Rocky Top Sports World Blog

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4 True Stories About Youth Sports That Will Inspire You

Sometimes it’s not until you’re given a challenge that you realize how strong you are. When you play youth sports, you learn the importance of working hard to achieve goals, like winning a game. There have been many youth athletes who have overcome obstacles to have a shining moment, and it’s these moments that become an inspiration to other youth athletes. Here are 4 true youth sports stories that will inspire you. Read More

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5 Tips for Improving Teamwork on Your Youth Sports Team

A team can’t be successful without teamwork! When you’re coaching a youth sports team, the best thing to teach them is the importance of teamwork. Learning at a young age what it’s like to be a part of a team and how to work well with others will benefit them throughout the rest of their lives. If you are looking to improve teamwork on your youth sports team, follow these 5 tips: Read More

Beautiful fall colors in the Smoky Mountains.

Top 5 Places to See Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains

The fall is one of the very best times of the year for a tournament at Rocky Top Sports World! In addition to comfortably cool weather, autumn also brings breathtaking foliage to Gatlinburg, TN and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. When you’re not playing at Rocky Top, you can enjoy some leaf peeping with your family or teammates. Read More

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How to Know If Your Young Athlete is Ready for a Travel Team

Joining a travel sports team can be a great opportunity for young athletes! Designed for the most talented and dedicated players, these elite teams travel far and wide to compete in games and tournaments with the best of the best. While playing on a travel team can be an amazing experience, it is also a significant commitment for young athletes and their families. As you decide whether travel sports are right for your child, be sure to keep the following factors in mind. Read More

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6 Youth Sports Apps and Websites That Your Team Will Love

The digital revolution is transforming the world of youth sports. Whether you’re looking to save time on team management activities, connect with fans, or improve your training, there is an app for that! To help you navigate all of the new products out there, Rocky Top Sports World has put together a guide to six of the best youth sports apps and websites. Read More

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7 Traits That Make Student-Athletes Great Leaders

It is no coincidence that a large percentage of CEOs and elected officials were athletes in their youth! As many business and political leaders will tell you, they started to develop the skills that have served them well throughout their careers when they were student-athletes. Here at Rocky Top Sports World, we have seen first hand how playing sports brings out the best in kids and young adults. Read on to learn the top seven traits that make student-athletes great leaders. Read More

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5 of the Best Places to Get Dessert in Gatlinburg

Here at Rocky Top Sports World, we are big proponents of healthy eating. However, we also recognize that it’s important to reward yourself with a treat now and again! Our sports complex is located just a short drive away from a number of restaurants that serve mouthwatering sweets. After your big game at Rocky Top, we recommend getting dessert in Gatlinburg at one of the following eateries. Read More

A Smoky Mountain black bear cub in a tree.

Top 3 Places to See Smoky Mountain Wildlife When You Visit Gatlinburg

No trip to Gatlinburg, TN is complete without seeing some of the area’s signature wildlife! When you’re in town for a tournament or event at Rocky Top Sports World, you will definitely want to venture into the Great Smoky Mountains to catch a glimpse of the national park’s beautiful animals. To help you make the most of your time in Gatlinburg, we have put together a handy guide to the top three places for viewing Smoky Mountain wildlife. Read More

A beautiful winding road with mountain views in Cades Cove.

Top 5 Smoky Mountain Scenic Drives to Take During Your Visit to Gatlinburg

Located on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN is home to some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the world! When you’re in town for a tournament or event at Rocky Top Sports World, you will definitely want to soak up some of Gatlinburg’s magnificent scenery with a drive through the mountains. To help you make the most of your time in Gatlinburg, we have put together a handy guide to the top five Smoky Mountain scenic drives. Read More