UAAP commissioner Ato Badolato has warned that on-court violence will be dealt with severely this season.
“We will try to minimize or even eradicate player violence,” said Badolato. “We will be very strict with those players who will employ rough tactics.”
The recent college preseason tournament has seen a number of player clashes as a result of highly physical plays.
One such case happened in Far Eastern University's game against Lyceum in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Preseason Cup, where Gryann Mendoza was punched by a spectator that was later identified as Lyceum reserve Andrei Mendoza.
Badolato also assured that officiating, to be done by referees from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, will be consistent with how coaches want the games to be called.
“My primary problem is the referees should make the proper calls or be consistent with what the coaches wanted,” said Badolato.
Badolato also said that he will not hesitate to suspend an official if he makes a glaring mistake.
“Officials make mistakes but if there will be calls or non-calls that would cost the game, they’ll be suspended,” Badolato said.
Just like in previous seasons, Badolato will enjoy the benefit of video replays to either uphold or overturn selected calls such as three-point conversions and buzzer-beaters after each quarter.
Also, referees can now resort to a review of the video replay during the last two minutes of the game on out-of-bounds situations.