Doble: No more budget

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By Henry G. Doble

Take Two

Thursday, January 16, 2014


THE good news is that Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (Nopsscea) used its building at Panaad Park as venue for its coaches and moderators' meeting presided by Sports Task Force chair Pastor Edwin Madlangbayan last week.

The bad news, according to my close mentor-friends, is that Nopsscea has no more funds for its Aspirant and 10-Under age group competitions scheduled to end before classes close.

One of their well-meaning suggestions is to have teachers undergo referees' training in order to minimize cost or no cost at all for the coverage of the games.

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A comic (if not absurd) proposal is to charge entrance fees for the 15U and 10U games.

OMG. Whose ideas are these? The Nopsscea treasurer has to come out with its financial report in order to account where the Nopsscea fees paid by all students upon enrollment go. The amount varies according to my sources and for sure a treasurer's report will be made as all organizations do.

Some coaches questioned why no more funds are left for these developmental leagues. Did Nopsscea spend the balance for the Prisaa contingent in Antique or reserve it for the National Prisaa? Why did it overshoot its budget and leave nothing for the last age group competitions?

Nobody will pay to see kids 10 and Under nor first and second year higg school students in any event lined up. The parents will howl since supporting their precious cute loved ones in joining the tournament is quite a burden (especially for the middle class).

The gyms and other playing venues will get enough audience as the grandparents, the titos and the titas and other relatives will witness the new star of the clan.

Still cameras will keep flashing, video cams will keep recording and the howling and the growling will keep growing as the cute bundle of joys ran back and forth regardless if they can touch the ball or not.

So you see, the Aspirants and the kids up to Grade 4, need not be used as pawns for those who muddled the Nopsscea funds (if their assertion is true).

Somewhere, somehow, Nopsscea will find a way. Just like the bank whose motto sounds that way, but with no chairs to rest your tired feet when transacting business, the Board will not vacate their posts with dark clouds hanging overhead.

Madlangbayan and the Board must come up with an alternative or solution to that minor problem. We heard that situation in previous years but the games went on.

Unless, the association will just use it as an alibi to reserve the funds for future Nopsscea projects which member-schools know nothing about, then school administrators have the right to call for an accounting.

For us in the sports beat, we can only count the days until March.

If no tournament follows for these confused coaches and moderators by end of January or early February, at least they have trained their players early for next school year.

We can only sympathize with parents who spend "extra" honorarium for their choice coaches to train their children, and for their children’s uniforms.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 16, 2014.

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