Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Athletics Merit Badge






  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.
        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.
        o Group 1: Sprinting
                A. 100-meter dash
                B. 200-meter dash
        o Group 2: Long-Distance Running
                A. 3k run
                B. 5k run
        o 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)
        o Group 4: Swimming
                A. 100-meter swim
                B. 200-meter swim
        o Group 5: Pull-Ups AND Push-Ups
                A. Pull-ups in two minutes
                B. Push-ups in two minutes
        o Group 6: Baseball Throw
                A. Baseball throw for accuracy, 10 throws
                B. Baseball throw for distance, five throws (total distance)
        o 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.

        o 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)
        o 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.

Athletics Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.