Revised December 2, 2016 for 2017
Part 1: Name
This organization shall be called TEAM NASHVILLE BASSMASTERS, and shall be operated as an independent club. This
club will be an affiliate of the Tennessee Bass Federation, and will strive to operate within the guidelines set forth by the
TBF in order to maintain its affiliation.

Part 2: Purpose
To improve our skills as fisherman, through fellowship and friendly exchange of fishing techniques and ideas, and extend
our fullest cooperation to our State Conservation Department.

Officers, Elections, & Membership:

President: Preside over all meeting and conduct all official business. It shall be his/her responsibility to appoint and direct
all committee functions, and to supervise all club activities.

Secretary/TBF Correspondent:  It shall be his/her duty to conduct all correspondence for the club and the TBF which
includes being present at all state meetings. (If the secretary is unable to be present at any meeting, one of the other
officers will be the secretary replacement.) The Secretary shall maintain the club’s active roster and will communicate any
changes by email to all members. The Secretary will assist the President with preparing agendas for monthly meetings.

Tournament Director: Supervise all tournaments according to tournament rules, conduct weigh in, oversee blast off, and
weigh in times.

Points Chairman: Maintain an up to date record of the point standing and tournament pairings for emailing or distribution
at each club meeting. Point’s total are based on tournament finishes, meeting points, and participation points and
determines final standings for all year-end awards, fish off finalists, and state team qualifying.

Treasurer: Maintain and report the up to date financial record, at each club meeting. Responsible for purchasing year-
end awards and shall maintain an open log on all member’s dues which includes logging late fees to be paid. No
expenditures shall be made without prior approval by the membership. Any monies over $100.00 for activities
expenditures must be voted by members prior to event and to make the necessary pay outs after each club tournament

Nominations of officers for the upcoming year will be made at each October meeting, with the elections to be held at the
following meeting in November. Elections will be by secret ballot and be determined by a simple majority vote of members

Part 3: Voting Eligibility
Anyone who is a paid member in good standing with the club and has been a member for at least one full year is eligible
for one vote. No proxy vote will be permitted.

Part 4: Terms of Office
Terms of office shall be one year starting January 1, and shall continue until successors assume office.

Part 5: Eligibility for Holding Office
Anyone who has been a member for at least one year and has attended at least three-fourths of all club functions is
eligible to be nominated and run for office.

Part 6: Vacancies of Office
If an office becomes vacant, nomination and elections shall be held at the next regular meeting to fill the remaining term
which is vacant.


Part 1: Number of Members
Membership will be limited to 50 members. After a full membership has been established, the club will begin a waiting list.
If at any time the club has a membership vacancy, such vacancy will be filled from the waiting list in order it was made.
Boat owners will be considered first in order to maintain an adequate number to conduct tournaments. One free
membership will be extended to our local state conservation officer.

Part 2: Smoking Ban
Smoking is not allowed during regular monthly club meetings.

Part 3: Membership Requirements
Any person voted into the club must agree to sign a waiver/agreement of release.  No member may participate in any club
activities until they have signed the waiver agreement. The waiver agreement can be found in Appendix 1 of the By-Laws.”
Appendix 1:  Waiver / Agreement to be completed by all current or future members of the Team Nashville Bassmasters.

Team Nashville Bassmasters
Release & Waiver Agreement
“I assume any and all risks associated with participating in the Team Nashville Bassmasters Bass Club and particular
activities that I agree to undertake, including but not limited to, negligent or reckless acts by other participants and club
members, all such risks being known and appreciated by me.  I also agree to abide by the rules of the club as set forth
the by designated officials and club members.
Knowing these facts, and in consideration for being permitted to participate in the club, I hereby, for myself, my heirs,
executors, successors, assigns, or anyone else who might claim on my behalf, covenant not to sue, and waive release
and discharge Team Nashville Bassmasters and their respective officers and club members, from any and all losses,
costs (without limitation, litigation costs, and attorney fees), claims, damages, suits, actions, demands, liability, and
expenses in connection with loss of life, personal injury and/or property damage of any kind whatsoever, in law or in
equity, arising out of or in the course of my participation in club events.
In consideration of possible taking of pictures or images in connection with the club, the undersigned grants Team
Nashville Bassmasters the irrevocable right to use, record, and distribute without further obligation or payment to the
undersigned or the undersigned’s family, the undersigned’s name, likeness, and/ or statements for any and all purposes
at any time in any and all media now known or later developed including without limitation television, radio, print and print
media, videotape, audiotape, the Internet, on-line services and other telecommunications, wire, and/or computer drive
I, the undersigned, acknowledge that I have read the foregoing release and indemnification, am executing it knowingly,
voluntarily, willingly, and free from any coercion or duress, and am fully aware of its contents and legal effects. I, the
undersigned agree to abide by all of its terms.

Club Member Name (print)____________________________________________
Address        ______________________________________________________
City                ________________ State___________          Zip_______________
Signature        ______________________________________________________

The above violations may be waived by a majority vote of the membership if an attending member’s reasons are deemed

Team Nashville Junior Bassmasters
Team Nashville will be the host sponsoring club for “Team Nashville Junior Bassmasters”

Part 1: Membership Requirement:
The junior club is open to any child of/or sponsoring adult member of Team Nashville Bassmasters Club dues for junior
members are free. State or National dues are whatever is required to compete in the State/National Federation
Tournaments and are set by State /National Federation each year. All dues are due upon joining the TNB Junior club.
Eligible juniors must be at least 9 years old but not older than 15 years of age on or before August 1st.

Part 2: Junior Tournaments:
Team Nashville Junior Bassmasters will actively participate in all Junior Bassmasters with contingent eligibility.
Amending Constitution, Opportunities to Advance, and Season Awards

Part 1: Amending the Bylaws and Constitution:
The bylaws, constitution and tournament rules may be amended at the December meeting by a vote of eligible members.
A 2/3rds vote of members present will be required to pass a change/ amendment to the bylaws and tournament rules.

Part 2: Amending the Tournament Rules
The tournament rules may not be amended after the December meeting.

Part 3: Voting Eligibility
One must have been a member in good standing with the club for at least one full year in order to vote on amendments or
changes to the bylaws or tournament rules.

Opportunities to Advance

Participation in Tennessee State Federation
Members who qualify to represent the club in the state tournament must be active members in good standing during the
year in which they attend the state tournament. The top 6 eligible for the state federation tournament entry fee will be paid
from the club treasury. Each team member will also receive $50.00 for expenses ($300.00/team). This expense allowance
will be reviewed and approved annually and only continued if club finances permit it.

Season Awards

Part 1: State 6 Man Team Awards
1st through 6th place trophies in the points standings (after all drops) will be awarded at the end of the fishing season.
Additionally, these (6) anglers will represent the club at the State Federation tournament held the following year. Ties in
the point standings will be broken by the total weight of yearly catch. When members who qualify for the state tournament
cannot participate, the next member in order of the final standings will qualify as a replacement. This procedure will
continue until a replacement is named. In the event a replacement cannot be named before entry deadlines, the
tournament committee will select a member at random; who they think will best represent the club.

Part 2: Sam Turpin Classic Qualification
The fall Classic has been renamed the Sam Turpin Classic in his remembrance. The tournament committee shall
determine a mystery lake for the Sam Turpin Classic and notify the membership at the October meeting. In order to be
eligible to fish the Classic, one must finish in the top (16) in the final points standings (after drops). Those eligible will be
notified of their eligibility at the October club meeting. After the top (16) have been determined, the top (8) will have
choice being a boater or non-boater. If one of the top (8) chooses to be a non-boater, then the next qualifier has the
option of being a boater and this procedure continues until the field of (8) boaters has been filled. In the event an eligible
qualifier cannot fish the Classic, the next

Prize Money

Part 1: Entry Fees
Entry fee for each tournament is $40.00 or $43.00 (on-line payment) per individual angler. Twenty ($25.00) from each
$40.00 entry fee will be used for tournament pot awards. Five ($5.00) from each tournament fee will be used for season
awards. Five (5.00) will be used for big fish pot. Five ($5.00) will be used for Big Bag of the Day award until amount of
$250.00 is reached. The designated amount of ($5.00) from the (Big Bag of the Day) award will transfer to the Big Fish
Pot increasing the BFP payout to ($10.00) from each tournament entry fee.

Payout Breakdown

Before BIG BAG of the DAY cap is reached:                    After BIG BAG of the DAY cap is reached:

Tournament Pot      $25.00                                                Tournament Pot    $25.00
Big Fish Pot              $5.00                                                 Big Fish Pot          $10.00
Big Bag of the Day   $5.00                                                 Seasonal Awards    $5.00
Seasonal Awards     $5.00

Total                       $40.00                                                Total                      $40.00

Prize money will be split among winning partner equally. Payouts will be based on the number of entries.

Part 2: Tournament Pot Awards
The tournament pot awards of $25.00 are prize money paid out at monthly tournaments.

Part 3: Season Awards
The season award of $5.00 dollars is used for expenses for Sam Turpin Classic.

Part 4: Big Fish Pot
The big bass side pot of $5.00/$10.00 dollars is 100% payback. It will be paid out at the end of every regular season

Part 5: Big Bag of the Day
The pot payback is $5 dollars for every angler that participates in a regular season tournament. The $5 dollars will be
added to the total pot each month during the regular season until a team wins pot. The pot will cap out if it reaches $250
dollars. The $5 dollars will continue to come out once the cap is reached. Afterward, the $5.00 allocation will move to the
Big Fish Pot. The pot cap of $250 dollars will increase annually by $50 dollars at the end of the tournament season. The
purse amount will be on the monthly financial statement for review to members at club monthly meeting.

The Big Bag of the Day will be presented to a winning team of a regular season (1) day tournament event that total weight
is (20) twenty pounds or more.

Part 6: Allocation of Prize Money
Allocation will be awarded base on boat participation. Payout requires you to weigh a legal measured fish.

Payout Allocation:
1 thru 4 boats –           1st place check only
5 thru 8 boats –           2 places
9 thru 14 boats –         3 places

15 or more boats -       4 places

Prize Money:

1 thru 4 boats              100%- 1st place
5 thru 8 boats                60%- 1st place
                       40%- 2nd place

9 thru 14 boats             50%- 1st place
                      30%- 2nd place
                      20%- 3rd place

15 or more boats           40%- 1st place
                       30%- 2nd place
                       20%- 3rd place
                       10%- 4th place

Ties will be handled by adding the money of the places together and dividing it equally between those involved in the tie.
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