The Yavapai College Soccer Camp will return to Payson July 21 for a four-day camp.
Set to head the camp is Yavapai coach Hugh Bell who has helped lead the Roughriders to three National Junior College Athletic Association championships.
Bell is no stranger to Payson having conducted camps here for the past four years.
The camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Rumsey Park multipurpose fields, is open to high school age boys and girls. The camp curriculum will include technical, tactical and functional training in all of the soccer skills.
Each camper should bring to the sessions shin guards, water bottle, soccer shoes, sun screen and suitable soccer apparel.
The registration fee of $120 includes instruction, liability insurance coverage, camp shirt, soccer ball and souvenirs.
The deadline for registration is July 15. Registration forms are available at the Parks and Recreation Department at Green Valley Park.
A great gift
Thanks Kristi and Nick for the Sun Devil hat. It was greatly appreciated.
Nick, when you graduate from PHS and are looking for a good university, remember: "Real Men Wear Gold."
Season opens with training camp
The 2003 gridiron season for Payson Longhorn hopefuls will kick off at a pre-season camp July 28 through Aug. 1. Training sessions will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Rumsey Park south field. Weight training sessions will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5 p.m.
There is no fee for the camp and coach Jerry Rhoades is urging prospective players to participate.
Pre-season training resumes Aug. 4 at 3:30 p.m. All athletes must have their physical and insurance forms on file in the office of athletic director Dave Bradley before they will be allowed to practice Aug. 4.
For more information call Rhoades at 474-2233.
Young gridders to sign up
The Payson Youth Football Association will host a final player and cheerleader registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12 at Payson Putt and Play on Highway 260.
To register, participants must have a copy of their birth certificate.
The registration fee is $70 for football players and $60 for cheerleaders.
Discounts are available for families that have more than one player or cheerleader participating in the program.
After July 12, a $10 late fee will be tacked on.
Players are assigned to leagues --ighty mite, minor or major --ased on a combination of their age and weight.
Youngsters from 6 to 13 and weighing less than 115 pounds are eligible to participate. Ages are determined as of July 28, 2003.
Last year, 250 youngsters participated in the program. Also last season, Payson fielded six Central Arizona Youth Football Association teams - two in each age/weight division.
According to Payson youth football spokesperson Karen Schrank, Payson might add more teams this year because early registrations are on the upswing especially among the younger players. All new players will be drafted onto their respective teams July 26.
Practices begin on July 28. The season kicks off Sept. 6.
Call Schrank at 474-5613 or Angela Parker at 468-6482 for more information.
To the fan
To the "Anonymous Fan" who penned a letter to this column recently: When I write, I put my name on my articles.
When you have the courage to put your name on your letters, I will respond to them. Also, how much backbone does it take for a grown adult to openly criticize the play of a 16-year-old athlete?