Little League Tryouts Take Place Saturday

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Tomorrow, Feb. 28, is sure to be a big day in the life of Little Leaguers.

The importance is because tryouts for both baseball and softball will be held at 10 a.m. on the Kiwanis fields located at the west end of Rumsey Park.

The tryouts are open to players 9 to 12 years of age.

Prospects should bring their gloves and bats and be prepared for a workout.

Although player registration has ended for both baseball and softball, a waiting list is currently being put together.

Those interested in being placed on the waiting list should show up at 9 a.m. tomorrow on the Kiwanis fields.

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.

Because adequate funding is always a challenge in youth sports, Little League officials are hosting a raffle to earn much-needed money. The raffle 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.

League official Felicia 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.

Officials are also quick to remind parents that girls planning on playing softball this spring and summer 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.”

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.”

FLW anglers to receive

Bass Tackle Bags

A local committee has taken on the challenge of ensuring that the first FLW bass tournament held on Roosevelt Lake, and headquartered in Payson, is a first-class production. The angling fray is set for April 16 to 18.

One of the committee’s focuses is formulating a unique way to greet tournament anglers with a type of “Goodie Bag” they’ve chosen to call “Bass Tackle Bags.”

The bags will be given out at the onset of the tournament to all registered anglers.

The bags will include coupons, souvenirs, discounts, keepsakes and mementos from local businesspersons.

Organizers predict the bags will be a great way to introduce local businesses and trades to the visitors.

“And it would be of little or no cost (to the businesspersons),” FLW committee member Craig Swartwood said.

For example, at a recent meeting, committee members mulled over the possibility of a business owner putting discount coupons or two-for-one coupons in the bags, much much as they do on the discount cards that the Payson High School track and field team annually sells.

Committee members say FLW Outdoors is beginning to recognize Roosevelt Lake as one of the premier fishing spots in the Western United States and would like to make tournament inroads here. Predictions are an FLW tournament would result in an economic impact on Northern Gila County of $683,200.

Those interested in participating in the venture, only need to take whatever they’d like included in the bags to Town of Payson Outdoors and Trails Coordinator Mary McMullen at the Green Valley Park P&R offices. For more information, call McMullen at (928) 474-5251, ext. 7.

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