The football season doesn't start for another few months, but the Rosetown Royals were out on the field last week during their senior spring football camp.
Rosetown Royals Coach, Murray Ernst, said they saw an increased interest in the sport, "We had a lot of kids, right in the neighborhood of 40 athletes out. That's one of the bigger numbers we've had in a number of years."
Ernst noted that they had a diverse cast this year, with a mix of junior and senior players, "There were a few on both sides of that equation. We have a small grade 12 class coming up here but we have a good, strong group that's coming up in grade 10 and 11. It's sort of a mix of veterans and rookies coming out."
The increase in players also means that the team will be transitioning from a six-man team to a nine-man team. Rosetown used to have a nine-man but transitioned and played the six-man game for eight seasons.
The Royals will be joining nine-man Conference 4 in the SHSAA. The conference also includes Kindersley, Delisle, Martensville, Meadow Lake and John Paul II.
"It's going to be new for everyone, even some of our coaches have never played nine-man football before," Ernst said it will be a learning curve for everybody on the team. "It's a change, but it's a good opportunity. More kids can be on the field and we have a more diverse set of skills for the kids to learn with different positions."
There will be a fall football camp in late August, which will be followed by the start of the Royals season.