NCAA elevates volleyball as mandatory sport

NCAA elevates volleyball as mandatory sport
NCAA elevates volleyball as a mandatory sport.

Volleyball will be one of the four mandatory sports in the NCAA starting this year.

NCAA Management Committee chairman Jose Mari Lacson of Season 92 host San Beda said the board has officially approved volleyball as the fourth sport branded as mandatory along with basketball, swimming and centerpiece athletics.

"It's approved," said Lacson.

While it will be approved in the men's and women's in the seniors division, juniors volleyball will only be mandatory in 2018.

The decision was spurred by the recent emergence of volleyball as a popular sport.

Also, the NCAA is mulling the possibility of making all its calendared sports mandatory for all members in the future.

"The NCAA's goal is increase participation not just in a few sports but all and the NCAA plans to make it all mandatory sports in the future," said Mancom member Peter Cayco of Arellano U.

"The NCAA started with volleyball first because all schools are already active when it comes to volleyball," he added.

Set to open basketball hostilities on June 25 are Mapua against Jose Rizal at 2:00 p.m. and defending champion Letran and last year's runner-up San Beda in the main game at 4:00 p.m.

Organizers also promised a big opening number that will be choreographed by Roxanne Lapus and directed by Douglas Nierras to jumpstart the season set to unfold at 12:30 p.m.

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