As the Creamline Cool Smashers (CCS) headline the Premiere Volleyball League’s (PVL) Second All-Filipino Conference, the Alyssa Valdez-led squad welcomes her blue-blooded sisters within its ranks, signing Choco Mucho Flying Titan (CMFT) captain, Bea De Leon and two-time University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) champion, Dennise Lazaro-Revilla last Thursday, January 4, 2024.
CCS’ move of sourcing additional firepower from CMF to an already loaded roster garnered the attention of league president Ricky Palou, who now prohibits sister-owned teams from making moves among its affiliated clubs come June 2024. The ruling reportedly will be accompanied by guidelines “that will enforce a Draft proceeding, a team and salary cap, and trade rules to make sure that parity among monied teams and those who have less, stays.”
“We have no rule on that as we speak. It was obviously done by sister teams because they (CMF) rarely used Bea [de Leon] under their new coach, and they (CCS) lost Ced [Domingo], so it was obviously a move to help a sister team out,” Palou mentioned to the Inquirer over the phone.
“In the future, when the Draft starts, there will surely be no trades between sister teams,” he added.
Heading into its third All-Filipino Conference come mid-February 2024, the PVL looks to reform its draft regulations through disapproving transfers among the pool’s top recruits, noting a minimum stay of two years in their preliminary clubs before a possible trade. According to the report, the league’s team owners favor the ruling, noting Palou’s intention to elude the issues surrounding the Philippine Basketball Association.