The requirements for Sports merit badge were revised effective
September 1, 1996.
Sports is an optional required merit badge for the Eagle Scout
rank. Effective April 1, 1999, it will no longer be on the required list.
- Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could
occur while playing sports, including hypothermia; heatstroke; heat
exhaustion; frostbite; dehydration; sunburn; blisters; hyperventilation;
bruises; strains; sprains; muscle cramps; broken, chipped, loosened, or
knocked-out teeth; bone fracture; nausea; and suspected injuries to the
back, neck, and head.
- Explain sportsmanship. Tell why it is important. Give
several examples of good sportsmanship in sports.
Relate at least one of these to 4 citizenship off the
- Take part for one full season as a member of an
organized team in ONE of the following sports:
baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, diving,
fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, ice
hockey, lacrosse, rugby, skating (ice or roller),
soccer, softball, swimming, team handball, tennis,
track and field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.
(Or any other recognized team sport approved in advance
by your counselor, except boxing and karate.)
- Take part in ONE of the following sports on a
competitive basis in two organized meets or
tournaments: archery, badminton, bait or fly casting,
bowling, canoeing, cycling, diving, fencing, fishing,
golf, gymnastics, handball, horsemanship, horseshoes,
judo, orienteering, paddleball, rifle or shotgun
shooting, sailing, skating (ice or roller), skiing,
swimming, table tennis, track and field, waterskiing,
and wrestling. (Or any other recognized sport approved
in advance by your counselor, except boxing and
- Make a set of training rules for the sports you picked.
Tell why these rules are important. Follow these rules.
Design exercises for these sports. Keep a record of how
you do in these sports for one season. Show how you
- Show proper techniques in your two picked sports.
- Explain the attributes (qualities) of a good team leader and a
- Draw diagrams of the playing areas for your two
- Explain the rules and etiquette for your two sports.
List the equipment needed. Describe the protective
equipment. Tell why it is needed. Tell what it does.
* This cannot be the same sport used to meet requirement 2.