How does UNC Boxing work?
Our organization has two parts:
- A nationally competing team made of UNC students that practices six days a week, and
- A non-contact club, open to all community members, which focuses on the basics of boxing technique and conditioning. Our club meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays. Additionally, there is a special technique only practice held on Thursdays. After participating in club for at least a semester, you are welcome to attend team practices to gain additional technique work and participate in contact practices (see below regarding passbooks).
Do I need any prior boxing experience to join?
No, our workouts are designed so that no matter what level of athletic ability or boxing experience you have, you will gain something from each session. The workouts are difficult, but can be tailored to each person's ability.
I am not an undergraduate student at UNC, am I still able to join?
Yes! Our club represents our community, and we proudly welcome all who are interested in boxing. Though our membership is primarily made of undergraduates, we have a considerable number of graduate students, high school students, professors, and community members who are a part of our organization. To join, all you have to do is pay your dues and sign a liability waiver.
Can I join even though we’re 6 weeks into the semester?
Yes, new members are welcome any time throughout the semester. However there is an increase in member dues 3 weeks into the semester to encourage members to join early.
How much are dues, and what do I get when I pay them? What do my dues go to?
Dues are $40 if you join within the first three weeks of the semester, and $50 starting the fourth week of the semester. Returning member dues are $20. With your first payment of dues, you will receive a UNC Boxing t-shirt, a pair of reusable hand wraps, access to club social events, and access to all club workouts throughout the semester. Dues are used to purchase new equipment for club use, finance the annual Clash at Carolina collegiate boxing matches, and help with team travel expenses.
How can I purchase UNC Boxing merchandise?
Feel free to stop by our club to purchase a UNC boxing t-shirt, tank top, or snap back. Club members are welcome to purchase mitts and gloves, but only after participating in the club for at least a semester.
Will I be expected to show up at every practice?
No, feel free to come to practices at your leisure. However, if you’re interested in competition you should attend as many practices as possible.
Can I show up on the first day and spar?
No, for safety and liability reasons you’ll need to learn (or show you possess) the skills and conditioning required to spar AND have a current USA Boxing passbook. If you’re interested in competition, review this document.
What is a USA Boxing passbook and where do I get one?
USA Boxing governs amateur boxing in the United States, which includes college level boxing. The passbook is your registration document and provides secondary health and dental insurance, and liability coverage for the club. See this document for details on getting a passbook. Review this CDC concussion fact sheet before participating in contact practices.
I’ve trained at a boxing gym before, is the UNC club like that?
No, all boxing gyms are different and college clubs are no exception.
I have prior boxing experience and want to join the team, how soon can I try out?
If you have prior sanctioned amateur bouts and a current USA Boxing passbook, then a try-out will be scheduled once you’ve trained at the club for a few weeks to get a feel for the program.
Where can I learn more?
Check out USA Boxing, National Collegiate Boxing Association, and our Twitter page, @uncbox!