In­cen­tives for SunS­tar Cup cham­pi­ons

Sun.Star Cebu - - PRIME SPORTS - MIKE T. LIMPAG mike­limpag@gmail.com

We are go­ing to have the 6th edi­tion of the SunS­tar Cup at the Cebu City Sports Cen­ter on Nov. 4 and 5, two weeks ear­lier than the usual.

Just like in pre­vi­ous edi­tions, this will be for the age group play­ers, from the Play­ers 7 to the Boys and Girls Un­der 19 di­vi­sions. The cut- off for the di­vi­sions are Play­ers 7 ( 2011), Play­ers 9 ( 2009), Play­ers 11 ( 2007), Boys 13 ( 2005) Boys and Girls 15 ( 2003), Boys and Girls 17 ( 2001) and the Boys and Girls 19 ( 2009).

We had our coaches’ meet­ing last week and we em­pha­sized the need to play fair and to prac­tice sports­man­ship. The Cebu foot­ball com­mu­nity is just a small one and al­most ev­ery­one knows ev­ery­body else, so field­ing in­el­i­gi­ble play- ers is a big no- no.

One coach has learned that the hard way and start­ing this year, he’ll be on the out­side look­ing in. I mean, what does one ac­com­plish in field­ing in­el­i­gi­ble play­ers? Where’s the sat­is­fac­tion in lift­ing that tro­phy when you know that the play­ers you fielded do not be­long to that age group?

Win­ning isn’t ev­ery­thing, it’s how you play the game.

This year, we will also be strict in mak­ing sure that only play­ers, coaches and of­fi­cials will be on the pitch. Re­mem­ber, the rea­son we moved the tour­na­ment early is to give the field am­ple time to rest since it it will be used for the home match of Global Cebu FC. Of course, we all re­mem­ber what hap­pened when Ceres came to town, right? So, I hope ev- ery­one co­op­er­ates in keep­ing the dam­age to the field to a min­i­mum.

There will be dam­age, that’s for sure. A fes­ti­val type tour­na­ment is harakiri for the field but we can limit the dam­age to a min­i­mum if we strictly keep the spec­ta­tors off the field. So I hope, ev­ery­one co­op­er­ates.

Also, start­ing this year, cham­pi­ons will have an in­cen­tive as we are plan­ning to al­low them to reg­is­ter for free in the next edi­tion. That’s some­thing that’s not done in other tour­na­ments and I think this is a great in­cen­tive.

Of course, our tour­na­ment wouldn’t be com­plete with­out the raf­fles and give­aways, so be sure to be there in the two- day event so you’d get a chance to win them.

I mean, what does one ac­com­plish in field­ing in­el­i­gi­ble play­ers? Where’s the sat­is­fac­tion in win­ning, know­ing that the play­ers you fielded do not be­long to that age group?

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