1. The role of a coach is two fold provide fitness, skills and technical training for a boxer in preparation for a bout and then to provide tactical advice for the boxer during a bout.

2. The coach is responsible for the development and safety of the boxer during any training, any coach MUST hold a current valid qualification and be registered with the Army BA prior to the commencement of any boxing training. Coaches are expected to be fully conversant with the rules of boxing. Registration procedures are detailed in Section 7 and coaches should register using Annex E to Section 7.


3. The current qualifications and the period of validity of England Boxing coaches are;

a. Level 1 – Valid for 3 years from the date of qualification, there is no refresher for this qualification. Level 1 coaches must upgrade to Level 2 after a minimum period of 1 year or re-qualify at Level 1 after three years (See Para 20 of this section with reference to upgrading to Level 2)

b. Level 2 – Valid for 3 years from date of qualification, after which a refresher may be taken, this must be annotated on the Refresher Proforma at Section 7 Annex G. To upgrade to Level 3 a Level 2 Coach must have practised for a minimum period of 2 years and have a recommendation from the Army Boxing Coach. Any Level 2 coach who has no activity in their registration book or who has not registered for 3 years will revert to Level 1.

c. Level 3 and 4 – Valid for 3 years from date of qualification, after which a refresher must be taken, this must be annotated on the Refresher Proforma at Section 7 Annex G. A Level 3 Coach must have practised for a minimum period of 2 years and have a recommendation from a Level 4 Coach.

4. All coaching qualifications are only considered valid in conjunction with one of the following qualifications ;

a. First Aid at Work Certificate – Valid for 3 years

b. Mandatory Annual Training Test 3 (Battlefield Casualty Drills) at a minimum of Level 2 – Valid for 1 year.


5. Any boxing team or club must have a minimum of a Level 2 coach to oversee any coaching or training plan that is to be delivered by any number of Level 1 coaches. Any unit that has an aspiration to box at any level, Inter Company/Squadron or Inter Unit or Charity events involving civilians must register the coaches in advance of the commencement of training.


6. A Level 2 Coach must be in attendance if any Sparring (other than Technical Sparring) is to take place.

7. Prior to any training coaches are to ask boxers to declare if they are fit to take part in the scheduled training paying particular attention to reports of headaches. Any boxer that reports with a headache should be directed to the Medical Centre.

8. All coaches involved in training boxers must be aware of unit emergency action plans for accidents and incidents.

9. Risk assessments for Sparring can be found as an Annex A to Section 5, the Risk Assessment only includes the generic risks, and coaches must add any local risks as necessary.


10. The training of a boxing team or boxer in the Army is more often than not governed by work and unit commitments, therefore the training plan should reflect this, to allow a boxer to adapt to coaching and to elevate their fitness to a level appropriate to box competitively a period of 6 weeks is suggested. This does not have to be full time but should incorporate fitness and skills training.

11. A suggested unit training plan is provided at Annex B to Section 5 this can and should be adapted to suit your unit commitments and the ability of your boxers.

12. Coaches are to ensure all boxers have been declared “Fit to Box” and are in possession of a current Annual Medical (Section 12 Annex B) before starting any form of boxing training.

13. Coaches are expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and are to highlight to the Unit Boxing Officer any irregularity that may be present in a boxer’s declaration of experience. The Unit Boxing Officer is to notify the Army BA Sec of any such irregularity.


14.  Sparring in Boxing can take several forms as follows

i. Tech Sparring – this is the practice of rehearsed moves done under strict control with little or no force to reinforce a teaching practice or skill and can be done on the gym floor with mass participation, can be supervised by Level 1 and does not need to be logged.

ii. Controlled Sparring – This should be undertaken  in a boxing ring, this is the practice of giving conditions to the boxers ie Only Jabs, or red attacking blue defending, this can involve heavy shots to either boxer and therefore must be logged and supervised by a Level 2 Coach all boxers must wear Headguards, gumshields, abdominal protectors and 16oz gloves

iii. Open Sparring – This activity must be conducted in a boxing ring where conditions are as close to competitive boxing as manageable but where boxers are required to take power out of their shots and to wear head guards, gumshields, abdominal protectors and 16oz gloves. This must be logged and closely monitored by Level 2 coach with strict adherence to the unit Risk Assessment.

15. The Army BA Sparring Log can be found at Annex C to Section 5 and must be completed by boxers and coach for every session and filed 3 months.

16. Sparring Injuries and Medical Suspensions must be reported to the Medical Centre and any medical suspensions must be applied in line with those awarded for competitive boxing See Section 12 Annex E


17. The role of the coach for competition is to ensure the boxer is at the appropriate weight and is matched appropriately according to weight and experience (See Section 4). The Supervisor of the boxing will authorise the bout only if both coaches agree to the bout and that both boxers are matched appropriately. To coach the boxer between rounds of the bout.

18. Any registered qualified coach may be in the corner during a bout, coaches may communicate with their boxer during the bout but are not permitted to shout, to clap, to encourage or incite the spectators. Coaches are not permitted to touch the ring during the progress of the round or cause a distraction or disturbance to the bout.


19. The minimum standard of dress for coaches for any competition is:

  • T-Shirt, Polo Shirt or Tracksuit Top
  • Tracksuit Trousers
  • Training Shoes

Prohibited Items

  • Vests or Singlets
  • Any article of clothing that carries offensive symbols or language.
  • Hats
  • Flip Flops or Sandals.


20.  3 Coaches may be “in the corner” for a boxer but only 1 may enter the ring, only 1 may stand on the ring and 1 must remain on the ground.

21.  Coaches must remain seated in the designated coaches seating area during the progress of a round.

Seconds will not be permitted to stand up and /or to encourage or incite spectators by word or signs during the progress of a contest. Seconds will not be allowed to touch the ring during the round, yell, clap or cause a scandal or disturb the competition.

22.  Coaches may coach their boxer from the corner but must adhere to para 21 above, failure to do so may result in cautions, warnings or DQ.

23.  A boxer’s safety during a bout is the responsibility of the referee, a coach may retire a boxer between rounds by indicating to the referee, or during a round by “throwing in the towel”.

24.  Service Boxing Coaches less those seconding Single Service Boxers in the Inter Service Championships or Single Service Coaches seconding a UK Armed Forces BA boxer in the Elite Open National Championships may administer any substance to manage a cut boxer.


25.  A complete list of fouls, warnings and disqualifications can be found at Section 6 Annex D.


26.  A complete list of the decisions that determine a boxing match can be found at Section 6 Annex C.


27.  Courses for Level 1 and Level 2 coaches are run at public expense at the Army School of Physical Training and can be found in the course publication Pamphlet 16A where possible dates will be added to

Applications for courses are to be made through the Training Wing at the ASPT  94 222 7248.

28.  Coaching courses can be run at unit or regional level for both Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications. Such courses are to be funded individually. Any person planning a course must complete the application form at Annex D to Section 5 which must be sent to the Army BA Secretary to arrange appropriately qualified Tutors and Assessors.

29.  Criteria for attending Level 1 and Level 2 coaching courses are as follows are below and must be strictly adhered to

Level 1 –  Applicants must have an understanding and enthusiasm  for the sport of boxing.

Level 2 –  Upgrade from Level 1 to Level 2
Applicants must have held a Level 1 qualification and have been registered with the ARMY BA for a minimum of 1 year, MUST be in date, MUST NOT have allowed 3 yrs to have elapsed since qualifying at Level 1.

Renewal at Level 2

Applicants must hold a Level 2 qualification that is due to lapse within a year or has lapsed by less than 6 months (Level 2 qualifications last for 3 years from the date of qualification).

Failure to meet the criteria detailed to enlist on a coaching course will exclude coaches from attending those courses. There will be no exceptions.


26. Advice on coaching is available from the Army Boxing Coaches on 94 222 3181.

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