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How to Travel to a Gatlinburg Sports Tournament in Style

You have practiced as much as you could. The entry fees have been paid. You and your team have found the perfect lodging accommodation that meets your needs. Now, it is time to decide what you all need to pack for your upcoming fun and exciting Gatlinburg sports tournament.

Because Rocky Top Sports World is located within a day’s drive of most of the country, you and your team won’t have to worry about airplane restrictions in terms of traveling. However, it will still be nice to have everything you need before the competition begins. That being said, here are our top suggestions of travel tips for a successful Gatlinburg sports tournament.

Smoky Mountain Road Map

The last thing you want to happen on the way to the competition is to get lost. And although GPS devices can be pretty nifty, there are a few spots in the area where the maps don’t exactly sync up with what the road actually looks like. That is why we suggest teams and parents bring a physical map of the area with them, so they don’t accidentally take the wrong turn and miss the beginning of the game.

girls playing basketball at Rocky Top Sports WorldBesides, having a physical backup is always a good idea in case for some reason your cell phone or device’s battery dies, and you don’t have time to wait for it to recharge.

Travel With Teammates

At Rocky Top Sports World, we have been very fortunate to have the ability to partner with many of the area’s most respected lodging partners for our tournaments. These rental companies have been really great to the families and teams who come to the area for one of our Gatlinburg sports tournaments by offering them exclusive deals and discounts during their stay.

That being said, you and your team can save even more on your travel expenses by deciding to stay together as a group. Whether it is the whole team or just a family or two, the more people you have to split the lodging cost, the cheaper per person it will be.

To find the lodging options for your Gatlinburg sports tournament, click on the Smoky Mountain Lodging tab on our website.

Doctor examining young athlete's knee at Rocky Top Sports WorldPack a Travel Kit

This may not seem like much, but a small kit that has things like sewing materials, scissors, extra pairs of game socks, hair ties, band-aids, hot/cold packs, pain reliever, or whatever else you can think of, will really come in handy once you arrive at your tournament at our Gatlinburg sports complex. Not only does this cut down on the smaller items that you will have to pick up once you arrive in the area, but it will also make sure you are prepared for anything that might come up during the event.

To make sure that the kit arrives safely to your destination, we suggest putting one parents or guardian in charge of packing a travel kit for the team. To be fair, you can alternate the responsibility between tournaments.

Purchase Travel Insurance

There is a really low chance that something negative will happen while you are away from home for your Gatlinburg sports tournament, however having the safety net of travel insurance makes these unforeseen circumstances much less of a headache. This also helps protect the money you have invested for the trip in case your young athlete becomes sick or injured before the tournament.

Plan a Vacation

your soccer players at Rocky Top Sports WorldThere is no reason to travel all the way to the Smoky Mountains and not spend a few days in the area resting and relaxing with your teammates. Try to build in an extra day or two into your schedule after the tournament to allow your team to celebrate their experience at one of the many exciting attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

This mini-vacation will not only help them de-stress from the tournament mindset, but it is also a great team building exercise to bring your teammates closer together.

Click here for a list of all of our favorite Smoky Mountain attractions near Rocky Top Sports World.

Do you have any more questions on what you should bring for your team’s Gatlinburg sports tournament? Feel free to call Rocky Top Sports World today and speak with one of our events specialists. You can also fill out the contact form on our website, and one of our staff members will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

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Rocky Top Sports World: Top 6 Benefits Of Playing Youth Sports

At Rocky Top Sports World, we understand how important it is for kids to participate in a youth sports program. Not only do we support it because it gives kids a chance to explore our Gatlinburg Sports complex, but we also know there is a ton of health benefits associated with youth sports.

In case you weren’t aware of these benefits, we have decided to provide parents a little breakdown of just how much of a positive impact that competition has on your kid’s life.

Physical Fitness

It’s a given that the more time your child spends playing sports, then the better in shape he or she may be. However, when we say that playing sports improve physical fitness, we are talking about a more well-rounded physical health. Meaning that not only will your child be strong, but he or she will also probably eat better and have more mental clarity as well.

Living a healthy lifestyle is important, not matter how old you are. That is why we at Rocky Top Sports World are excited to help young athletes develop these skills at an early at our Gatlinburg sports complex.

Builds Social Skills

youth team sports at Rocky Top Sports WorldWhen your child participates in a team sport than he or she will have a unique opportunity to create bonds with kids his/her own age. There is no comradery quite like that shared between teammates. And the more time that your child spends with his/her teammates, the more social skills and cues he/she will learn that they can then translate into real world situations.

This way, when they grow up, young athletes will be better equipped to make friends and interact with new people in any social situation.

Improves Self-Esteem

When you are in shape and you have good friends, it is hard for anyone to not also have a high self-esteem. Thanks to the help of a couple other benefits from playing youth sports, young athletes are also known to have a higher confidence level than kids who do not play sports.

This positive attitude not only inspires them to take chances and go for the win on the field, but it also helps them stay driven to succeed off the field as well.

soccer competition at Gatlinburg sports complexIncreases Academic Success

Sports create structure in children’s life. It helps them understand how to prioritize and manage their time.

In return, this structured mindset helps competitors succeed both in the sports world and academically. Just like they have to study the playbooks and practice tapes before each game, your young athlete will learn the importance of studying and getting good grades.

Life-Long Memories

As parents, we want our children to look back on their childhood one day and have it be filled with fond memories. By participating in a youth sports program, parents are giving their children tons of opportunities to create these memories. Whether it be the time they scored the game-winning goal or the funny story that resulted from the car ride on the way to their tournament at Rocky Top Sports World, every time your child gets ready to compete is a new opportunity to create a life-long memory.

In addition, these memories can also hold strong life lessons that will follow your young athlete throughout his/her life. Lessons like perseverance, courage, strength and teamwork are extremely valuable lessons to know as they grow and mature into young adults.

Reduces the Risk of Osteoporosis

girls playing volleyball at Rocky Top Sports WorldThough this probably isn’t a great concern now, as your child grows older and fully-develops into an adult, the physical activity that he or she participated in when they were younger will actually help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. In case you aren’t familiar, osteoporosis is a condition that affects the density of bones. Particularly prominent among females, the Women’s Sports Foundation recently released that youth athletes have a lower risk of developing this condition when they grow up thanks to the physical conditioning they did as a child.

Learn More About Youth Sports at Rocky Top Sports World

Now that you have learned all about the many health benefits available to children who participate in sporting events, why not begin planning your next tournament or youth camp at Rocky Top Sports World today by taking a few moments and explore what all our spacious Gatlinburg sports complex has to offer. At Rocky Top Sports World, we not only offer an 86,000 square-foot indoor sports facility, but we also offer a total of 7 synthetic-turf outdoor fields that are perfect for football, soccer and lacrosse.

Our facility also offers several private meeting rooms, team locker rooms, a concession stand, and, of course, unbeatable views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

To learn more about Rocky Top Sports World, feel free to give us a call today, or fill out the Gatlinburg sports contact form on our website.


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