The word varsity identifies the starting team in a sport at a college or university. You have to be good to make varsity.

At many schools, sports are a big deal. Thousands of people flock to college football and basketball games, plus other sports. The members of the starting team are varsity players. Varsity players are the best players: that’s why they start, and they usually finish the game too. It can take a while for a player to make varsity status.

Definitions of varsity
  1. noun
    a team representing a college or university
    synonyms: first team
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    type of:
    squad, team
    a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
  2. noun
    a British abbreviation of `university'; usually refers to Oxford University or Cambridge University
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    type of:
    the body of faculty and students at a university
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