THE National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) decided to extend the age limit of players from 24 years old to 25 starting next year to accommodate incoming first year students affected by the K-to-12 system being implemented by the Department of Education.
“It will be implemented in Season 92,” said NCAA Management Committee chairman Melchor Divina of Season 91 host Mapua on Tuesday.
Divina explained that the new K-12 education system stretches the high school years from four to six years, which will affect the eligibility of incoming first year athletes joining the league.
He also pointed out that it would also deny college teams from recruiting players fresh from high school.
“The K-12 system will limit playing years of incoming athletes straight from high school so hopefully, this new age limit rule will address the issue,” said Divina.
The 91st season of NCAA hosted by Mapua will open on June 27 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City pitting five-peat champion San Beda College Red Lions against the Mapua Cardinals at 2 p.m. and last year’s second placer Arellano University Chiefs against last year’s third placer Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers in the main game at 4 p.m.
The opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. will usher the 2015-2016 season with songs and dances centered on the league’s theme: “Engineered for Sports Excellence in the New Decade.”
Games will be every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with a total of seven seniors games to be played every week. Arturo “Bai” Cristobal is still the league’s commissioner.
All games will be telecast live on ABS-CBN’s Sports and Action channel as part of the 10-year contract it signed with the NCAA recently.