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The Top 11 Most Difficult Sports

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The Top 11 Most Difficult Sports

My grading system is based on three categories, endurance, physicality and skill. Each category is scored on a scale from 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest, making each sports overall score out of 30.

#11 Golf

Endurance: 4

Playing hours and hours, not to mention consecutive days, can definitely be taxing.

Physicality: 0

Golf is not a contact sport for those who don't know.

Skill: 10

Hitting a small ball hundreds of yards, dodging obstacles, just to sink it in a small hole. Not easy.

Overall Score: 14

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#10 Tennis

Endurance: 9

Constant change in speed and direction as well as repeated swinging at high velocity.

Physicality: 0

No contact.

Skill: 8

Placing the ball exactly where you want it with speed to beat your opponent definitely requires practice.

Overall: 17


#9 Baseball

Endurance: 4

It requires endurance just to watch these games

Physicality: 4

Catchers aren't lighting baserunners up at the plate anymore but there is still sliding, diving, and collisions between players.

Skill: 9

Trying to hit a ball accurately in the time it takes to blink an eye definitely earns a 9/10 in the skill category.

Overall: 17


#8 Swimming

Endurance: 10

If you're questioning this I challenge you to go to a swim practice and suit up.

Physicality: 0

Non-contact sport

Skill: 8

Yes, swimming requires a high degree of skill because you have to move through the water as efficiently as possible.

Overall: 18


#7 Basketball

Endurance: 8

You have to be in pretty good shape to run up and down the court with very little breaks for a whole game.

Physicality: 6

There's no tackling but you can still set screens and make contact with opponents

Skill: 10

Dribbling and shooting justify this skill rating

Overall: 24


#6 Football

Endurance: 7

There are short breaks between every play but after the ball is snapped it's all out exertion.

Physicality: 10

Play doesn't stop until someone is on the ground and its not like you're being hit with pillows.

Skill: 7

Memorization, throwing, catching, tackling, blocking. Take your pick.

Overall: 24


#5 Lacrosse


Endurance: 8

Not many breaks and a lot of running

Physicality: 8

Another sport played with pads so you know you're going to get hit.

Skill: 9

Even just passing the ball in a game situation requires a good amount of skill

Overall: 25


#4 Soccer

Endurance: 10

You cover a distance of MILES running around the pitch. Not to mention limited substitutions and changing of pace.

Physicality: 8

Yes sometimes there are flops but more often then not its tough physical play.

Skill: 8

The beautiful game requires a huge amount of coordination and skillful feet.

Overall: 26


#3 Rugby

Endurance: 10

Constant running.

Physicality: 10

Absolutely brutal.

Skill: 7

Limited passing options but still requires a certain skill.

Overall: 27


#2 Hockey

Endurance: 9

The amount of force that is repeatedly put on the legs during skating is ridiculous.

Physicality: 10

Theres a reason why a lot of hockey players don't have all of their teeth.

Skill: 8

Everything is harder on ice.

Overall: 27

SEE ALSO: To The Coach That Killed My Passion

#1 Water Polo

Endurance: 10

Swimming/wrestling in water. Meaning you can't always breathe. And someone is trying to drown you so you have to keep your head above water.

Physicality: 10

If the refs don't see anything, its legal.

Skill: 8

This is another one of those ratings where if you disagree, I encourage you to try it out for yourself.

Overall: 28

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