THE UAAP board has agreed to amend several league rules in the middle of the controversy surrounding the two-year residency period imposed on transferees a few years back.
Rod Roque of Season 77 host University of the East, speaking on behalf of the league as secretary-treasurer, said the board has already drafted ‘a lot of amendments’ to its rules following a marathon meeting on Wednesday.
No rules were passed on Wednesday, and Roque refused to divulge the proposed changes as each board member will still have to report to their respective school heads about the matter.
He also didn’t state whether the amendments include the controversial two-year residency rule on transferring high school graduates, although a source told Spin.ph that it was discussed during Wednesday's closed-door meeting.
“There are a lot of amendments. However, we cannot disclose yet as we have to report to our respective presidents first,” said Roque in an SMS message to Spin.ph.
The UAAP, according to informed sources, is already willing to drop the two-year residency rule on transferring high school graduates in lieu of laws against player piracy and commercialization of the league.
Spin.ph has also reported that the board is set to limit teams to only one foreign student athlete in its lineup per season.
Calls for amendments in UAAP rules reached the halls of the Senate with Pia Cayetano filing Senate Bill 2166 or the Magna Carta for Student Athletes to protect athletes from malpractices in the collegiate leagues.
Once the bill is enacted into law, several rules in the collegiate leagues including the two-year residency rule in the UAAP will automatically be outlawed.