The coming of fall in the Rim country signals the onset of fast and furious softball action.
This year's diamond agenda includes both Payson's largest tournament of the year and a town-sponsored coed league.
The tournament the Labor Day Slow Pitch Softball Classic traditionally draws teams from around the state eager to showcase their skills in the cool Rim country pines.
This fall, tournament director Teddy Pettet has slated the diamond showdown for Sept. 1 through 3. The men's and women's divisions will be played Sept. 1 and 2. The coed division is slated to be contested Sept. 2 and 3.
Sept. 4, a day after the Labor Day festivities wrap up, the Town of Payson Fall Coed League begins five weeks of play.
League games will be contested at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Rumsey II field
According to Pettet, who oversees the league from his position as town recreation coordinator, the league can host up to 10 teams in one division. Each team will be guaranteed 10 games with championship T-shirts awarded to the winning squad.
In coed play, a minimum of four women must be on each team, and titanium bats and steel cleats are not allowed.
The league entry fee is $150, which includes ASA registration. The deadline for registration is 5 p.m. Aug. 24. Registration may be completed at the Town Parks and Recreation office at Green Valley Park.
Registration forms for the Labor Day Classic are also available at the P&R offices. The entry fee is $165 for ASA registered teams. Those not registered must pay a $20 fee to do so. Each participating team is guaranteed at least three games. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 29
At the conclusion of the tournament, individual prizes will be given to players on the first- through fourth-place finishing teams. Team awards also will be given to the top four finishers.
Call Pettet at 474-5242, ext. 260 for more information.