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.

Wrestling is the hardest sport

Cutting weight

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

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2 Cross Country

It sucks

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.

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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.

I have met swimmers who have done multiple sports like track, cross country and soccer but quit at the toughness of swimming. I asked them what was the harder sport and they all say swimming

It’s competitive and a year round sport

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 one of the hardest sports! swimming means beating the clock and your personal best. There is no breathing which takes out most of your energy

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4 Track

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 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.

It’s all mental you are going to feel pain

Theirs no breaks,you can’t stop or call a time out once u start theirs only one way out,to finish

5 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.

6 Crew

Literal pain. Super intense and hardcore. Anyone who does crew ONLY talks about it and nothing else.

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.

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.

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7 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.

8 Rugby

So much conditioning

Rugby is just Football for men.

9 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...

10 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.

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

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 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!

13 Cheerleading

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

14 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.

15 Golf 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.

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.

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 Baseball 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


17 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.

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

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 Diving
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