The foundation of the Payson gridiron program for next fall's Central Arizona Youth Football Association play was laid during a late-afternoon meeting Monday, June 23.
"It's very important, we will be getting together and planning all the things we need to do," said Payson CAYFA representative Felicia Moore prior to the meeting.
The local board was expected to adopt July 26 as the draft day for all new players and those moving up a weight/age division. It was also anticipated that Aug. 4 would be chosen as the start date for practices.
If Payson goes with the same teams it fielded last year in CAYFA, the Bears and Raiders will play in the Mighty Mite League, the Broncos and Bucs in the Minors and the Raiders in the Major division.
Billy Hardt will return to coach the major Raider team that has dominated CAYFA the last five seasons.
During that span of time, the Raiders lost only one game. That loss was suffered in 2006 by a score of 26-24 to the Cottonwood Cardinals.
The Raiders rebounded later that season to shuffle the Cards, 44-18.
This year, Chris Barr will head the Bucs, Mike Conway the Bears and Alvin Proctor the Mighty Mite Raiders.
A coach for the Broncos has not yet been selected, Moore said.
The CAYFA board has also issued a plea for a volunteer to serve as the Payson cheerleader coordinator.
Also, the youth football association will host a player and cheerleader registration from 9 a.m. to noon, June 28 at the North Rumsey Park field.
The fee is $80 for players and $75 for cheerleaders.
Some early announcements listed the fees as $90 and $75.
"Those amounts were incorrect," Moore said.
When registering, both players and cheerleaders must have a copy of their birth certificates.
In the CAYFA league this fall, Payson will compete against teams from Show Low, Camp Verde, Mingus and Prescott.
Moore also reminds everyone that CAYFA is full contact football and the league should not be confused with the flag offerings of the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information, call Moore at (928) 476-5440.
Moore cautions that callers shouldn't mistakenly believe they have the wrong number when calling.
"It's the number for our business (Central Arizona Pumps), but we also use it for football business," she said.