Top 10 Toughest High School Sports

This is not toughest sports, but it's the toughest high school sports. Ones which you dreaded all day, but you just couldn't quit.
The Top Ten
1 Wrestling Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds.

Wrestling is by far the hardest sport. I've played many sports including football, baseball, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and track and it is by far much more physically and mentally demanding than them all. It also probably requires more skill than the rest of them as well. There are no breaks and nobody to help you out in a match. You're always moving and using all of your strength and energy at once. You have to make fast decisions and reactions. The workouts for wrestling surpass all other sports by miles in the aspect of physical and mental demand. It is by far the hardest sport.

Wrestling combines strength, power, flexibility, and mental toughness. Its hard to make "weight" when your still growing. You are accountable for your wins or loses no one else on the team to blame but yourself.

In the sport of wrestling, only 1 wrestler can represent the team for a given weight class in the varsity division. This means that you have to compete and win against every other team-mate you have in the same weight class for the right to compete at the next meet. Fail this, and you're next shot is JV (and no junior or senior wants to be here). Fail that, and you don't compete.

I've done multiple sports but this one in particular is the hardest. It's you and your opponent who's nearly the same size giving it 100% of what they've got. It requires a lot of mind and body power, not to say other sports don't but this one is probably the hardest high school sport. It all comes down to who wants to win just a bit more than your opponent.

2 Cross Country

I run XC and it's one of the hardest sports out there. It requires true grit. It's nothing like any other sport like basketball and soccer. Running XC means waking up early to run, pushing yourself as hard as you can, going for miles and miles, and tasting blood in the back of your throat. You're almost guaranteed to get injured. Despite all of this, it's so rewarding and it makes it 100% worth it.

I personally run cross country and I am a sophomore now, I started running cross when I was in the 7th grade. My brother got me into it and I sucked. When I ran it I just couldn't get into a place on my team except in last place. I also do indoor track and track. Indoor was only for high schoolers. I didn't run during the winter because I thought it would be fine. I did wrestling and my coaches made fun of me because I was too scrawny, I quit right before the first meet and didn't run till track. My time added about a minute for the mile which people that do track or indoor track know that can be a lot of time. I went into 8th grade year and ran better times once I got into it and I PR'ed. I did wrestling again because my friend convinced me. I wrestled pretty good and before I say this I just was gonna say that our wrestling team was good, we went to state a lot. But My track times stilled slowed down. that's when 9th grade year came and I ran harder, faster, and hated it. But that's ...more

I've been told multiple times that XC wasn't a sport. The thing that gets me is the fact that many sports when The players are punished they usually always make them run. So technically their punishment is our sport. The thing many athletes dread is the thing we do without stopping and trying to get better. It's definitely a sport one needs to be committed to. Waking up at 4:30am and running around 7 miles isn't fun then having to go to school. Not to mention the injuries such as shin splints and runners knee. All in which many runners run through because god forbid we miss a practice and It messes up our pace.

We don't get off seasons. To be Good, you run every single day. That means, literally forcing yourself to wake up at the crack of dawn to put yourself through physical pain. Also, there is no one forcing you to run, or telling you that you must run because the rest of the "team" wants your spot on the varsity 7. Oh yeah, did I mention only top 7 make it? It's not like football or baseball or basketball or hockey or soccer or any other team sport where almost 15-30 guys make the varsity team. It's 7, and only 7.

3 Swimming Swimming is an individual or team sport and activity. Competitive swimming is one of the most popular Olympic sports, with events in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

You don't "play" swimming. That's that. If you think your sport is hard, try doing it holding your breath. You need to have incredibly honed skills just to make sure you don't get disqualified, and extreme endurance to even finish the race. On top of that, your raceing others who want to beat you just as badly as you want to beat them. You must be excedingly mentally tough, but at the end of the day, even though you hate it, you don't know what you would do without it.

Swimming is a sport that takes a lot of skill.You can never quit! The countless hours we put into this sport is unrealistic. To swim you have to have a unbelievable amount of endurance, skill, strength, and mental skill. It's not only a race against your competitors it's a race against the clock and the clock never makes a mistake.

The early morning practices, ranging from long endurance that makes slow torture seem relatable to the fast sprints where you wonder if it's possible if your heart will pop out. Oh yeah, combined with no breathing and freezing water. You love the sport, hate the swimming.

It is one of the most physically demanding sports, I've been swimming for 8 years and it is the hardest sport I've ever done still to this day. Especially when you have to do a stroke you aren't familiar with.

4 Track

My kids both are excellent pole vaulters. My daughter is a multi season state champ in high school and is a heavily recruited high school senior. My son in a D1 sophomore vaulter. Pole vault is the hardest event in track to excel at and frankly you will find that pole vaulters typically excel at all sports. My daughter did XC one year for conditioning for her pole vault and earned a varsity letter as a freshman as the #5 runner (she is a sprinter for the pole vault). She didn't love the distance so she picked up volleyball and after one season on JV in the best program in the state. She was a varsity starter. My son excels at any sport he tried from mountain biking to snowboarding and everything in between.

I played both football and ran track competitively. Football requires much more in a combination of strength, speed, coordination, and quick thinking. Track on the other hand only relates to football in one way and that's pushing your body to its limits. The difference in track is that their is no stopping, the 400 is a constant full on sprint. Track consist of running, torturing yourself, then running again in Hope's that you get faster which is still constant pain.

Track is a physical and mentally challenging sport. There is no stopping, once you start there is only one way to end. Also the field events physically challenging. For high jump you have to jump at the right time in, the right spot. Throwing is a tough arm event, throwing heavy balls/discs. For long jump/triple jump you have to jump on time and as far as you can go. Also the injuries are crazy!

I do track and Its hard

5 Football American football is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end.

Aside from the skill, mental preparation, and physical contact, football requires loads of work to prepare you for the game.

It's a lot harder then a lot of people think. It takes a lot of time, preparation, and it takes everything you have to play.

It's the toughest sport

6 Water Polo

Playing at a high level of water polo is definitely one of the most physically demanding sports possible. It's swimming while you're getting beaten up and trying to do a million different things at the same time. Go watch a college water polo game and you'll see for yourself. Definitely the dirtiest sport due to refs not being able to see under water.

Throw the best wrestler or quarterback you know in 8 feet of water and tell them to tread water without using their hands for 45 minutes. Then tell them to do that while passing and catching a balll with one hand while someone else is doing their level best to drown them in the process.

We used to play water polo after swim practice to wind down.

An accident waiting to happen...

7 Crew

Rowing is easily one of the most draining sports there is. Mentally and Physically. Its something you can pick up but hard to stay with.

While other sports may be greuling or require hard labor for short periods of time, there is no break in crew. If you're tired you keep going until the race is over, anytime between 7 minutes to 15 minutes. You might think before a soccer game or running a 5k " oh, this is going to suck" but you don't wish for death or are scared to death brought to the verge of crying on an erg.

Only reason it's not rated as high is because it isn't as well-known a story other sports: it's one of the most endurance based sports in existence, with necessary good technique, power, and flexibility.

There's no pain like being halfway through a hard 2k. Everything is screaming at you to stop, your legs don't work right, your throat burns from the hard breathing and you are done for the rest of the day.

8 Lacrosse Lacrosse is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick.

Running, conditioning, skillwork, nonstop, and then practice starts.

Looks hard but the guys complain a lot so I don't know about discipline

9 Rugby

Rugby is just Football for men.

So much conditioning

Rugby, when you can't tell if it's your blood or someone else's

Toughest sport ever

10 Volleyball Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules.

Volleyball is not the hardest sport but it is harder than lacrosse and football. This sport is a lot with running and jumping constantly. The sport is also physically hard because of the speed the ball goes at all times.

You have to be quick, decisive, and be able to keep going at your full strength while predicting the other team. One mistake can cost a lot. The whole team has to work together as one or there is no chance to win.

Volleyball, like most sports, isn't a competition to see who is better, but rather, who makes fewer mistakes. tack that on with throwing your entire body on a hardwood basketball court at least 20 times a set, and the chance of a 6'4 manchild with the swing of a bear hitting a ball directly towards you, and you've got yourself one of the fastest and toughest sports.

There is a lot of plays to remember and different things to say.

The Contenders
11 Hockey

Ice on blades, Fighting, big sticks... It's a mans sport...

12 Basketball Basketball is a sport played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high mounted to a backboard at each end.

Conditioning is the equivalent of cutting off both of your feet and walking through the Saharah desert.

If you have no physical stamina, no leg & arm strength, and nevertheless no skills to actually dribble and run at the same time, then sorry m8, this ain't your sport

Sweat! Sweat! And sweat some more!

13 Soccer Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players each. It is played with a spherical ball. The objective is to score the ball in the other teams goal.

In soccer, you are trying to beat out every other player in that position for your spot. If you lose, you're JV, and nobody wants that. Many kids are specialists in a position, so they can't play good anywhere else.

Soccer your mind always has to be aware and prepared. The ball can go anywhere so you have to stay on your toes.

14 Cheerleading

Yeah cheerleading is all core, shoulders and legs the hardest thing to control for a lot of people.

Football player catch a two-pound ball, cheerleaders catch a 100-pound girl. You do the math.

15 Golf Golf is a club and ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes from a range of 80 to 600 yards on a course in as few strokes as possible.

Golf is a mentally hard sport, not physically hard. So to that guy who went insane saying this sport isn't hard, shut up. I personally hate golfing but I also hate people like you so I figured I'd stand up for golf

Why do people say golf is easy? No one has even PLAYED the game. I bet none of the haters can hit a ball

16 Tennis Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent or between two teams of two players each.

Tennis is often seen as a joke sport but it's far from it. Tennis matches can last for hours with only short breaks in between each game, and it's only you out there. While it might not be as physically demanding as some other sports it is definitely necessary to have stamina and be able to play for a few hours alone.

As well as physical there is the whole mental game. If you doubt yourself for even a moment you might as well give up the game then, it is so difficult to keep your confidence up if you have had a few errors. Some of the best players are the most technically sound but those that can get into your head.

And finally the most difficult part in my opinion (maybe the mental is more important but I'm not sure) is the technicality of it. If you've never played tennis, or had real coaching from someone who really understands tennis. Then you have no idea the amount of thought and care that goes into each swing. A single change in a swing could effect the spin on ...more

Tennis is a sport you will have to put your mind and your skill into. The sport is rough on me and I have done cross country for 3 years. The sport is not for quitters and is for skilled people. This sport is definitely one of the hardest.

There are many skills that you need to know for tennis.

17 Baseball Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each who take turns batting and fielding.
18 Softball

Softball is a team sport, kind of like baseball but the pitching is much different, and much harder to learn. The ball is also bigger. The fields are normally smaller, but also are larger sometimes.

19 Rowing
20 Diving

It's hard on the body, it's harder on the mind.

21 Gymnastics Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of exercises requiring strength, flexibility, balance and control.

Gymnastics is the hardest sport known. This requires more strength than a football player. More endurance than a track person, and more skill and balance than dance. This sport is all three cardio, strength, and endurance in one.

22 Skiing Skiing can be a means of transport, a recreational activity or a competitive winter sport in which the participant uses skis to glide on snow.
23 KickBall
24 Cricket Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a cricket field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch with a wicket, a set of three wooden stumps sited at each end.
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