Often it takes recreational basketball players and coaches a few weeks to scour town and find a sponsor willing to come up with the $360-per-team entry fee for participation in the Town of Payson men's and women's leagues.
So, Town Recreation Coordinator Beth Kreider decided to help the players get a jump start on finding a backer by announcing early the registration dates for the upcoming league.
Teams may register from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 to 29 at the Town Parks and Recreation offices located at Green Valley Park.
Last year, six teams competed in the men's competitive league, nine in the men's recreation league and only three in the women's division.
Kreider said she would like to see at least four teams join the women's league to make play more varied.
There's also a possibility that a men's 35-years and older division will be formed if enough interest in shown. Again, Kreider said, that would mean at least four teams.
Play will begin in mid-February and continue through March when season-ending tournaments will be held in each league.
Payson High School basketball players must be at least 16 years old to participate. Also, players who are on the jayvee or varsity high school teams must sign up in the competitive league.
For more information on the upcoming hoop play, call Kreider at 474-5242, ext 272.