Participating teams will get maximum exposure for their players under the unique playing rule in the Shakey’s Super League 2022 Collegiate Pre-season Championship beginning Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila.
An “all-to-play” format where all players in a team’s roster will get to see action will be implemented in the conference featuring 18 women’s volleyball squads from the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
“The benefit of having this rule is that players are going to get enough exposure and playing time. Coaches can also take advantage of this format to try different combinations which they can eventually use for their respective collegiate leagues,” said Philip Ella Juico, chairman and CEO of SSL organizer Athletic Events and Sports Management, Inc. (ACES).
Under the “all-to-play” rule different sets of players, except for libero, will be fielded in the first two sets of a match. Regular substitution will return when the set score reaches 16.
Standard play will be in effect starting from the third set.
“We want exposure for all our players and this format will give us just that,” said coach Jerry Yee of NCAA champion College of St. Benilde.
Distributed playing time also means fresh legs for each set ensuring a sustained high-energy competition as well as minimizing the chances of players incurring injuries.
“Under this rule, we can give our second stringers and new recruits playing time while we rest our players who are not 100 percent healthy,” said De La Salle University assistant coach Noel Orcullo, who will call the shots for head coach Ramil De Jesus in the tournament.