The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) manages the multifaceted Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia program to both rank and reward collegiate bass fishing teams throughout the country.
The program has been built to reward and recognize teams that compete on the water in numerous national level trails such as the Association of Collegiate Anglers’ Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series™, as well as select national College B.A.S.S and FLW events in order to truly crown a school of year champion based on performance.
In addition to the three national collegiate fishing trails, the ACA will also award points for select ACA-School sanctioned events throughout the season.
An initial listing of the 2016-2017 events eligible for points is maintained on the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series website (www.collegiatebasschampionship.com), and can be found here. As part of the program, the ACA will award points to each competing school, based on their finish in the event in relation to field size. In addition to competition points, teams can also earn points for hosting their own events. Additional events and dates will be added as the college fishing schedule evolves annually.
2016-2017 Program Dates: July 1, 2016 - June 4, 2017
Points System Description
Teams competing on behalf of their collegiate fishing clubs in any major ACA events will earn points that accumulate in the Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia race based upon the ACA Points Formula.
ACA Major Events include:
~ Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley
~ Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Open
~ Texas Collegiate Challenge presented by Abu Garcia, and
~ BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s
ACA Major Events Points Formula = (The number of teams in the event) – (Team’s final standings position) + 1
Example: State University fishes the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship with a total of 200 teams. They finish the event in fourth place; therefore, the score is as follows:
200 – 4 + 1 = 197 points awarded to the team for the Cabela's School of the Year Race
State University has a second team that fishes the same event and that team finishes 22; therefore, the score is as follows:
200 – 22 +1 =179 points awarded to the team for the Cabela's School of the Year Race
State University earned: 197 + 179 points, for a total of 376 points for this event towards the Cabela's School of the Year Race.
FLW and B.A.S.S. Championship Series
All FLW and B.A.S.S. college events will also be counted towards Cabela’s School of the Year points. Only the one (1) top finishing team from each school will be awarded points based on the ACA Points Formula listed above.
Note: Only one (1) team will earn points in these events no matter how many teams are entered from each school. The only opportunities to earn “double” points are those events that fall under the ACA Major Events as identified above.
School-Run Sanctioned Events
Competing in school-run ACA-sanctioned events will allow schools to earn additional points based on their top finishing team or teams.
If the school-run ACA-sanctioned event is an Open, the top finishing team from each school will be awarded points at any open or championship event. When competing in an invitational trail, only the championship event will be counted for Cabela’s School of the Year points, and only the top two finishing team from each school will earn points based on the breakdown below.
A list of sanctioned Cabela’s School of Year events can be found at http://www.collegiatebasschampionship.com/SOY-qualifying-events.html.
For more information on getting an event sanctioned by the ACA, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
School-Hosted Sanctioned Events
The ACA encourages schools to create and run their own tournament or tournament trail; however, it is up to the ACA to decide whether or not to sanction the event(s) to go towards Cabela’s School of the Year race.
Any school hosting a sanctioned Open event is given a 5-point bonus towards Cabela’s School of the Year. No school can receive more than 10 bonus points per year as the ACA will not sanction more than two (2) Open events from one (1) school per year.
Any school hosting a trail of up to 4 events (at least 3 qualifying and 1 championship) or more to include a championship will be given a 10-point bonus providing all other requirements are met. Those rules and requirements for sanctioned opens and trails are listed below:
* All schools that host an ACA sanctioned event MUST have at least six members of their team signed up for TBF (The Bass Federation) Memberships. This helps to ensure proper insurance coverage and other benefits. This will also get those 6 members their FLW Memberships.
* In order for a single open style event to be considered to earn points towards the Cabela’s School of Year standings: it must be an event open to all schools nationwide, have at least 5 schools compete and not allow any non-college anglers to compete in it. No school will be allowed to host more than two events during any year. See below for point’s breakdown.
* In order for a trail to be considered for Cabela’s School of Year Standings it must meet at a minimum of the following considerations: have four or more tournaments (at least 3 qualifying events plus a championship), must include more than three different schools at each tournament and have a championship event that has at least five schools. Only the championship event will count towards school of year points.
* Points will be awarded at the end of said tournament(s) or tournament trail.
Ties in qualifying events will be resolved according to league rules prior to assigning point values.
Ties in the Cabela's School of the Year Program will be broken at the conclusion of the season in the following manner:
1st Tie-breaker: The school with the highest number of points accumulated in the four Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events (Big Bass Bash, Open, Texas College Challenge, and Championship)
2nd Tie-breaker: The school that fished the greatest number of Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events
3rd Tie-breaker: The school with the greatest number of points in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship.
The winners of the 2017 Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia program will receive a sponsor prize pack (additional prizes will be added as the year goes on).
1st Place: $5,000 in Cabela’s Gift Cards, $5,000 in Abu Garcia Merchandise and $1200.00 in credit towards team jerseys for 2018 featuring special recognition as school of year from 2017. In addition extensive dedicated television/media coverage recognizing them as the Cabela’s School of year winner. Additional prizes and considerations will be announced at a later date.
2nd Place: $3,000 in Abu Garcia Merchandise, $1000.00 in Mustang PFDs. Along with recognition within media and television platforms for finish in top two in nation.
3rd Place: $2,000 in Abu Garcia Merchandise, $1000.00 in Cabela’s gift cards as well as additional merchandise from the Association of Collegiate Anglers’ sponsors, along with recognition within media and television platforms.
If you have questions regarding the Cabela's School of the Year program, please contact the ACA at: College@CarecoTV.com.
The ACA Director of Operations has any and all say in final point allocations towards the Cabela’s School of Year Race.