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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, February 1 – March 8, 2021 (Inclement weather make-up date: March 9)
Session 2: Mondays, March 22 – April 26, 2021
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, February 1 – March 8, 2021
(Inclement weather make-up date: March 9)
Session 2: Mondays, March 22 – April 26, 2021
Session 3: Thursdays, March 25 – April 29, 2021
Location
Everett Recreation Center
Time
Mondays: 6:00-6:45 PM and Thursdays: 5:30-6:15 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, February 1 – March 8, 2021
(Inclement weather make-up date: March 9)
Session 2: Mondays, March 22 – April 26, 2021
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, May 1, 2021
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.
Dates
Session 1: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Session 2: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Session 3: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Session 4: Saturday, June 19, 2021
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
6:00-7:30 PM
Cost
$60.00 per quarter (3 months) - family rates available
Registration
For more information, call 865-599-0452 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 865-599-0452 or email Pete Simmons at pete.simmons@charter.net
Instructors
Bruce Guillaume, Mike Lewis, Angie Bragg, Shane Lenoir, Bill McCarter, Pete Simmons, 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: Mondays, February 1-22, 2021
Session 2: Mondays, April 5-26, 2021
Location
Studio 212, 934 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804
Time
4:00-5:00 PM
Cost
$70.00 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
Mondays, March 1-29, 2021 (No class March 15)
Location
Studio 212, 934 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804
Time
4:00-5:00 PM
Cost
$70.00 for 4-week session (includes all materials)
Instructor
Leanne Moe

Tennis Instruction

(Ages 5-16)
Items needed for all tennis classes: Tennis racquet, comfortable athletic clothing & tennis shoes, water bottle
Classes at John Sevier Park
Dates
Session 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, March 22, 24, 29, 31, April 5, 2021
(Rain Date: April 7)
Session 2: Mondays & Wednesdays, April 19, 21, 26, 28, May 3, 2021
(Rain Date: May 5)
Session 3: Mondays & Wednesdays, June 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 2021
(Rain Date: June 23)
Location
John Sevier Tennis Courts
Times
March and April class times:
4:00-5:00 PM   Ages 6-10 (Beginner)  
5:00-6:00 PM   Ages 11-14 (Beginner & Intermediate)

June class times:
9:00-10:00 AM   Ages 6-10 (Beginner)  
10:00-11:00 AM   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: Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 2, 4, 9, 11, 2021
(Rain Date: March 16)
Session 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 23, 25, 30, April 1, 2021
(Rain Date: April 6)
Session 3: Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 13, 15, 20, 22, 2021
(Rain Date: April 27)
Session 4: Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 4, 6, 11, 13, 2021
(Rain Date: May 18)

Location
Sandy Springs Park Tennis Courts
Time
4:00-5:30 PM   Ages 5-16 (Beginner & Intermediate)
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. Summer Interclub offers opportunities for all levels of kids to play. Even newer players have opportunities as an experienced beginner and can later work towards possibly moving up to intermediate and even advanced levels with daily practice at clinics and weekly matches during the week. See information below regarding weekly practice clinics offered for an additional cost. Click Here for more information.

Parental input to Coach Durand is encouraged to maximize each child’s experience and growth.  Teams will be organized according to age and ability levels.  Players may be able to play on more than one team.  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.  Matches are generally held one time per week per team on Tuesday/Thursdays early afternoons. The State Tournament weekend is in July, and is a great opportunity for many, if players qualify to participate.  There is an additional cost for the state tournament.  Current/former interclub players and other experienced players assist Coach Durand with instruction to maximize individual attention for participants. Interclub registration fee includes GKTA membership fees, a team shirt for matches, balls, league fees, coaching and league administration fees, and an end of season pool party.  There are additional charges for optional weekly practice clinics.  All participants must be a USTA member for the year as well by visiting www.usta.com BEFORE match play begins.  Anticipated teams are as follows: 10 & Under Beginner, 12 & Under Beginner, 14 & Under Intermediate, 18 &Under Intermediate, 18 & Under Advanced.

*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 May 7, 2021.
Dates
League Play Dates:  June and July
Registration Deadline: May 7, 2021
Location
Jack Murphy Tennis Courts at Sandy Springs Park
Cost
$150.00*  SEE REQUIRED FORMS INFORMATION ABOVE.
*Does not include cost of coached practice time clinics –See below.
Instructor
Marty Durand
Teams*
10 & Under Beginner
12 & Under Beginner
14 & Under intermediate
18 & Under Intermediate
18 & Under Advanced
*SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW FOR MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION.

SUMMER JUNIOR INTERCLUB
TENNIS PROGRAM

For Interclub or Any Experienced Player

Clinics are designed to improve the level of play for experienced beginners to advanced tennis players Ages 4-18. Those in interclub or those who just want to improve their game are welcome to sign-up.  Summer clinics offer opportunities for all levels of kids to play.  Even newer tennis players have opportunities as experienced beginners to work towards possibly moving up to intermediate and even advanced levels over time with daily practice at clinics.

Clinics are held Monday through Thursday with Fridays being a make-up date in case of rain.
Dates
Week 1: May 24-27, 2021
Week 2: June 1-4, 2021 (Tues-Fri due to Memorial Day)
Week 3: June 7-10, 2021
Week 4: June 14-17, 2021
Week 5: June 21-24, 2021
Week 6: June 28 – July 1, 2021
Times
8:30-10:00 AM Ages 12 & Under
10:30 AM - Noon  Ages 13-18
Cost
$50.00 per week or $250 for all 6 weeks
*Discount for Interclub participants: $35.00 per week or $175 for all 6 weeks. Participants must be registered for Interclub first before receiving discount.
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 18 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!

DISC GOLF LESSONS (Ages 12 & Up)

Are you or your family interested in the sport of Disc Golf? Are you a beginner to intermediate player looking to improve your game? Join us for this 4-week class and improve your game. Our instructor will help you improve your backhand, forehand, putting, and scramble skills by teaching the fundamentals and mechanics of each shot and have you ready to get out and play your best round yet!

Equipment Needed: Participants should bring their own discs. For new participants, we recommend a starter set like the Innova Disc Golf Set available at our local Dick's Sporting Goods, or one of the many options available on Amazon.

Attire: Weather appropriate athletic clothing and footwear
Dates
Session 1: Wednesdays, March 24 – April 14, 2021
Session 2:
Wednesdays, April 28 – May 19, 2021
Location
Clayton's Disc Golf Course, 5000 Clayton Rd, Maryville, TN 37804
Time
6:00-7:00 PM
Cost
$40.00 per 4-week session
Instructor
Brandon Harrill, Owner of Knoxville School for Disc Golf

Alpine Tower Climb (Ages 10 & Up)

Ready for a fun new challenge? Join us and the folks with Maryville College's Mountain Challenge program and conquer their Alpine Tower! The 60 foot tower provides climbers multiple challenges to overcome as they scale its heights. Come step outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself mentally and physically as you work your way to the top!
Dates
Thursday, May 13 NEW DATE!
Location
Maryville College
Time
5:00-8:00 PM NEW TIME!
Cost
$20.00 per person

Beginning Guitar (Ages 7-15)

*Instructor Chris Solomon is a retired music specialist and choir director from Texas. She and her husband Ron have directed many junior musicals together and operated their own children's theater in Texas before moving to East Tennessee.

Did you get a guitar as a gift and want to learn how to play it, or have always wanted to learn this popular musical instrument? Bring your guitar and join us for this fun class.
Dates
Tuesdays, March 23 - April 27
Location
Everett Recreation Center
Time
4:30-5:30 PM
Cost
$90.00 per 6-week session
Instructor
Chris Solomon*

Sing and show (Ages 6-10)

In this fun class, kids will learn several songs, then add different ways to enhance them with rhythms, movements, and props. Using popular Disney showtunes and others, students will learn music, movement, and teamwork, ending in a fun performance for parents.
Dates
Tuesdays, March 23 - April 27, 2021
Location
Everett Recreation Center
Time
5:40-6:40 PM
Cost
$90.00 per 6-week session
Instructor
Chris Solomon*

Musical Theater (Ages 11-15)

*Instructor Ron Solomon has been a professional actor, director, and children's theater founder in several states before moving to East Tennessee. He can often be seen in (or directing) productions a the Creative Theater in Pigeon Forge, in addition to teaching at our Performing Arts Camp last year. His wife, Chris is a retired music specialist and choir director from Texas. Together they have taught creative performing arts classes to kids of all ages.

Musical comedies involve singing, acting, and movement. Come learn the basics as we stage several scenes that always end in a song (of course)! You may discover a song you can use in a future audition!
Dates
Tuesdays, March 23 - April 27, 2021
Location
Everett Recreation Center
Time
6:45-7:45 PM
Cost
$90.00 per 6-week session
Instructors
Ron & Chris Solomon*

FAIRY TALE THEATER (Ages 6-10)

Learn how to act and move on stage! Explore becoming different characters. Play lots of drama games and practice several scenes from a fairy tale. Will you be Pooh or Cinderella, or a Pirate?
Dates
Tuesdays, March 23 - April 27, 2021
Location
Everett Recreation Center
Time
5:40-6:40 PM
Cost
$90.00 per 6-week session
Instructor
Ron Solomon*