Football preseason practices kicked off in earnest yesterday, Aug. 1, and preparations in the sports of boys and girls soccer and cross country begin Aug. 8.
Volleyball tips off Aug. 4 with the pre-tryout camp in Wilson Dome and the old gym.
With the onset of games just over the horizon, a common theme running through the pleadings of all coaches is for team hopefuls to have physical exams completed and all paperwork turned into the high school office before the onset of the first practice.
Once the office has received those, a “blue card” will be issued that will signal to coaches the student-athlete is eligible to participate.
Without blue cards, student athletes will not be allowed to practice.
In volleyball, coach Arnold Stonebrink will host the pre-tryout camp from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4 and Friday, Aug. 5 in Wilson Dome and old PHS gymnasium.
On Saturday, Aug. 6 the team will host a benefit chicken dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the dome.
The traditional varsity vs. alumni game, which is always a spirited game as players battle for bragging rights, will be played from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Aug. 6, also in the dome.
After-school tryouts, from 3:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., will be held Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 8-9 in the dome.
Once teams are selected, regular practices begin Aug. 10 and continue weekdays throughout the season.
Lady Longhorn soccer practices under the watchful eye of Amy Wilcox and her junior varsity assistant Randy Wilcox, also her father, begin at 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8. The head coach estimates practices will be about two hours in length.
Boys soccer coach Chris Avakian will begin his practices at 3:45 p.m., with the first taking place on Monday, Aug. 8.
The two teams alternate practice sites each week from Rumsey Park south and north multipurpose fields.
For the first week, the girls will be on the north field and the boys on the south.
Avakian says boys should report to the opening practice ready to participate dressed out in white T-shirts and PE shorts.
Although cross country coach Jonathan Ball has not submitted his practice schedule, he is allowed by AIA guidelines to begin practice on Aug. 8.
He traditionally holds them after school for about two hours.
For more information, call Payson High at (928) 474-2233.