FAR Eastern University (FEU) has proposed before the UAAP board that the league's juniors basketball competition be moved to the second semester.
FEU athletic director Mark Molina wrote anout the proposal through his Twitter account ahead of Wednesday’s board meeting, saying such a move will allow the juniors league to stand separately from the men's competition while avoiding a clash with junior tournaments overseas.
When reached by Spin.ph, Molina confirmed the move, adding the proposal is now up for discussion in the UAAP Amendments Committee.
The juniors basketball meet is currently being held during the first semester, simultaneously with the men’s tilt.
At the same time, Molina said holding the juniors competition during the second semester will allow the league to have a permanent set of officials since the basketball tournament now runs for the entire season.
“Creating a permanent UAAP pool of refs and technical team will be more practical since there will be basketball tournament from july to feb instead of just july to oct,” wrote Molina in his account @marqmolina.
Since the basketball tournament runs for a season, the proposal will also lead to having a permanent commissioner, he added.
The UAAP usually hires the service of a commissioner on a per-season basis.
“Hopefully, this will eventually lead to having a commissioner with a longer period, say three to five years,” said Molina.
The FEU official also said moving the juniors tournament will pave the way for the league to allow its players to see action in international competitions.
Just a few months ago, junior players from the UAAP competed in two events major international meets -- the Fiba-Asia Under-16 Championship in Tehran and the Fiba 3x3 U-18 World Championship in Jakarta – which run simultaneously with the league.
Owing to both tournaments, the UAAP was forced to move its juniors Finals between National University and Ateneo more than a week after the Final Four.
Molina said the juniors competition being moved to the second semester will allow the league to attract more audience.
“Greater interest from students, alumni etc, since it will not be overshadowed by the men's tournament,” Molina added.