2018 MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING SELECT EVENTS OFFICIAL RULES
SUMMIT SELECT & CHALLENGE SELECT (UPDATED 05-01-17)
MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING SELECT FORMAT
1. The field size for the MLF SELECT EVENTS will consist of 24 MLF ANGLERS.
2. The competition will be comprised of three (3) rounds, covering six total days.
- Round 1 (ELIMINATION ROUND) will comprise of three days (Days 1, 2, and 3);
- Round 2 (SUDDEN-DEATH ROUND) will cover two days (Days 4 and 5);
- The Round 3 (CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND) will be a one-day event, held on the final day.
3. ROUND 1: ELIMINATION ROUND
- During the Elimination Round, MLF Anglers will be divided into three groups of eight (8) MLF Anglers each: Groups 1, 2 and 3.
- Group 1 will compete on Day 1, Group 2 on Day 2, and Group 3 on Day 3.
- MLF will determine which MLF Anglers compete in each round.
- On Day 1, the four (4) MLF Anglers from Group 1 with the highest weight total of “Scorable Bass” during a full day of competition will advance to the Sudden-Death Round.
- The same criteria will be used during Round 1 with Groups 2 and 3 – four (4) MLF Anglers with the highest weight totals each day will advance to the Sudden-Death Round.
- The total number of MLF Anglers advancing to the Sudden-Death Round will be 12.
4. ROUND 2: SUDDEN-DEATH ROUND
- During the Sudden-Death Round, the 12 MLF Anglers that advanced (from Round 1) will be divided into two groups of six MLF Anglers each: Groups 1 and 2.
- Group 1 will compete on Day 4, Group 2 on Day 5.
- MLF will utilize a “seeding system” based on Elimination Round results to establish the MLF Anglers’ placement in groups 1 or 2. MLF will seed the groups based on the success (or lack of success) of MLF Anglers during the previous round.
- MLF will post a qualifying weight for the two days of Sudden-Death Round competition based on the fishery and existing conditions.
- The qualifying weight will be determined by the MLF Commissioner after he consults with an MLF Angler representative and/or other consultants of his choosing.
- The qualifying weights will be set for each of the two days and will be announced no more than 12 hours prior to the start of that round’s competition.
- The first three MLF Anglers from Sudden-Death Round / Group 1 and the first three MLF Anglers from Sudden-Death Round / Group 2 to reach the qualifying weights set for their days of competition will advance to the Championship Round.
- If either one or three MLF Anglers fail to reach the qualifying weight, the MLF Angler (s) that advance will be determined by the total weight of scorable bass caught during a full day of competition.
- The total number of MLF Anglers advancing to the Championship Round will be six (6).
5. ROUND 3: CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
- The field for the Championship Round will be made up of three (3) MLF Anglers advancing from each: Sudden-Death Group 1 and Sudden-Death Group 2.
- During the Championship Round, the MLF Angler with the highest total weight of scorable bass will be declared the winner.
6. COMPETITION HOURS
- During all days of competition, MLF Anglers will fish 7.5 hours that will be divided into three periods, with 30-minute intervals between the end of a period and the beginning of the following period.
- Prior to the start of the first period, MLF Anglers will convene at the edge of the zone that will be utilized for that day’s competition. MLF Anglers will be released simultaneously (shotgun start) to begin a scouting ride-around prior to the official start time of Period 1. This ride around shall be up to, but not exceed, 30-minutes in duration. Fishing is not allowed during this ride around.
- During period breaks, no MLF Angler will be allowed to fish or try to locate bass.
- MLF Anglers will be required during period breaks to meet at a pre-determined Rendezvous Point.
- MLF Rendezvous Points are to be located at a centralized area of the field of competition.
- At the beginning of the second and third periods, MLF Anglers will take off according to their order in the standings.
- Round One Daily schedule is as follows. Daily times may vary and will be provided:
- 45 Minutes: (Subject to Change) Launch, Interviews and Photos
- 30 Minutes: (Maximum Time) Enter Zone for scouting,
- 2.5 Hours: Fishing Period 1
- 30 Minutes: Intermission and Rendezvous
- 2.5 Hours: Fishing Period 2
- 30 Minutes: Intermission and Rendezvous
- 2.5 Hours: Fishing Period 3
All Daily competition times subject to change based on weather conditions. Round Two will follow the same schedule as the above Round One.
Round Two will, however, include qualifying weight cut lines. If three MLF Anglers reach the qualifying weight, competition will cease for the day.
Round Three will follow the same procedural schedule as the above Round One.
7. MLF SELECT ANGLER CUMULATIVE TWO-YEAR RANKINGS
- MLF Select Anglers will be ranked on a cumulative points system that is set up on two-year cycles.
- Points are awarded for each MLF Select Angler at the end of each event. The highest number of points per MLF Select Angler determines his finish position at the end of each two-year cycle.
- The MLF Select Angler with the highest points total receives the highest ranking (No. 1). The second highest number of points received the second-place ranking (No. 2), the third highest points total is awarded the No. 3 ranking, etc.
- Individual event point totals are based on final event place finish. At the conclusion of each event, the event champion (1st place) will receive 24 points; the angler in 2nd place will receive 23 points; the angler in 3rd place will receive 22 points, and so on down to the 24th ranked angler who will receive 1 point.
- The two MLF Select Anglers finishing in 1st and 2nd positions on the cumulative points ranking at the end of the two-year cycle will advance and become Cup Anglers in the Major League Fishing Cup events.
8. TWO-YEAR RANKINGS TIE-BREAKERS
- Should two (or more) MLF Select Anglers be tied in points at the end of the two-year cycle and that tie is to result in the elimination of MLF Select Angler status, the following tie-breaker rules will be in effect.
- TIE-BREAKER NO. 1: Average Event Finish – The MLF Select Angler with the best (lowest) average finish position for all Major League Fishing Select events fished during the two-year MLF Select cycle is awarded the tie-breaker win. (Details below)
- TIE-BREAKER NO. 2: PERFORMANCE RATING – The MLF Select Angler with the highest PERFORMANCE RATING average during Elimination Rounds of the two-year Major League Fishing cycle is awarded the tie-breaker win. (Details below)
- TIE-BREAKER NO. 3: TOTAL FISH PERCENTAGE – The MLF Select Angler with the highest TOTAL FISH PERCENTAGE average during Elimination Rounds of the two-year Major League Fishing cycle is awarded the tie-breaker win. (Details below)
- TIE-BREAKER NO. 4: TOTAL WEIGHT PERCENTAGE – The MLF Select Angler with the highest TOTAL WEIGHT PERCENTAGE average during Elimination Rounds of the two-year Major League Fishing cycle is awarded the tie-breaker win. (Details below)
- Positions 1 – 6 will be awarded to first through sixth in the Championship Round.
- Positions 7 and 8 are a tie between the fourth-place finishers of each Sudden Death Round. Performance Rating Tie-Breakers (listed below) apply to determine final placement.
- Positions 9 and 10 are a tie between the fifth-place finishers of each Sudden Death Round. Performance Rating Tie-Breakers apply to determine final placement.
- Positions 11 and 12 are a tie between the sixth-place finishers of each Sudden Death Round. Performance Rating Tie-Breakers apply to determine final placement.
- Positions 13–15 are a tie between the fifth-place finishers of each Elimination Round. Performance Rating Tie-Breakers apply to determine final placement.
- Positions 16 – 18 are a tie between the sixth-place finishers of each Elimination Round. Performance Rating Tie-Breakers apply to determine final placement.
- Positions 19 – 21 are a tie between the seventh-place finishers of each Elimination Round. Performance Rating Tie-Breakers apply to determine final placement.
- Positions 22 – 24 are a tie between the eighth-place finishers of each Elimination Round. Performance Rating Tie-Breakers apply to determine final placement.
- To determine the event finish placement, MLF Select Anglers will be ranked at each event on a 1 through 24 finish position. The order is determined in the following manner:
- PERFORMANCE RATING CALCULATION: The MLF Select Angler with the highest Performance Rating of the applicable round fished is awarded the tie-breaker placement. The PERFORMANCE RATING is the average of TOTAL FISH and TOTAL WEIGHT percentages of the round.
Angler A: Scored the most fish and the
most weight. 10 bass – 20 pounds.
Angler B: Scored 6 bass – 10 pounds.
PERCENTAGE: TOTAL WEIGHT PERCENTAGE:
Angler A: 1.000
Angler A: 1.000
Angler B: .600 Angler B: .500
Angler A: 1.000
Angler B: .550
NOTE: In Sudden Death Rounds the TOTAL FISH AND WEIGHT PERCENTAGES use the average of the top three finishers to calculate top finish of each category.
9. TIE-BREAKER RULES FOR MLF EVENTS SINGLE DAY
- If two (or more) MLF Anglers are tied at the end of the Championship Round – meaning they have caught the same on-the-record weight during that round – the following tie-breaking rules will be employed.
- TIE-BREAKER NO. 1: The total accumulative number of scorable bass caught during the Championship Round.
- TIE-BREAKER NO. 2: The largest single bass (highest weight) caught during the Championship Round.
- TIE-BREAKER NO. 3: The 2nd largest single bass caught during the Championship Round and so on.
- If two (or more) MLF Anglers are tied for a finishing position that determines whether that MLF Angler will advance to the next competitive round – meaning they have caught the same on-the-record weight during that round – the following tie-breaking rules will be employed.
- TIE-BREAKER NO. 1: The total accumulative number of scorable bass caught during the round.
- TIE-BREAKER NO. 2: The largest single bass caught during the round.
- TIE-BREAKER NO. 3: The 2nd largest single bass caught during the round and so on.
- If an MLF Angler is disqualified or disqualifies himself during an event, he only receives the points earned leading up to disqualification. The MLF Angler in the next position in the event standings WILL NOT move up to replace him in the event.
COMPETITION RULES AND GENERAL ENFORCEMENT
11. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS
- Participation in MLF Select Events is open only to MLF Anglers as determined and approved by Major League Fishing.
12. LAWS, BOATS, SAFETY AND WEATHER
- MLF Anglers must adhere to all federal, state and local laws. MLF Boat Officials are required to contact the MLF Official In Charge with any questions or concerns about an Angler’s potential action that may violate a law. A MLF Boat Official must immediately report an Angler’s violation of a law to the MLF Official In Charge. Based on the set of circumstances in connection with the violation, the Official in Charge may contact the MLF Commissioner who, at his discretion, will issue an immediate penalty and or disqualification.
- Boats for tournament competition will be supplied by MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING and will be fully equipped with all essentials to meet state water safety requirements.
- The MLF commissioner or his designee 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. We will be monitoring the weather at all times during the competition day and will communicate to your MLF Boat Official via SCORETRACKER© messages, texts and phone.
- In the event that dangerous conditions develop, MLF 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 MLF Boat Official HAS NOT been contacted, you should take cover and immediately contact the MLF Official In Charge. The MLF Official in Charge will suspend the competition until the conditions have improved.
- Competitors are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any violation of the standards may be deemed cause for disqualification. (SEE Sportsmanship and Flagrant Sportsmanship Violations, definition and penalties, Rules 21s and 21t).
- Use of alcohol or drugs (other than drugs purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a licensed physician) by any competitor during MLF Select Events could be cause for automatic disqualification.
- Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters.
- MLF Boat Officials have the responsibility of reporting to the Commissioner a MLF Angler’s sportsmanship violation or a flagrant violation for any act that reflects unfavorably upon efforts to promote fisheries conservation and/or clean waters.
14. MLF COMMISSIONER’S ROLE
- Interpretation and enforcement of rules shall be left exclusively to the MLF Commissioner and/or his assigned designees at the competition.
- In the event of a rule violation, the MLF Commissioner and/or his designees may impose such sanctions as disqualification and/or prohibition from participation in subsequent MLF Select Competitions.
- Subject to appeal, the decision of the MLF Commissioner and/or his designees, or a special rules committee established by the MLF Commissioner shall be final in all matters.
15. MLF ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER’S ROLE
- Supervises the training program for all MLF Boat Officials.
- Develops and manages all MLF Boat Official duties, procedures, communications, etc. and makes additional recommendations to the MLF Commissioner.
- Evaluates and rates the performance of each member of the current MLF Boat Official Staff and reports the findings to the MLF Commissioner.
- Serves as the on-site liaison between the MLF Boat Officials and MLF Anglers as required.
16. MLF LEAD BOAT OFFICIAL’S ROLE
- Independently trains all MLF Boat Officials to meet the standards as set by the MLF.
- Serves in a supervisory capacity in directing other MLF Boat Official Staff.
17. MLF BOAT OFFICIAL’S ROLE
- A fully trained MLF Boat Official will accompany each MLF Angler throughout each day’s competition.
- Each boat will be equipped with a MLF SCORETRACKER© Scoring System Device that will be linked to a central database system. The device will provide MLF Anglers with a Leader Board that shows the status of the event’s points leaders.
- The duties of the MLF Boat Official will be to weigh and record the weight of each scorable catch, update the MLF SCORETRACKER© Scoring System Device, “call the game” and communicate with the base of operation.
- The MLF Boat Official will serve as rules enforcer and the official scorekeeper.
- Specific Penalty Violations will be assessed “on the spot” by the MLF Boat Official and all other violations will be reported to the MLF Commissioner or his representative.
- Rules decisions made by a MLF Boat Official are considered final, unless a MLF Angler chooses to submit a written protest to the MLF Commissioner.
18. THE WEIGHING OF BASS
- All MLF Events shall utilize the MLF term “scorable bass”. A scorable bass is any bass caught that weighs one (1) pound or greater. Any bass caught that weighs less than one (1) pound shall be deemed “un-scorable.”
- Weight is now the sole determining factor for a bass being scorable or un-scorable. Length is no longer a factor in the scorablity of bass caught. This effectively eliminates the need and use of measuring boards in MLF events.
- There is no limit to the number of scorable bass a MLF Angler can catch and record during MLF Event competition.
- Only the MLF Angler will handle bass caught during competition. Once a bass is caught, the bass will be set onto the official scale by the MLF Angler.
- The MLF Boat Official will hold the official scale by the handle only with both hands and position it at eye level. The bass must be held steady, allowing the scale to be clearly read first by the MLF Boat Official in full view of the TV camera.
- Should the bass be less than one (1) pound, the MLF Official shall announce it to be un-scorable. Should the bass be more than one (1) pound, the official will proceed to call the weight.
- The MLF Boat Official will call the weight. If the call is challenged by the MLF Angler, the MLF Boat Official will zero the scale and re-weigh the bass a maximum of two (2) additional times and then the MLF Boat Official will make the final call, “the official weight is”. The bass cannot be dipped into the water between re-weighs.
- After the official weight is announced (or after a bass is deemed un-scorable) the MLF Angler is to remove the bass from the scale, properly release the bass into the water and resume fishing.
- The MLF Boat Official will immediately record the weight in writing onto the MLF “Manual SCORETRACKER© Sheet” and then enter the weight into the official MLF SCORETRACKER© Scoring System Device.
- Should a MLF Angler catch a bass on a bait which is illegal in the waters being fished, the bass caught will be deemed a non-scorable bass. If the MLF Boat Official discovers that an illegal bait is being used, he may warn the MLF Angler that no bass caught with the illegal bait will be scored. The Boat Official may require a MLF Angler’s bait be shown to him in which case the MLF Angler must allow him to inspect the bait for its lawfulness.
19. END-OF-PERIOD SCORING
- The MLF SCORETRACKER© Scoring System Device will serve as the “Official Clock.”
- At the ends of periods, the MLF Angler will be clearly notified by the MLF Boat Official when the period competition is coming to an end and when MLF Angler must stop fishing. The only deviations to the scheduled ends of periods will be if all MLF Anglers receive extra competition time because of an Official Time Out due to a Mechanical Failure, Medical Emergency, Weather, or TV Production Equipment Failure, as called by the MLF Commissioner or Official In Charge.
- Regarding the final cast of any period, any bass hooked on the final cast must be “inside the boat” – visibly inside the gunnel – before the time expires.
- The legality or illegality of a period-end catch will be determined by the MLF Boat Official.
20. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT
- Use of nets and grippers for landing bass is prohibited.
- Only artificial lures can be used.
- All bass must be caught in a conventional sporting manner.
- Any bass caught while “visually fishing” must be hooked inside the mouth and verified by the MLF Boat Official before being unhooked. The weight of a bass caught by the technique of “visual fishing” can only be scored once during that day.
- MLF Anglers will be permitted the use of a lure retriever; however, MLF Anglers must supply their own lure retriever.
21. SPECIFIC MLF COMPETITION RULES / PENALTIES
- LEAVING BOAT TO FISH: MLF Angler may not leave the boat for the purpose of fishing. Leaving the boat to assist in landing a hooked bass, as an act of fishing, will result in a penalty. Although penalized, if a MLF Angler retrieves a scorable bass, the fish will count. Leaving the boat for non-fishing reasons is allowed without a penalty. Furthermore, the Boat Official and camera operator may not leave the boat to help the angler for any reason. The exception for the Boat Official is he may only leave the boat in a situation where the integrity of the game is at risk. The exception for the camera operator may leave the boat for alternate filming angles, but never to help the angler.(Penalty – Official: Leaving Boat to Land fish, 4 Minutes immediate, stop fishing)
- OUT OF BOUNDS: On some bodies of water, MLF Anglers will compete in a pre-determined zone each day. The boat must be positioned inside the zone boundaries. Fishing outside of the boundaries is allowed as long as the boat position remains inside the boundaries. Any boat position outside the zone will result in a penalty.
(Penalty – Official: Boat out of Bounds, 5 Minutes immediate, stop fishing)
- GRAPHING: Graphing between periods in order to locate bass is not allowed. Penalty will be called when the MLF Angler marks a waypoint between periods. (Penalty – Official: Graphing between Periods, 5 Minutes at start of next period)
- GOING NEUTRAL: Round Two MLF Anglers will be required to “go neutral” immediately after they have qualified for the next round of competition. Going neutral means the MLF Angler is required to immediately stop Fishing and return to a designated Rendezvous Point. (Penalty – Official: Failure to “Go Neutral,” 5 Minutes at start of Championship Fishing Period. The ride around time cannot be used for 5 minute penalty time)
- PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE: Each MLF Angler must wear a Coast Guard-approved chest-type life preserver. MLF Angler’s life preserver must be strapped, snapped or zippered securely and maintained in that condition any time the combustion engine is in gear. The MLF Boat Official’s life preserver must be on before the boat is put on plane. Camera Operators are not required to wear the life preserver, but one must be on board for them at all times. (Penalty – Official: Safe-boat conduct Penalty, 3 Minutes immediate, stop fishing)
- KILL SWITCH: The MLF Angler or other appointed driver must have his boat’s kill switch connected any time the combustion engine is in gear. (Penalty – Official: Kill-switch connection, 5 Minutes immediate, stop fishing)
- SPORTSMANSHIP: A Sportsmanship Violation is defined as aggressive or hostile behavior directed at a fellow MLF Angler, MLF Boat Official, a non-competitor or any representative of MLF, including the use of profanity directed at these individuals, will not be tolerated. MLF Boat Officials are required to report violations. (Sportsmanship Violation, Penalty will be determined by the MLF Commissioner)
- FLAGRANT VIOLATION: A flagrant violation for any act that reflects unfavorably upon the positive efforts of MLF, MLF sponsors, spectators, fisheries conservation, and clean waters will not be tolerated. (Flagrant Sportsmanship Violation, Penalty determined by MLF Commissioner)
- MECHANICAL FAULT: If a MLF Angler experiences mechanical failure during MLF competition and the MLF Boat Official determines that the MLF Angler is at fault for the problem, no TIME OUT will be called. (Penalty – Boat Official: Self-inflicted Mechanical Failure, No time out for repair)
- IMPEDANCE: The MLF Angler cannot knowingly put the Boat Official or camera operator in a situation where they are unable to perform their job. This includes being in an area where there is no connectivity with the SCORETRACKER© Scoring System Device for more than 15 consecutive minutes.Once the boat enters an area where the SCORETRACKER© Scoring System Device loses connectivity, the Boat Official will announce “We have lost SCORETRACKER© connectivity. You have 15 minutes before you must return to an area of connectivity.” Once the 15 consecutive minutes has elapsed, the Boat Official will announce “You have reached your 15 minutes of connectivity loss. You must stop fishing and return to an area of connectivity.” At this point the MLF Angler must immediately stop fishing and return the boat to an area of SCORETRACKER© connectivity. Failure to do so will result in a penalty. This includes making another cast after the Boat Official has announced the 15 minutes of lost connectivity has elapsed. Any bass caught between the time after the Boat Official has announced the 15 minutes of lost connectivity has elapsed and before the SCORETRACKER© Scoring System Device has regained connectivity will be deemed un-scorable. (Penalty – Boat Official, Impedance Violation, 15 mins once connectivity is reestablished)
- MECHANICAL FAILURE: If a MLF Angler’s boat experiences mechanical failure during competition and the problem is determined by the MLF Boat Official to be no fault of the MLF Angler, an OFFICIAL TIME OUT will be issued. All competing MLF Anglers will be promptly notified when the OFFICIAL TIME OUT is to begin. MLF Anglers must immediately stop fishing when the OFFICIAL TIME OUT is called. MLF Angler in the process of reeling in a “hooked” bass will be allowed to count the weight of this scorable bass toward his daily weight total. The OFFICIAL TIME OUT will be employed for the duration required to replace the MLF Angler’s boat or appropriate boat part. The MLF Boat Official with the MLF Angler experiencing the boat failure will notify the MLF Official In Charge who will then communicate the beginning and ending times for the OFFICIAL TIME OUT. At the end of the period, MLF Anglers will be allotted extra minutes of fishing, with the total number of minutes equaling the duration of the OFFICIAL TIME OUT. MLF reserves the right to alter the day’s competitive time schedule should a TIME OUT occur.