Coaching Clinic Set For July 26


Coach Jerry Rhoades and his Payson High School football staff will host the "Football the Longhorn Way" clinic for youth, middle school and freshman football coaches from 2 to 5 p.m. July 26 at Rim Country Middle School.

There is no fee for the clinic and all prospective coaches are urged to attend.

The camp curriculum will include instruction and hands-on training in Longhorn style of football which includes a Wing-T offense and an even-front defense. Drills, game strategy, proper conditioning and stretching exercises and fundamentals of the offense and defense will be covered.

Rhoades promises there will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Immediately following the clinic, a cookout will be held. For more information, call Rhoades at 474-2233.

Dunman, Byron host softball camp

Payson High School softball coach Will Dunman will hook up with Mesa College coach DeWight Byron to host the Play Ball Girls Fastpitch camp.

Open to girls 10 to 18 years of age, the camp is scheduled for Aug. 8 and 9 on Lady Longhorn softball field.

From 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the first day of the camp, fledgling players 10 to 13 will take to the field. Campers 14 and older will receive instruction from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 9, the 10 to 13 group is slated for camp activities from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The 14 and older girls have the field from noon to 3 p.m.

According to the coaches, campers will receive instruction in fielding, throwing, hitting, pitching and strategy. Along with the $60 fee, campers receive a souvenir T-shirt.

At Mesa, Byron has led the Lady Thunderbirds to six consecutive playoff appearances. In 2000, he was the Arizona Community College Athletic Association Coach of the year.

For more information on the camp, call Charlene Hunt at 474-5242, ext. 7. Reservations can also be made by calling 472-2266.

Roughriders on the horizon

The Yavapai College Soccer Camp returns to Payson Monday 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.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Rumsey Park multipurpose fields. It's open to high school-aged boys and girls. Camp curriculum will include technical, tactical and functional training in all of the soccer skills.

Each camper should bring shin guards, water bottles, soccer shoes, sunscreen and suitable soccer apparel.

The registration fee of $120 includes instruction, liability insurance coverage, camp shirt, soccer ball and souvenirs.

Registration forms are available at the Parks and Recreation Department in Green Valley Park.

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