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Youth Programs

Pre-Registration is Required for Most Programs. Watch for new programs and events throughout the year! Refer to our refund policy for information on class withdrawals and cancellations.

News AND IMPORTANT UPDATES

Programs and use of facilities offered by the Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks & Recreation Commission comply with the current Executive Orders issued by Governor Lee, and is in compliance with guidelines from the CDC.  Compliance with the guidelines minimizes the risk of exposure to COVID-19 but cannot eliminate the potential of exposure.  If you or your child (as a participant) has a compromised immune system, we recommend no participation in programs or facility use at this time.   Our staff is trying to provide the safest environment possible by following current guidelines and committing to follow any additional requirements made by federal, state, and/or local regulations. If it becomes apparent a quality experience cannot be provided while in compliance with the recommended guidelines, area pools may not open.

GYMNASTICS, MOVEMENT, MUSIC & MORE

(Ages 3-5)
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.
Dates
Session 1: Mondays, August 17–September 28, 2020 - No class Sept. 7
Session 2: Mondays, October 12 – November 16, 2020
Location
Everett Recreation Center
Time
5:00-5:30 PM
Cost
$70.00 for 6-week session
Instructor
Micah McCarter


TUMBLING GYMNASTICS

(Ages 5-10)
This class will teach and enhance skills involving handstands, cartwheels, one-arm cartwheels and bridges for both the very beginner and intermediate student. 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 17–September 28, 2020 - No class Sept. 7
Session 2: Mondays, October 12 - November 16, 2020
Location
Everett Recreation Center
Time
6:00-6:45 PM
Cost
$80.00 for 6-week session
Instructor
Micah McCarter

ADVANCED TUMBLING/
BACK HANDSPRINGS

(Ages 6-12)
This class is designed to teach children Ages 6-12 the more advanced skills of the back handspring, round-off back handsprings, and standing back tuck.  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 17–September 28, 2020 - No class Sept. 7
Session 2: Mondays, October 12 – November 16, 2020
Location
Everett Recreation Center
Time
7:00-7:45 PM        
Cost
$80.00 for 6-week session
Instructor
Micah McCarter

Basic Fly Tying

(Ages 12 & Up)
This class will include instruction on fly tying tools, materials, and techniques. Four types of flies will be tied: dry fly, wet fly, streamer, and terrestrial.  All tools and materials are provided.
Date
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Time
9:00 AM - Noon
Location
Springbrook Recreation Center Room 102
Cost
$20.00 with all materials included
Instructor
Members from the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited

BASIC FLY ROD CASTING

(Ages 12 & Up)
This class will include instruction on fly fishing rods and equipment, fly rod casting, line management, and casting techniques for the Smoky Mountains area. Fly rods provided.
Date
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Time
9:00 AM - Noon
Location
Alcoa Duck Pond
Cost
$10.00 with all equipment included
Instructor
Members from the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited

WATCH OUR WEBSITE FOR NEW PROGRAMS AND EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

Information on new programs coming soon!
Dates
To be announced.
Location
To be announced.
Time
To be announced.
Cost
To be announced.
Instructor
To be announced.
Attire
To be announced.

Karate

Parks & Rec has partnered with Maryville Isshin-Ryu Karate School to offer the following classes to both youth and adults. MIKS was established in 1967, and is the oldest martial arts school in Blount County. It is accredited by the International Isshin-Ryu Karate Association. There are no contracts or hidden fees. Participants will learn effective self-defense, street fighting techniques, traditional kata, and much more.  Benefits include great workouts, stress management techniques, increased concentration, boosted confidence, flexibility, balance, discipline and respect. For more information, visit the school’s website at maryvilleisshinryu.com
Ages 7-12
Dates
Wednesdays - Classes on-going, new students accepted at any time.
Location
Springbrook Recreation Center
1537 Dalton Street, Alcoa, TN 37701
Time
7:00-8:30 PM
Cost
$60.00 per quarter (3 months) - family rates available
Registration
For more information, call 865-980-8109 or email Pete Simmons at pete.simmons@charter.net
Instructors
Bruce Guillaume, Mike Lewis, Pete Simmons, Bill McCarter
Ages 12 & Up
Dates
Mondays & Thursdays - Classes on-going, new students accepted at anytime.
Location
Springbrook Recreation Center
1537 Dalton Street, Alcoa, TN 37701
Time
7:00-8:30 PM
Cost
$120.00 per quarter (3 months) - family rates available
Registration
For more information, call 865-980-8109 or email Mike Lewis at mlewis@renasant.com or Pete Simmons at pete.simmons@charter.net
Instructors
Bruce Guillaume, Mike Lewis, Angie Bragg, Shane Lenoir, Bill McCarter, Pete Simmons, Scott DeWaard, Adam Budnar

Kids in clay
pottery classes

(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. In an effort to protect all students and teachers at the studio, we are requiring all students to wear a mask.
Dates
Session 1: Tuesdays, September 1-22, 2020
Session 2: Tuesdays, November 3-24, 2020
Session 3: Tuesdays, February 2-23, 2021
Location
Studio 212, 934 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804
Time
4:00-5:00 PM
Cost
$65.00 per 4-week session (includes all materials)
Instructor
Leanne Moe

Kids' Art Classes

(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. In an effort to protect all students and teachers at the studio, we are requiring all students to wear a mask.
Dates
Session 1: Tuesdays, September 29–October 27, 2020-No class Oct. 6
Session 2: Tuesdays, March 2-30, 2021 - No class March 16
Location
Studio 212, 934 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804
Time
4:00-5:00 PM
Cost
$65.00 for 4-week session (includes all materials)
Instructor
Leanne Moe

Tennis Instruction

(Ages 5-16)
Items needed for all tennis classes: Tennis racquet, athletic attire, water bottle, tennis shoes
Classes at John Sevier Park
Dates
Tues & Thurs, October 13, 15, 20,22, 27, 2020 (Rain Date:Oct. 29)
Location
John Sevier Tennis Courts
Time
4:00-5:00 PM   Ages 6-10 (Beginner)  
5:00-6:00 PM   Ages 11-14 (Beginner & Intermediate)
Cost
$65.00 per 5-hour session ($3 Discount for additional siblings)
Instructor
LuAnne Zelasko
Classes at Sandy Springs Park
Dates
Session 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, August 3, 5, 10, 12, 2020 (Rain Date: Thurs., Aug. 13) 
Session 2: Mondays & Wednesdays, August 17, 19, 24, 26, 2020 (Rain Date: Aug. 31)
Session 3: Mondays & Wednesdays, October 12, 14, 19, 21, 2020 (Rain Date: Oct. 26)
Location
Sandy Springs Park Tennis Courts
Time
4:00-5:30 PM  Ages 5-16 (will split into groups by experience)
Cost
$75.00 per 6-hour session ($3 Discount for additional siblings)
Instructor
Marty Durand

SUMMER JUNIOR INTERCLUB
TENNIS PROGRAM

Parks & Rec is offering a summer interclub tennis program for Ages 8-18. Teams will be formed based on age and ability. Tennis experience is required.

Practices and home matches will be held at Sandy Springs Park Tennis Courts in Maryville.  Away matches will be held in the GKTA area against other participating teams.  Total cost will include GKTA membership fees, a team shirt for matches, balls, league fees, and coaching administration and league administration fees.  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: 12 & Under Beginner, 14 & Under Intermediate, 18 & Under Intermediate.

*REQUIRED FORMS*  All participants/parents MUST review, print, and sign the following forms:   GKTA Player Information & Consent Form  AND  Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information & Waiver.  Forms are available below on the "Required Forms" button or contact Marty Durand or Parks & Rec for forms if you do not have access to a printer. Forms can be brought to the Parks & Rec office weekdays between 8 am – 5 pm or faxed to 865-983-8831 no later than Thursday, May 28.
Dates
League Play Dates:  June and July
Registration Deadline: May 28, 2020
Location
Jack Murphy Tennis Courts at Sandy Springs Park
Cost
$125.00*  SEE REQUIRED FORMS INFORMATION ABOVE.
*Does not include cost of coached practice time clinics –See below.
Instructor
Marty Durand
Teams*
12 & Under Beginner
14 & Under intermediate
18 & Under Intermediate
14 & Under and 18 & Under State Tournament Team
*SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW FOR MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION.

SUMMER JUNIOR INTERCLUB
TENNIS PROGRAM

For Interclub or Intermediate Level Players

These weekly clinics are designed to improve the level of play for experienced tennis players.  Those in interclub or those who just want to improve their game are welcome to sign-up.Now designed with social distancing and small groups for safety precautions.

Clinics held Monday through Thursday with Bonus day/Rain day on Fridays
Dates
Week 1: June 8-11, 2020
Week 2: June 15-18, 2020
Week 3: June 22-25, 2020
Week 4: July 6-9, 2020
Week 5: July 13-16, 2020
Week 6: July 20-23, 2020
Times
8:30-10:00 AM Ages 12 & Under
10:30 AM - Noon  Ages 13-18
Cost
$60.00 per week or $300 for all 6 weeks
Registration Deadline
Payment must be received at Parks & Rec or on-line at least one business day before each clinic session begins.  No payments accepted at courts.
Location
Jack Murphy Tennis Courts at Sandy Springs Park
Instructor
Marty Durand

YOUTH T-BALL, BASEBALL, & SOFTBALL

Parks & Rec. does not offer t-ball, baseball, or softball 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 Boys and Girls Ages 4-12.  For more information, contact Dyran Bledsoe at 865-806-7091 or visit their website at https://www.alcoayouthsports.com/

Maryville Little League for Boys and Girls Ages 4-16.  For more information, visit their web site at https://www.maryvillelittleleague.com/

Outward Baseball and Softball for Boys and Girls Ages 4-13.  Click here for more information or call 865-982-4960 (day) or 984-9712 (evening).

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 12 through late August. Otherwise, fields are first come, first served unless being used by Parks & Rec programs such as football and soccer.

⚬ Teams should call 865-983-9244 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, two at Pearson Springs Park (available week-ends only) for Ages 12 & under, and two at Amerine Park.

⚬ 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!