You may find the answer to your question below, but if not, you may contact us at 719-866-2323.
FAQs

What is USA Boxing?
USA Boxing is the National Governing Body for the sport of Olympic-style boxing in the United States. USAB is a non-profit corporation and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. USAB is responsible for training, competition and development for their sport, as well as nominating athletes to the U.S. Olympic, Youth Olympic, and Pan American Teams. USAB is also recognized by the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) as the national federation responsible for the governance of the sport of boxing in the United States.

What is an LBC?
LBC stands for Local Boxing Committee. USA Boxing is comprised of 58 different LBCs throughout the country. Many LBCs cover the entire state, while some states have several LBCs. We also have two LBC’s that are not geographic, but collegiate. It is the LBC’s function and responsibility to govern USA Boxing programs, clubs, and events within their jurisdiction following the rules and guidelines set by USA Boxing. The LBC approves new clubs as well as sanctioned events. You do not get to choose which LBC you belong to (with the exception of college boxers); it is determined by your home address.

Why should I join USA Boxing?
  • Membership in USA Boxing provides you with secondary accident and injury insurance should you sustain an injury during an organized practice or competition.
  • Membership allows you the right to participate in USA Boxing sanctioned events, from the grass roots level up to national and international competitions (must meet eligibility requirements of specific competition); plus, it’s a pathway to the Olympic Games. 
  • Safety of our members is of the utmost importance; our coaches and officials must pass a background screening every year and complete Safe Sport certification every two years. 
  • Membership provides the opportunity to become a certified coach and/or an official. If you want to be in your boxer’s corner, you must be registered and certified.

What does it cost to join USA Boxing?
The prices vary a bit depending on where you live and what type of membership you want. The average price for a boxer is $65 and the average price for a coach/official is $90.

How long is my membership good for?
Memberships are good for one year – January to December. All memberships expire on December 31 of the year in which you register. For example, if you register on August 1, your membership will expire five months later on December 31. We do have early registration each year that begins on November 1. If you register on or after November 1, your membership will be good for the time remaining in the year, plus all of the next year.

This is my first time joining USA Boxing. What do I need to do and what can I expect?
(For the step-by-step process, see the How-To Guides under the Membership tab)
Whether you’re registering as a boxer (athlete) or a coach or official (non-athlete), the first step is to sign-up. From the usaboxing.org home page, click on Membership near the top of the page. Then select Registration, then New Members. Complete the application making sure to fill it out accurately and completely. If possible, register on a computer that is connected to a printer. You will need to print out your confirmation page that contains your membership ID card. It is possible to print these items later once you have completed your registration.

As first-time members of USA Boxing, the next step of the registration process is very important. Your registration confirmation page will provide you further instructions on how to obtain your passbook. Without a passbook, you will not be able to participate.

Boxers/Athletes: You must provide proof of age and citizenship, so you will be required to submit a certified copy of your birth certificate or a photocopy of your passport page that includes your photo and vital statistics. You will also be required to submit 1 or 2 small, passport-size photos; one of which will be affixed to your passbook. In addition, all athletes are required to pass a yearly physical exam, and provide documentation. Once you submit the required documents as instructed on your membership confirmation page, you will receive a white athlete passbook from the LBC registration chair. DO NOT LOSE YOUR BOOK! You must have this book with you in order to box at an event. No book, no box.

Officials and Coaches/Non-athletes: The first time you register, you will be required to provide your social security number. This is so that we can run a background screening on you. We do not store your SSN in our database. All non-athlete members are required to have a full background screening done every other year, which is a part of your registration and will cost you an additional $25. We will run supplemental background screenings in the other years. So, essentially you will be screened every year, but will only be charged every other year. (If you don’t have a social security number, see the paragraph: What if I don’t have a Social Security Number?)

You must also complete the Safe Sport certification when you initially join USA Boxing and then every 2 years after that. Safe Sport is done online and free of charge. Safe Sport is a program of the US Olympic Committee and is required for all non-athlete members. It is not specific to boxing; it is education on how we can all help to keep our kids safe. It consists of a series of videos with a quiz at the end and then a final test that you must pass. If you don’t pass it the first time, you may take it again. Once you pass the test, your USA Boxing member profile is not automatically and immediately updated. There is usually a day delay between the time you finish the test and the time it’s reflected in your membership profile; or it could take longer over a weekend.

To complete the registration process, you must submit a copy of your registration confirmation page and 1 or 2 small, passport-size photos to your LBC registration chair. These instructions will be on your registration confirmation page. Once you have passed your background screening and completed Safe Sport, you will receive a red passbook if you’re a coach and a blue passbook if you’re an official. DO NOT LOSE YOUR BOOK! You will need your book to work an event. In your book, you will also keep track of all certification clinics you take. Be sure to take your book with you when you attend a clinic and have the clinician sign your book.

Certifications and Clinics
Coaches: Before you can work the corner of your boxer, you must become certified as a coach. You can get your certification by either attending a clinic given by your LBC or you may take the test online. You do not need to do both; one or the other. On-line certification: Log into your USA Boxing account, in the left blue pane called Member Home, select Member Area. Under Member Area, select Coach Certification, then Certification Application. Once you’ve “applied” then in the same menu area, click on Take Online Exam. In-Person Clinics: Please contact your LBC president or registration chair to find out when the next clinic will be held.
Officials: Contact your LBC to find out when the next officials clinic will be given in your area. In some areas, they don’t happen very often, so don’t delay on this part and attend one as soon as you can. Without the proper certification, you will not be allowed to participate.

Why do you ask for my email address?
We strongly encourage all our members to have an email address. That is the primary way USA Boxing communicates with members, regarding status of your membership, upcoming events, important rule changes, and other pertinent and interesting information. As a member, you have control over the types and number of emails you receive. Once you’re logged in to your profile, make sure the Main Info tab is selected at the top, and then select Email Preferences on the second row of tabs.

What is the background screening all about?
Safety of our members is our utmost concern. We require that all of our non-athlete members (coaches, officials, physicians, etc.) submit to background screening every year done through Southeastern Security Consultants, Inc. (SSCI). SSCI will run a check on your name, date of birth, and social security number. They will check state and county criminal records for any misdemeanor and felony records, as well as a national criminal record and sex offender registry search. If SSCI discovers something that does not allow you to pass the screening, they will contact the member directly; USA Boxing will not be privy to the specifics, only that you did not pass. The background screening costs $25 and you will pay this fee (every other year) along with your membership fee when you register online. The background screening typically takes between 3 to 5 business days, but can sometimes take much longer.

Why do you need my Social Security Number?
We will only ask for your Social Security Number if you are registering as a non-athlete (coach, official or ringside physician). Your SSN is very important in correctly identifying you for the background screening. We do not keep your SSN on file either hard copy or in our database. Please make sure you enter your SSN correctly, or it will delay your background screening.

What if I don’t have a Social Security Number?
We realize we have many members who are not U.S. Citizens and may not have Social Security Numbers. If you do not have a Social Security Number, you can still be a member of USA Boxing. You will need to register a little bit differently than everyone else. At the current time, you will not be able to register online. 

You have two options: 1) You may contact your LBC to get a paper application and background screening consent form, and submit those applications along with payment to the registration chair; or 2) If you have a Visa or Master Card credit or debit card, you may call the USA Boxing national office at 719-866-2323, and we can get you registered over the phone.

How do I renew my membership?
(For the step-by-step process, see the How-To Guides under the Membership tab)
To renew your membership, you will need your user name and password. If you have no idea what those are, don’t worry, there’s still hope for you. The first thing you should try is to “request a log in” from the log in page. If that doesn’t work for you, then you can call us at the national office; we will look up this information for you. 719-866-2323.

Once you get past the log in screen, just follow the steps. If you are not automatically prompted to register, you should select Renew Membership in the menu options on the left hand side of the screen, under Member Area. Be sure to update your contact information if any of it has changed since you were last registered. On the final step, you will pay the membership fee with a Visa or Master Card credit or debit card. If you don’t have one, you can always go buy a Visa gift card from the store.

If you’re a boxer, and you have your passbook, all you need to do is print your membership card and tape it to either the inside cover or the first page of your passbook. There is nothing else you need to do – just make sure that you have proof of a current physical exam in your passbook.

If you’re a coach or an official – you may be prompted for a background screening and/or Safe Sport certification, depending on if you need it or not. Once your membership is Current (not In-Progress), you can print out your Membership Card and tape it on the first page of your passbook where the stickers used to go. If you don’t have a passbook, contact your LBC registration chair.

I’ve been a member of USA Boxing before, but that was many years ago. Since it’s been so long, do I register as a new member? I don’t know my log in information anyway.
The USA Boxing database retains membership information for many years. If you were a member in the past, you are likely in our database. You should select “renew my membership” and request a log in. If you do not receive log in information or need assistance, please call the membership services department at 719-866-2323.

Help! I forgot my user name and password!
You have a couple of options. On the login page, you will see an option to “request a log in” and “forgot password.” If the email in your profile is still current, and you haven’t moved recently, one of these options should work for you. If not, then you will need to email or call Member Services and we can give you your user name and reset your password. 719-866-2323 or membership@usaboxing.org. (Please note that the phone number and email are only monitored during our normal business hours, M-F, 8am to 5pm, Mountain time.)

What do I do if I lost my passbook?
We hope that everyone will be very careful and NOT lose their passbook, but if you do, you must contact the registration chair of your LBC (Local Boxing Committee). You may be charged a fee for an additional book.

What is a Masters Boxer?
If you want to box and you are age 41 and older, you will be classified as a Masters Boxer. If you are age 35 to 40, you may choose to box as a master or you may choose to box as senior/elite (or both) until you reach the age of 41. Masters will have a different passbook than other boxers; the masters book is yellow ad will say Master on it. Masters must get a yearly physical that is more in-depth than what is required for other boxers. For more information, see Appendix H of the USA Boxing Competition Rulebook, or from our home page, click on Membership, then Athlete Physical.

Do I have to get a physical exam before I can box?
Yes, it is mandatory for all boxers to get a physical exam/sports physical and be cleared to participate before they can box. You will find more information and a link to physical exam forms on our website, under Membership, Athlete Physical.

How do I become a registered and certified USA Boxing coach or official?
To become a certified coach or official, the first step is to join USA Boxing as a Non-Athlete member. The second step is to become certified. If you want to be a coach, you can become certified online by taking a test. You can find instructions on our website, select Membership, then For Coaches. OR, you may attend a coaches’ clinic in person put on by your LBC. At the present time, Officials must attend an in-person officials’ clinic given by their LBC. Contact your registration chair for details.

How do I register my club?
(For the step-by-step process, see the Web Guides under the Membership tab)
New club: In order to register your club, you must first have a current non-athlete membership. Log in to your account on the website. On the left-hand side are menu options: Select “Register Your Club.” Complete the application and submit payment with a Master Card or Visa credit or debit card. Your club will need to be approved by your Local Boxing Committee (LBC) which is a simple process done through our database. You may print your club certificate through your own personal profile. On the menu options on the left hand side, select “Print Club Certificate.” All clubs registered with USA Boxing will be mailed a 36” x 24” club poster each year to hang in their gym.

Renewing your club: Only the member(s) listed as the club administrator may renew the club. Log into your account and in the menu options on the left hand side, select “Renew my Club” which is under Club Admin, My Club. (If you do not see the option to renew your club, then it’s possible that you are NOT listed as the club administrator in our database. If you should be the club administrator, please contact the national office at 719-866-2323.) Update any information you need to such as phone numbers and email address, submit the payment and you’re done. Renewing clubs do not need to be approved by the LBC.

When I registered with USA Boxing, my club was not listed. Why?
Only clubs with current USA Boxing membership will be listed. Your club may have been a member previously, but their membership expired and they have not renewed it. If your club does renew their membership after you have registered, let us know and we can “attach” you to the club.

How Do I Apply for a Sanction?
(For the step-by-step process, see the Web Guides under the Membership tab)
To apply for a sanction, you must be the club administrator or an LBC administrator. Log in to your own account and on the menu items on the left hand side, under Event Administration, select SUBMIT an EVENT. You will be asked several questions about the type of sanction, the location, date, time, etc. You should know who your Chief of Officials will be, as well as the ringside doctor. Entering the Official in Charge is required; the doctor can be filled in at a later date. You will need to pay for your sanction with a Visa or Master Card credit or debit card. Once you’ve completed the application process online, your LBC will need to approve it. Once they approve it, you will be sent an email.

Note: Each LBC operates a little differently, but it’s a good idea to contact the LBC President and Chief of Officials prior to applying to make sure the date you want is available.

Does USA Boxing provide insurance?
Yes. Your membership with USA Boxing includes insurance -- injury/accident insurance for athletes, coaches, officials and other volunteers, and liability insurance for clubs and events. For more information, please see our Insurance Manual.