In addition to parents and teachers, a coach can be one of the most important role models for a child. A great coach has the power to change the trajectory of a young athlete’s life and to impart lessons that resonate for years to come.
Whether they play football, basketball, soccer, or virtually any other type of sport, young athletes need to have good stamina and endurance. Even if you are a pro at making jump shots or an all star on defense, if you get winded 25 minutes into a game, you’re not going to be playing at your full potential.
If you’re a student athlete, we have some good news for you! While juggling your academic and athletic obligations can be challenging, studies have shown that making the extra effort can pay off in a big way. When compared with students who do not play sports, student athletes consistently have higher GPAs, more positive attitudes about school, and more interest in going to college. In short, being an athlete makes you a better student.
While eating healthy is important for everyone, it is absolutely essential for young athletes! Playing sports requires athletes to be at their best, and that means giving your body the fuel it needs to succeed. To help you prepare for your next tournament at Rocky Top Sports World, our team has put together four nutrition tips for young athletes.
Taekwondo is one of the most popular martial arts across the globe. Originating in South Korea, this fighting style is known for its head-height kicks and lightning fast moves. Here at Rocky Top Sports World, we love to host taekwondo tournaments at our 86,000 square foot indoor complex! To prepare for our latest taekwondo event, we have put together five interesting facts about the history of taekwondo:
Winter is one of the very best times to visit Gatlinburg, TN! During the holiday season and the first few months of the new year, our Smoky Mountain city is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with dazzling Christmas lights and (if we’re lucky) snowcapped peaks. Rocky Top Sports World is hosting some great tournaments this winter, so you can enjoy everything Gatlinburg has to offer while you’re in town for an athletic event. Read on for a quick look at all of the winter fun happening in the Smokies this year.
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.
Traveling for a youth sports tournament or event can be a ton of fun; especially when you’re playing at Rocky Top Sports World! Our state of the art athletic complex is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in beautiful Gatlinburg, TN. When you come to town for a competition, you will also have the chance to enjoy one of the nation’s top vacation destinations. To help make your road trip to Gatlinburg a breeze, Rocky Top Sports World has put together the following travel tips:
Is your youth volleyball team looking for some additional practice this season? The Spike-O-Rama Volleyball Play Day is the perfect opportunity for some fun competition outside of your league’s schedule. Held at Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg, TN, this one day event will bring together some of the best middle school age and high school age volleyball teams in the Southeast. Read on to learn everything you need to know about this highly anticipated play day in the Smokies.
One of the many advantages of playing in a tournament at Rocky Top Sports World is having the chance to visit Gatlinburg, TN. This charming city is located at the doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the United States. With over 800 miles of beautifully maintained trails, the Smokies are guaranteed to have a hike that is right for you.
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:
For many families, watching or playing football on Thanksgiving is as important a part of the holiday as turkey and stuffing! Have you ever wondered why Thanksgiving football became an American tradition? Rocky Top Sports World did a little research to bring you the answer to this question.
In recent years, youth lacrosse has really taken off in the United States. In fact, lacrosse is the fastest growing high school sport in America! While the popularity of the sport may be a recent trend, lacrosse has been played in North America for centuries. Rocky Top Sports World did a little research to bring you five interesting facts about the history of lacrosse:
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.
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.