Two-Faced Perspective: National Volleyball

One of the hottest issue in the country of the Philippines is the 25 women pool in volleyball who will be the national representative of the country for the upcoming SEA Games and other international tournament.

This is because the fans were ranting on social media about the capacity of the coaching staffs to include talented players whom the people thinks are deserving but didn’t get in. There were inconsistencies in the statements which made things worse.

Let us look at the side of the fans. 

The fans and volleyball enthusiasts look forward to the dream team which the national team will be creating. Players in the likes of Valdez, Reyes, Fajardo, Lazaro, Santiago, Maraño were some players that the public would want and they were lucky enough to be part of the national team. Meanwhile, players like Galang, Gohing and Morado were not in the team despite of the impressive performance in their UAAP career. Fans would want these women to be in the national team since they were promising enough in terms of talent and potentials. Fans only wanted to have a team which can be considered as a dream team of the country in order to have a chance to finish in the podium stand. A fair and square selection process that will provide equal opportunities to all players who wished to represent the country is what the fans are expecting.

But things went crazy when the best setter of the UAAP, Jia Morado, was not included in the list. She was not even given invitation to join the try out which is made for UAAP aspiring players. Morado is one of the best setters in the country, she even has some international exposure when she played the under 23 category for Asian volleyball and in SEA Games. Despite these, she was not included in the pool. What made the public disappointed is when the remarks that she was given the letter personally which according to the player it didn’t happened, same is true with her other teammates which was not given the invitation for try-out.

The coaching staff of the national team emphasized that they will be fair and they have a scoring system that the players would be judged to. No special treatment and try-out is a must. But the fairness, no special treatment and try-out were omitted according to some since the staff got the tallest players of the leagues. They even handpicked players who didn’t try-out and a special try-out will be held to some players especially the Ateneo players like Morado, Madayag and Tolentino. Although Madayag and Tolentino were being recruited to be in the national team already. 

The credibility and fairness are important in creating a team because it will be the foundation of the team. It will create a mindset that they were chozen to represent the country because of their talent and hardwork and not otherwise.

What can we do now? Now that the team is set despite of the issue about the players and selection process, we should support the national team. It is a learning process for the coaching staffs to have a better system in choosing the players. They should be open and honest to the public because the too have the right to know since it’s people’s money that they are all spending.

I think the public will acknowledged and respect more if the governing body released a statement saying that the players will be selected based on coach preferences and chemistry of the team without talks about a system of fairness, equal opportunity  and special treatment. Just like saying that “whoever’s the coach wants then be it. no questions asked.” direct and transparent. 

If you don’t like it then you have to work hard and be a coach and choose your own team instead but if you’re not in that position yet, you have to just accept, wait and see. These words are plain and simple but you know that the person saying this means business and not politics.

Fans have always things to say. They have the right since they too are paying for the taxes that the country is spending for things like this. It is a matter of telling and informing the public the direction on where there beloved sport is headed. Public trust is important in national event like this. 

So to the officials of the governing body of the volleyball association, as a concerned citizen, this I tell you, You have to envision your goals, create a concrete plan and follow it into details.

More of Two Faced Perspective on the players viewpoint and the staff as well will be posted later this week. 

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