The all-American trophy is getting a run for its money from European-influenced cup. As awards, cups share a general shape, though their height and width varies. They often hav two handles, though the closely related urns don’t have an.
Junior leagues and schools typically goes for smaller, less expensive cups and give them out to everyone as participation prizes. As participants get older, prizes are usually only handed out to the top three. They are therefore willing to spend a little more to get a larger, more prestigious cup. Then when it gets to adult leagues or corporate events, we often see buyers opting for unique higher-end cups.