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UAAP Residency Rule

UAAP Residency Eligibility Rule


This article is continued from effects from the DEPED K TO 12 Implemented Program.

Furthermore, we have gathered information from various sources. Yet as we are not the official representatives of the UAAP. will not be held accountable as this information can be updated at any time.

We welcome any corrections or updates on these UAAP Rules [email protected]

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Age Requirements

The same rules apply for Season 80 held in November of 2018.

  • High School July 1, 1999, and after
  • College July 1, 1993, and after.
UAAP Residency Eligibility Rules
UAAP Eligibility Ages Table 1.0



DepEd Philippines new K-to-12 program UAAP Residency Eligibility Rules


How K to 12  will affect the UAAP, NCAA, PRISAA etc. Maximum age 24 to 27.


Now let’s look at how this will affect the UAAP and NCAA Philippines etc. This will have a good effect as it will mean athletes will be older in college as they have been older in high school. Which could lead to furthermore improved meet records? As a lot of athletes tend to peak at 25.

And most of the time under the older system they were already out of college by then. And quite often struggling to find a job. Very few actually make it to the national level due to the limitation of support.

Please note for Juniors a lot of UAAP meet records improved but now its no longer considered youth or high school level as some of the athletes were nearly 20.

Now let’s say an athlete will now start at 19 or 20.

For instance, this means five playing years which will go until 23 or 24 which is within the maximum playing age of 24.

Furthermore the rules also currently state an athlete can play until 7 years after they finish high school in different leagues.

Let’s say if an athlete doesn’t consume all playing years and has timed out of school that would mean the maximum age would have to be adjusted from 24 to 27. 27 right? actually wrong.

However as per (Table 1.0) the maximum playing age of 26 is actually going to be reduced to 25. So a 19 or 20-year-old graduate will get 5 or 6 years.



UAAP Residency Eligibility Rules


Jerry Pingoy Rule: (HS UAAP to other UAAP College)

In addition, if a player graduated High School from a UAAP member school and then transfers to another

  • UAAP member school for college must do a 2-year residency. 
  • If former school contests the transfer. if not contested, a player needs to do only a year of residency. 
  • If from non-UAAP member High School no residency requirement. Can play for the school only for a maximum of 5 school years.

This rule was actually scrapped Aquino signs RA10676 scraps 2-year residency rule for College Athletes. In addition, President Aquino has blocked a 2-year residency rule introduction just a few weeks before the start of the UAAP Men’s Basketball season.

The President signed Republic Act No. 10676, which scraps the UAAP’s two-year residency rule for high school student-athletes transferring to a different school for college.

Sen. Pia Cayetano, the main proponent of the bill, said the “UAAP residency issue will now be put to rest” after the President signed the bill Wednesday.

This really is good news for Student-athletes who now will no longer be penalized for having to transfer schools.


Aquino signs RA 10676, scraps 2-year residency rule


Non-UAAP to UAAP School

The UAAP remains with the 1-year residency rule for college student transference from Non-UAAP e..g PRISAA to UAAP. In addition, meaning to say an athlete who transfers during Season 80 of UAAP will need to wait till Season 82 before they are eligible for participation for their new UAAP School.


UAAP to UAAP School College

An athlete that transfers between UAAP Colleges will have to wait out 2 years of residency before participating in their new school. E.g. An athlete transfers from UE to UST. Meaning to say the athlete transfers during Season 80 of UAAP will need to wait till Season 83 before they can participate in their new school.


UAAP Residency Eligibility Rules:Jai Reyes Rule:

Only college freshmen can win the Rookie of the Year Award.


UAAP Residency Eligibility Rules: Ray Parks Rule (Fil-Foreigners)

Fil-Foreigner who are fresh graduates from foreign High Schools must sit out 1-year residency. If not a fresh graduate from High School (meaning has gone to college at a foreign school) sit out 2 years of residency. 

If Fil-Foreigner finished High School abroad because his parents are OFW’s. They can play in their first year/freshman year (no residency required).

Not applicable if the Fil-Foreigner has Filipino passports and hence dual-citizens.


UAAP Residency Eligibility Rules: Mbala Rule/Lago Rule:

  • Transferring foreign players from UAAP or Non-UAAP member schools must do 2 years of residency. Only one foreigner can be fielded in the game at any given time.


UAAP Residency Eligibility Rules: Don Allado Rule:

  • Once a player is drafted in the Pro’s, he cannot play in the UAAP anymore. (Basketball)


UAAP Residency Eligibility Rules: Gaco Rule:

  • You cannot play for a UAAP member school when taking your masters if you previously played with another UAAP/Non-UAAP member school during your undergraduate course.


Below Old Article of which most are no longer relevant. While the government didn’t push through laws on locals they did change laws on Fil-Foreigners in UAAP.

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UAAP should abolish the residency rules for athletes

*Poll is gone as was on another website

Another prime example of the butchering of the countries sports program.

In addition, The recent senates’ interference in the matters of the UAAP is not just negatively impacting the lives of individual collegiate athletes but also our sports program as a whole.

The Senate recently wanted to change the rule for UAAP athletes to two-year residency meaning athletes transferring schools would not be able to participate in their new school and would have two years where they were not eligible for UAAP competition.


Rules Changes

  • Under the new rule, if a UAAP high school athlete wants to transfer to another UAAP institution at the tertiary level, he or she must sit out for two years before being allowed to play. The athlete’s playing year, however, starts after the two-year residency. A regular athlete in the UAAP has five playing years (Manila Times)
  • Athletes transferring between schools require a two-year residency
  • Foreign players two-year residency

In addition, such a prolonged period away from the sport is more than likely to discourage athletes from continuing with sport or affect their future academic choices if the school they choose does not have a suitable course for a future career.

The NCAA system in the US currently has in place a one-year residency rule.

However, if a better established and prestigious league finds one year adequate why cant the UAAP? In addition, I am ruling in favor of a no residency rule which will give more rights to the athletes. The disadvantage of this, however, is it could lead to rampant poaching of athletes by other schools.


In addition, Senator Pia Cayetano in an open letter called the change in the rule against

“the constitutional mandate to promote sports” “…The 2-year residency that is currently applied to transferring college students, as well as any residency rule for high school students, deny athletes of their rights to develop their full potential,”

said Cayetano in a statement posted on


Cayetano cited Section 19, Article 14, of the 1987 Constitution, which states that: “(1)

The State shall promote physical education and encourage sports programs, league competitions, and amateur sports, including training for international competitions, to foster self-discipline, teamwork, and excellence for the development of a healthy and alert citizenry.”


In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Em Fernandez, the head of the league’s amendments committee, said the reason for such change:

“Most of the universities want to protect their high school programs.” Cayetano, meanwhile, is against “any kind of residency rule for graduating high school students.” “For transferring college students, the 1-year residency rule will suffice. Anything more than that is an injustice to an athlete.”

“In the USA, transferring college athletes have a 1-year residency rest before they can play for their new school – only 1 year, and it doesn’t apply to high school students who choose to go to a different college,”


Cayetano explained, also saying the one-year rule of the US-NCAA is aimed at helping students acclimatize to new schools and academics.

“A student-athlete’s choice of university is influenced not only by athletics, but also by academics, campus life, and personal situation, and the 2-year residency encumbers their freedom of choice,

Cayetano added. 

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Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And is current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.

By Andrew Pirie

Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And is current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.

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