USHT Varsity Letter Program
US High School Taekwondo Lettering Program Is Underway for 2018-’19 School Year
Even if your junior high or high school athletic program doesn’t have a taekwondo team, you can still earn your varsity or junior varsity letter in taekwondo, thanks to US High School Taekwondo’s Lettering Program. The program recognizes and honors taekwondo athletes in grades 8 to 12 for their dedication to taekwondo sports. To be eligible, a student must:
1) Be a US High School Taekwondo member
2) Meet the minimum participation criteria
3) Compete at approved Taekwondo competitions
4) Submit proof of enrollment and academic standing in school
5) Submit a letter of recommendation from coach or TKD master
The program counts a broad range of taekwondo activities toward the participation requirement, including practice, seminars, teaching, and competitions. The US High School Taekwondo Lettering Program is open to taekwondo athletes participating in all styles or disciplines who are currently US High School Taekwondo members.
Students receive an achievement certificate and a free letterman patch and lapel pin for each year that they complete the program’s requirements. These are designed to be worn on existing school lettermen jackets, or any jacket of the athlete's choosing, as a rite of passage and symbol of achievement.
Athlete Lettering Program members will also be given access to branded program merchandise through HighSchoolTaekwondo.com after approval.
Students also can apply retroactively, providing they currently are in grades 8 through 12 and have met the requirements for each year they’re applying for.
The program runs from August 1 through July 31 each year.
We remain committed to helping anyone receive recognition from their local high school with a varsity letter, but for those who have schools that are not yet supportive or the home schooled, we are eager to recognize your achievements with our National Letters!You may submit now for previous years in which you qualified!
The following requirements must be met between August 1 and July 31 of each application year:
- Log at least 100 hours of taekwondo activity
- Include – practice, competition, sparring, poomsae, teaching, seminars, etc. Please only log a maximum of 5 hours of activity time each day.
- Do not include – equipment maintenance or cleaning, time driving to competitions, time spent at competitions when you are not competing, etc.
- Provide verification of competing in three competitions
- Includes – sanctioned USAT, USHT, or AAU competitions where you compete against other high school athletes.
- Verification must include student’s name as a competitor along with the competition’s name and date. Verification accepted includes –results printed from an online source, invoice from competition, signed letter from competition organizer, master instructor, or coach.
- The following will not be accepted as competition verification – class lists, entry forms, photos of ribbons or awards, or year-end results.
- Provide current proof of enrollment in school.
- Current report card, current transcript, current mid-term report card, or certification of enrollment in a home schooling program.
- Verification must include student’s name, appropriate grading period, and institution name/homeschool designation.
- Please black out your social security number if it appears on your transcript before submitting the document.
- Provide proof of academic standing.
- To earn recognition, athletes must have a GPA of at least 2.0. A copy of a report card, transcript, or letter from school official is required.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What type of US High School Taekwondo membership do I need to participate in this program?
- If you compete at US High School Taekwondo sanctioned competitions you should apply for a USHT Membership through your club or as an individual if your area does not have a USHT team.
- What is the application fee?
- $25 per program year. An application and fee must be submitted for each year of participation. This fee covers processing and any awards.
- What happens after I send in my application?
- After USHT receives your application, an email will be sent to you with information about the program.
- What is the time frame to meet the hour and competition requirements?
- Each program year runs from August 1 through July 31.
- Any hours or competitions within the program year may be used, regardless of when you sign up for the program.
- What is the deadline to submit all the required materials?
- All documentation must be complete and received in the USHT office by June 15 for graduating seniors.
- If I have already met the requirements of the program do I have to wait until July 31st to submit everything?
- We encourage you to submit your log, competition record, and proof of enrollment as soon as you have met all the requirements.
- There is an enormous increase in submissions received near the end of the program year which greatly increases the processing time. Submit your documentation early for faster processing.
- Can I send my documentation in separately?
- No, please send all of your records (hour log, competition verification, and proof of enrollment) in together at the same time. Online submissions are preferred and are typically processed faster. Sending piecemeal paperwork through multiple avenues increases the amount of time spent processing each submission and increases the possibility of lost documents. Please keep a copy of everything you are submitting for your records.
- What do I send to provide proof of enrollment in school?
- Current report card, current transcript, current mid-term report card or certification of enrollment in a home schooling program. Verification must include student’s name, appropriate grading period, and institution name/homeschool designation. Please black out your social security number if it appears on your transcript before submitting the document.
- How many hours does the program require?
- 100 Hours which can include practice, competition, sparring, poomsae, teaching, seminars, etc. Only time spent actively working on Taekwondo skills count. The following cannot be used towards the hour requirement: equipment maintenance or cleaning, time driving to competitions, time spent at competitions when you are not competing, etc.
- Can I use hours and competitions from before I signed up for the program?
- Yes, you can use any hours or competitions during the program year (August 1-July 31), regardless of when you signed up.
- What are the competition requirements?
- Students must compete in three competitions during the program year. Any competition that is sanctioned by USAT, USHT, AAU, or ATA where you compete against other high school athletes.
- What do I submit as verification that I have met the competition requirements?
- Verification must include student’s name as a competitor along with the competition’s name and date. Verification accepted includes results printed from an online source, invoice from competition, signed letter from competition organizer.
- Can I apply for previous years in school?
- Yes, we do allow students to sign up retroactively as long as they are in grades 8-12. For example, a sophomore just finding out about the program can also sign up for their 8th-9th grade years. Students are still required to apply for each year and provide verification for each year they are enrolled to meet the requirements for that year.
- How do I submit my documentation?
- Online: Through the members page at https://portal.highschooltaekwondo.com
- Club: Through your club’s coach.
- When will I receive my free letterman patch and year pin?
- You will receive an email after you submit your documents either approving the submission or requesting additional information. If your submission is approved, instructions will be included in the email on how to order your free letterman patch and year pin from our distributor. These items are free but are not sent automatically upon completion. You MUST order these items online.
- Will I receive a Varsity or Junior Varsity letter?
- Students who are competing as black belts in grades 9-12 may apply for varsity letters at the recommendation of their coach or master.
- Students who are competing as colored belts in grades 8-11 will apply for junior varsity letters at the recommendation of their coach or master.
- Students who are competing as colored belts in grade 12 that were recognized for at least 3 years may apply for a varsity letter.
- Who can I contact with questions about the program?
- Visit https://www.highschooltaekwondo.com/letter-program/or email firstname.lastname@example.org.