A completed record sheet signed by your 4-H leader must be presented, along with the exhibit, at project check-in at the fair.
This project is divided into three levels according to the following breakdown:
Level 1 Grades 3, 4, & 5
Level 2 Grades 6, 7, & 8
Level 3 Grades 9 and above
The 4-H Sports project recognizes the role team and individual sports play in the lives of today’s youth. Project participants have the opportunity to demonstrate their personal participation in or research of a sport of their choice.
Potential Sports Topics:
Auto Racing, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bicycle, Billiards/Pool, Bowling, Cheerleading, Diving, Fencing, Figure Skating, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Horse Racing, Ice Hockey, Martial Arts, Racquetball, Rowing, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Skiing, Squash, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Three wall, Track & Field, Volleyball, Weight Lifting, Wrestling
Potential Exhibit Topics:
Favorite Team, Equipment & Care, Your Participation, Preparation/Warm Up, Favorite Player, History of your Sport, Officiating, Special Skills, Techniques, Teaching Others, Exercise Value, Health Rules, Sportsmanship, Scoring Systems, Safety Rules, Mental Toughness, Conditioning/Nutrition, Sport Careers, Time Management, Olympics & World Games
* These are not all-inclusive lists. Participants are encouraged to use his or her imagination!
- One different sports exhibit may be entered each year.
- Exhibit a standard 22” x 28” poster describing an aspect of your chosen sport.
- Place your own project label in the lower right-hand corner.
- The poster should be displayed horizontally and mounted in its entirety on firm backing and covered in clear plastic or other transparent material.
- Notebooks/reports should be typed, have a cover page and exhibited in a clear plastic cover.
- Understand good sportsmanship.
- Learn any basic skills of your selected sport.
- Know the safety rules of your selected sport.
Level 1 (Grades 3-5)
Choose from one of the following:
- Exhibit a poster with at least six different pictures showing you playing the sport in which you have chosen for this project.
- Exhibit a poster covering all of the rules and requirements of your selected sport.
- Exhibit a poster showing the complete uniform to be worn. Include helmet, kneepads, etc. Each item should be labeled with name of item and the price of each item. This should allow someone not familiar with the sport an idea of what is needed and how much it will cost.
- Exhibit a poster illustrating the dimensions of the field, court, alley, pool etc. Each dimension should be clearly stated as well as the base line, free throw line, serving line etc. Your poster should be specific enough to allow someone to set up the field, court, etc. themselves in an area not already marked.
Level 2 (Grades 6-8)
Choose from one of the following:
- Exhibit a poster showing at least four different techniques used when playing the sport. Each technique should be labeled and have a brief description on how it aids or does not aid when playing the sport.
- Exhibit a poster showing at least four well-known athletes in the sport you have chosen. Each athlete should have a brief description of who they are, what team they play for, and a list of their accomplishments in the sport.
- Exhibit a sport safety poster. This may include safety items to wear, helmet, gloves, etc. that are not a required part of the sport uniform or safety techniques that can be used to avoid injury. You may show a first aid kit with items that are to be kept close by, etc.
- Exhibit a poster or a notebook on your personal participation in a sport. Include pictures of yourself and explain your participation and how the sport has affected your life.
- Exhibit a notebook or poster on the history of a sport that interests you.
Level 3 (Grades 9 & above)
Choose from one of the following
- Exhibit a poster showing an offensive or defensive play or position used while playing the sport. Each player should be labeled with the proper position. The poster should have the name of the play or position and describe its effectiveness when playing the sport.
- Exhibit a poster showing a workout schedule for an athlete in training for a particular sport. The program shown should be for three days. Illustrations may be used.
- Exhibit a report on the history of the sport. The report should include such things as:
- When and where the sport was first played
- Legend athletes in the sport
- How the sport has changed over the years, etc.
- A notebook on a present or past sportsman, such as a professional football player. The report should be at least 500 words in length and can include pictures, newspaper and magazine articles, etc.
- Exhibit a poster on the major rule changes on a particular sport from an elementary level to a professional level. (For example: Little League – vs. – professional baseball).