Tomorrow, Saturday is a huge day in the baseball life of aspiring Little Leaguers.
Not only is it a final opportunity for players to sign up for spring and summer play, it also represents the opportunity for players to impress coaches during annual tryout sessions.
Coach Craig McMullen is adamant in advising all parents and prospective players to show up promptly at 10 a.m. at the Rumsey Park south multipurpose field.
Although tryouts are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., players and parents shouldn't be misled into thinking they can show up at any time during the session. McMullen's advice is that all players be at the park for the start of tryouts.
Those who have not yet registered should arrive before 10 a.m. to complete sign-up requirements.
The tryouts are for players, ages 8- to 12-years, who did not play on a major league team last season.
League age for all players will be determined by their actual age on April 30, 2007.
Aspiring 8-year-old players do not need to try out unless they would like to participate in the player-pitch minor league.
Those who do not try out will be placed in the coach-pitch league.
The registration fee is $75 for the first child in a family and $70 for each additional player from that same family.
For those who cannot afford the registration fees, scholarship help is available.
All players must also bring their birth certificates to registration.
The Payson Optimist Club, Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department, Arizona Game and Fish Department and Payson Community Christian School have joined forces to host the inaugural Kids Fishing Festival. The event will be held from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at Green Valley Park.
Children of all ages may participate free of charge in the fishing day.
Local anglers Dennis Pirch, a Payson Roundup outdoor columnist, and Tracy Purtee will be on hand to lend fishing tips and administer skill tests.
KCMA (98.5) radio will broadcast throughout the day, meals and snacks will be served at reasonable prices and raffles will be held.
Every child who registers for the clinic will receive a hat or visor and a picture of themselves with the fish they catch.
Game and Fish instructors will host the fishing classes.
One of the unique features will be a "Bragging Board" on which names and catches will be posted throughout the festivities.
Among the raffle prizes awarded will be a fishing trip to Roosevelt Lake with Purtee.
Other prizes include an electric trolling motor, fishing outfits and hand carved duck decoys.
For more information, call Corey Kroll (928) 468-0320, Gary Parkinson (928) 474-2601or Joan Young (928) 472-2264.