The golden opportunity to host a national-class girls softball camp in Payson might be falling by the wayside.
Town Recreation Specialist Charlene Hunt, who was instrumental in convincing Arizona State University Sun Devil coach Clint Myers to host a camp June 23 to 25 at Rumsey Park, said yesterday, April 27, that only six girls have registered for the camp, none from Payson.
“I think Clint will set a deadline and if it’s not filled by then, the camp will be canceled.”
Hunt argues that hosting the camp would be a boon for the Rim Country and also a great opportunity for local softball players to learn the game from the coach who last year led the Sun Devils to a 66-5 record and the NCAA national championship.
“We did heavily pursue (the camp),” Hunt said. “We think it will be good for the players, coaches and hopefully a boost for the local economy.”
PHS Lady Longhorn coach Will Dunman has also thrown his support behind the camp.
Myers says it was a promise from Hunt and Dunman that convinced him to move the camp to Payson from the White Mountains.
“Charlene notified me that her department would be behind the camp 100 percent, and that’s all it took,” he said.
“It seemed to be a perfect fit for us, the support, the fantastic layout of the camp site with all the fields — including lights.”
The camp fee is $300 and the coaching clinic fee is $50.
Registration forms are available from Hunt at the Green Valley P&R offices or online at: http://www.
For more information, call Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext 260.
The camp is open to aspiring players ages 10 to 19 years of age. The clinic is open to all coaches, from youth leagues through high school and college.
Myers said that for the camp he will bring enough instructors, which will include ASU players, to keep the coach-to-player ratio about 6 to 1.
Also, the sessions will be very similar to Sun Devil team workouts.
“At the camp we will use the same drills we use in our daily practices with our college team to teach mental and physical skills development,” Myers said.
Which means, the campers could be exposed to some state-of-the-art teaching tools like The Extra Infielder, Swift Stik, Grand Slam Pitching Machine, Weighted Agility Gloves and Zone-In.
The skills to be taught include:
• Throwing mechanics
• Base running — leads, steals, tagging up
• Defense — infield and outfield play
• Position play and responsibilities
• Fly balls
• Ground balls
• Tag plays
“Campers attending the Payson camp will be introduced to skill development and the knowledge of how to play the game,” Myers said. “They will learn the ASU way of playing softball.”
Hunt touts the camp as a way for players to learn all they need to reach their goal of being the best softball player they can be.
Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each of the three days of the the camp. There will be a lunch break from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Campers must bring their own lunch.
Also on the agenda, if it happens, is a coaching clinic to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. June 24 at Rumsey Park.
Calling all archers
The opportunity to showcase archery skills in a 3D shoot awaits local outdoorsmen and women in a competition to be held May 17 at the Tonto Rim Sports Club Jim Jones Shooting Range.
Les Conner, a retired law enforcement officer and avid archer is hosting the shoot, the third one he has directed locally.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the shoot starts one hour later.
The registration fee is $30 for families, $20 for adults and $15 for youth 14 to 18 years of age. Children under 14 years may enter for free.
The competition is open to the public.
The two shoots held last year turned out to be overwhelming successes, prompting Conner to host another this spring and possibly even more in the future.
The targets in 3D shoots are not the circle bulls eye variety, but rather are of bear, deer, mountain lion and other wild animals.
For more information about the upcoming event, call TRSC Public Relations Officer Charles Thompson at (928) 468-1521.