Graduating players’ eligibility status extention draws mixed reaction – The Manila Times

Coaches aired contrasting views on the issue of extending graduating players’ eligibility status to next season following the termination of the remainder of University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 82. The UAAP cancelled the ...

4/10/2020 5:45:00 AM

Coaches aired contrasting views on the issue of extending graduating players’ eligibility status to next season following the termination of the remainder of University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 82. The UAAP cancelled the ...

Coaches aired contrasting views on the issue of extending graduating players’ eligibility status to next season following the termination of the remainder of University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 82. The UAAP cancelled the rest of the season on Tuesday night after the government extended the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to contain […]

 Coaches aired contrasting views on the issue of extending graduating players’ eligibility status to next season following the termination of the remainder of University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 82.The UAAP cancelled the rest of the season on Tuesday night after the government extended the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

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Ateneo de Manila University’s Kat Tolentino and Jhoana Maraguinot (No. 15) are among those that will be affected by the graduating players’ eligibility status extention following the termination of the remainder of UAAP Season 82. PHOTOS COURTESY OF UAAP MEDIA

The directive would affect a number of senior players in volleyball, football, baseball, softball, athletics, lawn tennis and 3×3 basketball.Let Dimzon, head coach of Far Eastern University and the Philippine women’s national football team, favors giving graduating players another playing year.

“The players prepared for nine months and because of this situation, all their sacrifices will go for naught,” Dimzon told The Manila Times in an online interview.Ana Santiago, mentor of the nine-time defending softball champion Adamson University, agrees.

“I’m in favor of extending the final playing year of the seniors so that their hard work will not be wasted. It has to be considered because we have no control of the current situation,” said Santiago.Multi-titled mentor Hans-Peter Smit of De La Salle University women’s football team, however, is still contemplating the pros and cons.

“I’m 50-50 on that. I don’t think it’s fair for the student-athlete to stay another year or at the least another term just so they can play. If they are on time to graduate this school year then let them. In short, let them graduate on time,” said Smit.

“Personally, I don’t think it’s right for a coach to decide on how long a student-athlete should stay in school. Academics should be their priority,” he added.Smit added it would be unfair for the incoming rookies to sit out and give way for this year’s graduating players in Season 83.

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