FOR Terra Firma Dyip, home is indeed, the best place to stay.
The Dyip boast of being one of the few PBA teams that have a training facility of their own, a gym which they can call 'home' and something that would come in handy once ballclubs finally began their respective practices by next week.
A year since being accepted as an expansion franchise in 2014, Terra Firma decided to build its own training facility called 'The Hardcourt' inside the vast Azure Urban and Resort Residences in Bicutan.
The exclusivity of the gym augurs well for the resumption of the Dyip's practices especially with other PBA ballclubs being urged as much as possible, to train in facilities where they are the sole user.
At the same time, Terra Firma can likewise apply strict health protocols of their own, on top of the guidelines set by the PBA and approved by the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases).
"Our team will definitely have one of the most strict disinfecting protocols (in the league)," said Assistant team manager Dr. Ivy Bautista. "Ang maganda kasi sa amin is we have our own gym na strictly for our own use only."
The Meralco Bolts also have their own gym inside the Meralco compound in Ortigas, although the playing court is likewise used for the consumption of company employees.
Over the weekend, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao disclosed the Road Warriors already managed to secure an agreement to have the FCL Center in Xavierville Ave. for the team's exclusive use.
Terra Firma's practice facility has its own weights room and a swimming pool nearby.
But Bautista, a former national swimmer and medical practitioner who specializes in sports rehabilitation, said the players still have to do their part in strictly following the home-practice-home guidelines imposed by the league to further avoid the spread of the COVID-19. (RG)