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05-01-2006, 11:12 AM
UAAP board unveils new rules
abs-cbnnews.com

By JOEL ORELLANA
The Manila Times Reporter

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) board has definitely learned a lot from the eligibility scandal involving two players from De La Salle University.

Members of the board approved for implementation beginning next season a few rule changes in all sports to avoid a similar incident in the wake of the controversy that has hounded the league for quite some time.

For all sports, the board will require a student-athlete who enters a member school through the Philippine Educational Placement Test Certificate of Rating to take a one-year residency before he or she can compete in the UAAP.

At the same time, the board is also giving the school a year to verify the certificate, which should be properly authenticated and signed by the school registrar.

"We want to learn from this episode. We must institute the corrective actions for this thing not to happen again,"Anton Montinola, Far Eastern University’s board representative, said in the league’s recent board meeting.

Green Archers Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian were found to have spurious school credentials, resulting in the board's one-year suspension of La Salle in all sports.

The University of the East’s Luz Sta. Ana, the incoming UAAP president, said she is praying for an "issue-free" season once the new rules are enforced.

"I am hoping for a good season for us," said Sta. Ana, who mentioned the Don Allado case that became the only hitch in UE’s previous hosting during the 1998 season.

Then drafted by Alaska team in the Philippine Basketball Association, Allado was not allowed by the league to sign a contract with his pro squad so he could continue playing for the Green Archers.

Professor Gilda Uy of University of the Philippines said beginning next season, masteral students will no longer be allowed to compete in all sports. of the UAAP.

But the student-athlete can take a second undergraduate degree in case he or she has playing years left in the five-year rule by the league, Uy said.

The board also approved the 14-man roster to play in the men’s basketball event, with the coach having the option to field all players in a game.

The 69th season of the UAAP opens on July 8 at the Araneta Coliseum with only seven participating schools following the suspension of La Salle.

The last time the league had this number of teams was in 1994 when the board suspended Adamson University for having fielded an ineligible Marlou Aquino.

5FootCarrot
05-02-2006, 08:32 AM
Professor Gilda Uy of University of the Philippines said beginning next season, masteral students will no longer be allowed to compete in all sports. of the UAAP.

But the student-athlete can take a second undergraduate degree in case he or she has playing years left in the five-year rule by the league, Uy said.
It's too bad that masteral students can't play anymore, even the ones who would have taken their graduate-level classes in the same school where they received their undergraduate degrees, but I'm glad to see that this has finally been clarified.

Kid Cubao
05-02-2006, 08:58 AM
in effect they're penalizing student-athletes who wish to earn advanced credits and in fact discouraging them from realizing their academic ambition by allowing them to pursue no higher than a second bachelor's degree. mukhang pahirap nang pahirap maging atleta sa UAAP dahil sa patuloy na pagdagdag ng mga eligibility restrictions. pretty soon, the profile of an ideal UAAP athlete would be something like this: he graduates from high school at age 16, and then spends the next two school years in team B. he finally cracks the UAAP roster in his junior year at age 18, earns his first bachelor's degree at age 20, during which time he has just completed two UAAP seasons. since he has three UAAP seasons left in his eligibility, he enrols in another undergrad degree program, and finishes it at a leisurely pace while enjoying the thrill of collegiate competition in his extra years in college.

that is, if he doesn't get caught in the 7 years out of high school rule :D

CM_Punk
05-06-2006, 08:53 AM
Ah, so no more masteral students in the UAAP. This would explain why Nestor David of UP is enrolling in another undergraduate degree, as he completed his philosophy course in four years last April. He still has one playing year left.

I'm also hoping for an issue-free UAAP season, with no more controversies. Focus on the players and the games, and not what's happening behind the scenes.