CRITERIA FOR EARNING THE IB VARSITY LETTER

IB LetterThe criteria for earning the IB varsity letter have been established by the members of the Ida Baker 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 performance 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. 

GENERAL CRITERIA

  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 two 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 School Lead Trainer and the Athletic Director
     
  5. Managers who have held the position for at least two 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 varsity 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.

SPORT SPECIFIC CRITERIA

BASEBALL

  • Dresses for 50% of the Varsity games.

BASKETBALL

  • You must participate in 1/3 of the Varsity games during the regular season and playoffs.

BOWLING

  • You must make the varsity team roster and complet the season.

CROSS COUNTRY

  • You must be in the top seven runners on the team in 50% of the meets; or...
  • If you place in the top 15 overall runners at the District or LCAC meet.

GOLF

  • You must make the varsity team roster and complete the season.

FOOTBALL

  • You must participate in 16 Varsity quarters of action through the regular season and playoffs.  

SOCCER

  • You must participate in 1/3 of the Varsity games during the regular season and playoffs.

SOFTBALL

SWIMMING & DIVING

TENNIS

  • You must make the varsity team roster and complete the season.

TRACK & FIELD

  • You must score 10 or more points through the season at a Varsity Track Meet; or...
  • If you score at the District or LCAC meet.

VOLLEYBALL

WEIGHTLIFTING

WRESTLING

ORDERING YOUR LETTER APPAREL

Neff  Jacket Shop

Neff provides us with 3 different options to display your Academic, Athletic, and Arts achievements. If you would like to traditional wool / leather letter jacket, those are processed online through the Neff website.  Please click on their logo and it will direct you to that webpage.  Follow the directions and decorate it however you would like.  If you are looking for something a bit lighter (this is Florida!!), then there are two other options for you.  We have the poly lightweight jacket or the old-school sweater. These must be ordered through the Athletic Department. The below flyer must be complete and turned in with payment.  The order will not be placed without the payment, and there are some in stock on campus.

Letter Wear