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    Posted: 28 Feb 2014 at 00:55
Panther and for that matter, anyone else from the US of A.

From what I've seen on television, in the US sporting teams are either college based or professional.

1. Am I correct in that assumption?

2. Do cities and towns throughout the US have sporting teams that are local community based, eg. ATown versus BTown in a competition?

3. If 2 is yes, can anyone who is fit enough and have basic skills play in the competition?

I've always wondered about this.
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Isn't there anyone out there with a clue on this?
 
Come on you Americans, enlighten me please.
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You are correct in your assumption that there are mainly college and professional teams. Local high-schools are generally, from an athletic perspective, feeders for college teams (i.e. where they recruit).

As far as local teams go, they exist and anyone can play if they are up to it. That said, one difference between America and much of the rest of the world is that these teams don't generally fit into the professional picture. There is no system of promotion/relegation (one of the great flaws in the US sports system, in my opinion), and consequently no financial incentive for people to play on local teams in the first place. Everyone has taken the way MLB, NHL, NFL, and NBA are run as their model, so even the lesser leagues strive to cut out a niche within the system.

Non-professional recreational sports are usually centered around businesses and churches (i.e. my company's/churches team will play your company's/church's team as part of a season which culminates in an intercorporate/church league trophy). Furthermore, church leagues are generally run by denomination, so you might have a Baptist league, a Catholic League, etc.

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You've confirmed what I thought.
 
In Australia, with Australian Rules Football and Cricket in particular, almost every small town has it's own teams. They normally play in a district competition, one town against the other. This engenders enormous community adhesion and loyalty, not mention inter-town rivalry.
 
You don't need to be anywhere near professional level, it's more for the fun and the competition. There are also some college based competitions, usually of the "Old Scholars" variety.
 
As long as you have some basic skills, sports are open to everyone.
 
And it's quite often the case that from these community based competitions that scouts select players for the higher level teams, and eventually to the top professional competitions or State/National teams.
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Thanks Ako. Smile Something i would like to add to your point from my own observation. About small towns and local teams, in this case high school football (Not soccer), while i think this generally applies to most towns in the US, i am going to speak from my own limited experience.

There is an equal amount of local passion for the home team that rivals fan enthusiasm within the NFL, most especially in the smaller towns, perhaps even surpasses that. I can think of no better way for another person to be shot by a Texan (Or have a blood feud initiated by a Texan; Think the Hatfield's and McCoy's)  than to go into his home town and start bad mouthing and insulting  their local football team. It appears to be that serious.




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Originally posted by Panther Panther wrote:

Thanks Ako. Smile Something i would like to add to your point from my own observation. About small towns and local teams, in this case high school football (Not soccer), while i think this generally applies to most towns in the US, i am going to speak from my own limited experience.

There is an equal amount of local passion for the home team that rivals fan enthusiasm within the NFL, most especially in the smaller towns, perhaps even surpasses that. I can think of no better way for another person to be shot by a Texan (Or have a blood feud initiated by a Texan; Think the Hatfield's and McCoy's)  than to go into his home town and start bad mouthing and insulting  their local football team. It appears to be that serious.


Similar situation here, but as I wrote, our teams, being community based, stir up considerable loyalty among the locals.
 
Nothing like a beer and a smoke at half time, and then, back into the game.Wink
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Originally posted by toyomotor toyomotor wrote:

Originally posted by Panther Panther wrote:

Thanks Ako. Smile Something i would like to add to your point from my own observation. About small towns and local teams, in this case high school football (Not soccer), while i think this generally applies to most towns in the US, i am going to speak from my own limited experience.

There is an equal amount of local passion for the home team that rivals fan enthusiasm within the NFL, most especially in the smaller towns, perhaps even surpasses that. I can think of no better way for another person to be shot by a Texan (Or have a blood feud initiated by a Texan; Think the Hatfield's and McCoy's)  than to go into his home town and start bad mouthing and insulting  their local football team. It appears to be that serious.


Similar situation here, but as I wrote, our teams, being community based, stir up considerable loyalty among the locals.
 
Nothing like a beer and a smoke at half time, and then, back into the game.Wink


And the occasional trip to the respective medical station where spectators and team members can have a chance to mingle with one another. LOL
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