Rocky Top Sports World Blog

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8 Tips for Parents with Kids Who Play Youth Sports

When your child plays youth sports, we know you want to be the best parent you can be and make sure they’re set up for success! The most important thing to do is make sure your child is happy and having fun. It’s easy to get caught up in the game just like the players and coaches do, but you should always set a good example for your child. Check out these 8 tips for parents with kids who play youth sports: Read More

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10 Most Inspirational Quotes from Legendary Basketball Coach Pat Summitt

When you hear the name Pat Summitt, one word comes to mind: legend. Pat Summitt was the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols and is the all-time winningest coach in college basketball history for both men’s and women’s teams! She had 1,098 career wins and 8 NCAA championships during her 38 seasons with the Lady Vols. Throughout her coaching career, Summitt became known for her inspirational leadership. Here are some of her most inspirational quotes: Read More

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Ways to Prepare for Your First Sports Tournament in the Smoky Mountains

If you’ve never been to a tournament in the Smoky Mountains, it can be stressful figuring out what to pack, where to stay, and how to prepare for the tournament itself. That’s why we’re here to help! Our Smoky Mountain sports complex is the host of plenty of tournaments and events throughout the year, and we know all the best ways for you to prepare. Find out the top ways to prepare for your first sports tournament in the Smoky Mountains: Read More

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4 Best Winter Hikes in the Smoky Mountains to Try When You Visit

The Smoky Mountains are a beautiful winter wonderland! When you visit during this season, take some time to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and choose from more than 850 miles of trails to hike. From frozen waterfalls to snow-covered mountaintops, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous views. Here are 4 of the best winter hikes in the Smoky Mountains to try when you visit: Read More

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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