Sign-Up For Slowpitch Tourney Due Aug. 29


by Max Foster

roundup staff reporter

Longtime local softball aficionado Teddy Pettet is gearing up for Payson's largest tournament of the year.

To be contested Sept. 1 through Sept. 3, the Payson ASA Labor Day Classic Slowpitch Tournament is expected to attract slow-pitch teams from around the state.

As tournament director for the past 16 years, Pettet will oversee three days of action in a trio of divisions men's, women's and coed.

The men's and women's divisions will be played Sept. 1 and 2 and the coed division will be played Sept. 2 and 3. All games will be played at Rumsey Park and Payson High School fields.

After opening-round play in the men's and women's divisions, the winning teams will advance to a Class C bracket, and the losing squads will drop to a D bracket.

In the coed tournament, winning teams will play in an upper division and losing teams will play in a lower bracket.

That format, Pettet said, helps the tournament remain more competitive and allows each team to have a minimum three-game guarantee for its $165 ASA-registration fee.

Teams that cannot show proof of 2001 ASA registration must pay a $20 sign-up fee.

Among the tournament rules is an equalizer system, in which a running count of home-run hits is kept, and no team can have three more than the other team.

If a team hits a third home run more than the opposition, it is considered an out.

Also, steel cleats and titanium bats are banned.

At the conclusion of the tournament, first- through fourth-place individual and team awards will be given in each division.

Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 29.

Call Pettet at 474-5242, ext. 260 for more information.

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