Payson High School football coach Josh Anderson and basketball coach Kenny Hayes have finalized the schedules for summer programs in the two sports.
Those schedules will be published in the May 23 edition of the Payson Roundup.
Both Anderson and Hayes are encouraging all prospective players, freshman through varsity, to compete in the off-season offerings that will include strength training, conditioning, tournaments and one-on-one competitions.
Both agree that individual players make great strides in the off-season that cannot be made up once the regular season begins.
A old adage among football coaches is that state championships are won in the summer, not in the fall.
Which means, the work put in during the off-season is the foundation on which titles are built.
That maxim is equally as true in basketball.
In today's prep athletic world, almost all players must make individual off-season sacrifices if they are to contribute to the team effort during the campaign.
Gone are the days when a teenage athlete could pick up a ball at the onset of the season and go on to turn in a banner year.
Prep sports are now more competitive, athletes are better conditioned and the most successful players thrive on a solid foundation built on attendance at camps, club team play, dedication to weight lifting and learning the nuances and strategies of the game.
Soccer camp on tap
Payson Parks and Recreation sports coordinator Joe Harris wants to remind everyone that the upcoming British Soccer Camp, which is co-hosted by the P&R department, will be held June 9 to 13 on the Rumsey Park south multipurpose field.
He is highly recommending the camps.
"They will be a lot of fun and a good learning experience," he said. "We are happy they are coming here."
The camps include First Kicks, mini-soccer, two half-day development sessions and a full-day development session.
First Kicks is open to aspiring players 4 to 6 years of age.
During it, campers are introduced to the game basics through fundamental activities, games and fun soccer challenges. The camps are an hour a day for five days.
Parents are encouraged to join in to help their children.
The mini-soccer camp is aimed at children 4 to 6 years of age. In it, fun games, competitions and skill-building activities are used to help develop budding players. The sessions last for 1-1/2 hours for five days.
In the two Payson half-day player development camps, emphasis is placed on mastery of core soccer techniques through individual and small group practices and coached games.
British soccer officials say the camps are their most popular. The sessions are three hours a day for five days.
The full-day player development camp is aimed at youths 8 to 18 years old. They are more advanced session for serious players. The curriculum is focused on game-related techniques, tactical development and coached match play. The sessions are six hours a day for five days.
The Payson schedule is:
- First Kicks -- 9 to 10 a.m.
- Mini Soccer -- 10:30 a.m. to noon.
- Half Day -- 9 a.m. to noon and another from 1 to 4 p.m.
- Full Day -- 9 a.m. to noon; 1 to 4 p.m.
The fees are $70 for First Kicks, $85 for mini-soccer, $115 for half-day and $165 for full-day.
Online registration may be completed at www.challengersports.com or at the Payson Parks and Recreation Department in Green Valley Park.
A $10 late fee will be charged for all applications received after May 30. All campers receive a shirt, camp ball, personal evaluation and an end-of-camp gift.