Henderson Junior High coaches are ready to begin a new school year, beginning with the issuance of equipment.

All junior high athletes - boys and girls - are encouraged to pick up equipment and turn in physical folders and athletic rules acknowledgment forms Thursday at HJH.

Seventh graders must have a physical, while eighth graders are only required to have one if they suffered a "major" injury in the past year. The first football and volleyball practices are Aug. 22, and sutdent-athletes will not be allowed to participate without a satisfactory physical on file.

Eighth grade football players will be issued equipment from 8-9:30 Thursday morning, followed seventh graders from 10-11:30. Girls' equipment will be handed out in the evening, with eighth graders scheduled from 5:30-6:15 and seventh graders from 6:15-7:30.

Athletes are to report to the athletic hallway on the south side of the school near Wal-Mart.