2017 ALABAMA SPEARFISHING ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT RULES

1.   Diving is open to all waters between the Destin Pass and the west end of Horn Island.
2.   Competition begins at 12:00 a.m. Sept 22, 2017 and ends when the scales close on Oct 7th, 2017.
3.   Bad Weather Rule: Twelve (12) consecutive hours without a SMALL CRAFT WARNING constitute a valid tournament. If bad weather prevails, the
      tournament reschedules at 2 week intervals until it can be held.
4.   All SCUBA diving contestants must be SCUBA certified and possess a Certification Card. Freedivers MUST check the spot indicating FREEDIVER.
5.   All fish must be speared by the diver while submerged and must be brought to the beach or boat by the diver
      who speared it. Fish caught by line or by means other than a spear gun are not eligible. Eligible fish are:
      barracuda, cobia, flounder, grouper, snapper and lion fish.
6.   Only rubber powered and pneumatic spear guns, loaded by contestants muscle power, will be permitted. Gas guns, power heads,
      shark darts, or spears powered by explosive means, or chemicals, will not by permitted.
7.   All fish are subject to autopsy. No frozen fish will be accepted. Any attempt to defraud or cheat in the Rodeo,
      in any way, will automatically disqualify the offender and all his/her fish.
8.   Both male and female contestants will be eligible for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash award, but may win only
      once in each of five (5) cash categories.  All contestants must enter their own fish.  Lion fish will not be a cash fish and will be a 1st Place (ONLY) category.
9.   No ties will be considered. An entry must exceed the weight of the previously entered fish.
      Decisions by the WEIGHMASTER are final!
10.  Winners must be present at the awards ceremony, or notify a Tournament official personally in advance if a representative is to
      accept an award on their behalf.
11. All protests must be submitted in writing prior to the Awards ceremony.
      Tournament officials will rule on these prior to the Awards. Decisions by the Tournament Officials will be final.
      All participants are subject to a polygraph test. The Master Spearfisherman, Champion Spearfisher, all first place finishers, and
      Jackpot winners  maybe required to take a polygraph test. Failure to submit or pass a polygraph test within five (5) business days will subject the participant
       to disqualification in current and future tournaments.  Protester WILL pay for the polygraph test.
12. All fish weighed in remain the property of the contestant.
13. The Master Spearfisher award will be given to the diver that has the highest score. Fish do not have to place to be counted.    
       A Freediver Award will be given (minimum 2 contestants) and if we have 25 Freediver contestants, we will break them out into their own division.
       A Queen Spearfisher Award (minimum 2 contestants).  If we have 25 female contestants, we will break the females out into their own division.
14. A Team award will be given to the team accumulating the most points. Points are awarded as follows:
      1st place = 5 points, 2nd place = 3 points, 3rd place = 1 point. Team points will be counted from the top three (3) places.
      A team must  consist of at least two divers and a maximum of six.
15. SCORING: Ten (10) points per category and ONE (1) point per pound, up to a maximum of FIFTY (50) points per category, excluding Lionfish which will
      be scored as follows: One (1) point per pound, up to a maximum of FIFTY (50) points.
16. A special AWARD will be presented to the top NOVICE competitor. A Novice is a diver certified 2 years or less.
17. Divers must state team affiliation on the registration form.   No changes will be accepted after the safety meeting. 
18. Applications received after the start date will be assessed a $10.00 late registration fee and must wait 5 days from the date of application to weigh a fish.

                                                                                                               2017 Alabama State Spearfishing Champion 

Diver must be registered in an Alabama Spearfishing Association sanctioned tournament.
  Six (6) fish per tournament up to four (4) tournaments.
Fifty (50) points maximum per fish.
Three hundred (300) points maximum allowed per tournament.

Spearfisher that accumulates the most points wins the 2017 Alabama Spearfisher Of The Year award and a cash payment
based on the following; $10.00 per entry, per event, goes to this award. As of this time, there are three events for 2017.
Example: 35 entries X 3 tournaments = 105 X $10.00 would give the winner $1,050.00
The more entries, the bigger prize.

DIVE SAFE !

By your signed registration and subsequent participation, you, on behalf of yourself, your heirs, personal
representatives and assigns, agree to assume
all risks of injury or death arising from your activities in connection
therewith and to hold the Officials of the tournament, their
agents, fully and completely harmless from any and all
claims, demands, actions, damages or otherwise in any way arising from
your participation in the contest.