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The Top 4 Hardest Positions In Sport

Submitted by solomon on Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:13
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There are thousands of sports which are separated into hundreds of genres, and they all range in difficulty. But which sports' positions are the hardest to play in? 

Lacrosse – Defender/Goalie

Lacrosse is a team sport, played with a lacrosse ball and lacrosse stick. The lacrosse stick is used for shooting, passing and carrying the ball, and is very difficult indeed. The stick is long, has an l-shaped or curved frame at the bottom, and has a shallow piece of netting at the other end. Now, this sport is especially difficult for defenders and goalies. This is because their task is to stop the ball from going into the goal, and by doing this, they must catch the extremely fastmoving lacrosse ball as it flies through the air, with just a small net on the end of a stick. Don’t get me wrong, all positions in lacrosse are difficult, but defenders and goalies have it worse. They must have fast reactions, and precision catching to stop their offence scoring against them.

American Football – All Positions

American football is another team sport, where the team must get a sort of round, oval-shaped ball to the end of the pitch, where they get a 'touchdown'. You can tell how tough the sport is just by looking at the players, wearing thick, protective plastic helmets and a protective chest piece whilst playing. Like lacrosse, the players must have fast reactions and precision catching, but for different reasons. The way to stop your opponent in American football is to pretty much ram down and push them to the ground – looks very painful if you ask me. So, the players must dodge their opponent and get past them to reach the end of the field where they get a touchdown; or, they can pass the ball, which is often what the players do. It is catapulted down the pitch at high speeds as the player running down the pitch has to catch it, along with avoiding the opposing team from slamming them to the ground. Overall, the whole sport is extremely difficult, needing lots of physical strength and characteristics, along with precision and speed.

Ice Hockey – All Positions

Ice hockey is, you guessed it, another team sport – a reoccurring trend in this article. In ice hockey, the players are ice skating on a 200x85 foot rink. The two teams of skaters use their hockey sticks to try and shoot a rubber puck into their opponents' goal/net. The teams are typically 6 per side, and sometimes the rink can get a little heated, with occasional fights breaking out between players. Yes, I have said that all positions are difficult in ice hockey – which they are – but like lacrosse, especially hard for goalies. All the players are wearing similar protective gear to American football players, protective plastic helmets and a big, thick shirt and shorts. The goalies, on top of all of this, have big plastic leg and arm pads, serving as a shield – to stop getting hurt from the fast-moving puck – and also as a help to stop the puck itself from going into the net. The players need fast eyes and reactions, and extreme precision to pass, shoot and dribble the puck and hopefully score a goal. Like I said, the goalies have it especially hard, having to stop the extremely fast puck fly into the net. They need to have no fear to throw their bodies in front of the puck to block it.

Rugby – All Positions

Rugby is – yet again – a team sport! It is a 15 a side sport, with up to 8 substitutes. Similar to American football, the players must get a circular, oval-like ball to the other side of the pitch to get a 'try', and the player who gets there must press the ball down past the try line to score a try, whereas American football, the player must simply just get the ball over the line. All rugby positions are extremely difficult, and they all need different characteristics and physical attributes to be played. Again, similar to American football the way to stop the opposing team is to tackle them to the ground. However, rugby players have no protective gear, so injury risk is high. The precision they need is much less because the players are only allowed to pass backwards, meaning that they can't really throw passes crossing the whole pitch. The players must dodge and avoid the opposite team to reach the try line, and rugby is typically played on a 120x70 metre field. The players often get muddy and dirty, and they even wear mouth guards to make sure they don’t lose a tooth from all the times they fall to the ground.

By Theo