The 2008 Little League season was one of the most successful in local youth sports history. Hundreds of of boys and girls played during a fun-filled spring and summer season.
The year also marked the onset of the first-ever Little League fast-pitch girls softball program in Payson and the 12-year-old all-stars advanced to the state tournament after winning area and district first-place honors.
Also the 9- to 10-year-old baseball team won the area championship before falling in the district finals.
As good as the past season was, officials would like to make the 2009 campaign even better.
League brass, led by president Slade Gibson, got a jump-start Oct. 29 on that goal with the election of the new board of directors.
All-important fund-raising began in November with a Krispy Kreme doughnut sale.
Officials say more fund-raisers will follow including a celebrity baseball game to be held Feb. 8 at Scottsdale Stadium.
Player sign-ups and tryouts are other tasks that will ensure the program runs smoothly.
Registration for the new season has begun for all aspiring softball and baseball players between the ages of 6 and 14.
Registration forms are available at the National Bank of Arizona and online at: www.eteamz.com/
Forms can be turned in to National Bank of Arizona weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Players must bring a copy of their birth certificate.
The registration fee is $75 for the first player and $70 for each additional child in the same family.
Officials say no child will be turned away for financial reasons, scholarships will be available.
Players who sign up before Feb. 6 will receive free tickets to the celebrity baseball game.
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.”