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Time to dust off the clubs, fine tune the swing and get ready for the fun, frolic and competition of Payson Youth Football Benefit Tournament.

This year's fray will be held May 12 at Payson Golf Course.

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The Payson Youth Football League will reap the benefits of a May 12 golf tournament.

Earlier this year, Dale Gonzalez volunteered to serve as director of the annual golf tournament that helps support Payson teams entered in the Central Arizona Football Association. Gonzalez is also secretary of the local youth league

Since assuming his youth football responsibilities, Gonzalez and co-tournament director Mike Conway, have been busy planning the annual tournament

"I'm told (the golf tournament) is one of the league's biggest fund-raisers," Gonzalez said.

The money is used mostly to purchase top-grade helmets and pads for the players that help keep athletes safe and injury-free during practices and games.

The tournament entry fee is $80 per person or $400 per team. The registration fee includes green fees, a cart, food and raffle prizes at a post tournament awards ceremony.

D-backs to host camp

The Arizona Diamondbacks will host both baseball and softball training centers July 10 to 14 at Rumsey Park. The camps are conducted each day from 8 to 11 a.m. and are open to both boys and girls 6 to 12 years old.

More than 14,000 ball players have participated in the camps since they were founded in 1999.

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

The camp fee is $150, which includes a Diamondbacks hat, T-shirt, wristbands and two tickets to a 2006 Diamondbacks home game at Bank One Ballpark.

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 handpicked 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. Instructors are from a group of former professional players, as well as local collegiate and high school coaches.

Since enrollment is limited to the first 50 campers, Diamondbacks officials recommend participants sign up as soon as possible.

In previous years, the camps have not only drawn from the Rim Country, but also young players from the Valley whose parents are eager to escape the heat with the hour-and-a-half commute.

Registration can be completed online at www.dbacksoutreach.com or by calling (800) 821-7152.

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