As mentioned in a previous blog post, the WCSSAA senior boys rugby league is down to seven entries this spring.
Junior numbers would indicate that trend might continue as only six schools -- Forest Heights, KCI, Preston, Sir John A. Macdonald, WCI, and Waterloo-Oxford -- are fielding teams in the WCSSAA junior league.
The picture is even bleaker in District 8, which has been forced to pull the plug on its rugby leagues this spring.
"District 8 will be exploring the possibility of Rugby 7s as a future sport opportunity as schools have found it difficult to field full rosters in a season that is so short," said D8 athletic coordinator Derrick Stryker in an email.
"For this year we have St. Mary’s and Resurrection in the girls division and St. Mary’s in the boys division for 15s. These teams will look for competition in exhibition play and in tournament play and will play for qualification into CWOSSA."
Rockway will host rugby 7s tournaments to offer rugby opportunities to students inside and outside of Waterloo Region, Stryker added.
The sprint to the finish line is officially underway.
WCSSAA and District 8 schedules get into full swing this week, starting today (Tuesday) with eight games in the WCSSAA senior boys soccer league and six in the WCSSAA girls rugby league.
District 8 play begins Wednesday with three games in boys soccer and another three in girls soccer.
The first track meet of the season, Maxi Meet 1, is set for Thursday at Jacob Hespeler.
CWOSSA badminton is this week at Conestoga College, with juniors in the spotlight Wednesday and seniors playing Thursday.