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Travel Baseball Tournament Organizers and Tournaments in Idaho

NW Tournaments Baseball
Baseball tournament organizer in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Most tournaments tend to be in WA and OR.

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 Idaho

MLB Players from Idaho

Idaho has produced some major league talent, including legendary Harmon Killebrew. There are five active players: Matt Lindstrom, Stephen Fife, Joe Mather, Nick Hagadone, and Stephen Fife.

Matt Lindstrom

Matt Lindstrom was born in Rexburg in 1980. He played baseball (and two other sports) at Madison High School, earning All-Conference honors. He went on a Mormon mission before heading off to Ricks College to play ball.

Lindstrom was selected in the 10th round of the 2002 draft. He was on quite a few minor league teams including Capital City and St. Lucie. In 2007, he finally made the majors --not for the Mets who had drafted him, but for the Marlins. He was 27.

One of Lindstrom's claims to fame is having thrown the last pitch at Shea Stadium. But baseball youth in his hometown may remember him for something else. Lindstrom hosts a baseball camp to help youth with their ball skills.

Stephen Fife

Stephen Fife was born in Boise in 1986. As a boy, he played Little League. Not only that, he made it to the 1999 Little League World Series as a reserve infielder. It was the first time an Idaho Little League team ever reached this level. They didn't win; that honor went to the Pheonix City team that featured another future major leaguer, Colby Rasmus (

But there would be more victories down the road. Fife played for Borah High School as a teen, making All-State in 2005; that year, his team won the state title. He also played American Legion ball as a teen, winning another state title, albeit at the AA level.

Fife played baseball at Everett Community College and later at the University of Utah. He spent time as a pitcher and as a first baseman (

He was a 3rd round draft pick in 2008. He was also with a number of minor league teams, including several at the A level. 2010 brought him up to the AA level as he donned the uniform of the Portland Sea Dogs.

Fife was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers while still in the minors. He played a bit more AA and AAA baseball before making his major league debut in 2012.

Learning from the Pros

Fife remembers his Little League experience -- and especially his trip to the World Series -- very fondly. There was the thrill of the filled stadium, the camaraderie with other youth. “We’ll get together during Christmas break or after the season,” he has told reporters. “Spending three years, and those two weeks here in Williamsport with just the team was a special bonding experience that I don’t think will ever be broken (”

Today's youth are also out there on the field, making friends, taking trips, enjoying victories -- and learning to handle losing with grace. These are things they may carry with them even if they don’t make it so far.

Even those who do make the pros still face disappointments. They still find themselves with learning to do, and they still benefit from having the right attitude. "I can still glean from Cy Young winners and 10-year vets and zero in on how they work and take from them what they do and maybe, someday, I'll have the longevity they're having (,” Fife has said. He says it’s important to know that he has worked as hard as possible for an opportunity that just may present itself.

Academics is that all-important back-up plan, even for those who start winning championships early. Lindstrom was named Academic Athlete of the Year back in high school.

Travel Baseball Teams in Idaho

5 Diamond Sports Group

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  • Contact: Thomad Johnson
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  • Ages: 8U-13U
  • About Program: Development, GPA regulations, Volunteer Hours, No Daddy Ball

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