Rocky Top Sports World Blog

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

A blend of chocolate and vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone.

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

Rocky Top Sports World and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Rocky Top Sports World Brought $45.7 Million to Sevier County in Fourth Year

We are excited to report that Rocky Top Sports World recently closed the books on its biggest year yet! In the 2017-18 fiscal year, our athletic complex delivered a $45.7 million economic impact to Sevier County, TN. For the fourth consecutive year, Rocky Top Sports World has generated even more money than projected, topping the previous fiscal year by more than $10 million. 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

Fannie Farkle's in downtown Gatlinburg.

Top 5 Restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for a Quick Meal

When you’re in town for a tournament at Rocky Top Sports World, you’ll definitely want to try some of the wonderful restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! With everything from traditional Southern eateries to pizza joints, you’re guaranteed to find a restaurant that you love in the Smoky Mountains. Read More

A basketball going through a hoop.

12 Life Lessons from Legendary Basketball Coach Pat Summitt

As the longtime basketball coach for the University of Tennessee’s Lady Volunteers, Pat Summitt became an icon in the world of college sports. Racking up 1,098 career wins, 16 SEC titles, and 8 National Championships, Summitt remains the winningest coach in men’s and women’s NCAA basketball history. Read More

Young women on a volleyball team posing for a photo.

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

A nervous soccer player talking with his coach.

5 Tips for Beating Pre-Game Jitters

If you tend to get nervous before playing in a big game, you’re not alone. Athletes of all professional levels and abilities get pre-game jitters, which often include racing thoughts, pounding heartbeats, and/or shaking legs. While these feelings are totally normal, severe performance anxiety can sabotage your ability to play effectively. Fortunately, there are a number of tricks you can employ to keep your pre-game jitters under control. Read More