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Sports Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the current Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Sports Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Sports merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

Scout's Name:

Note: The activities used to fulfill the requirements for the Sports merit badge may not be used to help fulfill requirements for other merit badges.

Requirement 1: Do the following:
Requirement 1 a: Explain to your counselor the most likely risks you may encounter during athletics activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these risks.
Anticipate risks
Prevent risks
Mitigate risks
Respond to risks
Requirement 1 b: 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.
Sprains, strains
Muscle cramps
Contusions, abrasions
Heat reactions
Requirement 2: Explain the following:
Requirement 2 a: Before completing requirements 4 and 5, show that you have received a physical examination from your health care practioner within the last 12 months.
Parent or Guardian Name
Parent or Guardian Signature
Requirement 2 b: Explain the importance of the physical exam.
Requirement 2 c: 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.
Requirement 2 d: Explain the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.
Requirement 3: Discuss the following:
Requirement 3 a: The importance of warming up and cooling down.
Requirement 3 b: The importance of weight training.
Requirement 3 c: What an amateur athlete is and the differences between an amateur and a professional athlete.
Requirement 3 d: 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.

Requirement 4: 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, field hockey, football, golf gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, wrestling, cheerleading, and/or badminton. Your counselor may approve in advance other recognized sports, but not any sport that is restricted and not authorized by the BSA:

Then with your chosen sports do the following:

First sport
Second sport
Requirement 4 a: Give the rules and etiquette for the two sports you picked.
First sport
Second sport
Requirement 4 b: 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.
First sport
Second sport
Requirement 4 c: Draw diagrams of the playing area for your two sports.
First sport
Second sport
Requirement 5: With guidance from your counselor and before beginning requirement 4, establish a personal training program suited to the activities you chose for requirement 4. Do the following:
Requirement 5 a: Organize a chart and track your training, practice, and development in the sports for one season or four months
Requirement 5 b: Demonstrate proper technique for your two chosen sports.
First sport demonstrated
Second sport demonstrated
Requirement 5 c: 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.