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In an organised sport league, a season is the portion of one year in which regulated games of the sport are in session. For example, in Major League Baseball, one season last approximately from April to September and in the National Hockey League, it is from October until June. A season can be divided up into three basic time periods: Regular season, playoff season, and offseason. A list of professional sports leagues: Auto racing Champcars, formerly CART (Official Page) Formula One, Grand Prix racing (Official Site) IRL (Indy Racing League) (Official Page) NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) (Official Page) NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) (Official Page) Baseball Major League Baseball Minor League Baseball... A year is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ... A game is an (often, but not always recreational) activity involving one or more players. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... The modernized NHL shield logo, debuting in 2005. ...


Regular season

The regular season is a term used, primarily, in North American sports. A regular season comprises a set number of games in a sport before a playoff. It is used as a form of preparation to improve the play of the team as a group and play against opponents. Depending on the league, all teams may or may not play against each other and will play for a set number of games. Political highlights of North America North America is the third largest continent in area and the fourth ranked in population. ... A playoff in sports (North American professional sports in particular) is a game or series of games played after the regular season is over with the goal of determining a league champion. ...

Playoff season

See Playoff main page A playoff in sports (North American professional sports in particular) is a game or series of games played after the regular season is over with the goal of determining a league champion. ...

The playoffs occur after the regular season is finished. A select number of teams, generally the ones with the best overall record from the regular season, enter into a pbooff tournament. Each league has a different playoff schedule set up, but the basic principles are the same. The teams compete against each other for the top prize of their league. It is also known as a post-season. A tournament is an organized competition in which many participants play each other in individual games. ...


In sports, the offseason is that time of year when there is no official competition. In North America, this means time outside of the regular season and playoffs. During this time, upper management continues to work while the athletes will take much vacation time off. Also, various events such as drafts and important offseason free agent signings occur. Generally, most athletes stay in shape during the offseason in preparation for the next season. In Britain this period is known as the close-season. An athlete is a person who has above average physical skills (strength, agility, and endurance) and is thus suitable for physical activities, in particular, contests. ... This article is on vacation as time off. ... In North American sports, a free agent is a player whose contract with a team has run out and is now free to sign with another team. ...


Most of the major team sports have a period of exhibition games prior to the official start of the season at or near the end of the Offseason. The games themselves have no meaning for the upcoming season but serve as a way for management to trim rosters and prepare the players. An Exhibition game is a sporting event in which there is no gain or loss from whether the competitors are victorious are not in any competition. ...

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