Dictionary of Oxford sporting terms:
Oxford can often seem to have a language of its own, with niche terms like 'sub fusc', 'bops', and 'collections' thrown about as though everyone knows what they mean! This can extend to Oxford's sporting life. To help make things more understandable as you start out, see our helpful dictionary of Oxford sporting terms:
Blues: A 'blue' is the highest sporting achievement attained by students at the university, and is highly sought after. Holders of blues are entitled to a certificate and blues blazer. 'Half-blues' may also be awarded. You can find the current blues criteria for cross-country via this link: blues-criteria-sport-last-updated-03-03-23 (ox.ac.uk).
BUCS: The British university championships. Held at a different venue in the UK each year, with each event attracting hundreds of competitors. BUCS Cross-Country usually takes place in early February, with OUCCC entering teams for the men's and women's A and B races.
Crew dates: Socials in which members of two or more sports clubs gather jointly for food, drink, and an array of games, such as 'sconcing' and 'shoeing'. Often followed by a trip to Parkend, a local Oxford club.
Cuppers: Intercollegiate sporting competitions. Cross-country cuppers takes place in October (generally Saturday of 2nd week) at South Park.
Sports Fed: The Sports Federation is a branch within the university's Sports Department set up to support and promote organised sport and physical activity at the university.
Stash: Another term for kit. OUCCC branded kit, manufactured by Nike, can be purchased on kitlocker.com throughout the year. Our Kit Rep will also organise 'stash drops', where you can avail of more bespoke items (e.g. puffer jackets) throughout the year.
Varsity: An annual competition between Oxford and Cambridge universities, held by all university sports. Cross-country Varsity takes place near the end of Michaelmas term and is open to runners of all abilities. Further information can be found in the dedicated webpage section.
Vinnie's: Vincent's Club is a members club for sportspeople at the university, located in the centre of Oxford. Social events - open to members and non-members alike - are held there throughout the year. Vincent's also provides awards for student sportspeople: Awards | Vincent's Club (vincents.org).