Category Archives: Trends in Youth Sports

A basketball team of young women and their coach at our Gatlinburg sports complex.

CNN Report Details How Team Sports Help Women Succeed Professionally

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. (more…)

A group of kids on a Smoky Mountain sports team putting their hands in together,

Smoky Mountain Sports Trends: Sports Illustrated Suggests New Year’s Resolutions for Youth Sports

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. (more…)

Smoky Mountain sports teams giving each other high fives after the end of a football game.

Smoky Mountain Sports Trends: New Research Details Physical and Mental Benefits of Youth Sports

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: (more…)

A youth basketball coach giving advice to his team at our Smoky Mountain sports complex.

Smoky Mountain Sports Trends: Experts Weigh In On What Makes Successful Youth Athletics

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. (more…)