Top 10 Greatest SportsA sport is any competitive physical activity or game with organized rules, meant to improve physical ability and sometimes provide entertainment for spectators.
Back in 9th grade, I was the best at basketball. I had so many girls after me. But in 10th grade, I took what I thought would be a break. I didn't play basketball after that. I was still known for being the best until 11th grade when some other guy stole my thunder. However, I really couldn't care less. I love this sport and sometimes play it with my friends.
By the time 12th grade came around, no one saw me as the best anymore. I genuinely felt like I could have gone on to be in the NBA. I'm serious. I think I held a record in the school for the most dunks, which was 12. I participated in many basketball-themed events and was called "Michael Jordan," "Quick Hoop," and most of all, "The Best Basketball Player Ever." While I feel that Michael Jordan takes that last nickname, I think I deserved the other two. I felt really cool back then.
Now, I'm in my second year of college and don't really play basketball anymore. All my friends still think I should get back into it. If I were to do something like that, I would want it to be in front of everyone. However, I can't really attract that big of a crowd because I'm ranked 19th in popularity. I still love this sport and watch it every night, just like I did when I was 9 years old.
Bro, I cheer for four football clubs and also my national team. I also play the sport as a girl. It is the best sport ever. People who say it is trash are missing out on the greatest sport to ever exist. I don't know why people hate it for no reason. It is the best!
Soccer is the best sport ever. For all of you who say it's easy, boring, or any of that nonsense, it's likely because you've never played competitively. We engage in a lot of fitness training and have practice six days a week. It's not like hockey, where you get a substitution every 45 seconds. Our games last 90 minutes, and sometimes you don't get a single substitute.
You have to run hard for the full 90 minutes. Want to call us weak now? And it is a contact sport. For those of you who claim it's not, you simply don't know anything about the game. I'm on the best team in my state, and it's incredibly fun. The sport requires a ton of endurance, strength, individual skills, and teamwork. It's not a game where you score every 30 seconds. You actually have to work hard to score.
In Grade 9, I was selected for Team Canada as one of the best defensive tackles in the game. At 6'4" and 320 lbs, I was a force to be reckoned with. However, concussions came into play, causing me to take Grade 10 off. I bounced back in Grade 11, making the league all-star team as the only Grade 11 player. Later, I tried out for Team Ontario in an attempt to re-enter the elite level. My lack of commitment, coupled with injuries, became my downfall. I met people who were slightly better than me, failed to make the team, and eventually switched to basketball. Now in college and weighing 230 lbs at 6'4", I hope to make the team next year after being cut this year. How the mighty have fallen - football is not an easy sport. You must stay committed to remain the best.
Just my opinion, but football is the greatest sport as it provides the best entertainment value. The scoring frequency in football is right about where I would want it. It's not too much scoring like basketball and not too little scoring like soccer or hockey.
There's a significant physical component to the game that adds to the excitement. I can't explain it, but watching a linebacker crush a wide receiver over the middle is pretty entertaining.
And with every play starting at the line of scrimmage, it adds excitement to each snap. Unlike non-stop play, having a little break after each play allows for suspense to build up for what might happen next.
All in all, football seems to have the perfect recipe for a great sport. But like I said before, this is just my opinion, and each person has their own preferences.
I chose baseball because it's my favorite, but I won't argue with anyone's opinion since this list is a matter of personal preference. I will say that soccer's worldwide popularity is a weak argument for the sport. It gained popularity because it's cheap to play, requiring only something to use as a ball, and is extremely easy to learn at the most fundamental level. Don't get me wrong. Playing soccer at a high level demands an enormous amount of skill and knowledge. However, the basis of the game couldn't be simpler: kick the ball through the goal. Any group of poor kids who have even five minutes' exposure to the game can immediately find something to use as a ball and start a rudimentary game. Basketball is similar but requires a ball that bounces and a way to hang a goal.
I hate that people say that baseball players aren't as athletic as those in other sports. So what if it's not physically painful or exhausting? You still need a ton of skill and strength to be successful. All of my friends who play baseball are some of the most athletic kids I know and also play multiple sports. I play baseball, cross country, and wrestling - probably the two most painful and exhausting sports. People who claim the sport is easy because all you do is catch, throw, and hit a ball either don't play the sport or are really bad at it. Despite it being somewhat boring to watch, it's a great sport if you give it a try and work hard at it.
Full contact like football, fast pace like basketball, hand-eye coordination requirement like baseball, and the main goal is to put something past the goalie into the back of the net. What's not to love about a sport that is like a combo of four other sports? Not to mention, it's all done on ice! It's an incredible sport to play and watch. There's so much history in the books about this sport as well. And who doesn't love the suspense of what Don Cherry will be wearing on Hockey Night in Canada? As a proud Canadian, I love this sport and I cannot think of a way that any other sport is better or more entertaining than ice hockey. Remember, this is MY OPINION, so for all you soccer fans out there, please don't flip out on me. Peace out.
When hockey is ranked below two sports that penalize for a little bit of contact (basketball and soccer). Also, if you fight in any sport, you get ejected and receive a suspension. In hockey, you sit in a box for 5 minutes and get right back into the game. It's also way more fast-paced than almost any other sport. And don't say, "Oh, they're on skates, so it requires more skill. That's why soccer is better." Isn't having more skill and facing more of a challenge the point of most sports? Soccer also has huge nets, so it's pretty much easier to score, but there are still only like 1-2 goals a game. And the ball is bigger. In hockey, the net is way smaller, and the puck is also very small and might be hard to see. Hockey is better than other sports.
I love tennis! I've been playing since I was 5, and now I'm 13. Tennis is a great sport to play. It requires arm strength, good footwork, and mental skills, such as deciding where to hit the ball. Many people think it's just hitting a ball, but to be good at it, you need to swing that racket like your life depends on it.
Let's be honest, dancing - although it takes skill - isn't a sport. I don't see dancing competitions on ESPN. My sister is a dancer, but I haven't seen a competition yet! While dancing is hard, it isn't a sport in my view.
Another sport I like is swimming. I'm on the swim team, and I can say that swimming gets you in good shape. You'll sweat, but you always have cool water surrounding you. I love swimming, tennis, football, basketball, softball, volleyball, and much more. Just not dance, cheer, and gymnastics.
Trust me, tennis will be the most popular sport in ten years. More and more people are playing tennis, and more are watching it as well. One reason tennis is a good sport is that it can be played two-on-two. In team sports, no matter how good you are, if your team is bad, you can never win. Tennis also helps you practice your thinking skills because you always need to decide where to hit the next ball.
Many people think that tennis is a stupid game in which two people just hit the ball back and forth. However, tennis helps you develop your strength, agility, and speed. I believe tennis will be the most popular sport in ten years.
This sport is great for exercising all muscle groups. While it is definitely not a "non-contact sport," a session in the pool burns more calories and leaves less sweat on your body after you get out. The feeling you get after swimming hard with a purpose and touching the wall is exhilarating. This applies to all sports, but swimming helps you focus on multiple skills occurring simultaneously. It also helps you work on your work ethic and self-motivation. In conclusion, swimming is one of the only sports where you are a team and cheer for others but compete individually, with occasional group bonding races.
As much as other sports may be more hardcore, I believe that swimming should be in the top 5 at least. It requires the same things that other sports do, except it's in the water! It also has few sports-related injuries, at least not severe ones. Unlike other sports, you can keep swimming for as long as you live. In dryland training, we do pretty much what every other athlete does to keep in shape and build muscle to push the water away. This is why I think swimming is the best and should be ranked #1.
Bowling is possibly one of the top 10, or even top 5, most participated sports in the world. Young and old, male or female, can compete on equal footing, and it takes both mental and physical skill.
My favorite sport to play requires lots of mental focus. The best part is that you don't have to mess up your body like those people with too much testosterone do.
I'm a bowler. It's a lot of fun and great even for people who aren't athletic, like me. You do need some physical skill. It also involves math.
Boxing is an accessible sport that allows less privileged kids to escape the struggles of living in a difficult environment. Equipment is affordable and minimal, making it the perfect sport for most people. Maturity, dedication, and drive are improved in the process. Boxing is also extremely helpful in combating depression, anxiety, and other issues since it's such a physically draining sport. Boxing is also fun.
I did lots of sports until I started boxing. It's hands down the most epic thrill you get when you achieve your goal of becoming the person you want to be. As boring as the training is, it still comes in handy for fighting in matches. It is also helpful for your fitness.
That's the sport that demands the most from the athletes who compete in it. It's harder than football, harder than baseball, harder than basketball, harder than hockey or soccer or cycling or skiing or fishing, or any other of the 60 sports we rated.
Dodgeball is awesome. I don't know why it's so underrated, but I just love hitting people with balls, especially in the head.
What could be better than chucking balls at people's heads? I mean, seriously, just think about it.
Dodgeball is one of the funniest sports to play, yet it's still underrated. It should have a league like the NDL or MLB.
While it can be boring to watch, especially for those who are new to the sport, it is incredibly fun to do. The feeling of shooting an arrow into the center of the target never gets old. It's a perfectionist's sport. An error of a few millimeters in your form can make you lose a few points.
I am on the archery team at my school. It is a sport that requires changes and adjusting with every shot. It is graceful and calm, most of the time. One kid on my team shot our coach's jacket! Don't worry, she was not harmed.
I played archery back when my fifth-grade class went, and while it takes some learning, nothing compares to the thrill of firing an arrow.
I play volleyball on the 13s Fatchmo team. Trust me, volleyball is not easy, but it's a lot of fun and overall my favorite sport. Volleyball should definitely be in the top ten! We can bump, hit, serve, and dig. Volleyball includes a lot of hustling, but it's worth it. No running in volleyball? When was the last time you ran ten feet in one second, threw yourself on the ground, and got back in position all within three seconds? I'll quit competing when my heart stops beating. A lot of us miss 100% of the shots we don't take.
Volleyball is so much fun! It's a game that everyone can play at any level, year-round, and have a blast! Volleyball is everywhere - schools, beaches, community ed, and bar leagues. Clearly, people have fun playing. It's a great sport to play with your friends, casually or competitively. If you've never smashed that ball to the ground for a big kill or aced a serve, you're missing out! It's such an awesome feeling!
You have to have a great attitude and passion to do this sport. Skill is also required. You can't just go out there and run after a ball. You have to actually watch another person to see what their next move is going to be. It takes endurance - lots of it. And passion.
THIS IS NOT WWE WRESTLING! Wrestling deserves to be up there. Individual sports are a challenge of their own. Unlike team sports, there's nowhere to hide. Once you step out on the mat, it's you and one other person, and it will show how much you've put into it. Anybody can be a wrestler. We come in all shapes and sizes, so it gives opportunity to everybody. Hard work will be the difference, not size.
WWE wrestling isn't fake. It's scripted, which means it's an act. It's not like a cartoon or animated movie. Those are fake. College wrestling is really cool to watch. I'm a huge wrestling and WWE fan, and it's always enjoyable to watch.
An F1 driver's heart rate averages 180 bpm (about 80% of maximum) for the entire race. No other sport places such strain on the cardiovascular system. But that's just the beginning. Such a fit cardiovascular system is essential for what the sport essentially is - precisely controlling a hyper-sensitive vehicle at speeds generating G-forces experienced by astronauts, all while maintaining 100% unbroken concentration for the entire two-odd-hour race. Nothing I said is exaggerated, and all these facts can be found through googling. There is no other sport which requires so much from its participants. It is astounding how unappreciated F1 and indeed all forms of motor sport are.
One of the most underrated sports. There is an endless amount of math that is required to succeed in it. All sports are sports you should use your brain in, but NASCAR takes a lot of brain power. You have to know how to get a pit stop right, how fast you're going on the track so you can defend and gain positions, and how long you can go without pitting to win a race. Also, in soccer, baseball, football, and basketball, you can recover from your mistakes. But in NASCAR, if you make a mistake, you're screwed. So guys, give NASCAR some more love.
What more is there to say? Cricket is the Gentleman's sport. And yes, it is a sport - an incredibly vigorous, athletic, intense sport. Bat under a sweltering hot Perth sun and have hard leather balls thrown at your head at 95 mph, and then talk about how this sport doesn't require bravery, determination, grit, and skill. There are so many pieces of the puzzle, so many tactics and captaincy decisions that actually matter, that cricket may well be the physical sporting equivalent of chess. It's much, much more interesting and fun to watch!
Cricket is my favorite game. I know there's an idiot who says that it is the most dull, repetitive sport of all time. The Ashes, which is called the biggest prize, isn't actually the biggest prize since only England and Australia compete for it, in my opinion. No, the biggest prize is the World Test Championship or the ODI World Cup. You say it's boring? Watch the 2019 World Cup Final and then eat your words. In my opinion, it is the most exciting, edge-of-the-seat, thrilling, and dramatic match ever.
It should definitely be in the top ten. So many different skills are needed, along with various shots like low draw, low fade, high draw, high fade, high hook, and a 300-yard drive, to name a few. Shooting in the 60s on a course like Oakmont has to be considered one of the great sporting achievements. It's mentally taxing as well. If you don't have it together mentally, then you're finished. Tiger Woods excelled in the past because he was fit and had a good mental state.
Best sport ever created. I used to think it was lame and boring. Then I tried it and found it to be the most fun game ever invented and a true test of skill. It requires not only extreme coordination but also involves an intense mental game.
Golf is less a sport and more of a "Let's see how long it takes old white guys with erectile dysfunction to hit a tiny ball into a slightly larger hole" activity.
At top levels, badminton requires an enormous amount of fitness. Players must endure games that can last over 90 minutes and must constantly twist, turn, and move explosively.
Furthermore, badminton has been recorded as the fastest sport in the world, with the fastest smash being 493 km/h. Anyone who claims that it isn't a sport has obviously never played it properly, lacks the required skill or fitness, or has never seen it played professionally. It's a fantastic sport.
I love this sport so much. It should be #1. You can play it in your backyard easily or take lessons, which usually don't cost much or don't cost anything at all. For a lot of people, it takes years to get to the intermediate level. I've done it for less than a month and now practice with beginners and intermediates. I love badminton.
Should definitely be higher. I know not everyone enjoys it, but that might just be because you aren't used to it. I really like this sport. It's just so fun.
What!? Dancing should be first on this list! It's the hardest sport (especially ballet!). I'm glad it is here, though. Dancing involves major passion and motivation! It's the best feeling and way to express yourself! I love dancing! It's the best sport ever and should definitely beat some of the other sports! Dancers unite...vote!
I absolutely love dance. For those who say it isn't a sport, you should really try it before forming an opinion. Anything that makes you sweaty and sore is most likely a sport, unless you're a lazy person who never gets off the couch and has to mow the lawn or something. I play soccer, basketball, and volleyball, so I know what sweaty and sore means. Nevertheless, I can still come home after a 4-hour dance practice with ultra-sore legs.
The best thing about dancing is that there are so many different types, all unique in their own way! The stereotype that dance is a "girly" thing is a lie. I've been Greek dancing since I was 3 years old. For those who don't know what Greek dancing is, look it up. There will always be a boy leading the dances and doing crazy tricks on beat. So, you can't say that dance is a girly thing anymore, right?
Anyway, I was surprised to see dance ranked so high. Most people think of physically tiring sports as the best, so I won't try to change anyone's opinion. But you should know that dance is not just about ballet and girly girls. It's mostly about concentration, memorization, skill, staying on beat, and staying in sync. Sorry if this comment was too long, but I had a lot to say!
Gymnastics is one of the greatest sports in the world. I've been a competitive gymnast since the age of 7, and I have fallen completely in love with it. The sport is challenging, and that's what makes it fun. It requires strength, power, flexibility, agility, and stamina. Watching Olympians flip in the air is amazing. It takes a lot of skill and dedication to get that far, and very few make it.
Gymnasts have an incredible awareness of their bodies. They know exactly where they are in the air during a somersault or twist, and when to open out to land perfectly. However, it doesn't always go perfectly. The sport is hard, and you will fall time and time again. Gymnastics gives you the resilience to not give up and to try your hardest to master a skill. In many ways, it teaches you more than school does. I love flying through the air. That's why I love it so much and find it so fun. I will never lose my love for this sport, no matter what anyone says. If someone claims gymnastics is bad, they don't know what they're talking about.
Surprised by some of the comments:
"Ping Pong is not a sport. It's a game": Probably written by someone who never trained to become a great Ping Pong player. It requires not only a great amount of practice but also a lot of concentration because everything happens so fast. Anyway, by definition, any kind of activity that requires movement of any sort is a sport.
"Ping Pong is pointless": No sport is pointless. Ping Pong enhances your ability to concentrate as well as your overall reflexes. The table is small, so everything around you happens very quickly, and you have to be able to keep up. Not to mention that footwork has a major role to play.
"Ping Pong is Asian. They should stick to maths and eating dogs": Troll 101.
The beauty of this game is overwhelming! Table Tennis is definitely my favorite sport, as it requires great mental strength and outstanding motivation skills. To play the game, you need a highly committed mindset as well as a determined attitude. The precision of the game is excellent, and it is a pleasure not only to play but also to watch. I enjoy the adrenaline rush when I'm playing an opponent too. It's amazing, fantastic, and everything a sport needs! I love Table Tennis, and there comes no doubt to my mind that it deserves the number 1 spot!
I do biking, and I love it. It really keeps your whole body moving. This sport is better than cycling.
Biking and cycling are the same thing, so why did you put this on here?
This teaches you self-defense. This teaches you how to be a real warrior in all sports. Soccer is the first, and Ibrahimovic learned karate to get to soccer.
Great sport for humans of any age! From schoolyards to elderly nursing homes, anyone can participate!
This should be #1. It is the ultimate sport that needs every muscle of the body to do.
It's not a sport. It's a lifestyle. Lance Mountain, a pro skateboarder, says, "Riding a skateboard doesn't make you a skater. Being unable to stop riding a skateboard is what makes you a skater." It's the most independent activity because you set your own goals, and you get to decide what you want to do with your skateboard. Whether it's dropping in on huge bowls or kickflipping 12 stairs, you can do what you want. You just have to build yourself up to those levels.
Dude, without skateboarding, I don't know what I would do in life. I mean, come on, it's really fun. Even when it is competitive, it really isn't. It's just a couple of friends skating together and not arguing like in all the other sports. Plus, you can practically skate everywhere you go.
I like MTBing too, but this is my favorite at the moment. There's just so much to it, as well as having an amazing sense of freedom. It's also a great way to stay in shape.
Running is the best sport ever. It is a test of human endurance and a mind sport. Your will and speed are both critical in running, as is a good attitude. You can run with a friend, with many people, or by yourself. It is an inspirational sport. Running has also changed the lives of many people. Everyone knows what running is, and so many people run on a daily basis. The satisfaction you get after running is priceless, and you know you've worked out after running. Running is also required in almost every sport. It's a classic, basic building block of sports.
If you learn running, you can survive. I mean, what if a grizzly bear comes out of nowhere and there is a tree a mile away? You might think, "Kill the grizzly!" But no. Do you think a kid who doesn't fight and loves nature is going to do it? No. Grizzly bears can't climb. The best way is to run! That's why I recommend you try your best in running. Besides that, how many sports include running? Soccer, basketball, football, baseball, tennis, kickball - even sports like ice hockey and dodgeball! This sport complements what you would enjoy in your favorite sport, except for swimming.
It's so fun! Skiing is thrilling and you can make it as easy or as difficult as you want. Go Aspen!
Skiing is so fun! I personally love racing. I really, really love it!
This should be higher on the list. It is a very good sport.