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Date: 6th March 2003
Proposed by: Lucie Martin
Seconded by: Libby Payne
Ammended by: Hilary Hamnett
Date: 24th November 2003
Proposed by: Lucinda Orr
Seconded by: Katy Stothard
3. B. ix. The Secretary shall carry out a contact detail check at the beginning of Michaelmas Term, and obtain details of clubs that have not replied from the Sports Fed Database.
Date: 4th June 2007
Proposed by: Camilla Kendrick
Date: 3rd February 2008
Proposed by: Frances Smithson
Seconded by: Victoria Young
2. B. iv. Clubs must notify the President of any Blues, half Blues, our Team Colours awarded within two weeks of the Varsity Match, or otherwise where arranged.
2. B. v. The President is entitled to refuse to sign Blues certificates for clubs who have outstanding fees or fines, or have not submitted their awards within the relevant two week period.
3. A. viii. Sign Blues certificates.
3. A. ix. Produce an explanatory report to be included in the Sports Federation Presidential Changeover Packs
5. A. vi. For the granting of Full Blues or change to Full Blue status, a quorum of twelve Full Blue voting members of the Committee shall be required, but such a quorum shall include no more than four representatives. No application for Full Blues or change of Full Blue status shall be granted unless it receives the support of at least two-thirds of the Full Blue members of the Committee or representatives
5. A.vii. For the granting of Half Blues, or a change of Half Blues status, a quorum of twenty Full Blue and Half Blue voting members of the Committee shall be required. No application for Half Blues or change of Half Blues status shall be granted unless it receives the support of at least a two-thirds majority of all voting members present.
An agreement between the Blues Committees of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge with respect to Varsity Competitions.
Drafted and approved by the Joint Blues Committee on 28 February 1983, with alteration approved on 13 November 1997 to come into force from 1 October 1998. Reviewed 12th March 2001. The Women's Blues Committee is bound by the decisions and standing orders of the Joint Blues Committee.
The Varsity Eligibilty rules as agreed by the Joint Blues Committee is as follows:
A resident bona fide student member of the University is eligible to compete in an Oxford versus Cambridge sporting contest subject to the stipulations that he or she is:
Awards made at the captain's discretion should be to those she feels worthy of such an award. In making this award, she must have regard to six Blues Sport criteria: the ability, excellence, effort and determination of the individual(s) concerned, the result against Cambridge and the overall contribution of the individual(s).
Extraordinary awards are considered for achievement at national or junior international level and above, after the individual case has been represented to and approved by the committee. Extraordinary Half Blue awards are considered in exceptional circumstances, and cases must also be presented to and approved by the committee.
Discretionary Full Blues are upgrades of Half Blues and may be awarded when certain additional criteria is achieved. Such awards must be presented in writing to the President who will approve or disapprove them, in the case of the latter the awards may be proposed before the committee.
First Team Colours can be awarded by any Captain of a Full or Half Blue sport, to first team members (who played in the Varsity match) but who did not reach the standard required for the award. The total number of awards given must not exceed the number of awards granted by the Blues Committee.
Second Team Colours may be awarded to members of the Varsity Second Team.
To change the status of a sport a request must be made to the Committee one week before the meeting. Details are required about the results and training of the club.
There must have been three Varsity matches before a club is considered for a status change; and after such a status change, the club is subject to three years probation.
Post applications for individuals are only allowed if they were not made at the correct time due to administration errors. They must be submitted within one year of the individual concerned leaving the university. Also, the application must be considered under the criteria for such awards as they were at the time when the application should have been made.
N.B. For HALF BLUE sports, criteria 2, 4 and 6 are not so important.
No award (Full/Half Blue or First/Second Team Colours) can be awarded to someone who does not compete in the Varsity Match, thus:
These are awarded to sportswomen who are deemed by the Blues Committee to have achieved an extraordinarily high standard in their sport.
Such awards are obviously rarely given. The following are some guidelines for Captains/Presidents regarding the presentation of their case to the Blues Committee:
Thus it must be realised that the awarding of Extraordinary Full Blues is a great accolade and must be taken seriously lest the value of the Blues be reduced (and efforts of others in achieving Blues status).
Sport is by its very nature competitive and the awarding of colours is meaningless without rigorous high standards that are applied in a uniform and comparative manner.
Guidance for the standards required to apply for Extraordinary Half Blues is provided here, for cases where an individual has performed to a high standard but would not merit an Extraordinary Full Blue.
It is possible to apply for Extraordinary Half Blue status if:
The ability of an individual who is proposed for an Extraordinary Half Blue should be commensurate with performance at County or Regional level in sports in which there is a regular and well defined competition structure. Written evidence of this is much appreciated.
The annual Women's Blues Grant is open to all sportswomen in the University who have received a Blue, Half Blue or Colours from the Women's Blues Committee. The grant should be awarded to an individual who has shown excellent sporting performance for use towards future personal development (eg. new personal equipment, training camp, travel with national team, etc.).
Applications should be no more than 300 words and countersigned by two people willing to recommend the applicant (eg. club president, coach, etc.). Applicants should include details of funding received from other sources (eg. from colleges, other sports grants and scholarships). Applications must be received by the President at least a week before the first meeting of Hilary Term.
The President and Secretary will shortlist up to four applicants that the Committee will vote on at the first meeting of Hilary Term by secret ballot. If the committee are agreed, the grant may be split equally between two individuals. The recipient(s) of the Women's Blues Grant will receive up to £300 from the Committee on production of receipts.
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