Taking your player to the next level

Youth Baseball Tournament Organizers in Arkansas
USSSA Arkansas is a place to find tournaments in the state and additional information concerning rules and etiquette.

Articles For Those New to Travel Baseball

What is Travel Baseball?
Clarkstown Baseball Association provides a cut and dry overview of what travel or elite baseball is and the differences between it and "Recreational" baseball.

Choosing a Youth Travel Baseball Team
This is a great introductory article for those new to the travel baseball scene that can help you narrow down what you are looking for.

Picking the Right Travel Baseball Team
By John Pinkman
Taking a look at Coaches, Mission, costs, size of team and much more.

Overuse Injuries in Youth Baseball
Pitchers aren't the only ones with overuse injuries in baseball. Check out the latest data and prevention tactics.

Pros and Cons of Parent Coaches and Being One Yourself
Parent coaches in travel baseball, good thing or bad thing? Is it a good fit for you?

Youth Sports: Maintaining Reasonable Expectations
What are the chances your kid will play college baseball or softball? Professional baseball or softball? You should read this article.

Where the Elite Kids Shouldn't Meet
By Tim Keown, ESPN Writer
A raw and honest look into Travel / Elite Baseball

Sites, Organizations and Articles We Like

American Legion Baseball
Teams from 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Regional tournaments, State tournaments and a World Series make this one of the most popular baseball organizations around.

Dixie Youth Baseball
They play great baseball and players have an opportunity to play in tournaments and a league World Series. Find a team or start a franchise.

Babe Ruth League Youth Baseball
Great organization and great baseball. This is another option for youth baseball players to continue developing their skills. Start or find a charter here.

Travel Ball Select
Travel Ball News, Forums, Scores, Travel Ball TV and other cool stuff.

Game Changer
Sign your team up, keep stats during the game, track other teams. It's great!

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Travel Baseball Teams in Arkansas

MLB Players from Arkansas

Plenty of kids grow up playing baseball in Arkansas, and a few make it as far as the MLB. There are eleven players currently active in the pros. Among them are rising talents Drew Smyly and Blake Parker as well as veteran players Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett, and Torii Hunter.

Drew Smyly

Left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly was born in Maumelle, Arkansas in 1989. He pitched for Little Rock Central High School; he made All-State a couple times and set a strikeout record (

Smyly played at the University of Arkansas and was also involved with a summer collegiate team, the Duluth Huskies. As a sophomore at the UA, he was selected Second-Team All-Southeastern Conference.

Smyly was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft and played for the Lakeland Tigers and Erie Seawolves before breaking into the majors. His debut came in 2012 at age 22. Smyly is with the Detroit Tigers. He says he got meaningful experience as a reliever and is looking forward to being a starter.

Torii Hunter

At the other end of the experience continuum is veteran Torii Hunter, also from Arkansas and also wearing the uniform of the Detroit Tigers. Born in 1975, he's been in the pros a while. 2014 finds him doing well in Fantasy and hoping to help his team to a championship.

Hunter began his baseball career playing tee ball. From there, he progressed to Little League and Babe Ruth League. At Pine Bluff High School, he played both football and baseball; in baseball, he was an outfielder. He was on the Junior Olympic team. As he was not from a family of means, it was difficult for him to pull together the necessary money. He solved the problem by writing Bill Clinton who was at that time still governor of Arkansas (

Fresh out of high school, Hunter was a first round draft pick, selected by the Minnesota Twins. The Fort Wayne Wizards, Fort Myers Miracle, and New Britain Rock Cats were stops along the way to the majors. Hunter made his MLB debut in 1997 at age 22.

The sports legacy continues. Hunter's son Torii Hunter Jr. has followed in his father's footsteps by playing center field. He has arguably had some advantages his dad didn't have, like the opportunity to play a little travel ball. His USSSA career began with the 11U Frozen Ropes Titans ( He later played at Prosper High. Fresh out of high school in 2013, he turned down a 36th round draft pick by his dad's team, the Tigers, to play football on scholarship at Notre Dame.

The elder Hunter has also been active in charities that help less advantaged youth get the opportunity to play. He’s helped fund a softball field and improve baseball diamonds. He's also supported education through a scholarship fund. His efforts in supporting youth earned him the Branch Rickie award ( He has so much on the plate that he has his own website (

Tomorrow's Ball Players

As Hunter knows well, playing on teams can be beneficial to youth, even if they never get that draft call. Sports can be that much needed positive influence.

Those that (potentially) have big league talent have to put in a lot of work at many stages along the way: beginning in youth and continuing even after they make the big league. Smyly told On Campus Sports that being a pro ball player was a dream come true, but also noted, "Everyone thinks it’s a very luxurious life – which don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else, and it has plenty of perks – but it’s hard work and very demanding ("

Travel Baseball Teams in Arkansas

Southwest Arkansas Titans

  • Address: Prescott, AR 71857
  • Phone: 870-796-0910
  • Email:
  • Contact: Evan Hamm
  • Website: N/A
  • Ages: 19U
  • About Program: Started in the 2012 the Titansade an immediate impact finishing 5th in the state, and have followed that up with a runner up in 2013, and a 3rd place finish in 2013. Manager Evan Hamm, who is the pitching coach at Prescott High School, attributes their success to solid fundamental baseball. He says most of players come from small schools in SW AR, with no players coming for above 3A. Since 2012, the Titans have sent 12 players to the next level. A close relation with Central Baptist College in Conway, AR has provided a great opportunity for players with 6 of those 12 earning scholarships to CBC. Coach Hamm says his goal is to provide quality baseball opportunities to young men who get overlooked due to the size or success of their school.

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