Below are the requirements I completed for the Sports Badge
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“Take part for one season (or four months) as a competitive individual or as a member of an organized team in TWO sports.”

The first sport I picked was soccer. I played a total of 8 seasons of soccer over a span of 5 years. Training for the most recent season included twice-a-week Renegade Soccer drills in the pre-season and twice-a-week 1.5-hour practices for the on-season.

The second sport I picked was martial arts. I began karate in January of 2016 and continue to this day. I train twice a week on techniques, plus 4-5 times a week pushups, pull-ups, and back exercises.
After about a year of taking private classes, I tested and passed my black belt test on February 28th, 2021. It took me a total of 5 years to earn my black belt. I currently repeat this test weekly, to make sure I don’t forget it.
In addition to continuing karate, I am also in the process of finding a second style. As part of this process I have trained in Wushu Kung Fu. I averaged 4 classes a week for a month, plus my karate training listed above. I liked Wushu because it was fun and emphasized stretching to provide exceptional flexibility.
The second style I trained in and evaluated was Hapkido. I trained twice a week for 2 months. In these two months, I received a belt promotion. In Hapkido, I liked how it was a very practical and effective style. Everything I learned could be applied for self-defense in a real-world situation.
The third style I trained in and evaluated was Shaolin Kung Fu. I trained in this style once a week for 6 months. I liked how Shaolin flows really well and the forms look really cool when done correctly.
I will also train in and evaluate Taekwondo.


In addition to the above, I also researched all the following areas and then completed a verbal presentation/interview to demonstrate my knowledge and understanding for each of them:

Requirement: Explain the following…

  • Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while playing sports, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
  • Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in sports, including sprains, strains, contusions, abrasions, fractures, blisters, muscle cramps, injured teeth, dehydration, heat and cold reactions, and concussions or other suspected injuries to the head, neck, and back.

Requirement: Explain the importance of:

  • Physical exams.
  • Why preventive habits (such as exercising regularly) are important in maintaining good health, and how the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and other harmful substances can negatively affect you.
  • Maintaining a healthy diet.

Requirement: Answer and discuss the following:

  • The importance of warmup and cool down.
  • The importance of weight training.
  • What an amateur athlete is and the differences between an amateur and a professional athlete.
  • 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.
  • Give the rules and etiquette for the two sports you picked.
  • 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.