Town Parks and Recreation Sports Coordinator Teddy Pettet has his hands full laying out the agenda for the upcoming seventh- and eighth-grade basketball season.
One of the major problems Pettet has faced is laying the ground rules for participation in the league by sixth-grade students and members of the Rim Country Middle School basketball teams.
The good news for aspiring athletes is that sixth-graders are eligible to compete if parents allow it. In addition, barring any RCMS basketball coaches objecting, Maverick players can also compete in the recreation program.
That means there will be ample hardwood opportunities for young players looking to improve their skills.
Registration for the middle school/junior high recreation league has begun and will continue until Jan. 17 at the Parks and Recreation office at Green Valley Park. The fee, if paid before the deadline, is $20. After Jan. 17, the fee increases to $25.
Included in the registration fee is a 10-game schedule, team T-shirt and a pizza party at the conclusion of the season.
Pettet has scheduled games to begin Feb. 24 and to continue for five weeks.
During the first two weeks of the campaign, most games will be played at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday in the old Payson High School gymnasium.
In mid-March, some games will be played on Saturdays in Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.
Playing rules will be very similar to Arizona Interscholastic Association high school regulations.
Last year, the league featured six boys teams and four girls teams. Pettet anticipates the number of teams participating will probably remain about the same.
Entry forms have been distributed to students at Rim Country Middle School.
Although the league is rounding into shape, the sports coordinator has issued a plea for more coaches.
"We don't know just how many, but we need more," he said.
Call 474-5242, ext. 7, for more information.
Also on the parks and recreation agenda is a youth wrestling camp open to youngsters in grades 2-6.
Set for Feb. 18 through March 6 in the high school wrestling room, sessions will be conducted from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Longhorn head coach Dave LaMotte and his staff will be on hand to host the camp.
Aspiring wrestlers will be taught the basic techniques of the sport.
Registration is $20 and the camp size will be limited to the first 50 youngsters to sign up. Registration will continue through Feb. 14.