Future Of Little League In Jeopardy

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A streak that began in the late '60s might come to a screeching halt next spring.

Local Little League President Don Bell warned early this week that due to a shortage of volunteers, the local youth baseball program is in danger of ending.

If Payson doesn't field teams, it would be the first time that has happened since Ted Pettet, Ronnie McDaniel and Fred Chilson formed the Rim country's first team more than 40 years ago.

To not have Little League teams in the Rim country, McDaniel said, "would be unheard of. It would be a travesty."

The problems Bell is facing in readying the Payson-Pine area for next spring and summer's play is finding volunteers to accept positions on the board of directors.

"Four critical positions president, vice president, chief umpire and fund raiser still need to be filled," Bell said.

When Bell made his first appeal for volunteers several weeks ago, fewer than half of the people needed to begin the season responded to the plea, he said.

Originally, Bell set Nov. 23 as the deadline for volunteers to indicate their interest in helping the league.

Due to the lack of interest, however, he has extended the deadline to Dec. 4 when a meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Title Agency office at 421 S. Beeline Highway.

"Now is your opportunity, as a board member, to make a difference, to express your ideas and opinions, to make your voices heard and your vote count," he said.

Call Bell at 474-4303 after 4 p.m. for more information.

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