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Tournament Baseball Organizers and Listings Connecticut

Triple Crown Sports CT
Lists several of the tournaments in CT.

Youth Baseball Tournaments in CT
Growing list of youth baseball tournaments in Connecticut

Dream Bat Company 7th Annual Wood Bat Invitational
8/1-8/3, 2014 for 16U and 18U teams.

War at the Shore
Baseball tournament organizers in Connecticut.


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


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Travel Baseball Teams in Connecticut

MLB Players from Connecticut

In the world of major league baseball, Connecticut isn't so small. There are currently 14 active players, according to Baseball Almanac. Among the familiar names are Rajai Davis, A.J. Pollock, Jesse Carlson, Evan Scribner, and Andrew Carignan.

Rajai Davis

Rajai Davis was born October 19, 1980 in Norwich. He was involved with youth sports, playing in Little League and Babe Ruth League. He was on the team at New London High; he also played summer ball with the American Legion (

Davis’ college team was the University of Connecticut - Avery Point. He also played collegiate ball in the summer for the Middletown Giants.

A then twenty-year-old Davis was selected in the 38th round of the 2001 draft. From there, it was still a long path to the majors: six seasons. The Hickory Crawdads, Lynchburg Hillcats, Altoona Curve, and Indianapolis Indians were all steps along the way.

In 2006, Davis broke into the majors; he was 25.

Davis is known for speed -- and for stolen bases. He has said that he uses visualization: visualizing himself making catches and runs.

A.J. Pollock

A.J. Pollock was born December 5, 1987 in Hebron. Pollock played for Rham High School and was Connecticut Player of the Year in 2006. He later played in the outfield at Notre Dame -- and continued wracking up honors. He led the team in hitting three years in a row and was Most Valuable Player two years in a row.

Pollock was a first round draft pick in 2009, selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He saw some time with the AA Mobile Baybears and AAA Reno Aces. He also played in the Pan-American games during his career as a minor leaguer.

Pollock made his major league debut in 2012 when he was 24. His local paper reported that when he called his mother to tell her he had been called up to the majors, he first teased her by saying he had been scratched from the AAA lineup.

Andrew Carignan

Andrew Carignan was born in 1986 in New London. He came from a family of athletes. His great grandfather was a major leaguer; his dad made it as far as college ball ( Carignan pitched at Norwich Free Academy. He played summer ball with the Norwich American Legion in his teens. He was selected Player of the Year by the Connecticut Coaches Association his senior year.

Carignan joined the team at the University of North Carolina, where he progressed from middle relief to closer. He played summer ball with the Bourne Braves.

Carignan, then 20, was selected in the 5th round of the 2007 draft. He left college for the minors. He did well at AAA Sacramento and was called up to the majors for the first time in 2011.

Learning from the Pros

Davis, Pollock, and Carignan were all out there on the playing fields in their growing up years. There are plenty of kids out there on Connecticut playing fields right now. Even if they aren’t aspiring major leaguers, they can learn about setting goals and attaining them. Some really relish those moments when the game is on the line.

Those who do have major league aspirations will have a long road ahead of them. They’ll rely on personal qualities as well as ball skills. Davis told young reporters, “That’s why I am here right now, because I persevered, worked hard and never gave up (”

Even playing that first major league game doesn’t mean there won’t be setbacks. Andrew Carignan, maintaining a question and answer session on Reddit while recovering from Tommy John surgery, noted, “The biggest thing for me is staying on an even keel (”.

Travel Baseball Teams in Connecticut

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