REQUIREMENTS FOR EARNING A VARSITY LETTER

Preface: The criteria for earning the Trinity Christian Academy Varsity Letter have been established by the members of the Trinity Christian Academy 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. We have established 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.

To earn a varsity letter at Trinity Christian Academy the following requirements need to be met:

General Requirements: All athletes must meet the following requirements

  1. Conduct themselves as a varsity player both on and off the field by being:
  • Respectful to their fellow players at all skill levels.
  • Supportive of their teammates.
  • Supportive of their fellow students, no matter what the endeavor.
  • Gracious winners and good losers.
  • Respectful to the referees and game officials and following correct game protocol.
  1. Attend all practices and games unless excused by the coach.
  2. Attend the awards banquet unless excused by the coach.

The coach reserves the right to make an exception to these requirements if there is just cause.

Seniors who do not meet the criteria for a letter may receive a letter if they have been a positive force in the program. An athlete who would have qualified for a letter had it not been for an injury is eligible to receive a letter.

Specific Requirements:

CROSS COUNTRYTo receive a varsity letter in cross country:

1. The athlete must earn 15 points and meet the conduct requirements to receive a varsity letter.

2. One (1) point will be awarded for finishing in any meet on the Trinity schedule.

3. For KCAA meets of 4 teams or less:

  • Dual Meet: (1) additional point for finishing in the top 8
  • Tri Meet: (1) additional point for finishing in the top 12
  • Quad Meet: (1) additional point for finishing in the top 16

4. For KCAA meets of 5 teams or more:

  • Three (3) additional points will be awarded for finishing in the top 1/3 of the field.
  • Two (2) additional points will be awarded for finishing in the top 2/3.

GOLF: To receive a varsity letter in golf, a golfer must:

1. Earn 15 points as follows:

  • One (1) point for qualifying and playing for team at a meet or tournament. One (1) additional point if score counts in team total.
  • One (1) additional point if score is the lowest of Trinity’s team at a meet or tournament.
  • One (1) additional point if score is the lowest of all players in a meet or tournament.

BOYS VARSITY SOCCER: To receive a varsity letter in boys soccer, the athlete must:

  1. Exhibit a positive attitude, commitment, and effort toward team goals.
  2. Play in 50% of varsity game halves. Exceptions may be granted by the coach if there is just cause.

GIRLS (JV-Co-ed) SOCCERTo earn a varsity letter, the athlete must:

  1. Exhibit a positive attitude, commitment, and effort toward team goals.
  2. Play in 50% of all game halves. Exceptions may be granted by the coach if there is just cause.

VOLLEYBALL: To receive a varsity letter in volleyball, a player must:

  1. Complete the entire season as an active team member by contributing as much as possible toward the success of the team.
  2. Participate in 90% of the matches.

BOYS BASKETBALL: To receive a varsity letter in boys basketball, the athlete must:

  1. Exhibit a positive attitude, commitment, and effort toward team goals.
  2. Play in 50% of varsity game quarters. Exceptions may be granted by the coach if there is just cause.

 GIRLS BASKETBALL: To receive a varsity letter in girls basketball, the athlete must:

  1. Exhibit a positive attitude, commitment, and effort toward team goals.
  2. Play in 50% of varsity game quarters. Exceptions may be granted by the coach if there is just cause.

BASEBALL: To receive a varsity letter in baseball, a player must:

  1. Play in ½ of the innings the team plays in. For example, if the team played 100 innings in a season, the letter winner must play a minimum of 50.
  2. The coach has the right to waive such requirements when they are affected by injury or other circumstances that are beyond the control of the player.

SOFTBALL: To receive a varsity letter in softball, a player must:

  1. Play in ½ of the innings the team plays in. For example, if the team played 100 innings in a season, the letter winner must play a minimum of 50.
  2. The coach has the right to waive such requirements when they are affected by injury or other circumstances that are beyond the control of the player.

CHEERING: To receive a varsity letter in cheering, a player must:

  1. Attend all practices, games, and competition, unless excused by the coach.
  2. Abide by the rules set forth by the coach and the athletic department.
  3. Cheer in all KCAA Cheerleader Competitions, unless excused by the coach.