JUST FOR KIDS


Youth Football
Ballet Classes
Karate Jazz/Hip Hop Dance
Youth T-Ball, Baseball & Softball
Policy for Reserving Practice Fields
Gymnastics, Movement, Music & More
Tennis Beginner/Intermediate Tumbling Gymnastics
Special Olympics Advanced Tumbling/Backhandsprings
"Tiny Tot" Triathlon Youth Basketball
Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running
Swim Lessons
Duck Pond Fishing Derby
Day Camps
Youth Soccer
Kite Festival
Champion Force Athletics Cheerleading
Sewing Classes
A Spooktacular Extravaganza Halloween Event for Families and Pets
Pottery Classes
Kids Art Classes
Beginner & Intermediate/Advanced Running Program
Stream School for Kids  




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!




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Tennis Instruction

For Ages 6-14

Rain Policy: All participants are responsible for calling Parks & Rec. at 983-9244 in the afternoon in the event of inclement weather. Occasionally, decisions will need to be made at the courts. A make-up class will be held for each class cancelled with the make-up date determined by the instructor.

Classes at John Sevier Park

Dates: Classes will resume in April.
Times: 4:00-5:00 PM Ages 6-10 (Beginner)
5:00-6:00 PM Ages 11-14 (Beginner & Intermediate)
Cost: $55.00 per session ($3 Discount for additional siblings)
Instructor:
Janie Beswick

Classes at Sandy Springs Park

Dates: Classes will resume in April.
Time: To be announced.
Cost: $55.00 per session ($3 Discount for additional siblings)
Instructor:
Marty Durand



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: Jim Cobb, Bruce Guillaume, Shane Lenoir, Mike Lewis,
Bill McCarter, Pete Simmons, and Scott DeWaard

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: Adam Budnar, Jim Cobb, Bruce Guillaume, Kirk Harris,
Angie Higginbotham, Shane Lenoir, Mike Lewis,
Bill McCarter, Pete Simmons, Adam Tilley, Scott DeWaard,
and Daniel Wilder

 

 

2016 Annual

Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running

Triple Crown Rules

This event consists of the Spring Sprint (April 9), the Scholars Run (August 13) and the Reindeer Run (December 4).  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. Click Here for details regarding the 2015 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running.

Spring Sprint 5K Road Race


This is the first event of the 2016 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running and is a 5K (3.1 miles) road race and 1-mile fun run/walk in Alcoa. A portion of the proceeds benefit Blount County‘s Area 15 Special Olympics.

Date: Saturday, April 9
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 Monday, April 4 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


BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

RUNNING PROGRAM

For Ages 18 & up and youth Ages 9 & 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 Reindeer Run on December 6th (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 1 – April 4
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Springbrook Park Pavilion and Trail
Cost: $55.00 for the 10-week session
Each participant receives:
- $5 Discount off 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
- Great feeling of accomplishment and team spirit
Instructors:
Shahin & Cheryl Hadian
 



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: Tuesdays, March 22 - May 3
Times: 4:15-4:45 PM
5:00-5:30 PM
5:45-6:15 PM
Location: Everett Recreation Center
Cost: $75.00 per 7-week session
Instructor:
Katelyn Simerly

Jazz/Hip Hop Dance

For Ages 6-10

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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: Tuesdays, March 22 - May 3
Time: 6:30-7:15 PM
Location: Everett Recreation Center
Cost: $85.00 per 7-week session
Instructor: Katelyn Simerly


 

    Gymnastics, Movement, Music & More

    For Ages 2-5 Years

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    Children will learn the fun sport of gymnastics while learning Kindergarten readiness skills and beginner gymnastics and gross motor 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 a qualified instructor, with over 20 years of teaching experience.

    Dates: Mondays, March 21 - May 2
    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:
    $85.00 for 7-week session for 30-minute class
    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 21 - May 2
    Times: 4:00-4:45 PM
    Location: Everett Recreation Center
    Cost: $95.00 for 7-week session
    Instructor:
    Carl Gifford

    Advanced Tumbling/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 21 - May 2
    Times: 5:00-5:45 PM
    Location: Everett Recreation Center
    Cost: $95.00 for 7-week session
    Instructor:
    Carl Gifford



Kids in Clay Pottery Classes

For Ages 6-10

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:
Tuesdays, April 5-26
Time:
4:00-5:00 PM
Location:
Studio 212, 217 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804
Cost:
$65.00 per 4-week session (includes all materials)
Instructor:
Leanne Moe






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Youth Basketball




Kids Art Classes

For Ages 8-12

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: Tuesdays, March 1-29 (No class March 15)
Session: Tuesdays, May 3-24
Time:
4:00-5:00 PM
Location:
Studio 212, 217 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804
Cost:
$65.00 per 4-week session (includes all materials)
Instructor:
Leanne Moe


STREAM SCHOOL FOR KIDS

For Ages 8-13

Sponsored by Little River Watershed Association

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Stream School for Kids is a place-based learning program that focuses on STEM concepts and incorporates environmental, chemical and aquatic sciences and stream flow mathematics. Students learn how to measure river flow, identify fish, observe macroinvertebrates, and run chemical tests on water samples during this free 4-day program. Participants should bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and durable shoes that can get wet.

Session 1: Mondays, April 4 – May 25 (Rain date: May 2)
4:00-5:30 PM at the Greenbelt Amphitheater
Session 2: June 6-9 (Mon-Thurs) (Rain date: June 10)
9:30-11:00 AM at the Springbrook Park Pavilion
Cost: Free
Instructor:
Little River Watershed Association Staff



Youth T-Ball, Baseball and 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 and Softball for Ages 4-12.  Sign-ups will be held Saturday, January 30, Saturday, February 6 and Saturday, February 13 from 10AM - 1PM at Alcoa Middle School gymnasium. Costs: $80.00 for 4 Year-olds, $95.00 for Ages 5-12 and includes a jersey and hat.  Online registration is also available at www.alcoayouthbaseball.com.  For more information, contact Dyran Bledsoe 865-806-7091 or dyranbledsoe@gmail.com
    • Outward Baseball and Softball for Boys and Girls Ages 4-13.  Call 982-4960 (day) or 984-9712 (evening) for more information.
    • Greenback T-Ball, Baseball and Softball for Boys and Girls Ages 4-12. For more information, contact Chad Allison 865-742-9885.

    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 10 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!


    Champion Force Athletics Cheerleading

    Champion Force Athletics of Blount County is offering cheerleading classes for Ages 4-17 and every skill level from beginner (those that have never cheered) to advanced. Practices are held every Thursday at Everett Recreation Center. Class times depend on age: Ages 4-9 from 5:30-6:15pm, Ages 10-17 from 6:15-7pm, Level 5 Elite is by invitation and skills only and practice from 7-8:30pm. For more information, contact Coach Misty Black at CFACheerCoach@att.net or visit the Facebook page Champion Force Athletics of Blount County.