The opportunity for young athletes to become better baseball players arrives July 8-13.
It comes in the form of the Arizona Diamondback Training Center, to be held 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.
Although the age range covers six full years, the camp curriculum is designed to match the age and skill level of all players, Training Center official Jeff Swanson said.
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.
Last year, about 40 aspiring athletes turned out for the Payson camp.
During the practices, Training Center coaches -- some former professional baseball players and hand-picked by the Diamondbacks organization -- taught 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.
A portion of the proceeds from the camps will go to the Arizona Diamondbacks Charities Youth Baseball/Softball Fund.
For more information or to register, visit www.dbacks.com/camps or call (800) 821-7152.
Swim team sign-up ends
Registration closes today, Friday, for participation on the Payson Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored recreation swim team. Membership is open to youth, ages 5 to 18.
Practices are held weekday mornings at Taylor Pool and meets conducted on Saturdays throughout the summer. Swim team practices begin June 4 and continue through Aug. 2. The registration fee is $50.