Town of Payson Parks and Recreation offices have been a beehive of activity most of the week with Recreation Coordinators Beth Kreider and Teddy Pettet scrambling to schedule upcoming men's and women's softball league play.
As of press time, the new schedules were not finalized, but Kreider said play will probably begin early next week and continue four days a week for most of the summer.
The difficulty Kreider and Pettet faced occurred when only three teams signed up for play in both the men's and competitive divisions.
The P&R department has a policy of not fielding divisions with fewer than four teams. So, the teams who had earlier registered as competitive had to be inserted into the recreational division.
In doing that, Kreider had to contact all the recreational division team coaches informing them of the changes.
The men's competitive teams included State Farm, Budweiser and Four-Corners Concrete.
For the women, Charlene Hunt, Cheri Brennen and Majestic Mountain Inn entered teams intended for the competitive league.
The men's league now has 18 teams and the women's 12.
Also on the P&R front, registration for the youth soccer league for players four to nine years of age will be held July 19 to 30 in the recreation department offices at Green Valley Park. League play will begin in September. The fee is $20 which includes a T-shirt and season-ending pizza party.
In earlier years, youth soccer play for all ages was held in the fall.
However, as the number of youths participating reached new heights and the demand for fields outgrew the supply, soccer play in the older divisions was moved to the spring.
Now, only the youngest players participate in the fall.
The first spring soccer league just concluded and from all indications was a success.
A word from AG&F
These hints came in from the Arizona Game and Fish offices in Pinetop.
Woods Canyon, Willow Springs, Bear Canyon and Black Canyon Lakes remain good trout waters. Trout stocking began much earlier than normal this year and should continue throughout the summer. Remember to fish early and late in the day and fish deeper than normal to get into cooler water. Over in the White Mountains, officials might withhold stockings of the East and West Fork of the Black River due to high water temperatures.
The Third Annual Little Longhorn Football Camp will be held July 19-21 for athletes ages eight through incoming 8th-graders. The fee is $30 per camper. Registration forms are available at the Payson Roundup or Payson High School. Call Jim Beall at 472-9234 or Dee Ann Beall at 474-2233 for more information.
The July Fourth Family Fun Day will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Green Valley Park amphitheater. This event features games, gunnysack races, tug-o-war and other activities for all ages. At dusk, the fun and excitement shifts to the Payson High School football field for live musical entertainment and the fireworks display. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.