Taking your player to the next level

Travel Baseball Tournament Organizers and Tournaments in Minnesota

Minnesota Youth Athletic Services
Gopher State Tournament of Champions (GSTC) qualifiers.

Minnesota Sports Federation
Has a calendar of tournaments.

Please contact us with your tournament information.

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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MLB News and Rumors from Yard Barker


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Travel Baseball Teams in Minnesota

MLB Players from Minnesota

Minnesota may not be prime ball playing weather, but the state has produced plenty of major leaguers. There are 17 MLB players currently active in the pros. Among them are Joe Mauer, Ike Davis, Josh Johnson, Glen Perkins, and Brad Hand.

Joe Mauer

Joe Mauer was not only born in Minnesota; he also got drafted by a Minnesota team.

Mauer was born in Saint Paul in 1983. His father was a baseball coach, and Mauer was playing the sport at an early age. Reportedly there is a video of him at a batting cage while still in diapers (! When he got a little older, Mauer played on youth teams. Not surprisingly, he also got some tutoring from his father.

Mauer played several sports at Cretin-Derham Hall High School. He excelled in baseball and was on the Junior National Team.

After an outstanding senior football season, Mauer signed a letter of intent to play college football. But then came an outstanding baseball season -- and a #1 draft pick.

Instead of going off to college in 2001, Mauer headed to the minors. His minor league teams included Elizabethton, Quad City, Fort Myers, and New Britain.

He made his MLB debut in 2004, a little before his 21st birthday.

Mauer has seen plenty of success in the big league. He has also made contributions to advance the sport. In addition to involving himself in the rookie league and in a youth initiative, he has made monetary donations to help renovate baseball fields in the St. Paul area.

Ike Davis

Edina's Ike Davis also grew up playing baseball. He was born in 1987 in Minnesota, but spent much of his life in Arizona. His father, who had been in the pros himself, coached Davis in Little League. The young Davis also got to attend a baseball camp led by his own dad.

Davis played at Cocopah Middle School. He was active in the Babe Ruth League around this time; as an amateur baseball player, he would share the field with several future sports stars ( Davis went on to play for Chaparral High School. He was on multiple championship-winning teams.

Davis attended Arizona State University. Among his honors was Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

He was a first round draft pick in 2008 at age 21 (having turned down a lower draft pick a few years earlier).

Davis' minor league teams included the Brooklyn Cyclones, St. Lucie Mets, Binghamton Mets, and Buffalo Bisons.

Davis was called up to the majors in 2010 at age 23. He is now a New York Met!

Tomorrow's Baseball Players in Minnesota

Mauer and Davis both played plenty of ball in their preteen years. There is a new generation of kids playing ball on Minnesota playing fields, and a few will make it big.

What can youth sports (rec teams, travel teams, sports camps) provide? For those without big league athleticism or aspirations, they contribute to physical fitness… and provide an alternative to video games. For those who have serious aspirations, of course, they also provide training. Mauer has done some training through IMG Academy; they list him among their notable trainees and alumni (

Youth can find role models in the sports world. Mauer and Davis had dads and brothers as role models - but other figures as well. After his first AAA game, Davis called up his former high school coach at Chaparral. The Arizona Republic notes that Chaparral High has produced three major leaguers, and asserts it's in part because so many major leaguers retire in the area (

Mauer has said, ""I’m looking to get better, and anything that will help me accomplish that, I’m all ears ("

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