SENIOR players get a chance to see action in college longer after the NCAA increased the age limit from 24 to 25 years old starting in Season 92.
The new rule was made for high school players who will be affected by the new K-12 academic system in the country but because it is already set to be implemented next season, senior players also benefit from it.
K-12 extends the athletes’ playing years in the juniors division, and leaves them with less eligibility years when they start to play in college.
“Hopefully, this new age limit rule will address the issue,” NCAA Management Committee chairman Melchor Divina of Season 91 host Mapua.
The playing years remain unchanged, with athletes allowed to compete in five collegiate seasons in the seven school years after high school.
The K-12 system, though, will still deprive college squads of recruits straight from high school, forcing them to hoard prospects in their Team Bs.
Season 91 unfurls on June 27 with San Beda starting its title defense against Mapua at 2 p.m., before Season 90 runner-up Arellano takes on third-place Jose Rizal University two hours later.