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IHSA bass fishing tournament details June 9, 2008

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Details for the first statewide bass fishing tournament in Illinois next spring were set Monday at the board meeting of the Illinois High School Association.

Key dates are sectioanals on April 24 and the state final on May 8-9 with the waters to be decided. Each school may enter up to two boats with up to three students per boat, though only two may fish at a time. Each boat may weigh five fish at the end of competition.

The complete release from the IHSA is below.

IHSA Announcement June 9, 2008

Board Approves Bass Fishing Terms & Conditions;

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors at its regular June meeting on Monday (June 9) approved Terms and Conditions for the new Bass Fishing State Series to be inaugurated during the 2008-09 school term. Sectionals in the series will be held on Friday of Week 42 (April 24, 2009), with the state final being held on Friday and Saturday of Week 44 (May 8-9, 2009). Sites for the event have not yet been determined.

Schools will be allowed to enter up to two boats, with up to three students in each boat, although only two may fish at any one time. The competition will run for up to eight hours per day. Each boat may weigh five fish at the end of each day’s competition. The complete terms and conditions are included in this PDF document.

“We are excited about the new bass fishing tournament,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. "We believe it will be the first bass fishing tournament in the country sponsored by a state high school association. The tournament is a great way to reach out to high school students and give them an additional opportunity to compete in interscholastic activities."

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Very exciting stuff! I'm interested to find out which schools/teams will be attending the tournaments.

That's one of the things I hope to track down over the next week or so.

Do other states off such statewide tournament?

Illinois will be the first to offer a sanctioned statewide high school bass fishing tournament.

There are other youth bass fishing tournaments, usually associated with clubs.

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