Adult Flag Football Heads Town's Fall Sports Program

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A first-ever adult flag football league heads the parks and recreation department's fall sports programs.

"It will be a lot of fun," predicts athletics program coordinator Joe Harris. "The adults will play flag football on Wednesdays for over two months on Rumsey II."

There is a message, however, for those itching to prove their gridiron prowess.

"There is an eight-team cap so it is important that people who want to play get it (registration) in fast," Harris said.

The last day for sign-up is Aug. 15 and play begins Sept. 3. The entry fee is $150 per team. The fee includes league play and an end-of-season tournament. Prizes will be awarded to tournament champions, Harris said.

All players must be 16 years and older and all equipment will be furnished.

Also on the P&R adult sports agenda is a fall coed softball league to begin Sept. 1. Registration ends Aug. 22 and the fee is $250 per team. Competitive and recreation divisions will be offered with a four-team minimum in each division. Games will be played Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays on Rumsey II.

Registration for either flag football or softball may be completed at the P&R offices located at Green Valley Park.

For the younger set, the P&R department is again sponsoring NFL Youth Flag Football, the Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick competition and fall soccer.

Registration for youth flag football is $25 and is open until Aug. 15. Play begins Sept. 1 on Rumsey I. The program is open to youths 6 to 14 years of age.

The Pepsi competition will be held at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 15 on Rumsey I. The NFL Pepsi gridiron program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 8-15 years to compete separately against their peers.

Established in 1961, the PP&K program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program.

Girls and boys in four separate age divisions compete against each other in punting, passing and place-kicking.

The PP&K program is free -- both to organizers, like the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, who host local competitions, and to every youngster who wants to participate.

With more than four million boys and girls from around the country taking part in PP&K competitions, it is one of the world's largest youth sports participation programs.

Some of the Payson winners from 2007 were Taylor Wallace, Kevin Robles, Brian Skinner, Sadie Tuckfield, Brittany Robles and Katie Hancock.

Registration for fall soccer began July 18 and will close Aug. 15. The fee is $20 and the league is open to aspiring players from 4 years old to sixth grade in school. Games are played on Saturday.

"Coaches are needed," Harris said.

For more information, call Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext 359.

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