Video rule book to help PBA players, coaches, fans better grasp officiating

League commissioner Chito Narvasa said he intends to keep the communication lines open among the PBA coaches to ensure that officiating continues to improve in the ongoing season.

The stringent officiating rules under Narvasa’s watch, which bar too much physicality, have been met with mixed reactions from players and coaches alike.

Narvasa believes such reactions are expected since everybody in the league is still in an adjustment period.

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But this season, the former coach-turned-commissioner said he is in the process of finalizing a video rule book that would educate players, coaches and even PBA fans on the nuances of officiating.

“That’s why we’re in the process of making a video rule book so pagkatapos ng eliminations, I want to talk with them (coaches) again and make an assessment going to the semis, and then, pagtapos ng semis, kung sino papasok ng Finals kakausapin ko uli,” Narvasa told FOX Sports.

“So ganun ang gagawin namin para at least di na kami hindi magkakaintindihan.”

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The first-year league commissioner explained that excerpts from PBA games will be used in the video rule book to define a certain rule or infraction of a game rule.

“That means we’ll get excerpts from real games like, ito yung tama or lets say what’s an illegal screen? Or (through the video rule book), this is an illegal screen because with that, everybody now will be at the same page,” he added.

Narvasa also mentioned that once they are done with the video rule book, it will also be uploaded to the PBA’s official website so everyone can have access to it. — By Richard Dy

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