Rensselaer cancels varsity football due to lack of players

August 26, 2019 06:25 PM

RENSSELAER - Just over a week before the school year is set to begin, the Rensselaer School District announced it is canceling the 2019 varsity football season because they don't have enough players.

The team, the Rams, was scheduled to open the season at Watervliet one week from last Friday night.


NewsChannel 13 is told 30 players initially signed up for varsity football last spring. However, interest dwindled over the summer.

The athletic department sent a message to the school community urging anyone still interested to show up in a team meeting at 7:30 on Monday morning.

Sixteen players were needed. Twenty players were ideal, but they didn't get it.

The school has no junior varsity football program.

The modified team has 25 players. While you can't bring up middle schoolers to play varsity football, that number bodes well for the future.

The school district is looking for ways to resurrect the program. They haven't ruled out the possibly of merging with some other program in the area.

Hear reaction from the assistant football coach and a pair of players about why it's so disappointing, by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.


Dan Levy & WNYT Staff

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