Information for Prospective Players 2018

If you’re thinking about playing American football at Cambridge this is the right place to start! We are the Cambridge University Pythons and below are answers to some pressing questions you may have.

We will be around at the Freshers’ Fair if you want to speak to us and you can also email me at info@pythons.org.uk if you have any more questions. Join our facebook group the ‘New Players Forum‘ for regular updates on our Freshers’ Week plans, also like our facebook page!

Q: Who can play?
A: Anyone with a valid Cambridge Student ID. The majority of our players haven’t played before, usually save for some American students. The team is mixed, and last season we had our first female starter. Players come from many different sporting backgrounds, with different levels of experience.

Q: What are you doing during Freshers’ week?
A: We will be around at the CUSU Freshers’ Fair with indoor and outdoor stalls running fun activities, plus we will be at the University Sports Fair (new for this year). Additionally, during Freshers’ Week we will host two non-contact taster sessions at our Grange Road training ground to give you an idea of the skills developed in the sport. We will then begin contact training.

Q: What kit do I need to bring?
A: Players will be required to bring their own boots and gumshield/mouthguard and general sportswear for training sessions. The club will provide all other required safety equipment such as helmet, shoulder pads, soft pads, match jersey and game pants. We often recommend players to buy a pair of American football gloves but they certainly aren’t required for the start of the season.

Q: How big a commitment is American Football?
A: By choosing to play for the Pythons you are making a commitment to playing University sport which involves matches at other universities. At the start of the season we will have two or three outdoor training sessions per week and one classroom learning session. This will reduce somewhat during the season when we start playing matches to reduce the physical strain on players. It is possible to maintain other sporting commitments alongside American Football and quite a few players participate in College rugby.

Q: What league do the Pythons play in?
A: Following disappointing results in the 2017/18 season for the 2018/19 we will be playing in the BUCS Tier 2, resuming a longstanding rivalry with nearby Anglia Ruskin. However, we strongly believe that we have an excellent chance to move back up this season, and we want you to help!

Q: Can I get a Blue/Half Blue?
A: Yes, American Football is now a Half Blue sport. Previously, one of our players was awarded an Exceptional Full Blue in recognition of his exceptional standard of play, including representing Great Britain.

Q: What do I do next?
A: Find us at the Freshers’ Fair, like our Facebook page, join the New Players Forum and listen out for all things Pythons. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Sam Comb
President 2018/2019