Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet Athletics Merit Badge


These were the requirements from 2012 until the revisions made in 2017

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  1. Do the following:
    1. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter during athletics activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    2. 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:
    1. The importance of the physical exam
    2. 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.
    3. 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:
    1. With guidance from your counselor, establish a personal training program suited to the activity you have chosen.
    2. Organize a chart for this activity and monitor your progress during this time.
    3. Explain to your counselor the equipment necessary to participate in this activity, and the appropriate clothing for the season and the locale.
    4. 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:
    1. Give the rules for two athletic activities, one of which is the activity you chose for requirement 3.
    2. Discuss the importance of warming up and cooling down.
    3. Explain to your counselor what an amateur athlete is and the differences between an amateur and a professional athlete.
    4. 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
      1. 100-meter dash
      2. 200-meter dash
    • Group 2: Long-Distance Running
      1. 3k run
      2. 5k run
    • Group 3: Long Jump OR High Jump
      1. Running long jump OR running high jump (best of three tries)
      2. Standing long jump OR standing high jump (best of three tries)
    • Group 4: Swimming
      1. 100-meter swim
      2. 200-meter swim
    • Group 5: Pull-Ups AND Push-Ups
      1. Pull-ups in two minutes
      2. Push-ups in two minutes
    • Group 6: Baseball Throw
      1. Baseball throw for accuracy, 10 throws
      2. Baseball throw for distance, five throws (total distance)
    • Group 7: Basketball Shooting
      1. Basketball shot for accuracy, 10 free-throw shots
      2. Basketball throw for skill and agility, the following shots as shown on the diagramBasketball shooting 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
      1. Goals from the 10-yard line, eight kicks
      2. Football kick or soccer kick for distance, five kicks (total distance)
    • Group 9: Weight Training
      1. Chest/bench press, two sets of 15 repetitions each
      2. Leg curls, two sets of 15 repetitions each
  6. Do the following
    1. 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.
    2. 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.

BSA Advancement ID#: 23
Requirements last updated in: 2016
Pamphlet Stock Number: 35860
Pamphlet SKU Number: 621971
Pamphlet Revision Date: 2016

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Page updated on: May 08, 2022

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