NCAA to discuss eligibility years for non-graduating student-athletes

Mark Escarlote on Mar 20, 2020 02:21 PM
NCAA to discuss eligibility years for non-graduating players
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Aside from the possibility of giving seniors a one-year extension, the NCAA is also looking to deal with the playing years of non-graduating student-athletes affected by the termination of Season 95 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Pag-uusapan pa namin ‘yan,” said NCAA management committee head Peter Cayco of season host Arellano University regarding the issue.

The Policy Board on Thursday announced the end of the season after more than a month of halt of the league’s second semester sporting events including centerpiece volleyball, which was already on the tail end of the elimination round, because of the contagion.

Cayco in an interview prior to the announcement of the termination said that seniors of sports affected by the cancelation might be given another shot at suiting up for their respective schools as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.

While getting an extension for seniors served as a welcome development, concerns regarding non-graduating players were also raised especially in the case of rookies, who had their debut season cut short.     

“Lalabas four years to play na lang sila,” said College of St. Benilde women’s team coach Jerry Yee, whose squad was unbeaten in seven games. “Dapat all. ‘Di lang naman seniors affected.”

Cayco said that all concerns will be dealt with in due time as the ManCom is set to meet and talk about Season 96 once the Luzon enhanced community quarantine is lifted.




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