June 1, 2018 – May 24, 2019
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 System.
ACA Major Events include (*Dates & locations subject to change):
- AFTCO Collegiate Bass Fishing Open – Lake Dardanelle
- Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oaks Elements – Lake TBD
- Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley – Kentucky Lake
- BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s – Pickwick Lake
In those major events, as identified by the ACA, up to two (2) teams per university/college fishing club may earn points in each of the recognized tournaments. In the event a college fishing club has more than two (2) teams in a tournament, points will only be awarded based on the two (2) highest finishing teams’ final standings. The ACA Major Events are critical in shaping the final outcome as these nationally televised events are worth “double” points, meaning that two (2) teams per college fishing club may earn points.
ACA Major Events will be worth 500 points regardless of field size. 1st place will receive 500 points and will decrease by 5 point increments all the way to the last team earning points for their places in the standings. You must weigh in fish in order to receive points.
FLW and B.A.S.S. Series Major Events
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 Points Formula listed below.
All FLW and B.A.S.S events will be worth 400 points regardless of field size. 1st place will receive 400 points and points will decrease by 10 point increments all the way to the last team earning points for their places in the standings. Teams finishing below the last place awarded points will not earn any points.
Note: Only one (1) team will earn points in these events no matter how many teams are entered from each school.
B.A.S.S. State Qualifying Events
Schools will be able to earn points in the state qualifier for the state in which their school is located. Only the one (1) top finishing team from each school will be awarded points based on the Points Formula listed below.
First place will earn 75 points at each event and the standings will decrease in 5 point increments all the way to the last team earning points for their place in the standings. Teams finishing below the cut off for last place will not earn any points.
Results for B.A.S.S. state qualifying events must be provided to the ACA by emailing Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any school participating in a B.A.S.S. state-run event may provide these results to the ACA. If results are not provided to the ACA, they will not be included in the school of the year program.
School-Run Sanctioned Events
Competing in school-run ACA-sanctioned events will allow universities/colleges to earn additional points based on their top finishing team or teams.
Universities/colleges will be allowed to host up to 3 sanctioned events for the year. If the school-run ACA-sanctioned event is an Open/Invitational, the top finishing teams from each school will be awarded points at any Open/Invitational event. When competing in a trail, the university/college hosting the sanctioned event will determine which 3 events will count for points. Only the top finishing team from each school will earn points based on the breakdown below.
All School-Run events that are sanctioned for Cabela’s School of the Year points will be eligible to receive a max of 100 points for 1st place regardless of the field size. Points will decrease in 5 point increments until last boat in the standings that weighed in fish will receive 5 points. All school run events must have at least 5 different schools competing to be sanctioned.
- School-Run Events with 50 or more boats earn 100-point bonus
- School-Run Events with 40 to 49 boats earn 75-point bonus
- School-Run Events with 30-39 boats earn 50-point bonus
- School-Run Events with 20-29 boats earn 40-point bonus
- School-Run Events with 10-19 boats earn 30-point bonus
School-Run Sanctioned Events Criteria
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. ACA will not sanction more than three (3) events from one (1) school per year.
* 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 university/college sanctioned clubs 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 three 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 (3) different schools at each tournament and have a Championship event that has at least five (5) schools. The university/college hosting the sanctioned event will determine which 3 events will count for points.
* Points will be awarded at the end of said tournament(s) or tournament trail upon verifiable results being provided.
* Schools must contact Amanda Gutierrez directly at email@example.com about sanctioning their event.
* Schools must have at least six team members signed up for The Bass Federation Memberships.
* Schools must email a tournament flier with full tournament information (tournament director contact information, location, date, ramps, rules, entry fees, etc.) two weeks prior to start date of tournament to Amanda Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Schools must provide a complete recap within 5 days of each event or results will not be counted towards School of year and the host school will not be allowed to host another event for at least one year.
~ Name, School, Email and Phone Number for each angler competing
~ Complete standings for all teams competing
~ 3-5 photos of top finishers
* Schools must be in good standing with the ACA in order to host a tournament or series.
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.
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.