Coach Baldwin not a fan of ‘unnecessary’ drums of UAAP pep squads

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 05, 2016 04:40 PM
Baldwin not a fan of 'unnecessary' drums of UAAP pep squads
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT. Tab Baldwin wanted the Ateneo crowd, and even the entire UAAP, to voice out more enthusiasm and do more noise than the schools' drums.

Tab Baldwin’s first time in the UAAP was a success.

The American-Kiwi coach, who also calls the shots for Gilas Pilipinas, guided Ateneo de Manila University to a hard-fought first triumph over University of Sto. Tomas.

With a young team like the Blue Eagles, the usually talkative mentor didn’t have much to say about the game.

What he did have to say – and boy, did he have a lot to say – was what was in the surroundings of the game.

In particular, Baldwin targeted the rallying beats coming from the drum sections of the schools’ pep squads. As he put it, “I believe it is farcical and unnecessary because you have a number of very enthusiastic fans that would sit up and make appropriate noise when their team is on a run.”

He then continued, “When their team struggles, we can see if they will support their team even when they are struggling. That’s the way it should be and anything else is artificial.”

The 58-year-old was not singling out Ateneo’s opponents for the day in the University of Sto. Tomas. Instead, he was venting out his frustrations on both the blue side’s Blue Babble Battalion and the yellow side’s Yellow Jackets.

Baldwin then went on to lament the miscommunication between him and his players due to the loudness of the drums. “Players can’t communicate with their coach and the coach can’t communicate with his players. I think it’s a bit of a farce because basketball is a game of communication,” he said.

The first-time coach in the UAAP said he was aware of the intent of those rallying beats, but again argued that those are not helping their squads. “Nothing against the actual people who are up there banging their drums; that’s their job. What I’m against is that taking place,” he said.

He also added, “The people there are doing their job, but that does not do anything for me except drown out the opportunity to communicate.”

In the end, Baldwin challenged the pep squads and students alike to use their voices to rally their team so that they would not have to rely on “artificial noise.” As he put it, “I would be a lot more impressed if the noise was made by the fans. From my experience, I believe we have enthusiastic fans and it would be nice to hear them.”

He then continued, “I’ve been to stadiums all over the world and I’ve seen crowds that are completely intimidating because of the noise they (fans) put on you. Drums don’t intimidate anyone.

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