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Sports Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2021 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:
Requirement 1: Do the following:
Requirement 1a: 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.
Requirement 1b: 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.
Requirement 2: Explain the following:
Requirement 2a: Before completing requirements 4 and 5, show that you have received a physical examination from your health care practitioner within the last 12 months.
Requirement 2b: Explain the importance of the physical exam
Requirement 2c: 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 2d: Explain the importance of maintaining a healthy diet
Requirement 3: Discuss the following:
Requirement 3a: The importance of warming up and cooling down
Requirement 3b: The importance of weight training
Requirement 3c: What an amateur athlete is and the differences between an amateur and a professional athlete
Requirement 3d: 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:
Requirement 4a: Give the rules and etiquette for the two sports you picked.
Requirement 4b: 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.
Requirement 4c: Draw diagrams of the playing area for your two sports.
Requirement 5: With guidance from your counselor and before beginning requirement 4, establish a personal training program suited to the activities you choose for requirement 4. Then do the following:
Requirement 5a: Organize a chart and use it to track your training, practice, and development in the sports for one season or four months.
Requirement 5b: Demonstrate proper technique for your two chosen sports.
Requirement 5c: 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.