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.
One of the greatest college football coaches of all time will lead a special camp at Rocky Top Sports World this June! The famous Phillip Fulmer will share his unparalleled knowledge of the game with aspiring football players, ages 7 - 17. Read on for everything you need to know about this one of a kind Gatlinburg football camp.
Here at Rocky Top Sports World, we like to keep up with the latest information and studies about youth sports. One trend that we thought was worth investigating was sports specialization in kids. Increasingly, many parents are encouraging their children to intensively train in only one sport from a very young age. Does this early specialization actually give young athletes an edge? To find out, we took a look at a comprehensive study from the Sports Health journal entitled Sports Specialization in Young Athletes. We’ve summarized and analyzed their findings below.
Kids love staying active and being outdoors; and parents love letting their little ones burn off their extra pent up energy! Playing team sports at Rocky Top Sports World is not only fun, but it also improves the quality of life for children. Here are just five of the benefits of playing Smoky Mountain sports:
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.
Rocky Top Sports World is excited to host a special opportunity for young athletes in the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area! Former NFL and University of Tennessee football player Jabari Davis will host a two day camp at our athletic complex on March 28 - 29, 2016 from 9 a.m - noon. Read on to find out all the details about this exciting event.
Rocky Top Sports World is thrilled to announce a new, exciting feature for residents, athletes, and guests! The City of Gatlinburg recently completed construction on a greenway around our Smoky Mountain sports complex and Mills Park. The new greenway provides a convenient and scenic way to travel from field to field. Read on for everything you need to know about these beautiful walking trails.
Here at Rocky Top Sports World, we offer some of the best athletic facilities in the Southeast to players and teams from around the country. In addition to our top notch courts and fields, we also strive to maintain a positive atmosphere that keeps athletes coming back again and again. If we had to sum up the culture and standards we aim to foster at our sports complex in Gatlinburg in one word, it would be “sportsmanship”. In this article, we will examine what sportsmanship means to us and what we expect from athletes, coaches, and parents who visit Rocky Top Sports World.
Becoming more active is something that most people strive for as they begin a new year, and it is an especially important goal for kids. One of the best ways to get your child moving is by having them join a sports team. Along with having fun with friends, there are many great benefits for playing a team sport. Here are just some of the advantages of joining a Smoky Mountain sports team:
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:
Rocky Top Sports World has become known for hosting some of the region's most popular soccer tournaments. However, a different type of Smoky Mountain soccer tournament comes to our sports facility in late January with the Gatlinburg Futsal Championship! Here is everything you need to know about this unique sport, as well as all of the event details:
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.
If you’ve been wondering what it’s like to compete at Rocky Top Sports World, you’ll definitely want to watch our new video! This brief but exhilarating cinematic trailer takes just over a minute to showcase the challenges and excitement of reaching the top and becoming a Smoky Mountain sports champion at Rocky Top:
The new year is quickly approaching and that means it is time to consider what your New Year’s Resolution is going to be. No matter what you set your mind to, you can achieve and conquer your goals for the upcoming year. One of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions is spending more time being active. There are many great ways that you can stay active throughout the year, and you will be so happy with the results of doing so, no matter where you go to exercise. Our Rocky Top Sports World leagues offer a unique way to achieve your goal of being more active. Here are a few reasons to make joining one of our Rocky Top Sports World leagues your New Year’s Resolution: