PVL, PSL agree on unified schedule, prioritize nat'l team
Premier Volleyball League president Ricky Palou and Philippine Superliga head Ramon 'Tats' Suzara agree to unify their respective leagues schedule for the benefit of the national team.
Two of the biggest volleyball stakeholders in the country sat together in a meeting Friday and came up with an agreement to fix the sport’s calendar for 2018.
Philippine Superliga president Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara and Premier Volleyball League president Ricky Palou agreed to plot a unified schedule that that will give priority to the formation and training of the national team for future international tournaments including the 30th Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by the country in 2019.
“The PSL and the PVL are initiating an agreement to fix the volleyball calendar for 2018. This is the support of the PSL and the PVL for the national team,” said Suzara after their historic meeting at The Arena in San Juan.
Both league heads want a calendar that will not interfere with the national squad.
Another meeting is set with representatives from the country’s biggest collegiate leagues - the UAAP and the NCAA.
“He wants to have a meeting with UAAP, NCAA and PVL para mag-ayusan ng schedule,” said Palou, also the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. secretary-general. "Oo naman, I agree, I don't see why not."
The agenda of the said meeting is to iron out the policy of the participation of collegiate players in the commercial leagues and in their national team duties.
“We want to talk to the UAAP and the NCAA so that we can arrange a schedule that won’t conflict among the four leagues,” said Suzara.
The noble move of the top two leagues will benefit the national team and Philippine volleyball in general.
Both leagues have three conferences per season where most of the country’s best players compete while the biggest collegiate leagues hold their respective seasons from December to April.
Overlapping league schedules has been the main problem with the formation and preparation of the national team.
“Hopefully we can agree on one thing so that we can have a unified schedule and give volleyball in our country the right perspective,” Suzara said.
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