I remember this part of DS's application - they had drop-down boxes to indicate varsity letters for each sport played (and projecting senior year letters). Hanging is all we can do! DS has three varsity letters in two sports (wrestling and baseball) and lots of other stuff (Eagle, etc.) but I post only to point out that it can drive you crazy trying to figure out this stuff. For DS's wrestling, being a varsity wrestler is not enough - you have to earn so many points. For baseball, you have to play a certain amount of innings as a varsity player. Admissions is filling out a class and they may be looking for a particular mix of individuals. If a candidate doesn't fit for some reason or the competition within their nomination sources is stiff, then it's Plan B. As hard as it is (and it is difficult), one needs to accept that it is out of your (and your DS's) hands.