Blues & Colours Awards Criteria

I.          Regulations Governing Awards

a)      The following awards, with the exception of 13, 14 and 15, shall be solely at the discretion of the Athletic Union Executive Committee. Awards 13, 14 and 15 shall be initially reviewed by the Focus Club Committee with the final decision residing with the Athletic Union Executive Committee.

b)      Awards shall be made only to matriculated students of the University who are members of a club affiliated to the Athletic Union for which they play regularly as first choice, with the exception of the International Blues award. The International Blues award shall be made to matriculated students of the University who do not represent the Athletic Union. Awards shall not be made to members of the Athletic Union who are not matriculated students of the University. Awards are made on the basis of performance in University teams.

c)      A club making recommendations which have been signed by two members of the club’s committee, may appoint one representative to be present for consultation by the Athletic Union Executive during discussion of the club’s recommendations, should said discussion be deemed necessary.

d)      Awards shall be made by the Athletic Union Executive in accordance with the accepted standards. Clubs will be informed by the Vice President of awards given by the Executive.

e)      The standards for awards for a club are maintained by the Athletic Union Executive. A club wishing to modify these standards in any session may submit the proposed alterations to the Vice President before the end of week four semester one. The proposal must have been prepared in accordance with the Club’s constitution. It must state the reasons for the proposed modifications and be signed by the Club’s Captain and two Club officials. The Athletic Union Executive has the power to accept or reject the request.

f)       The number of Blues, Half-Blues, and Colours awarded to a club shall not normally exceed the number of the first team squad.

g)      Where members of a club are eligible for an award then all nomination forms must be countersigned by the captain and another club member. If the captain is eligible for an award then the form must be signed by two other committee members of the club in question.

II.        Awards

The Athletic Union Executive shall have the power to award:

1.      Full Blues

2.      Half Blues

3.      Colours

4.      Peter McKiernan Volunteer Award

5.      International Blues

6.      Athlete of the Year Award

7.      Archie Strachan Award

8.      Professor Sam Taylor Bejant(ine) Award

9.      Club of the Year Award

10.  Team of the Year Award

11.  Continued Achievement Award

12.  Most Improved Club Award

  1. Sir Menzies Campbell Scholar/Bursar of the Year Award
  2. Focus Volunteer of the Year Award
  3. Coach of the Year Award

III.       Meetings

An Extraordinary Meeting of the Athletic Union Executive shall be called annually to decide the awarding of the above awards. This meeting will take place in the second semester prior to the Annual Blues and Colours Dinner. Before this meeting, Club Presidents/Committees shall be invited to submit Blues and Colours nominations on the appropriate forms to the Vice President of the Athletic Union, by a specified date. This date will be fixed to allow the Executive sufficient time to assess each nomination. Late nominations will only be considered with the permission of the Athletic Union Executive.

IV.       Appeal

An appeal against a decision of the Athletic Union Executive must be made in writing to the Vice President of the Athletic Union Executive not more than one week from the date of the original Blues and Colours Meeting.

A representative from each club, which has appealed a decision, shall be available to inform the committee concerning any question if required.

V.        Degree of Awards

The Awards Committee may decide that when they cannot award a Full Blue, they may award a Half Blue. If they feel there is sufficient merit, they may award a Full Blue on recommendation for a Half Blue.

The Awards Committee reserves the right to award a Full Blue or Half Blues to an individual they feel merits such an award.

Blues awards will be dated.

VI.       Notification

Following each meeting of the Executive at which awards are decided, a list of awards shall be published and distributed to affiliated clubs as appropriate.

VII.     Awards Criteria

 

AWARD OF BLUES AND HALF BLUES

Conditions of award (Full Blues, Half Blues and Colours)

·         Nominations must be made on the official nominations form

·         Full Blues, Half Blues, and Colours shall be awarded only to fully paid members of the Sports Centre

·         Full Blues and Half Blues shall be awarded in respect of individual merit of performance

·         Full Blues and Half Blues shall only be awarded to individuals who also fulfil the Colours criteria

·         Full Blues shall only be awarded to an athlete who has given an outstanding performance. The Athletic Union Executive or Club committee have the right to refuse the award where the competitive field is not deemed to be appropriate.

·         No holder of a Blue, Half Blues or Colours shall be recommended for the same or an inferior award by the Club in which he/she gained an award

·         Full Blues, Half Blues and Colours will be award for the following sports based on the corresponding criteria.

Note:  “Played” means to have started or come on as a substitute and played in a significant portion of the match.


Squash

A Full Blue shall be awarded to someone who has:

1.      a) Placed in the top 5 or top 10%, whichever is harder at the BUCS Individual Championships or

b) Been selected to the Scottish National team or equivalent National Senior team or

c) Placed in the top 3 or top 5%, whichever is harder at SUS Individual Championships and

2.      Participated in 75% of all official University matches and regularly attended training

A Half Blue shall be awarded to someone who has:

1.      a) Placed in the top 8 or top 25%, whichever is harder at the BUCS Individual Championships or

b) Placed in the top 5 or top 10%, whichever is harder at SUS Individual Championships and

2.      Participated in 75% of all official University matches and regularly attended training

A Colours shall be awarded to someone who has:

1.      Participated in 2/3 of first team matches and regularly attended training



PETER MCKIERNAN VOLUNTEER AWARD

The Peter McKiernan Volunteer Award shall be awarded to an individual who has given outstanding voluntary service to their sport, for their university club and/or in the community, during the course of their degree. Each club may submit one nomination for the award. This award was instituted in 2010 by Peter McKiernan, former Chair of the Athletic Union Governing Board.

AWARD OF INTERNATIONAL BLUE

An International Blue shall be awarded to an individual who demonstrates outstanding ability in a sport but does not represent the Athletic Union. International Blues shall be awarded at the discretion of the committee.

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Athlete of the Year award shall be awarded to the sportsman or woman who has demonstrated outstanding athletic performance, who has already achieved a Blue. Each club may submit one nomination for the award.

ARCHIE STRACHAN AWARD

The Archie Strachan Award shall be awarded to the individual who has been of outstanding service to the Athletic Union or one of its clubs and who has helped move sport at St. Andrews forward during the year. Each club may submit one nomination for the award. This award was instituted by the former Director of Physical Education (1955-1985) Archie Strachan who made a long and valued contribution to the promotion of student sport in St. Andrews.

PROFRESSOR SAM TAYLOR BEJANT(INE) AWARD

The Professor Sam Taylor Bejant(ine) award shall be awarded to a matriculated first year student who has shown outstanding sporting ability during his or her first year at university. Each club may submit one nomination for the award. This award was instituted this year by Professor S Taylor who has made a long and valued contribution to the committees of the Athletic Union.

CLUB OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Club of the Year award shall be awarded to a club which has shown outstanding commitment to the promotion and organisation of that club. There are no specific criteria which govern how this award is awarded, but generally involve such things as increased membership, improved results in competitions, better provision for beginners, etc. Each club may submit one nomination for the award.

TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Team of the Year award shall be awarded by performance, but equally could be won by a team that has made a dramatic improvement, be it simply by creating a team ethos. Each club may submit one nomination for the award.

CONTINUED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Continued Achievement Award shall be awarded to a final year student who have achieved a blue in their first or second year and continued playing at the same standard throughout their university life. Each club should notify the Executive of all players who qualify for this award.

MOST IMPROVED CLUB AWARD

The Most Improved Club Award shall be awarded to the club which has shown the greatest improvement in management and results over the academic year. Each club may submit one nomination for the award.

THE SIR MENZIES CAMPBELL SCHOLAR/BURSAR OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Sir Menzies Campbell Scholar/Bursar of the Year award shall be awarded to a matriculated student for outstanding athletic performance and achievement. The award will be given to a student that has made a significant contribution to the AU Club and/or has raised the profile of the sport and the University through their sporting success and commitment. All Focus Clubs are invited to submit nominations for the Award to the Vice President of the Athletic Union and nominations will initially be reviewed at a Focus Club Meeting. This award will include a £500 prize.

FOCUS CLUBS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Volunteer of the Year award shall be awarded for outstanding service to the promotion and development of sport at the university. The Award can be made to any individual working with a Club/DSE/AU. All Focus Clubs are invited to submit nominations for the Award to the Vice President of the Athletic Union and nominations will initially be reviewed at a Focus Club Meeting.

COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Coach of the Year award shall be awarded for outstanding service to the DSE, AU or one of its affiliated Clubs. The Award can be made to any individual working with a Club/DSE/AU, striving to promote and develop excellence in performance and management of that Club. All Focus Clubs are invited to submit nominations for the Award to the Vice President of the Athletic Union and nominations will initially be reviewed at a Focus Club Meeting.