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KAYSVILLE HOPING TO STAGE CENTENNIAL SOFTBALL TOURNEY

The City's Recreation Department has some big plans for next year's state centennial celebration. It hopes to host the Kaysville Centennial Softball Challenge, July 11-13, 1996, at its new complex in Barnes Park.

According to recreation director Mike Gray, this event would feature teams from other Davis County cities.Among Gray's other goals for next year is to offer a coed softball league, continue development of the Barnes Park complex and also host some big, nationally sanctioned tournaments.

Gray also plans on conducting a citywide recreation survey, developing a recreation master plan and offering special activities for off-track school children - including drama and craft classes and even ski instruction at area resorts.

In a report to the City Council, Gray said the youth football program is currently under way.

"We're able to cover our expenses," Gray said.

However, he tries to upgrade equipment on a yearly basis and since each kid is wearing $250 in equipment and uniforms, an increase in the $50 registration fee may soon be needed to replace aging uniforms.

Kaysville has 240 players in youth football this year, up 22 from last year.

Regarding Junior Jazz basketball, Gray said the city discontinued purchasing a Utah Jazz game ticket for each player last season so that money could be allocated to provide each team with one hour of practice time a week.

Parents seemed to prefer the practice over the game ticket. There were 940 kids in Junior Jazz last year.

Regarding reports on other city recreational activities:

- Approximately 100 children participate in year-round gymnastics in the city through North Davis Gymnastics.

- 32 children participated in the Hershey Track and Field program this summer, while 40 played tennis.

- Some 1,303 kids played baseball in Kaysville leagues.