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Posted on January 14, 2013 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)
The USA Boxing, West Virginia Association held its 2012 annual meeting on January 5, 2013 at the Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV at 10:00 p.m. in Parlor A.

Highlights of the meeting are as follows:
  • President Gary Toney reported on the "State of West Virginia LBC Boxing."  He pointed out that the LBC had been recognized by USA Boxing for increasing its membership, sanctions, and clubs by more than 5% over the previous year.  Additionally, the LBC has over $11,000 in its bank account which is the largest year end balance in the history of the LBC.  The interest in amateur boxing in West Virginia is greater than it has been in several years and should improve more in 2013.
  • President Toney stressed the need for a 2013 budget as soon as possible.  We must utilize our funds in a manner that will improve the overall boxing program.
  • President Toney mentioned that when athletes, nonathletes and clubs register it is vitally important that all information be correct.  Failure to show correct addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers will result in those members failing to receive communications from the LBC.
  • Proper meeting preparations was stressed.  The membership should submit agenda items to the president so a list of agenda items can be circulated to  the membership one or two weeks before the meeting.  This will provide for more productive meetings.
  • Vice President Steve Dotson stated that the president had discussed items of major concern and he had nothing to add at this time.  President Toney commended Vice President Dotson for his assistance over the previous two years.
  • Secretary Rob Fletcher read the minutes of the previous meeting.  A written copy of the minutes will be made available on request.
  • Treasurer Carol Smyth gave a report on the financial health of the LBC.  Treasurer Smyth reported a balance of $11, 260 in the LBC bank account.  The treasurer also reported that all LBCs had received a $1,000 grant from USA Boxing and we must provide USA Boxing with an explanation of how the funds are to be utilized along with receipts supporting the transaction(s).  This was postponed until new business.
  • Registration Committee Chair Carol Smyth reported the following statistics for the year 2012:  243 athletes, 68 nonathletes, 14 clubs and 14 sanctions. 
  • Action item regarding fee schedule:  President Toney and Secretary Fletcher submitted a proposal that the fee structure for registrations, club memberships and sanctions for 2013 remain unchanged except the the LBC should waive the $100 charge per bout (maximum charge of $500) on Pro-Am events.  This fee waiver should be for a trial period of one year.  The Board approved the proposal.
  • Chief of Officials Connie Brammer reported on the state of the officials program.  She stressed that it is a major problem getting enough officials to work events despite an increase in the number of registered and certified officials.  An equally major problem is that she cannot get officials to respond to her requests for officials to work events.  She also discussed a procedure for requesting clinics.  All requests are to be made directly to her at least one month in advance of the proposed date.  She addressed some recent problems at an event involving a boxer getting into the ring wearing a protective cup outside of his trunks; another boxer getting into the ring with a full beard and was subsequently disqualified; and another boxer being disqualified for hitting an opponent on the break thereby incapacitating the fouled boxer which resulting in unsportsmanlike conduct from the offending boxer, leaving the ring without being examined by the doctor, and a very unruly crowd.  Ms. Brammer suggested that the fans need to be educated regarding the rules.  President Toney stated he would prepare a written communication which th. e announcer would read prior to the beginning of the bouts.  It was also stressed that good sportsmanship is a major component to the USA Boxing program.
  • Junior Olympic Committee Chairman Noah Kirk reported on the JO program and stated that there were two organizations other than USA Boxing preparing boxer rankings which included the Junor Olympic weight classes.
  • Old Business:  President Toney stated that a representative of T. J. Hensley had informed him that Mr. Hensley would like to box again.  The Board of Governors reaffirmed that Mr. Hensley would have to provide the LBC with medical certification showing that the injuries he previously claimed to have sustained to his hands and wrists were healed and he was fit to box.  President Toney added that Mr. Hensley had refused to accept delivery of a certified letter sent to him regarding the alleged injury.
  • New Business:  Discussion was held regarding the $1,000 grant from USA Boxing.  The membership decided that the funds should be utilized in the recruitment and certification of officials.
  • The meeting adjoured at 1:05 p.m.

Awards for 2012 HHB State Championships

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 10:23 PM Comments comments (0)
The awards for the 2012 West VirginiaState Championships have arrived and I believe all participants will be quite happy with them.  As you know, each champion of their weight class will receive a championship belt and a gold medal.  The runners-up will receive a silver medal and losers in the semi-finals will receive a bronze medal.  The medals contain our new logo and really look nice.  There will also be special awards for Outstanding Boxer and Outstanding Sportsmanship of the tournament. 
Additionally, we will present the annual special awards to the Official of the Year, Coach of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Boxer of the Year.

You are only as good as your word

Posted on February 26, 2012 at 8:32 PM Comments comments (0)
Why do people sign up to box and then back out? When a person signs up to box, they are giving their word that they will do so. I am not talking about emergency situations, work problems, etc. I am talking about people that sign up to box and then something else comes along that they would rather do. I am talking about people that have decided they would rather box somewhere else at a later date. I am talking about people that don't even have the courage to tell me they are not going to show up or lie about the reason they can't box. I am also talking about the people that don't have any intention of boxing when they sign up...they get some type of weird joy out doing this. Remember one thing young men and young are only as good as your word. If you develop a habit of being unreliable, it will be the difference between being a success or a failure throughout life. The choice is yours.
These people are jeopardizing the amateur boxing program because these events are very expensive, especially at the Charleston Civic Center.  I need to know how many night to rent the venue.  The fans feel cheated if I do not give them what has been advertised.  I have to rely on your word.  So, when I rent a building, it is based on the number of entries I have.  When people read this website and see you name on the list of entries, they buy tickets expecting to see you box.  I am trying to keep the amateur program in West Virginia alive for those that want to box.  So for you people that really do not care about boxing, please do not sign up to box in the future.  In the case of many of you who have signed up to box in the past and present and not bothered to show up or even notify me, your word is no longer good with me.

Lincoln County Students

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 4:54 AM Comments comments (1)
LINCOLN COUNTY STUDENTS: Last year you won the team championship in our championship boxing tournament. You were all so very proud on the night of the finals when you upset the defending champions who attended Riverside High. Then you were disappointed when the school principal at that time would not allow you to display the trophy in the school trophy case. Since boxing is not a school sport.  I am not surprised at that action, although, I do not see the harm it would have done. You were further disappointed in January 2012 when the Board of Education rejected my request to hold an event in your school so you could demonstrate your skills in front of your hometown. I was also disappointed but I am not quitting.  I am more determined  than ever to find a place in Lincoln County for you to box even if it has to be in a farm field.  To date, not a single Lincoln County boxer has signed up to box March 2 & 3. Quitting is not the solution to disappointment and adversity! By quitting, you are simply giving up. I am asking you guys to defend your team title and show the "adults" that you are not quitters. Show them that you are young responsible adults and that you will be voting someday. The decision is yours to make and always be proud of what you accomplished last year!

Charleston Hooks for Books Boxing Awards

Posted on January 29, 2011 at 5:16 AM Comments comments (2)
There will be a lot of awards handed out on Saturday night, February 12 at the finals of the West Virginia Hooks for Books Boxing State Championships.  First, we will honor the military veterans in attendance as in the past.  This year each will receive the customary certificate and for the first time each will be awarded a Hooks for Books Boxing medal.
All boxers will receive a gold medal whether they win or lose.  Additionally, each Champion will receive a Championship trophy.  There will also be special awards for the boxers, such as, Outstanding Boxier, Sportsmanship Award, and Most promising Boxer.  There will also be a Team Championship for the school that has the most champions.
Hooks for Books Boxing will also present annual awards for the following:  Official of the Year, Coach of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and the most important, Boxer of the Year.  We will also recognize the efforts of the officials and head coaches by presenting each with a special award.  On top of that, the fans will be treated to some great amateur boxing February 11-12. 

Military Veterans

Posted on January 9, 2011 at 2:52 AM Comments comments (0)
Military veterans are very important to Hooks for Books Boxing.  We always honor those in attendance by presenting each with a certificate of appreciation thanking them for their service to our country.  We want to make the 2011 Hooks for Books Boxing State Championships a special event for the veterans.  During the ceremony of honoring them this year, we will present each veteran with a Hooks for Books medal.  They are special people and because of them, we continue to enjoy our freedoms.  Thank you veterans, for you are real hometown heroes.

Thanks to Doug Pauley

Posted on November 20, 2010 at 4:24 AM Comments comments (1)
My very good friend Doug Pauley recently made a very generous donation to Hooks for Books Boxing.  We rarely get donations and this was by far the largest donation we have received to date.  Last year he also donated to the organization.  Doug has been my friend since I coached him in boxing many years close to 40 years.  He only had one bout and won the St. Albans Golden Gloves welterweight novice championship.  He continued training for several months but felt he was not progressing as well as he should.  We talked about his situation and since I did not have anyone helping me coach, I asked Doug to be my assistant coach.  He  became a student of boxing and learned the sport quickly.  He also helped recruit boxers and developed an eye for boxers that had potential.
Doug was working his way through college at the time so he couldn't always be in the gym but he came in as often as he could.  Of course school and his jobs were more important than boxing.  He finished college and worked at different jobs in the business sector.  Over the years he stayed in touch with me and helped me coach from time to time. 
Doug Pauley is a self made man in the local business industry.  He sometimes struggled in the early years but was very determined and worked hard.  He sometimes worked two jobs in his effort to start his own business.  Today Doug is very successful in the real estate industry.  He is still involved in boxing as a member of the West Virginia State Athletic Commission.  Despite Doug's success over the years, he never forgot his friends or his struggles in the early years.  He helps a number of organizations and charities.
A wise man once told me that you are a lucky person if you can count your true friends on the fingers of one hand.  Doug Pauley is included in that count.  He is a true friend and I am proud to call him friend!  Thank you Doug for your assistance and generosity over the years.   

2011 Hooks for Books Boxing Schedule

Posted on November 16, 2010 at 5:58 AM Comments comments (7)
2011 Schedule...As we prepare the  2011 schedule there are a number of factors we must consider and we need your help.  These events are expensive and we are not meeting our goal of raising scholarship funds due to a lack of fan interest and in some cases a lock of student/boxer participation.  Students/boxers must start helping with publicity by talking to your fellow students, teachers and relatives about the events in your area in order to attract larger crowds and getting more students to participate.  I am going to post a survey form on this website entitled "Where Do You Want to Box" and  I sincerely hope you will complete it.  All events are open to school students ages 13 to 19 and college students.   Remember, this program is designed for you and we need your help.  Again, please lease complete the survey form.  Also, complete the form only if you are willing to box.  At the last event in Charleston, several people that signed up on line did not show up to box.  Likewise, at the last event at the Baileysville Community Center, we only had 6 boxing matches.  This makes it very difficult to sell to the public.

Planning, Cooperation and Communication

Posted on September 28, 2010 at 3:17 AM Comments comments (2)
There have been 439 vistors to the Hooks for Books Boxing website in the past 30 days, yet only five boxers have signed up to participate.  The Charleston Hooks for Books Boxing event is little more than a month away.  The success of any boxing event depends upon adequate planning, communication and cooperation from the boxing clubs, coaches and boxers.  This rarely happens in West Virginia as many coaches wait until the very last minute to turn in their list of boxers.  Likewise, boxers wait until the last minute to commit to their coaches that they are willing to box.  Consequently, most events do not enjoy the success they would have had better planning, communication and cooperation existed.  The only venue I have available in the the Kanawha Valley is the Charleston Civic Center which is expensive.  If I am forced to cancel/postpone an event at the Civic Center, I will lose the deposit I paid on the rent which is over a $1,000.  Thus, it is imperative that I have good communications and cooperation from the coaches and boxers.  Otherwise, it is impossible for me to adequately plan for the event.  I have made it easy for boxers to sign up for any Hooks for Books event in WV.  All they have to do is log on to and sign up on the Entry Form page.  Therefore, I employ all boxers that wish to participate in the upcoming event at the Charleston Civic Center to sign up as soon as possible.  

Welcome to GET's Boxing Blog

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)
Welcome to GET's Boxing Blog...this feature is being added to better communicate with the Hooks for Books Boxing family and to gather ideas to improve the Hooks for Books Boxing program.  Additionally, you can post to the blog and comment on posts and we encourage you to do so.  We value your thoughts and opinions.