Whether it be football or soccer next school year, local athletes can get a jump start on the campaign by enrolling in sports camps slated to begin Monday, July 23.
The soccer camp, hosted by Prescott-Yavapai soccer coaches Hugh Bell and Mike Pantaloine, is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23 through July 26 on the Rumsey Park multipurpose field. The registration fee is $120 per camper which includes a camp T-shirt, water bottle and soccer ball.
With Bell and Pantaloine as instructors, soccer campers will have a pair of highly respected collegiate coaches to help them hone their skills for the coming season.
Newly appointed Longhorn coach Roger Wholly is urging all high school players to enroll and said he'll be on hand to see if he, too, can pick up some valuable tips.
During the camp, coaches will stress skill improvement, game strategy, rules of the sport and physical conditioning.
Also, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at Rumsey Park, Bell and Pantaloine will host a coaches' camp that is open to all local youth- and prep-coaches. The fee is $25.
Call 474-2233 or 474-2391 for more information.
Gearin' up for gridiron action
The first session of the football camp, which will be directed by new Payson High School football coach Steve Saban, is slated for 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26 on the Payson High School football field. The session is open to boys entering fourth through eighth grade. Registration fee is $30 per camper.
A second football session, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, July 30 through Thursday, Aug. 2, is open to boys entering high school this fall.
Registration for the high school camp is $50.
Because traditional two-a-day practices cannot be held this year due to the early school start Aug. 6, Saban suggests that candidates for PHS freshman, jayvee or varsity teams enroll in the camp to make up for the lost practice time.
The coach said the camp will be used to teach the fundamentals of his system which will include the Wing T offense.
Last year, under coach Mike Wheelis, the Horns ran a power option "O."
Saban said he hopes to establish the discipline and work ethic it will take to make the Longhorns a force to reckon with in the rugged East region.
At the elementary-middle school session to begin Monday, Saban and his staff will acquaint themselves with future Longhorns and also set the foundation for PHS teams to come.
The coach is urging prospective Payson Youth Football Association players and Rim Country Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade team candidates to take advantage of the camp.
Enrollment forms are available at RCMS and Payson High School offices.