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.