To: Southeastern Members
The Southeastern Boxing Schedule for the 2016-17 season has been posted on the website for you to download now. There are still a few dates left open, but not many.
I would like to thank all of the coaches and clubs again for unitedly coming together in order to earnestly work out the details for the new boxing schedule, while also graciously making compromises when requested.
The willingness to work cohesively every member displayed while locking down the dates at the annual schedule meeting demonstrated what we can all accomplish collectively when we unite for a cause.
The set schedule has provided a more structured environment for our association that undoubtedly benefits everyone moving forward, but setting the schedule is only half our problem.
In order for all of our programs to thrive in the Southeastern, we must diligently support every opportunity to compete (tournament or smoker) provided by the clubs in our association first before we ever consider boxing outside of it. If we unitedly support our association’s hosting clubs it will help ensure their ability to continue creating opportunities for all of our boxers. A club hosting a show can make opportunities to box, but they can’t make a card without boxers.
The Southeastern Association has lost almost 50% of its registered clubs in the last 6 years as a direct result of the exorbitant cost associated with club membership, athlete & non-athlete membership, and additional expenses to sanction and host an event. A newly registered boxing club has a 10% survival rate in the first 2 years. A few gyms don’t even register with USA Boxing anymore; barely hanging on, praying something changes.
The financial cost of being involved in amateur boxing is already way too high, but if we continue to compound the problem by not supporting our hosting clubs it will eventually kill the sport we love. That could happen if clubs quit hosting shows because of the financial risk assumed. We’re strong individually, but we're unbeatable together. Let’s stand together for an unbeatable year in boxing.
Mike Rodgers, Vice-President