When a Payson High School student athlete makes the commitment to play sports, he or she is signing up for more than just games, practices, road trips and increased academic requirements.
There will also be other activities designed to gain exposure for the teams, generate funds for the cash- strapped athletic budget and volunteer programs to help build a strong foundation for the sport.
The Longhorn baseball players know well the commitment it takes to play because they are being asked this month to help host a one-day youth camp, sell Arizona Diamondbacks tickets for the opportunity to play at the pro team’s spring training home at Salt River Fields and to sell Longhorn discount cards to help fund the baseball program.
The one-day youth camp is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 14 for all boys in the third to eighth grades.
This camp will include fundamentals skills and high school techniques. Cost is $20 and includes lunch, T-shirt and entry into the high school game that afternoon vs. Blue Ridge.
The chance to play at the magnificent Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, which is the spring training home of the Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, is contingent on the players selling vouchers to an Arizona regular-season game at Chase Ballpark.
If the players can sell the required number of tickets, a Longhorn vs. Page Sand Devils game would be played April 18.
Should the game become a reality, Payson High baseball fans would be admitted to the game free of charge.
Coach Brian Young says to play at Salt River Fields, “We have to sell at least 250 ticket vouchers for Diamondbacks games, but we can sell more to benefit our team.”
The ticket vouchers can be used from the onset of the season on April 1 until June 9 at Chase Field in Phoenix.
“The tickets are for the baseline reserve seating that is on the field, down the baselines,” Young said. “You can use them for any game of your choice.”
Once the vouchers are purchased, they can be redeemed at the Chase Field ticket office on game day for the best tickets available.
The vouchers will be sold for $25 each or $100 for a family of four.
“Normally, tickets are at least $35 each plus a $3.50 online fee,” said Young. “That would be $154 (for a family or four). So it’s a $54 savings if you bought them from the PHS baseball team.”
Vouchers may be purchased from any PHS baseball player or at the high school bookstore until April 1.
Finally on the team’s agenda, is the annual sale of discount cards which can be used at various businesses around town.
Those cards are also available from PHS players.