The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) board has forfeited the lone victory of University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) in the junior league for fielding an ineligible player.
The player, Joshua General, has consumed his eligibility with UPIS and the league, the board ruled.
Under “Other Requirements” of the Player’s Eligibility rule of the UAAP’s Rules and Regulations in its Articles of Incorporation and By Laws, “A [High School] athlete shall have a maximum of four playing years within five [High School] years reckoned from the academic year of elementary graduation.”
General graduated in elementary at 11 at the Naga Parochial School in Camarines Sur in 2008. He attended San Beda Taytay for his freshman year as a high schooler but dropped out in October of school year 2008-2009.
General enrolled the following school year at Lourdes School Mandaluyong not as a high school freshman but as a Grade Seven student and graduated a second time in elementary in 2010. He then enrolled at UPIS for his high school in 2010-2011 school year.
General exceeded the five-year limit for high school.
He was responsible for UPIS’ lone win this season which was later forfeited. UPIS now remains winless after seven games.
JOSEF T. RAMOS