USA Boxing Features Ask HP Answers: Part...

Ask HP Answers: Part 2

June 19, 2020, 11:54 a.m. (ET)

On behalf of USA Boxing’s High Performance department, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to submit their questions. Many of the questions received were similar in nature, so we grouped some of the answers together to efficiently answer them as best as possible. If you have any additional questions or would like any further information regarding a particular HP matter, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at

Stay safe, stay healthy, and go USA.

Matt Johnson, USA Boxing High Performance Director

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Question: Many members asked how they can become a coach for Team USA?


In addition to its full-time coaching staff, USA Boxing also has a High Performance Coaching Pool that provides coaching support to national teams during training camps and international competitions.

USA Boxing accepts applications for additional coaches to join the High Performance Coaching Pool between October and December of each year. This application is posted to and announced on all social media platforms during this timeframe. Selections are made based on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Experience developing successful boxers who attain national competition success
  • USA Boxing and AIBA coaching certification levels
  • Responses to short answer questions.

Question: Many members asked how they can become a coach for major competitions, including the Olympic Games and Pan American Games

Answer: USA Boxing has staff selection procedures specific to each major Games, such as the Olympic Games and the Pan American Games. The following link provide additional information regarding the process of selection for staff to major competitions, such as Olympic Games and Pan American Games

Question: What qualities does the training center look for in potential coaches?

Answer: When adding coaches to USA Boxing’s High Performance Coaching Pool, the organization looks for coaches who are willing to learn and compliment the full time national coaching staff. It takes a cohesive team to provide the best possible support to USA Boxing’s national teams, so coaches who are new to the system must be willing learn the system currently in place and follow the directives of USA Boxing’s National Head Coach and National Youth & Junior Coach. In addition, USA Boxing also looks for coaches who are up to date on the latest USA Boxing Coaching Education certification levels, which provide an insight into the techniques and tactics taught at the national level.


Question: Once USA Boxing resumes competition, will boxers and coaches need to take and pass the COVID-19 test? Asking because if a boxer is in the ring boxing and one boxer finds out later that he has the virus, will the other boxer and referee in the ring have to do the 14 day isolation, maybe the doctor, weigh master so on doing that event? Is there a safe guard for that, even if our National athletes travel aboard is safe from other countries as well? question was asked by a parent that if that happened to there child would they be able to sue the LBC or USA Boxing? 

USA Boxing is working with its Medical Commission to create protocols to help ensure a safe environment for all athletes, coaches and officials once the nation can return to boxing. While our organization does not currently have answers to all of these questions, we have put together a variety of protocols and guidelines to help membership transition back into the new normal. Please click the following link for information regarding the return to boxing protocol, in wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic: 

Question: Can I get a copy of the power point t slides for coaches clinic for the new coaches so I can study the material before December?

USA Boxing has a plethora of coaching resources and information made available to all members on the USOPC Mobile Coach App. These resources can be accessed by clicking the following link:

If you have further questions regarding USA Boxing’s Coaching Education Program or are having trouble accessing this resource, please contact USA Boxing’s Coaching Education Coordinator, Chad Wigle, at, for assistance.

Question: Do you get to fight in the ring if you are 11? How many fights do you need?

Competition opportunities for boxers begins at the age of 8 years old. For more information about age classifications, minimum bout requirements, and other competition rules, please visit USA Boxing’s National Rulebook by clicking the following link:

Question: I just wanted to know how I can up my training and keep training more constantly for about 6-7 times per week and not gas out and how to train like the elite fighters also I wanted to know how the rankings worked regarding to how to move up in the rankings?

USA Boxing has a plethora of coaching resources and information made available to all members on the USOPC Mobile Coach App. These resources can be accessed by clicking the following link:

Regarding the USA Boxing Ranking System, please click the following link to find a full overview of how the system works: