2020 tournament postponed - more information to be available as it becomes available.
HOW TO ENTER: The 2020 Cleveland Area Golden Gloves is scheduled to begin with the weigh-in and registration for athletes on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Brook Park Recreation Center, 17400 Holland Road, Brook Park OH. All athletes must be registered with USA Boxing. Scales will be open 10 am until 12 noon. Athletes must be within 3 pounds of their declared weight class during this weigh in or they will be required to move up to the next higher weight class. Weight classes will be in accordance with USA Boxing rules. Scales close promptly at noon and the bracket draw will commence immediately afterwards. Athletes must fill out an Entry Form (to be posted soon) and submit Entry Fee.
ENTRY FEE: There will be no entry fee this year. There will also not be any swag for entering.
Experience Classes: There will be three experience divisions for men - Open (10 bouts minimum), Novice (less than ten bouts), and Sub-Novice (no prior boxing or MMA experience); for women there will be two experience classes - Open (10 bouts or more, fighter's option at 5 bouts to declare Open, but cannot return to Novice after declaring Open) and Novice (9 bouts or less, fighter's option at 5 bouts to continue Novice or to declare Open). NOTE: We just don't get enough female fighters to justify three experience classes. If that changes over time, we will add a sub-novice category.
Bracket Draw: At the closing of the scales at noon, there will be the bracket draw. Brackets are random; we usually use a computer program but reserve the right to draw names manually or with a deck of cards. Each boxer in a particular weight and experience class is assigned a random number, and depending on the number of fighters in the experience/weight class, they are matched. (So if seven athletes are in one weight/experience category, #1 will get a bye, #2 will box #3, and #4 will box #5 and #6 will box #7; the winners will then match up so that #1 boxes the winner of #2-#3, and the winners of #4-5 and #6 and #7 box, then the winners of those bouts face off for the championship. And that changes based on the number of boxers in each category.)
Day Of Bouts: Bouts will be held on Friday, March 27, Saturday March 28, and possibly on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at Brook Park Recreation Center. On Friday and on Saturday, weigh ins will begin at 5:00 pm and bouts will begin at 7:00 pm. On Sunday if necessary, weigh ins will begin at 12:00 noon and bouts will begin at 2:00 pm. Boxers must weigh in at weight on the day of competition - NOTE THAT THERE IS NO ALLOWANCE ON WEIGHT ON THE DAY OF A BOUT. Open championships will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Avenue East, Cleveland Ohio. Weigh ins will be at 5:00, bouts will start at 7:00 pm.
Open Champions will advance to the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions, in Tulsa Oklahoma, from May 3-May 9. 2020. Travel plans are not yet set, but the team will most likely travel on Saturday May 2 and return on Sunday May 10, 2020. Transportation, meals and hotel will be provided, details to be determined. (NOTE: This is why we raise the money!)
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