Section 1 - Teen's
In order for a Teen to be eligible to participate in a Teen Sportfishing
Tournament he/she must:
A. Registration fee of $30.00, to include a TSA shirt.
B. Be enrolled in a certified Teen Sportfishing Program.
And be in grades 7th thru 12th
C. Have a minimum of a 2.0 grade average for the current grading period, not accumulative. This requirement will continue throughout all tournaments including the state qualifier and state tournament. If you have an F or I in an academic core class, you will be ineligible to fish regardless of your grade point average. (The Spanish Language is NOT considered a core class).
D. Attendance Policy:
If you miss a meeting you may make up the points you lost by attending another counties meeting, this must be done within 30 days.
You must provide a note from the instructor whose meeting you attended to make up your points.
You may not make any bonus points by attending other county meetings.
If you miss three consecutive meetings that are unexcused, you will no longer be eligible to participate in TSA.
Every teen will have one free meeting pass in which you will still receive points. You may use this for whatever reason. You should try to save it for an emergency, illness, vacation, etc.
You must notify your instructor before a meeting or after the next meeting that you will be out and will be using your free pass. If you do not ask you will not receive points for a missed meeting. You may not wait until the end of the season and then decide to use your pass to make up for a prior meeting.
Grades- Report Cards:
You must choose between the following ways to show proof of your grades.
- Parents give Teen Sportfishing access to the parent portal.
- E-mail grades directly from the parent portal to:
- Original document must be turned in prior to tournament. NO COPIES will be accepted. Only qualifies if your school does not use parent portal, or if you are home schooled. You will have to show proof before fishing.
- Have a minimum of a 2.0 grade average for the current grading period, not accumulative. This requirement will continue throughout all tournaments including the state qualifier and state tournament. If you have an F or I in an academic core class, you will be ineligible to fish regardless of your grade point average.
D. Must have completed the Boater Safety Course, passed the Test and shown proof to your county by October 31st
F. Must provide your own, well fitted life jacket.
G. Meet the minimum classroom attendance requirements set forth by the classroom instructor and attend the class prior to the tournament. Teen's that fall below the 2.0 grade minimum are still eligible to participate in the classroom activities.
H. Sign, along with parents or legal guardians, a Release of Claims/Covenant Not to Sue form (waiver) certified by the Teen Sportfishing Association Program.
I. Sign, along with parents or legal guardians, a by-law acknowledgement form certified by the Teen Sportfishing Association Program.
J. Must have a valid fishing license if applicable according to the state laws.
K. Community Service: Teen must complete two community service event set & defined by Teen Sportfishing Association in order to qualify for state qualifier.
L. No tobacco product of any type
Section 2 - Boaters/Captains
A. Any captain that supplies a vessel for use in the Teen Sportfishing Tournaments must be able to do so according to the requirements set forth by the state laws. We also require a valid state driver’s license to operate the tow vehicle and or vessel. Teens may in certain circumstances be able to operate their own vessels if all state laws are adhered to. The classroom instructor along with the Teen's parents has the authority to limit or allow the use of a Teen's own vessel.
B. All captains must also have a valid fishing license according to the state laws as fish may be on board during a Teen Sportfishing tournament.
C. No guides or captains will be allowed in a Teen Sportfishing tournament that will collect any commission for the services provided. Any Teen caught paying a guide for the service of catching fish will be disqualified and expelled from further participation in the Teen Sportfishing program. Paying for services doesn't include the compensation for expenses.
D. Boat captains that are offering a vessel for use during a Teen Sportfishing tournament must be aware and in compliance with all state and local laws pertaining to the vessel and safety equipment requirements for the said vessel.
E. Boat captains are also required to be aware of all the Teen Sportfishing tournament rules and by-laws pertaining to the tournaments. click here for Captain's guidelines for further Captain's information.
F. All captains may be subjected to a background check in order to maintain the integrity of the program.
G. A teen may captain their own boat if they are 16 years old with a valid driver’s license. There must be an adult (18 years of age or older & graduated from high school) observer on board. Teen is responsible for providing adult observer.
H. Teen Sportfishing Association has the right to disqualify any captain.
I. If a Teen is captaining his own boat and violates and Florida State Statue that Teen is Disqualified.
Disqualification = zero points
Section 3 - Tournament size
The classroom instructor along with the county Board of Directors has the right to limit the tournament size according to the boats and equipment available for use. If there happens to be more Teen's than equipment available, the Teen's who are providing their own vessels have the first priority in participating in the tournaments. A fair and unbiased draw of names will then be used to fill any open vacancies that are available.
County Championship and state tournaments will be run by the State Board of Directors and the Corporate Board of Directors of the Teen Sportfishing Program. They have the sole right to limit the size of the said tournaments according to the Board of Directors votes.
For counties with 16 or more teens active the top 5 teens after the final Points tournament of the season will automatically proceed to the State tournament and Will Not fish the County Championship. (You are required to fish a minimum of 3 tournaments).
Top 50% of the remaining active members (active members will be decided at the last regular scheduled tournament prior to the County Championship) will proceed to the County Championship.
A total of 30% from each county will fish at the State Tournament. If someone can't make the tournament the next in line will move up and fill the spot. This backfilling will only be done for the County Championship. (Any fraction will be rounded up to the next number)
*A total of 30% from each county will fish at the State Tournament if a county has 15 or less participating, only the Angler of the year will proceed to the State Championship. The top 50% of the remaining active members will fish the county championship
Teen or parent must notify TSA within 48 hours of qualifying for state championship for whatever reason they can't fish State Championship. (2 teens per boat). You must weigh in a legal size fish in County Tournament to move to State Championship.