This section is copied from the KBF Tournament Rules. Rule # 5
- BUYING A DIVISIONAL TOURNAMENT AND TOURNAMENT POINTS:
There are a total of 6 Divisions hosting 4 Tournaments per Division for a total of 24 Tournaments.
Methods to qualify for the State Championship, Angler of the Year,
& Divisional Winners are listed below.
Buying of the single Divisional Tournament must be done at least 5 days prior to the tournament date. The Tournament Director for that tournament must have your cash money in his hand to be included in the payouts or your buy in won’t count.
At all 24 Divisional Tournaments 1st and 2nd place in points due to total fish weights in both the Angler and Co-Angler divisions will qualify for the State Championship. If the 1st and 2nd place finishers in both Angler and Co-Angler have already qualified we will move down the list to the next Angler or Co-Angler that hasn’t qualified yet.
Anglers and Co-Anglers who have not qualified at one of the Divisional Tournaments and has fished in a total of 4 Divisional Tournaments derived from any of the 24 Divisional Tournaments available for a total 4, one of which may be Bought will be eligible to fish in the State Championship.
Division 1st Place Winners Angler And Co-Angler: At the end of the year the overall 1st place winners for each Division in both the Angler and Co-Angler categories are determined by fishing any or all 4 tournaments within that Division and finishing with the most points accumulated by fish weights for that Division only. (A Tournament that is bought and not fished will not be eligible for points toward the Divisional 1st Place winners).
Angler and Co-Angler of the Year Tournament: This will be held in conjunction with the State Championship. There will be a total of 16 Anglers and 16 Co-Anglers eligible to fish this tournament. To qualify for this tournament the KBF takes the 1st place finisher in points from each of the 6 divisions in both the Angler and Co-Angler divisions. In addition the top 10 Anglers and Co-Anglers with the overall point totals for the year accumulated from all Divisions will also be eligible. The 10 Anglers and Co-anglers does not include the 1st place divisional Anglers and Co-Anglers winners already eligible. You may fish as many of the 24 Divisional Tournaments available and acquire points from each one that will count towards your total points for the year. (Points from your Top 4 tournaments will be added together to get your best score) (A Tournament that is bought and not fished will not accumulate any points towards the top 16 eligible for Angler or Co-Angler of the year).
Methods to qualify for the TBF National Semi-Final
From the KBF State Tournament
The top 12, using the KBF Boater / Co-Angler formula, will be eligible for what was formally called our State Team for our Sponsor Program. In addition too, and including the top 12, the number of participants throughout the year at all of the Divisional Qualifiers and State Tournament will be totaled together. 10% of that number will be eligible to attend the TBF Semi-Finals. The same Boater / Co-Angler formula will be used to select that number and your angler of the year points will determine your pairing position. We have to send an equal number of Boaters and Co-Anglers so depending on your Angler of the Year points some Boaters may have to go as Co-Anglers just like we have been doing on the State Team. The KBF will pay for the entry fee to the Semi Finals for all participants who qualify using this format. (In 2015 we had 384 total entries. Rounded up we would have sent 40 fisherman to the Semi Final, 20 Boaters and 20 Non-Boaters).
Each Club can send their Top Sticks to the TBF Nationals Semi-Finals
If you are a member of a KBF Club in good standing, said club may send 2 members who haven’t qualified in one of the Primary ways to qualify.
These members must have at least 301 Angler of The Year Points and fish in the State Championship.
One of these will be the Boater and the other the Co-Angler and both must arrive at the TBF Semi Finals together.
These participants will be determined by the clubs administrators, and their names MUST be submitted to the KBF 2 days after the State Championship to be added to the Semi Final tournament roster . . These participants must pay their own entry fee of $100 for Co-Angler and $200 for Boater into the TBF Semi Finals. These members will be eligible to move on to the TBF Nationals just like the other members that qualified the Primary way.
The Semi-Finals and beyond are run by TBF rules.