What’s Diploma Boxing?
Diploma Boxing is a type of boxing with rules suitable for boys and girls between 10-15 years old with the purpose to achieve the following objectives
- To train and foster well-schooled boxers
- To keep boys and girls, between 10-15 years of age, in the sport
- To recruit and encourage young person to take up boxing as a sport instead of other activities
- To increase the number of boxers
- To make good PR for the sport and display it in an attractive form
- To enhance the youth activities in Swedish boxing clubs
- To make the boxer trust his/hers technical skills in order to develop him/her as a brave boxer
- To enhance the recruitment of parents and other relatives as leaders in the clubs
- To improve the youngster development psychologically, sociably and mentally
Weigh classes in Diploma Boxing
28 kg Light Micro weight
30 kg Micro weight
32 kg Light Atom weight
34 kg Atom weight
36 kg Light Molecule weight
38 kg Molecule weight
40 kg Light Black fly weight
42 kg Black fly weight
44 kg Light Mosquito weight
46 kg Mosquito weight
48 kg Light Fly weight
50 kg Fly weight
52 kg Light Bantam weight
54 kg Bantam weight
57 kg Feather weight
60 kg Light weight
63 kg Light Welter weight
66 kg Welter weight
70 kg Light Middle weight
75 kg Middle weight
80 kg Light Heavy weight
86 kg Heavy weight
+86 kg Super Heavy weight
Class C 10-11 years old
Class B 13-14 years old
Class A 14-15 years old
Length of the rounds
Class C: Three rounds of one minutes duration
Class B: Three rounds of one ad a half minutes duration
Class A: Three rounds of two minutes duration
In order to achieve a Diploma the boxer need to be awarded 27 points by the judges
After five diplomas with a minimum of 27 points, the boxer is awarded with a Bronze prize
After five diplomas with a minimum of 31 points, the boxer is awarded with the Silver prize
After five diplomas with a minimum of 35 points, the boxer is awarded with the Gold prize
A boxer can have a maximum of two fights per day. In a tournament the winner is decided by the judge’s majority vote.
Referees and Judges
The referee must be a licensed by the national boxing federation
The judges must either be a coach that has graduated from the step one coaching course or be a judge with a license from the national boxing federation.
The Diploma match is judged by three judges. The judges award 1-5 points to the individual boxer every round. Half points are allowed.
The diploma competition has to be supervised by a competition leader who has the authority to stop a contest if he or she deems it justified.
A medical doctor or a medically trained person ought to be present at a Diploma boxing competition. At larger Diploma boxing tournaments a medical doctor shall be present.
A Diploma boxing match cannot be allowed to be hard regardless of the circumstances. If any of the boxers tries to punch hard he or she shall be cautioned. If the boxer after the caution continues to punch hard the boxer shall be warned and every judge shall deduct a point. If the boxer, despite the warning, continues to punch hard he or she shall be disqualified. If a boxer is disqualified he or she shall not be awarded any points whereas the opponent keep his or her points.
Over-aged boxers might be allowed to participate in a diploma competition other than the national championship. However, they are not allowed to participate if they already have started to compete in matches according to AIBA rules.
At the national championship only specially licensed diploma judges are allowed to judge
Shall have a valid Referee license by the National Boxing Federation
Be well acquainted with Diploma boxing rules.
Shall prevent the boxing to become too hard and if necessary stop a match.
Caution a boxer that deliberately punch hard and if that doesn’t work warn and ultimately disqualify the boxer. If a boxer are disqualified he or she will not be awarded any points. The opponent will keep his or her points awarded to the time of the stoppage.
Can caution boxer who tries to intimidate his or hers opponent.
Can allow the corner men to give advice to the boxers during the match. Especially if the advices prevent the boxer from punching hard or to commit other breaches of the rules.
Can talk to the boxers when giving cautions or warning and explain what the boxer did wrong.
Shall be very observant on how the match develop
Can stop a match at any time on his or hers own discretion and count the points given to the time of the stoppage. This is encouraged to do if neither of the boxers can settle in their boxing technically or if both boxers commit breaches of the rules.
If any boxer gives up a match, he or she shall not be awarded any points.
Can disqualify a boxer immediately if he or she performs non-sportingly in any way.
Shall control the judges scoring before the winner is announced
Should, if possible, not officiate in more than five Diploma matches in a row.
Shall be a coach that has graduated from the step one coaching course or a judge with a valid license from the National Boxing Federation
The Diploma boxing committee will appoint judges to the national championship
Shall be neutral in his or her judging. Are not allowed to give advice to any boxer during the match.
Cannot give warning on his or hers own initiative. The only warnings and points deduction allowed are by the referee and for hard boxing (The judge cannot reject a referee’s warning). In case of a warning one point is deducted on the scorecard.
If the judge makes an error on the scorecard that error should be over-written by a single stroke of the pen followed by the judge’s signature.
The Corner man
Shall inform the boxer about the rules and prepare the boxer accordingly
Make sure that the boxer faces the ring during rounds breaks
Shall leave the corner as soon the boxing commence and stay below the stairs in the boxers’ corner. It’s allowed to have an assistant corner man but he or she is not allowed to enter the ring during the breaks.
Is not allowed to talk, shout or in any other way give advice to the boxer during a match. Can be allowed by the referee to talk in order to calm the boxer or to give defensive advice (such as: and “take it easy”). For other advices the corner man has to wait to the break.
Have the obligation to support the referee in his or hers difficult task to prevent hard boxing.
HARD BOXING is the same as:
- Trying to punch with force and power.
- Punching hard (a technical sound boxer is able to punch hard even if it’s performed in a relaxed manner)
- Charge against the opponent or run after an opponent
- Pressure an opponent to submissiveness
- Intimidate an opponent
A GOOD IMPRESSION is the same as:
- Relaxed, soft and technical boxing
- To be able to show ones boxing skill in a good manner
- Be able to adapts his or hers boxing to the capability to the opponent
- Don´t shadow box in the ring.
GOOD OVERALL IMPRESSION
- The judge asses all the elements individually but is also observant for combined factors such as sound punches while being in good balance
1 point – Clearly Failed
1.5 points – Failed
2 points – Not acceptable
2.5 point – Almost Acceptable
3 points – Acceptable
3.5 point – Above Acceptable
4 points – Well above Acceptable
4.5 points – Almost Perfect
5 points – Perfect
If the judge has the same score for both boxers at the end of the fight, the judge should mark a “+” for the boxer who has shown the best discipline in the ring. If both boxers have shown the same level of discipline the judge should give the mark “+” to the boxer who has shown the best technical skill in his or hers defense.
After summarizing, any half point in is evened out to the next above full point (ex: if the summarized score is 26.5 points for a boxer the result will be evened out to 27 points).
No points are awarded if a boxer gives up a match.
Boxers who have been disqualified for hard boxing or non-sportingly behavior are not awarded any points.
Even if a judge should focus and score on one particular element in every round (punches, defense, foot work/balance), it’s essential that that score is awarded with consideration to the overall impression of the boxers combined skills.
1 point – Clearly Failed
Overall impression: This Diploma boxer should not have been allowed to participate as he/she is clearly to inexperienced
Punches: Mostly wild punches with no sound technique. Tries to punch with power.
Defense: Almost non-existent. Cannot combine hands and movement in any effective defense. Keeps his/hers head low and turns his/hers back to the opponent.
Balance and foot work: Cannot decide which foot he/she should have in front, stumbles and cannot keep his/hers balance
1.5 points – Failed
Overall impression: The boxer has some sort of schooling, however fails to show any skills at acceptable level.
Punches: Can use the jab, or at least show good attempts to use it, but fails to throw any other punches with good technique. The boxer throws his/hers punches while off balance and at the wrong distance and often with force.
Defense: Tries to keep the guard up but fails to do so in intense situations. Cannot avoid punches by ducking and/or slipping.
Balance and foot-work: Tries to move in a sound technical way but fails to do so as soon he/she is pressured.
2 points – Not Acceptable
Overall impression: The boxer can basic boxing skills but is still a bit stiff and clumsy and can lose his/hers whole concept of boxing at times.
Punches: Use the jab well and can use a one-two combination with straight punches at times. The boxer still has problems finding the right distance and balance.
Defense: Keep the hands up in a guard but still get hit too often. Still turns his/hers back or “dive” with his/hers head if pressured.
Balance and foot-work: Has a decent understanding and capability to move his/hers feet in a proper way. But can only move in one direction and has still problems to find the distance and the balance. Runs after the opponent instead of cutting corners.
2.5 points – Almost Acceptable
Overall impression: The boxer shows evidence of proper boxing skills but does mistakes a little too often. The boxer still throws punches with too much force at times and loses control of his/hers concept of boxing at times.
Punches: Uses the jab well and are trying to throw proper one-two combinations. The punches still lacks roper technique at times and the boxer have problems to vary his/her boxing and too find the right distance.
Defense: The boxer keeps his/hers hands up in a high guard. Still gets hit sometimes even if he/she tries to defend him-/her by blocking punches. Might get too passive when being pressured.
Balance and foot-work: Uses good footwork but is still a bit stiff in his/hers movements and might get caught easily.
3 points – Acceptable
Overall impression: This looks like decent boxing. The boxer know the basics and managed to keep his/hers style even if pressured. He/she always tries to box him-/her out of situations. The boxer can still commit mistakes, sometimes big mistakes, but shows evidence of proper basic skills and good coordination in his/hers boxing.
Punches: This boxer can throw a good one-two combination with straight punches and uses the jab well, through-out the match, at the right distance.
Defense: The boxer shows an acceptable level of defense when he/she at all times tries to keep the guard up and tries to block all punches.
Balance and foot-work: Keeps a good distance between the feet at all times. Has a decent balance while punching and can move out when being pressured. The boxer might still lack the ability to change pace quickly and to vary his/her movements.
3.5 points – Above Acceptable
Overall impression: This boxer has reached a level in which he/she tries to perform more advanced techniques. At this level you should be able to see boxers who can counter the opponent attacks and/or throw a two punch combination with one hand (such as straight left followed by a left hook).
Punches: Should be able to throw three-punch combinations that could include a hook. The boxer might still get cautions for hard punches at rare occasions and still receive this point. However, if it happens repeatable the boxer is not ready for this level.
Defense: Uses the guard well and blocks punches with both hands even if he/she still gets hit at times. Can tighten up the defense and move out if pressured.
Balance and foot-work: Has a good distance between the feet and move with good balance. Might still move too much in one direction and might still get too far away from the opponent at times, but has a decent understanding of movements and tries to find the right distance. The boxer tries to cut off the opponent instead of running after him/her.
4 points – Well above Acceptable
Overall impression: This boxer can almost do everything we demand of a well-schooled youth boxer, but can do occasional mistakes and misjudgments. At this level the boxer can box at close distances.
Punches: The boxer should be able to throw the basic punches, such as jabs and combinations with straight punches, very well. The boxer should also be able to show proof of ability to throw more advanced punches such as hooks and uppercuts to both the head and body. The boxer should be able to produce combinations with many punches and mix punches to the head and the body. The boxer should be able to mix defense and counter-punching. At this level the boxer should always be able to control his/hers boxing and not punch too hard.
Defense: Can anticipate the opponent’s punches and defend accordingly. Are able to bob and weave to avoid punches and never act in panic even if being hit.
Balance and foot-work: Good balance and distance between the feet. Are able to cut off the opponent and box at the right distance most of the time. Can change the pace and also move in different directions some times.
4.5 points – Almost Perfect
Overall impression: If this boxer is old enough to participate in matches according to AIBA rules he/she should do so as he/she is good enough. The only reason why this boxer isn’t given the full 5 point is because of an individual mistake in an otherwise perfect performance or if the opponent was too inexperienced in order to test the boxer properly.
Punches: Punch with both hands and put together long combinations with punches to both the head and body. This boxer might make a singular technical mistake or throw a singular hard punch which will be the reason for not achieving the full 5 points.
Defense: Can read the opponent intentions. Are able to defend him-/her only with feet movements if necessary. Can slip out or use blocking, ducking or weaving as a defense when under pressure and know when to clinch if necessary. Might get hit once or twice due to mistakes or arrogance and that prevent the boxer to get the full 5 points?
Balance and foot-work: Very good balance. Can change pace and moves with variety. Always finds the right distance and can cut off the opponent. Might at some points be stuck in a repetitive movement (ex: moves to one side too much and don’t change direction) which cause the boxer not being awarded the full 5 points.
5 points – Perfect
Overall impression: He/she has everything we possibly can expect from a Diploma boxer. This boxer uses sound boxing techniques in all situations and never use force in his/hers punches.
Punches: Can use all types of punches and use them with great variety.
Defense: Very good guard. Always keeps his/hers hands in place even if he/she can read the opponent well enough to defend him-/her solely with foot movements. Bob and weave exactly as much as necessary.
Balance and foot-work: Very good balance. Can constantly change pace and change directions when moving. This boxer can use his/her movements in such a way that a physically stronger opponent never can find the right distance.
This translation is done by Fredrik Nordqvist and is an unofficial translation of the Swedish Boxing Federations Diploma Boxing rules of 2003. d