General Overview Rules Listed Below


The NAIFC conducts SIF Student/High School Qualifiers in cities that holds the standard NAIFC Qualifier. 

The SIF Student/High School Qualifiers are held Saturday mornings from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

Open to students 12 years of age and older in a 2-person format.

Teams are allowed to bring 10 fish any combination of Perch, Blue Gill Crappie to the weigh-in.

Coaches and parents are allowed on the ice to assist the student anglers but are prohibited from fishing. 

There are no entry fees to the High School Championship or High School Qualifiers.

The student anglers compete for scholarships/grants and trophies at the National Championship.

Scholarships/grants will be awarded to the student angler(s) when the student angler(s) present his/her first quarter/semester college transcript.

The Student/High School anglers join SIF (Student Ice Fishing - youth division of the NAIFC). The $25.00 SIF membership provides VIP merchandise programs from Clam and Aqua VU.

During Championship Week (Wed, Thur, Fri, and Sat) there are informational Seminars/sessions covering all aspects of tournament angling from fishing techniques to sponsorship relationships.

NAIFC Pro-staff, Team USA members, Midwest Outdoors/Communication and others industry professionals will be on hand to lead the discussions.

10 teams or 20% of the Qualifying field will be automatically invited to the National High School Championship.



2021 High School Official Rules


 NAIFC   /   SIF    Qualifier Events




  1. Participants may fish with or without a portable fish house. No hard side/wheel houses.   UNTIL the start-time all portable fish houses set up must be kept open, participants


      plainly visible, with no lines in water. After the start time participants may enter and close-up portables.


2.   Team partners must stay within 100 feet (approximately 30 steps) from one another from the time their team has passed inspection until their team's fish have been turned into be weighed. Once

       inspected, tournament rules are active.


3.   Fish must be kept alive in a five-gallon bucket or similar container with water and without ice. No frozen fish.


4.   Teams may not fish or perform fishing type activities (i.e., using a flasher, camera or auger) closer than 15 feet from another team or spectators on tournament day. Teams may not fish closer than 15 feet

       to a hard side fish house. Tournament Director and camera crew is excluded from the rule. Observers will have ability to check 15-foot distances.


5.   Auger covers on blades are required while augers are mounted to machines or during travel.


6.   Participants may drill as many holes as they wish. However, any open hole may be fished by any competitor as long as they maintain the 15-foot rule. Hole Blocking is not allowed: Leaving a portable or 

      other equipment next to a hole does not stop another fisherman from using that hole if you are over 15 feet away.


7.   All laws for Snowmobile/ATVs (registration, licensing, insurance, and helmet laws) must be observed at all times.


8.   All State fishing laws must be observed at all times. NO CULLING ALLOWED! NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED!


9.   All fish brought to the weigh-in must be caught on the day of the tournament, during tournament hours.


10. Participants can fish with only one line at a time. A tip-up would count as a line.


11. No third-party fishing during the event. Each team must fish on their own without assistance except medical. Family members or friends who are not in the competition may not fish within established

      tournament boundaries. No communication/sharing of information between teams that may give another team a fishing advantage.


12. All teams must travel and fish within the designated tournament boundary area.


13. All team must be off the ice by 7:00 pm the night before the tournament.


14. At least (1) one team member must attend rules meeting/registration.


15. There will be mandatory fish house and equipment inspections before teams are allowed to proceed onto the ice. If a team is not in their starting position when the inspectors are ready to inspect their

      team; they will forfeit their position and go to the end of the line. Teams must hold their starting positions, passing is not permitted. A 15-minute no-fish penalty for passing a team and an additional 5-

      minute no-fish penalty for each subsequent team passed.  Motorized teams may pass non-motorized teams.


16. Cars and trucks will not be permitted for team use in the tournament area during the event. Snowmobiles and ATVs can be used when ice conditions are satisfactory for snowmobile and ATV use.


17. Teams must return to the official tournament weigh line by 12:00 pm with all fish sorted and ready to be weighed. Your BIG FISH must be marked and ready to weigh. A penalty of .5 (½) pound per

      minute; with a 5-minute maximum will be charged for being late across the time line. After 5 minutes the team is disqualified.


18. This is a one-day, total weight tournament.  Designated species and total number of fish will be announced at rules meeting. If a team is over their total number of fish, they will be penalized in the

      following manner: The big fish they register at weigh-ins will be the fish that is culled from their total bag number. Example: A team comes to scale with 7 fish, when the total bag limit is only 6 fish. Their

      big fish will be removed to bring their count to the designated limit of 6 fish. That team will also be deducted the weight of their big fish from total weight. Example: The big fish weighed .75lbs. The bag 

      limit weight after the corrected number of fish was 5.75lbs. Official weight is 5.00lbs.


19. Coaches/Parents are allowed on the ice with their respective teams.  Coaches/Parents may assist their respective team(s) but are not allowed to put a line in the water.  Coaches/Parents are allowed to drill

      the “NEXT “ hole for their respective team(s) observing the 15 foot rule.  Coaches/Parents are not allowed to use electronics independent of their respective team members.


      If a team witnesses a violation of these rules, it is the obligation of that team to notify an official immediately. If a violation is reported after the fact (up to one hour after the 1:00 pm stop fishing time), the team filing the grievance must do so in writing, with a form provided and a processing fee. If grievance is valid processing fee will be refunded.


      To preserve the integrity of the field the Tournament Director reserves the right to disqualify a team from the NAIFC - SIF Tournament Series and Championship for any rule infraction. Rules 1-7 allow one warning before DQ. The NAIFC Tournament Series reserves the right to amend and introduce rules.


Tournament Director Jack Baker 612-308-4858 or jbakersports@hotmail.com