Rocky Top Sports World Blog

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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

Confident young women on a soccer team.

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

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4 Tips for Creating a Positive Culture for Your Youth Sports Team

Although it is often overlooked, culture is one of the most important aspects of a youth sports team. A positive culture makes playing on a team fun and rewarding, while a toxic culture can stress athletes out and sabotage their performance. Bo Hanson, a former Olympic athlete and coaching consultant, defines team culture as “the way we behave on this team.” The behavior of athletes on a team is a reflection of the team’s values, so a good team culture starts with a set of shared principles. To help you create a successful culture for your youth sports team, Rocky Top Sports World has put together the following four tips. Read More

Aerial view of the fields at Rocky Top Sports World.

5 Amenities That Make Rocky Top Sports World the Ultimate Tournament Destination

Attracting over 42,000 athletes each year, Rocky Top Sports World is one of the most popular tournament destinations in the United States! Since opening its doors in 2014, our 80-acre athletic complex has established itself as an industry leader with its superior amenities and friendly staff members. In 2017, the readers of SportsEvents Magazine voted Rocky Top Sports World one of the nation’s Top 10 Multi-Use Sports Facilities. To help you plan your next tournament, we have put together a handy guide to five features that set Rocky Top Sports World apart from the rest. Read More