Youth Football Needs A Coach

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Payson Youth Football, which fields teams in the Central Arizona Youth Football Association, is in need of volunteers to help with fund-raising, coaching and overseeing the program.

According to local association president Eric Santana, local needs include a head coach for the Cardinals senior team, several assistants and an announcer. Fund-raising help and ideas are also very important, Santana said, because it costs more than $150 to field each player.

Practices are set to begin at 5 p.m. July 31 on the Rumsey park multipurpose field.

Registrations for both players and cheerleaders (ages 6 to 14) will be accepted until the first day of practice. The cost is $55 for a player and $35 for a cheerleader.

This year, there are three ruleschanges in store for the participants. They are:

All players are required to fill out an application, submit a physical form and pay their registration fee before they are allowed on the field.

After July 31, the registration fee increases by $20.

Parents will be required to help with fund-raisers or give an extra donation. It's called the play or volunteer plan.

Call Santana at 474-1775 for more information.

Buck Pettet?

Does the Rim country have its own version of the Arizona Diamondbacks highly popular manager Buck Showalter?

Some locals, including Jack Koon, say Payson High School baseball coach Teddy Pettet is a pretty good replica of Showalter.

Seems Koon and friends spotted Pettet wearing his Arizona Diamondbacks uniform just a few minutes after Friday's final session of the Diamondbacks training center was held.

Immediately, Koon started up some good natured bantering, calling the PHS coach "Buck" Pettet.

The new nickname is making its rounds and soon we all might be referring to Pettet as "Buck." Pettet was wearing the pro uniform because he was working as a guest coach at the training center held at PHS last week.

Poker, anyone?

A caller to the Roundup left a message wanting to know more about a "Poker" golf tournament we had written about in an earlier edition.

A poker format is usually a four-person tournament in which the team's score is based as follows: Par five equals one low score of the team. Par four equals two low scores of the team. Par three equals three low scores of the team. The low total of those scores determines the winners.

Back on the Cardinal train

The Arizona Cardinals will report to their Northern Arizona University training camp this Friday. Two-a-day practices will begin Saturday.

Be sure and check out the Roundup July 21 sports pages for an up-to-date listing of the training camp practice sessions.

Since the Cardinals began training in Flagstaff, the jaunt north for free, up-close looks at the team have been popular respites for local football fans. The Cardinals will train in Flagstaff for almost a full month.

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