PRESIDENT’S LETTER 10/20/14
2014 is coming to a close and it’s another record year for the books. We closed with 60 Clubs, over 1,250 members and as of right now, we’ve had over SEVENTY DAYS of boxing. A few years ago, we averaged 2 shows a month. What an accomplishment by your Officials, Coaches, Officers and Athletes. The Sanction Holders themselves don’t get enough appreciation for making that happen. So, thank you for giving our LBC the opportunity to stay so busy. AND we had an election of Officers who will proudly serve you for the next four years.
The new National USA Boxing Administration has worked hard to address every problem they faced. I am certainly not faulting ANYONE, but like me, they inherited some problems. I want everyone in our LBC to know that President John Brown, Executive Director Mike Martino, Asst. Exec. Director Lynette Smith and the remaining staff-Deborah Muhammad, Edith Smith and Betsy McCallister ALL work hard daily for EVERY member of USA Boxing. I can personally attest to the assistance they give to the Middle Atlantic on a regular basis. One of the issues that was addressed and repaired will save everyone a great deal of time and trouble, as well as save the LBC money. IT WILL NO LONGER BE NECESSARY TO HAVE LABELS IN MEMBERS’ PASSBOOKS!!! Now, there are still a few procedural requirements, but USA Boxing Administration listened to the Members and repaired the system. The changes are as follows:
- Renewing Athletes with Passbooks will register online, and print their Membership Card at the completion of registration;
- Tape the valid Membership Card in your Passbook AND YOU’RE DONE!!!
- Coaches and Officials who possess Passbooks will do the same thing;
- New members-Athletes, Coaches and Officials will still have to register online and mail the appropriate paperwork to the Registration Chair so you can receive your Passbook;
- Athlete’s not printing and possessing their Membership Card will not be allowed to compete;
- Coaches and Officials not printing their Membership Card will not be allowed to participate;
Early USAB registration for 2015 begins on November 1st. For any new or unregistered Member, that will also include the remainder of 2014. Any Club that is not registered, NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT. Register after Nov. 1st for 2015 and take advantage of the remainder of 2014. Beginning 2015, ANY UNREGISTERED GYMS CANNOT BE LISTED ON BOUT SHEETS, ADVERTISING OR ANY DOCUMENT ASSOCIATED WITH THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC ASSOCIATION. Your gym is not registered and does not exist-PERIOD. All of your boxers will be listed as UNATTACHED. Any Sanction Holder not adhering to this rule, will be denied future Sanctions. Do everyone a favor (mostly your own boxers) and register your gym like the other 60 of us. Rec Centers-start the process now to get registered for 2015. Don’t delay. If you need a form from the Middle Atlantic, let me know and I’ll have it done asap.
Certification for Coaches and Officials is mandatory in order to work the corner. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which being civil liability. If somehow you sneak by and work the corner when you’re not Certified, you’re not going to receive any support from USAB in the event of an incident in the ring. You will also be in jeopardy of suspension from USAB.
I would like to personally thank all of the Middle Atlantic Officers (elected and appointed) for their assistance, support and loyalty throughout the year in making our LBC a huge success: Vice President Pastor David Price, Chief of Officials Jamil Ali, Secretary Jessica Richman, Treasurer Jeffrey McGrath, Tournament Director/Sanction Chair Juan Rivera, Asst. Registration Chair Mike Milloy, MAA Coach Rep. Barry Stumpf and Sgt. Of Arms Harold Fulton. You really don’t know the collaboration of effort required to run an LBC.
In closing, I would like to say that I firmly believe our Officials to be in the forefront of the Nation in knowledge of rules, objectivity, equality, and professionalism. There are occasional hiccups, but by and large, they consistently do a great job. Coaches-you are the reason we are so successful. You have embraced the new direction of USA Boxing and succeeded in all of the various changes. You did not gripe, revolt nor fail. You took the new direction and succeeded at it. You and I (also a Coach) should all be proud. And then lastly, we have our Athletes. You guys and girls are awesome. The Middle Atlantic Athletes have made a very strong name and reputation at Regionals and Nationals as being great competitors, but even greater “good sports.” Keep up the impressive training and sportsmanship.
I am trying to fit an LBC meeting into my busy schedule. Hopefully we can have one in the next month or so. However, an email to me will answer any questions or problems you may have in the interim. We will be having an Awards Banquet honoring our 2014 National Champions early next year for the year ending 2014. We are looking at late January. My good friend and Vice President Pastor Dave Price is the Banquet Chair, so I know it will be a success. Thank you all.
William Billingham, President
Middle Atlantic Association
National Grassroots Committee