2017-2018 Season

Program Description

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 2017-2018 events eligible for points is maintained on the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series website (, and can be found here.  As part of the program, the ACA will award points to each competing school, based on a point system.  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.


2017-2018 Program Dates: June 1, 2017 – May 25, 2018


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:

~ Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oaks Elements
~ Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley
~ BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s

In those major events, as identified by the ACA, up to two (2) teams per 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 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 20th place (405 points). 21st place down to last place will decrease by 1 point increments. You must weigh-in fish in order to receive points.


FLW and B.A.S.S. 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 Points Formula listed below.

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.

All FLW and B.A.S.S events will be worth 200 points regardless of field size. 1st place will receive 200 points and points will decrease by 10 point increments all the way to 10th place (110 points). 11th place down to 100th place points will decrease by 1 point increments. 100th place will receive max of 20 points.


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/Invitational, the top finishing team from each school will be awarded points at any Open/Invitational event. When competing in a 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 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 50 points for 1st place regardless of the field size. Points will decrease in 5 point increments up to 6th place (25 points) and from 7th through 25th will decrease by 1-point increments (25th place will receive 6 points).

A list of sanctioned Cabela’s School of Year events can be found at

For more information on getting an event sanctioned by the ACA, please contact


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.

Any school hosting a sanctioned Open event is given a 10-point bonus towards Cabela’s School of the Year.  No school can receive more than 20 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 20-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 (3) different schools at each tournament and have a championship event that has at least five (5) schoolsOnly the championship event will count towards school of year points.

* Points will be awarded at the end of said tournament(s) or tournament trail.


Event Hosting Requirements
* Schools must contact Amanda Gutierrez directly at 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
* 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.



The winners of the 2018 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:  TBD
2nd Place:   TBD
3rd Place:   TBD



If you have questions regarding the Cabela’s School of the Year program, please contact the ACA at:


The ACA Director of Operations has any and all say in final point allocations towards the Cabela’s School of Year Race.