MANILA, Philippines – If you think basketball, arguably the country’s favorite sport, is just for Filipino men, think again.
More women in the Philippines are getting into basketball, according to Haydee Ong, coach of the Philippine Women’s Basketball League (PWBL) squad RP Discovery Women’s Basketball Team.
Ong said they are surprised to find out that young Filipinas are getting more involved in the sport.
In fact, the RP Discovery Women’s Basketball Team has been holding tryouts in search of rising basketball stars.
“Nag-iikot kami sa probinsya para sa local recruitment. We invite players form colleges to join our team,” Ong said in an interview in “Umagang Kay Ganda” on Tuesday.
When asked about the requirements that aspiring women cagers have to meet, Ong replied: “Wala naman, as long as they love the sport and they have passion for basketball, they will come here to try out for the team.”
But she hoped the country would have a women’s counterpart to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
“Dito sa Pilipinas tungkol sa mga liga na pingalalaruan ng mga lalaki at kababaihan, mas marami na yung sa men’s like PBA. Dito sa babae kasi wala pang professional league eh,” she said.
On the same plane
Ong noted that in terms of style of play, there is no significant difference between men and women’s basketball.
“Sa rules pareho lang ‘yung men and women. Ang difference lang mas maliit ang bolang gamit ng women kaysa sa men. Yun ‘yung international standard,” she noted.
Ong also stated that men and women basketball players are on the same plane.
“Same thing. Kailangan ding may malalaking player dahil iba-ibang posisyon ‘yung sa basketball. Basically ‘yung men and women naman in terms sa basketball, scientifically and technically pareho.”
Meantime, she reiterated that basketball players and enthusiasts should be mindful of playing and practicing safely.
She said those who practice playing basketball should be in basketball shoes and not in slippers, which is a big no-no. She also mentioned that players use muller tapes and ankle braces to prevent sprains and other injuries.