Payson Little League president Slade Gibson says player registration is going well, but the challenge officers are facing is earning even more much-needed funds.
Which means next on the baseball-softball agenda is a benefit bake sale and special registration to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 14 at sign-up tables located in front of Safeway and Walmart.
Little League’s Felicia Moore is inviting all parents to turn out, “Come on by and get your kids signed up and buy a few treats for your Valentine sweeties.”
Also to raise funds, Little League is hosting a raffle, which has as a grand prize, a 42-inch plasma television — sponsored by Rim Sight and Sound.
Tickets, which may be purchased at National Bank of Arizona, are $10 each or three for $25.
Moore is anticipating even more raffle prizes will be announced soon. Winners will be drawn during Little League’s opening day ceremonies.
Ticket holders do not have to be present to win.
The registration fee for Little League play is $75 for the first child in a family and $70 for each additional child. The softball league is open to girls 6 to 16 years of age. Also, a birth certificate must be provided.
Parents should also remember that girls planning on playing softball now have only one option — fast pitch.
The slow pitch leagues sponsored in past years by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department will no longer be offered. Instead, Little League fast pitch — which debuted successfully last year — is now a fixture on the youth sports agenda.
Moore says Little League “is a great way for girls to get involved in fast pitch, the same game played at both the middle and high school levels.”
Those who wish to play may register from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National Bank of Arizona or on Saturdays in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium during youth basketball games.
Tryouts for boys and girls ages 9 to 12 years will begin at 10 a.m., Feb. 28 on the two Rumsey west fields, sometimes known as the Kiwanis fields.
Also, the league is in need of even more adult volunteers.
“If you would like to volunteer to help Payson Little League, please submit an application available at National Bank or online at www.eteamz.com/paysonlittleleague,” LL official Jeri Stockman said.
“A copy of your driver’s license will be required to volunteer.”
The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Watchable Wildlife seminar from 6 to 7 p.m., Feb. 18 at P&R offices in Green Valley Park. The fee is $5.
Trails and Outdoor Coordinator Mary McMullen says the course is an opportunity to learn where and when to look for wildlife, as well as steps for successful wildlife viewing in the Rim Country.
Arizona Game and Fish Urban and Watchable Wildlife Program Manager Joe Yarchin will present the program. Topics to be covered include how to view wildlife responsibly to minimize impact on the animals and the habitat.
Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, for more information.
Senior students at Payson High School who have lettered in two varsity sports or one sport and band are eligible for the first-ever Ted Pettet Scholarships valued at $2,000 each.
The Mogollon Sporting Association, of which Pettet is a co-founder, is funding the new scholarships, which will go to one boy and one girl.
For more information, contact the school’s guidance office.