UAAP: NU to make sweeeping changes in schedule for Season 81
Philip Matel on May 17, 2018 09:05 AM
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. UAAP Season 80 President of the Board of Trustees Dr. Michael Alba, hands over the UAAP flag to NU's Teodoro Ocampo, the league's VP of the Board of Trustees, as a symbolic transition of responsibilities of the hosting of UAAP Season 81.
UAAP Season 81 hosts National University has announced that there will be major changes in the upcoming season, in particular with the schedule of some sports.
According to Teodoro Ocampo, the incoming President of the Board of Trustees of the UAAP, the eight schools have decided to move some events, particularly Track and Field, Fencing, and Chess, and will see an earlier start, as they are scheduled to be moved to the first semester.
Ocampo cited balance in the schedule of the league, which is divided in two semesters, with the first semester running from September to December, while the second semester runs from February to May.
While both semesters carry nine events, the board will look to move the shorter-length events like Track and Field and Fencing, which only lasts a few days.
"May request ang other board members kung puwede i-move sa first semester," Teodoro said after the UAAP Season 80 closing ceremony at the FEU Auditorium in Manila.
As for Opening Day, NU's highest representative meanwhile said that the school is looking at a tentative September 8 date at the Mall of Asia Arena.
While FEU introduced 3x3 basketball and retained streetdance as exhibition events, the Bulldogs will be trying to bring back ballroom dancing, which was introduced in Season 79 by hosts University of Santo Tomas, but was temporarily scrapped by the Tamaraws.
In terms of the basketball tournament, the Bulldogs will introduce a rulebook, which was approved today by the Board, and its contents will be announced in the near future.
With the looming biennial SEA Games to be held in our country November 2019, and the Asian Games in Jakarta from late August to early September this year, Ocampo says the Board is yet to discuss possible conflict of schedules with the student-athletes.
Contrary to FEU announcing the theme "Go For Great" last year at the conclusion of Season 79 at UST's Plaza Mayor, the Bulldogs are still unsure of the theme, as they are still checking whether if their proposed theme will not be facing plagiarism issues like what FEU faced this season.
"Kasi mukhang ang Go For Great, some said it had been used na eh. But buti na lang they were able to justify it, yung FEU."
When asked if the UAAP would follow suit with the NCAA on Tour introduced by NCAA Season 93 hosts San Sebastian last year, where schools would play in a home-and-away format in a school every Thursday, Ocampo answered on the negative, citing the Board's adamant stand on the topic, citing scheduling issues.
"No, no, no. Not in the plans eh. It would be nice ano? Mukhang mahirap eh, because of their schedules in school. Mahirap eh."
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