As an upstart organization, I was appeased with the development and progress of the organization. In 2013, Beam was late again in registering the organization to the UP Office of Student Affairs. So I had to wait another yet for a chance to register the UP Pool Club.
For the meantime, I have to satisfy myself with the current 51 members of the organization by far. I publicized the ratings of the members. One member, Rhey Daway, after the conclusion of the formal basics training had his rating updated to Class A. With that, there were 8 class A players within the organization:
- Lim, Edfer
- Agar, Joshua
- Gamad, Glenn
- Erese, Ernesto
- Vizconde, Michael Frank
- Alferos, Constantine “Cocci”
- Consulta, Luigi Gabriel “Luigi”
- Daway, Rhey Joseph
Soon, most of the members would belong to the graduating batch. They would be understandingly by inactive then. So, I have to focus upon the internal relations strengthening again. There were only 5 applicants that semester, and one of them was an Economics major who was interested in the constitutional amendments of the organization.
That crappy constitution was under set of revisions again. With the other founders leading the matters on me, I have to remove some inconsistencies that escaped our eyes and was pointed out by that Economics major. I had to square her out on her suggestions on modeling the organization to the other school organizations.
Here are the following considerations that me and our founders have deeply rejected:
- “Signature sheet” – That pertains to the applicants being mandated to interview current members of the organizations, taking out trivial facts from them and giving the impression that they know each other. What we believe in is a competitive sporting environment where recognition of the members towards each other were not forcefully imposed but were rooted from the skills they were exhibiting.
- “Buddy system” – That pertains to the applicants being assigned under a ‘tutelage’ of the some current members, mandating them to act like “slaves” to some extent. This would overlap the training sessions where the members were assigned to the instructor. The only objective of the training session is for the member to learn.
- “Final Rights” and “Final Interview” – These items pertain to the final requirements towards membership. Applicants were taken into an excursion trip somewhere, with a premise similar to that of the frats’ initiation rights, and would later be interviewed. Since this is a sports organization, these items were not necessary. The FR can be replaced by a mandatory participation on a tournament.
The considerations that went through were:
- Clarification of the powers of the president, including his/her emergency powers.
- Clarification of the duties of the each committees headed by a vice-president:
- Admissions and Applications Committee
- Internals and Maintenance Committee
- External Relations and Promotions
- Finance and Accounting
- Tournament Management
- Bureaucracy of the application process.
I toyed with the idea of having a team sponsored by the organization joining a tournament of its brother sport in the Alumni Center, Duckpin Bowling. I fielded a team of 6 members: I, Phillip Galacio, Alexir Mendoza, Chrissha Belle Salcedo, Nelson Carandang and Amel Docena.
The members of the UP Duckpin Bowlers Club conceived an idea of forming a student organization on duckpin bowling inside UP and compelled me to do so. The original name that we intended for the organization was UP Student’s Circle of Duckpin Bowlers, but the UPDBC intervened on that matter and made the name of the student organization as UP Duckpin Bowlers Club – Youth.
The founding members of the UPDBC – Youth were considering if they would let the org be absorbed by my UP Pool Club, on which I objected, with the reason that it would mean that UP Pool Club would have also to be under UPDBC.
I initially though that I was only an officer-in-charge of that organization. I began recruiting members for that organization and our number grew into 20 by two months after founding. But UPDBC’s president later promoted me as president of UPDBC – Youth also, along with a position of tournament director of UPDBC itself.
Perhaps the most arduous chapter physically of my term as the president of both organizations was training applicants for both. From 1 – 4 pm in the afternoon, I would train members and applicants on UP Pool Club. And from 4 – 7 pm, I would then train applicants of the UPDBC – Youth, for I know they were aiming not only to be good at the sport but also to ace the PE 2 classes that they were taking.
It was a tiring task for me, given that I enlisted full load for that semester. I was indulged in acads in Tuesdays and Thursdays while I committed myself fully on Wednesdays and Fridays. Even though it was tiring, because I love the sport and it was an honor to teach, I never appeared to be exhausted.
In UP Pool Club (FB Page: http://facebook.com/UP.Pool.Club/), the training went as follows:
The first two lectures did not require renting tables. The establishment provided us house cues to serve as practice cues. The training became complicated on the 3rd lecture and so on. Members were free of table rent fees on the first and second lecture for it did not require using the billiard balls. The usage of billiard balls was necessary starting on the third lecture. The table rent gave pressure for the trainees to do the training right and to prepare in advance for the lessons. The applicants were given a month to finish their training to get the certification from the instructor as the final requirement of the organization.
Meanwhile in the UPDBC – Youth, I would lecture beginners how to do the approach on board. The lecture typically lasted about 45 minutes. Then, it would be hands-on training. I would put scotch tapes on the bowling lanes to serve as waypoints to hone the ball throwing skills. On the first sessions of the training, the UPDBC President herself would presume the duty as the head instructor. But she had to concede also to the difficulty of teaching newbies and had to lay all the training work to me and Kuya Jun Gabriel.
THAT JANITOR AGAIN
It was now time for the UPDBC – Youth’s first even, the 2013 UP Paskong Pakulo Youth Tournament. Our members were able to convince some students on the PE 2 classes to join and in total, 6 teams had participated. That janitor, who happened to be a fellow tournament director, presided over the handling of the tournament pot.
After the tournament, the money that was supposed to be the payment for the bowling lane expenses were gone. Kuya Jun Rosaceña Jr reprimanded us on letting that janitor, Allan Alarcon, lay hand on the money. There was nothing else that we can do, according to him. We asked why: Allan Alarcon was the UPDBC President’s live-in partner.
Although it was unethical for a superior to be in a relationship with an employee, which was subject for dismissal, the UPAA Board of Directors let the matter slide. To add up with that, they were living in the pump house owned by UPAA. But still, Kuya Jun, told me to be quiet on the matter.
I have to yield to his request because my lodging on the Alumni Center would be at jeopardy too. Kuya Jun allowed me to sleep on the pinboy quarters of the Alumni Center for two years much to the chagrin of Kuya Allan.
It was also that Kuya Allan that stopped us from asking permission from the high authorities on asking permit for organizational operations, using foul language as an intimidating ingredient. He claimed that he was the building administrator of both the Bahay ng Alumni and the adjacent Alumni Center. It was actually the UPDBC President, Elna A. Divino, who was the building administrator. She just let Mr. Allarcon to act on her behalf. My moral conscience dictated that I should stand up, however, my situation dictated that I should remain silent for the meantime.
RESTRUCTURING BOTH ORGANIZATIONS
With the support of some prominent members, I was able to spread my duties to some of my duly elected officers of both organizations.
UP Pool Club
- President – Joshua Agar
- VP For External Relations and Promotions – Beam Joseph Arada
- VP For Internals and Maintenance – Mark Benjamin Pacheco
- VP For Tournament Management – Michael Frank Vizconde
- VP For Admissions and Application – Rhey Joseph Daway
- Sports Writer – John Remil Isaga
UP Duckpin Bowlers Club – Youth
- President – Joshua Agar
- Officer-in-charge – Reuel Corsino Jr.
- Secretary – Sharmaine Pascua
- Tournament Directors – Mathew Naral and Paul Simon dela Cruz
I was the head instructor of both organizations and I have been aiming to be able to train some future instructors so that my burden would be relieved.
Beam, as the deputy for external relations, began contacting other organizations for possible partnerships. He proposed a condensed username for the organization’s email: from firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com; on which I approved. The former email has a YouTube channel attached into it.
Mark, as the deputy for the internals, began designing possible products for market, like stickers for the car’s windshields, design of cue sticks and design of future trophies.
Michael, as the deputy for the tournament management, suggested that the next tournament, the 2014 UP Pool Championship, must run a month long. I would grant his suggestion to come into fruition, however, he advised me to make a handbook about the handling of tournaments which include estimation of table time, expenses and prize money, formulation of the draw, and the set of game rules for each game. I wasn’t able to finish the book until the end of my term.
Rhey, as the deputy for the admission of members, proved to be my closest associate. He was great in doing the persuasive talks on newcomers to the Alumni Center. He was the most vocal on the suggestions, although at some times, I did not approve some of them. He was my co-author of the syllabus for our proposed PE 2 classes on billiards. Following-up the proposal on CHK only gave us the full picture of feud among faculty members of the said college.
Rhey and I had ventured into extending the organization’s ties outside UP. Heeding Edfer Lim’s advice, we went to Star Billiards Foundation, an hour away from UP. Now, we had a supplier of cue sticks on an affordable price. I had to sacrifice some of my efforts to purchase cue sticks, which lamentably not in bulk orders, and to replace their leather cue tips.
On UPDBC-Youth, there were two tournaments that were being held: the individual monthly tournament and the first duckpin bowling championship among students. Reu, Harvey and Miguelito won the bowling championship and Reu won the monthly tournament.
I participated in the bowling championships. I was quite satisfied even though I have lost on the turn of events, proving that my vision of a competitive sporting environment were inching closer into being fulfilled.
The 2014 UP Pool Championship commenced on March 2014. It would be the first time that the handicapping system were put into effect. I was quite satisfied that 10 participants have participated:
- Agar, Joshua (A)
- Alip, Alex Bienvenido (B)
- Consulta, Luis Gabriel (A)
- Vizconde, Michael Frank (A)
- Daway, Rhey Joseph (A)
- Pacheco, Mark Benjamin (B)
- Gamad, Glenn (A)
- Alferos, Constantine (A)
- Naral, Mathew (D)
- Corsino, Reuel Jr. (D)
Due to academic reasons, Luigi (Consulta) and Vinnie (Alip) withdrew from the tournament. The round robin stage commenced, with the top 4 proceeding to the semifinal stage. I thought that I would be having an undefeated record on this tournament, but one of my apprentice, Mathew, defeated me on a deciding rack WITH HIM NOT PUTTING ME BACK AT THE TABLE. I was shocked, but also I was happy for my apprentice, for now, he was sure to receive the Most Improved Player of the Year Award after the tournament. I was able to win the rest of the round robin matches at ease and, although suffering a near-cropper against Rhey, who secured his semi-final place by defeating Mathew, 13-8, reeling 6 racks in a row from 8-7 behind, I proceeded to win the championship against Kuya Glenn 18-4.
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