UAAP to move forward with less drums during games

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 03, 2018 02:21 PM
UAAP to move forward with less drums during games
There will be less drums during games in the UAAP Season 81

The UAAP is moving forward with a new rule that limits the sound coming from pep squads starting Season 81.

According to the new guidelines, pep squads will only be allowed two bass drums and one snare drum inside the Araneta Coliseum and MOA Arena and then one bass and one snare each inside the Filoil Flying V Centre.

“The coaches, we spoke to them, the games are really not about the drums,” league executive directory Atty. Rebo Saguisag said in the preseason press conference on Monday at the MOA Arena.

He then continued, “Actually, it’s a small part.”

Last season, pep squads were allowed five bass drums and two snare drums during games.

The UAAP, however, has apparently mulled that over and said that less noise would be beneficial for all teams. “I’ve been doing this for three years. I think my hearing has been impaired,” Saguisag, who has been the league’s head honcho for three seasons, shared.

Indeed, two years ago, Ateneo de Manila University head coach Tab Baldwin had stated that pep squads and the sounds they make are “unnecessary.”

As he put it then, “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. When their team struggles, we can see if they will support their team even when they are struggling.”

Coach Tab also pointed out how the drums drown out words being said between coaches and players. “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.

However, Saguisag said that the new rule is not set in stone. “This is just experimental. Kung talagang kulang, dagdagan natin, wala namang problema,” he said.

He then continued, “The idea is gradual change. We will probably come up (with a memo) clarifying how many drums will be allowed.”


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