Little League Registration Is March 5, 8, 9

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Little League registration previously held in January and February will now be held at later dates. The new registration dates are March 5, 8 and 9 at Rim Country Middle School.

Hours on March 5 will be 9 a.m. to noon and on March 8 and 9, hours are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For those who wish to register earlier, it can be done online at www.sportsfee.com.

“We hope this helps parents,” said Little League officer Felicia Moore.

Following registration, tryouts for boys and girls will be held April 2 on the Kiwanis fields at Rumsey Park and opening day will be April 30.

“This will extend our season into mid-June,” said Moore.

Another change in the league involves assignment to teams. In previous years, softball major league players remained on the same team until moving up a division.

However, this year, all girls must try out and will be redrafted.

Moore said the move was made “due to some changes in Little League Majors.”

Also for the upcoming season, coaches are needed for both baseball and softball.

Plans are in the works for veteran coach Curtis Johnson to host a mandatory coaching clinic in softball.

Moore is also reminding parents of baseball players that Dec. 31, 2010, Little League International placed a moratorium on the use of composite bats in major divisions and below.

Which means don’t shell out big dough for those high-dollar, state-of-the-art bats that are now illegal.

“We don’t want parents spending money they do not need to on a bat that cannot be used,” said Moore.

To see if any composite bats have received waivers and can be used in league play, log on to www.littleleague.org.

Anyone interested in coaching or for more information about Little League, call Moore at (928) 476-5440.

Bears next at Mountain Bible

Former Payson High wrestling coach and teacher Dennis Pirch is anxiously reminding readers that the next seminar on the popular Shoot for the Heart outdoor programs should be a doozey.

It centers on a presentation by Gila County rancher and noted outdoorsman Steve Smith on Arizona bears, but will also include a visit rom a man who once survived a vicious grizzly bear attack.

The program begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17 at Mountain Bible Church, located at 302 E. Rancho Road.

The special guest is 70-year-old Alaskan contractor Doug Moe who, in 2007 while cleaning a deer he had just shot on a wilderness island, was attacked and mauled by a grizzly bear.

The severely injured Moe fought off the bear with a knife, stabbing it several times in the neck. He then walked more than two miles to where his hunting companions were camped.

What his friends saw was that the bear had torn an 18-inch long chunk of fat and muscle out of Moe’s leg and ripped skin hung loose from the hunter’s shoulders and arms.

Following the attack, Moe was hailed as “one of the toughest men alive.”

Late registration okay

Town of Payson Athletic Coordinator Trevor LaHaye is concerned because both 3rd- and 4th-grade basketball league registrations are very slow and the future of the program hinges on attracting more players.

“We need more interest to make the leagues not only run, but to be successful,” he said.

The registration fee is $30 per player and the deadline was Jan. 21, but late registrations will be accepted.

Parents with children in either 3rd- or 4th-grade are encouraged to register their aspiring athlete as soon as possible.

Call LaHaye at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

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