junior varsity


Definition of junior varsity 

: a team composed of members lacking the experience or qualification required for the varsity

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My father convinced me to stay on the junior varsity team an extra year to build my confidence. Marc Myers, WSJ, "NBA Star Chris Paul Learned Early to Think Like a Boss," 2 Oct. 2018 Thiele, for instance, proved to be a late bloomer, emerging from the junior varsity last season to give the team an effective No. 3 starter. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With hitting, pitching and chemistry, Pius XI is ready for run to the state tournament," 6 July 2018 The deepest team at the World Cup, a team of individual stars, offensively and defensively, but a team that was stymied by the junior varsity of the U.S. Men’s National Team the other day. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup 2018 prediction: Mexico wins, Trump pays for the cake.," 12 June 2018 Against the best team in the American League, against the bottom of their starting rotation, the matchup has looked like the junior varsity against the varsity. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Despite recent losses, Detroit Tigers have momentum on their side," 7 June 2018 From third-string second baseman as a ninth grader to so-so sophomore pitcher for the junior varsity to solid but unspectacular reliever for the varsity as a junior, Frake made slow but steady progress in the course of his career. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "Dan Frake pitches Shawnee past Washington Township," 21 May 2018 Seals, who has made a visit to LSU, TCU and Oklahoma State, played on junior varsity in 2017 because of UIL transfer rules. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Big Ten school offers this local 2020 QB | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 14 May 2018 Deerfield junior varsity coach Steve Brown leads the varsity team in the summer with the help of freshman coach Nick Peyrot. Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, "Deerfield baseball focused on development during summer schedule," 9 July 2018 Medina, who also worked as the school’s junior varsity baseball coach and was unarmed, spotted the Parkland gunman entering the campus on the day of the shooting. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Parkland security monitor who sexually harassed one of the shooting victims was just fired," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of junior varsity

1902, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of junior varsity

: a team whose members are less experienced and usually younger than members on a varsity team

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