All posts by Jason Fishman

The city of Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mountains.

Youth Sports Tourism Becomes Fastest-Growing Part of Travel Industry

Rocky Top Sports World is pleased to report that youth sports tourism is on the rise! As detailed in The Monitor, travel related to youth athletics has become a $10 billion a year industry. Having grown by 20 percent in the last two years, youth sports tourism is the fastest growing part of the travel industry. As more kids get involved in travel sports and attend tournaments across the nation, families are increasingly trying to coordinate their vacations with their children’s sporting events. Read More

A beautiful field at Rocky Top Sports World.

Rocky Top Sports World Exceeds Expectations with $27.5 Million Economic Impact in Second Year

At Rocky Top Sports World’s grand opening in September 2014, our ambassador Coach Phillip Fulmer told the crowd, “This was a great vision by a lot of people to come together and this will not only impact the lives of a lot of young people around the country, but the lives here economically.” Coach Fulmer could not have been more correct. Data from Rocky Top Sports World’s second year shows that our sports complex has had a profound economic impact on Sevier County.

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The skyline of the city of Gatlinburg.

The Best Gatlinburg Attractions and Restaurants for Athletes at Rocky Top Sports World

One of the advantages of participating in a tournament or event at Rocky Top Sports World is having the chance to visit Gatlinburg, TN. Located at the doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains, our city is one of the top family vacation destinations in the country. Even if you have a demanding playing schedule, you will still be able to find time to enjoy everything the region has to offer. Read More

A young woman kicking a soccer ball towards the goal.

Youth Soccer Has Made “The Beautiful Game” One of America’s Major Sports

When you think of iconic American sports, baseball, football, and basketball probably come to mind. However, recent youth sports participation data shows that soccer is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. In 2016, there were roughly 3 million kids playing in youth soccer leagues. That’s over a million more kids than baseball and double the amount of kids who play tackle football! Read More

Beautiful autumn leaves in the Smoky Mountains.

Come for a Tournament, Stay for the Leaves: Fall at Rocky Top Sports World

Here at Rocky Top Sports World, fall is one of our favorite times of the year! With cool, comfortable weather, the autumn climate in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains is ideal for outdoor activities. Of course, Gatlinburg is also famous for its beautiful fall foliage. With over 100 species of trees in the Smokies, the area offers some of the most spectacular red, orange, and yellow leaves in North America. Read More

Boys on a youth soccer team in a huddle before the game.

Psychologist Shares 3 Tips for Character Building in Youth Sports

Dr. Jason Richardson is uniquely qualified to talk about character building in youth sports. In addition to having a Doctorate in Psychology, Richardson is also a former BMX Racer who maintained a Top-Ten World or National Ranking for the majority of his 15 year career. At the age of 19, Richardson was a Union Cycliste Internationale World Champion, and 13 years later he earned a Gold Medal at the Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro.   Read More

A football and a helmet on a field at sunset.

A Turkey Day Tradition: The Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Bowl at Rocky Top Sports World

Ever since the Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day in 1934, football has been forever linked with the holiday. Here in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, we have our very own Turkey Day tradition: the Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Bowl. Established in 1972, this annual tournament is a hugely popular event with locals and visitors alike. Formerly held at Gatlinburg Pittman High School and later Mills Park, the Thanksgiving Bowl has been hosted by Rocky Top Sports World since 2014. Read on to learn everything you need to know about one of our favorite autumn tournaments. Read More

A youth soccer team holding their trophy in the air.

Enjoy Labor Day Weekend in the Smokies with This Gatlinburg Soccer Tournament

This Labor Day Weekend, Rocky Top Sports World will host one of our largest soccer tournaments to date! The Gatlinburg Labor Day Invitational is a two day competition open to youth soccer teams from across the United States. Catering to all levels of play, this exciting Gatlinburg soccer tournament is the perfect way to kick off a three day weekend in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. Read on for everything you need to know about this eagerly anticipated event. Read More

A cheerleading squad.

Get Ready to Battle in Rocky Top: Cheer Competition in Gatlinburg TN Arrives This Fall

Does your cheer squad have what it takes to be #1? This November, cheerleading teams from around the nation will come to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for the popular Battle in Rocky Top Cheer Competition. This excellent event is sponsored by the Battle in Rocky Top National Championship Youth Football Tournament, which will be held over the same weekend. Read on for everything you need to know about the premiere cheer competition in Gatlinburg TN. Read More