Mike Martinez | GYS Football Director
Mike Martinez is from Ft. Lauderdale Florida.  He is a 1994 Graduate from University of the Cumberlands, with a BA in English. Mike is married to Holly Martinez, and has 2 children, Walker and Willow.  He is currently attending Grace Baptist Church.  Mike is Founder of Premier Athletic Gymnastics and Cheerleading Training Centers and is Currently
President of ASO Youth sporting apparel company. 

Mike has seven years of youth football coaching experience.

For info about GYS Football contact  graceyouthfootball@gracebc.org

Brett Ellison
Brett Ellison | GYS Basketball Director
I am a substitute teacher at Grace Christian Academy, where I am the Head Coach for Middle School Softball and Girls MS JV Basketball and also Assistant Coach for Upper School Softball and Girls Middle School Varsity Basketball. I have been married for over 25 years to my lovely wife, Jane, and have two children, Ashley and Olivia that attend Grace Christian Academy.
For info about GYS Basketball contact graceyouthbasketball@gracebc.org

                     Grace Youth Sports Frequently Asked Questions

What is Grace Youth Sports?
Grace Youth Sports is a ministry of Grace Baptist Church. Football Teams participate in the Knox Metro Youth Football.
Does my child have to attend Grace Christian Academy to play Grace Youth Sports?
A child does not have to attend Grace Christian Academy to play in Grace Youth Sports.
What is the screening process for Grace Youth Sports coaches?
Coaches complete an application and submit to a thorough background check. Coaches also complete concussion training.
When is registration?

Registration days vary and will be posted on this site. 

Where I do register my child?
At Grace Christian Academy. Specific area is announced when registration info is released

What are the fees?

Flag Football: 

   $100.00 (includes jersey and league fees)
Tackle Football:
   $200.00 per player,
   $175.00 for siblings
If you provide your own helmet, the Tackle Football fee will be $150.00 per player. Grace Youth Football must approve the helmet.
Registration fee is $50.00 -(this does not include uniforms and
 $ 65.00 per player \ $ 130.00 max per family
When are the practices?
Practice days and times differ with each age group. Coaches will set practice days and times. Practices will not be held on Wednesdays.
Where are the practices held?
Practices are held at Grace Christian Academy.
When are the games?
Game days differ with each age group. Knox Metro Youth Football determines the game schedules for football.
Where are the games played?
Football/Cheer: Regular season games are played at the Knox County Schumpert and Tarleton fields. Bow/Jamboree Games are played at Grace Christian Academy and other high school fields.
How are Football teams formed?
Flag Football Teams are for ages 5 and 6
Tackle Football Teams are for ages 7-11
Players are assigned to teams based on their age as of August 1
Are there any rules concerning playing time for Football?
Knox Metro Youth Football determines rules regarding playing time.
Are there any rules concerning position assignments?
There are no rules concerning position assignments. Assignments are made at the discretion of the coaches.