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 Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds.

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 played every sport out there. None of them challenged not only my athletic skills, but my mental and emotional toughness like wrestling did. Every teenage boy should wrestle, it would prepare the men of tomorrow. - decdahalls

By far, the toughest high school sport out there. Requiring so much skill, strength, speed, determination, endurance, stamina, mental and physical fitness. Don't diss it unless you tried it. Anyone who trashes on it either hasnt tried it, or couldn't handle it.

Mental mental mental

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2 Cross Country

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.

The pain of running distance on terrain gets itself into your nightmares, so you may ask, why do you do it? Because it is the only test to see who can handle more pain, For 20 minutes on a 5k course that makes you question your own sanity, and makes you convinced you we're shaking hands with the grim reaper

I completely agree. This is such a hard sport because there is no rest and its 90% mental

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3 Swimming 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.

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.

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.

True training involves agony pain levels. Oh yeah, limited to no breathing.

Swimming you have to have a lot of arm strength, leg strength, and upper body strength. Swim isn’t easy i’ve been swimming for 4 years and it’s a lot of work but I love it

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

Easiest sport in the world, next to baseball - decdahalls

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

5 Rugby

Rugby is just Football for men.

6 Crew

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.

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.

This requires so much stamina that takes sooo long to get.

7 Water Polo

6 players trying to beat the living hell out of 6 other players in the water. No breaks and no giving up because it literally means you can be drowned

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...

8 Lacrosse 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.

9 Basketball 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.

Sweat! Sweat! And sweat some more!

10 Hockey

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

The Contenders

11 Soccer Soccer Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. The goal is to score the ball on the other team's 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.

12 Track
13 Cheerleading

You need all kinds of strength and skill

14 Baseball Baseball Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each who take turns batting and fielding.
15 Volleyball 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.

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

16 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.

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