Registration Begins For Youth Football

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The Payson Chapter of Central Arizona Youth Football Association will host the first of five registrations 9 to 11 a.m. June 9 at Pioneer Title, 421 S. Beeline Highway.

Additional registrations will be held 8:30 to 11 a.m. July 7, 14 and 21 in the Rumsey North equipment room.

A final registration will also be held 9 a.m. to noon July 28, which also has been designated a draft day. During the draft, players will be assigned their teams for the upcoming season.

When registering, players must have their birth certificates.

The registration fee for players is $75 and for cheerleaders is $60.

For more information, call Pam at (928) 978-6560.

Learning the D-Backs way

The 2007 edition of Arizona Diamondback Training Center will be held July 8-13 at the Rumsey Park Little League field.

Sessions will be conducted 8 to 11 a.m. and are open to children ages 6 to 12.

Skills to be taught during the five days of camp include hitting, fielding, throwing, base running, specific position play and strategy.

Throughout the camp, coaches will mix in contests and competitions to keep the instruction lively and interesting.

During the practices, Training Center coaches -- some former professional baseball players hand-picked by the Diamondbacks organization -- will teach the campers the nuances of the game. Even though the camps draw thousands of children each year, an instructor-to-student ratio of no more than 1:10 is maintained to provide the best learning environment possible.

An estimated 12,000 young athletes statewide have participated in the training camps.

The Training Center offers close to 200 camps annually, in more than 40 Arizona towns and cities.

The registration fee is $150, which includes 15 hours of instruction, a Diamondbacks hat and T-shirt.

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

Town to sponsor triathlon

Among the top finishers at the 2006 inaugural Payson Sprint Triathlon were Cynthia Poole, Scott Self, Jordyn Fruth, Carlan Pontious, Candon Sevey, Carolyn Fruth and Claudio Baukamper.

With the start of the second annual triathlon set for Saturday, it's unknown how many of those athletes will return to defend their title.

Sponsors at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department are, however, anticipating a good turnout for the competition that will be held at 7 a.m., June 9.

Walk-up registration on the day of the event will not be accepted, so those interested should register as soon as possible at the Parks and Recreation offices, located at Green Valley Park

Triathlons, which originated in Hawaii but now take place all over their world, include a 2.4-mile swim, 110-mile bike ride and a full 26.1-marathon.

Shorter "sprinting" triathlons, like the one being held in Payson, are among the fastest growing and most popular sporting events in the country. They typically cover about a quarter of the distances of the longer marathons.

Although the prefix "tri" means three, triathlons actually consist of five events, the swim, transition from swim wear to bike gear (T-1), the cycling, transition from cycling to running (T-2) and the run.

Although it's too late to begin serious training for the Payson event, there are now several books, Web sites and magazines devoted to helping novice athletes prepare and practice for the three portions of the race, as well as the transitions.

Call (928) 474-5242 ext. 358.

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