Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Volleyball players demand “voice and vote” in Superior Women’s Volleyball League decision-making

in which dispute Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation (FPV) After the cancellation of the last series of Women’s Superior Volleyball League has uncovered a number of issues that have to do with how the sports in which women participate are managed.

As a result, among the various figures in volleyball, there appears to be a consensus: a union of players is required to represent them when making decisions in the league.

The situation has sparked all kinds of reactions. On the one hand, claims are being made in the sense that the FPV’s denial of the request of the capital’s Sanjuaneras to replace US reinforcement Destiny Hooker-Washington for high-risk pregnancies This is a discriminatory practice against women And it’s a reflection of how the patriarchal vision works in the women’s game.

whereas, FPV has indicated that the league followed the rules to the letter And that’s what Sanjuaneras’ lawyer, Marcos Martínez, has done. divert attention to make it a gender issue. In fact, the president of the FPV, César Trabanco, has reported that Martínez was one of the managers who had opposed a similar claim brought by Valencianas de Juncos at the start of the recently concluded season, in which he had called for a replacement. Was asked for pregnancy complications and this year’s rules be amended. At that time, all lawyers, including San Juan, protested.

Similarly, Trabanco denied that the federation’s decision had a mechanical eye and acknowledged that the rules for next year’s tournament should be amended.

Faced with this situation, the voice of women players has come to the fore-such as Humacao Griez’s veteran usher Glorimar Ortega, and now Hexacamponas Criollas de Caguas, the stellar corner of Karina Ocasio– that they set out the need for an institution that brings players together to defend their rights.

“We need a federation to have a voice and vote in decision making in any situation like this in the tournament”, said Ortega, who shared his claim on his account Twitter.

“Many of us, I say many and I think the majority and even the players of Caguas would agree to bring in that second reinforcement. But it brings a tail because when Juncos beat Paulina Prieto Asked to reserve Ceramé for the players in the draw (due to complications after his delivery), all the lawyers actually said no. They (proxy) say no, because Juncos was formed by the merger of Trujillo Alto and Juncos And they are upset with this situation, because they have players from two teams and they want to reserve Paulina as well. In part, I understand them. But, on the other hand, it is unfair, and this is where there should be a federation of players which is the body that represents and puts these gossip aside.Ortega added.

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The presenter of Vaqueros de Baymón at National Superior Basketball (BSN) also recalled that for 2017 they tried to form a union of players from both the women’s and men’s leagues, but the plans did not materialize.

In the case of the captain of the Creoles, he went to his account instagram To indicate the lack of action of players to form a union. Similarly, he attacked Hooker-Washington, which he called “irresponsible”.

“I love that those who now defend women’s rights have joined in the same way when I provided my lawyers and resources to form a players’ union … not once but twice .. . Where was he at that time??! That is the real question …Ocasio wrote in a post on his Instagram stories.

These posts last for 24 hours, so this particular excerpt is no longer viewable, as it was shared on Sunday.

Referring to Hooker-Washington, Ocasio said it was the second time Reinforcement signed a contract he knows he will not be able to fulfill.

“And that’s the second time she (Hooker-Washington) signed the contract knowing she couldn’t fulfill it. Caguas 2014 came in with an injured ankle and said nothing, he was made irresponsible to demand every penny back and we won the championship with thanks to him… but now he’s the victim. .. He is irresponsible and period… Their duty was to notify their team before the change deadline, and for the record, they are fortunate that this is the only league in which reinforcements can be changed due to injury, however, the Natives cannot…” , said the athlete, who clarified that the rules need to be changed, but understands that the situation is not discrimination but a competitor’s irresponsibility.

The words of Karina Ocasio in a story on her Instagram account. (courtesy from Instagram)

“A Disastrous Day”

For Yanira Lisaga, a former National Superior Women’s Basketball (BSNF) player and national basketball team, what happened on Sunday marked a “disastrous day” for the women’s game. Liceaga is a lawyer and served as the Vice President of the Puerto Rico Basketball Federation.

“It has been a disastrous day for the women’s game. It seems to me the penalty for the women’s game and cancellation. The ‘cancel culture’ has reached this point. We made this decision and cancelled. There are legal recourses. People can challenge the rules. We have to keep pace with the times, and if the rules don’t change we must take measures. How is it possible that in the women’s league – where pregnancy can be conceivable – that (high-risk pregnancy) doesn’t hurt? What should an athlete do? Play pregnant or miscarry? Don’t play?” the lawyer asked about Sunday’s verdict.

That day, FPV declared Caguas Criollas champions and suspended the entire Sanjuaneras de la Capital team for a year for failing to appear in the first game of the final series. The San Juan team did not attend that game and its attorney said they would not turn to anyone until the courts heard an appeal submitted last Saturday regarding the Hooker-Washington replacement.

This Tuesday, San Juan Court Judge Anthony Cuevas granted a request for an urgent hearing requested by Sanjuaneras. The hearing is to be held on this Friday at 9:00 am through the Zoom digital platform.

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Volleyball players demand "voice and vote" in Superior Women's Volleyball League decision-making
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