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Athletics - In-Person Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration. Remember, there will be others checking in as well that registration may take a little time, depending on the size of the class and the event held in conjunction with the class.

Your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending this merit badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmater Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Athletics Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Athletics merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Athletics - Online Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class to ensure your connection to the online session is working properly. Ask people in your household to refrain from unnecessary internet usage, including but not limited to: streaming videos, online gaming, and other heavy bandwidth usage.

You will receive a link 12 to 24 hours before the class start time. Notification will come through the email address provided during the registration process, so please make sure you enter your email correctly.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Online Merit Badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the Merit Badge Pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these online class opportunities. The Merit Badge Pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a Merit Badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky American Business Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any Merit Badge Workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Athletics Merit Badge Workbook for taking notes to help you prepare.

It should be noted that this Merit Badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this Merit Badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Athletics Merit Badge
2020 Scouts BSA Requirements

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

If meeting any of the requirements for this merit badge is against the Scout's religious convictions, the requirement does not have to be done if the Scout's parents and the proper religious advisors state in writing that to do so would be against religious convictions. The Scout's parents must also accept full responsibility for anything that might happen because of this exemption.

1.

Do the following:

(a)

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.

(b)

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

2.

Do the following:

(a)

Before completing requirements 3 and 5, have your health-care practitioner give you a physical examination, using the Scout medical examination form.

Scouts must bring their current and up-to-date BSA Medical Form (parts A, B, and C) in order to be able to be reviewed on any further requirements during the class. Failure to have a current and endorsed BSA Medical Form will NOT allow Scouts to continue working on Requirements 3 thru 5 of this merit badge.

(b)

Explain the importance of a physical exam.

(c)

Explain 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 your performance in athletic activities.

(d)

Explain the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.

3.

Select an athletic activity that interests you, then do the following:

(a)

With guidance from your counselor, establish a personal training program suited to the activity you have chosen. Follow this training program for three months.

(b)

Create a chart to 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 time of year.

(d)

At the end of four months, review the chart you created for requirement 3b, and discuss with your counselor what progress you have made during training. Tell how your development has affected you mentally and physically.

Most counselors will accept a program that you have worked out with your coach or trainer for your selected athletic activity. Make sure you have charted and documented your progress over the four month period of training.

4.

Do the following:

(a)

Give the rules for two athletic activities, one of which is the activity you chose for requirement 3.

Requirement 4a is partially dependent on your selection in requirement 3. While time will be allotted in the class to discuss this requirement component, realize that each class participant may have two different athletic activities that they have selected, and all may be different from yours. Scouts should be prepared to share their two selected athletic activities for this requirement during the class and have ready a short summary of the rules related to these activities. Scouts will be able to complete this part of requirement 4 with proper planning and preparation as well as sharing with the counselor / instructor during the class.

(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:

Scouts will need to figure out how to show, share, and prove to the counselor / instructor that they not only have practiced / participated in their four selected options, but they will also need to show some sort of charting, tracking, or documentation on how they have improved in each. It is not enough to simply say you have done these activities, it is your responsibility to share with the counselor / instructor proof that you have met the expectations of the requirement. Be Prepared.

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 at a target (distance to be determined by age): ages 11 to 12, 20 feet; ages 13 to 15, 30 feet; ages 16 to 17, 40 feet

(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 10 activities, 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.

While this requirement will NOT be covered in the class, Scouts who have done one or both of the components of this requirement may bring their proof and work to share during the class for consideration by the counselor for sign off.