Varsity Lettering Criteria

Starting in Spring 2017, all athletes who choose to not finish the season with their team will not qualify for a varsity letter. In addition, the following criteria is considered by specific programs:  

Fall Season

Boys’ Ultimate
A player must be on the varsity roster for the majority of the season and must be on the roster at the end of the season. They must have played in a minimum of 30% of varsity games. In certain situations, the Varsity Head Coach may use their discretion to award a letter to a player or team manager for their commitment to the program.

Girls’ Soccer
A player must be on the varsity roster for the majority of the season or play in a minimum of 50% of the varsity games.

Boys’ Tennis
A player must be on the varsity roster for the majority of the season and play in at least 2 matches.

Girls’ Volleyball
A player must be on the varsity roster for the majority of the season or play in a minimum of 50% of the varsity games.

Boys’ Golf
A player must be on the varsity roster for the majority of the season.

Cross Country
Earning a Varsity Letter in Cross Country is achieved by accumulating at least 25 points in any given season.  Points will be calculated in the following manner:

Performance-based points:

  • Finishing any season meet - 1 point
  • Scoring in a regular season meet (top 5 on team) - 1 point
  • Running for the varsity team at an invitational meet - 1 point
  • Scoring at an invitational meet (top 5 on team) - 2 points
  • Running for the varsity team at the League Championships - 1 point
  • Scoring for varsity team at the League Championships - 3 points
  • Running for the varsity team at Districts - 2 points
  • Scoring for the varsity team at Districts - 4 points
  • Running at State (individually or with team) - 5 points
  • Scoring for team at State - AUTOMATIC LETTER
     
  • Breaking 20:00 at a 5k meet (each instance) - BOYS - 1 point
  • Breaking 19:00 at a 5k meet (each instance) - BOYS - 2 points
  • Breaking 18:00 at a 5k meet (each instance) - BOYS - 3 points
     
  • Breaking 24:00 at a 5k meet (each instance) - GIRLS - 1 point
  • Breaking 23:00 at a 5k meet (each instance) - GIRLS - 2 points
  • Breaking 22:00 at a 5k meet (each instance) - GIRLS - 3 points

Points based on value to team:

  • Commitment award - for each season served, retroactive - 4 points

    Example : Johnny is a freshman and completes the full season = 4 points.  His Varsity letter is very dependent on his performances.

Ricky is a junior and has 3 years with the team and completes the full season = 12 points.  He now needs 13 more points based on performance to earn a Varsity letter.

Susie is a senior but is turning out for the first time = same scenario as Johnny.

Winter Season

Girls' Basketball
A player must play in a minimum of 20 varsity quarters.

Boys' Basketball
In order to earn a varsity letter in boys' basketball, a player must play in 20 varsity quarters during a basketball season. Certain situations may arise in which the Varsity Head Coach may use their discretion to award a letter to a player, team manager, or other participant in the basketball program for their commitment.

Spring Season

Baseball
A player must be on the varsity team for the entire season or play in  50% or more of the varsity games.

Girls' Golf
A player must be on varsity for the entire season and play in at least 2 matches.

Girls' Lacrosse
A player must play in 50% or more of varsity games.

Boys' Lacrosse
A player must be on the varsity team for the entire season or have played in a minimum of 7 varsity games.

Boys' Soccer
A player must be on the varsity roster for the majority of the season.

Manager(s)
To receive a managers letter for soccer, team managers will need to be with the team from the 1st game to the last game of the season, must attend all practices and games, and perform all duties laid out by coach.

Girls' Tennis
Players selected or moved up to the varsity team and complete the season will receive a letter.  JV players who play in at least one varsity match will receive a letter.

Girls’ Ultimate
A player must be on the varsity roster for the majority of the season and must be on the roster at the end of the season. They must have played in a minimum of 30% of varsity games. In certain situations, the Varsity Head Coach may use their discretion to award a letter to a player or team manager for their commitment to the program.

Contact

John Wiley
Athletic Director
jwiley@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x624