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LETTER REQUIREMENTS

 

Cheerleading Letter Requirements

                           A letter certificate will be awarded to each letter winner entitling the letter winner to receive the official school letter, wear the letter jacket, and be eligible for membership in “D” Club. A cheerleader may cheer for two seasons, fall and winter, each year, and receive a letter award for each season if:

  1. She has successfully finished the whole cheering season, without suspension.
  2. She has displayed a positive attitude, good attendance, and designed posters.
  3. The varsity “D” may also be voided, even if qualified, at the discretion of the coach if the school or community is not represented properly.

 

Cross Country Letter Requirements

             A letter certificate will be awarded to each letter winner entitling the letter winner to receive the official school letter, wear the letter jacket, and be eligible for membership in “D” Club.  A student may receive a letter award if

  1. The student competes at the varsity level and runs under the prescribed time established by the coach.
  2. The student is a senior having competed each and every season for DCHS (four-year requirement), thus earning the varsity “D.”
  3.  The student may be awarded a varsity “D” if injury or other extenuating circumstances are established, at the coach’s discretion.

The varsity “D” may also be voided, even if qualified, at the discretion of the coach if the school or community is not represented properly.

 Golf Letter Requirements

          A letter certificate will be awarded to each letter winner entitling the letter winner to receive the official school letter, wear the letter jacket, and be eligible for membership in “D” Club.  A student may receive a letter award if

  1. The student competes in a majority of the varsity meets and scores under the prescribed total established by the coach.
  2. The student is a senior having competed all four years of DCHS thus earning the varsity “D.”
  3. The student may be awarded the varsity “D” if injury or other extenuating circumstances are established, at the coach’s discretion.

The Varsity “D” may also be voided, even if qualified, at the discretion of the coach if the school or community is not properly represented.

 

Football and Basketball Letter Requirements

                  A letter certificate will be awarded to each letter winner entitling the letter winner to receive the official school letter, wear the letter jacket, and be eligible for membership in “D” Club.  Students may receive a letter award if

1.      The student has played in one more than one half the quarters in varsity games during the season.  (One play in football or one second of play in basketball shall constitute a quarter.)

2.      The student is a senior who has been out three or more seasons and has the recommendation of the coaching staff even though he/she may lack the required quarters.

3.      The student is recommended by the coaching staff if the student has met the eligibility requirement for the nine-week period following the end of the sport.  (If he/she does not meet eligibility requirements at that time, the letter award will be withheld until he/she does meet standards for a nine-week period.) The student finishes the season or is excused before season’s end by the coaching staff.

 

Track Letter Requirements

                  A letter certificate will be awarded to each letter winner entitling the letter winner to receive the official school letter, wear the letter jacket, and be eligible for membership in “D” Club.  A student may receive a letter award if

1.      The student places in the state meet.

2.      The student places in the regional meet.

3.      The student places in the league meet.

4.      The student has a total of 16 points for the season.

                  Points are earned in the following way:

                  Dual meet                         Triangular                                Four teams or more

                1st  - 2 points                     1st - 3 points                           1st - 4 points

                2nd - 1 point                      2nd - 2 points                          2nd - 3 points

                                                        3rd - 1 point                              3rd - 2 points

                                                                                                           4th - 1 point

Relays are divided by four.  Places in the state, regional, or league relays qualify for letter requirements.

 

Volleyball Letter Requirements

                  A letter certificate will be awarded to each letter winner entitling the letter winner to receive the official school letter, wear the letter jacket, and be eligible for membership in “D” Club.  A student may receive a letter award if

  1. The student plays in one more than half the season’s matches.
  2. The student participates in more than half of the varsity playing dates, including sub-state action.
  3. The student is a senior who has been a squad member for four years.

The student has made contributions, which the coaching staff feels merits such an award.

Wrestling Letter Requirements

                           A letter certificate will be awarded to each letter winner entitling the letter winner to receive the official school letter, wear the letter jacket, and be eligible for membership in “D” Club.  A student may receive a letter award if

  1. The student wrestles in at least five varsity matches.  Varsity tournaments count as one match.
  2. The student places in the regional, sub-state, or state-wrestling tournament.
  3. The student is a senior who has been out three or more seasons and has the recommendation of the coaching staff.
  4. The student is injured or becomes ill after participating in at least three scheduled varsity matches and, therefore, is unable to finish the season shall be lettered if it is the opinion of the coaching staff that the wrestler would have otherwise qualified.
  5. The coaching staff recommends the student.
  6. The student who is dropped for disciplinary reasons shall forfeit all credit toward a letter.
  7. The coach, with the approval of the athletic director and principal, shall under unusual circumstances be free to make exception to the requirements listed above.

Any unexcused absence from practice will mean the loss of a match for credit toward lettering.

Lettering Program for FFA

A student may letter in FFA by fulfilling the following criteria:

1.      Earn 200 points on the points system by April 1.

2.      Participate in at least five activities that either earn money for the chapter or are community service projects.  Examples:  BOAC, Safety Project, Petting Zoo, etc.

3.      Participate in at least seven District FFA contests.

4.      Attend State FFA camp and either District Speech contest or State FFA Convention if elected an FFA officer.

5.      Attend Greenhand Conference if a first year FFA member.

  1. Participate in fruit sales and work auction (required of all members) to earn money for the chapter.

 

Lettering Program for Vocal Music

A student may letter in Vocal Music by fulfilling the following criteria:

1.      Be enrolled in Vocal Music.

2.      Earn 70 points over a one- or two-year period.

3.      Points are awarded for activities outside of regular classroom activities.

Examples:  accompanying, KMEA Choir activities, all-school musical, lessons, solo and ensemble participation, DCHS Singers, Chanté, pre-approved outside performances.

4.      Points are awarded on the basis of student involvement in the activity.

  1. Points must be earned by May 1.
  2.  

Lettering Program for Speech

A student may letter in Competitive Speech by fulfilling the following:

  1. The student must contribute to the overall team spirit by:
  1. Displaying a positive attitude as demonstrated through the observance of school and KSHSAA rules and guidelines.
  2. Encouraging other team members.
  3. Contributing to team points as well as individual points.
  4. Finishing the season in good standing.

2.      The student must attend all coaching sessions as scheduled, unless excused by the coach.

3.      The student must attend all morning meetings with no more than two unexcused absences.

4.      The student must compete in at least four invitational tournaments and participate in competitions such as league, regional, and state for which they qualify.

5.      The student must prepare two events for competition taking each to at least one tournament during the speech season.

6.      A student shall forfeit all credit toward a letter if the school or community is not represented properly.

                7.   A student may earn a letter through other means by discretion of the coach.

 

Lettering Program for Band

A student may letter in band by fulfilling the following criteria:

                  1. be enrolled in concert band

                  2. Earn at least 300 points out of a maximum of 970 points

                  3. points are awarded for participation in the classroom, as well as participating in activities outside of regular classroom activities.

                  Examples: Football pep band, basketball pep band, jazz band, marching in the homecoming parade, district honor jazz/concert band              auditions/participation, All-state tryout, regional solo, regional ensemble, state solo, state ensemble, KSU Concert band clinic, Prairie Wind Festival, and other performances outside of regular activities.

                  4. points are awarded based on participation in the above activities.

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