How do we get started?
Student Angler Federation, (SAF) clubs are gearing up for another exciting year of High School Fishing. Starting a school club is simple. There are new and exciting SAF opportunities waiting for you, so let’s breakdown this easy process.
First, contact TBF in the “Contact” section of the web site. Then, TBF will email you more information that also contains a link to the 15 minute video (view it now) and information on starting a SAF club. Review the materials and show the video to a teacher, principal or advisor. If they can’t help you get started, contact the TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, at firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Here are three important facts to mention:
- Liability Insurance. Administrators are concerned with students being properly covered during a school event. All members of the Student Angler Federation are covered under TBF’s insurance policy. $1 million of liability coverage and $25,000 in excess medical coverage protecting not only club members but also the school, and the advisors/volunteers participating in a club event. This is very important to administrators and also makes the $25 dues an incredible value!
- Academic Benefits. The educator will want to know how this program benefits students academically. The video and workbook emphasize the ties between education and fishing. There are practical lessons about math, language arts and science and their applications to fishing. In addition, 61% of students participating in the High School Fishing Movement that started in Illinois weren’t involved in any other school activity. The program keeps students active and involved in the outdoors.
- Cost. It doesn’t cost much to operate a school fishing club, so cost shouldn’t be a concern. Clubs can also earn all the money needed with our club fundraiser, selling a quality eyewear product from our partners at Solar Bat glasses. The glasses are affordable, easy to sell, and will generate excellent profit margins.Highlighting these points shows your administrators the program is good for the school and its students.Next, get others interested! Schedule an after-school meeting, use bulletin boards, email blasts, Facebook and the PA announcements to get the word out. Show the video at meetings and discuss ideas. Sign up interested students on a roster including contact info, age, and mailing address. Then, collect dues and register the club online. Detailed instructions on registering can be found on our web site under “Forms”. Next, elect club officers and start scheduling events. Events can range from pond or bank fishing to conservation events like ramp cleanups. TBF can also help your club plan a boating tournament.