Joint Services Sea Angling Association Rules
1. The Joint Services sea angling Association (JSSAA) is an amalgamation of sea anglers from the sea sections of the following organisations:
- Royal Navy and Royal Marines Angling Association (RNRMAA)
- Army Angling Federation (AAF)
- Royal Air Force Competitive Angling Association (RAFCAA)
2. The aim of the JSSAA is to organise, administer and promote tri services sea angling
3. The main objectives of the JSSAA are to:
- To promote the sport of Sea Angling in the Services.
- Host Inter Service, Combined Service and International Shore and Boat angling competitions.
- Adjudicate over any tri-service matter regarding the JSSAA rules and the sport in general. The judgement of the JSSAA Committee (JSSAAC) shall be final in all matters.
4. The committe (JSSAAC) shall administer the day to day running of JSSAA. It shall comprise of the following on a tri-annual roation of AAF (Sea), RNRMAA and RAFCAA.
- Chairman. The Chairman shall be the President of the Single-Service Assocation/Federation administering the day to day running of the JSSAA during any one year (hereafter referred to as the Host Service).
- Shore and Boat Sea Secretaries. Shall be the Sea Secretary of the Host Service.
5. The Sea Secretaries of the other two services shall assist the Sea Secretary in the day to day running of the JSSAA. Other individuals drawn from the Host Service can assist the JSSAAC in the organisation of events. Should any member of the JSSAAC leave their post within the Single Service Association/Federation during any year, the newly elected replacement shall assume the post vacated.
6. The JSSAAC shall discuss the outline plans for the following year and discuss any routine JSSAA matters. Ideally, a meeting should be held by September/October of the year preceding the next lead Service's tenure. Apart from the rule changes which require unanimous agreement between all three member assocations, all other proposals shall be made binding on a majority vote (one equal vote per member association).
7. These rules are in force and can only be changed with the unanimous agreement of all JSSAA member associations. In the event of irreconcilable differences, individual service organisations and CSSB should be consulted.
8. Eligibility of JSSAA is granted to all Regular Serving personnel who are paid up members of the RNRMAA, AAF and RAFCAA under their own membership rules. The JSSAAC reserves the right to refuse entry to the Association. Each Single Service shall pay entry fees on a pro bata basis. In the event of abandonment or cancellation, the whole or a portion of available money shall be refundable at the discretion of the JSSAAC.
Combined Service Liaison Officer
9. Where possible, a lead one of the three Services should act as the Combined Services Sports Board (CSSB) Liaison Officer (LO). The principle tasks involve travel authorities and forecast of events. If there is no LO, then this role ralls to the lead Service for that year.
10. Inter Service Competitions. Inter Service Shore and Boat Competitions will be held annually. They shall be organised by the Sea Secretaries of the JSSAAC and hosted by the Host Service (see para 5 for rotation details). The choice of venue and dates shall be proposed by the Host Service, prior to the annual committee meeting (where possible). The venue and dates shall be mutually agreed with the other two services at the annual committee meeting.
11. Combined Services (CS) Competitions. Shore and Boat Competitions involving CS Teams versus other angling Associations (e.g. SAMF) shall be held annually. They shall be organised by the Secretaries of the JSSAAC. Hosting of these events can be on a rotational basis. Whenever the event is to be hosted by the CS, the team captain shall be appointed from winning Inter-Service team. The team manager may also be chosen in the same way. However should a 'venue specific' manager be available from within the CS, the JSSAC will decide if applicable.
12. Team size for all Inter-Service shore competitions shall be as follows:
- Shore - 12, plus a 3 man team for a Reserves Competition is it is decided amongst a majority of the Service teams that numbers permit.
- Boat - 9, plus a 3 man team for Reserves Competition if it is decided amongst of the Service teams that numbers permit.
13. Teams may employ a single nominated reserve once in a match as a "substitute". This can be to cover for illness, tactics or to provide experience. Once a reserve has been used, no other team changes may be made.
14. A Service short of team members that "borrows" other Service members cannot win the Inter-Service competition, but can win with an under strength team.15. Every effort should be made to have a Reserves Competition (one or two day event) run under Host Service arrangements.
16. In line with Combined Services Sports Board (CSSB) direction, CS teams shall be selected in order to provide the strongest team rather than equal representation. CS representation shall be no more than 30% nominated by each Service and the remainder on merit, decided by the lead Service and moderated where necessary by the Joint Committee. Maximum warning of any last shortfalls must be provided, particularly when it means another Service incurring additional costs. Once a Service has nominated its anglers, it is responsible for the costs associated with those team members unless agreements can be made with backfilling Service.
17. Competition timings shall be decided by the Host Service and published in the competition rules. Any blatent disregard of any timings stated by the JSSAAC will result in disqualification for anglers involved. Competition timings for CS events shall be decided between the opposing teams' committees and promulgated prior to the event.
Health & Safety
18. The Host Service for all events is responsible is responsible for ensuring statutory and military Health & Safety aspects are addressed and safety briefs covered wherever necessary. This applies to all JSSAA events. Organisers are to undertake risk assessments where necessary.
19. The JSSAAC and Managers/Captains of each team, prior to the event, will conduct a draw for fishing positions in Inter Service competitions. The draw shall be made in such a way as to ensure that members of each team shall fish alternate positions.
- Boat Competitions. The draw shall allocate anglers to boats and specific pegs. Boat positions are to be drawn in such a way as to ensure that an angler from each team fishes on each side of the boat and over the stern. Reserve competitions will be drawn in the same manner.
- Shore Competitions. The target for shore competitions shall be:
- The draw shall allocate individual anglers to one of three zones and within the zone, to the individual positions (pegs).
- Pegs are positioned to allow reasonable distance for power casting techniques to be used.
- Reserve Competitions will be drawn in the same manner.
20. Inter Service Competitions. Tackle rules for Inter Service Competitions on Boat and Shore shall follow the intent of any national angling guidance in place at the time of the competition. The lead Service for the competition shall highlight the key points in the event instruction. Particular attention should be paid to:
- Fish preservation
- Numbers of rods able to be used, size and their state of assembly.
- Restrictions and definitions of terminal tackle, e.g. trebles hooks count single or three.
- Bait restrictions.
- Shore and Boat casting style and shock leaders.
- Assistance from other anglers, stewards, skippers, including "trace touching".
- Foul and double hooking.
- Size limit.
- Pegging, including draw.
- Double/treble patting.
- Loss/Damage responsibilities/liabilities of organiser.
- Boat safety and shore spectator safety.
21. Inter Service Competitions. Where possible, all Inter Service Competitions should be stewarded. Stewards will normally be drawn from the three Services who are not fishing but can also be drawn from within the angling fraternity in general. Selection of stewards must be mutually agreed between the competing associations. Where no stewards are available the following rules will apply:
- Boat Competitions. The JSSAAC shall select one angler per boat from the Host Service, to act as the boat spokesman. He will be issued with a full set of information prior to the event, to assist in clarification of the rules once at sea.
- Shore Competitions. All anglers shall be designated as spokesman for the duration of the event and are responsible for ensuring that anglers on their immediate left and right comply with the rules.
22. Combined Service and other Competitions. Steward/Spokesman rules for Combined Service and other competitions may differ from the above. Steward/Spokesman rules for these events will be decided between opposing team's committees and promulgated prior to the event.
Minimum Sizes and Eligibility
23. Where size limits are to be applied, boat and shore competitions shall adopt the area/regional minimum size limits applicable to the chosen venue. It is the responsibility of the Host service to ensure that the area size limits are agreed upon prior to the event with the other services. The JSSAAC reserve the right to adjust size limits, above or below the minimum sizes for measure and return matches only, if conditions warrant.
24. The following species shall be ineligible: Octopus, Crustaceans, Squid and Cuttlefish. Any local or National bans on species of fish in force at the time of a competition shall be adhered to.
24. Individual Services are responsible for their own travel authorities. Travel authorities for Combined Service events shall be the responsibility of that standing CS LO or the event lead Service in the event of no LO being in place.
25. All boat and shore competitions may be decided upon using weight, points or measure and return. Measure and return is to be encouraged for shore competition. The Host Service is responsible for enduring that all anglers involved in the competition understand fully the system in use prior to the competition taking place, which must be agreed upon by majority vote. in the event of a dispute regarding the choice of system chosen or the details of a proposed system that cannot be agreed upon, the JSSAAC decision shall be final.
26. All Inter-Service competitions shall be decided upon by a point to placing ratio. The choice of system to be used should be uncomplicated. The Host Service is responsible for ensuring that all anglers involved in the competition, fully understand the system in us prior to the competition taking place, which must be agreed upon by majority vote. All permutations of the awarding of points should be covered by the host service.
Trophies And Prizes
27. All trophies shall be awarded on merit with no limit to the number an individual can win. All trophy holders shall be responsible for the safety and insurance (if applicable) of awards and are responsible to return them in a clean and presentable condition when asked for by the JSSAAC/owning Service. The owning Service is responsible for ensuring it has signatures for the trophies it owns. Perpetual trophies should not be submitted for engraving until after the official results have promulgated.
29. In the event of a dispute, a verbal protest must be lodged with the JSSAAC within two hours of the end of the event or sooner where possible. The complainant shall also present the sum of £10 at this time, as a deposit for each complaint. The team Manager/Captain of the complainant shall place the complaint in writing before the JSSAAC within 14 days of the end of the event. The deposit is only refundable should the complaint be upheld and will be donated to the RNLI should it be over-ruled. Failure to submit a written complaint within 14 days will result in the deposit being forfeited.
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