Diamondbacks Host 'Intensive' Training Camp

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are coming to Payson.

Representatives of the professional baseball team that in just three years has captured the imaginations of the state's sports fans, will be in the Rim country July 7 to 14 to host a youth training camp.

To be held at Payson High School, the camp is open to both boys and girls, ages 7 to 14 years. Sessions are held each day from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $150 which includes an Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center T-shirt, cap and sports bag. All proceeds benefit the Diamondbacks Charities Youth Baseball Fund.

According to Diamondback officials, youth training centers will be held around the state throughout the summer. Other camps are slated for Eager, Show Low, Kingman, Page, Camp Verde, Sedona, Prescott and Fountain Hills.

The purpose of the camps, officials say, is to provide big-league insights and instruction to young players.

Camp instructors will include former pro coaches and players, private instructors and college and high school coaches. All camp coaches are hand-picked by the Diamondbacks organization, officials say.

On hand to head the Payson clinic will be former Arizona State University and Seattle Mariners star Ricky Nelson.

Among those assisting with the instruction will be Payson High School head baseball coach Teddy Pettet the Class 3A conference 1999 Coach of the Year.

To ensure the camp retains about a 10-1 student-to-teacher ratio, enrollment will be limited to 50 youngsters, said Diamondbacks official Jeff Jacobs.

The curriculum will stress fundamentals of the game including base running, hitting, fielding and position play.

"It's intensive," Jacobs said.

Pettet agrees. "They have a strict schedule they stick by."

Call Jacobs at (602) 462-6340 or visit www.azdiamondbacks.com for more information.

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