Preseason practices for Payson High School volleyball and football players and cheerleaders begin at 3:30 p.m., Aug. 4.
For boys and girls cross-country and soccer, practices kick off after school on Aug. 11.
Most important for all aspiring athletes and cheerleaders is that all paperwork must be completed and turned into athletic director Jason Lobik before they will be allowed to participate.
The items include a current physical, a parent consent form and insurance information.
Once all is turned in to Lobik's office, the students will be issued a "blue card" which is to be given to the coach.
It will signal the coach that the student-athlete is eligible to practice. Student athletes who did not take advantage of the discounted physicals offered by the school district last spring will need to get one before they can practice.
Also, a participation fee of $60, which is good for playing two sports, must be paid.
For those who play a third sport, the fee is an additional $30.
There is a family maximum of $150 in participation fees.
Family game passes
For sports fans, family passes to all games this year, except AIA playoff games, are available for $120.
Lobik stresses the passes are valid for immediate family members only.
Individual season passes for volleyball and football are $55. A season pass for basketball is $65.
The single game admission price this season is unchanged, $5 for adults and $4 for students.
For more information, call Payson High School at (928) 474-2233.
Cats look to claw
The Payson Cougars senior slow-pitch softball team is looking for players 60-years-of-age and older.
The team practices at 9 a.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Rumsey II field.
"All skill levels are welcome," team member Jay Larson said. "Come out and play and get some exercise."
For more information, call Larson at (928) 970-1381.
The 12th annual Pioneer Title Golf Tournament will benefit Payson Community Kids.
The upcoming fray, which features a scramble format, tees off at 8 a.m., Aug. 9 at Payson Golf Course.
The entry fee is $75, which includes green fees, cart and lunch.
Players will be vying for the top prize of a round of golf for three and lunch at Chaparral Pines.
A hole-in-one on a pre-selected hole will be worth $25,000 in prize money.
There will also be prizes for longest drive for men and women.
"We are still in the process of getting other prizes together, said Kim Muller of Pioneer Title.
If there is a past tournament that set the excitement standard for all others to follow, it was the ninth annual fray held in 2005. Following 18 holes of play, the team of Willie Ingram, Wes Moore, Mark Suir and Guy Fisher deadknotted the foursome of Bruce Rosch, Aaron Watkins, Wes Lasiter and Tom Flynn. Both checked in at 16 under par.
A chip off was held to determine the ultimate championship team, which turned out to be Ingram, Moore, Suir and Fisher.
For more information about the upcoming tournament or to enter, call Muller at (928) 474-3235.