lure in water. All bass caught while sight-fishing must be hooked inside the mouth.

14.  PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Contestants may fish anywhere on tournament waters available to the public and accessible by boat except areas posted or otherwise designated as “off-limits,” “no boats,” “keep out,” “restricted,” “no trespassing” or “no fishing” (or similar language or markings intended to restrict public access) by Xtreme Fishing, commercial property owners and/or local, state or federal officials, or within 50 yards of a contestant’s boat that was first anchored. An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight or by a Power-Pole, Talon or similar shallow water anchor with the trolling motor in the up position. All fishing must be conducted from the boat. At no time may a contestant leave the boat to land a fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. The cutting of trees, bushes and/or logs after morning boat check and/or the removal of official local, state or federal barricades at any time to make an area more accessible by boat is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification from the tournament. The use of cables, ropes, chains or any type of block and tackle system to maneuver a boat into fishing waters is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification from the tournament. Contestants must leave and return to the check-in by boat. The boat must remain in the tournament waters during the tournament day. No tournament boat may be loaded on a trailer before the weigh-in except with the permission of the tournament director. In the event of equipment failure or emergency the tournament director must be notified as soon as it is safe to do so.

15.  TOURNAMENT HOURS: Safe light until 3:00pm, this may be adjusted by tournament director. Each team will be assigned a boat number at sign-up the morning of each tournament. This will be done by random draw. At check-in, all teams must return their boat chip prior to their designated return time.

16.  CHECKPOINTS AND LATE PENALTY: There will be only one checkpoint for boat check in the morning and one check-in point in the afternoon. Failure to go through boat check and checkout in the morning or failure to check in at the check-in point will result in disqualification. All fishing must cease upon check-in. Any team checking in after his announced check-in time will be disqualified

17.  LIVE FISH AND FISH LIMITS: All contestants must use care in handling and keeping fish alive for release after weigh-in. All fish will be brought to the weigh master in weigh bags with enough water to keep the fish covered until weigh-in. A tournament limit will be (5) fish per team. We will be pulling size permits for all events and there will be no minimum size limit. No culling of dead fish. No culling at ramp or in host marina. No retaining bass in live well and not weighing those fish, this is the same as culling at the ramp. Dead fish penalty will be .50 pounds per dead fish. Teams must not have more than (5) fish in the live well at any time. All teams are required to use weigh bags distributed out by Xtreme Fishing. Teams are not permitted to use their own weigh bags.

18.  SCORING SYSTEM: Each team’s weight will be measured in pounds and hundredths of ounces. The highest weight will be 1st Place and receive 100 Points for the event. Each descending weight will receive (1) point less than the previous weight. All teams that do not weigh fish will receive (5) points less than the last team that weighs fish. If a team is disqualified for any reason they will receive (0) points for that tournament, BUT WILL RECEIVE CREDIT FOR FISHING THE TOURNAMENT.

19.  TIES: In the event of a tie, it will be broken first by total number of fish for the tournament, then by total number of live fish for the tournament, then winnings will be split evenly amongst the teams.

20.  PROTEST AND POLYGRAPH: Xtreme Bass Series members may submit a protest during the tournament morning prior to launch or immediately following the weigh-in of the last team’s catch, but before the start of the awards presentation. Protests shall be in writing and accompanied by a $100.00 deposit. The burden of proof of a rules infraction will be the responsibility of the angler filling the protest. This deposit will be refunded providing the protest be upheld, otherwise, the deposit shall be forfeited to Xtreme Bass Series. Any member may be required to submit to a Polygraph or truth verification test. Failure to submit to either of these tests will result in disqualification from this tournament and will not be eligible to fish in any future Xtreme Bass Series tournaments. Any angler making an accusation against another contestant without submitting a written protest accompanied by a $100.00 deposit may be subject to disqualification from current and future Xtreme Bass Series events.


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