Varsity team

Varsity is an alteration and shortening of the term university. The meaning differs depending on the region, but is usually related to sporting activity.

Varsity in the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, varsity team or varsity club refers to groups participating in varsity matches in sport or other competitions between rival universities. The term originally referred strictly to university-sponsored teams, and dates from the 1840s.[1]

In contemporary Scots language the term varsity is often interchangeable with university [2] in contexts unrelated to sporting activity.

Varsity in North America

In the United States and Canada varsity teams are the principal athletic teams representing a college, university, high school, or other secondary school. Such teams compete against similar teams at corresponding educational institutions. Groups of varsity sports teams are often organized into athletic conferences, which are groups of teams that regularly play each other during a given athletic season. In recognition of their high level of performance, athletes on varsity teams are often given varsity letters. They are in contrast to the institution's club sports.

A major difference between varsity and club sports is the source for allocated funds. Varsity teams receive financial support, equipment, and facilities from college and university athletic department budgets.[3] Universities often allocate club sport budgets through student life departments similar to other clubs on campus. Because club sports cost more than other clubs, many club student-athletes must pay to play and also engage in team fundraising efforts to pay for facilities time, equipment, and other team expenses.[4] At various levels of collegiate sports, varsity student athletes are eligible for scholarships solely or partially based on athletic skills.[3][5]

Varsity can be compared with the junior varsity level, which is typically for less-experienced underclassmen.[6] Players may be able to go up a level to varsity playing by performing well.

Varsity in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the Varsity is the oldest and most prestigious rowing race. It was held for the first time in 1878, and was started as a Dutch equivalent for the Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge.

Varsity in South Africa

In South Africa and some other Commonwealth countries, varsity is often still used in place of the word university, in contexts unrelated to sporting activity.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Definition of 'varsity'". Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Definition of 'varsity'". Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b "UNB cuts teams eligible for varsity athletics funding". Canadian Broadcasting Company. March 14, 2008. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  4. ^ Van Zytveld, Jon (Oct 26, 2011). "Club Sports Offer Athletic Opportunities". Grand Valley Lanthorn. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  5. ^ "Illinois Athletic Development". University of Illinois. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  6. ^ "Varsity vs. Junior Varsity". NAIA.
  7. ^ "Expo highlights tech student innovators". ITWeb. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
1887 college football season

The 1887 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Yale as having been selected national champions. In the West, the 1887 Michigan Wolverines football team compiled a 5–0 record, including three wins over Notre Dame (who was playing its first game ever and didn't have a varsity team yet ), and outscored its opponents by a combined score of 102 to 10. On November 13, college football was first played in the state of Virginia when the Virginia Cavaliers and Pantops Academy fought to a scoreless tie.

1893 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 1893 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1893 season. The 1893 season was Tennessee's third season as a varsity squad. The 1893 varsity team was to be the last until 1896 because the university "wanted to put emphasis on academics." The Vols went 2–5, losing the first five games.

1947 Fordham Rams football team

The 1947 Fordham Rams football team was an American football team that represented Fordham University as an independent during the 1947 college football season. In its second season under head coach Ed Danowski, the team compiled a 1–6–1 record and was outscored opponents by a total of 245 to Rams offense scored 44.After a winless 1946 season, Fordham boosters raised money for 30 new scholarships. In addition, the school made several additions to its coaching staff, including the hiring of Vince Lombardi. Lombardi was responsible for coaching the freshman team. In addition, he helped the varsity team implement the T-Formation on offense. Lombardi did this for a salary of $3,500 a year. Athletic director Jack Coffey stated that he thought Lombardi would one day become head coach of the varsity team.

1970 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

The 1970 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team represented Mississippi State University during the 1970 college football season. The Bulldogs finished 6–5 for the only winning season in head coach Charles Shira's tenure. The 1970 squad included the first two African-American football players on the Bulldogs' varsity team, defensive back Frank Dowsing and defensive tackle Robert Bell.

1971 Ole Miss Rebels football team

The 1971 Ole Miss Rebels football team represented the University of Mississippi during the 1971 college football season.

It was the first Rebel squad since 1946 to not be coached by Johnny Vaught, who was forced to take a leave of absence midway through the previous campaign due to health concerns. This was also Ole Miss' last all-white varsity team. The Rebels and Southeastern Conference rival LSU were the last major college teams still fielding all-white squads. LSU would also field its first desegregated varsity squad in 1972.

AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian High School

AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High School is a private Armenian-American school located in Pasadena, California, United States, which opened its doors in September 2006. It is owned and operated by the Armenian General Benevolent Union, the largest Armenian philanthropic organization in the diaspora that also sponsors 17 Armenian day schools around the world. The school is administratively and academically affiliated with AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School, a college preparatory high school in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. The school meets high school requirements, which includes a science lab, library, indoor gym, computer lab, assembly hall and cafeteria.

During the semester of 2013, the school added more electives including an International Issues, Globalization and Public Policy, secured each classroom with a smart board, established diverse club that students can participate in during the day.

The school has 165 students and a faculty of 20.

It is one of the 570 member schools of the California Interscholastic Federation, or CIF Southern Section which competes in varsity sports. Its athletic department includes a boys' varsity team, a boys' junior-varsity team, and a girls' varsity team.

FEU Baby Tamaraws

The FEU-Diliman Baby Tamaraws is the high school varsity team of Far Eastern University – Nicanor Reyes Educational Foundation in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), together with the Far Eastern University senior teams, the FEU Tamaraws and the FEU Lady Tamaraws.

Far Eastern University – FERN College

FEU Diliman , also known as FERN College, is an educational institution member of the Far Eastern University (FEU) group of schools. It is a non-stock, non-profit educational institution at Sampaguita Avenue, Mapayapa Village, Diliman, Quezon City. It was founded in 1994 to commemorate the birth centennial of Dr. Nicanor I. Reyes Sr., The founder and first president of the FEU. The campus was originally constructed for the Institute of Technology in the 1970s.FEU Diliman is the home of the FEU Diliman Baby Tamaraws, the high school varsity team of the Far Eastern University.

Grand Valley State Lakers

The Grand Valley State Lakers are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Grand Valley State University, located in Allendale, Michigan, United States. The GVSU Lakers compete at the NCAA Division II level and are members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Grand Valley's varsity athletic teams have won 22 National Championships in 9 sports and have been National Runners-up 21 times in 10 sports. GVSU has also won the prestigious National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Directors' Cup for NCAA Division II schools in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. They finished second in 2002, 2003, 2012, and 2013. The cup is awarded to the top athletic programs based on overall team national finishes. Grand Valley is the first college east of the Mississippi River to win the Directors' Cup for NCAA Division II.

The official mascot of Grand Valley State is Louie the Laker and the official fight song is "GVSU Victory!"

Hugh Gall

Hugh Gall (c. 1888 – May 19, 1938) was a Canadian football player considered to be one of the best runners and punters of his era.After playing half-back in Toronto for Parkdale Collegiate, Gall joined the University of Toronto varsity team in 1907 and played there for four seasons. He led the team to Grey Cup victories in 1909 and 1910, becoming the first team to win the new trophy presented to the Canadian Rugby Union champions. Gall set a record for most singles (single point kicks, also known as rouges) in a Grey Cup game with eight in 1909, a record that still stands (though somewhat asterisked, because he accomplished the feat before end zones were invented and as such as soon as the ball crossed the goal line it was dead and could not be returned). He was team captain for the 1910 season.Gall also played in the Ontario Hockey Association for the Parkdale Canoe Club hockey team. In addition, he competed in several track meets in the Toronto area.

Gall was elected vice-commodore of the Parkdale Canoe Club in 1911 and then became a football referee. He returned to action in 1913, playing for the Parkdale team that lost in the Grey Cup final. Gall coached U of T to the intercollegiate championship in 1914 and graduated in 1915 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He became secretary of the Canadian Rugby Union (now Football Canada) in 1914, and served a one-year term as president of the organization in 1920-1921. He died in Toronto at age 49 from pneumonia.

Gall was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1975, and the U of T Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

Junior varsity team

Junior varsity (often called "JV") players are the members of a team who are not the main players in a competition (such as any football, basketball, or baseball game), usually at the high school and college levels in the United States. The main players comprise the varsity team. Although the intensity of the JV team may vary from place to place, most junior varsity teams consist of players who are in their freshman and sophomore years in school, though occasionally upperclassmen may play on JV teams. For this reason, junior varsity teams are also often called freshman/sophomore teams. Especially skilled or physically mature freshmen and sophomores may compete at the varsity level. Some private school associations may permit very skilled seventh- or eighth-graders to compete on varsity teams. At larger schools, there may be two junior varsity teams for some sports, with a lower-level team typically consisting only of freshmen.

Letterman (sports)

A letterman, in U.S. activities/sports, is a high school or college student who has met a specified level of participation or performance on a varsity team.

List of Michigan State Spartans championships

This is a list of Michigan State Spartans' varsity and club athletic team national championships and runner-up finishes.

Michigan State University has 29 varsity sports teams that compete under the Spartan nickname. The university participates in the NCAA's Division I and in the Big Ten Conference in all varsity sports. Michigan State offers 14 varsity sports for men and 15 for women.[1]The university's current interim athletic director is Bill Beekman, following the resignation of Mark Hollis.MSU's Spartan Marching Band or Spartan Brass plays the fight song at every university event. Michigan State University was the first NCAA Division I athletic program to have multiple national championships in both football and basketball, as well as the only school to have multiple national championships in football, basketball, and hockey.

North Carolina Tar Heels junior varsity basketball

The junior varsity basketball team at the University of North Carolina is a two-year program that gives non scholarship students the opportunity to continue their basketball careers at the collegiate level. Tryouts for the J.V. team occur every year prior to the beginning of basketball season in October. Players are only allowed to play on the J.V. team for two years and then they are given a chance to try out for the North Carolina Tar Heels Men's Basketball Team as a walk-on. With a valid physical any student that attends the University can try out for the J.V. team. The junior varsity team is coached by assistant varsity coaches who are given the opportunity to gain head coaching experience while still fulfilling their assistant duties on the varsity levels. Hubert Davis, an assistant for the varsity team, is the head coach of the J.V. team.

Operation On-Target

Operation On-Target is a high adventure Varsity Scout program activity, open to Venturers and older Boy Scouts. The event is mainly held in the western United States, but has included Hawaii and New York. The basic idea is to have Scouts scattered across a particular area, located on mountain peaks or other prominent points within line of sight of each other. Using large signaling mirrors, they relay messages from peak to peak. Success in the event depends on team skills such as map-reading, compass skills, mirror-building, mirror signaling and teamwork. Many units spend time in the weeks or months before the actual event learning communications skills like ham radio and signaling. Reaching the peak can also be a challenge, requiring the boys to practice hiking, camping, and backpacking skills. They also need to consider what they will do if the clouds block the sun.The name "Operation On-Target" was chosen at its inception in 1980 because: "The purpose of the experience was to get the Scouts on target with the Varsity Scout program, and on target on the peaks with mirrors" - Doug Brewer

, founder of Operation On-Target.Two main goals are to establish a signal link from the Mexico–US border to the Canada–US border, and to make a link from the Pacific Ocean to at least the continental divide. The event has been annual since 1981. As many as 5,000 scouts have participated in a single year, with participation from Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington, from Puget Sound in Washington to Catalina Island and San Diego in California.The annual event is held on the third Saturday in July and September. Areas with warmer climates typically see larger turnout on the latter date.

A manual for this event was developed by the Great Salt Lake Council, was later reprinted in one of the Varsity Scout Program Helps books, and now is a chapter in the Boy Scouts of America Varsity Team Features Volume II handbook. While even small handheld mirrors, 3" to 4" on a side, can be seen 30 miles away, teams are encouraged to take along at least one large mirror. The classic large Operation On-Target signal mirror is a modular design with four square feet of reflecting area, transported in backpacks and assembled on-site. It consists of four 12"x12" mirrors bolted to a square of plywood with wing bolts and mounted on a light tripod. A small aimable signal mirror is taped to one edge as a sight.

UE Junior Warriors

The UE Junior Warriors is the Junior varsity team of University of the East in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), together with the University of the East senior teams, the UE Red Warriors and the UE Lady Warrior.

UST Growling Tigers

The UST Growling Tigers is the varsity team of the University of Santo Tomas that plays in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. Formerly called the Glowing Goldies, the name has been changed starting with the 1992–93 season.

The University of Santo Tomas holds the most number of UAAP Overall Championships with 61 titles (42 Seniors' Division Overall Championships in the 71 seasons that the title was awarded and 19 Juniors' Division Overall Championships out of 23 seasons).The university is one of three member universities that take part in all sporting events of the league. UST also takes part in various sports leagues such as the Philippine Collegiate Champions League, the Shakey's V-League and the University Games.

Varsity letter

A varsity letter (or monogram) is an award earned in the United States for excellence in school activities. A varsity letter signifies that its winner was a qualified varsity team member, awarded after a certain standard was met.

Zobel Junior Archers

The Zobel Junior Archers (officially the De La Salle Zobel Junior Archers) is the varsity team of De La Salle Santiago Zobel School and is the Juniors' team of De La Salle University's De La Salle Green Archers in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. Its girls' team, the Lady Junior Archers, is De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde's Junior's team to the Women's National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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