Category Archives: Our Gatlinburg Sports Complex

Coach Phillip Fulmer working with kids at his football camp at Rocky Top Sports World.

4 Things to Look For When Selecting a Youth Sports Camp

Attending a youth sports camp is a great way for young athletes to sharpen their skills outside of their school or travel team. The best camps offer invaluable instruction from accomplished athletes and coaches that you won’t find anywhere else. However, not all of the camps out there are worth your money. To help you select the right camp for your child, be sure to look for these four things as you do your research: (more…)

A young woman throwing a frisbee in a field.

5 Unorthodox Sports Tournament Ideas You Could Organize at Rocky Top Sports World

Here at Rocky Top Sports World, we can accommodate virtually any type of sports event. With seven outdoor fields, an 86,000 square ft indoor complex, team rooms, referee locker rooms, and plenty of bleacher seating, our campus in Gatlinburg, TN has everything you need for an incredible tournament.

While soccer, football, basketball, and volleyball tournaments are most common at Rocky Top, we are definitely not limited to these sports! In fact, we love to host tournaments for sports that don’t always get the same attention as their mainstream counterparts. To help spark your imagination, we have put together a list of five unorthodox sports tournaments that you could organize at Rocky Top Sports World: (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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A woman's hand raising a gold medal in the air.

Olympic Contenders Inspire Young Athletes at Rocky Top Sports World

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are right around the corner, and here at Rocky Top Sports World, our young athletes couldn’t be more excited! The children and teenagers who train and compete at our Gatlinburg sports complex can’t wait to see their favorite athletes head to Rio to try and bring back the gold. While many Olympic contenders have captured the imagination of young visitors to Rocky Top Sports World, there are a few athletes and teams who really stand out.

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Young woman drinking water with the sun in the background.

Beat the Heat: Remember to Stay Hydrated This Summer at Rocky Top Sports World

Here at Rocky Top Sports World, we love summer in the Smoky Mountains! With average highs in the mid-80s and lows in the 60s, the weather is perfect for outdoor sports camps and tournaments. At the same time, the summer heat requires athletes to take special precautions when they enjoy some fun in the sun. We have put together a convenient guide with everything you need to know about staying hydrated during summer sporting events at Rocky Top: (more…)

A beautiful field at our sports complex in Gatlinburg TN.

3 Things Athletes Love About Playing at Rocky Top Sports World

Here at Rocky Top Sports World, we love getting feedback from the athletes and families who visit our sports complex in Gatlinburg TN! We are very proud to have over forty 5 star reviews on our Facebook page, with an average rating of 4.7 stars. As we read over our reviews, we noticed that certain themes kept coming up over and over again. Here are the top three things visitors loved about their experience at Rocky Top Sports World: (more…)

A girl playing soccer at our Smoky Mountain sports complex.

Should Young Athletes Specialize in Only One Sport?

Here at Rocky Top Sports World, we like to keep up with the latest information and studies about youth sports. One trend that we thought was worth investigating was sports specialization in kids. Increasingly, many parents are encouraging their children to intensively train in only one sport from a very young age. Does this early specialization actually give young athletes an edge? To find out, we took a look at a comprehensive study from the Sports Health journal entitled Sports Specialization in Young Athletes. We’ve summarized and analyzed their findings below. (more…)

Aerial view of the fields at our Smoky Mountain sports complex.

New Greenway Opens Around Rocky Top Sports World and Mills Park

Rocky Top Sports World is thrilled to announce a new, exciting feature for residents, athletes, and guests! The City of Gatlinburg recently completed construction on a greenway around our Smoky Mountain sports complex and Mills Park. The new greenway provides a convenient and scenic way to travel from field to field. Read on for everything you need to know about these beautiful walking trails. (more…)