Jam-Packed Sports Agenda Wipes Away Summer Doldrums


A series of Payson Parks and Recreation-sponsored sports camps will eliminate any excuses youngsters might have for choosing a couch-potato lifestyle this summer.

On the P&R agenda are youth training camps in baseball, girls basketball, boys basketball, volleyball and golf. All camps require a $35 registration fee that can be paid at the Green Valley Park offices of the P&R department.

Newly appointed Payson High School football coach Jerry Rhoades is also planning a summer youth football camp to train aspiring gridders. The dates will be announced soon.

The already-scheduled P&R camps will be held during several weeks in June which will allow youngsters to take advantage of as many opportunities as they'd like.

First up, is Payson High School coach Bret Morse's "Fundamentals of Golf" camp that will include six one-hour sessions. During the lessons, Morse will introduce aspiring players to the basic fundamentals and etiquette of the game.

According to Morse, campers will be organized into age groups to ensure appropriate instruction. A student-to-instructor ratio of four-to-one will be maintained, Morse said.

For campers who do not own clubs, some will be available.

Sessions are slated for June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12. Campers, age 8 to 10 years, will take lessons from 9a.m. to 10 a.m. on the scheduled days. Those 10 to 12-years will hit the links from 10:10 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. The 13 to 15-year-old participants are slated for 11:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. lessons.

Morse, who is fresh from leading the PHS golf team to a state second place finish, promises the youngsters will receive top notch instruction that could help further their interest in the sport.

The classes will take place at Payson Golf Course.

Registration began yesterday (Monday) and will continue until the each session reaches its maximum of 12 campers.

Next on the P&R schedules is a youth boys basketball clinic to be held June 9 to 12 in Wilson Dome. The camp is open to elementary and middle school-aged players.

Longhorn coach Mike Loutzenheiser will oversee the camp with assistance from several of his varsity players.

The coach said the focus of the camp would be on teaching the youngsters the nuances of the game.

Passing, dribbling and shooting skills will be stressed, as will be defensive fundamentals. Loutzenheiser will also incorporate games and friendly competition into the clinic. Registration began May 12.

From June 16 to 19, a volleyball camp will be held in Wilson Dome and a youth baseball clinic on Payson High School diamond.

The volleyball camp is open to all girls who have completed fifth through eighth grades. Sessions will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Chris Schwind and her staff will oversee the clinic. Camp instruction will focus on the fundamentals of the game and improving the players' individual skills, Schwind said.

The camp will be structured to introduce young players to what will be expected of them when they try out for either the Rim Country Middle School or PHS freshmen teams. Registration opened yesterday (Monday).

The baseball camp is slated for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be supervised by PHS head coach Teddy Pettet and his assistant, David Daniels. The camp is open to youngsters entering grades three through eight. Pettet also plans on having several of his varsity players on hand to help with individual instruction.

During the clinic, campers will be taught proper fundamentals of pitching, hitting, base running and fielding.

"We'll spend a day on each," Pettet said. "We will also do some things with game situations." Registration opened yesterday. .

Junior varsity coach Rory Huff will supervise the basketball camp.

Several of the varsity starters from last year will be on hand to assist Huff. This year's clinic will be held from 8 a.m. until noon, June 23 to 26 in Wilson Dome. Registration begins May 26.

The curriculum will include dribbling, shooting and passing skills, along with defense and proper conditioning.

In addition to the series of sports camps, a full program of aquatics at Taylor Pool is on the P&R summer schedule.

For information on the youth camps or Taylor Pool, call the P&R offices at 474-5242, ext. 7.

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