Should Tournament Directors Fish Their Own Tournaments?



Should Tournament Directors Fish


Anytime you get tournament directors from across the nation together and they start talking kayak fishing you get opinions. Lots of them. We have never been a group accused of being without input.


In a side conversation yesterday afternoon and then again at dinner last night the same topic came up: Should tournament directors fish their own tournaments?


Many sides to the argument exist but I think it’s important to talk about. Sometimes the voices of the competitors need to be heard and the discussion had on a larger scale. For the Kayak Bass Fishing events, the Tournament Director and judges do not fish which is why the arguments for TDs fishing was intriguing to me.


The argument for TDs being able to fish their own tournaments isn’t that hard on the surface. Many of them started a trail so there would be more available tournaments to fish locally. Tennessee has more than a half dozen trails for kayak fishing alone. Most of those are regionalized and most of them allow their TDs to fish.


If you have someone other than the Director judging his fish, that should be ok right?


As long as everyone feels it’s fair and on the up and up it should be good right?


Usually we aren’t talking about large sums of money but what if we were? Should that change the argument?


The argument against it asks a lot of the same questions but then answers them with another question or six.


If you have someone other than the Director judging his fish, that should be ok right? Yes but how do you handle disputes? In almost all of the bylaws the TD has the final say. How can he rule on his own dispute? And if he doesn’t hear the dispute himself, who do you appoint? And if someone else is appointed, shouldn’t everyone’s disputes be heard by the same person and not a different set of rules for the TD?


As long as everyone feels it’s fair and on the up and up it should be good right? Until someone doesn’t. What does the process look like if someone accuses a TD of cheating? Does he then have to pay for his own polygraph if he even agrees to take one?


Usually we aren’t talking about large sums of money but what if we were? Should that change the argument? Why is it different when more money is involved? What happens if your TD is winning a lot of your events? Where is the line?


And let’s dive into it even further. What if you are doing an online submission using TourneyX or iAngler? The TD has real time access to GPS locations of the fish that are submitted doesn’t he? If he’s fishing, wouldn’t he be able to relocate to where all the fish are being submitted?


Temptation is a great thing. Do we allow one person, the TD, the latitude to fish in their own tournaments? I am very interested in your thoughts because it seems the opinions are as bountiful as the stars. So let’s hear them.


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