THE UAAP has softened its stance on the two-year residency requirement for high school graduates transferring to another member school by adding a release clause to the controversial rule.
The league formally approved a clause in its rule which allows a transferee from one UAAP school to another to play immediately for his new team once he secures a release from his old team.
The rule was approved during its recent board meeting on April 24.
"An incoming collegiate athlete who is a high school graduate from a UAAP member university and enrolled in another member university shall take a mandatory two-year residency, except when a prior release is issued by the member university for the athletes concerned,” said the league in a statement.
“The two-year residency from high school to college shall cover incoming student athletes effective UAAP Season 76 (School Year 2013-2014). The release form shall be duly signed by any UAAP board member of the member university concerned,” the statement added.
The new condition will allow two-time UAAP juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy to play for Ateneo for the coming season if he obtains a release from Far Eastern University.
If not, Pingoy, who had already suited up for Ateneo in the preseason tournaments, will only get to play for the Blue Eagles in 2015.