Rules and Regulations

Participation:
 
1. All State-wide Tournament Anglers Rodeo (“STAR”) entrants participate at their own risk.  Only members in good standing of Coastal Conservation Association, its youth organization, New Tide, who are registered for the 2024 State-wide Tournament Anglers Rodeo, are eligible to participate. To be eligible to win prizes in STAR, All participants must be a current CCA member and registered for the STAR competition before they hook and land any fish entered in the competition. All adult participants (18 years of age and older, as of May 26, 2024) must pay a STAR registration fee of $40 in addition to any CCA membership dues. A New Tide member must be at least 6 years old the day before making an entry in the tournament and must be no more than seventeen (17) years old as of May 25, 2024 in order to be eligible to win in the STAR Scholarship Youth Division.  New Tide members are not required to pay an entry fee for STAR but are required to be current on any CCA New Tide dues.  New Tide Members must also be registered for the current year STAR.  Winners of any STAR Tagged Redfish prizes, and the winner of the STAR Tagged Dolphin prize may participate in STAR the following year, but only in the Trash Divisions.  Members of their immediate families may participate in all STAR divisions the following year.  Winners of any STAR Tagged Redfish, the winner of the STAR Tagged Dolphin, and winners of any first prizes in the Open Division in two out of three consecutive years, may participate in STAR the following three years, but only in the Conservation and Trash Divisions.  Members of their immediate family may participate in all STAR divisions the following year.  For the purposes of STAR, immediate family is defined as father, mother, spouse, children under 18, or relative or domestic partner living in the same household.

 2. The entire responsibility for valid member status and correctness of any official entry form rests solely on the entrant.  The STAR Committee reserves the right to change dates and times of the tournament.  All decisions of the STAR Committee are final and not subject to challenge.

3. Participants must comply with State of Florida Rules and Regulations and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) saltwater fishing regulations.  All FWC rules and regulations governing the recreational harvest of fish must be followed unless otherwise modified in these rules.  If a STAR registrant is required to be a recreational saltwater license holder, their license must be current to be eligible for any STAR tournament prizes, and their license must be effective no later than the time of entry into the tournament.  All participants agree to be bound by the terms of these STAR Rules, and the Release and Indemnity Agreement.

4.  Persons who currently, or at any time during the (3) years ending on May 25, 2024, are or were licensed commercial fisherman, commercial fin-fisherman, bay shrimpers, bait shrimpers, gulf shrimpers, or bait shrimp dealers, as those terms are defined by The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rule 68B - 2.001, or those persons who have held licenses issued pursuant to those chapters or pursuant to any federal law as of May 25, 2024, are only eligible to participate in the Trash Division of the STAR Competition.

5. Salaried employees of the Coastal Conservation Association, and their immediate family (as defined in Rule 1) are ineligible to participate in the STAR competition.  CCA Florida Officers, members of the STAR Committee, STAR sponsor owners or principals may not participate in the STAR competition.  Members of their immediate families (as defined in Rule 1), may participate in the STAR competition but are not eligible to win prizes in the STAR Tagged Redfish Division, STAR Tagged Dolphin Division or the Super STAR Tagged Redfish prize.  Any individual who participated or has intimate knowledge of the tagging and/or releasing of 2024 STAR Tagged Redfish, or knowledge of the tagging and/or releasing of 2024 STAR Tagged Dolphin, and their immediate families are not eligible to win prizes in STAR Tagged Redfish or Dolphin Division or Super STAR Tagged Redfish.

6.  Any person who has at any time committed an act which would be considered fraudulent during any fishing tournament/competition or has been banned or disqualified from participating in a tournament/competition is not eligible to fish in STAR.  Any person who fails to pass the required STAR polygraph examination will be banned and disqualified from the remainder of the competition and any future STAR competitions.

Competition Dates and Times:

7. The Competition will begin at the posted sunrise on Saturday, May 25, 2024, and end at posted sunset on Monday, September 2, 2024.

Fishing Methods:

8. Fish entered into STAR competition must be entered by participants who are a current CCA member and registered for the STAR competition BEFORE they hook and land any fish. All fish entered into competition for prizes must have been hooked and landed by the contestant on rod, reel, hook, and line. Fish caught on artificial, live baits, or dead natural baits are eligible.  There are no line test restrictions in the tournament.  Casting the bait on behalf of a registered angler is permitted, as is the netting of a fish by another person when landing a fish.  When fishing from a boat, trolling, drifting, and anchoring are permitted.  Fishing is also permitted from docks, piers, seawalls, tributaries, shorelines, and bridges, as is wade fishing.  While trolling, drifting or still fishing, a rod secured in a rod holder may hook a fish; however, the angler who initially touches or removes the rod from the rod holder must thereafter continuously fight and land the fish without assistance from any other person.  Assistance from any other person is limited to casting a line to position a bait, leadering the fish, and/or netting the fish caught by the participating angler.

Competition Boundaries:

9. STAR boundaries are the territorial waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and Florida Bay for the State of Florida and U.S. federal waters, from the boundary waters of the Florida/Alabama border extending seaward, eastward and then southward along the Florida gulf coast, to the waters of the Florida Keys, and then northward to the common boundary waters of the Florida/Georgia border extending seaward in the South Atlantic.  All of the waters of Everglades National Park, as defined by the National Park Service, are included in the competition boundaries, as are all west and east coast bodies of water, including bays, harbors and tributaries.  Fish taken outside of competition boundaries, from private impoundments or other waters not legally accessible to the general public, will not be eligible for entry.  Anglers are prohibited from fishing in Bahamian, Cuban, or other non-U.S. waters.

Measuring Methods and Fish Entry:

10. All entries must be electronically submitted using the required competition protocols, either by a direct upload using STAR’s official smart phone application or by using the tournament’s website, within 24 hours of each catch.  Each entry must include a digital photograph of the fish on or with the 2024 STAR Official measuring device. The entire fish must be clearly seen with its nose on the zero line, providing visibility of total length, except for Tarpon, Bonefish and fish being submitted in the Conservation Division.  Tarpon and Bonefish must be digitally photographed with the 2024 Official STAR measuring device in full view with the fish still in the water, Regardless of size. It is not necessary for the device to be opened next to the fish, and it is not necessary to measure the full length of the fish.  Anglers are allowed to grab Tarpon by the lip for the photograph with their hand only.  If any type of lip-attachment device is used to hold the Tarpon, the entry will be disqualified.  Tarpon entries will also be disqualified if an angler reaches through the fish’s gills at any time, or brings the Tarpon over the gunwale of the boat.  Each Tarpon entry must also demonstrate the fish was legitimately caught.  Leader releases of Tarpon are encouraged, provided all other aspects of the rules are strictly followed. The STAR competition strongly suggests all anglers land Tarpon and Bonefish as quickly as possible and STAR rules require Tarpon and Bonefish resuscitation before release.  Photographic entries of a Tarpon jumping away from the boat will be disqualified.

For the Trash Division, there must be at least a full five-gallon bucket of trash with the 2024 STAR Official measuring device in the photo and there may be more than one submission per day in the Trash Division.  Electronic submission of all competition entries must also include the competition division, species, length, time, date and name of angler.  Each entry can be submitted in only one competition division.  Failure to properly complete an electronic entry will result in entry disqualification.  All fish entered shall be photographed and entered only once. Only one fish per participant, per kayak & youth scholarship division, per day may be entered in the competition.  The Inshore and Offshore Division will allow a maximum of Three (3) entries of the eligible division species to be made each day of the competition. The Conservation and Trash Divisions allow for unlimited entries per day. Winning entries must be verified by a STAR employee, CCA Florida employee, and/or a member of the STAR committee.  Participants may be required to provide additional information if requested by the STAR Director or committee (including, but not limited to, additional images from the same camera that was used for competition photos).  CCA Florida, the STAR Director, and the STAR committee reserve the right to reject any entry.  Any intentional falsification of information provided by the registered participant will lead to immediate disqualification of the entry, and the angler will be disqualified for the remainder of the 2024 competition and all future STAR competitions.  Failure to comply with these rules will result in the forfeiture of any and all prizes.  All committee decisions will be final.  Additionally, violators of competition rules may be subject to prosecution under local, state, and federal laws.

All winning fish for all competition prizes (except 2024 STAR Tagged Redfish, the STAR Tagged Dolphin, and the Super STAR tagged redfish) shall be determined by a random drawing.  The random drawings in each division will be made from all verified entries made during STAR.  All competition participants must use the 2024 STAR Official measuring device when submitting any entry.

Information from competition entries will be processed by the STAR Director.  Participant will receive an automated email reply after each entry is submitted, confirming the entry has been received by the STAR competition.

Any STAR Tagged Redfish and any STAR Tagged Dolphin caught during the competition also requires a photographic entry and electronic submission to the STAR competition smart phone application or competition website within 24 hours of reporting the catch to the STAR Director.  Please refer to Rule 13. for all STAR Tagged Redfish and Rule 14. for STAR Tagged Dolphin requirements.

All Inshore and Offshore species entries must meet minimum size requirements to qualify for entry in all divisions except for the Conservation Division, using the FWC prescribed measurement required for each species.

FWC minimums for competition species using total length, pinch-tail measurement method are: 15” for Spotted Trout, 28” for Snook, 18” for Redfish, 12” for Sheepshead, 14” for Flounder, 12” for whiting, 14” for Black Drum, 24” for Black and Gag Grouper, 20” for Red Grouper, and 16” for Scamp, 18” for Tripletail, 10” for Sea Bass, Snapper: 16” for Red, 10” for Vermillion and Schoolmaster, 12” for Gray(Mangrove) Cubera, Yellowtail, Dog & Mahogany, 18” for Mutton and 8” for Lane.

FWC minimums for competition species using total length measurement to the fork of the tail are: 11” for Pompano, 20” for Dolphin, 24” for African Pompano, Mackerel: 24” for King, 12” for Spanish, 36” for Cobia, 22” for Permit, and 15” for Triggerfish.

FWC minimums for competition species using total length measurement from lower jaw to the fork of the tail are: 63” for Sailfish, 47” for Swordfish, 66” for White Marlin and 99” for Blue Marlin.   There is no minimum length for Croaker, Jack Crevalle, Sharks, Wahoo, Cero Mackerel, Porgy, Tuna, Tilefish, Tarpon and Bonefish entries, provided all other STAR and FWC rules are followed for these entries.  Ladyfish are only eligible in Youth & Conservation Division, All Snapper, Jacks, Whiting & Pinfish have no minimum size requirements for entry in the Youth Scholarship and Conservation divisions.  Florida Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations (myfwc.com)

11.  No transfer of fish among Competition participants shall be allowed.

12.  No frozen, spoiled, gutted, or altered fish will be eligible for entry.  Mutilated fish are not eligible for entry.

STAR Tagged Redfish Rules:

13.  STAR Tagged Redfish tags will read: “No FL _____ 2024 CCAFLSTAR CALL 844-387-7827 No FL _____ Release me”.  Angler must be registered for the STAR competition and a current CCA member BEFORE they hook and land the STAR Tagged Redfish. Winners will be determined by time of catch entry based on date and time the entry is electronically received by the STAR Committee.  Only the first seven (7) STAR Tagged Redfish recaptured by registered STAR anglers during 2024 competition dates and certified by the STAR Committee will be eligible for prizes (no more than 5 adult prizes and no more than 2 Youth prizes will be awarded).  Youth entries in the STAR Tagged Redfish division are eligible for youth prizes only.  To be eligible, each STAR Tagged Redfish, with the tag still attached to the fish, must be digitally photographed on the 2024 Official STAR measuring device, and electronically submitted consistent with the provisions in Rule 10.  Any STAR Tagged Redfish caught in the competition may be released, but only after cutting the STAR tag off of the fish as close to the fish’s body as possible.  The tag must then be kept to be verified by the STAR Committee.  Each participant shall be eligible to win only one prize for a STAR Tagged Redfish. If harvested, all recaptured STAR Tagged Redfish must be within the FWC slot of 18” to 27”.  If a STAR Tagged Redfish is outside of the slot and is harvested, the catch will be disqualified. If a redfish is harvested in a county where harvest is closed that catch will be disqualified.

Participants who catch a STAR Tagged Redfish must also call the STAR Director at 844-387-7827 within two (2) hours after landing the tagged fish.  The angler will be directed to take the cut tag or the tagged redfish to a designated location to verify the tag or the STAR Tagged Redfish.  This must occur within 72 hours of catching the STAR Tagged Redfish or the entry will be disqualified.  Any participant submitting a STAR Tagged Redfish entry must submit to a polygraph examination within 72 hours after the entry is verified by STAR.  The parent, legal guardian, adult sponsor, or adult witness of a Youth participant submitting a STAR Tagged Redfish or STAR tag for a prize will be subject to STAR’s polygraph requirements.

STAR Tagged Dolphin Rules:

14.  STAR Tagged Dolphin tags will read: “No FL _____ 2024 CCA FLORIDA/STAR CALL 844-387-7827 No FL _____ Release Me”.  Angler must be registered for the STAR competition and a current CCA member BEFORE they hook and land the STAR Tagged Dolphin. Winner will be determined by time of catch entry based on date and time the entry is electronically received by the STAR Committee.  Only the first STAR Tagged Dolphin recaptured by a registered STAR angler during 2024 competition dates and certified by the STAR Committee will be eligible for a prize.  Youth entries in the STAR Tagged Dolphin division are eligible for a youth prize only of a scholarship, with a maximum value of $10,000.  To be eligible, the winning STAR Tagged Dolphin, with the tag still attached to the fish, must be digitally photographed on the 2024 Official STAR measuring device, and electronically submitted consistent with the provisions in Rule 10.  Any STAR Tagged Dolphin caught in the competition may be released, but only after cutting the STAR tag off of the fish as close to the fish’s body as possible.  The tag must then be kept to be verified by the STAR Committee.  Each participant shall be eligible to win only one prize for a STAR Tagged Dolphin.  If harvested, all recaptured STAR Tagged Dolphin must meet the 20” minimum length (measured to the fork of the tail).  If a STAR Tagged Dolphin is below the legal minimum and is harvested, the catch will be disqualified.

Participants who catch a STAR Tagged Dolphin must also call the STAR Director at 844-387-7827 within two (2) hours after landing the tagged fish.  The angler will be directed to take the cut tag or the tagged dolphin to a designated location to verify the tag or the STAR Tagged Dolphin.  This must occur within 72 hours of catching the STAR Tagged Dolphin or the entry will be disqualified.  Any participant submitting a STAR Tagged Dolphin entry must submit to a polygraph examination within 72 hours after the entry is verified by STAR.  The parent, legal guardian, adult sponsor, or adult witness of a Youth participant submitting a STAR Tagged Dolphin or STAR tag for a prize will be subject to STAR’s polygraph requirements.

Division Rules:

15. Inshore Division: allows any angler 18 years old and older as of May 25, 2024 who is a current CCA member and registered in the competition to enter a qualifying catch of an eligible competition species.  All fish must be entered in accordance with Rule 10.  Lady anglers, fly anglers, kayak anglers, and registered anglers fishing with guides, are all eligible to enter fish in the Inshore Division. Three (3) entries of the eligible inshore species may be made each day of the competition. However, each eligible inshore entry can only be entered once.

Eligible species for the Inshore Division are Spotted Trout, Snook, Redfish (non-tagged), Bonefish, Flounder, Sheepshead, Pompano, Black Drum, Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Croaker, and Whiting subject to minimum length requirements outlined in Rule 10.  Prizes will be awarded by random drawing from all verified entries in the Inshore Division.

16.  Offshore Division: allows any angler 18 years old and older as of May 25, 2024 who is a current CCA member and registered in the competition to enter a qualifying catch of an eligible competition species.  All fish must be entered in accordance with Rule 10.  Lady anglers, fly anglers, kayak anglers, and registered anglers fishing with guides, are all eligible to enter fish in the Offshore Division.  Three (3) entries of the eligible offshore species may be made each day of the competition. However, each eligible offshore entry can only be entered once.

Eligible species for the Offshore Division are All Billfish, dolphin/Mahi Mahi (non-tagged), Wahoo, Grouper (Black, Gag, Red, or Scamp only), Mackerel(all), African Pompano, Tilefish, Tuna (all), Cobia, Snapper (all), Permit, Tripletail, Sharks, Sea Bass (all), Porgy, Triggerfish and All Jacks (with exception of Jack Crevalle) subject to minimum length requirements outlined in Rule 10.  Prizes will be awarded by random drawing from all verified entries in each Open Division category.

Kayak Division Rules:

17. A kayak is defined as any vessel that has no form of power other than that supplied by its occupant. Examples of qualified vessels for the Kayak Division include kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards.  Vessels powered by combustion, battery-operated, and electric engines are not eligible, nor are those powered or propelled by sail.  “Mother-shipping” (the transportation of a kayak by another boat or vessel to where the kayak operates independently from the boat or vessel that transports it) is not allowed.

18.  Eligible species are Spotted Trout, Snook, Redfish (non-tagged), Bonefish, Flounder, Sheepshead, Pompano, Black Drum, Tarpon, Croaker, and Whiting, All Billfish, dolphin/Mahi Mahi (non-tagged), Wahoo, Grouper (Black, Gag, Red, or Scamp only), Mackerel (All), African Pompano, Tilefish, Tuna (all), Cobia, Snapper (all), Permit, Tripletail, Sharks, Sea Bass (all), Porgy, Triggerfish and All Jacks subject to minimum length requirements outlined in Rule 10. Only one eligible species per day may be entered in the kayak division.

 Entry picture must include fish on the 2024 STAR Official measuring device and recognizable self-propelled vessel (as described in rule 21) features from which the fish is caught.  All entries must be submitted consistent with the provisions of Rule 10.  Tarpon entries must follow the photographic and handling requirements of Rule 10.  Prizes will be awarded by random drawing from all verified entries in the Kayak Division.

STAR Youth Scholarship Division Rules:

19.  New Tide competition registrants are eligible to participate in the Youth Scholarship Division, the STAR Tagged Redfish Division including the SUPER STAR Tagged Redfish, the STAR Tagged Dolphin Division, the Conservation Division and the Trash Division.  No other STAR entrants are eligible for the Youth Scholarship Division.
20. Eligible species in the STAR Youth Scholarship division are Spotted Trout, Snook, Redfish (non-tagged), Bonefish, Flounder, Sheepshead, Pompano, Black Drum, Tarpon, Croaker, Ladyfish and Whiting, All Billfish, dolphin/Mahi Mahi (non-tagged), Wahoo, Grouper (Black, Gag, Red, or Scamp only), Mackerel (All), African Pompano, Tilefish, Tuna (all), Cobia, Snapper (all), Permit, Tripletail, Sharks, Sea Bass (all), Pinfish, Triggerfish, All species are subject to minimum length requirements outlined in Rule 10 . Snappers (all), Jacks (all), Whiting, Ladyfish and Pinfish(Porgy) have no size requirement in the Youth Division.

Tarpon entries must follow the photographic and handling requirements of Rule 10.

All entries must be submitted consistent with the provisions of Rule 10. Only one eligible species per day may be entered in the division. Prizes will be awarded by random drawing from all verified entries in the  Youth Division.

21. The STAR Youth division participant must have a parent, guardian, or adult sponsor.  Upon STAR entry (either on the STAR website or the STAR APP), the parent, guardian, or adult sponsor of every Youth entrant agrees to abide by all STAR rules, including STAR polygraph testing requirements.  All Youth Division winners must agree to abide by STAR scholarship rules and requirements.  Parents, guardians, and adult sponsors are not required to be CCA members.  However, if any parent, guardian, or adult sponsor wants to participate in STAR themselves, they must be a CCA member, consistent with the provisions of Rule 1.

Conservation Division Rules:

22. All registered 2024 STAR participants are eligible to participate in the Conservation Division.  Any species of saltwater fish of any length caught by STAR participants are eligible for entry in this division.  Entries must follow the exact provisions of Rule 10.  All fish must be photographed and measured on or with the 2024 Official STAR measuring device and all STAR anglers are required to follow FWC rules for handling each species. Under slot species DO NOT need to be measured on the 2024 STAR measuring device the device only needs to be visible in the photo. Tarpon and Bonefish entries must follow the photographic and handling requirements of Rule 10.  Each entry must include an estimated measurement of the fish entry.  Fish entered in other divisions are not eligible for entry in the Conservation Division. Winners of the Conservation Division will be determined by a random drawing.

Trash Division Rules:

23.  2024 STAR Participants who gather trash while on the water and submit a photo entry of a full 5-gallon bucket of trash with the 2024 Official STAR measuring device in their entry are eligible.  Larger amounts of trash may be collected and submitted with the 2024 STAR measuring device in the photo submission.  If trash objects are too large to be removed STAR participant should take a photo of debris with the Official 2024 STAR measuring device and include the latitude and longitude of the object in the entry. Authorities will be notified and the debris will be removed. All eligible entries will be included in a random drawing at the end of STAR for three prizes.  

Other Rules:

24. Each person entering the 2024 STAR competition agrees to submit to a polygraph examination.  The STAR Committee reserves the right to select polygraph examiners to administer polygraph tests.  All polygraph examinations required shall be taken at the time, place, and by the examiners designated by the STAR Committee.  Each contestant agrees by his/her signature on the official CCA 2024 STAR entry form, to submit to a polygraph examination if required by the STAR committee and abide by its conclusion.  All travel expenses are to be paid by entrant.  Failure to submit to or pass the required polygraph examination shall result in angler disqualification for current and all future STAR competitions.

25. Any protests must be submitted in writing to:  Leiza Fitzgerald, STAR Director, P.O. Box 568886 Orlando, FL, 32856.

26. The decision of the STAR Committee, in its sole discretion, shall be final on any and all competition matters and are not subject to appeal.

27. In the event of litigation or arbitration between a participant and CCA Florida arising out of any aspect whatsoever of the STAR competition, the losing party in said litigation or arbitration shall be bound to pay reasonable attorney’s fees, expenses of litigation, court costs, and other costs incurred by the winning party in said litigation or arbitration.

28. By participating in STAR, anglers agree to the use of their name, likeness, photograph, video, or other identifying information by CCA Florida in promotional, advertising, educational, or research materials in whatever form CCA Florida chooses in its sole discretion.

Prizes:

29 All prizes for all 2024 STAR divisions and categories shall be awarded at the discretion of the STAR Committee.  Specific prizes for each competition division and category shall be chosen and awarded by the STAR committee.  Participants shall be eligible to win only one prize or scholarship in the 2024 competition with the exception of the Trash Division. Winners of the Trash Division prizes may also win a prize in another division, provided they follow all rules pertaining to each STAR division.  Any youth or child can win only one (1) $25,000.00 scholarship or may win no more than five (5) $5,000 scholarships or no more than a total of $25,000 in scholarships in this competition during their lifetime. If they have won a $5,000 scholarship in the past, they are not eligible to win the $25,000 scholarship, only additional $5,000 scholarships. Once a youth angler has won (1) $25,000 scholarship or a total of $25,000.00 they are no longer eligible to win in the Youth Scholarship Division during their lifetime (they are eligible to participate in the tagged redfish & dolphin (when they are 18), Conservation and Trash divisions).

Competition participants may only enter a fish in one division, which must be chosen at the time of electronic entry.  STAR Tagged Redfish winners, SUPER STAR Tagged Redfish winner, the STAR Tagged Dolphin winner, Youth Scholarship winners and first place divisional winners will be required to attend the STAR Awards Ceremony in Citrus County on October 12, 2024 to receive their prizes.  All other prizes will be awarded to attending winners during the STAR Award Ceremony.  If any winners of other prizes are not present at the Awards Ceremony, their prizes will be available to be picked up at the CCA office in Orlando or will be shipped if possible.  The STAR Committee retains sole discretion to award all STAR prizes.

30. All prizes will be presented “as is” to each winner (or winner’s designee) after the Competition at the STAR Awards Banquet. The STAR Committee may replace or substitute alternative prizes for any advertised prizes at its sole discretion.  If a 2024 pickup truck is awarded to any participant of this year's STAR, it's MSRP cannot exceed $49,000, and the winner must take delivery by November 30, 2024.

31. All prize winners are solely responsible for payment of any applicable taxes, fees, and costs associated with the prize.  The STAR Committee will issue all required tax documents to the appropriate competition winners.  Tournament winners must complete and return all documentation before receiving their prizes.

32. All prize winners are responsible for processing, registration, and tax documentation in a timely fashion at specified sporting goods/marine/automotive dealerships.

RELEASE, HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNITY:

45.  ALL STAR ENTRANTS PARTICIPATE AT THEIR OWN RISK.  PARTICIPANTS RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE INHERENT RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SPORT OF FISHING INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INJURY OR DEATH DUE TO DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS; WATER CONDITIONS; TRAILERING, OPERATING, MAINTAINING, DOCKING OR OTHERWISE HANDLING BOATS; EQUIPMENT SUCH AS KNIVES, HOOKS, CLUBS, GAFFS, ANCHORS, LINES; HANDLING FISH AND THE INHERENT DANGERS OF BEING IN THE WILD OUTDOORS SUCH AS DANGEROUS ANIMALS, FISH, STRUCTURE OR OTHER FISHERMEN.  IN CONSIDERATION FOR BEING ALLOWED TO ENTER THE STAR COMPETITION, EACH PERSON AGREES AND CONTRACTS TO RELEASE, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION FLORIDA, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, THE STAR DIRECTOR AND ALL COMMITTEE PERSONS, THE COMPETITION SPONSORS AND VERIFICATION STATION OWNERS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS OR DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER CONNECTED WITH THE COMPETITION INCLUDING ITS PLANNING, OPERATION OR CONDUCT AND INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CLAIMS FOR PERSONAL INJURY, WRONGFUL DEATH, SURVIVAL DAMAGES, ECONOMIC LOSS, PROPERTY DAMAGES OR CLAIMS RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THE  TOURNAMENT.  IT IS THE EXPRESS INTENTION OF THIS AGREEMENT THAT EACH ENTRANT IS INDEMNIFYING EACH OF THE FOREGOING RELEASED AND INDEMNIFIED PARTIES FROM THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR OWN NEGLIGENT CONDUCT, WHETHER SOLE NEGLIGENCE OR CONTRIBUTING NEGLIGENCE, GROSS NEGLIGENCE, OUTRAGEOUS MISCONDUCT, STRICT LIABILITY, COMMISSION OF TORT, BREACH OF CONTRACT, AND BREACH OF WARRANTY.  THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF ANY MINOR ENTERING IN, REGISTERING FOR OR FISHING IN THE COMPETITION DOES FURTHER CONTRACT AND AGREE THAT THIS RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT SHALL BE BINDING UPON ANY MINOR ENTERING THE TOURNAMENT.  WINNER WILL BE REQUIRED TO EXECUTE AN ADDITIONAL RELEASE, INDEMNITY AND HOLD HARMLESS UPON RECEIPT OF PRIZE.   ANY CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE COMPETITION SHALL BE SETTLED BY BINDING ARBITRATION CONDUCTED IN PALM BEACH, FL, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION RULES OF THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATON AND JUDGMENT UPON THE AWARD RENDERED MAY BE ENTERED IN ANY COURT HAVING JURISDICTION THEREOF.

 

File Confirmation:  January 29, 2024 LAF