Scouting/BSA/Athletics Merit Badge

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The requirements to this merit badge are copyrighted by the Boy Scouts of America. They are reproduced in part here under fair use as a resource for Scouts and Scouters to use in the earning and teaching of merit badges. The requirements published by the Boy Scouts of America should always be used over the list here. If in doubt about the accuracy of a requirement, consult your Merit Badge Counselor.
Reading this page does not satisfy any requirement for any merit badge. Per National regulations, the only person who may sign off on requirements is a Merit Badge Counselor, duly registered and authorized by the local Council. To obtain a list of registered Merit Badge Counselors, or to begin a Merit Badge, please contact your Scoutmaster or Council Service Center.

Requirement 1[edit | edit source]

Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in athletic events, including sprains, strains, contusions, abrasions, blisters, dehydration, and heat reactions.

Requirement 2[edit | edit source]

Explain the following:

A. The importance of the physical exam.
B. The importance of maintaining good health habits, especially during training - and how the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and other harmful substances can negatively affect your health and performance in athletic activities.
C. The importance of maintaining a healthy diet.

Requirement 3[edit | edit source]

Select an athletic activity to participate in for one season (or four months). Then do the following:

A. With guidance from your counselor, establish a personal training program suited to the activity you have chosen.
B. Organize a chart for this activity and monitor your progress during this time.
C. Explain to your counselor the equipment necessary to participate in this activity, and the appropriate clothing for the season and the locale.
D. At the end of the season, discuss with your counselor the progress you have made during training and competition and how your development has affected you mentally and physically.

Requirement 4[edit | edit source]

Do the following:

A. Give the rules for two athletic activities, one of which is the activity you chose for requirement 3.
B. Discuss the importance of warming up and cooling down.
C. Explain to your counselor what an amateur athlete is and the differences between an amateur and a professional athlete.
D. Discuss the traits and importance of good sportsmanship. Tell what role sportsmanship plays in both individual and group athletic activities.

Requirement 5[edit | edit source]

Complete the activities in FOUR of the following groups and show improvement over a three-month period.

Group 1: Sprinting[edit | edit source]

A. 100-meter dash
B. 200-meter dash

Group 2: Long-Distance Running[edit | edit source]

A. 3k run
B. 5k run

Group 3: Long Jump OR High Jump[edit | edit source]

A. Running long jump OR running high jump (best of three tries)
B. Standing long jump OR standing high jump (best of three tries)

Group 4: Swimming[edit | edit source]

A. 100-meter swim
B. 200-meter swim

Group 5: Pull-Ups AND Push-Ups[edit | edit source]

A. Pull-ups in two minutes
B. Push-ups in two minutes

Group 6: Baseball Throw[edit | edit source]

A. Baseball throw for accuracy, 10 throws
B. Baseball throw for distance, five throws (total distance)

Group 7: Basketball Shooting[edit | edit source]

A. Basketball shot for accuracy, 10 free-throw shots
B. Basketball throw for skill and agility, the following shots as shown on the diagram
1. Left-side layup
2. Right-side layup
3. Left side of hoop, along the key line
4. Right side of hoop, along the key line
5. Where key line and free-throw line meet, left side
6. Where key line and free-throw line meet, right side
7. Top of the key
8. Anywhere along the three-point line.

Group 8: Football Kick OR Soccer Kick[edit | edit source]

A. Goals from the 10-yard line, eight kicks
B. Football kick or soccer kick for distance, five kicks (total distance)

Group 9: Weight Training[edit | edit source]

A. Chest/bench press, two sets of 15 repetitions each
B. Leg curls, two sets of 15 repetitions each

Requirement 6[edit | edit source]

Do the following:

A. Prepare plans for conducting a sports meet or field day that includes 10activities, at least five of which must come from the groups mentioned in requirement 5. Outline the duties of each official needed and list the equipment the meet will require.
B. With your parent's and counselor's approval, serve as an official or volunteer at a sports meet to observe officials in action. Tell your counselor about your responsibilities at the meet and discuss what you learned.

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