Vito Cruz, Taft
May 12, 2013
The Jerie Pingoy Rule
First, let me explain to you this rule, outrageous as it is.
This particular rule requires incoming freshmen who transfered from one UAAP school to another to undergo a two-year residency before they will be eligible to play. To put it simply, let’s say you played high school ball for Far Eastern U, and after you graduate you ended up deciding to play college ball for Ateneo, you are covered by this rule. Not just in basketball but also in volleyball and the rest of the sports events in the league calendar as well.
That’s why I consider this the most ridiculous and self-serving rule I’ve ever seen since I started writing sports 17 years ago. I mean this is plain silly. Just because a high school player decided to leave his old school for another, you will deprive this poor kid to play and allow two long years to just go to waste? Wow. You’re probably plain stupid or downright selfish if you happen to be one of the board members who gave a nod on this ridiculous rule. I’m still shaking my head violently thinking about this. Can I kick someone now?
So why is this absurd rule named after this poor kid named Jerie Pingoy?
Anyone knows Pingoy? He is a Cebuano, turning 20 years old and played for FEU high where he won a UAAP juniors championship and an MVP title. He also suited up for Energen Pilipinas, the country’s national youth team. He is perhaps one, if not the best, of the best high school players in the country right now. Sky is the limit for this guy.
The problem started when Pingoy decided not to continue playing for FEU in college and decided to suit up for…guess what? Ateneo. Sounds familiar, right? And then the “Pingoy rule” came. And suddenly, the dream is over for Pingoy, who will waste his time rotting for two years in residency waiting for his time to come. That is, if it comes. There are others too affected by this rule. Volleyball. Football. Badminton. Everything.
Then disgust followed. One genius lady Senator even went to the point of calling a hearing just for this purpose. Never mind the growing problems the country is facing. Name it, corruption, poverty, violence, crimes, Scarborough, Sabah, etc. But the Senate hearing happened.
But it looked like everything fell on deaf ears as the UAAP board stayed firm on its old stance and stuck with its guns.
And then we hear that the UAAP blinked and allowed this one clause that gives Pingoy and other freshies hope. The league said in a statement that for one to be exempted from this rule, it must obtain a release paper from their old school.
Here’s the recent UAAP statement:
“The UAAP Board of Trustees, at its Annual Board Meeting held on April 24, with all of the member universities duly represented, promulgated and approved the following explanatory rule to the two-year residency requirement effective UAAP Season 76 (School Year 2013-2014:
“An incoming collegiate athlete who is a high school graduate from a UAAP member university and enrolled prior in another member university shall take a mandatory two-year residency, except when a prior release is issued by the member university for the athlete concerned.
“The two-year residency requirement from high school to college shall cover incoming student athletes effective UAAP Season 76 (School Year 2013-2014). The release form shall be duly signed by any UAAP board member of the member university concerned.”
Ricky Palou, Ateneo’s board represenative, says this is just a proposel but will probably end up approved when the league meets anew on May 18. He also didn’t hide his recentment over that rule saying he’s still opposed to it even with the “clause.”
I agree. I still hate this Jerie Pingoy rule.
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