Registration Extended For Youth Football, Cheerleading

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Payson Youth Football Association officials have decided to hold two additional registrations for players and cheerleaders interested in participating in the program this fall.

Registration is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 26 and 27 at the Rumsey Park multipurpose field. Practices will begin at 5 p.m. July 30, also at Rumsey Park.

Registration is $50 per player and $35 for cheerleaders. All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and a recent physical exam report.

If vacancies exist on any of the teams after the final registration period, officials will accept late sign-ups at $60 per player and $45 for cheerleaders.

Registration forms are available at the Farm Bureau Insurance Agency office, 100 W. Roundup. Call Eric Santana (474-1775) or Hugh Schrank (474-5613) for more information.

More hoops

The second session of the Copper State Hoop Clinic boys basketball clinic is July 16 to 20 in the old Payson High School gymnasium.

The camp is open to boys entering fifth through eighth grades. The registration fee is $40, which includes a camp T-shirt.

The clinic will be hosted by Shelby School basketball coach Steve Rensch and is being sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department. Registration may be completed at the P&R offices located at Green Valley Park. Call 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

A first session of the clinic began July 9 and will continue until Friday.

Gridiron camps

Payson High School football coach Steve Saban will host a pair of football camps designed to help young players prepare for the fall season.

The first session, for players in grades 4 through 8, will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 23 to 26. The fee is $30 per camper.

The second camp, for high school-age players, will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 30 to Aug. 2. The fee is $50.

According to Saban, high school players should make every effort to attend the camp since there will be no two-a-day practices this season due to the early start of school.

Want to know if you were drawn?

Those disheartening "pink slips" sent out by the Arizona Game and Fish Department to applicants who had not been selected in big game drawings have gone the way of the dinosaur.

Game officials announced this summer that those slips will no longer be mailed out. Rather, AG&F hunt drawing results will be available on the Internet and call-in lines.

Game officials say the new process will save the department almost $40,000 each year.

To handle the increased telephone call load, AG&F has upgraded its interactive phone system. To use this free phone system, call (602) 942-3000.

To use the Arizona Game & Fish Web site, log on to www.azgfd.com.

Another option exists for the inquiring hunter, but it'll cost you $5 because it's through an outside vendor.

By calling (866) 220-4868, you'll be assessed the fee, but assured of reaching the main AG&F number without much of a delay.

When inquiring about hunt results, you must provide either your Social Security number or a department ID number and month and day of birth.

Officials expect the big game drawing to be completed before the end of July.

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