THERE will no longer be a “thrice-to-beat” advantage in the finals for a team that completes a sweep of the eliminations.
And there will be none of the energetic and emotional fist-pumping chorus with school anthems blaring after games.
These rule changes take effect in UAAP Season 79.
The finals will be a best-of-three series regardless if a team sweeps the double-round elims or not, although that team will still earn an outright finals berth. The second to fourth-placed teams will battle in a stepladder playoff.
UAAP president Fr. Ermito De Sagon of host University of Santo Tomas said the change was made to keep the tournament from stretching too long.
The UAAP is actually reverting to an old rule.
The thrice-to-beat advantage was put in effect after University of the East swept the elimination round in 2007, going 14-0 before taking a three-week break, then bowing to La Salle in the finals.
De Sagon, however, believes rest or rust should never be an issue for teams that can manage time well.
“Everybody will have to do something about it,” said De Sagon.
The Green Archers are seen as a team capable of a sweep in Season 79, but coach La Salle coach Aldin Ayo said no one is expecting to go undefeated in the eliminations.
“I can’t comment on that because no one is expecting to sweep the elimination round. No comment on that,” Ayo said.
Also, school hymns will no longer be sung at the end of every match in the UAAP.
“We noticed that it might not be the best time because everybody is tired,” said De Sagon.
Teams will now sing the hymn at center court before the start of the official warm-up. The team that wears the light color jersey will go first.