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Travel Baseball Tournament Organizers and Tournaments in Kansas

KC Sports Travel Baseball Tournaments
Baseball tournaments in KS. Links to the MO-KS USSSA website for additional tournaments and information.

Kansas NBC Hap Dumont
Youth baseball tournament organizer. Earn points toward state tournaments.

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 Kansas

MLB Players from Kansas

We may think of the Royals when we think of Kansas baseball, but there are also plenty of major league players who got their start in Kansas. There are 14 currently active players. Among them are Andy Dirks, Logan Watkins, Derek Norris, and Brad Ziegler.

Andy Dirks

Andy Dirks was born in 1986 in Hutchinson. He was an outfielder at Dirks Haven High School; a multi-sport talent, he also lettered in basketball and football.

Dirks played as a freshman and sophomore at Hutchinson Community College. His team made it to the JuCo World Series.

Dirks was later on the team at Wichita State University. He also played baseball in the collegiate Northwoods League in 2008; his team was the Brainerd Blue Thunder.

Dirks was an 8th round draft pick in 2008 at age 22. As a minor leaguer, he played for the Rookie Gulf Coast Tigers, A West Michigan Whitecaps, A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers, AA Erie SeaWolves, and AAA Toledo Mud Hens ( His major league debut came in 2011.

At the start of his major league career, Dirks played in the winter league in the Dominican Republic, helping his team win the 2012 title ( His performance on the baseball field, along with his friendliness and accessibility off the field, made him a popular figure.

Derek Norris

Derek Norris was born in 1989 in Goddard. He played catcher in Little League, but played third base in high school before moving back to catcher ( He was selected as a Louisville Slugger All-American his senior year.

Norris participated in the Perfect Game WWBA Championship in 2006 ( He was selected in the 4th round of the 2007 draft when he was 18. He began his pro career with the Gulf Coast Nationals. From there, it was on to the Low A Vermont Lake Monsters. He later played for the Class A Hagerstown Suns, High A Potomac Nationals, Double A Harrisburg Senators, and Triple A Sacramento River Cats (

He made his MLB debut in 2012 at age 23.

Brad Ziegler

Brad Ziegler was born in 1979 in Pratt. He was an infielder and pitcher during his time at Odessa High School. He later pitched for Missouri State. He also played summer ball in the Cape Cod League (

Ziegler was selected in the 20th round of the 2003 draft when he was 23. He was released by the team that drafted him but picked up by another team (the A’s) after doing well in an independent league. Modesto, Midland, and Sacramento were among his minor league teams. He converted to sidearm pitching toward the end of his time in the minors.

In 2008, his major league debut finally came; he was 28. Ziegler notes that Opening Day is still a thrill (

Now he's paying it forward. Ziegler recently played with, and offered some support to, the Ahwatukee Little League; he was helping kick off Give Back Jersey, a program that donates uniforms and caps to Little Leaguers (

Learning from the Pros

As Ziegler knows, youth baseball can be beneficial to kids, even for those who aren't future major leaguers.

Role models can be important on many levels. As a minor leaguer, Norris referenced his catching coordinator as instrumental to his development.

Success at any level takes more than athleticism. A person can aim to play not only hard but smart. Ziegler has said, “A lot of what I try to do on the mound is based on how hitters are reacting to the pitches I'm throwing (”

There is also a human element to forming a winning team, even at the higher levels. “One of the main strengths for sure is the clubhouse chemistry,” Ziegler once said of his team (

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