Among the most obtuse decision student athletes make each spring is not taking advantage of physical exams offered by high schools.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association mandates the exams must be done before a student can practice or compete and the $10 fee schools charge is much cheaper than the $60 or more it could cost for students to have the exams done in a doctor’s office.
Also, by taking advantage of school exams, there’s no fretting and worrying about getting a last-minute doctor’s appointment before the first practice begins.
We all know that doctors are extremely busy during the pre-school months and securing a appointment can involve a long wait.
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.
While sitting on the sidelines awaiting a doctor’s appointment for a physical, athletes miss golden 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 preseason practices.
For coaches, having a student-athlete — who is expected to contribute to the team — sitting in the stands is a distressing sight that’s sprouted many gray hairs.
Having the physicals done when they are offered this year — from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., May 13 in Wilson Dome — will solve all those problems for the next school year.
Those who take advantage will not miss any school — May 13 is 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 2009-2010 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 pickup 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.
Pitch, hit and run some
The town parks and recreation department will host a Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition from 10 a.m. to noon on Kiwanis fields at Rumsey Park on May 16.
The event is open to all aspiring players 7 to 14 years of age and is free of charge. Participants should bring their own glove, but other equipment will be provided.
In pitching, entrants have six tries to hit a strike zone from 45 feet away.
The hitting involves measuring players’ longest three hits off of a tee.
The distance from the center of the field is then subtracted from the total distance to get an adjusted score.
In running, players begin at second base, 160 feet from home, and are timed running around third and to home plate.
Last year’s winners were Nate McMullen, Ryan Ricke, Chance Randall and James Watson.
McMullen won the title in the 7- to 8-year-old division, Ricke won among the 8- to 9-year-olds and Randall emerged victorious in the 11- to 12-years division.
Watson took the 13- to 14-years title.
Local winners will represent Payson in the Arizona team championships in June.
Call Joe Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, for more information.