NCAA ManComm recommends extension for senior student-athletes
Mark Escarlote on May 12, 2020 05:17 PM
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The NCAA Management Committee will propose to the Policy Board the extension of playing eligibility for senior student-athletes.
Taking into consideration the unexpected cancellation of Season 95 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the possible delay of Season 96 opening to 2021, the committee is looking to make some adjustments for affected senior athletes.
The ManComm is recommending to raise the age limit for seniors in Season 96 and allowing those affected by the scrapping of Season 95 to take a second course to be eligible to play for another year.
“We are also proposing that we adjust our eligibility for the athletes whose tournaments were postponed or yung hindi natapos. Ni-rerequest namin sa Policy Board to give them another year of eligibility,” said Season 95 ManComm head Peter Cayco of Arellano University.
Cayco cleared that the proposal is only for those seniors whose sporting events were cut short or cancelled entirely.
Affected second semester sports because of the cancellation were volleyball, football, beach volleyball, athletics, lawn and soft tennis and cheerleading.
Completed events for Season 95 were first sem sporting events basketball, chess, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and demo sport 3x3 basketball.
“Ang adjustments nu’ng sa academics papayagan lang natin ‘yan doon sa mga atleta na ‘yung di natapos ang tournament o ‘di talagang nagawa ang tournament,” said Cayco.
Under the current NCAA rule, student-athletes who have finished their studies are not allowed to take graduate course or a second degree to extend their playing year.
“Sa academics, di natin pinapayagan sa NCAA ang second course. Let’s say naka-graduate siya, for this season alone, ang rekomendasyon namin is payagan nating mag-enroll ng second course para lang makalaro,” said Cayco.
With the ManComm pushing the opening of Season 96, which will be hosted by Letran, to May or June next year, Cayco said that they are looking to raise the age limit for seniors to 26.
“Ang papasok naman sa kanila ay yung age factor,” he said. “Let’s say last playing year mo na because of age ngayong taon na ito eh naurong. Ang suggestion namin ay bigyan natin ng one more playing year.”
“Gawin nating 26 sila just for the next season,” Cayco added. “Di siya precedent, gagawin lang natin kasi di naman kasalanan ni atleta na aa-cancel ang season nila.”
This proposal, according to Cayco, will just be an adjustment for Season 96. But when the situation ‘normalizes’, they will revert back to the league’s old rules.
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