The Association of Collegiate Anglers has designed a multifaceted Cabela's School of the Year program designed to both rank and reward collegiate fishing teams throughout the country. The program is built to reward teams that compete with the ACA in the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, as well as select national Carhartt College B.A.S.S and FLW events. The respective championship events for each series will count towards the Cabela's School of the Year program as well. In addition to the three national collegiate fishing trails, the ACA will also award points for select ACA-sanctioned events throughout the season.
An initial listing of the 2015 events eligible for points is maintained on the collegiatebasschampionship.com website, 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.
Program Dates: July 15, 2014 – June 30, 2015
Points System Description
Teams competing on behalf of their collegiate fishing clubs in the Cabela’s Big Bass Bash, Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, BoatUS Championship and other major Cabela’s School of year events will earn points that accumulate in the Cabela's School of the Year race based upon the ACA Points Formula. In those events up to two teams may earn points in each of the recognized tournaments. In the event a college fishing club has more than two teams in a tournament, points will be awarded based on the two highest finishing teams’ final standings.
In order to receive points in a sanctioned event, students must have weight in the final official standings after any penalties or deductions have been assessed. Students with no recorded weight will receive no points.
The Major Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series (The Open, Cabela's Big Bass Bash and BoatUS Championship) events are critical in shaping the final outcome as these nationally televised events are worth double points, meaning that two teams from each school may earn points.
ACA 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
FLW and B.A.S.S. events will also be counted towards Cabela’s School of the Year points. Only the top finishing team from each school will be awarded points based on the ACA Points Formula listed above. Note: Only one 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 Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series (the Cabela’s Open, Cabela’s Big Bass Bash, and the BoatUS National Championship) where a school sends at least two boats.
Other Sanctioned School Run Events:
Competing in school run events will allow schools to earn additional points based on their top finishing team. Only the top finishing team from each school can be awarded points at an 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 finishing team from each school will earn points. A list of sanctioned Cabela’s School of Year events can be found at http://www.collegiatebasschampionship.com/tournament-schedule.html For more information on getting a sanctioned contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonus Point Opportunities
School Run Events
The ACA invites 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. Those that are sanctioned will go by the rules listed below:
Event Hosting Qualifications
Event Hosting Deductions
The winners of the 2015 Cabela's School of the Year program will receive a sponsor prize pack worth thousands of dollars and their own dedicated television highlights. An entire episode of Americana Outdoors, as well as in-show features within the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Television Series, will be devoted to the 2015 program, the ultimate winners, and their climb to the top honor of Cabela's School of the Year.
Second and third place will also receive merchandise courtesy of the Association of Collegiate Anglers’ sponsors, along with recognition within the programming.
If you have questions regarding the Cabela's School of the Year program, please contact the ACA at: College@CarecoTV.com.