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!
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.
Martial arts are some of the fastest growing sports in America, especially for children. Whether it’s Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, or Jiu-Jitsu, you are guaranteed to find a martial arts class near where you live. No matter which type your kids choose, training in the martial arts provides a number of important physical and mental benefits.
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.
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.
While we all know that team sports are a great way to have fun, make friends, and stay in shape, new research shows that being involved in athletics can have far reaching benefits for women. A report from CNN details the ways that playing sports can help women succeed in their professional lives. Read on as we sift through the data to see what it is about team sports that is giving so many women the edge.
To mark the beginning of the new year, Sports Illustrated’s “This is Your Brain on Sports” podcast proposed a number of resolutions for everyone involved in the world of youth sports. In this episode, Sam Sommers, the show’s host, spoke with Megan Bartlett, the chief program officer at Up2Us Sports, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure young athletes across the country have access to great coaching. Sam and Megan gave a lot of great advice, so we thought we would share their insight in this blog.
Everyone knows that playing sports can be an important part of growing up, but new research shows just how beneficial youth athletics can be. The True Sport Report, sponsored by the USADA, found that playing youth sports fosters tremendous physical, emotional, psychological, and social benefits. Read on for a closer look at all of the advantages kids enjoy when they play sports:
National experts have recently weighed in on youth sports, noting that positive development and easy access to information are the primary keys to successful youth athletics. Read on to discover what experts have said about effective youth sports programs and how Rocky Top has been as a leader in these programs at our Smoky Mountain sports facility.
Playing youth sports in Gatlinburg offers a ton of amazing benefits for kids. Not only does it help them live a healthier lifestyle, but it also helps them build social skills and increases academic success. However, did you know that playing sports also offers several longer-lasting benefits, especially for girls?
The fastest growing sport in the United States isn’t what you would expect. Believe it or not, the pastime that has shown the most growth in the last decade is lacrosse! Read on to find out why this exciting sport has become so popular and why Rocky Top Sports World is the number one tournament destination for lacrosse in Gatlinburg.