Social Media Guidelines

Kayak Fishing Utah has set up its social media sites to provide places where KFU Members and Guests feel comfortable in sharing information and experiences, building relationships, coordinating plans, and staying on the cutting edge of the kayak fishing revolution; where we can keep up with friends and events without a cascade of spam.

KFU Members, this is our community. Let’s make it strong, vibrant and enjoyable for all Members and guests.

This page provides guidance for use by KFU Members and Guests of KFU social media sites. Kayak Fishing Utah’s Social Media Sites include KFU’s Website & BLOG, Facebook Business Page, Facebook Group Page, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube along with series and event pages and other sites and services that permit users to share information with others in a contemporaneous manner. Each user makes his own decision to view content or engage with others. The services are intended for use by individuals 13 years of age or older.

Use of KFU’s social media sites is a privilege, not a right. How you interact on these sites has an impact–positive or negative–on both your images and KFU’s. Kayak Fishing Utah is not responsible for the content of any user-created posting, listing or message. The information you post or publish there may be in the public domain for a long time. KFU Management and site administrators and moderators monitor KFU social media sites to ensure that the content posted by KFU staff, members, and guests, including text and images, are consistent with KFU’s values, are in good taste, and do not violate the prohibitions listed below.

To help each user have a more enjoyable experience and encourage them to return regularly, KFU has developed the following Code of Conduct. If you notice social media content that violates this code of conduct, please report it to KFU Management for review.

 

Code of Conduct

 

KFU Social Media Site users agree to:

1. Abide by Facebook Terms of Service,

2. Adhere to all applicable local and national laws

3. Uphold the KFU Social Media Code of Conduct described on this page.

4. Use their best judgment in posting material that is neither inappropriate nor harmful to KFU, its staff, management, and employees, to our sponsors and Partners, and to other Members.

5. Refrain from posting commentary, content, or images that:

  • Incite, advocate or express pornography, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity, hatred, bigotry, racism, or gratuitous violence.

  • Provide or create links to external sites that violate this code of conduct.

  • Threaten, stalk, defame, defraud, degrade, harass, libel, victimize or intimidate an individual or group of individuals for any reason; including on the basis of age, gender, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or race.

  • Contain or could be considered ‘junk mail’, ‘spam’, ‘chain letters’, ‘pyramid schemes’, ‘affiliate marketing’, or unsolicited commercial advertisement.

6. Disengage in a polite manner when encountering a situation or dialogue that threatens to become excessively antagonistic or blatantly hostile,

7. When engaging in respectful disagreements, refrain from a personal attack of the other party. Be respectful of the opinions of others, even if you may disagree.

8. Obtain appropriate permission before referring to or posting proprietary images protected by third party’s copyrights, copyrighted material, trademarks, service marks or other intellectual property.

 

Code Violation Remedies

 

When a Page Administrator or Moderator determines that a user (‘member”) of any KFU social media property has violated the Code of Conduct outlined above, the response may include any action up to and including deleting the post, removing the member from the page, and blocking him from future participation. If one’s post is deleted yet he is allowed to remain in the group, that should serve as fair warning that the member is on probationary status and that inappropriate follow-up or further action of that sort will lead to removal.

 

Advertising and Promotion

 

The following principles apply to the use of social media for personal use as well as for the promotion of individual and group sponsors and businesses.

Who may post content of a commercial nature? Only KFU Members, KFU Partners, and KFU Sponsors who engage with other KFU Members and guests on KFU Social Media on a regular basis may post endemic advertisements, marketing, and commercial promotions that are of direct interest to KFU Members and other kayak anglers.

How frequently may they post such content? The ratio of social comments to commercial-oriented posts should be 4:1 or higher. In other words, KFU Members or Sponsor representatives should post four times or more to interact with other members, offer opinions, ask germane questions, share tips or answer inquiries for every ad or product promotion posted.

What type of content may they post? “Endemic” advertisements and promotions include active-wear products, gear, services, equipment and tackle for use in paddlesports, bass fishing, camping and other related outdoor pursuits.

KFU Members and Sponsors who post field test reviews or first-hand referrals of products and services of obvious interest to kayak bass anglers may refer to or include ad layouts or photos that support the post content.

What content is considered spam? Spam is commercial content that falls into any of these three categories:

  1. Non-endemic advertisements and commercial posts are intended to promote products and services not directly related to paddlesports, kayak fishing, camping and other outdoor pursuits. Examples of these are auto sound systems, diet programs, and supplements, apparel printing services, hair restoration services, investment opportunities, real estate listings. Non-endemic ads and promotions, even if posted by highly-engaged KFU Members and Sponsors, are considered “SPAM” and are prohibited

  2. Endemic advertisements and commercial posts posted by individuals who at NOT active members of KFU or who represent KFU Sponsors.

  3. Endemic advertisements and commercial posts by KFU Members and Sponsors whose primary interaction is the posting of such content. That is promotional content by KFU Members and Sponsors who post more than once for every four non-commercial posts or comments.

 

Code of Conduct Revisions

 

KFU reserves the right to amend or change the Code of Conduct or any service at any time without notice. We encourage you to periodically review these guidelines to ensure you are in compliance.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for a tournament?


Along the top of this website, you will find a tab labeled 'Tournaments'. Under this tab you will find this years tournaments. Click on this and you will be taken to our tour page. When you find the tournament you want, simply click on the 'Register' button. This will take you to TourneyX where you can sign-up, download the TourneyX App, and register for the tournament.




What do I need to compete in a tournament?


In order to compete in any KFU tournament, you will need, at minimum:

1. A kayak, canoe, or stand up paddleboard (SUP)
2. An approved measuring board. A Hawg Trough or Ketch Board. 3. A PFD (Life Vest). This MUST be worn for the duration of the tournament. NO EXCEPTIONS. 4. A Smart Phone with a camera and the TourneyX app loaded on it. Use this to take pictures of your catch and upload them to TourneyX . 5. The correct identifier. This is a credit card sized paper meant to identify which tournament you are uploading fish for. This MUST appear in every photo submitted for judging. Each tournament will have a unique identifier.




How do I use TourneyX?


Go here to get all your questions answered.




What's this about a Monthly Online Challenge?


Hone your tournament skills in our month-long Online Challenges. You have an entire month to fish and upload your catches to TourneyX. Go here to register for one.




How do I join Kayak Fishing Utah?


Along the top of this website you will find a tab labeled 'Join KFU'. Click on this and read about the benfits of becoming a member. If you would like to join, fill out your name and address in the form on the right of the page and click the blue button. Follow the instructions to pay your $50 annual dues and you're now a member. Congratulations.




How do I qualify for the Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship?


As a Kayak Bass Fishing Preferred Partner, KFU will award KBFNC Qualifications to 10% of KBF Members in the organization. KBF Members who qualified previously in Partner and KBF competition in the same year will not be awarded a spot. Eligibility Standard: -Angler must be a paid member of Kayak Fishing Utah and be in good standing. -Angler must have attended at least 4 out of 6 tour events and the Invitational. (The Invitational is mandatory to win AOY.) -Angler must be a member of Kayak Bass Fishing before August 1st of the current year and be in good standing. KBFNC Qualification will be awarded to the following: -Kayak Fishing Utah Angler of the Year Winner will be awarded 1 KBFNC Spot (10+ KBF Members) -First Place at the KFU Invitational will be awarded 1 KBFNC Spot. (20+ KBF Members) -Second Place at the KFU Invitational will be awarded 1 KBFNC Spot. (30+ KBF Members) -Third Place at the KFU Invitational will be awarded 1 KBFNC Spot. (40+ KBF Members) - KBFNC Spots will roll down at the KFU Invitational if any top finishing angler has won a spot in KBF competition in the current year. New for 2019

Partners may now award KBFNC Qualifications to top 10% of the field at meet-up tournaments with 30+ registrants. Qualifications may be awarded only to competitors who were KBF Members prior to start of competition, with no roll-downs for non-KBF Members and competitors previously qualified. For example, a club meet-up tournament (no “virtual,’ on-line event) with 37 registrants would be authorized to award qualifications to the top 4, assuming they are KBF Members (having paid their KBF membership dues prior to the event) and had not already qualified in earlier competition. Partner qualification awards kick in when the number of event registrants reaches 30. Three for 30-34, four for 35-44, five for 45-54, etc.​