Little League officer Felicia Moore is urging aspiring young athletes to “get in the game” by registering for softball and baseball play when sign-ups are held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 25-28 in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria.
The fee is $75 per player, $70 for a second child in a family, and a third child may play for free.
The fee includes uniform jersey, pants, hat, belt and socks.
For those registering for coach pitch divisions — which are for ages 6 to 8 years — the fee is $50, which includes a uniform jersey and hat.
After the Jan. 28 registration deadline, a $5 late fee will be added.
When registering, parents/guardians must have in their possession a copy of their child’s birth certificate.
Once registered, tryouts for girls fast pitch softball will be Feb. 20; and for baseball, Feb. 27. Both tryouts will be held on the Kiwanis fields located in west Rumsey Park.
The much-anticipated opening day is April 17 for approximately 400 youths expected to participate this season.
Registration forms can be found at: www.eteamz.com/PaysonLittleLeague.
Last year was a banner one for Payson Little League, with several of the town’s softball and baseball teams earning area and district tournament honors.
Among the most successful was the 10- to 11-year-olds’ baseball team that advanced to state as the Region One and District One champions.
Payson earned the berth to state — only the fourth local Little League team to do so in the history of the program — with a pulsating 4-2 win over Flagstaff Continental.
In postseason all-star play, the team had a 6-1 record, losing only to Continental, 3-1, in the tournament’s opening round.
Payson eventually roared back to beat the Flagstaff team twice.
The 13-year-old softball all-stars advanced to the District One tournament in Snowflake, where they finished third overall.
Last fall, Slade Gibson decided to step down as Little League president after a highly successful two-year stint.
He, however, promised to remain active in the program and kept his pledge by agreeing to be baseball vice president for the 2010 season.
The new officers were appointed at a Little League board of directors meeting held Oct. 28.
For baseball, the new officers are Craig Chance (coordinator), Brad Wright (player agent), Melissa Durbin (secretary), Shelly Randall (treasurer), Kerry Johnson (player agent) and Jeri Stockman (information officer).
For softball, they are Curtis Johnson (vice president), Tara Fuller (uniforms), Mike and Chris Conway (equipment), and Moore (coaches coordinator).
Little League does not currently have a president, but Moore does not see that as a problem.
“We have such a strong board, we probably don’t need one,” she said.
“We’ll go ahead without one unless the right person comes along who can (oversee) both baseball and softball.”