USA Boxing to Host 2009 Trainer the Trainer Clinic

March 10, 2009, 4:56 p.m. (ET)
USA Boxing will be hosting the 2009 Train the Trainer Clinic, March 16-22, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The event will provide valuable knowledge and information to coaches and officials from across the United States.

The 2009 edition will be the first Train the Trainer since 2005, and the first under USA Boxing High Performance Director, Patrick Borkowski. The sessions will be led by numerous sources, including United States Olympic Committee Sport Performance staff, elite coaches, top level officials, computer technicians and USA Boxing National Office staff.

Over 80 coaches and 50 officials will make the trip to Colorado Springs, and USA Boxing funded one official and one coach from each of the 57 local boxing committees.

"Train the Trainer is a great opportunity for USA Boxing to share new ideas with a large number of coaches and officials, and will be the first of many events to come," High Performance Director Patrick Borkowski said. "This clinic provides a unique chance for USA Boxing to show our support for the hard work of our grassroots coaches and officials while increasing communication between the national and local levels."

USOC Sports Psychologist Kirsten Peterson will introduce the coaches in attendance to some of the techniques she used with the 2008 Olympic Team in her session on Positive Coaching and Focus. Fellow USOC staff member, sports dietician Laura Anderson, will also address the group, giving a presentation on Nutrition for Performance and Weight Management. In addition, boxing doctor and United States Olympic committee physician, Dr. John Reasoner will teaches the attendees about sports medicine, injury prevention and rehabilitation.

On the officials side, Kevin Franklin, Enrique Orci, Ray Silvas, Spence Carpenter, Ricky Webb  and Angel Villareal will all serve as clinicians. They will educate the attending officials on the referee workbook, certification levels, AIBA, the chief of officials' duties, the computer scoring system, grievance procedures and conflict resolution.

Joe Zanders, Andre Rozier, Tom Coulter and Patrick Borkowski will lead the majority of the coaches sessions, and will discuss the USA Boxing High Performance Model, USADA education, fundamental boxing techniques and tactics, strength and conditioning for boxing, the international scoring system, and designing effective training sessions.

Testing for both the officials and coaches will be conducted on the final day of Train the Trainer.