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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
Flying Dolphins Swim Team
Kids in Clay Pottery Classes
Kids' Art Classes
Running Program Photography 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!

 

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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 Tennis Courts

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Dates:
Session 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, September 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 (Rain Date: Sept. 26)
Session 2: Mondays & Wednesdays, October 17, 19, 24, 26 & November 2 (Rain Date: Nov. 7)
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)
Location: Caroline Haynes Tennis Courts at John Sevier Park
Instructor:
Janie Beswick


Classes at Sandy Springs Tennis Courts

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Dates:
Tuesday & Thursday Classes:
Session 1: August 9-25 (Rain Date: August 30)
Session 2: September 6-22 (Rain Date: Sept. 27)
Session 3: October 18 – November 3 (Rain Date: Nov. 8)

Monday Classes:
August 15 – September 26 (No class Sept. 5) (Rain Date: Sept. 28)
Times:
 4:00-5:30 PM Will split into groups by experience.
Cost:
$$70.00 per session ($3 Discount for additional siblings)
$200.00 for all 3 Tues/Thurs sessions ($10 Discount)
Location: Jack Murphy Tennis Courts at Sandy Springs Park
Instructor:
Marty Durand


Cardio Tennis

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This high energy class with music is designed to get you moving by combing the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise for a calorie burning work-out. It’s tennis, fitness, and fun all in one for all levels of player.

Try a class for free!

Date: Saturday, July 23
Time: 7:30-8:30 PM  Ages 15-Adult
Cost: Free!
Location: Jack Murphy Tennis Courts at Sandy Springs Park
Instructor:
Janie Beswick

Experience: Beginner – Intermediate
Dates: Session 1: Saturdays, September 24 – October 15
Session 2: Saturdays, October 22 – November 12 (Rain Date: Nov. 19)
Time: 9:00-10:00 AM Ages 15-Adult
Cost: $40.00 per session
Location:
Jack Murphy Tennis Courts at Sandy Springs Park
Instructor: Janie Beswick

Summer Junior Interclub Tennis Program

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Tennis Camp Fees and Schedule of Practices and Home Matches

Parks & Rec. is offering a summer interclub tennis program for Ages 8-18. Teams will be formed based on ages and abilities. Tennis experience is required. Practices and home matches will be held at Springbrook Tennis Courts in Alcoa. Away matches will be held in the GKTA area against other participating teams. Total cost will include GKTA membership fees, two team shirts for matches, balls, league fees, coaching administration and league administration fees, and end of season pool party. All participants must be a USTA member for the year as well by visiting www.usta.com before match play begins. A parent coach-captain is needed for each team to organize additional practices (if needed), complete and turn in team line-ups, collect USTA forms (if not done on-line), and enter information and tennis scores into Tennis Link. Anticipated teams as follows: 10 & Under Beginner, 12 & Under Beginner, 14 & Under Beginner, 18 & Under Intermediate.

League Play Dates: June & July
There will be a parent meeting on Monday, May 9th from 5:30-6:00 PM at Sandy Springs Tennis Courts.
Location: Springbrook Park Tennis Courts in Alcoa
Cost: $100.00* 10% Discount for additional siblings.
*Does not include coaching or practice time costs – See Tennis Camp in Summer Day Camps section for more information.
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: Bruce Guillaume, Bill McCarter, Pete Simmons, Scott DeWaard, Case DeWaard, and Al Hill

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.

Scholars Run 5K Road Race & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk

This event is a 5K (3.1-miles) road race and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk and is the second event of the Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running. The race begins and ends on the Maryville College campus. A portion of the proceeds from this race will fund two annual student scholarships sponsored by the Foothill Striders, Inc. Individual and team competition will take place. Special awards will be given to the Overall and Masters winners, the top three finishers in each age division, and to the top three teams in the 5K. All Fun Run/Walk participants will receive a ribbon.

Date: Saturday, August 13
Location: Maryville College – Cooper Athletic Center
Time: Check-in: 6:45-7:30 AM
5K Race: 8:00 AM
1-Mile Fun Run/Walk: 8:45 AM
Registration: Entry forms may be obtained at the Parks & Rec. Office.
Mail form and fee to Scholars Run: 316 S. Everett High Rd., Maryville, TN 37804
On-line registration available at www.parksrec.com for an additional fee.
Cost:
If pre-registered at Parks & Rec. or online by Monday, August 8:
Adults $20.00 Students (18 & under) $18.00
Day of race: Adults $25.00 Students $20.00
Cost includes a race T-shirt (add $1.50 for XXL shirt) and great giveaways.


Reindeer Run 5K Road Race & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk

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This run, which is the final leg of the Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running, is a 5K (3.1 miles) and a 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the Empty Pantry Fund. Awards will be given to the Overall and Masters winners and the top three finishers in each age division. Prizes will also be given to the best male and female Christmas costume. All Fun Run/Walk participants will receive a ribbon. The Triple Crown of Running award ceremony will take place at this event.

Date: Sunday, December 4
Location: Maryville Municipal Parking Garage
Time: Check-in: 12:45-1:30 PM
5K Race: 2:00 PM
1-Mile Fun Run/Walk: 2:45 PM
Registration: Entry forms may be obtained at the Parks & Rec. Office.
On-line registration available at www.parksrec.com for an additional fee.
Cost:
If pre-registered at Parks & Rec. or online by Monday, Nov. 28:
Adults $20.00 Students (18 & under) $18.00
Day of race: Adults $25.00 Students $20.00
Cost includes a long-sleeve race T-shirt (add $1.50 for XXL shirt) and great giveaways.

Beginner & Intermediate/Advanced Running Program

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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 at the Reindeer Run on December 4th (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, September 19 – November 28 (No class Oct. 31)
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 Reindeer Run 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: Session 1: Tuesdays, August 16 – September 27
Session 2: Tuesdays, October 18 – November 29
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

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, August 16 – September 27
Session 2: Tuesdays, October 18 – November 29
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 3-5 Years

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    Children will learn gross motor skills needed for Kindergarten readiness and beginner gymnastics 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. Classes are taught by a qualified instructor, with over 20 years of teaching experience.

    Dates: Session 1: Mondays, August 8 – September 26 (No class Sept. 5)
    Session 2: Mondays, October 17 – December 5 (No class Oct. 31)
    Time: 10:00-10:30 AM
    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: Session 1: Mondays, August 8 – September 26 (No class Sept. 5)
    Session 2: Mondays, October 17 – December 5 (No class Oct. 31)
    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, and standing backtuck. 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: Session 1: Mondays, August 8 – September 26 (No class Sept. 5)
    Session 2: Mondays, October 17 – December 5 (No class Oct. 31)
    Times: 5:00-5:45 PM
    Location: Everett Recreation Center
    Cost: $95.00 for 7-week session
    Instructor:
    Carl Gifford

Photography Classes

For Ages 15 & Up

Photography for Beginners – DSLR and/or Advanced Point & Shoot (compact) Cameras

Would you like to take better pictures with your digital camera? Or at least know what all those settings mean? If you have a DSLR or advanced point & shoot (compact) digital camera then you will love this class! We’ll discuss fundamentals of your camera controls, and you will learn about balancing lighting, ISO and exposure controls, and creative photo composition. You’ll be ready to take better pictures of friends and family at those special events!

For maximum learning, you will need to bring your DSLR or advanced point & shoot digital camera (or both, if you have them). Class size is limited – be sure to sign up quickly.

Two different sessions cover the same material – you can choose either 4 weeknights or one Saturday:

Dates:
Tuesdays, August 9-30
Time:
6:00-7:00 PM
Location:
Everett Senior Center – Computer Room
Cost:
$45.00 for 4-week session
Instructor:
Owen Poveda

Date:
Saturday, October 1
Time:
9:00 AM –1:00 PM
Location:
Everett Senior Center – Computer Room
Cost:
$45.00
Instructor:
Owen Poveda


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:
Session 1: Tuesdays, September 6-27
Session 2: Tuesdays, November 1-22
Session 3: Tuesdays, February 7-28
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

 

NEW! "Sew Your Room" Creative Sewing Camp

For Ages 8-13

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Come learn the basics of sewing (and other fun hand crafts) and create projects to decorate your room. We will be making functional projects (think pillows & other stuffies) and fun projects (think wall art & banners and maybe even some doll clothes). We will work on hand sewing skills, hand craft skills and basic sewing machine skills. Campers should bring a water bottle and snack each day. No experience is necessary and all supplies are included. Sewing experience is not necessary.

Date: July 5-8 (4 days – Tues-Fri) (Registration Deadline: June 28)
Time: 9:30 AM – Noon
Location: Everett Recreation Center
Cost: $150.00 includes all materials
Instructor:
Aimee Davis



Kids' Art Classes

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, October 4-25
Session 2: Tuesdays, March 7-28
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
 


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.  Online registration available at www.alcoayouthbaseball.com.  For more information, contact Dyran Bledsoe 865-806-7091 or dyranbledsoe@gmail.com
  • Eagleton Baseball and Softball for Boys and Girls Ages 4-18. Registration taken online at www.eagletonbp.com. For more information, visit their web site at www.eagletonbp.com
  • Maryville Little League for Boys and Girls Ages 4-16.  For more information, visit their web site at www.MaryvilleLittleLeague.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 5:30-6:15 p.m., Ages 10-17 from 6:15-7 p.m., Level 5 Elite is by invitation and skills only and practice from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Coach Misty Black at CFACheerCoach@att.net or visit the Facebook page Champion Force Athletics of Blount County.