Registration Extended For Youth Football

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Payson Youth football officials have scheduled yet another day of registration.

It will be held 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow, July 10, at Chapman Auto Center.

“We have had several calls saying they missed it (earlier registrations) or they were too busy with Little League,” said local football board member Pamela Way.

The registration fee is $100 and parents must present a birth certificate, or copy, at the time of registration.

Draft day beings at noon, Saturday, July 31 at Rumsey Park.

“They (the players) really need to be signed up before that,” said Way.

Another alternative for signing up is for parents to visit Chapman, at 100 N. Beeline Highway, and register with board member Bill Mansoor, who is an employee there.

This season, the Payson football program will return to the Northern Arizona Youth Football Association — formerly the Central Arizona Youth Football Association — in which it competed for a decade before deciding last summer to depart CAYFA in favor of Northern Arizona Youth Football League.

With the move, the Payson teams will now be playing squads representing Cottonwood, Prescott, Flagstaff and other northwestern Arizona towns.

Last year, Payson played against teams from Show Low, Snowflake and Pinetop-Lakeside.

The biggest difference in the two leagues is that in the White Mountain league, players were placed on teams according their grade level in school.

In NAYFA, players will be slotted on teams according to their size and age.

Another difference is that high school freshmen will be eligible to play if they do not turn 15 years of age before Aug. 1.

That rule was instituted partly because Flagstaff schools have eliminated freshmen programs due to budget cuts.

Small school athletes in top 50

The Arizona Republic has listed Arizona’s top 50 senior football players for 2010. Most notable is that several small school players were named on the list, which is often dominated by athletes from the 4A and 5A “big school” ranks.

The player most familiar to local fans is Round Valley’s Chantz Davis. Also listed were Winslow’s Kraig Shirley, and Aulelie Olomua of Red Mesa, among others.

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