Denton High School started a bass team last year. I am looking for people to help me to educate the youth. I have a lot of young members so there would be a lot of teaching moments. Below are a number of questions and answers involved with someone who would like to volunteer as a boat captain for the THSBA
Q: What is the minimum age a person can volunteer?
A: 18 with current Boater Safety certification and Texas fishing license.
Q: Do I have to be related to one of the high school team which is entered?
Q: What type of boat is permitted? What is required on board?
 Any boat that is least 16 foot and length and have outboard that does not exceed capacity plate.
 Jet Drives, Sailboats, Airboats, Stick Steer, or hand tiller steering boats are not permitted.
 Must be registered with current TX numbers.
 Must have working live well for all fish caught.
 Must be safety checked each tournament for working lights, kill switch, throw cushion and bilge pump.
 You must supply all students with Coast Guard rated PFD’s.
 Must have adequate storage for student’s rods, tackle and gear.
 Carry on gas tanks are permitted as long as they are stored under deck.
 No jet skis, kayaks, or home made water craft are acceptable.
 There is no maximum hp rating on out board as long as it does not exceed capacity plate.
 Need a working cell phone on board at all times.
 Maximum speed limit on the water is 60 mph.
Q: Can Students operate the big engine?
A: No. Students cannot operate the big engine during tournament day. However they may assist in
Loading and Unloading the boat.
Q: Do I have to carry liability insurance?
A: Yes a minimum of $300,000.00 and have proof of this (binder) on board during tournament
Q: Will I need a Back Ground Check?
A: Yes. This will be done by the school club or organization that you will volunteer for.
Can a Captain fish during the tournament day?
A: Yes. There may be a big bass side pot for boat captains at certain open events, however your catch
can not be counted with the students catch.
Q: Do I fill out a Waiver of Liability?
A: Yes. See Wavier. It must be filled out completely and returned to the club or organization you are
Q: What if a student needs tackle?
A: Yes you can let student use your tackle if needed.
Q: Can student run the trolling motor?
A: Yes. If student is experienced and comfortable with operation of trolling motor.
Q: Can I help net a fish?
A: Yes. However students are to make ALL casts, hook sets, and reel bass in on their own with-out any Assistance from the captain. You may located fish, recommend different patterns, and techniques but you CANNOT catch the fish for your student anglers.