What is the story of this badge


The German sports badge was created on November 10, 1912 by the general meeting of the German Reich Committee for the Olympic Games under the name Award for diverse achievements in the field of physical exercise. The model was the Swedish sports badge (Idrottsmärke), which the founder of the sports badge, Carl Diem, got to know in 1912 during the Olympic Games in Stockholm. The general assembly of the German Reich Committee for Physical Exercise (DRA) decided on November 10th the issue and conditions of the badge. The first 22 awards were given in Berlin on September 7, 1913 on the occasion of the youth game festival. Initially, only German men who belonged to a sports club could buy it. In 1921 it was renamed the German gymnastics and sports badge and could now also be acquired by women.

The conditions were taken from the Swedish model, then as now, five conditions from five groups had to be completed, swimming was (and still is) compulsory. Some requirements (shot put 8.00 meters) are unchanged to this day. The division into different age groups did not take place until after the Second World War, until then everyone, regardless of their age, had to meet the same conditions.

During the Nazi era, it was called the Reich Sports Badge from 1934 to 1945 and was officially recognized as a badge of honor on July 1, 1937.

In the GDR, the GDR's sports performance badge “Ready to work and defend your homeland” was awarded in the stages of gold, silver and bronze from 1951. Its design was similar to that of the RSA / DSA; in the laurel wreath it was labeled "DDR". The children's sports badge was also awarded in a cross-oval shape and the youth sports badge in a round or square shape.

After the merger of the German Sports Confederation and the National Olympic Committee for Germany to form the new German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), a number of changes have occurred since 2007. Last but not least, the badges are given a new shape. They now show the plain lettering DOSB in a bound laurel wreath.

Recognition by the Federal President

The German sports badge was officially recognized by the Federal President Theodor Heuss under Article 4 of the Order Decree of July 4, 1958 and is a protected badge of honor under the law on titles, medals and decorations. In principle, it can be worn on state uniforms in Germany. B. on the service suit as a strap buckle.

Some interesting data on the German sports badge

The fitness medal was launched in 1913 by Carl Diem in Germany based on Swedish and American models.

The first official award ceremony for versatile performance in the field of physical exercise took place on September 7, 1913 in Berlin to Carl Diem himself.

The sports badge for women was introduced on January 29, 1921.

After it was reintroduced in 1952 as the "German Sports Badge" (previously "Reich Sports Badge"), there was also a youth sports badge (13 to 17 years old) and a sports badge for disabled people for the first time.

An important milestone in the development was the recognition of the German Sports Badge (DSA) for adults in 1958 as an official, state-recognized badge of honor with the character of a medal (according to the Ordensgesetz after a decree of the Federal President). This is unique in the world!

In 95 years it has acquired and maintained a reputation for incorruptibility, attractiveness and seriousness. His vitality is unbroken.

The student sports badge (8 to 12 years old) was only introduced in 1969. As early as 2003, the 10 millionth student sports badge was awarded.

To date, more than 27 million sports badges have been awarded, of which more than 120,000 in 82 countries around the world according to our specifications and conditions.

The German Sports Badge is the most important and most successful award system outside of competitive sports.

It is unique nationally and internationally!

It is open to all people, regardless of gender, origin and age. You don't have to be a member of a sports club. It can also be taken by people with limitations and disabilities. There are of course special conditions for this.

72% of all Germans know the German sports badge. Almost 19% have already taken it off themselves.

Around 2 million people take the exams every year. More than 900,000 of the applicants successfully pass the exams each year.

In the meantime, the health insurance companies have also decided to include the German sports badge or parts of it in their bonus system for their policyholders.

And finally: Lower Saxony has held the top position in the “Bundesliga” of the sports badge in relation to the population since 1952 (reintroduction after World War II). Set a record result in 2005 with 154,767.


The 100th anniversary of the German Sports Badge (DSA) in 2013 was also the occasion for a comprehensive reform of the sports order. There were fundamental changes in the system and in the requirements. Feedback on the reform, in particular on the catalog of benefits, was carefully received and analyzed. Experience and knowledge gained so far have been incorporated into the new performance tables. In 2015, minor changes were made, which will apply from January 1, 2015 and are reflected accordingly in the new materials.