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Casting Games Scorecard
BFF Casting Evaluation
Member Level I self-evaluation elements
Caster demonstrates the Basic Casting Stroke (BCS) with the elements of:
Smooth Acceleration of the Rod
With tension on the rod tip (No Slack)
Straight line rod tip path (SLP)
Proper Stroke length (Short cast/short stroke, Longer cast/longer stroke)
Abrupt Stop or Speed up & Stop (SU&S) for loop formation.
Pause (timing) appropriate to line beyond the rod tip.
Proper pick up and lay down casts are consistent without common errors of:
Starting with rod tip high on pick up
Wristing to open loops
Casting plane down in the back to strike grass
Casting plane up in the front
False casting with good loops and throwing on the presentation to open the loop or tail it!
Caster forms parallel loops (while false casting and/or on final presentation)
Open or tailing loops are not acceptable.
Caster casts in correct plane (usually up on back cast, low to target on forward cast)
Caster uses 180 principal (taking backcast from the target, forward cast to the target)
Caster can cast to an identified target at 45'. (Casters feet to fly) Relatively close with some consistency! This considers a 9' leader, 9' rod and 30' of line beyond the rod tip. I realize that is 48' but the leader may be short or not straighten completely. Shorter distances like 35' set up insufficient line to load the rod. Plus this could be a fishing cast!
Level I completion standards: The caster has a sound BCS and can consistently form parallel loops both from and to the target in the correct casting plane.