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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, the program will be cancelled and any paid fees will be fully refunded (minus any on-line transaction fees).

ADVANCED TUMBLING

& BACKHANDSPRINGS (Ages 6-12)

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

Mondays, April 13 – May 18, 2020  CANCELLED

Location

Everett Recreation Center

Time

5:00-5:45 PM

Cost

$90.00 for 6-week session

Instructor

Carl Gifford

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BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE

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

Mondays, April 13 – May 18, 2020  CANCELLED

Location

Everett Recreation Center

Time

4:00-4:45 PM

Cost

$90.00 for 6-week session

Instructor

Carl Gifford

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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. Classes are taught by a qualified instructor, with over 20 years of teaching experience.

Dates

Mondays, April 13 – May 18, 2020  CANCELLED

Location

Everett Recreation Center

Times

10:00-10:30 AM or

  3:00-3:30 PM

Cost

$80.00 for 6-week session

Instructor

Carl Gifford

BALLET/JAZZ DANCE CLASSES (Ages 10-13)

Intermediate/Advanced Students

This class offers a combination of ballet and jazz in a fun and exciting atmosphere! Students will learn a routine filled with ballet and jazz moves choreographed to a mix of music. There will be a fun performance at the end of each session with no extra fees necessary.

Dates

Classes being planned for Fall 2020.  Dates will be announced once determined.

Location

Everett Recreation Center

Time

To be announced.

Cost

To be announced.

Instructor

To be announced.

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, April 25, 2020  CANCELLED

Time

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location

Springbrook Recreation Center Room 102

Cost

$20.00

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

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Time

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location

Alcoa Duck Pond, Pavilion #1

Cost

$10.00 per session

Instructor

Members from the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited

JUMP ROPE (Ages 6-13)

Jump rope is great for building hand eye coordination, foot work, cardiovascular health, and overall general fitness. Participants will receive high quality instruction in single rope, shared rope, long rope, double dutch and more.  All classes are taught by a trained instructor, who will provide a fun, safe and inviting atmosphere!

Dates

Classes being planned for Fall 2020.  Dates will be announced once determined.

Location

Everett Recreation Center

Time

To be announced.

Cost

To be announced.

Instructor

Learnin’ the Ropes Staff

Attire

Athletic clothing and tennis shoes

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.

Dates

Classes are being planned for May 2020.  Dates will be announced once determined.

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)

Leanne Moe

Instructor

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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.

Dates

Classes are being planned for May 2020.  Dates will be announced once determined.

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

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS (Ages 15 & Up)

DSLR and/or Advanced Digital Cameras

Would you like to take better pictures with your digital camera but don’t know where to start? In this class, you’ll learn how to get the most out of your camera and take great photos of your favorite people and places.

 

You’ll learn the answers to questions like:

 

“What are all these buttons and settings on my camera and why should I use them?”

 

“What is photo composition and why should I care?"

 

“I took some great pictures! What’s the best way to put them online for everyone to see or print them and hang them on my wall?”

 

Be sure to bring your camera to class. This isn’t a “listen to the teacher talk” class. We’ll be learning hands on. Class size is limited so sign up quickly!

Dates

Tuesdays, April 7-28, 2020  CANCELLED

Location

Springbrook Recreation Center, 1537 Dalton Street, Alcoa

Times

6:00-7:00 PM

Cost

$50.00 for 4-week session

Instructor

Brad Coulter

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TENNIS INSTRUCTION (Ages 5-16)

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.  *Class space is limited!

 

Items needed for all tennis classes: Tennis racquet, athletic attire, water bottle, tennis shoes

Classes at John Sevier Park

Dates

Session 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 2020  (Rain Date: May 28)

SESSION 2 CANCELLED

 

Session 3: Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 2020  (Rain Date: June 25)

Location

Caroline Haynes Tennis Courts at John Sevier

Times for April & May

 

Times for

June

  4:00-5:00 PM  Ages 6-10 (Beginner)

  5:00-6:00 PM  Ages 11-14 (Beginner & Intermediate)

 

 

  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 3: Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 5, 7, 12, 14, 2020  (Rain Date: May 19)       SESSION 3 CANCELLED

Location

Jack Murphy Tennis Courts at Sandy Springs Park

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

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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 CLINICS

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 &

Costs

8:30-10:00 AM     Ages 12 & Under

10:30 AM - Noon  Ages 13-18

 

$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.

 

 

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!

The Parks and Recreation Commission does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, genetic information or disabling condition in employment opportunities or in the provision of parks and recreation services.