THE UAAP is expected to remove the controversial two-year residency rule and revert to its old, one-year residency period for transferring high school graduates by next season, a source told Spin.ph.
The decision, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, was reached on Wednesday during the league’s regular board meeting in response to the clamor of several UAAP members to remove a rule that came in for a lot of criticism since it was passed in 2013.
The change, however, will not take effect this coming season, the source added, as the two-year residency rule with a release clause still covers the coming Season 77.
“It is because rule changes should be progressive,” the source explained.
The development dampened the hopes of athletes currently undergoing a two-year residency rule, including Ateneo cager Jerie Pingoy, that they will finally be able to play this coming season.
Pingoy is in the final year of his residency after he transferred to Ateneo. The two-time juniors MVP, however, can still play this year as long as he gets a release from his old high school Far Eastern University.
Rumors floated the board voted once again on Wednesday to either keep or remove the two-year residency rule. The source, however, claimed the reports were not true, saying that reverting to the old rule has already been agreed upon prior to the board meeting.
“There was no need to bring it up because all agreed already including the school presidents to reduce (residency) to one year for Season 78,” said the source.
Under the old rule, a high school graduate transferring to a different UAAP school will have to take a one-year residency unless a release was granted by his old school.
The decision came in the midst of Sen. Pia Cayetano’s move to file Senate Bill 2166 or the Magna Carta for Student Athletes stating that any collegiate leagues should not impose residency rules on high school graduates.
“Maybe after Season 78, probably no more residency from high school. It’s moot and academic,” the source said.