It has come to my attention that the USA might be unique in that youth sports teams are most often run thru schools. These teams have their own coaches, practice on the schools facilities, and play other schools. For example a high school basketball team might play 15-20 games a season. When they travel it might be to a school across town or it could be over 100 miles. The local high school will identify with a mascot associated with that team. Here are some examples:
Common American High School sports are basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, golf, wrestling, cross country running, softball, gymnastics, track, and some offer hockey, bowling, swimming, lacrosse, trap shooting or others.
Now some sports are also run thru community programs.
Now as I understand it, in most European countries youth sports programs are run thru the community and not the schools.
So I’d like to ask, in your country, do you see school based sports teams? Or are they just run by organizations in the community?
Have you ever seen a school with a “mascot” name like Pirates, Bears, Vikings, Lions, etc…
Finally what youth sports programs are common in your country?