Top Five Most Difficult Positions In Sports
If you are interested in sports as a fan, player, or coach and have friends that have an interest in a different sport then you enjoy, then I am assuming you might have had a debate on the most difficult positions to play in all of sports? Below we at VelcroGloves.com have put together our top five list of most difficult positions to play in all of sports. If you have a position that you think should be on this please, please share in the comments below.
1. Goal Keeper – Soccer:
AKA “Keeper” Goal Keepers have very little chance of being effective in their position when you consider how big the net is and how fast the sport moves. Defending an 8×24 ft net is not easy at all. Even the tallest of keepers cannot lay down and cover half the width of full-size goal.They have very little time to react and their chances of making big plays are very low.
2. Goalie – Hockey:
First off, the net is way bigger than in looks on TV. It’s 4X6 ft wide. Hockey is the fastest sport there is and goalies have to contend with huge screens in front of them and shots of up to 100 mph. Would you be able to stand in front of a 100 mph slap-shot? Even with all that padding, it cannot be fun to catch an NHL slapper square in the chest.The puck is small and the surface is slippery. Combine this with the speed of the game and it’s extremely difficult.
3. Catcher Velcro Gloves demo – Baseball:
Try squatting for hours on end, which puts major strain on the knees. Then add catcher’s equipment in 85-100 degree heat. Then go ahead and run 90 ft. about 15 or 16 times backing up 1st base. Then, just for fun, have one of your friends run you over at full speed. And if that isn’t enough to convince you that being a Major League catcher is physically demanding, try doing it in a 162 game schedule that lasts over six months, not including the playoffs.
4. Quarterback – Football:
A quarterback has to keep more things in mind than any other position in any sport. It takes unbelievable nerve to be able to stand in a small space, knowing that at any second you could be hit by a 250-350 pound lineman. This is by far the most difficult position to play from a mental perspective since there are a multitude of things going on at once and in such a short time. The level of skill required is also astounding. The way elite QBs can hit the hands of a receiver on tight passes in double coverage is highly impressive.
5. Pitcher – Baseball:
Admittedly, The physical strain that is put on the arm throwing a ball at 90 to a 100 mph is incredible.I’m always impressed by the speed an accuracy at which pitchers throw the ball. Add in the stress of throwing the junk pitches like breaking pitches and it is easily one of the most physically demanding activities in sports. Pressure like all the sports listed comes into play. When you watch a playoff game in the late innings, I can’t imagine any position that I haven’t already listed that would be more nerve-wracking than being a pitcher. The outcome of the game is in their hands.