Youth Basketball League Begins Next Week


The opportunity for local seventh- and eighth-grade students to participate in Town-sponsored basketball play is just around the corner.

Registration is slated for Jan. 3 to 14 at Payson Parks and Recreation Department at Green Valley Park. The fee is $20 which includes a team T-shirt, a minimum of seven games and a pizza party at the end of the season.

League play will begin in mid-February and continue until the end of March. Most games will be played Saturdays, but some could be contested weekday afternoons if there is a large turnout of players.

Town Recreation Coordinator Beth Kreider says she's unsure of the participation because it usually depends on the number of players Rim Country Middle School keeps on its rosters.

However, youngsters and parents should make sure to register prior to the deadline. Those who do not will be placed on teams only as space permits.

Basketball for the younger set, the fifth- and sixth-graders, is currently under way with teams practicing for play which will begin Jan. 8. Most all the youth games are played in the RCMS gymnasium.

Once basketball play wraps up, the Parks and Rec will jump directly into sponsoring youth soccer, with wrestling and tumbling camps on the spring agenda.

New brochures

The Parks and Recreation 1999 Fall Activities Guide has expired.

A new guide is expected to be completed in mid-February and will feature a complete listing of all spring and summer recreational activities. It'll be available at the Green Valley Park offices of the department.

Hot item

With Payson schools in holiday recess, the Rumsey Park skate park has become a popular place for local youngsters to gather and practice their skateboarding and inline skate skills.

The park features a number of attractions including grinding rails, halfpipe, bauer box, spine, launch ramp and more. The park is open every day during regular park hours. No admission is charged.

More warnings

Arizona Game and Fish Department officers continue to warn locals and visitors alike that windier conditions are in effect on the Rim lakes and icing is occurring.

During the early stages of icing, surfaces are very unstable and unsafe to walk on.

It's here

The deadline for giving up to $200 to our local schools without spending a dime is Dec. 31.

By contributing up to $200 to the Credit For Kids program before the deadline you'll get your money back by taking the same amount, dollar for dollar, as a tax credit of form 322 when filing your state tax return.

The money is used to fund extracurricular programs in math, reading, physical fitness and others. Also, funds will be used to improve school facilities.

Call 474-2070 for more information.

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