NCAA taps BRASCU to officiate basketball tournament
This year, we tapped BRASCU because we want consistency and one interpretation of our rules -- League deputy commissioner Atty. Rebo Saguisag
The NCAA has tapped the Basketball Referees Association for Schools, Colleges and University as its officiating team when its 93rd basketball tournament unfolds on Saturday at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
League deputy commissioner Atty. Rebo Saguisag said they decided to tap a 40-man pool of referees from one group so that they will have one interpretation of the rules they are trying to implement this year.
Last year, the NCAA appointed Andy Jao as commissioner and decided to tap a pool of referees from three seperate groups.
"This year, we tapped BRASCU because we want consistency and one interpretation of our rules," said Saguisag, who spoke in lieu of commissioner Arturo "Bai" Cristobal in Tuesday's PSA Forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City.
Saguisag, who was commissioner the last two UAAP seasons, said the "hand check" rule stays and they will religiously implement it this season.
"You can not use your hands to prevent offensive players from moving because we believe that talent should come through and we will not allow dirty tactics and hand checking to prevent that," he said.
Saguisag also announced they league will revert to the old FIBA rule using the "possession arrow" instead of jump balls in the last two minutes to decide possessions.
"We agreed in principle that we will return to the possession arrow rule the whole game," said Saguisag.
Referees will also be a little lenient with emotional coaches and players about their reaction on call.
"We will not slap automatic warning or technical foul based on the initial reaction of a player or coach because we want to give them a chance to control their emotion and we don't like the league with robots and not playing with human element, which is the beauty of sports," said Saguisag.
"Of course, there are boundaries and we will punish people who will cross the line," he added.