MANILA, Philippines — The UAAP has added a brand new rule permitting student-athletes from different collegiate leagues, who performed professionally with a particular visitor license (SGL) from the Video games and Amusement Board, to nonetheless play within the basketball competitors after a one-year residency.
The league’s government director Atty. Rebo Saguisag introduced that different athletes from the NCAA and different collegiate leagues, who’ve already performed within the skilled ranks via the SGL, are allowed to play within the UAAP however with limitations.
“That is one thing new, the re-acquisition of the eligibility, or as we name it, novice standing, to return to basketball particularly, however there are,” Saguisag stated in Filipino within the Season 86 press convention on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Enviornment. “One is that you need to sit out one 12 months of residency. Quantity two, the variety of years you performed as knowledgeable might be counted additionally as enjoying years.”
Nevertheless, UAAP remained defiant of its rule that if a student-athlete from its eight colleges performs in professional leagues just like the PBA, Premier Volleyball League and the Philippines Soccer League even with the SGL, she or he can not regain his or her eligibility.
“Quantity three and most significantly, you should not have enrolled in a UAAP member college previous to turning professional as a result of the reasoning there may be, if you happen to already performed in one in all these eight member colleges you’re constructively notified,” Saguisag stated. “You’re enjoying for NU, for instance, then you definately determine to have an SGL, and your staff has been suggested and studied the repercussions collectively together with your coaches. I hope that’s clear.”
“You might not be incomes [professionally] with SGL. However your participation in knowledgeable league will render you ineligible. You’re not essentially professional, however you’re ineligible to additional take part within the UAAP. One of many causes isn’t just since you’re incomes, however in our eyes, you acquire undue benefit,” he added.
Saguisag stated that the league will consider its stand for different occasions because the eligibility guidelines are basketball-centric as they’re additionally permitting the chess student-athletes to nonetheless play within the UAAP because of the standing of the game’s professional leagues within the nation.
“For now, we nonetheless preserve that we are going to not acknowledge the particular visitor licenses so far as the PBA is anxious. With the opposite sports activities that aren’t equally located, we are going to think about. Evaluating our stance on these sports activities which aren’t precisely the identical because the PBA. The factor is, we notice the foundations are usually basketball-centric, and we now have provide you with completely different permutations per sporting occasion per division which might be evaluated,” the manager director stated.
“Maganda kasi tinahi yung chess. By nature, iba yung chess na maraming skilled leagues which are self-stand, skilled leagues ng chess na wala namang sweldo yung mga bata, walang lisensya mga bata. So why will they need to play equally? Briefly, even with out the SGL, if you happen to take part in skilled chess leagues na di naman talaga skilled, you could possibly take part within the UAAP,” he added.
Within the case of the College of the Philippines newcomer Francis Lebron Lopez, who signed a contract with American professional league Additional time Elite in 2021 however by no means performed, Saguisag stated that the board unanimously agreed because the incoming rookie was capable of present the paperwork and proof and by no means acquired any grievance from any member college.
“Paperwork have been reviewed. Paperwork and obtainable proof to us have been reviewed, and it was discovered by the eligibility committee and accepted by the Board of Managing Administrators that he was eligible. Based on inside guidelines and process, wala namang grievance from any member college filed and substantiated by proof,” he stated. “It was a collective resolution by the board, not only for him, however for different a whole lot of student-athletes who have been accepted. Siya lang yung medyo high-profile, if you happen to might. Walang proof that he violated any eligibility rule.”
“He’s cleared to play this season, sure. For so long as he has the enjoying years. Until there’s actually countervailing proof that might floor sooner or later. What everyone knows is that he was not capable of go away the Philippines, a lot much less play in any league. Even the standing of the stated league has but to be established. Individuals name it skilled, however what actually is it? Even that must be fastidiously studied.”