Just six months after opening our brand new Gatlinburg sports complex, we at Rocky Top Sports World are happy to announce that we are on track to exceed our first-year predictions by over 46 percent. We have already hosted a total of 26 different tournaments, and we are looking forward to what the future will bring. Read More
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Rocky Top Sports World is excited to announce a 6 week flag football tournament in Gatlinburg that kicks off this February! We have put together a convenient guide with everything you need to know about the tournament: Read More
One of the unique things about Rocky Top Sports World is our scenic location less than 10 minutes from both the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and downtown Gatlinburg. In addition to the beautiful scenery surrounding Rocky Top, our 80 acre sports complex is conveniently situated just a few minutes from several nearby restaurants. If you’re looking for a great spot to grab lunch before or after a visit to our facilities, you can’t go wrong with these Gatlinburg restaurants near Rocky Top Sports World: Read More
Rocky Top Sports World has the perfect facilities to host your winter sports tournament! Our 86,000 square foot indoor complex can host a wide variety of sports, including volleyball, basketball, wrestling, martial arts, and more. Rocky Top boasts configurable space for 12 volleyball courts, six hardwood basketball courts, and plenty of bleacher seating. In addition, there is event planner work space, the indoor Champ’s Grill, and several team rooms. We provide nearly everything you need to host a successful tournament. However, there are six things that you should bring to your winter sports tournament in Gatlinburg: Read More
When it comes to youth sports in the Smoky Mountains, it is easy to focus on all the positive benefits for the players. However, when it comes to sports teams, the coaches are just as important as the players. These are the men and women who work around the clock to make sure that their players are the best athletes they can be. Read More
What helps Rocky Top Sports World stand apart from another youth sporting facilities in the Southeast is not only our state-of-the-art design, but it is our ability to adapt and accommodate groups of all different types and sizes. Read More
If you have ever visited the Smoky Mountains, then you know that it is by far one of the best places to bring your family or sports team. There are so many fun things to do, places to shop and restaurants to dine in, that it is impossible to fit it all in in one trip. Read More
At Rocky Top Sports World, we are proud to offer athletes and teams a state-of-the-art Smoky Mountain sports environment. From our 86,000 square-foot indoor facility to our seven outdoor playing fields, our Gatlinburg sports complex offers nothing but the highest quality tournament experience imaginable. Read More
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.
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.
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
There 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.
Looking for a great location to have your child’s next birthday? Rocky Top Sports World can host the perfect party for your little athlete! Our state-of-the-art sports complex in Gatlinburg, Tennessee has everything you need for your son or daughter’s special day. Here are a few reasons your kids will have a blast at a Sports World birthday party: Read More