Taking your player to the next level

Youth Baseball Tournament Organizers in Colorado
Rocky Mountain West USSSA organizes baseball tournaments like the Spring Training Tournament.

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!

Little League News


College Baseball News


MLB News and Rumors from Yard Barker


pitcher in travel baseball
travel baseball baserunner

Travel Baseball Teams in Colorado

MLB Players from Colorado

Colorado has produced more than 80 major league baseball players in the years since 1897. There are ten Colorado-born players currently active in the pros. Among them, we find Chase Headley, Kevin Gausman, Luke Hochevar, and Mark Melancon.

Chase Headley

Chase Headley was born in Fountain, Colorado in 1984. He played youth ball through the Babe Ruth League.

As a teen, Headley played at Fort Carson High School. His honors were numerous. He was All-State three times; he made the South Metro All-League team every year. In 2001, he played ball with Team One, an organization that specializes in "showcase ball" (

Headley later played college ball. He began at the University of the Pacific and transferred to the University of Tennessee; the University of Tennessee notes that he started at multiple positions (

Headley was selected in the second round of the 2005 draft. His MLB debut came in 2007 when he was 23 years old.

Kevin Gausman

Kevin Gausman was born in Centennial, Colorado in January of 1991. This future big leaguer was once in Little League. He later pitched at Grandview High School in Aurora. In 2009, he played 18U USA Baseball (; his team defeated Cuba to capture the gold. Gausman would return to USAB to play collegiate ball during his time at Louisiana State University.

Gausman was taken in the first round of the 2012 draft, having turned down a 6th round pick in 2010. The Aurora Sentinel notes he's not the first person from his high school to get drafted, but he was the highest pick thusfar (

Gausman's big league debut came in May of 2013, less than a year after he signed. Before this, he was playing for the AA Bowie Baysox.

Mark Melancon

Pitcher Mark Melancon, born in Wheat Ridge in 1985, was an all-around athlete, playing three sports at Golden High School. Then it was on to the University of Arizona!

Melancon was a 9th round pick in the 2006 draft. He worked his way up from the A Staten Island Yankees to the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. He made his major league debut in 2009 at age 24.

Melancon is involved in bringing baseball to a new generation. He recently traveled to South Africa as an ambassador for the MLB ( Among his activities was conducting a five day youth camp. Melancon has traveled to other nations where baseball is beginning to have a presence – and where scouts are beginning to identify talent.

Tomorrow's Ball Players

Gausman's father had some moving words when he made his MLB debut. He told the Denver Post, "When I watch him throw for the O's, it will be hard not to think back to the years of Little League - a wild adventure worth every step ("

Of course, youth baseball isn't enough to turn a starry-eyed kid into a future pro, but it can be an important part of development. Gausman's neighbors, part of a new generation of Little Leaguers, did a turn around and gave him a ball they signed themselves. "Pretty awesome that my little league neighbors gave me a ball signed by them!" Gausman wrote on Twitter (

For a lucky few, the coaching they receive as kids will tip the scales toward college ball or pro ball. Chase Headley got some good coaching as a boy. Richard Jordan, who coached him at the teen level, notes that he has had more than 60 players who went on to play at least at the college level (

But academics are also important! Among Headley's other achievements: He was high school valedictorian.

Travel Baseball Teams in Colorado

Teams are coming soon!

Submit your Travel / Elite Baseball Team information that you would like listed here:

* required field.

Organization's Name:

Street Address:



Zip Code:



Contact Person:


Age Groups & Division (ex: 8U, 9U & AA, AAA):

About the Program (Coaching philosophy (fun, developmental, competitive), about the coaches, alumni at the next level, and anything else you'd like to add.: