Girls Basketball is brand new demo sport for UAAP 82
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 08, 2019 01:58 PM
For the first time in league history, a Girls' Basketball Tournament will be held as a demonstration sport starting UAAP Season 82.
The tournament, which will run alongside the Boys' Basketball Tournament, is being eyed to begin in late October, according to event sub-host National University.
"It's long overdue for the UAAP to have a basketball tournament for the girls," said UAAP executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag, who started out in basketball as coach of Assumption High School's basketball team back in the 2000s.
Schools that have committed to join the four-team meet are Adamson University, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle Zobel, and University of Sto. Tomas.
The league is hoping that the rest of the member schools develop their Girls Basketball programs as well so that the student-athletes' transition from Jrs. to Srs. game will all be seamless.
"This is very important for the development of our women's players. Schools want to recruit girls out of high school who are already fundamentally sound," said Ateneo's Representative to the Board Erika Dy, who coached the Ateneo Lady Eagles from 2013 to 2015.
Besides this, the league is hoping that having this tournament will help the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas in identifying the top young prospects for the country’s Girls’ National Team.
“Having a Girls’ Division is consistent with the UAAP’s mission to provide a training ground for our future national athletes. As much as the college teams will benefit from this, it’s really our Gilas Women’s Team that will reap fruits from it in the future,” shared Dy, who played for De La Salle Zobel in high school.
"It's a big step forward for women's basketball. In the Asean region, we really need the exposure sa women's side," added UAAP Basketball Commissioner Jensen Ilagan.
Helping Ilagan oversee not just the Girls' Basketball event, but all four basketball tournaments is the league's first-ever female Deputy Commissioner in Edith Boticario.
Boticario, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Wellness from University of Makati, is a FIBA-licensed official and a former PBA referee.