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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


  1. I need history, either amateur or professional, on a friend/relative who was an amateur/professional boxer. Can you help?

  2. What are the different classifications of competition in amateur boxing such as Senior, Youth, Elite, Master and Open and Novice?

  3. How can I become a registered and certified USA Boxing official?

  4. How can I become a registered and certified USA Boxing coach?

  5. Why does it take several days to get a response to my question or request?

  6. How can I get my club listed on the website?

  7. Where can I get information on the insurance provided by USA Boxing as part of my registration fee?

  8. I registered with USA Boxing, Metro in November of last year. Why am I required to register again in January?

  9. What are the substances currently banned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency?

  10. What are the policies about taking a team from the US to other countries?

  11. What are the policies about bringing a team from another country to the US?


    1. I need history, either amateur or professional, on a friend/relative who was an amateur/professional boxer. Can you help?

      Because USA Boxing, Metro was incorporated in 1978, we do not have any history prior to that. In addition, because we are amateur only, we would not have information about professional boxers. For information about professionals, you can go to boxrec.com.

      For historical information about the Golden Gloves, please contact the Daily News at 212-210-2100. Ask for the Golden Gloves.

      For tapes of Metro bouts, contact Bill Butterworth at 212-228-3729.

    2. What are the different classifications of competition in amateur boxing such as Senior, Youth, Elite, Master and Open and Novice?

      Junior - A Junior boxer is an athlete between the ages of 8 and 16. (You cannot register with USA Boxing until you are 8 years of age.) If you will be 16 before your next competition, then you will participate as a Senior boxer. If you are under 16 at the beginning of the competition, you are a Junior.

      Youth - A Youth boxer is an athlete between the ages of 17 and 18.

      Elite- An Elite boxer is an athlete between the ages of 18 and 40 who wishes to qualify to compete internationally, which competitions are without headgear or singlets.

      Senior - A Senior boxer is an athlete between the ages of 18 and 40 who do not wish to compete internationally, and who will wear headgear and singlets in all competitions.

      Master - An athlete is a Master boxer once he/she has turned 35 years of age and has chosen not to be a Senior boxer until the age of 40.

      Open Class - (a) An Open (Post-Novice boxer) is: (i) A boxer who has competed in twenty (20) or more sanctioned boxing matches as a Junior Olympian or has been a finalist in the national JO tournament, upon becoming a Senior Class boxer, he/she shall be an Open Class boxer.
      (ii) A boxer shall become an Open Class boxer upon the completion of his/her tenth bout in the Senior Class (non-Junior Olympics). Therefore, a boxer?s eleventh bout as a Senior Class boxer will be an Open Class bout if said boxer did not have twenty (20) bouts as Junior Olympian;
      (iv) A boxer who has competed in ten (10) or more boxing matches as a senior boxer in any country;
      (v) A boxer who has been a finalist in any major tournament. Major tournaments include the Golden Gloves, State Final Competitions, Regional USA Boxing Championships;
      (vi) At the discretion of the coach and boxer, a boxer who has competed in five (5) or more sanctioned bouts is eligible to compete as an Open class boxer;
      (vii) At the discretion of the coach and boxer, a boxer who has not competed in five (5) or more sanctioned bouts may petition the Board of Directors or Tournament Organization Committee to enter said boxer in the Open class. The Executive Committee shall grant permission for said boxer to compete in the Open class only upon the determination that said boxer would be competitive in the Open class;
      (viii) Once a boxer has competed in the Open class said boxer cannot revert to the Novice class;
      (ix) "Walkover" decisions and "byes" do not count as sanctioned USA Boxing matches;
      (x) A boxer who is eligible to enter a tournament as a Novice boxer shall remain in the Novice class for the duration of that tournament.

      Novice Class - A male boxer is a Novice boxer until he has 10 bouts in his passbook as a Senior boxer; until if he has had fewer than 20 bouts as a Junior Olympian; or until he been a finalist in a major competition as a novice boxer.

    3. How can I become a registered and certified USA Boxing official?

      To register, please go to our registration page for information.

      To become certified, contact Chief of Officials Michael "Biggie" O'Connor at 347-582-5043. In a nutshell, it consists of:

    4. How can I become a registered and certified USA Boxing coach?

      To register, please go to our registration page for information.
      REGISTRATION FOR MEMBERSHIP IS GOOD FOR ONE YEAR AND EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 31ST OF EACH YEAR, NO MATTER WHEN YOU REGISTER. HOWEVER, BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE GOOD FOR TWO YEARS FROM THE YEAR IN WHICH YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK IS CLEARED.

      To become certified:
      • 2008 Basic Rules and Hints for Beginning Officials
      • Attend a certification clinic (there is no charge for clinics). Clinics, when scheduled, can be found on the Events page. CERTIFICATION IS GOOD FOR TWO YEARS FROM THE DATE OF THE CERTIFICATION CLINIC YOU ATTEND AND AT WHICH YOU ARE TESTED.


    5. Why does it take several days to get a response to my question or request?

      USA Boxing, Metro is an all volunteer organization, run by individuals with full-time jobs. Most of the paperwork, registration, etc. is done in their free time. We ask for patience when making a request, it will be handled as soon as possible.

    6. How can I get my club listed on the website?

      First, your club must be registered. Then, complete the Club Listing Form and submit it.

    7. Where can I get information on the insurance provided by USA Boxing as part of my registration fee?

      Go to the Insurance Information page.

    8. I registered with USA Boxing, Metro in November of last year. Why am I required to register again in January?

      All memberships expire on December 31st of each year, no matter when a registration is received.

    9. What are the substances currently banned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency?

      Go to the following site to see the SUBSTANCES CURRENTLY BANNED BY THE U.S. ANTI-DOPING AGENCY.

    10. What are the policies about taking a team from the US to other countries?

      POLICIES FOR TRAVEL AND PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL CLUB/GROUP MEMBER COMPETITION OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES

      1. The request for permission to participate in an international club competition outside the United States must be made directly to the LBC President or registration chairman, who will forward all material to USA Boxing Headquarters for approval a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to the team's departure. This excludes military athletes assigned or deployed overseas. The information required is as follows:
        • A copy of the letter of invitation from the foreign club, including the financial agreement (travel, to include international/domestic, meals, lodging, per diem, additional expenses, etc.) with the foreign club.
        • A list of all USA Boxing club/group member delegation's names, addresses and registration numbers.


        Insurance Coverage:

        The TravMed insurance fees are $3.50 per person per day, for athletes and non-athletes. TravMed coverage is used when traveling internationally. When a person is involved in an accident or suffers a sudden illness requiring emergency medical services, and in the event adequate medical facilities are not available, Medex will arrange and pay on a secondary basis for medical evacuation to the nearest facility capable of providing appropriate care. In addition, Medex will cover all costs of services provided under Medex?s direction, on a secondary basis, up to a maximum of $100,000. This coverage is available to all of the athletes and any registered USA Boxing member who is traveling with them. Application for the coverage must be made 10 days prior to departure. The LBC should send the list of individuals and the total fee to USA Boxing, ID cards will be sent to the LBC President or Registration Chair.

        If application is not made prior to departure, delegations of athletes and non-athletes traveling outside the United States may not have insurance coverage in case of illness or injury. The sports accident insurance coverage provided through USA Boxing will still apply for injuries sustained during practice or competition, but international providers will most likely require payment at the time of service, which will be reimbursed by the insurance company to the injured party at a later date.

      2. Within ten (10) days after return to the United States, the USA Boxing club/group member must submit a report, to include: medical injuries, financial information, match results indicating what decision was rendered in each match, and a brief informational report of the event.
      3. Usage of athletes from outside the LBC requesting permission to travel and participate shall be conducted through the presidents of the Local Boxing Committees affected, agreed to in writing, and submitted to USA Boxing.
      4. No team other than the USA National Team may use USA on their uniforms in club/group member competition or in the advertising of its event.
      5. Teams, whether USA Boxing club/group members or foreign, must be designated as club teams and may not be referred to as national teams.
      6. Teams participating in international club/group member competition must adhere to all the general rules of competition. In addition, the following items must be complied with:
        • Pro/Am competitions are permissible if held within the guidelines established by the Pro-Am ad-hoc committee. Amateur boxers cannot compete against professional boxers.
        • Junior Olympic age boxers who are matched must be within two years of each boxer's birth date.


      REQUIRED FORMS:
      International Group Member/Club Exchange Checklist
      International Group Member/Club Exchange Results Form

      POLICIES FOR TRAVEL AND PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL CLUB/GROUP MEMBER COMPETITIONS OUTSIDE THE U.S. WITH CANADA/MEXICO BORDERING PROVINCES AND CITIES

      Outside the United States:
      Clubs must inform the Local Boxing Committee (LBC) president or registration chairperson of their intent to participate and travel to Canada or Mexico for an International Club/Group Member Exchange with a bordering province or city. After local approval, all required material shall be forwarded to USA Boxing Headquarters for approval. If at all possible, the material should be forwarded at least 10 days prior to travel. This excludes military athletes assigned or deployed overseas. Requirements:
      1. List of delegation members to the LBC president or registration chairman.
      2. The LBC president or registration chairman will issue a USA Boxing Travel Permit to the delegation leader, who will take the permit with him to Canada or Mexico. The permit must be filled out in its entirety and signed by the official in charge of the Canadian or Mexican event.
      3. Within 10 days after the event, the person in charge of the event must send the completed Travel Permit to the LBC president or registration chairman, who in turn will send it and the insurance premium to USA Boxing?s Headquarters.
      4. Participants in Club/Group Member Exchanges must be registered and in good standing with their National Governing Body (NGB) and all general rules of competition must be adhered to.

      REQUIRED FORMS:
      International Group Member/Club Exchange Checklist
      USA Boxing Travel Permit For Border Club Exchanges with Canada or Mexico
      International Group Member/Club Exchange Results Form

      ALL FORMS FOUND ON THE FORMS PAGE

    11. What are the policies about bringing a team from another country to the US?

      POLICIES TO TRAVEL AND PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL CLUB/GROUP MEMBER COMPETITIONS INSIDE THE U.S.WITH CANADA/MEXICO BORDERING PROVINCES AND CITIES

      1. The application for sanction must be made directly to the Local Boxing Committee. After approving the application the LBC shall forward all the required material to USA Boxing Headquarters before the date of competition.
      2. The sanction application must state that the competition is an International Club exchange and that boxers from Canada or Mexico have been invited.
      3. Within ten (10) days after the competition, the sanction holder must submit a report to the LBC to include injuries, financial information (travel expenses, meals, lodging, per diem and other miscellaneous expenses incurred) and the results of the competition. The LBC will forward the information to USA Boxing Headquarters.
      4. All participants of club/group member exchanges must be registered and in good standing with their respective National Governing Body (NGB) and must adhere to the rules of USA Boxing.


      REQUIRED FORMS:
      International Group Member/Club Exchange Checklist
      Foreign Delegation Team Members
      International Group Member/Club Exchange Results Form

      POLICIES FOR TRAVEL AND PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL CLUB/GROUP MEMBER COMPETITION INSIDE THE UNITED STATES

      1. The application for sanction must be made directly to the Local Boxing Committee (LBC) president or registration chairman. He or she shall approve and forward all required material to the USA Boxing Headquarters Office a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to the date of competition. The application for sanction must include the following:
        • The letter of invitation to the foreign club, to include the provisions of the financial agreement (travel, to include international/domestic, meals, lodging, per diem, additional expenses, etc.) with the foreign club.
        • A letter of approval from the foreign club's national governing body (NGB).
        • A list of all USA Boxing's club/group member delegation's names, addresses and registration numbers.
        • A list of all USA Boxing certified officials (referees, judges, timekeepers, clerks, etc.) being used for the competition(s).
        • A list of all the foreign delegation's names.


        Insurance Coverage:

        The TravMed insurance fees are $3.50 per person per day, for athletes and non-athletes. TravMed coverage is used when traveling internationally. When a person is involved in an accident or suffers a sudden illness requiring emergency medical services, and in the event adequate medical facilities are not available, Medex will arrange and pay on a secondary basis for medical evacuation to the nearest facility capable of providing appropriate care. In addition, Medex will cover all costs of services provided under Medex's direction, on a secondary basis, up to a maximum of $100,000. This coverage is available to all of the foreign athletes and anyone who is traveling with them. The insurance fee may be waived if a certificate of insurance coverage for the foreign delegation is provided to USA Boxing and includes the amount of coverage and a stipulation of coverage while traveling and competing in the United States.
      2. Within ten (10) days after the competition, the USA Boxing club/group member must submit a report, to include: medical injuries, financial information, match results indicating what decision was rendered in each match, and a brief informational report of the event.
      3. No international club/group member competition date will be approved which conflicts with other USA international competitions.
      4. Usage of athletes from outside the LBC sanctioning the competition shall be conducted through the presidents of the Local Boxing Committees affected, agreed to in writing, and submitted to USA Boxing.
      5. No team other than the USA National Team may use USA on their competition suits in club/group member competition or in advertising its event.
      6. Teams, whether USA Boxing. club/group member or foreign, must be designated as club teams and may not be referred to as national teams.
      7. T.V. coverage
        • Television coverage (local or regional) must receive approval of USA Boxing.
        • Approval will only be granted for local or regional coverage and a copy of the agreement must be forwarded to USA Boxing for approval before execution and issuance of sanction.
        • USA Boxing shall have the right to assess an agreed-upon percentage of any income derived from regional telecasts.
      8. Teams participating in international club/group member competition must adhere to all the general rules of competition. In addition, the following items must be complied with:
        • Pro/Am competitions are permissible if held within the guidelines established by the Pro-Am ad-hoc committee. Amateur boxers cannot compete against professional boxers.
        • Junior Olympic age boxers who are matched must be within two years of each boxer's birth date.
      REQUIRED FORMS:
      International Group Member/Club Exchange Checklist
      Foreign Delegation Team Members
      International Group Member/Club Exchange Results Form

      ALL FORMS FOUND ON THE FORMS PAGE




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