Payson Little League officials are urging local youth to put up their video games, turn off the TV and try out for baseball.
To help the youngsters prepare for the league, one final registration period has been slated for players who did not take advantage of four sign-ups held in January.
That last-chance opportunity is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) at Pioneer Title, 421 South Beeline Highway.
According to Little League treasurer Kim Sleeper, about 70 more players are needed if the league is maintain the numbers it had last year.
Little League officials can't figure out why participation is down this year. According to Sleeper, some prospective players might mistakenly believe that they have to choose between the newly formed Rim Country Middle School Maverick baseball team and Little League.
"That's not true," Sleeper said. "They can play in both."
When registering, players must have a certified birth certificate. Photocopies of birth certificates, baptismal or hospital certificates are not acceptable proof of age for Little League, Sleeper said. Also, parents must have proof of family residency in the Rim country such as a driver's license or utility bill.
The registration fee is $40 but families with more than one player will receive discounts.
The league is open to players 7 to 15 years old. Ages are determined as of July 31, 2003.
The Payson farm league is made up of 7- and 8-year-old players. The 9- to 12-year-olds will be placed in either the minor or major league. Senior league is made up of players 13 to 15 years old.
Practices will begin later this month and opening day festivities are slated for April 26 at Rumsey Park. Regular season games continue until June 21 when coaches select all-star teams for postseason play.
In addition to needing more players, the Little League is looking for umpires and sponsors. Call Chuck Barton, 468-1711, Michelle Halenar, 474-6635, or Sleeper, 476-5275, for more information.
A benefit rummage sale to raise funds for equipment will be held April 5. Last year, the sale earned about $700. To donate items for the sale, call Mark Frantzke at 468-8532.