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 2014 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 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014
Points System Description
Teams competing on behalf of their collegiate fishing clubs will earn points that accumulate in the Cabela's School of the Year race based upon the ACA Points Formula. 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 .
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 the Cabela's School of the Year Race.
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 team with the highest number of points accumulated in the three Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events (Championship, Open, and Big Bass Bash)
2nd Tie-breaker: The team that fished the greatest number of Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events
3rd Tie-breaker: The team with the greatest number of points in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship (May 22-23, 2014)
Bonus Point Opportunities
Event Hosting Bonuses
To learn more about SOY sanctioning for your current student-run event, click here.
The winners of the 2014 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 2014 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.