In preparation for the Western Elite Qualifier and Regional Open Championships, we want to take a moment to answer some questions that may be of concern.
Please note: the Western Qualifier is not limited to those living in the western region of the United States. Elite athletes can compete in either qualifier regardless of where they live. Youth, Intermediate, Bantam and Pee Wee can compete in one, both or none (either) qualifier and still compete in their age division in the Nationals in December 2017 because these divisions are “open”.
2017 USA Boxing Elite National Championships in December will not be an open registration tournament, and will be limited to 8 boxers per weight class. Elite athletes can secure a berth in the National Championships by one of four ways:
Ø 2016 Elite National Championships Champion & Runner Up
Ø 2017 Western Elite Qualifier Champion & Runner Up
Ø 2017 Eastern Elite Qualifier Champion & Runner Up
Ø Wild Card Selection by the High Performance Selection Committee
Selection and Seeding of the Elite Athletes for the 2017 USA Boxing National Championships is outlined in the USA Boxing Elite Athlete Selection Model.
The youth age division will be open registration at the 2017 Youth National Championships in December, but will be limited to 32 boxers per weight class. Champions from the 2016 Youth National Championships, 2017 Western Regional Open, 2017 Youth Open and 2017 Eastern Regional Open, will guarantee their spots in the 2017 Youth National Championships.
The 2017 USA Boxing Youth National Championships in December will serve as the Youth Olympic Games Team Trial and the criteria for seeding of the Youth Athletes has not yet been finalized.
JUNIOR, INTERMEDIATE, BANTAM
Junior, intermediate & bantam age divisions will be open registration at the 2017 National Championships in December, but will be limited to 32 boxers per weight class. Champions from the 2016 Junior National Championships, 2017 Western Regional Open, 2017 Junior Olympic Championships and 2017 Eastern Regional Open, will guarantee their spots in the 2017 National Championships.
Pee wee division participation is encouraged at the Western Regional Open. Novice boxers with 0-4 bouts of experience can also register for the event. Upon conclusion of the pee wee general weigh-in, matched bouts will be made for unopposed and novice boxers. Tournament staff and officials will host a coaches meeting regarding Pee Wee competition for the tournament.
USA BOXING RANKINGS
The top 8 boxers in each age division and weight class at the 2017 Western Elite Qualifier and Regional Open will earn rankings points.
Seeding of junior, intermediate, bantam & pee wee athletes for the 2017 USA Boxing National Championships in December will be awarded based upon the USA Boxing Rankings. Click here to review the new USA Boxing Rankings General Information sheet. Rankings are currently being finalized and will be available soon.