Sports Merit Badge
Requirements for the Sports merit badge:
- Do the following:
- Explain to your counselor the most likely risks you may encounter during athletic activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these risks.
- Show that you know first aid or understand the treatment for injuries that could occur while participating in athletics, including sprains, strains, muscle cramps, contusions, abrasions, blisters, dehydration, heat reactions, and concussions.
- Explain the following:
- Before completing requirements 4 and 5, show that you have received a physical examination from your health care practitioner within the last 12 months.
- Explain the importance of the physical exam.
- Explain the importance of maintaining good health habits for life (such as exercising regularly), and how the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and other harmful substances can negatively affect your health and your performance in sports activities
- Explain the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.
- Discuss the following:
- The importance of warming up and cooling down.
- The importance of weight training.
- What an amateur athlete is and the differences between an amateur and a professional athlete.
- The attributes (qualities) of a good sport, the importance of sportsmanship, and the traits of a good team leader and player who exhibits Scout spirit on and off the playing field.
- With guidance from your counselor, establish a personal training program suited to the activities you chose for requirement 5. Then do the following:
- Create a chart and use it to track your training, practice, and development in these sports for one season (or four months).
- Demonstrate proper technique for your two chosen sports.
- At the end of the season, share your completed chart with your counselor and discuss how your participation in the sports you chose has affected you mentally and physically.
- Take part for one season (or four months) as a competitive individual or as a member of an organized team in TWO of the following sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross-country, diving, field hockey, flag football, flag team, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, spirit/cheerleading, swimming, table tennis, tackle football, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo, wrestling, and/or badminton. Your counselor may approve in advance other recognized sports.* Then with your chosen sports do the following:
- Give the rules and etiquette for the two sports you picked.
- List the equipment needed for the two sports you chose. Describe the protective equipment and appropriate clothing (if any) and explain why it is needed.
- Draw diagrams of the playing areas for your two sports.
* The BSA has prohibited as official Scouting activities intramural, interscholastic, or club-sport competitions or activities. However, they can be acceptable for your individual participation in an organized school, league, or club activity if approved by your counselor.
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Please see the Guide to Safe Scouting for the BSA's reasoning about prohibited activities.
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