LARONG Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. is hoping the different leagues, including non members of the national federation, would adjust their calendars to give way for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Manila late next year.
Newly-elected LVPI president Peter Cayco and secretary general Ariel Paredes expect to soon meet with officials of the UAAP, NCAA and Philippine Super Liga to discuss the situation.
The SEA Games will be from November 30 to December 10, while the UAAP volleyball season is from February to May, the NCAA is from December to February, while the PSL, which has a three-conference season, will have its All-Filipino Conference from October to December.
“Hopefully by next year, ang first agenda ng bagong leadership ng LVPI, tawagin ‘yung four stake holders - UAAP, NCAA, PSL at saka ‘yung PVL,” said Paredes.
“Isama na muna natin (‘yung PVL) kasi dapat lahat meron (representative) na involved kasi next year is SEA Games year,” he added.
Premier Volleyball League is not a member of the LVPI, although its precursor, the V-League, was a stake holder in the country’s national volleyball federation. The league’s former president, Ricky Palou, is still part of the general assembly in his personal capacity.
Cayco, also Arellano University’s management committee representative to the NCAA, said he will move to adjust the league’s schedule, noting that one of the major concerns is television coverage.
“Kasi sapul na sapul ang volleyball,” he said. “So nagkataon naman next year sa NCAA ako ang host, so summer pa lang ipipihit ko na ‘yung (calendar).”
“Kailangan pa namin kunsultahin ang ABS-CBN kasi ‘yung calendar nila na iwasan lang ang actual competition dates,” he said. “Gusto niyo ba na itigil (ang competition) then ituloy after (ng SEA Games) or simulan na natin after (ng SEA Games).”
The national training pool is in China in preparation for the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2.