Careers in Athletics:

Jobs in athletics are plentiful because the sports industry is everywhere, it’s ever growing and expanding, and there is ongoing worker turnover. Career opportunities in the sports industry aren’t limited to those with athletic prowess; there is a wide range of positions in the field for non-athletes too. Sports jobs encompass a number of related positions, including marketers, instructors, coaches and scouts. Sports marketers typically find ways to advertise a specific team and bring attention to a sport while instructors teach others how to play the game. Those with a sports background qualify to work as fitness instructors and gym teachers, but they can also work as sports agents. Coaches work directly with players, determine which plays to make and ensure that each player remains in top shape. Scouts work behind the scenes, identifying the top players at lower levels and helping them move to the upper ranks.

Athletics Requirements   

1). Do the following:

  • Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter during athletics activities, 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 athletic events, including sprains, strains, contusions, abrasions, blisters, dehydration, and heat reactions.

2). Explain the following:

  • The importance of maintaining good health habits—especially how the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and other harmful substances can negatively affect your health and your performance in athletic activities.
  • 3 Lifestyle habits that can maximize your athletic performance (what they are and how to maximize them)
  • Discuss the traits and importance of good sportsmanship.  Tell what role sportsmanship plays in both individual and group athletic activities.

3). Select an athletic activity that interests you, then do the following:

  • With guidance from your counselor, establish a personal training program suited to the activity you have chosen.
  • Follow this training program for 2 weeks.

Create a chart to monitor your progress during this time.

  • At the end of 2 weeks, review the chart you created for requirement and discuss with your counselor what progress you have made during training. Tell how your development has affected you mentally and physically.

4). Complete the activities in THREE of the following groups and show improvement over a three week period:

  • Group 1: Sprinting
    a. 100-meter dash b. 200-meter dash
  • Group 2: Long-Distance Running a. 3k run b. 5k run
  • Group 3: Long Jump OR High Jump Running long jump OR running high jump (best of three tries)
    Standing long jump OR standing high jump (best of three tries)
  • Group 4: Swimming
    a. 100-meter swim b. 200-meter swim
  • Group 5: Pull-Ups AND Push-Ups A. Pull-ups in two minutes b. Push-ups in two minutes
  • Group 6: Baseball Throw Baseball throw for accuracy, 10 throws at a target (distance to be determined by age): ages 11 to 12, 20 feet; ages 13 to 15, 30 feet; ages 16 to 17, 40 feet
    Baseball throw for distance, five throws (total distance)
  • Group 7: Basketball Shooting
    a. Basketball shot for accuracy, 10 free-throw shots
    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
  • Group 8: Football Kick OR Soccer Kick: Goals from the 10-yard line, eight kicks Football kick or soccer kick for distance, five kicks (total distance)
  • Group 9: Weight Training: Chest/bench press, two sets of 15 repetitions each Leg curls, two sets of 15 repetitions each

5). Do one of the following:

  • Prepare plans for conducting a sport meet or field day that includes 5-7 activities, 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.
  • With your parent’s and counselor’s approval, serve as an of official or volunteer at a sport meet to observe officials in action. Tell your counselor about your responsibilities at the meet and discuss what you learned.