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'''1. First Aid''': [[Sprains]] - [[Strains]] - [[Bruises|Bruises (contusions)]] - [[Abrasions]] - [[Blisters]] - [[Dehydration]] - [[Heat Reactions]]
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'''3a''': [http://www.hhp.ufl.edu/faculty/pbird/keepingfit/ARTICLE/updown.HTM The Importance of Warm-up and Cool Down]
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Resources include the Athletics merit badge worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.  Prev  -  Next  

This is the Athletics merit badge for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.
Webelos Scouts can earn the Athlete activity badge.
Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Physical Fitness belt loop and pin.
Athletics requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #6b.


Athletics merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1911
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 023
Requirements revision: 2007
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008

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Being involved in an athletic endeavor is not only a way to have fun, but it also is one of the best ways for a person to maintain a healthy and strong body, living up to the promise each Scout makes "to keep myself physically strong."


The Athletics merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.


Athletics merit badge requirements

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Complete the activities in FOUR of the following groups and show improvement over a three-month period.
    Group 1: Sprinting
    a. 100-meter dash
    b. 200-meter dash
    Group 2: Long-Distance Running
    a. 3k run
    b. 5k run
    Group 3: Long Jump OR High Jump
    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
    a. 100-meter swim
    b. 200-meter swim
    Group 5: Pull-Ups AND Push-Ups
    a. Pull-ups in two minutes
    b. Push-ups in two minutes
    Group 6: Baseball Throw
    a. Baseball throw for accuracy, 10 throws
    b. Baseball throw for distance, five throws (total distance)
    Group 7: Basketball Shooting
    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
    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
    a. Chest/bench press, two sets of 15 repetitions each
    b. Leg curls, two sets of 15 repetitions each
  6. 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.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

The text of these requirements is locked and can only be edited
by an administrator.
Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article's Talk Page.


Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Athletics is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Athletics requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. Per the BSA: "You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject." Pamphlets (books) are at local Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff.org.
  2. "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.
  3. The BSA Athletics Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Athletics as one of your monthly themes.


Requirement resources

Athletics can be a part of your Troop Physical Fitness Program.
1. First Aid: Sprains - Strains - Bruises (contusions) - Abrasions - Blisters - Dehydration - Heat Reactions

2a. Physical Exam
3. & 4. Warm-up, cool-down, Take part in one season...

Baseball - Basketball - Field Hockey - Football - Ice Hockey - Lacrosse - Soccer - Softball - Tennis - Volleyball
  • Unauthorized Sports: Boxing, Karate & "Related Martial Arts" (excepting judo, aikido, and tai chi), Parachuting, Motorized events (motorbikes, drag racing, speedboats), Paintball, Hunting, Parasailing, etc.

3a: The Importance of Warm-up and Cool Down


Related awards

Sports-related awards


See also

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Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal

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