Frequently Asked Questions
2. WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT MY POINTS FROM A TOURNAMENT?
3. HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE PROFESSIONAL TOUR?
4. HOW DO YOU DECIDE IF A BOAT FALLS IN THE CLASS OF 23 OR NOT?
5. SOME OF THE CLASS OF 23 BOATS ARE AT AN ADVANTAGE.
6. WHY SHOULD I RENEW MY SKA MEMBERSHIP BEFORE THE FIRST TOURNAMENT IN MY DIVISION?
7. HOW CAN I RENEW?
8. WHO SHOULD I TALK TO IF I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE RULES?
9. NOT GETTING ANGLER MAGAZINE?
10. HAVE AN IDEA FOR ANGLER MAGAZINE ARTICLE?
11. IS MY BOAT ELIGIBLE TO FISH IN THE 2009 YAMAHA PRO TOUR?
WHY AREN'T THE POINTS POSTED ON MONDAY MORNING RIGHT AFTER THE TOURNAMENT IS OVER?
All the paperwork and pictures from the tournaments are overnighted back to the office on Monday by our field directors. This information doesn't arrive until late Tuesday morning. The membership director goes right to work. First, all new or renewal membership applications must be entered into the database first. Keep in mind that you can join or renew your membership at the captain's meeting before any event. You can't give points to a team that is not SKA registered. Next all the points are inputed, providing we have the printout from the tournament, but that problem is not a serious one. Next because a requirement for the SKA National Championship is each crew member must have fished two events, every name on the SKA registration form must be entered into the computer. There could be two to three hundred names to check off, and some of the events are much larger. Next, there could be two, three, or even four events on any given weekend, adding to the workload. We have the staff to perform the task that has to be done, but it does take time. Thanks for your patience!
WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT MY POINTS FROM A TOURNAMENT?
You need to contact the SKA membership director at once. She will research the problem and answer your question. Before you call, you should have your copy of the SKA registration form and your tournament weigh slip as you may be required to either fax or mail a copy of both for verification. These questions rarely come up however. Three things to remember, did you join or renew your SKA membership for the current calendar year? Did you mark the appropriate boxes on the SKA registration form indicating you have a lady, junior, or senior on board? Finally did you in fact fill out the SKA registration form before entering this event? Most of the inquiries come from these last three questions. Remember that we want every member who fishes an event to get their points however when you forget some small detail and we've already posted the results, we look bad when we have to go back and adjust the standings for your mistakes. We then begin to get calls from other members in the event wanting to know what's going on. It's not fair to them or us.
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE PROFESSIONAL TOUR?
If you qualify for the National Championship this year within your division, you then become qualified to fish the Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour the following season. If you do not exercise your right to join the Pro ranks in the year after your Nationals qualification then you must requalify again.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE IF A BOAT FALLS IN THE CLASS OF 23 OR NOT?
The boat must be manufactured as a 23 foot boat, have the proper factory identifications (decals etc.) displayed on the hull or console, and have all the marketing information available at their dealerships for general consumption. The waterline length of the boat must not exceed 23'11". There are boats sold as 24 and 25 footers that would qualify however they are not sold and marketed as a 23 footer therefore become open class boats. If you have a question about a certain model you are about to purchase, please call the office for a clarification before you sign on the dotted line.
SOME OF THE CLASS OF 23 BOATS ARE AT AN ADVANTAGE.
Maybe they are, but statistics don't indicate that. The manufacturers that build boats for this class have definitely stretched the limits or the rules, but they didn't break them. Remember, these same manufacturers are doing it for you to win. A team with a 22 footer and a single engine could be at a perceived disadvantage. However when you look at the open class, what about a team running a 27 footer who has to compete against a 36 or 38 footer? There is no difference. Also on a Class of 23' boat with twin engines, they have less range because of the added fuel consumption. A few years ago, until the SKA recognized the huge difference in boats competing, there was no class for the small boats. So far this class has worked very well thanks to the tournaments that add money to their payouts for the small boat competitor.
WHY SHOULD I RENEW MY SKA MEMBERSHIP BEFORE THE FIRST TOURNAMENT IN MY DIVISION?
1. To expedite registration - When I get to the first tournament, only the captain or boat representative will have to fill out the $10.00 form.
2. To place classified ads - Only current members can place ads.
3. I won't miss an issue of Angler magazine.
4. I'll have my 2006 membership card.
5. To expedite posting of points on the SKA site - All membeship forms must be entered before any points can be posted. If I wait to sign up at the tournament, I will slow posting points.
HOW CAN I RENEW?
Fill in the form on-line, print it, then fax or mail it to the office with payment. If you do not have your SKA Member# handy, then leave that space blank and the SKA membership director will find it in the database. You will have the same member number you had before.
WHO SHOULD I TALK TO IF I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE RULES?
After reading the current set of rules you received with your membership packet, if you still have a question contact your local tournament representative or call the office. We'll be more than happy to help.
NOT GETTING ANGLER MAGAZINE?
Sometimes there is a problem with your address in the computer. Suggest you call the membership director at your earliest convenience for help. Have you moved? We do need a change of address, as the post office does not do this for you. Or it could be a local post office problem.
HAVE AN IDEA FOR ANGLER MAGAZINE ARTICLE?
Call Chris at the office. She'll be happy to discuss your ideas. Or submit your idea via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IS MY BOAT ELIGIBLE TO FISH IN THE 2009 YAMAHA PRO TOUR?
If your boat qualified to fish in the 2008 National Championship, then you are eligible to fish the 2009 Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour. Even if you were unable to participate in the 2008 Nationals, but qualified, you still may fish this year's Pro events. If you did not fish the 2008 Yamaha Pro Tour or did not qualify in a Division for the 2008 National Championship, then you are not eligible to enter your boat for the 2009 Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour*. Individuals who did not qualify may fish with any qualified team.
*Captains who fished the FLW Pro Tour in 2008, will be eligable to fish the 2009 Yamaha Pro Tour. (This exemption does not include anyone who is not eligible to fish in any SKA sanctioned events.)