LA Salle believes it is close to getting the green light from the UAAP to play in the Philippine Superliga women’s volleyball tournament after receiving clarification about the status of the upstart league.
Henry Atayde, La Salle’s representative to the UAAP board, said Superliga officials have given assurances that the tournament slated July 7 to 28 is not a commercial league but a club competition.
Atayde said that they are still waiting for the official clearance from the UAAP but added that the Superliga’s reply should be enough for the reigning UAAP champion to get the go-ahead to play as a guest team in the invitational tournament.
“We asked additional information to prove that it isn’t a commercial league,” Atayde said, although no details were divulged regarding the dinstinction of a commercial league from a club competition and how either would be treated by the UAAP.
“With new information coming in, it will be thoroughly discussed.”
La Salle is seeking UAAP clearance to avoid any problems with the eligibility of players, among other possible issues, in the collegiate league when the Lady Spikers defend their UAAP title in November.
“The board has the priority to make decisions looking into the welfare of our players. It’s good because it’s developmental,” said Atayde.
Should La Salle’s Lady Spikers be cleared to play in the Superliga, Atayde said that he expects that only the veterans will suit up for the team.
“Pag-uusapan pa because we do have rules regarding joining other leagues,” said Atayde, referring to a rule that only allows athletes to play in amateur leagues after having played for two consecutive years with the school.
However, the rule is mostly applied to basketball players with the PBA D-League normally holding tournaments during the offseason.
With several tournaments also being created in other sports, Atayde said that it might be high time to regulate the participation of the league’s other athletes outside basketball.
“There are so many small leagues. The problem is organizers don’t call them a commercial league. We’re also looking at football like the UFL (United Football League), baseball and other sports that are sprouting right now,” said Atayde.