JUST FOR KIDS


Youth Football
Ballet Classes
Karate Jazz/Hip Hop Dance
Youth T-Ball, Baseball & Softball
Policy for Reserving Practice Fields
Tumbling Gymnastics
Tennis Gymnastics, Movement, Music & More
Special Olympics Backhandsprings & More
Flying Dolphins Swim Team Youth Basketball
Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running
Swim Lessons
Duck Pond Fishing Derby
Day Camps
Youth Soccer
Kite Festival
"Tiny Tot" Triathlon
Beginner & Intermediate/Advanced Running Program
Spring Sprint 5K Race & 1-Mile Walk Pottery Classes
Art Classes Sewing Classes

Refund Policy for Programs

Refunds may be given up to five (5) working days prior to the beginning of each program. If your cancellation causes the program number to fall below the required minimum, the refund will be contingent upon the vacancy being filled. After classes begin, refunds will be made for the following reasons only: 1) Illness or Injury 2) Moving from the Blount County area 3) Cancellation of the program by Parks & Rec. Refunds will be prorated according to the number of classes already held. All refunds are subject to a $5.00 administrative cost charge, unless the program has been cancelled by Parks & Rec.

 

Pre-Registration is Required For Most Programs!

 

WATCH FOR NEW PROGRAMS AND EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!



Tennis

Classes will resume in the spring with dates to be announced as soon as determined.







Karate

Parks & Rec. has partnered with Maryville Isshinryu Karate School to offer the following classes to both youth and adults. They are the oldest martial arts school in Blount County and are accredited by the International Isshinryu Karate Association. Participants will learn self defense, sparring techniques, kata and much more. Benefits of Karate include confidence, flexibility, concentration, balance, discipline and respect.

Youth Classes - Ages 7-12

Dates:
Wednesdays - Classes are on-going with new students accepted at anytime.
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Location: Springbrook Recreation Center
1537 Dalton Street, Alcoa, TN 37701
Cost: $60.00 per quarter (3 months) - Family rates available.
Registration:
Taken on-site at the Springbrook Recreation Center.
For more information, please contact Scott DeWaard at 681-4798 or email at sdewaard@bellsouth.net
Instructors: Bruce Guillaume, Mike Lewis, Jim Cobb, Pete Simmons, Robbie Meisner, Scott DeWaard and Shane Lenoir

Adult Classes - Ages 12 & Up

Dates: Mondays & Thursdays - Classes are on-going with new students accepted at anytime.
Times: 7:30-9:00 PM
Location: Springbrook Recreation Center
1537 Dalton Street, Alcoa, TN 37701
Cost: $120.00 per quarter (3 months) - Family rates available.
Registration: Taken on-site at the Springbrook Recreation Center.
For more information, please contact Mike Lewis at 984-0413 or email at mlewis@renasant.com or Pete Simmons at 970-7035 or email at pete@promediatn.com
Instructors: Bruce Guillaume, Mike Lewis, Jim Cobb, Pete Simmons, Shane Lenoir, Angie Higginbotham, Robbie Meisner, Scott DeWaard, Adam Tilley and Daniel Wilder



Beginner & Intermediate/Advanced

Running Program

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For Ages 18 & up and youth Ages 10 & up are welcome as long as accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the course. Participants should dress weather appropriate and bring a water bottle. As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Beginner Level: This 10-week training program is structured to help you cross the finish line of your first 5K in 10 weeks at the Spring Sprint on April 11th (which is totally optional). This program focuses on beginners, but all levels of walkers and runners are welcome. Along the way, we’ll provide you with motivation to keep you moving, guidance and advice, weekly group training runs or walks, and educational clinics on topics such as proper nutrition, choosing the right gear and avoiding injury. Plus, you’ll have the camaraderie of others just like you.

Intermediate/Advanced Level: This program is designed for graduates of our Beginner program or for those who are able to run 3 miles at a steady pace with limited walking breaks. This 10-week training program is designed to teach you more advanced running techniques and to help you continue on you running journey in a supportive environment. In No Boundaries II, we want to help you beat your previous personal records and set new goals for yourself, while providing guidance, motivation, weekly group training runs, and more advanced educational clinics. We’ll also cover topics designed to help you improve your 5K time such as proper pacing and good form, as well as building on previous topics like nutrition, choosing the right gear and injury prevention.

Dates: Mondays, February 2 – April 6
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Springbrook Park Pavilion and Trail
Coach: Shahin Hadian, Fleet Feet Sports
Cost:
$50 for the 10-week session
Each participant receives:
- Discount of $5 entry fee for the Spring Sprint 5K
- Detailed weekly training schedule
- Weekly email with a focus topic and handouts
- Guidance and advice from an experienced coach
- New Balance technical t-shirt

  

Soccer for Fun

for 4 Year-Olds

Soccer for Fun is a fundamental, non-competitive approach to the game of soccer and a great way to introduce your child to this popular sport. Children are randomly divided into groups and will be involved in drills along with playing small-sided scrimmage games for one hour on Saturdays for 6 weeks. Shin guards are required. Games are played at Everett Athletic Complex. 

Registration Dates: February 2 – March 6 (first-come/first-served until full)
Beginning Date: Tentatively scheduled to begin April 4th
and will meet for 1 hour on Saturdays for 6 weeks.
Time: 8:30-9:30 AM OR 9:30-10:30 AM
Location: Everett Athletic Complex
Cost:
$60.00 which includes game jersey
+ $15.00 for pictures which is totally optional, $18.00 if purchased the day of pictures
**Late registration is $5.00 extra and on a space available basis**
Instructor: Geoff Hamm

 

Soccer for Ages 5-16

Be a part of the world's most popular sport!  Youth soccer is an excellent way to develop motor skills. This program is available for boys and girls Ages 5-16 and will include "all-girls/all-boys" leagues through Age 12. Each participant will play in every game. Ages 5-6 will play "small-sided" soccer. Games are played at Everett Athletic Complex for Ages 5-9 and at Pearson Springs Park for Ages 10-16.

Registration Dates: February 2 – March 6 (first-come/first-served until full)
Beginning Date: Tentatively scheduled to begin April 4th
and will continue for 6 weeks.
Time: Game times will vary from early morning to mid afternoon.
Location: Everett Athletic Complex for Ages 5-9
Pearson Springs Park for Ages 10-16
Cost:
$60.00 which includes game jersey
+ $15.00 for pictures which is totally optional, $18.00 if purchased the day of pictures
**Late registration is $5.00 extra and on a space available basis**

  • Children will practice 1-2 times per week, which tentatively begins several weeks prior to the season, at an area park.
  • Children are placed on teams according to their age (as of April 1 in the spring and as of September 1 in the fall) and their school.
  • Children Ages 5-12 will be placed on an all-boys/all-girls team. Ages 13-16 play co-ed.
  • Shin guards are required. 
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    2015 Annual

    Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running

    Triple Crown Rules

    This event consists of the Spring Sprint (April 11), the Scholars Run (August 8) and the Reindeer Run (December 6).  To be eligible for the Triple Crown cash awards and a special memento, participants must compete in all three races.  To be eligible to win door prizes valued at a minimum of $100, participation in two races is required. Both runners and walkers at each event are eligible for great door prizes.

    Spring Sprint 5K Road Race

    Click Here to Register On-line

    This is the first event of the 2015 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running and is a 5K (3.1 miles) road race & 1-mile fun run/walk in Alcoa. A portion of the proceeds benefit Blount County‘s Area 15 Special Olympics.
    Date:
    Saturday, April 11
    Time:
    Check-in 7:15-8:00 AM at Springbrook Rec. Center
    5K Race 8:30 AM
    1-Mile Fun Run/Walk 8:35 AM
    Location:
    Springbrook Recreation Center
    Cost:
    If pre-registered at Parks & Rec. or online by 3:00 PM April 9 at www.parksrec.com:
    Adults $18.00 Students (18 & under) $15.00
    Fee includes a race T-shirt. Add $1.50 for XXL shirt.
    Day of race: Adults $25.00 Students $20.00





    Ballet Classes

    For Ages 3-5

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    These classes are taught in a relaxed and non-competitive environment. Children will grow with grace and rhythm as they are taught proper placement techniques along with a fun, choreographed routine. Dances are taught to fun edited music that kids love! There will be an end-of-session performance to highlight what they have learned with no extra fees or dance attire necessary.

    Dates: Session 1: Tuesdays, January 20 – March 10
    Session 2: Tuesdays, March 24 – May 12
    Times: 4:15-4:45 PM
    5:00-5:30 PM
    5:45-6:15 PM
    Location: Everett Recreation Center
    Cost: $75.00 per 8-week session
    Instructor:
    Skyla Popwell

    Jazz/Hip Hop Dance

    For Ages 6-11

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    This class offers a great exercise work-out in a fun and exciting atmosphere! Students will learn a routine filled with new hip hop moves choreographed to a clean and edited music mix. There will be a fun performance at the end of each session with no extra fees or dance attire necessary.

    Dates: Session 1: Tuesdays, January 20 – March 10
    Session 2: Tuesdays, March 24 – May 12
    Time: 6:30-7:15 PM
    Location: Everett Recreation Center
    Cost: $85.00 per 8-week session
    Instructor: Skyla Popwell


     

      Gymnastics, Movement, Music & More

      For Ages 2-5 Years

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      These classes include fun, monthly themes that let your child learn the fun sport of gymnastics while expanding their imaginations. Music is used to expand on each month’s theme with dancing, singing, rhythm sticks, and musical instruments. Brain Power and brain building exercises are incorporated each month to stimulate left and right brain activity, sensory awareness, fine motor skills, and kindergarten readiness skills. Gymnastic Skills are taught in proper progressions on bright, colorful preschool equipment with all equipment designed and sized for young hands and feet. Participants will learn beginner through intermediate skills on bars, beams, trampolines, and vaulting, as well as learn and enhance many of the gross motor skills needed. Classes are taught by qualified adult instructors, each with over 20 years of teaching experience.

      Dates: Mondays, March 2 – April 27
      Times:   9:30-10:00 AM Ages 2-3 years "Mom & Me"
      10:00-10:30 AM Ages 3-5 years
      Location: Everett Recreation Center
      Cost: $80.00 for 8-week session
      Instructor:
      Carl Gifford

       

      Beginner and Intermediate Tumbling Gymnastics

      For Ages 5-10

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      This class will teach and enhance skills involving handstands, cartwheels, one-arm cartwheels and bridges for both the very beginner and intermediate students. Intermediate students will also work on round-offs, backbend kick-overs, and front and back handsprings. Classes are taught with proper skill progression for the safety of the child and with enthusiasm and motivation – never intimidation. Children that are 5 years old must have started Kindergarten.

      Dates: Mondays, March 2 – April 27
      Times: 4:00-4:45 PM
      Location: Everett Recreation Center
      Cost: $90.00 for 8-week session
      Instructor:
      Carl Gifford



      Advanced Tumbling Gymnastics/Back Handsprings

      For Ages 6-12

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      This class is designed to teach the more advanced skills of the back handspring, round-off back handsprings, standing backtuck and front handsprings. Students in this class should have a good round-off and be able to do a back walk-over with a spot. Drills such as handstands, bridge kick-overs and jump backs will be repeated in this class to help students become a stronger tumbler.

      Dates: Mondays, March 2 – April 27
      Times: 5:00-5:45 PM
      Location: Everett Recreation Center
      Cost: $90.00 for 8-week session
      Instructor:
      Carl Gifford

       

      Pottery Classes

      "Kids In Clay"

      For Ages 6-10

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      Students will create fun projects as well as learn hand-building techniques such as coiling, pinching and slab work. Each class is unique and small in size. Students receive personal attention from instructor through the step-by-step process of making a pot, decorating, glazing and firing. Each class is project based and students will make a variety of bowls, dishes and sculptural art pieces. All work goes through two kiln firings; the second firing will make the pottery safe for food and drink, as well as use in the microwave and dishwasher. We use only health-approved clays and glaze-materials. Class includes clay and all firing and glaze materials.

      Dates:
      Session 1: Tuesdays, February 3-24
      Session 2: Tuesdays, April 7-28
      Time:
      4:00-5:00 PM
      Location:
      Studio 212, 217 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN
      Cost:
      $65.00 per 4-week session (includes all materials)
      Instructor:
      Leanne Moe


      Sewing Classes

      "Preschool Sew a Story"

      For Ages 3 & Up

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      It’s never too early to introduce your child to the art and skill of handcrafts! Children as young as 3 can enjoy the rhythm of gliding a needle and thread up and down, along with other pre-sewing activities. This class is the perfect way to introduce your little one to great literature and practice fine-motor skills. Enjoy a story time followed up with a coordinating activity. An adult over 18 is required to attend and assist their child as needed.  Minimum registration of 3/Maximum of 6. 

      Dates:
      Session 1: Wednesdays, February 11, 18, 25 and March 4
      Note: Due to purchase of materials, registration will end Thursday, February 6.
      Session 2:
      Wednesdays, April 8, 15, 22, 29  
      Registration Deadline: April 3

      Time:
      9:30-10:15 AM
      Location:
      Everett Recreation Center, Room 202
      Cost:
      $45.00 per 4-week session (includes all materials)
      Instructor:
      Aimee Davis

      Homeschool/Day Sewing Class

      For Ages 7 & Up

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      An hour and a half of fun-filled creative crafting! We'll spend the first class going over the basics of hand and machine sewing, and a variety of hand and machine sewing projects will be provided for all ages and skill levels for the remaining sessions. Minimum registration of 4/Maximum of 8.

      Dates: Session 1: Wednesdays, February 11, 18, 25 and March 4
      Note: Due to purchase of materials, registration will end Thursday, February 6.
      Session 2: Wednesdays, April 8, 15, 22, 29 
      Registration Deadline: April 3

      Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
      Location: Everett Recreation Center, Room 202
      Cost: $110.00 per 4-week session (includes all materials)
      Instructor:
      Aimee Davis



      Kids Art

      For Ages 8-12

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      No cotton balls or Popsicle sticks here, this class is geared towards teaching children the fundamentals of art. From color theory, composition, line and shading, this class will develop skills in art and encourage creative problem solving. From painting to printmaking, this class will explore different medias.

      Dates:
      Session 1: Tuesdays, March 3-31 (No class March 17)
      Session 2: Tuesdays, May 5-26
      Time:
      4:00-5:00 PM
      Location:
      Studio 212, 217 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN
      Cost:
      $65.00 per 4-week session (includes all materials)
      Instructor:
      Leanne Moe



      Flying Dolphins Swim Team

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      GKAISA Form

      The GKAISA Form must be completed in order to participate.

      Print off, fill-out and give to your swim coach the first day of practice.

      The Maryville-Alcoa Flying Dolphins is a competitive swim team for Ages 6-18. Interested swimmers must be able to swim at least 25 yards without stopping in order to participate.  Cost is $95 per swimmer, and $80 for each additional. Members of the Flying Dolphins also receive a 15% discount on season family pool passes.  Registration will begin in late February and all participants must be registered by the first of June.  More information about the Flying Dolphins, including evaluation details for new swimmers, can be found on the team website at www.flyingdolphins.org.


       

      Youth T-Ball, Baseball & Softball

      Parks & Rec. does not offer t-ball or baseball for youth, these sports are offered through area little leagues. Contacts and phone numbers for these organizations are listed below.  Please watch for advertisements regarding registration in the Sports Section of The Daily Times.
        Alcoa Youth Baseball for Ages 4-12 and Girls' Softball for Ages 5-8.  For more information, contact Dyran Bledsoe 865-806-7091 or dyranbledsoe@gmail.com
          Eagleton Baseball and Softball for Boys and Girls Ages 4-18.  For more information, visit their web site at www.eagletonbp.com
              Outward Baseball and Softball for Boys and Girls Ages 4-13.  For more information, contact Don or Gina Talbott 865-984-9712 or Tim Russell 977-1216.

              Greenback T-Ball, Baseball and Softball
              for Boys and Girls Ages 4-12.  For more information, contact Chad Allison 865-742-9885 or Jeff Cullen 865-789-2528.

            Policy for Reserving Practice Fields

            This policy pertains to Little League teams and all other teams not participating in the Parks & Rec Adult Softball League. Click here for Parks & Rec teams' policy.

              Reservations for practice fields are taken every Thursday, beginning March 13 through late August.  Otherwise, fields are first come, first served unless being used by Parks & Rec programs such football and soccer. Teams should call at 10:00 a.m. so that everyone has the same opportunity.  If you call before 10:00 a.m., you will be asked to call back, so please synchronize your watch with Parks & Rec's!  Please note that field reservations are taken by phone only. No walk-ins please. Our phone lines will be very busy, so if you don't get through, please try again.  When you call on Thursday, you will be reserving times for the following week (beginning the next day Friday through the following Thursday). Teams can reserve 1 field per week for 1 1/2 hours (M-F) or 2 hours (Sat. & Sun.) according to availability. Reservations are taken for the following fields: two at Everett Park, three at Sandy Springs Park (one being a small baseball field), one at Springbrook Park, and two at Pearson Springs Park (available week-ends only) for Ages 12 & under. Teams are encouraged to pick-up a Field Permit from the Parks & Rec Admin. Office to take with you to practice which shows you have the field reserved.  Without your permit, you have no proof you have the field reserved!