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Little League 2009 is here
Registration this Saturday at the Williams Recreation Center

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Registration for the 2009 season of Williams Little League will be held at the Williams Rec Center Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

<br>Patrick Whitehurst/WGCN<br> Registration for the 2009 season of Williams Little League will be held at the Williams Rec Center Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

It is that time again! Registration for the 2009 Williams Little League season will be held this Saturday at the Williams Recreation Center, located at 301 West Railroad Ave., next to the Williams-Forest Service Visitor Center, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A second registration is also planned for March 7 at the rec center, according to league officials.

Max Bishop, 2009 Williams Little League president, called Little League a good way for the community's youth to learn the ins and outs of sportsmanship.

This year, the league will also host a large event, Bishop said.

"We're going to be hosting the District Ten 11-12-year-old Little League Championship. That's going to be July 6 and that's for two weeks," Bishop said.

A $35 registration fee will be charged at the time each player is signed up, according to Bishop. After March 7, that fee will jump to $40 per player. Baseball league is determined for players whose birthdays fall on, or between, the dates of May 2008, or April 2009. Softball league age is determined on players whose birthdays fall on, or between, January 2009 or December 2009.

"An acceptable proof of age document is required at time of registration," Bishop said.

Little League teams are comprised of teams from Williams, Ash Fork, Grand Canyon, Parks and Seligman. Games are typically scheduled for Williams, though occasional games are planned for other communities. Bishop warned parents that some travel is required for parents and players. He said volunteers are also needed for a number of important Little League positions.

"We need coaches, snack bar, scorekeeping, field maintenance, team sponsors," Bishop said, adding that other volunteer positions are also being sought.

Players will be placed on teams according to their age and playing ability, according to League officials. Input on age and skill level is needed at the time of registration, in order to place players in the proper category. Leagues include T-Ball, Minors, Majors and a Junior League.

Tryouts for the Majors will be held at Cureton Park March 21 and March 28, from 10 a.m. to noon both days. Tryouts are dependent on weather. An alternate location may be found for the tryouts in the event of weather, Bishop said.

Junior league practice is slated to begin this May with games scheduled through June. Major league is slated to begin at the end of March, with games scheduled through June. Minor league is slated to begin in early May, with games scheduled through early July. T-Ball is slated to begin in early May as well, with games scheduled through early July.

For more information, contact Bishop at (928) 679-7485, Vice President Tanner Grantham at (928) 635-9259 or Player Agent Liz Otero at (928) 635-2406.

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