Among the most troublesome obstacles coaches and high school athletes face at the onset of each sports season is players who do not have their physical exams completed and recorded in the athletic director's office.
Without them, athletes cannot practice, which means they are relegated to the sidelines. Because they miss practices, the teens fall behind in conditioning and learning the nuances of the sport.
Coaches are handcuffed because they cannot plug the athlete in where he or she can best help the program.
Situations have occurred at PHS and other schools around the state where fine athletes have not received extensive playing time because they were never able to catch up on what they missed at the onset of the season.
Those headaches could be avoided at Payson High School if student athletes would take advantage of the low cost physical exams offered at the conclusion of each school year.
Sadly, some athletes who don't have them opt to wait until the fall to schedule a physical from their family doctor.
But in the hustle bustle of a new school year, the wait for a doctor's appointment can be a long one.
To avoid those problems, student athletes will be offered physicals from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. May 19 in Wilson dome.
The physicals will be given to any athlete participating in a high school sport next school year. The cost is $10 and all proceeds will be used to purchase athletic medical supplies next year.
The physicals will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
Because the physical forms are new this year, student athletes should pick them up before they have the exams from Paty Henderson in the administrative offices at Payson High School.
For more information, call (928) 474-2233.
Gridiron golf at PGC
The Payson Youth Football Benefit Tournament tees off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. May 13 at Payson Golf Course. The tournament entry fee is $80 per person, or $400 per team. The registration fee includes green fees, a cart, food and raffle prizes at a post tournament awards ceremony.
All proceeds benefit the local youth football program. For more information, call Conway at (928) 970-0448.
5K Tomorrow at Rumsey
The Sixth Annual PAHH 5K run/walk begins at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday.
About one hour later, the inaugural children's run will be held.
The race distance for children up to 6 years of age is a quarter mile. For 7- and 8-year-olds, it's a half mile, and for 9- and 10-year-olds, the distance is one mile.
The entry fee for the fun run is $10.
For the 5K, the entry is $20. The entry fee includes a T-shirt and post race pancake breakfast.
On race day, a preregistration and T-shirt pickup will be held from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. at the large ramada in Rumsey Park.
JRE teacher Wayne Gorry will serve as race director of the fun run.
In the adult run, cash awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers.