Among the most baffling decision student-athletes and their parents make each spring is not taking advantage of physical exams offered by the high school and Payson Regional Medical Center.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association mandates the exams must be done before a student can practice or compete and the $10 fee schools and PRMC charge is much cheaper than the $60 or more it could cost for students to have the exams done in a doctor’s office.
This year, PRMC, as well as several Payson Allied Health Professionals, will be offering the sports physical for Rim Country Middle School and Payson High student-athletes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 4 in Wilson Dome. The day is designated a half day of school, so those taking the exams will not miss any classes.
Exams will be good for the 2011-2012 school year.
All proceeds will be used to support the PHS sports medicine program.
By taking advantage of these physical 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 will solve all those problems for the next school year.
For the exams, student-athletes 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.
Little League official Felicia Moore is adamant that parents have only until Saturday, April 2, to register their children for baseball and softball. Those who don’t sign up by that date risk the heartbreak of their child not being eligible to play this spring and summer.
“Parents can go online at www.sportsfee.com or go into National Bank or Jackson Hewitt to register,” said Moore. “Tryouts will be April 2 at the Kiwanis fields.”
Softball tryouts are 9 a.m. to noon and baseball is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We would love to see every boy and girl on the field this year,” said Moore.
Also, she added, “Curtis Johnson will be starting pitching clinics for the girls after the April 2.
“He will be doing two different times to work with the beginners and a time for the more advanced.”
Exact dates for the clinics will be announced soon.
Call Moore at (928) 476-5440 for more information.
Lady Niners, 18-holers on deck
The Payson Women’s Golf Association Nine-Hole Club begins 2011 season play Thursday, April 7 at Payson Golf Course.
The “Payson Niners” play every Thursday morning beginning April 7, with tee times at 9 a.m. Golfers of all ages and skill levels are welcome.
Any women interested in joining the league should call Debbie at (928) 595-1176 or Ann at (928) 468-6686.
The 2011 season for the Payson Women’s Golf Association 18-hole group begins 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 29 with the annual kick-off breakfast at the Mazatzal Casino.
Interested golfers are invited to bring their clubs for a just-for-fun round of golf afterward.
The PWGA plays every Tuesday morning at the Payson Golf Course. League play officially begins on April 5 and continues until Oct. 25. The season includes weekly games, a mix of fun tournaments and competitive tournaments, monthly luncheon meetings and a variety of social activities.
Call Kelly O’Neill at (928) 478-0003 for more information.
Play for hunger
The St. Vincent de Paul Tee Off for Hunger’s 10th annual golf tournament will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 30 at Payson Golf Course. The entry fee is $70 and all proceeds benefit the Rim Country Food Bank.
Call Mike Haynes at (928) 474-2191 for more information.