How to Start a Junior Bassmasters Club

If you are considering organizing as a Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Bassmaster Club we can help you do that. It is a fairly simple process. Your Michigan Junior Bassmaster club also needs to affiliate with the B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Bassmaster Club Program. Participation in this club provides several opportunities for young anglers to advance to both local, State and National Tournaments to compete for Trophies and prizes that may include scholarships for top finishers. The next sheet shows what needs to be done by your club to affiliate.

For additional information, contact:
Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Youth Director
Bret Straffon
810-610-3207 or email bstraffon@michiganbass.net
Or visit our web site at http://www.michiganbassnation.com








How to Start a Junior Bassmaster Club:

Check list for starting each and every Junior Bassmaster Club
You can start an Independent Junior Bassmaster club now. You can also start a club that affiliates with an existing Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Adult Club. It only takes two Anglers and an Adult Mentor to get the club started. You will have to provide a boater for all of the tournaments as well. There are two affiliated organizations you will need to register with to be fully eligible to fish BASS Nation Junior Bassmaster events. One is National B.A.S.S. Nation the other is Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation.

National B.A.S.S. Nation Registration Requirements
1. Go On the Bassmaster.com web site and Register the club to start with.
2. http://www.bassmaster.com/news/register-your-junior-club
3. Once you go there and register, BASS will send you the packet and all of the necessary paperwork as well as an invoice for your National


BASS Club Dues, which are $20 per angler.

Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Registration Requirements
1. Submit a copy of your club roster to Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation by May 1st
a. A copy of your B.A.S.S. roster is fine.
b. Make sure to indicate who are members and who is the Mentor/Advisor
c. Include $10 dues for each Junior Bassmaster club member including the Mentor if they are not already in an Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Adult club or an At Large Member of Michigan B.A.S.S. (made out to Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation)

2. Send to Bret Straffon at Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation (10117 Carmer, Fenton, MI 48430)
Keep in mind that the Junior Bassmaster clubs are in no way directly associated with existing High School clubs. Junior Bassmaster club members can also be in a High School club. This is a separate program all together. The only thing that is associated is the dues that get paid. Members only pay the highest level of dues, in this order. If they have already paid club dues in a higher club, they would not pay a second time. Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation clubs consist of:
1. Adult Clubs
2. High School Clubs
3. Junior Bassmaster Clubs
4. At Large membership





How to Start a High School Club:

Check list for starting each and every High School Club
It only takes two High School anglers and an Adult Mentor to get the club started. You will have to
provide a boater for all of the tournaments as well. There are two affiliated organizations you will need
to register with to be fully eligible to fish BASS Nation High School events. One is National B.A.S.S. Nation
the other is Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation.

National B.A.S.S. Nation Registration Requirements
1. Fill out and submit: “Application for Affiliation” , Which includes a Member list
a. Go On the Bassmaster.com web site and Register the club to start with.
b. http://www.bassmaster.com/news/high-school-registration
c. Once you go there and register, BASS will send you the packet and all of the necessary
paperwork as well as an invoice for your National BASS Club Dues, which are $10 per angler.
i. If not already paid through a National B.A.S.S. Nation Adult club
d. You will also need to have each High School angler get their Bassmaster membership, that link
is included on the Bassmaster.com web site. That membership is offered at a discounted rate
of $10 per High School member
i. This will also make each High School member a full “Bassmaster member”

2. This will automatically submit to Emily Hand at B.A.S.S. in Alabama
Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Registration Requirements
1. Submit a copy of your club roster to Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation by May 1st
a. Make sure to indicate who are members and who is the Mentor/Advisor
b. Included in this packet and available on the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Web site.
2. Enclose a copy of your club roster and Include $10 per High School member club membership dues
(made out to Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation)
a. If not already paid through a Junior Bassmaster club or Adult Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation club

3. Send to Bret Straffon at Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation (10117 Carmer, Fenton, MI 48430)
Keep in mind that the High School clubs are in no way directly associated with existing Junior Bassmaster
clubs. High School club members can also be in a Junior Bassmaster club. This is a separate program all
together. The only thing that is associated is the dues that get paid. Members only pay the highest level
of dues, in this order. If they have already paid club dues in the a higher club, they would not pay a
second time
1. Adult Club
2. College Club
3. High School Club
4. Junior Bassmaster Club
5. Youth Club

State and National Tournaments
Once your High School Club is registered, your members can fish several
different Tournaments around the State as well as the Nation

Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation High School State Championship
• This tournament is held annually by Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation. All registered High School
teams are invited to compete against other High School teams from around the state.
Pre-registration for the tournament is required. The top two teams from this
competition are invited to advance on to the B.A.S.S. Nation High School Championship.
High School Teams are required to provide an Adult Boat Driver and boat for this High
School Championship.
• Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation does offer several tournament opportunities where High
School teams can hold competitions. We provide the equipment at several established
events around the State. Additional tournaments may include
o Michigan B.A.S.S. High School Team Series, 4 locations over the season
If your High School club wants to hold a tournament on a day we are holding one of our
State tournaments, please contact Paul Wagner to set it up ahead of time.

B.A.S.S. Nation High School Championship
• This tournament is organized by B.A.S.S. and held at various locations each year. Teams
from all over the nation have competed at their State levels for an opportunity to
advance on to this tournament. The winning Teams are awarded prizes and possibly
scholarships. The top prize includes a new Triton boat package with Mercury -
Motorguide – Lowrance equipment

B.A.S.S. High School Invitational
• This tournament is an Invitational tournament that any High School Team from around
the nation can compete for awards. High School Teams are required to provide a boater
and boat for this competition. Go to www.bassmaster.com for more information

B.A.S.S. High School Opens
• The B.A.S.S. High School Open Tournaments are another opportunity for High School
Teams to compete for possible advancement to the National Championship. The
tournaments are held around the country by B.A.S.S. The list of dates and locations is
posted on www.bassmaster.com .





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