D-Backs Offer Price Break For Rim Camp

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Attending an Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center just got a little easier on the wallet.

Last week, the Diamondbacks announced that a 20-percent All-Star Special would be good on all five-day camp registrations made before July 12.

The discount is applicable to the Payson Training Center July 11 to 15 at Rumsey Park.

With the break, the normal registration fee of $160 is reduced to $125. The fee includes a Diamondbacks hat, T-shirt, wrist bands and two tickets to a 2005 Diamondbacks home game at Bank One Ballpark.

The Training Centers have been a big part of the Payson summer sports scene for the past six years, drawing youngsters hoping to pick up a few tips from the pros.

"We come to your local field and bring professional know-how straight from the field at Bank One Ballpark," Training Center Director Matt Smith said.

The Payson softball and baseball camps are from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Rumsey Park. The camp is open to aspiring players 6 to 12 years old.

According to Smith, more than 14,000 young ball players have participated in the camps since they began in 1999.

This summer, more than 95 week-long camps will be held in 35 Arizona towns over a nine-week period.

The camp curriculum, which is endorsed by the Arizona baseball staff, is matched to the age and skill level of the campers, Smith said.

Instructors are hand-picked by the organization to teach the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, throwing and base-running as well as specific position play.

"Each camp day and session is highly choreographed to maximize participation and activity time," Smith said. "Our instructors are from a group of former professional players, as well as the best local collegiate and high school coaches."

According to Diamondbacks representative Jeff Swanson, the coaches for the Payson camps will be selected this week.

In addition to hosting the camp in the Rim country, the Diamondbacks will hold eight others in rural communities around the state July 11 to 15.

For more information, call Swanson at (800) 821-7152.

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