Top Ten Toughest High School Sports

This is not toughest sports, but it's the toughest highschool 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.

Yeah the amount of effort you have to put in in order to learn everything and to have the discipline to learn from mistakes and get back on your feet when you've been beaten makes it difficult, but it also feels the best when you've come out on top.

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.

I’m only 13 wrestling on the world stage and I’ve already torn my acl hyperextended my elbow and torn thirteen ligaments just for an example there is plenty more dangers of wrestling than those but that is what I’ve experienced. Those rankings are dumb I see bull riding but football or lacrosse that is stupid I stoped doing those last year and still have never has anything bad happened to me they are even making football a baby sport too the people who don’t wrestle just assume their is nothing that dangerous about wrestling- Revin

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.

2 Cross Country

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'm a sophmore now and I've ran since 8th grade. I would personally in my opinion say that cross country is the hardest sport. I say this because first off you have to be in really good darn shape to run a 5k or 3.1 miles competitively and get a good score/place and time. I only run 20 minutes and 43 seconds, but hey it got me to state placing 6th in the regional meet. But if you wanna be able to go to state you have to earn it. Cross country is all the other sports punishments. Like someone else said its not easy getting up every morning gettung dressed and running 8 miles at practice for a long run. Its not easy to run when its colder then Alaska out and when its hotter then a desert. We never get breaks and there is long sprint workouts in practice. We don't stop for snow, rain, or sleet. we only stop for lightning.

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.

This is by far the hardest sport. It takes dedication to work hard and drop your times as low as possible and to also get a better place. Practice is only cancelled when you see lightning other then that rain, hail or shin doesn't keep us away from getting our miles, which the range is around 45-55 if you are on varsity, which by the way only the top 7 runners make varsity, plus you have everyone behind wanting to take your spot so have fun with that if you are in the top 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.

This is a sport you really need to commit to. It’s were you have to use all your muscles and not only do you practice in the water but even in land

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.

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!

It’s all mental you are going to feel pain

5 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.

People play hard and fast and dirty, drowning and nut crushing are common

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

6 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.

Easiest sport in the world, next to baseball

It's the toughest sport

7 Crew

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.

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.

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.

Crew is easily one of the most physically enduring sports. I wouldn't have any sport above it to be honest. Until you have tried it you can't judge it.

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.

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

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

9 Rugby

Rugby is just Football for men.

So much conditioning

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.

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.

Volleyball is one of the hardest sports I am not going to go into detail but it deserves 4 hardest and it also depends on the coach you have

The Contenders

11 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.

Sweat! Sweat! And sweat some more!

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

12 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.

You need all kinds of strength and skill

13 Hockey

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

Beat em up and skate fast

14 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.

Litteral death when we do one thing wrong.

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

What do you mean Golf is a hard sport. Do you have down syndrome. I'm having trouble understanding where your brain stopped working and you decided to put golf above tennis. I have no respect for the utter fool who wrote this drive. Begone with your falsehoods and seriously wrong statements. I will make sure to tell everyone I know this site is not to be take seriously.

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

Golf is the hardest sport in the world and the longest I mean you have to think about everything shot cuts to get the ball to the hole faster less amount of storks its hard a kid in my class said golf is so easy I can hit it geese what he ti took us 25 mins to get of the tee box and the ball didn't move

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

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.

Basball is hard

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

Full body and cardio puts strain on back muscles and joints

High intensity sport
train most mornings
gym in the afternoons
use all your muscles mostly the legs
takes a lot of practice to get right
hard work and determination
never win off having talent based on how hard you can push yourself
lots of pain at training so you can push yourself in a race

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.

Lots of calisthenics and balance trainings

22 KickBall

Na, Jk.. this shiits easy, if you play soccer, you've basically won

23 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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