THE University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) will be allowing fifth-year and overage players whose final season were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic to play again next season.
League officials said the UAAP Board of Managing Directors plans to adjust the eligibility and age-limit rules for next season with the proposal set to be approved by the Board of Trustees.
“They will still be eligible to play this school year. It’s like their last year was waived,” said Francis Diaz, the board representative of the University of the Philippines.
UAAP student-athletes are eligible to see action in sporting events only for five seasons while playing under the 25-year-old age limit set by the collegiate sports league.
Several sports had cut their season short while others never had a chance to begin at all as the UAAP canceled its Season 82 last April 7 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Diaz added that the proposed rule applies only to those whose sporting events were canceled in Season 82, such as the men’s and women’s volleyball tournaments.
“All the fifth-year players, for as long as they will still be enrolled this coming school year, they will be allowed to play,” Diaz said.