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We did not sign the waver
Monday, August 11, 2008
Raymund, now a ten-year old boy, pursued his dream to become a varsity player. Of course, we are very supportive of him, preparing everything he needs for the first tournament, an event sponsored by Milo. Everything is now ready. BUT there's one last thing we had to do as parents - to sign a waver.

They (the organizers) don't actually call it as waver. They call the paper they are asking parents to sign as "application form". It is stated in the paper that "we, the organizers and the school, have no liability for whatever happens to your child during the tournament".

My husband and I refused to sign simply because signing will leave us with nothing but to accept the consequences just in case something happens. Basketball is a rough game and anything can happen. This already happened to a doctor-friend of ours whose daughter met an accident while performing in the cheering squad. The kid was on the third level, standing on the shoulders of her team mates who were in the second level, when she fell to the floor, her head banging on the ground. The father spent a fortune for his daughter's hospitalization with not a single cent from the school nor the organizers, just because he signed the waver. Luckily, his daughter is alive and the accident left no permanent damage.

We asked the school to allow Raymund to play, without us signing the paper. They then referred us to the organizers. The representatives of Milo called us up, asking us why we are "afraid" that something might happen. They said they prefer that Raymund be removed from the team rather than joining with incomplete requirements. But the school does not want to remove him knowing his capability. Raymund is the star player. And so he stayed.

It is not actually a question of being afraid. As parents, we want the best for Raymund. We want him safe wherever he is and whoever he is with. Signing the waver removes that responsibility from the organizers to take care of these kids, not just with Raymund. They just don't want any liability.PERIOD.

On Raymund's part, joining the varsity is voluntary, no one pressured him, no one asked him. He just like to do it, to play bearing the name of his school. And we pay the tuition fee in full, with no discounts, even him as varsity player.

The decision is that the organizers will have to observe how he play on the first game. If he is not good enough, he is out of the team. My son is quite apprehensive. I know he wants to say as a varsity player. We explained to him our point and I know he understands.

UPDATE: My son has been totally disqualified from the Milo tournament. But he is definitely joining the IRAA games.

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posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 12:46 PM   2 comments
Basketball as an Afternoon Fun
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Basketball is such a popular sport. This is evidenced by the presence of basketball courts (big and small) in every place. The male community, young and old, love to play it, my sons included.

Except on a rainy afternoon, Raymund and Ralph make it a point to play basketball, always donned in their rubber shoes. They spend more or less an hour in the half court (in our backyard) made for them by their Dad. If my husband and I are present, he would play coach to them while I play the water girl. When the game is over, I play the waitress serving them their afternoon snacks.


This is my kids' form of exercise. My husband encourage them to do it regularly. Actually there is no pushing them as they have already fallen in love with the sport. They also have their personal NBA favorites in the person of Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Derek Fischer to name a few.


Raymund plans to be a varsity player this school year. He had been planning to join ever since but was unable push through. I am sure this would be a fun alternative to his hectic academic schedule.

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posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 8:20 PM   5 comments
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