'Varsity Letter'

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  1. Frankie

    Frankie Member

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    For USMA and ROTC scholarships, a question that always pops up is if you have a Varsity Letter.


    I was wondering if it is limited to only Varsity sports? I know that letters are handed to other extracurriculars. Such as NHS, JROTC, Band, etc.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Aglahad

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    For ROTC, if they ask for varsity letters it usually has to do with the "Athlete" section of Scholar-Athlete-Leader paradigm. Those other activities can be listed in different sections of the application.
     
  3. time2

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    They are asking about varsity letters in the context of activities which are sports. Band is not a sport to any of the academies, but an extracurricular.
     
  4. R.Martin95

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    What if you're on a varsity team but you don't get a varsity letter for the sport? My district combines two schools for our crew team, so I don't get a varsity letter, even though I compete at the same level as other schools with varsity-lettered crew. It's a weird question of definitions, but I think it should be valued the same. Does anyone know?
     
  5. Jcleppe

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    For the AROTC Application make note/explanation of this in the Additional Remarks section of the application.
     
  6. Zimmermann 45

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    Ya High School Sports are weird like that. This year I played for and was a member of the Varsity Football Team but did not reciever a letter, but I received a letter on the Fencing Team while I fenced only rarely. I think as long as you participate in sports at the "Varsity Level" it should not make I difference but I may be wrong.
     
  7. time2

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    What exactly does the wording on the application question say? "Varsity sports" is generally what they are asking about. The exact formula for getting a varsity LETTER tends to vary widely between schools.
     
  8. another13mom

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    I just checked my d's portal, and in one column, it lists years participated and in another column, "lettered" and in the last column, " captain" - presumably, some credit for participating (at either jv or v level), some for letters, and some for being selected as a captain. The profile for the class of 2016 on the usma.edu website has three categories: Varsity Athlete (1079), Letter Winner (1043), and Team Captain (769).

    Based on this, a few were Varsity team members who did not obtain varsity letters, so it's possible to get in w/o a letter. Hope this helps.
     
  9. R.Martin95

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    Despite a very nice note from my coach explaining the situation in my district and how much effort and hours per week are invested by my non-lettered team, my portal was only updated to reflect me starting my 3rd year with this season, nothing more. So maybe they have me down as a Varsity athlete somewhere, but I have no idea XD oh, well.
     

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