Team Info & Highlights
The Cincinnati High School Boxing Program (CHB), one of only two official high school boxing programs in the country, was established in 1996 at Moeller High School at the request of students and is now open to students from any school in the Cincinnati area. The objective of the program is to provide a safe and organized forum to learn Olympic-style boxing. CHB has had boxers win amateur tournaments such as the Regional Golden Gloves competition and compete in National Golden Gloves and the Junior Olympics. Amateur boxing is a misunderstood sport because it is compared to professional boxing, whereas in reality it is very safe due to the specific rules (emphasizing points rather than damage) & protective equipment.
In a typical season the CHB program consists of approximately 25-30 team members from 12-15 area schools. Boxers compete based on age, weight, skill & experience. Training includes strength and conditioning, boxing technique and sparring. Safety equipment used during practice includes hand wraps, mouthpieces and head gear.
There are no tryouts for the boxing team. All students, boys & girls, in grades 7-12 from any area school are welcome to participate. No experience is necessary. Beginning boxers are trained in the basics starting with stance and movement, proper defensive techniques and instruction on how to land a full range of scoring punches. Athletes participating in other fall sports are welcome to join when their season ends, as boxing is an optimal cross-training sport to improve core strength, cardiovascular conditioning, agility & coordination.
Practices are held at Cincinnati Fitness & Boxing, located at 2929 Spring Grove Ave. near the University of Cincinnati. The season runs from September through early February, with additional opportunities to train and compete year-round. Practices for the 2016-2017 season start on Monday Sep 19 and will run 3-4 days per week 4:00-5:30pm. New team members are still able to start late and join the team throughout the season, especially those who are finishing up their seasons in other sports.
Competition Schedule and Post-Season
Competitions typically include one or two local intramural shows in which team members compete against each other, usually in late Dec and/or mid Jan. The season culminates with a competition against Aquinas Institute from Rochester, NY in early Feb. Teams alternate years traveling to the other’s city. For the 2016-2017 season, we will be hosting the show in Cincinnati. There is no required off-season program, however, opportunities are available to continue training year-round at Cincinnati Fitness & Boxing and to compete in amateur boxing events such as Golden Gloves, Junior Olympics and other local events. Competing is purely optional, the team is also open to those who are interested in learning the sport of boxing and training with the team, but do not want to compete in the events.
Coaches & Contacts
The team is coached by USA Boxing certified boxing coaches with many combined years of coaching and competing at both the amateur and professional levels. There are typically multiple coaches present for all practices. For more information about the team, please contact coaches Jeff Perry (513-417-2463, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kenny Christo (513-515-6397, email@example.com). For more information, please visit the Coaches page.