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Coach Communication in Boxing – Round 2: Unpacking Talk in the Breaks Between Rounds

Infographics created from research developed in partnership with Amanda Coulson at Boxing England and Dr Kieran File at Warwick University to understand more about coach communication, applicable to combat sports and sports with time outs and breaks between rounds or games

Boxing coaches achieve a lot in the minute break between rounds. Insight shows that there are five recurring functions they perform.

The infographic captures these functions and the way they typically progress across the 60 seconds.


After digesting the functions that coaches perform between rounds, consider what this looks like in your coaching context?

  • Do you follow this process or do something slightly different?
  • What are your coaching behaviours at each stage?
  • What are you watching for during the previous round to maximise your impact during your next talk?


Reflecting on your own practices

Consider the routine you go through with your boxer between rounds. 

Use the template to look at the different stages of the talk between rounds and add your own examples of what this looks like in your own practice.


In your opinion or experience, which of these stages are essential and which are optional?

Are there any stages missing?

Does the order matter? Does the order help perform any important coaching goals? 

Do you perform these stages differently and will depend on the way the bout is going? 

Which stages do you find more difficult to manage and in what situations do you find them difficult to manage?


Interested in starting from the beginning?

The first resource in this series, Coach Communication in Boxing: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble, explores the research underpinning the infographic and includes a downloadable booklet containing practical strategies to maximise the impact of your communication.

Who is this research useful for?

This research was undertaken with and intended for boxing coaches, but a lot of the information and ideas are applicable to many coaches, working at multiple levels of performance and development pathways. It is especially relevant where the sport allows natural short breaks in play, creating opportunities for coach-athlete interaction.

Related Resources

  • Stacey Copeland: My Amazing Coaches Filled Me with Self-Belief

  • Self-Determination Theory, A Guide for Coaches

  • Communication: A Matter of Preference


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