FILE – NCAA Season 95 opens. PHOTO INVESTIGATOR / TRISTAN TAMAYO

MANILA, Philippines — The 96th NCAA season will be very different from previous years in the league.

In a virtual press conference Friday, the NCAA management committee said contact sports will not be played in the current COVID-19 situation, which means grassroots games such as basketball ball and volleyball are not on the schedule.

The league is looking to host skill games for basketball and volleyball instead of playing the sport due to safety protocols.

“I don’t think contact sports will be played this season, which is why we are really pushing what we can because people are really expecting the usual things that we were doing before,” said the chairman of the committee. management of the NCAA, the father. Vic Calvo Jr., OP in Filipino.

“Contact sports are not allowed, so I guess people will stop speculating about it. You have to adapt.”

The NCAA, for the past several decades, had a tradition of opening its season with two basketball games following the first half curtain-raising ceremonies. Volleyball was then the league’s flagship event for the second half of the year.

The NCAA will thus begin the 96 season with virtual taekwondo competitions from June 14 with the poomsae events for the men’s, women’s and junior divisions until the 17th.

Speed ​​kicks for all three divisions will then be played from June 18 to July 5 with all virtual competitions.

“We were given two options: give up or rise up. We chose the latter. We didn’t just get up, we will get up stronger, ”Calvo said.

“We have refused to be immobilized by COVID and we must compress anything we can do.”

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