PBA consistent on new rules, official assures

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PBA consistent on new rules, official assures

Post by Abac Cor on Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:31 am

The PBA said while there’s no such thing as
a “perfectly officiated game,” it would continue to work under its own
guidelines in the hope of keeping things in place in the Smart
Philippine Cup.

Speaking in behalf of PBA officer-in-charge
Sonny Barrios, Atty. Chito Salud yesterday reacted to the issues raised
by some coaches regarding the new rules being implemented in the PBA.

Red Bull’s Yeng Guiao and Alaska’s
Tim Cone said the referees have allowed too much “pushing and shoving,”
leading to numerous non-calls that have made the game look like a UFC
battle. Salud made several clarifications for the coaches, players,
team officials and even the public to seriously understand.

“I think the sentiments boil down to one
thing: they are really asking for a more consistent implementation of
the existing rules,” said Salud, son of the former commissioner, Atty.
Rodrigo Salud.

“The question of what is a foul is
rhetorical. But even if it is rhetorical, we have to address that,” he
said of Guiao’s statement saying, “I’m not really sure what a foul is
and when a foul is not.”

“The rules say that a foul is when a player
holds, pushes or charges into an opponent. That is a foul. Under our
philosophy we call it a foul when it is a clear and hard attack,” said

He described what these coaches feel as non-calls as “incidental contacts.”

“These incidental contacts are not illegal.
They are allowed. A contact is incidental when it is an effort by a
player to play an opponent, reach for a loose ball or to perform normal
offensive and defensive movements.”

“And if they don’t fall under those (holding, pushing and charging) categories, these are considered incidental,” said Salud.
The new rules are pattered after the FIBA rules, and are being
implemented in the PBA to give its players a better feel of the
international brand of play.

“This is something new for everybody. And we’re seventy to eighty percent there,” said Salud.

Salud said the PBA has always been, and
will always be “open to criticisms,” adding that Perry Martinez, head
of the technical committee, can sit always down with the coaches.
“Once again he can clarify the rules with
the coaches or conduct one-on-one discussions with them. The office of
the commissioner will make sure that this does not get out of hand,”
said Salud.

Abac Cor

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