Little League Registration Under Way

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Aspiring baseball players have three opportunities to register for participation in Payson Little League.

The youngsters can register from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Payson Police Department. If you miss that chance to sign up, you can register from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jan. 22, at the Payson Police Department, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 25, at Pioneer Title, 421 S. Beeline Highway.

Little League officials are urging players to sign up as soon as possible so that plans can be finalized for the spring and summer league. Those who are late in registering will be put on a waiting list and placed on a team only if roster space becomes available.

When registering, players must bring a certified birth certificate. Baptismal or hospital certificates are not acceptable proof of age for Little League, officials say. Players who register without a birth certificate will not be placed on a team but will be placed on the waiting list.

Parents must also bring with them proof of the family's local residence, such as a utility bill or driver's license.

The league is open to youngsters 7 to 15 years old.

Players 7-and 8-years-old will participate in the Farm League. The Minor and Major Leagues will comprise players 9 to 12 years old. The Senior League features players 13 to 15 years old.

The player registration fee of $40 ($35 for a second child and $30 for a third child in a family) is non-refundable.

In addition to registering players, league officials are seeking coaches and other volunteers.

"We always need all the helpers we can get," Little League Treasurer Kim Sleeper said.

Practice sessions begin in March. Opening day is slated for April 26 at Rumsey Park. Regular season play wraps-up June 21.

According to Sleeper, Payson is not slated to host any postseason Little League area or district tournaments as the community has in the past.

On the agenda for April 5 is a benefit rummage sale that last spring earned more than $700.

"All of that money goes right back into Little League," Sleeper said. The site of the sale will soon be announced.

To donate items for the rummage sale, call Mark Frantzke at 468-8532.

For more information, call Michelle Halenar (474-6635), Chuck Barton (468-1711) or Sleeper (476-5275).

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