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Varsity Letter Criteria



Preface:  The criteria for earning the SHS varsity letter have been established by the members of the Sanderson High School coaching staff.  A philosophy underlies the criteria.  The coaching staff believes that, for students at our school, earning a varsity letter should require evidence of commitment to team and expertise in sport.  Measuring expertise is not a science.  Nonetheless, we have well-defined standards for the sake of uniform decision-making.  The criteria are set according to standards the coaching staff believes are high, yet reasonable.  The policies are intended to encourage students to persevere toward the goal of earning the varsity letter rather than to discourage or belittle anyone who fails to attain the standards.  All coaches are invited to participate in the process of adopting and amending the criteria.  Suggestions for change must be recommended by a coach and are adopted only upon approval of a majority of the full coaching staff.

General Policies

  1. Varsity athletes who remain as members of the team in good standing throughout the full season
    are eligible to earn a varsity letter, subject to the provisions below.
  2.  Senior athletes who have participated in a given program (varsity or junior varsity) for at least three years shall receive a varsity letter.
  3.  Injured athletes who meet the “playing time” criteria for the contests held up to the time of the
    injury may receive a letter.
  4.  A student-trainer will receive a letter after his/her second season of service.  This will be done
    under the direction of the Faculty Trainer and the Athletic Director
  5. Managers who have held the position for at least three seasons in the same sport may earn a
    letter.  Only those who, in the judgment of the coach, have made a significant commitment of time and effort shall be awarded the letter.
  6.  Any student involved in the athletic program who does not receive a letter will receive a certificate
    of participation.
  7.   In cases of extenuating circumstances, exceptions to the standards listed below are permitted with
    the approval of the coach and the athletic director.


  1.   Baseball & Softball:  participate in 50% of innings played
  2. Basketball & Football:  participate in 50% of quarters played
  3. Cross Country:  must earn 24 points per season…points awarded per meet are 9,8,7,6,5,4,3 or
    compete in 80% of varsity weekend meets.
  4. Women Golf:  Must average a 55 in 4 matches during season.
  5. Men Golf:  participate in 50% of team matches played.
  6. Gymnastics: compete in 60% of the team’s meets AND score an 8.0 or above for a routine during
    the season.
  7. Soccer: participate in 50% of halves played.
  8. Swimming & Diving: Compete in 90% of all practices &100% of all meets. Score in two events in
    the county/conference championships meet OR achieve individually a regional time
    standard (consideration or automatic) set forth by the NCHSAA.
  9. Tennis:  participate in #1-6 flite singles or #1-3 flite doubles for at least 70% of the matches played.
  10. Track & Field:  score at least 18 points during the season in competition against opponents.
  11. Volleyball:  participate in 50% of the games played.
  12. Wrestling:  participate in 50% of the team’s matches.
  13. Cheerleading:  varsity members must cheer in at least 87% of the games and attend 86% of the
    practices during the combined fall and winter seasons in a single academic year.
  14. W. Lacrosse: participate in 50% of scheduled games & 1/3 of cumulative minutes.
  15. M. Lacrosse: participate in 60% of quarters played.
  16. Indoor Track: participate in 50% of the scheduled meets & qualify for NC indoor Championship Meet.
  17. Stunt: participate in 10 quarters of matches played