Frequently asked questions for the 2020-21 season are below.

Events 2020-21 season questions

Are events happening?

Yes - some in-person events have happened in Term One and we now intend to run further events in Term Three as the lockdowns ease, and guidance allows us to do so. These events will be considered based on whether they are feasible, safe to deliver and there is demand. Please see individual sport pages for more information.  

Why are some events cancelled and not others?

Some events are less viable than others due to their nature, their size, their time of year or their practical feasibility. We have tried where possible to postpone events to later in the year however this has not been possible for all events.

How can I keep up to date regarding the status of events?

There is up to date information on the sport and event pages of the website. Students who enter an event on BUCS Play and institution administrators will receive direct email communications with key updates.

When will events open and close for entry?

Please see specific event information for details of event opening and closing dates. Events will likely open and close earlier than usual.

What if the situation worsens from entry opening to event date?

The event could be cancelled or postponed but we will endeavour to provide as much notice as possible.

Will I be charged if the event is cancelled due to Covid19?

No. If the event is completely cancelled, and no alternative is offered you will not be charged your entry fee.

How will the different home nation restrictions affect the status of an event?

Each event, regardless of home nation in which the event is located, will be reviewed individually, and the BUCS Executive will assess whether the event is feasible and safe to run in line with advice set by Home Nations and the relevant sport National Governing Body (NGB). 

How will the different travel restrictions in each home nation, affect my ability to travel to an event?

All events will be reviewed on an individual basis in line with specific sport NGB guidance regarding travel into and out of different home nations.  Please also consider any university specific policies around travel. 

What happens if we go into another national lockdown?

Each situation will be reviewed individually, and the BUCS Executive will assess whether the event is feasible and safe to run. However, in the case of national lockdown it is anticipated the event would be cancelled.

Have you considered virtual events?

Yes. We have recently launched BUCS Challenges - please see the BUCSPlay app for more information.

Will BUCS Points be awarded in 2020-21?

Aligned with feedback from the membership, the Executive have taken the decision that BUCS Points will not be awarded in any leagues and knockouts or individual events in 2020-21. However, medals will still be awarded in individual events as in previous seasons, and league winners’ plaques awarded in all leagues that reach a conclusion.


International Competition 2020-21 questions

What is happening with international events?

The Winter World University Games (WUGs) scheduled for Lucerne in January 2021 have been postponed to 11-21 December 2021. Further information is available on the FISU website.

The Summer World University Games (WUGs), scheduled to be held in August 2021 in Chengdu, China, have been postponed until 2022. More information is available directly from FISU on their website.

The European University Games (EUG), postponed from 2020, have been postponed again and will not take place in July 2021. Further information is available on the EUSA Website.


Leagues and Knockout Competitions 2021-22

How have the 2021-22 leagues been created?

The 2021-22 league structure will be based on the outcome of the 2019-20 season – with promotion and relegation applied according to this document – for teams in institutions who affiliate to BUCS in 2020-21. As there was no Cricket season in 2019-20, these league structures will be based on the outcomes of the 2018-19 season. 

Any institution who is not a member of BUCS for the 2020-21 season will be treated as a new member for the 2021-22 season and their teams will enter the league structure at the bottom. 

What rules and regulations will be in place?

We are currently undertaking out annual review of the BUCS General and Sport Specific Regulations. As with previous seasons, any changes planned for the 2021-22 season will be communicated to institutions. 

However, it is currently too early to know what impact COVID-19 may have on the 2021-22 season. 

All leagues and knockout competitions will be subject to any NGB, UK Government, devolved administration or local authority legislation, guidance and/or protocols in relation to COVID-19 which may be in place at the time. These shall supersede any BUCS General or Sport Specific Regulations. 

BUCS will also consider if any temporary changes to our general and sport specific regulations are needed in response to any new or lasting impacts of COVID-19. 


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