Category Archives: Trends in Youth Sports

Young women in uniforms playing a game of basketball.

Scientific Study Finds That Athletes Make Better Decisions Under Pressure

It is no secret that playing sports comes with a variety of important physical and mental benefits. Participating in athletics has been linked with everything from healthy weight maintenance to high self esteem.

Although it may get less attention, playing sports has also been correlated with another important trait: making better decisions under pressure. Scientists have found that playing sports can focus the brain in a way that often makes athletes better decision makers than non-athletes. Rocky Top Sports World has put together a brief summary of a fascinating study on this topic. (more…)

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. (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! (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.   (more…)

Boy smiling while removing his mouth guard at a Gatlinburg football game.

New Survey Shows That Football is The Fastest Growing Youth Sport in America

For years, Monday Night Football games began with the classic question, “Are you ready for some football?” According to a new survey, the answer is still a resounding “yes”! A recent study commissioned by USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, found that football is the fastest growing youth sport in the country.

As one of the Southeast’s leading destinations for youth football tournaments, camps, and events, Rocky Top Sports World is thrilled to hear this news! We’ve summarized the survey’s findings below. (more…)

A coach talking to a team of young soccer players at our sports complex in Gatlinburg.

Youth Sports of the Americas Shares Best Practices for Coaching

Anyone who has played youth sports knows that a coach can have a huge impact on your enjoyment of the game, future in athletics, and life in general. A great coach will inspire you to grow as an athlete and a person, while a bad one can make you want to quit sports altogether. Here at Rocky Top Sports World, we want to encourage the right type of coaching. That’s why we’re sharing this helpful coaching advice from Youth Sports of the Americas, a group dedicated to promoting healthy, safe, and enjoyable youth sports participation. (more…)