Intramural Boxing

Bankers Trophy Points

1. Bankers Trophy points will be awarded according to company standings in team competition.

Team Competition

1. Team competition will be conducted within each regiment. Each company will field a team of five boxers in the following weight classes, 145, 160, 175, 190, and heavyweight, for each match.

2. Each company will meet at least four other companies in their own regiment to determine the regimental champion. Regimental champions will compete in a single elimination tournament to determine the Brigade Champion.

Brigade Open

1. The Brigade Open will begin at the conclusion of the team competition.

2. BDE OPN weight classes are: 119, 125, 132, 139, 147, 156, 165, 175, 185, 195 and Heavyweight.

3. This tournament is open to all cadets that have successfully completed 4th Class Boxing.

4. Rounds: Preliminary bouts—3, 90 second rounds. Finals—3, 2 minute rounds.

Scoring

All bouts in both tournaments will be conducted under NCBA and USA Boxing rules. The winner of each round receiving 20 points and the loser less than 20. There will be no draw contests. (See Appendix A.)

The Job of a Boxing Coach

The prime responsibility of a boxing coach is that he is absolutely sure that each of his men is physically sound and able to participate in boxing without fear of endangering his physical well being.

Secondly, he is responsible to see that he does everything possible to get his men in as good a physical condition as possible. In order to function safely and effectively in boxing, it is imperative that a man is in top physical shape.

The road to good physical condition for boxing is not an easy one. The average person, especially an inexperienced one, is not capable of working himself hard enough to obtain the level of condition he needs. A coach must be able to demand and get that work from his charges.

Handwrapping

Be sure that each of your boxers knows how and correctly wraps his hands before each workout. The reason for wrapping hands is principally to protect the bones in the back of the hand. The wrap should be put on snugly but should not bind the hand. The most important part of the wrap is the crosses over the back of the hand. On a properly wrapped hand, the bandage will stay in place even after gloves have been changed during the workout. Be sure to check your boxers' wraps every few days. The activities that should be included in a workout program are running, shadow boxing, sparring, rope skipping, heavy bag and calisthenics.

Roadwork

Running is the most indispensable activity in the program. If time permitted only one activity, running should be the one selected. If should be done in a spring, jog, walk fashion rather than a steady pace. In boxing the pace is seldom steady, but one in which there are periods of relative inactivity and others of furious activity; hence, the advisability of the change of pace in roadwork.

Shadow Boxing

If done properly shadow boxing is an excellent developer of good form and a good conditioner. The men must be prodded to put out to the fullest the entire time he is shadowboxing. Working in front of a mirror is excellent help toward developing good form.

Sparring

Sparring is very important, of course, but should not be continued for too long on a particular day. The usual length of a sparring session should be two or three rounds of the same duration as matches. Occasionally, the sessions may be extended to four rounds, but never more. There should always be a plan for a sparring session, something a man is to especially work out for that day; never spar just to be sparring. Be sure men wear headgear and grease their faces when sparring. Sparring is usually done early in the workout when men are fresh enough to try new skills and work on new combinations.

Jumping Rope

Jumping rope is not a substitute for roadwork; it is more designed to improve coordination and agility. It should be done continuously and broken into period of fast and slow (i.e. 45 seconds easy, 15 seconds hard) times 5 minutes. It is especially valuable for those men who find it hard to learn to skip rope; they are the people who need the coordination and agility it develops.

Heavy Bag

The heavy bag is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment to use in your workouts. It not only helps develop power and improve form but also is an excellent conditioner. It may be punched while being held by a coach to work on a particular punch or combination of punches, or may be boxed as you would an opponent. When working on the heavy bag, one should hit bag when it is coming toward you, but has not yet reached the vertical position. The hands should be carefully wrapped when punching the heavy bag. The heavy bag should not be used during the last few days before a bout, since it does have a tendency to slow down arm speed. Coaches must carefully look at the boxers' hands to ensure that they are not injuring their hands and knuckles due to excessive bag-work.

Calisthenics

The calisthenics to be stressed in boxing training are stomach work and neck work. Sit-ups or curls are the best stomach exercises for the upper abdominals, and leg raising exercises for the best for the lower abdominals. The best neck exercises are partner-resisted lateral and vertical neck flexions. Push-ups are an excellent way to improve punch strength. Calisthenics should be included in each day's workout. Coaches are encouraged to look at Coaching Olympic Style Boxing by the United States Olympic Training Center for skills, drills, and example workouts.

Average Day's Workout

5 minutes of loosening up 2 rounds of shadow boxing. 2 rounds of sparring. 2 four rounds heavy bag.

2 rounds rope skipping. Calisthenics.

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