Bass fishing is sanctioned as official high school sport, beginning spring 2013

   Bass fishing is now an official sport in Kentucky high schools. 
   The Kentucky High School Athletic Association approved bass fishing as a spring sport, beginning spring 2013.
   Kentucky high schools are the second in the nation to sanction the sport.
   Illinois was first in 2009. This year, 232 Illinois high schools had teams.
   As to how many Kentucky high schools will participate is unknown. However, when surveyed, 84 high schools across the Commonwealth noted that they would sponsor a team within the next five years.
   Competition would begin with regional tournaments at regional lakes. Regional finalists and semi-finalists would then advance to the state championship at Land Between the Lakes.
   (Ed. opinion: Seems like Barren River Lake would be a much better location for the bass fishing state championship due to its central location, as well as its facilities, accomodations and reputation for bass. The how-to for hosting a state championship is available locally as Bowlng Green hosts championships in girls’ basketball, boys’ / girls’ golf and football.)
The KHSAA rules, during sanctioned competitions:
– allow each school to enter two boats;
– allow each boat to have only two students to fish;
– require competitors to be members of the (national) Student Angler Federation;
– require competitors to have liability insurance, included with SAF membership;
– require an adult to be in each competing boat:  
– require only adults to operate each boat’s outboard motor;
– require schools to provide boats and adult operators;
– allow students/adult to operate trolling motor.
– winning teams will be determined by total weight of best five fish;
– fish will be released after weigh-in.

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