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Youth T-ball registration is down from past years prompting town recreation coordinator Joe Harris to urge parents to get their children signed up as soon as possible or face a hit in the pocketbook.

“Register now through May 1,” he said. “After, a late $5 fee will be added.”

Harris says, nothing is more fun than watching your children play T-ball and each child who registers will receive a team uniform and an end-of-the-season prize.

T-ball is open to children in pre-kindergarten (4 years of age by June 1) through second-grade. Games will be played beginning in June at Rumsey Park.

Call Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 359, for more information.

Get physicals, now

It’s tough to understand why student athletes, who will be playing school sports next year, do not take advantage of reduced fee physical exams offered by the district.

After all, the $10 is much cheaper than the $60 or more it could cost for students to have the mandatory exams done in a doctor’s office.

Also, there’s no fretting and worrying about getting a last-minute doctor’s appointment before the first practice begins.

Often, student athletes who do not take advantage of the school-sponsored sports physicals find themselves on the outside looking in once the preseason kicks off.

Without a physical on file in the school office, student athletes cannot participate in practice sessions.

Which means, while sitting on the sidelines, they miss opportunities to condition, learn new skills, master the coach’s schemes and impress coaches enough to earn a spot on the roster.

Many a student athlete, especially in football, has fallen by the wayside because they were restricted from practicing in early season.

Having the physicals done when they are offered — from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., May 13 in Wilson Dome — can solve all those problems next school year.

That will be a half-day schedule for PUSD students.

The fee is $10 and the exams are open to any student who will be playing high school sports during the 2008-2009 school year.

Four doctors and a full medical staff will be on hand to give the physicals.

To take advantage of the physicals, students must pick up a physical and parent permission form from the school where they will be playing sports next year. Also, parents must sign them and fill out a complete medical history.

Call (928) 474-2233 for more information.

Young golfers

Aspiring golfers 10 to 16 years of age will have the opportunity this summer to learn the game from trained instructors, including a golf pro, high school golfers and adult veterans.

The instruction is part of a town-sponsored links program that will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of June.

The registration fee is $30 and only 30 spots are open. Each camper receives a golf shirt and all equipment is provided. The registration deadline is May 22 and the program tees off June 8.

Also on the town youth sports agenda is tumbling for children 3 years of age to eighth-grade.

The program is open to both boys and girls and will include beginner, intermediate and advanced classes. The instructor is Pam DeVoe.

The fee is $25 and registration must be completed by May 29. The program begins June 15.

Call Joe Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext 7, for more information.

Wildlife Fair

Payson’s 14th annual Wildlife Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 at Green Valley Park.

The free fair is an opportunity to learn about local wildlife and the outdoors with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and others. The event is co-sponsored by the Payson Ranger District, Mogollon Sporting Association and the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

Gymkhana on deck

The Mogollon Montoneras will host a gymkhana from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, April 25, at the Payson Event Center.

It is a family horse event that is expected to draw about 100 equestrians.

For those unfamiliar with the Mogollon Montoneras organization, it is a nonprofit group run solely by volunteers. Which means, members and their families will be asked to assist with the production of the events, including set up, breakdown and working the entry/exit gates.

The Montoneras have long been a huge part of Rim Country culture.

Also on the equestrian agenda will be a monthly series of 4-H Horse Club shows for the younger age groups.

For more information about the 4-H Club, call Lani Hall at (928) 474-4160. Call Megan Ward at (928) 476-2570 for information about the Mogollon Montoneras.

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