THE BOXING OFFICER
1. The Boxing Officer is a very important appointment at Unit level and must be a Commissioned Officer and in the Army is normally a Late Entry Officer. This section aims to provide the Boxing Officer with all of the information required to safely and effectively manage the sport of boxing within a unit.
2. The Boxing Officer’s responsibilities are outlined below with references to the detail contained within this handbook;
a. Be aware of assurance policy in JSP 660 and single service documentation with reference to sport and on duty activities and ensure adherence.
b. Any team undertaking boxing training must be affiliated to their Single Service Boxing Association. The affiliation criteria is detailed below, all aspects of the process must be completed thoroughly and an application sent to Single Service Secs (RAF / RN) or Regional Chairmen Army where a phone call or meeting is to be arranged to discuss the duties of the Boxing Officer to ensure any issues in the unit affiliation and assurance is addressed at this point.
Criteria for Affiliation
i. Safe Training Environment – Check Equipment and location used for training, this needs to be well lit, with enough space to conduct training safely. Equipment must be clean and serviceable – your level 2 coach will be able to help with this.
ii. Coaches Registrations – check to make sure that unit coaches qualifications are valid and have been registered with their Single Service through-out; you must have a level 2 coach.
iii. Ensure that the Health and Safety Officer has signed off all Risk Assessments that pertain to the unit boxing team.
c. Boxers’ Medicals are booked with the unit SMO; boxers may not undertake any contact boxing training until they have passed an Annual Medical.
d. Ensure all training programmes are reviewed by the Senior Coach (minimum Level 2) and the unit senior physical training instructor.
e. Ensure that all sparring is supervised in an appropriate location in accordance with the advice given in Section 5 paragraph 15 and with an action plan for any serious injuries, ensure that the sparring log is completed for every session.
TRAINING AWAY FROM YOUR BOXING GYM
f. Ensure that the unit has completed all of the procedures required to gain affiliation.
g. Ensure that boxers and coaches adhere to the unit Risk Assessments and are aware of the unit Action Plan.
h. Check the club is affiliated to England Boxing by contacting UKAF BA.
i. If in Scotland, Ireland or Wales check the club is affiliated to the National Governing body, your boxers will not be insured if they train at a gym that is not affiliated, the UKAFBA should be contacted if there is any doubt.
j. Check the coaches are registered and qualified, you can do this via Army BA registrations officer 94 222 7090.
k. Coaching courses can be run at unit or regional level at both Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications. Funding for such courses is managed at Single Service levels and Boxing Officers should approach the Single Service Sec for advice. Boxing Officers planning a course must contact the Secretary to arrange appropriately qualified Tutors and Assessors with extensive knowledge service boxing. An application to host or run a unit or garrison coaching course can be found within Section 5 Coaching.
l. Ensure any injuries classified as SI, VSI or any fatalities are reported immediately through the Chain of Command
Army – Complete form 510 and inform the Army BA via email firstname.lastname@example.org
R Navy – Contact unit Gymnasium or establishment to complete a Navy Incident or Near Miss Form – NIMS and then contact RNRMBA Sec.
RAF – Complete form F 7454 and inform the RAFBA Sec
Military personnel only on military property.
m. Read Section 8 Event Organisation.
n. Speak to Single Service or Regional Secretary to discuss dates and the availability of Officials and competition equipment.
o. Agree a date with the Commanding Officer.
p. Book venue.
q. Complete a Certificate of Assurance Application Section 8 Annex A.
r. Formally request officials support from Single Service Officials Secretary (RNRM /RAF) or Regional Secretary (Army).
s. Book paramedic cover – See suggested POC for region See Section 8 Annex B
t. Ensure there is a Ringside Physician (Dr) nominated for your event.
u. Send a copy of the Administrative Instruction to Single Service Officials Secretary (RNRM /RAF) or Regional Secretary (Army).and copy to UKAF BA.
Events involving civilians or on civilian property
v. Boxing against civilians or on civilian property creates complications for UKAFBA registered personnel so early engagement with the Single Service Secretary is important.
i. Events on civilian property – these must be licensed by England Boxing either directly or by the Region, this MUST be arranged by Single Service Sec.
ii. Events involving civilians on military property – permission to include the civilian boxers must be sought from the England Boxing Region by Single Service Sec.
iii. Military Boxers competing on civilian shows – A letter must be provided by the Commanding Officer to put the boxers ON DUTY this can be found at Annex C to Section 8 this is to be copied to Single Service Sec.
For all of the above the officials and the coaches must be registered with England Boxing and this involves having an in date DBS, this can take up to 12 weeks; there is no short cut to this and must be adhered to; see Section 7 para 16 onwards.
TRAINING AND COMPETING OVERSEAS
w. For events overseas Read Section 8 Annex B and then contact the UKAFBA Secretary as permission must be sought from Single Service Sports Boards for Overseas Visits.
x. Once permission from Single Service Sport Board is granted Boxing Officers must complete the Permission to Box Abroad Application at Section 8 Annex C/1 and return to UKAFBA Secretary who will contact England Boxing to authorise the trip. Boxing Officers are to note that Boxing means sparring as well as competitive boxing.