Registration Location For Little League To Change

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Scratch the Payson Police Department as the site for upcoming Payson Little League player registrations.

According to Little League President Chuck Barton, the police department meeting room cannot be used as originally scheduled due to ongoing repair to the room's sprinkler system.

Barton has not yet decided on an alternate site for the signups, but plans on continuing with the original dates and times.

Barton will announce the new registration location later this week. Check the Jan. 9 edition of the Roundup for the alternate site.

Youngstersges 7 to 15 years (as of July 31, 2004) interested in participating in Payson Little League should sign up at one of the four registrations.

They are:

Jan. 10 -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jan. 14 -- 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jan. 24 -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jan. 31-- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When registering, players must bring their birth certificate. The fee is $40 per player. There is a discount available for families who have more than one youngster participating in the program.

At the registration, officials also will be accepting applications for team managers and coaches.

This season, Payson is scheduled to field teams in four age/ability leagues -- farm, minors, majors and seniors.

The senior league is made up of players 13 to 15. Youngsters 11 to 12 normally play on the major league teams. The minors is open to players 9 to 12, but most are either 9 or 10. Seven and 8-year-olds play in the farm league where coaches, rather than players, do the pitching.

Following the tryouts, minor, major and senior coaches draft players to their teams. The farm league does not draft.

This season, Tracy Purtee will serve as the Little League Chief Umpire.

Barton anticipates play will begin in mid-April and continue into June.

For more information, call Barton at (928) 468-1711, or Little League vice president Mark Frantzke at (928) 474-2746.

Hoop start delayed

The start of the town-sponsored fourth-grade-and-under basketball league has been set back a week.

The youth league was originally scheduled to begin play Jan. 10. The league will now begin Jan. 17.

According to Payson Recreation and Sports Coordinator, Teddy Pettet, the decision to change the date was made to allow players, coaches and officials an extra week to prep for the onset of the campaign.

Regular season games will be played on Saturdays in local school gyms and some weekday evenings in the Tonto Apache gymnasium.

The league, which has drawn 20 teams and about 200 players, is one of the most popular youth offerings of the parks and recreation department.

For more information, call the parks and recreation department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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