Re: Competing in Amateur Boxing
In my gym we have a lot of non competing people, so you're supposed to tell the trainer you want to compete at first. Then he'll basically treat you different and put you in the ring often, take you on the pads, stuff like that. When he thinks you're ready, he'll sign you up for tournaments and such. Training gear should be acquired by yourself, but fighting gear (gloves, trunks, shirt, protective cup and head gear) is provided by my gym as we really fight in our gyms name and all wear the same outfits.
Fights are scored punch by punch, a clean landed one gets you a point.
Ps. at 17 years old you are nowhere near in a hurry IMO.