One More Chance To Sign Up For Little League Tryouts

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Inclement weather forced postponement of Payson Little League tryouts and a last-gasp registration scheduled for Feb. 16.

It will now begin at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at Rumsey Park.

Tryouts for the inaugural Little League softball program will be held on the Rumsey I field and the baseball sessions on the all-weather south multipurpose facility.

In baseball, all prospective players who were not on a major division team last year must try out. Following the tryout sessions, coaches will draft players onto their respective teams.

Since there was no softball program last season, all players will try out and then be drafted.

Payson Little League President Slade Gibson is emphasizing that the upcoming registration will be the final one of the year.

"If they want to play, they must be there to sign up," he said.

The fee is $75 per player and $70 for each additional participant from the same family.

Gibson stresses, however, that those parents unable to afford the registration fee are eligible to apply for scholarship financial help.

"No player will be turned away," he said.

Little League baseball is open to youths six to 15-years of age and softball to girls 7 to 16 years.

When registering, participants must bring with them a copy of their birth certificate.

Gibson is hoping for an upswing in baseball registrations mostly because numbers are down this year and there is a possibility a major division team might have to be canceled.

"We are hoping that doesn't happen," he said.

For this inaugural softball season, players, ages seven-to-nine years, will participate in the Minor League and those nine to 12-years will be entered in the Major League.

Senior League will consist of girls 13-16 years.

The Minor League will use a "Machine Pitch" format and both the Major and Senior will be "Player Pitch."

For those with questions about either league, Gibson's recommendation is to show up at the final registration where there will be ample coaches and officials to answer queries.

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