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Old 02-04-2019, 08:51 AM
 
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agree. HS football in canada is not at the same level as HS football in the US. i would even go further to say that HS football in canada is not at the same level as peewee football in the US.

it is a much stronger sport culture in the US than canada. the infrastructure/development is much more mature in the US for sports and its affiliates (cheerleading, marching bands), as well as the funding.

to be honest, i would love to see that school spirit in sports from the US rub on to our schools in canada.
I heard football is most popular in the prairie provinces. Maybe Alberta is where football is big?
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Old 02-04-2019, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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I heard football is most popular in the prairie provinces. Maybe Alberta is where football is big?
Nope.


There is no football in Canada that is comparable to US High School football. Now, if you want to discuss hockey...
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Old 02-04-2019, 01:30 PM
 
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Nope.


There is no football in Canada that is comparable to US High School football. Now, if you want to discuss hockey...
Football is hardly a thing in Irvine, CA. It's all about soccer, tennis, and baseball. Then again, Irvine is plurality Asian. Then again, Vancouver is plurality Chinese and majority Asian. That explains why football isn't more popular in Canada.
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Old 02-04-2019, 04:34 PM
 
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Football is hardly a thing in Irvine, CA. It's all about soccer, tennis, and baseball. Then again, Irvine is plurality Asian. Then again, Vancouver is plurality Chinese and majority Asian. That explains why football isn't more popular in Canada.
No it doesnít. The vast majority of Canada is nowhere close to Vancouverís demographics yet football isnít quite as popular as in the US.
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Old 02-04-2019, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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The reason football isn't as popular is the same reason that no high school athletics are as popular.


There is not a giant feeder system of scholarships from literally thousands of colleges and universities awaiting student athletes in Canada. Team sports are viewed generally as a community organized activity, or small competition, and the larger, more popular sports are absolutely that way. Canadian school boards, for the most part, don't funnel millions of tax dollars into stadia and athletics, preferring to focus on education.
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Old 02-05-2019, 01:36 AM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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The reason football isn't as popular is the same reason that no high school athletics are as popular.

There is not a giant feeder system of scholarships from literally thousands of colleges and universities awaiting student athletes in Canada. Team sports are viewed generally as a community organized activity, or small competition, and the larger, more popular sports are absolutely that way. Canadian school boards, for the most part, don't funnel millions of tax dollars into stadia and athletics, preferring to focus on education.
This, absolutely. The emphasis in Canadian high schools is on academics, not sports. Yes, sports are an important part of high school, but they are viewed as extracurriculars, not too different from drama club, concert band, yearbook committee, and French club. You basically sign up for a sports team at a Canadian high school; you don't try out. On very rare occasions, you might be scouted by US college scouts if you show a unique aptitude (a local friend got his education through a scholarship at a US school because he could play baseball extremely well), but it is unusual.

The emphasis is on academics because that is pretty much the only way to get into university in Canada. For undergraduate programs, universities look at marks, and ignore participation in clubs, activities, sports, and interviews. There is no SAT or ACT in Canada; it is high school grades only, plus perhaps recommendations from high school teachers.

Canadian kids love playing sports, but as Mike pointed out, they tend to come up through community organizations. Like baseball players in the US, Canadian hockey players rise through local leagues that have nothing to do with school (if you play hockey for a Canadian high school, you are too bad a player to make your mark in a real league, and you have no hope to play beyond high school). Those of us who played football at high school knew we had next-to-no football career beyond high school. Football wouldn't get us into a good university; our grades would.
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