D-Back Tourney Aug. 2-6

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will host the seventh annual Inter-Tribal Youth Baseball Tournament Aug. 2-6.

Registration for the tournament, which is the only one of its kind in Arizona and Major League baseball, is now being accepted through July 22.

The 40-team tournament is open to Arizona and regional all-Native American teams for ages 9-12. The SRPMIC baseball fields will serve as the host site with select games played at Tempe Little League facilities, including Todd Stottlemeyre and Matt Mantei fields.

The tournament also includes a clinic hosted by Diamondbacks training centers at 9 a.m. Aug. 5 and will feature a visit from a Diamondbacks player or coach.

The tournament festivities will culminate during Native American Recognition Day, presented by Gila River Casinos, Aug. 6 when the Diamondbacks play host to the Colorado Rockies at 6:40 p.m.

First through fourth place teams will participate in an on-field recognition ceremony before the game. Fans can enjoy artist exhibits and performances by Native American entertainers in the ballpark rotunda and on the field prior to the game.

Community partners for this project include Arizona Public Service, AlterNatives Marketing, the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Phoenix Indian Center and Arizona Indian Living Treasures.

To register for the tournament, telephone 602-462-6594. For tickets to Native American Recognition Day, telephone 602-514-8400 or log onto diamondbacks.com.

(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)

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