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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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5 Benefits of Youth Martial Arts and Why It’s Becoming More Popular

Over the last 10 years, martial arts has become more popular in the United States. Instead of the traditional youth sports like football, basketball, and soccer, more kids are wanting to get involved in martial arts — and their parents support it too! At Rocky Top Sports World, we’ve held our fair share of martial Read More

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10 of the Best Songs to Warm Up to Before a Big Game

To get pumped up before a big game, the best thing to do is listen to a warm-up song! Nothing gives you that rush of adrenaline you need more than one of your favorite songs. To help you decide what to put on your pre-game playlist, we’ve made a list of some of the best songs to warm up to. 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

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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