Yes, I feel the same way you do.
Fall league is upon us, at least the requirement to have eight on your roster is upon us. It's hard to get excited about the fall right now. It's 102, people are out on vacation, only a few teams in town are still hard at it, and, well, it's the fall.
So I did some research out of curiosity. Looks like fall participation will be down this year and could be down a fair amount, won't know for sure until Thursday when I can look over the rosters that didn't make. As it stands now, let's compare last years levels to team numbers at least requested this years.
5.0 had 8 teams last year and they had 11 numbers requested this year. Four of those teams have no one signed up yet.
4.5 had 28 teams last year and they had 29 numbers for this year. Nine of those teams have one or no players on them but I do expect two of those to make.
4.0 had 37 teams last year and they had 34 numbers requested. Nine of those teams have two or fewer players but, again, I expect 2-4 of them to make.
3.5 had 18 teams last year and they had 19 numbers requested. Six of those teams have two or fewer players but two will likely make.
3.0 had 5 teams last year and 5 numbers requested this year. Only one team is in danger here.
All in all, 4.5, 4.0 and 3.5 all look to be down at least 20%, while only 5.0 and 3.0 are holding serve against last year. I tried to do some research into the Dallas Doubles League participation but didn't find it on a search of tennislink for Dallas fall leagues.
Anyone giving the DDL a try?