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AM I A MEMBER OF Cal’s Letterman society? 

ALL VARSITY letter-winners from aN intercollegiate sport at the university of california at berkeley ARE MEMBERS OF THE BIG C SOCIETY®. members who pay dues receive extra benefits.

Recommendations for first-year varsity letter awards are made by the head coach of each sport at the end of the season of the sport.  These recommendations are sent to an Associate Athletic Director for approval.  Extenuating circumstances which prevent a student-athlete from meeting the established criteria for a first-year award may be considered by each coach when making his or her nominations.  Four-Year Squad members-players who have never met the criteria to earn a letter-are eligible to receive a first-year award at the completion of his/her fourth year.  All nominations for first-year Big C Society® membership awards are subject to final approval by The Big C Society® Board of Directors.

 

In order to receive a first-year Varsity letter award, a student-athlete must:

(1) be an amateur
(2) be eligible for athletic participation as defined by the NCAA
(3) have represented the University of California in NCAA competition
(4) meet the first-year varsity letter awards criteria as defined for his/her sport.  (These are specified below.)

 

VARSITY Letter Award Criteria by Sport

Baseball: Criteria is dependent upon position played

(1) Starting pitchers must pitch in at least 6 conference starts or pitch 75 innings as a starter.
(2) Relief pitchers must pitch 15 innings for the year, have 5 saves, and must pitch at least one-quarter the number of innings the top starter has accumulated.
(3) Field players must have at least 50% of at bats as determined by the player who has the most at-bats (that is, if the most at-bats by a player is 200, field players must have a minimum of 100 at-bats).
(4) Position players (players who have specific roles on the team (e.g. base runner, defensive specialist, pinch hitter, etc) earn a first year award based on the success of his performance throughout the season.

 

Basketball:

(1) Played at least 10% of the allotted minutes for the regularly scheduled games played during the regular season and, in addition,
(2) Played in at least half of the PAC-10 games.

Note: If a player is in a red-shirt year or doesn't complete the season due to disciplinary action, he/she is not eligible to receive a first-year letter award. Team managers are eligible to receive a first-year Big C letter only after their senior year and only if they have served as team manager for three prior years.

 

Cross Country:

(1) Finish in the top five team scoring positions in at least 50% of varsity meets, or
(2) Qualify for the NCAA as an individual member of the top seven of qualifying team.

 

Field Hockey:

Play in 70% of all scheduled matches.

 

Football:  Meet all of the following requirements:

(1) Be on the two-deep roster.
(2) Play at least one-third of the total quarters for the season.
(3) Be a strong contributor to the team.
(4) Demonstrate a good attitude and strong work ethic.

 

Golf:

(1) Participate in a minimum of 25% of the total number of holes scheduled in the Spring semester (that is, on the average, 126 holes). Note: If events are canceled, this requirement is met by playing in 25% of the holes played by the team during the Spring semester. Also, if an athlete competes in both Fall and Spring and that combination equals the 25% participation requirement, the coach may recommend an award, or
(2) The team wins the PAC-10 Championship or participates in the NCAA Championship.

 

Gymnastics:

Compete in at least 3 dual meets during the competitive season.

 

Lacrosse:

Play a minimum number of minutes (50% of the total season's scheduled games in minutes played).

 

Rowing:  Meet either of the two following requirements.

(1) Be a member of the Varsity Eight that competes in the featured dual race (traditionally the Washington Dual Meet), the Pacific Coast Championship Regatta in which the major schools are represented, or the National Championship Regatta.
(2) Be a member of the Junior Varsity Crew that wins either a Pacific Coast Championship, National Championship, or the featured Dual Race, or have rowed on the Junior Varsity boat for the past two racing seasons and participates in crew the third year.

 

Rugby:

Play a minimum number of minutes (50% of the total season's scheduled games in minutes played).

 

Soccer:

Play a minimum number of minutes:  50% of the total season's scheduled games in minutes played.

 

Softball:

Participate in 50% of the games played during the season. Pitchers and catchers must participate in 33% of the games during the season.

 

Swimming and Diving:

(1) Be an NCAA qualifier or participate in a National Championship, or
(2) Be a point scorer in the PAC-10 Championship, or
(3) Be a point scorer in at least 50% of PAC-10 Conference Dual Meets during the season, or
(4) Be a scorer in the Stanford Dual Meet

 

Tennis:

Earn eight credits by competing in any combination of eight PAC-10 and/or intersectional dual matches and/or ITA or NCAA tournaments. Players earn one credit for each such team match or tournament in which they compete. Only one credit is accrued per match or tournament even if an athlete plays in both singles and doubles in the same match or tournament. Team managers are eligible to receive a first-year Big C award only after their senior year, and only if they have served as team managers for three prior years.

 

Track and Field:

(1) Score a minimum of 20 points in dual meets, or
(2) Score a minimum of 10 points in Invitational Meets, or
(3) Score in a PAC-10 or NCAA Championship Meet, or
(4) Break a University of California school record.

 

Volleyball:

Play in at least 70% of games played during the season.

 

Beach Volleyball:

Play in at least 70% of games played during the season.

 

Water Polo:

(1) Compete in two-thirds of the total season's scheduled matches, or
(2) Be a member of the Travel Squad and compete in one-half of the away matches, or
(3) Compete in a PAC-10 or NCAA Championship