Prospective Players FAQ

Welcome to all prospective players for the 2016-17 season with the Oxford Lancers. This FAQ is to answer any questions you may have about the sport and the team and to get you excited about the upcoming season.


We will have a stand at the Freshers' Fair if you would like to come speak to us in person and you can contact our president, Will Szymanski (details below), if you have any more questions. Be sure to join our facebook group and bookmark this site for regular updates about our pre-season events.


Q: Do I need to have played American Football before?

A: Not at all! We find most of our players start playing at university, usually having come from a rugby playing background but also from a variety of different sporting disciplines. Our starting team is usually composed of a core of veteran players with experience alongside gifted rookies who show early promise.


Q: Are you a mixed team?

A: Yes! The Lancers are a mixed team and our inclusive team  atmosphere means that no one should be nervous about joining us.  


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: What are you doing during Freshers’ week?

A: We will be around at Freshers’ Fair to answer any questions you may have. We will also host a rookie-vets mixer at our  team bar, St. Aldates Pub, and several rookie taster sessions to give you an idea of what to expect during the season. 


Q: How big a commitment is American Football?

A: The Lancers is a university level sport, and as such there is definitely a commitment to playing on the team. During the season, there is one mid-week 3 hour practice which consists of 1 hour of chalk talk and 2 hours on the field. Our games take place on Sundays during Michaelmas and Hilary Terms (4 per term)


Q: What league do the Lancers play in?

A: The Lancers currently compete in Tier 2 of the BUCS American Football League. Our goal is to continue to build our program with the hopes of being promoted into Tier 1 in the near future. 


Q: What do I do next?

A: Contact our president Stewart Humble and he will give you the details of our next session.


We look forward to seeing you in October!

The Oxford Lancers