A MIX of fear, apprehension and anxiety from players greeted the unveiling of the 'skorts' as the new uniform of choice in the Philippine Super Liga.
The 'skorts' is actually a combination of the skirt and shorts and is a more common fashion of choice by tennis players than volleyball stars. On Tuesday, some players modelled the new uniforms which will be among the jersey options in the coming Philippine Super Liga campaign.
"The skorts were first used by team Brazil in the World Women's Championship and it caught attention," said PSL president Tats Suzara, who also introduced other innovations to the fledgling league like video challenges and the use of microphones for technical officials.
Suzara admitted team owners were initially hesitant to adopt the trendy uniforms, which will be used by teams as a third jersey option after the light and dark kits.
"At first team owners were hesitant maybe because it's the first time we will introduce it here," he added.
Foton player Bea Tan, who was one of the players who modelled the new kits on Tuesday, said her apprehension went away after finding the skorts surprisingly comfortable.
"The skort is surprisingly comfortable," Tan shared to Spin.ph, "although for sure a lot of volleyball players might find it intimidating to wear for the first time since we're never really used to playing with skorts."
"Most of us were quite hesitant to put it on, so I had the notion that it might feel awkward to wear, but okay naman pala," Tan added.
Cignal libero Jheck Dionela, who also tried the new uniform for the first time during the press conference, said it's a bit uneasy to wear.
"'Di ko pa po masabi kasi kanina ko lang po nasuot. Pero nakakailang po talaga," she said.
Although Cignal players have yet to try the new kits on, HD Spikers coach Sammy Acaylar said the mobility tennis players have while wearing skorts is proof enough that it won't hamper the Super Liga players' performance.
"Oo (kumportable naman), maluwag naman siya. Ganoon na ganoon ang ginagamit sa lawn tennis, nakita niyo naman nakakatakbo pa naman sila (lawn tennis players)," said the veteran mentor.
Foton assistant coach Ian Fernandez said players will eventually get used to the new uniforms once the PSL All Filipino Conference begins on March 21.
"Nakakapanibago daw kasi medyo masikip 'yung pagkakagawa ng skirts pero in time masasanay rin sila," said Fernandez.
Alexa Micek of Petron meanwhile turned to twitter to show her misgivings about the new playing attire.
"I understand the innovative intent, but realistically, they are impractical for defensive movements," said Micek in her twitter account@alexamicek.
In the end, Tan, a former Ateneo player who once wore a one piece body-fitting spandex during the UAAP tournament in 2009, said focus should not be on the uniforms but on the players' performances.
"I know for sure this won't get in the way of playing since our top priority is really just to play well," she said, "whether it's in skorts or shorts or leggings or even underwear for that matter."