High SchoolEmail Jeff Gilmer, youth director
The B.A.S.S. High School Nation is helping shape the future of the sport, one high school club at a time. The High School club members enjoy camaraderie and competition, as well as education and conservation programs.
As part of the B.A.S.S. High School Nation, young anglers can compete in the B.A.S.S. High School Nation Opens and in the B.A.S.S. High School Nation Championship. Teen anglers can also attend the High School Elite Experience, a free opportunity for anglers who live near certain Bassmaster Elite Series tour stops.
The Minnesota B.A.S.S. High School Nation provides two State events each year for participating High School Clubs. This includes the Minnesota B.A.S.S. Junior Tournament of Champions, and the High School Tournament of Champions. The events are team events, each High School Team consists of two members, High Schools can enter as many teams into the State events as they desire.
The Minnesota B.A.S.S. High School Nation is a member of the National B.A.S.S. High School Nation. This allows high school teams the opportunity to move on to National events. The winning team at the Minnesota B.A.S.S. Junior Tournament of Champions will advance to the following years Northern Divisional Championship as a part of the Minnesota State Team. The winning and second place team at the Minnesota High School Junior Tournament of Champions will advance to the B.A.S.S. High School National Championship representing Minnesota. Each year, Minnesota will advance three High School teams to the National Events.
How to start a B.A.S.S. High School Club
The key requirements to form your own High School club include:
- 1. A desire and commitment to encourage fishing in your school, recruit members and participate in club, state and national events.
- 2. A minimum of two (2) interested students grades 9-12, and a coach/club advisor. A student who has completed 8th grade, but not yet graduated is considered eligible for the High School club. The coach/club advisor can be a parent, teacher or related adult to work with the students and the school for the coordination of the meetings and activities.
- 3. Each member must have an active Minnesota DNR Watercraft permit. To complete the Minnesota DNR Watercraft permit class please see the following website: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/boatwater/education.html
The course can be completed on-line from home, via home study or by completing a DNR classroom at locations around the state. The on-line is the recommended method for convenience.
- 4. Each member must participate in the designated community service events each year, please see below the approved events for the current year.