Cambridge University Women’s Blues Committee
Status of Sports – Updated 30 October 2007
Sport Status Details Last review
Archery Half blue HB: part of VM (mixed) A team [4 18.05.07
members] and achieve a First Class or
FB: to archers who satisfy HB criteria
and either win an individual BUSA
(indoor or outdoor)
medal or achieve Master Bowman status
nationally (or both).
Colours to any member of the VM team
not achieving a HB or to archers who
achieve set score levels in other
competitions (competing for CUB). Score
levels are set close to that for HB
Athletics Full/half FB and HB awarded on times and 21.10.05
blue participation in the Varsity match (times
to follow top N in country: where N will
periodically be reviewed). At review on
6.11.02 it was noted that standards for
some events were soon due to be revised.
At meeting on 21.10.05 FB and HB
standards were set/revised for hammer,
pole vault, heptathalon and 800m.
Badminton Half blue HBs awarded to VM team. Team colours 03.11.06
awarded to second team. Full Blue if
play in VM and get to last 16 of the
BUSA (singles or doubles or mixed
[Ballroom Half blue Status changed slightly on 30.10.07. To 30.10.07
Dancing] gain a HB the couple must compete in the
Dancesport VM and either (i) make the Advanced
Finals at IVDA (which would roughly put
them in the top 6 student couples in the
UK), or (ii) place in the top 50% of
couples at the VM. Colours are awarded
for competing in the main VM team if
HBs are not awarded. [previously the
status stipulated top 8 couples but now
number of competing couples has
Basketball Half blue Current status awarded 30.10.07. If team 30.10.07
win the Varsity match and reach the Final
8 in the BUSA playoffs [CU are in the
Midland 1A conference and have to
qualify for the final 16 by winning league,
premier clubs go straight through] they
are awarded 5 FBs and 5 HBs -- these
will be at the Captain’s discretion.
Previously the team had 10 HBs.
Canoeing Half blue Updated 18.05.07 to accommodate the 18.05.07
splitting off of canoe polo as a separate
HB sport. HB awarded (at Captain’s
discretion) to members of the first team
who compete in 2 out of the 4 VM/BUSA
events: these are BUSA canoe/kayak
slalom, BUSA wildwater race, Varsity
canoe/kayak marathon, Varsity Freestyle
– Captain to use following as a guideline:
should come in top ½ of each event, but
this is not a hard rule . Discretionary FBs
for competing in any canoe/kayak
discipline at a national level (e.g. being
on GB team or development squad
Canoe Polo Half Blue Split from canoeing 18/05/07 to have its 18.05.07
own HB sport. Two teams: Open (mainly
made up of men) and Ladies. HB (up to 7
per team) to be awarded to the ladies on
either team if that team reaches the semi-
finals of BUSA (top 4) and wins the
Cricket Half blue/ Request change of status 04.05.06 – this 04.05.06
conditional was passed. New status is that cricket
FB becomes a conditional FB sport with up
to 11 FBs being awarded to players if
they play in the VM and the team reaches
the top 4 in the BUSA premier final
(which also means coming in the top 2 of
the premier league (either north or south).
The captain will also take into account the
commitment and contribution throughout
the season. 12 half blues to the Varsity
Match squad if FB criteria not reached.
The team had 11 HBs prior to 27.01.04.
Cross-country Full blue Status changed on 5.5.03 from Half blues 23.01.07
to the Varsity squad to up to 4 FBs
awarded in the Varsity Match at the
Captain’s discretion. The Captain should
use, as a criterion for judging, the fact that
the people who are awarded FB would be
expected to come in the top 30 at BUSA. .
Discretionary FBs for individuals for
finishing in the top 30 in BUSA (no
change on 23.01.07).
Cycling Half blue Status changed on 27.10.05 27.10.05
HB- compete in both varsity and BUSA
in the 1st team (top three girls). Must also
finish in the top 5 in BUSA.
FB- compete in both varsity and BUSA in
the 1st team, and win one BUSA event
and finish top 3 in the other. Must also be
in the top 3 finishers at the Varsity match.
Exceptional performances in other non-
mainstream events (cyclecross, track,
mountain biking, road racing) in National
events should be brought before the
committee for consideration of
extraordinary FB award.
Cycling Half Blue Applied for HB status for first time on 14.03.07
(Mountain 14.03.07 – had VMs since 1997. Granted
Biking) according to the following criteria: HB
for coming in top 4 overall in VM and in
Cambridge counters (top 2) plus either
top 5 in BUSA XC or within 125% of
winning time at any 100km Mountain
Fencing Full Blue & Full blues awarded (up to a max of 9) for 03.11.06
colours playing in the VM and reaching the final
in BUSA. HBs for competing in VM if
don’t reach BUSA final. Previous status
was HBs awarded to first team (maximum
of 9, 3 per weapon, 3 weapons) at
Football Full blue Status change on 21.11.05. 11 FB for 21.11.05
starting line up in VM and a max of 3HB
(FB and HB to be awarded at captain’s
discretion) for subs who participate in
more than 10min of match. Retention of
FB status will depend on the team
retaining their position in the Eastern
Regional League Premiership (non-
student league of higher calibre than
BUSA). The captain should base her
award of FB’s on the criterion that all
players should have made a significant
contribution throughout the season (as the
club field non-student members in the
Golf Half Blue 5 years of VM achieved in 2002 – half 16.06.05
blues now awarded to starting 6 in the
VM at Captain’s discretion – guideline
should be a handicap of county standard
(golf captain to get back to us on this :
june 05). Guideline for FB criteria: needs
to have a handicap of around 6; top 5%
of women in the country will have a
handicap of 12 or better.
Gymnastics Half blue Change needed on 23.01.07 due to change 23.01.07
in scoring. HBs awarded to members of
the VM A team provided they compete on
all 4 pieces of apparatus and score at least
46 in total and contribute to the team
score. Criteria for FB are : compete and
score in the VM, enter level 1 BUSA
scoring at least 51 total.
2nd team colours.
Hockey Full Blue 11 FB awarded for starting line up in VM 30.10.07
provided team comes in top 3 of
the Midland 1A League (total of 6 teams).
2 further FBs at Captain's discretion
for rolling VM subs. Team gets HBs if
fail to get FBs. Team colours awarded to
second team and first team
players not given FB/HBs. [previous
status was 4 disc HBs for other playing
Ice Hockey Half blue HBs awarded to VM at the Captain’s 29.11.06
discretion – guideline should be
competence at Div 1 league ice hockey
standard. No current record of FB
criteria. (needs seeing to). 28.11.02 they
thought criteria was different. (may want
a change [28.11.03] to include roller
hockey leagues as a guideline to
Reviewed in 2004 but outcome not
Judo Half blue HBs awarded to VM team who are of at 23.01.07
least blue belt standard. FB standard is 1)
compete in VM 2) individual medal in
BUSA 3) black belt [no change 23.01.07].
Application to change status rejected on
13.06.01 – there have been no VMs for
the past few years: committee decided
that Judo will maintain its HB status
provided it has VMs for the next 2 years
(to report to committee).
Karate Half blue Up to 4 HBs awarded to black belts on 16.06.05
the VM team, 4 more can also be awarded
at Captain’s discretion (in case team do
not have black belts). FB standard is 1) a
Dan grading 2) participation in VM 3)
individual medal in BUSA or equivalent
competition. Needs changing as the
numbers don’t currently make sense.
Korfball Half blue Up to 4 HBs at the captain’s discretion 26.01.06
depending on performance in VM and
Nationals. Team colours may be awarded
to 1st team players not getting HBs and
2nd team players. No change on 26.01.06
Lacrosse Full blue FBs for starting 12. 4 rolling subs to 16.06.05
receive HBs for playing in Varsity
Match,. Second team awarded colours.
On 16.06.05 FB standard tied to
achieving a top 4 position in the BUSA
Premier League Southern, meaning they
do not go into the relegation playoffs (6
teams in each of north and south
Lawn Tennis Full blue Up to 8 FBs for first team members 16.06.05
playing in the VM, at the Captain’s
discretion. Conditions agreed on
16.06.05: FB standard should be
conditional on the team maintaining its
place in the BUSA Premier South League
(currently 8 teams).
Lifesaving Half Blue Applied for status 03.03.03 – on the basis 24.01.05
of having had 6 VMs. Ladies in the VM
A team (team of 4 has to be mixed, so
there could be between 1 and 3 women)
to be awarded HBs at the Captain’s
discretion – guidelines should be that the
individuals should be roughly of 1m 55s
standard for the swim and tow event.
Colours awarded to A team if they do not
get HBs. Colours awarded to B team if
they beat the Oxford B team in the VM.
Mixed Status Despite considerable evidence that mixed 25.01.05
Lacrosse (voting) lacrosse is widely played sport (and it has
had 6 VMs), the players failed to
convince the committee that it was
worthy of HB status. Currently ML does
have status and therefore a vote on
CUWBC. The first team can then
automatically have University Colours.
Modern Full blue FB awarded for >=4600 points in VM, 21.11.05
Pentathalon Half blue HB awarded for >=3600 points in VM.
Each increased by 100 points on 6.11.02
due to introduction of ‘positive’ scoring.
2nd team colours awarded to competitors
with >=3600 in reserve match.
Netball Full blue Starting 7 in the Varsity match awarded 03.11.06
FBs, plus up to 3 HBs for first team subs
awarded at the Captain’s discretion (if
play in VM). First and second team
colours may also be awarded. FB status
will be conditional on team maintaining
their position in the Midland 1A League.
Orienteering Half blue HB awarded, at the Captain’s discretion, 14.03.07
to 3 out of the 5 VM team: a guideline for
these awards should be that the
competitors should be capable of coming
in the top half of the BUSA A race. FB
standard is top 3 at BUSA or top 10 in
British Elite Championships (top 30 in
country). Wanted to change status on
27.01.04 to HBs for all 5 but this was
rejected (bring it back to the committee
with some conditions attached, eg within
a certain time of 3rd runner etc)
Pistol shooting Half blue HBs for 4 team members in either 26.01.06
(CU Revolver Summer VM -- > 500 out of 600 in
& Pistol Club) Lightweight Sporting Rifle or for 4 team
members in Spring VM -- >500 out of
600 in Air Pistol (can be either A squad
or women’s A squad). As of 26.01.06
made clear that LSR is mostly shot by
Rifle Club, but we can leave it in here as
Pistol club can shoot it if they wish.
Real Tennis Half blue Awarded to 4 players in VM having a 26.01.06
handicap of 60.0 or less (this standard
was changed from 55 to 60 on 03.03.03).
Full Blue criteria are playing in VM and
achieving a handicap of 40.0 or less.
Colours to anyone who competes on the
1st team in the VM who doesn’t have a
handicap as stated above.
Riding Half blue Automatic HB if ride in VM and at least 2 25.01.05
other BUSA matches. Up to 4 awarded at
Captain’s discretion. On 7.3.06 riding
requested colours: they do not have a
second team and therefore cannot award
colours automatically to the 4 in the
squad (total of 8) who do not ride in VM.
Agreed that colours to those in squad
(which is already on selection) who ride
in at least 1 of the 5 matches during the
year. FB criteria needed.
Rifle shooting Half blue Half Blue: 190 ex 200 in the Heslop (1st 29.04.02
(small bore) VIII) or Bentata (Ladies IV) matches. (Reviewed
Full Blue: 195 ex 200 in the same in 2005?)
matches as above, and in the same
academic year a score within 2 points of
the GB Team average (in the
Kolapore), in the varsity match - the two
are shot concurrently.
Rowing Full blue First boat awarded FBs for rowing in the 07.03.06
Half blue Varsity Match. Blondie crew are awarded
Colours Blondie Colours for rowing in VM.
Lightweights are awarded HBs for rowing
in Varsity match. Coxes given same
award as the rowers in their crew and
reserves get nothing. This status was
maintained on 07.03.06
Rugby Half blue Status reverted to HB on 03.03.03 – this 23.01.07
was in response to a poor set of
performances throughout the year and the
restructuring of the BUSA competition
(the committee will need to revise
standards in this light).
Half blues awarded to the starting 15 in
the VM. Review again next year. Up to 3
half-blues for VM reserves at the
Captain’s discretion (if they play in VM).
Full Blue status is competing in England
Students or other national
representational qualification. No change
Sailing Half blue Half blues to the 6 in the Varsity squad: 14.03.07
(Cruising) mixed team or ladies team. Discretionary
FBs for reaching semi-finals in BUSA
racing finals competition and competing
Skiing Half blue Status changed on 7.3.06. Now brought 07.03.06
into line with men. To receive a half-blue
a girl must: 1. be in the first team
(includes six girls), 2. gets an automatic
half blue if in top 4 for both giant slalom
and slalom (of Cambridge) and 3. can get
a half-blue, with captain's discretion if in
top four for either slalom or giant slalom.
NB/ top four times count towards team
score. Guidelines for FB are competing in
VM and achieving a top 3 placing
(individual) in BUSA or a comparable
performance in National competitions.
Colours for VM competitors who don’t
get HB (standard).
Squash Full blue Status changed on 21.11.05. 5 Full Blues 21.11.05
will be awarded to the 1st Varsity team (5)
on the condition that they finish in the top
3 of the Cambridgeshire league that
season. If this condition is not met then 5
Half Blues will be awarded to the 1st
Varsity team. Half blue for first team
varsity reserve (if they play)
Swimming Full blue FBs awarded for achieving set times and 14.03.07
/half blue competing in the Varsity match. HBs
awarded for competing in VM. Previously
the times had been calculated from tables
of National qualifying times – 16.11.00 it
was agreed to change this so that FB
times are calculated via FINA points. 750
FINA points for FB in all events other
than freestyle events, where it is 730
Table Tennis Half blue Application for upgrade to FB status 16.06.05
[Removed rejected on 23.11.99. Status before
04.02.03, 04.02.03 was automatic HB for 4 players
reinstated in VM. Didn’t turn up for their review on
16.06.05] 28.11.02. On 04.02.03 proposal to
maintain current status rejected – at next
review they must show evidence of
matches, results, standards etc. Reviewed
16.06.05 – status of 4 HBs at Captain’s
discretion for VM team reinstated: will be
reviewed for next two years.
Taekwondo Half blue Gained status 28.11.02. Up to 5 HBs 18.05.07
awarded at the Captain’s discretion to
those who participate in the Varsity A
team match and have at least a Blue belt.
Varsity B Team get colours, as do those
who fight on the A team who are not
awarded HBs. The FB criteria will be
participation in Varsity A team, having at
least a Black belt, gaining an individual
medal in BUSA or equivalent competition
and attendance at an international training
camp (such attendance is encouraged
although the Committee recognise that
this is not always possible).
Trampolining Half blue Status change on 21.11.05. Half Blues 21.11.05
awarded to members of Varsity A team
who also achieve a score of 48 in either
round of the Advanced Category of
BUSA. Full Blues to members of the
Varsity A team who also achieved 50
points in the elite BUSA competition.
Triathalon Half blue 3rd VM happened in 2005. HBs for people 29.11.06.
(part of who compete in VM and come in top 3
Cycling Club) women from Cambridge (score) and
come in the top 25 in BUSA or some
equivalent achievement, eg.
are in National age group team .
Ultimate Half blue Half Blues awarded to members who play 21.01.06.
Frisbee on both the women’s 1st team and 2nd
team Open Varsity matches, and qualify
for the womens’ student nationals.
Colours awarded for playing in one of the
Volleyball Full blue 6 FBs awarded awarded at the Captain’s 07.03.06
discretion to 1st team members (and up to
2 reserves) playing in the VM. Awarding
of FBs will be conditional on the team
making the top 4 in BUSA.
Half blues to be awarded if BUSA
condition is not met. No change on
Waterpolo Half blue Up to 13 HBs to VM players to be 29.11.06
awarded at the Captain’s discretion. Up to
7 FBs if team reaches last 4 in BUSA.
Windsurfing No status Requested removal from CUWBC as of 22.03.01
22 March 2001 – reason being that we
were unable to give the men HBs and
they were a mixed team. Club is not
eligible to reapply for status until 22