The bane of existence for most youth sports coaches is the player who shows up for the first day of practice without the required physical exams or paperwork.
Those players can't practice until the preliminaries are taken care of.
Often, youngsters have to wait a lengthy period to get an appointment with their physicians who are usually overwhelmed by requests for school exams. Unable to practice, they can only sit on the sidelines and watch the proceedings.
By the time the young athletes get their exams and paperwork taken care of, they are far behind their teammates in physical fitness, techniques and knowledge of the coach's system.
Coaches might not admit it, but in the back of their minds they're thinking this kid doesn't care enough about the sport to have something as simple as a physical exam done before practice began.
More than one youngster has had to sit on the varsity sideline as a second-string player because he/she got a late start into the season.
Reporting on time is especially important in football, where 11 players must mesh to perform effectively as one unit.
An athlete who's late arriving simply doesn't have the practice time to be an integral part of a well functioning offense or defense.
Local youngsters had an opportunity last spring to have their physical exams done by a local physician at a reduced price. Unfortunately, not all youngsters took advantage of the opportunity.
With the start of fall sports practices just more than a month away, it's time for athletes who missed the spring opportunity to get their physical exams and paperwork in order.
All necessary forms for school athletics are available at Payson High and Rim Country Middle Schools. Call 474-4511 (RCMS) or 474-2233 (PHS) for more information.
Rec program going gang busters
Youngsters who complain there is nothing to do in Payson should try visiting the town-sponsored youth recreation center open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.
It's a beehive of activity for youngsters and a great way to while away the summer hours in healthy pursuits. Recreation leaders Bruce Haught, Chuck Hardt and Cheri Brennen do an excellent job in supervising the youngsters seeing they have a safe, enjoyable experience.
Some of the best news about the program for parents is it is entirely free of charge. Call 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.