THE PBA will impose fines on players, coaches and team staff who violate health protocols during the league’s resumption of practices that will begin later this month.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said the fines are being set to prevent team members from making unnecessary movements at the practice facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fines could be as low as P5,000 but could reach P100,000 for repeat offenders.
All 12 teams are expected to return to practice on either July 20 or 22 following the go-signal from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to hold training sessions on professional basketball and football under strict health protocols.
Under PBA rules, only six persons – four players, one coach and one safety officer – will be allowed together at a time.
Players will also be under a ‘closed circuit’ concept in which they are only allowed to travel from their homes to practice, and vice versa, using their own vehicles. To monitor their travel, players will also be required to declare their whereabouts during each day,
Marcial said those who will be found in violation of health protocols, whether players, coach, and safety officer of the team, during practice will receive a fine of P20,000 for the first offense. The fine will double for a repeat offender until it reaches P100,000.
“Sinabi ko sa mga players, magsumbong kayo sa akin kung may violation ‘yung safety officer. Pag may nakita at napatunayan namin na may violation, P20,000 first offense tapos dagdag ng dagdag ‘yun,” said Marcial on Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum.
“Kapag ang players naman ang nag-violate sa practice, P20,000 din sila,” said Marcial.
The PBA commissioner, however, clarified players are still allowed to go to places such as supermarkets and drug stores for their necessities but they would have to declare it to the league.
“Ang players, bahay, sasakyan, gym. Kailangan ‘wag kang aalis. Kung aalis ka, hindi maiwasang pumunta sa supermarket o sa drug stores, kailangang sabihin mo kasi may log kami araw araw. Sabihin mo kasi may sarili tayong protocol kapag lumabas ka sa bubble,” said Marcial.