High Performance FAQ

How do I qualify for Team USA?

  • What age groups qualify for Team USA?
    • Elite (19-40 years old), Youth (17-18 years old), and Junior (15-16 years old).
    • Olympic/International Federation weight divisions.
  • What age division should enter I enter at the National Championships in December?
    • Remember you are competing for the age divisions and weight class you will be eligible for the upcoming year (e.g., 2019 National Championships determines 2020 international competition season). There are no weight changes for the following year as each athlete must compete at the weight that he or she won at in the USA Boxing National Championships.
  • Do USAB ranking points qualify me to get on Team USA?
    • No. Team selection is based off the results from the most recent USA Boxing National Championships and/or USA Boxing’s selection procedures. If number 1 turns down spot, it goes to the number 2 (youth and junior). For elite age division, please refer to athlete selection procedures.

I finished second at nationals in the Youth or Junior division, will I be invited to camp?

  • High Performance typically invites only the boxers who finish first in their weight class in each international Junior and Youth divisions. There may be opportunities for those who did not finish in first place, so it is important for each boxer to continue to train, maintain his or her weight, and to stay ready!

How do I become a part of the HP Coach Pool?

  • Each year between October and December, USA Boxing accepts applications for additional coaches to join the High Performance Coaching Pool. Selections are made based on a variety of criteria and more details on how to apply can be found in the High Performance Coaching Pool section.

Do I need to reapply for the High Performance Coaching Pool each year?

  • For those that have applied and been accepted into the HP Coaching Pool, you do not need to reapply. We encourage coaches that have not been accepted to reapply the following year, as the need and demand is always changing.

How do I become a training partner for OPTC camps?

  • Training partners for High Performance camps are selected based on the discretion of USA Boxing’s National Coaching Staff to best prepare its High Performance team members for international competition. Typically (but not always), training partners are selected from the elite aged boxers.

I am a foreign athlete. How do I become eligible for Team USA?

  • Only U.S. Citizens with valid passports are eligible to compete for Team USA and cannot have competed for another country in an AIBA owned or AIBA sanctioned event for three (3) years.

What is covered if I am invited to camp?

  • USA Boxing covers each athlete’s flight to camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. and the return flight home.
  • All athletes will stay in the dorm rooms at the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center (OPTC) for the duration of camp.
  • All meals will be covered by USA Boxing (at the OPTC dining hall).
  • USA Boxing will reimburse ONE checked bag to camp, up to 50 lbs., and ONE checked bag home, up to 50 lbs.

What is covered if I compete internationally?

  • USA Boxing covers each athlete’s international flight to the country of destination and return to home city. Along with the flight, all meals and housing will be covered by either USA Boxing or the local boxing organization.

Do I need to cover the cost of obtaining/renewing my passport?

  • Yes. All boxers and coaches selected to travel internationally are responsible for having a valid passport. Failure to have a valid passport may result in vacancy of roster spot. If you have a current passport, please make sure to check the expiration date. Most countries require passports to be valid 6 months after departure. It is highly encouraged to obtain/renew your passport as soon as possible to avoid additional cost of expediting your application. For more information on how to obtain or renew your passport, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

What does the OPTC require for attending camp?

  • The OPTC has additional requirements in order to stay and train onsite, which includes:
    • Current USAB membership (ALL)
    • Safe Sport Certified (18 and over)
    • Background screen (18 and over)
    • Code of conduct forms (ALL – parent/legal guardian sign as well for minors)

My boxer is attending camp, am I allowed to attend as well?

  • USA Boxing is happy to welcome friends, family, and personal coaches to the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center (OPTC), with the prior approval of the High Performance Staff. All trip expenses must be covered by the guest(s).
    • Family, friends, and personal coaches are not allowed to stay at the OPTC.
    • Due to OPTC policies, all guests over the age of 18 must be Safe Sport compliant.

Have additional questions? Please reach out to High Performance at hp@usaboxing.org.