After years of playing under the sun and the harmful UV Rays that it brings, the UAAP board recently approved a proposal to change baseball and softball schedules to be played only from the late afternoon up until late night. The change in format will take effect this coming Season 76 to ensure that players will no longer be subject to extensive skin damage.
Since games will be played in the dark and due to the fact that the stadium lights cannot emit the same brightness as the sun, Night Vision Goggles (NVG) will become standardized and required equipment for all participating schools.
This will be the first time in history that baseball and softball will be played with NVG, and Major League Baseball will be using the same technology once the 2016 season begins. Prior to the introduction of these goggles, UV blocking equipment such as sunglasses and sleeves were introduced but players seemed to dislike the cumbersome gear that added to the heat.
Despite the reformat of the baseball and softball events, all events of the UAAP Baseball and Softball tournaments will still be held at the Rizal Memorial Baseball stadium in Manila.
According to the UAAP board, this is not just a move to help make the games more accommodating for athletes, but it will also help students from UAAP schools adjust their schedules to watch the baseball and softball tournaments which have not been getting as much attention as other sports.
Diseases brought about the sun’s rays such as cancer and heat stroke can now be prevented thanks to this new technology, and players will be less fatigued during games. “It’s going to be a lot easier to play at night since we won’t be affected by the heat. Technology is really amazing!” concludes Green Batter Carlos Munoz.