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Travel Baseball Tournament Organizers and Tournaments in Oregon

Youth Baseball Tournaments in Oregon
This is a growing list of tournaments in Oregon. Add yours today.

NW Nations Tournament Baseball
Find Youth Baseball tournaments in Oregon here.

Junior Baseball Organization Inc.
Southwest Washington and Oregon youth basbeall players play with High School baseball rules. Check this organization out.

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 Oregon

MLB Players from Oregon

There are few players in major league baseball who are hotter than Jacoby Ellsbury. He plays in New York, but was born in Oregon. He's not the only major leaguer from the Beaver State. Jed Lowrie, Jeremy Guthrie, Darwin Barney, and Kevin Gregg are among the 19 Oregon-born players listed as active by Baseball Almanac (

Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury was born in 1983 in Madras, Oregon. He lived on the Warm Springs reservation until kindergarten (

Ellsbury started swinging early. His father built a tee for hm. He played Little League in Arizona in the summertime when staying with his Navajo grandmother.

Ellsbury was a sports star at Madras High School. He also played some travel ball during his growing up years. He competed in the Area Code games.

Ellsbury declined a 23rd round draft pick out of high school to attend Oregon State University on scholarship. He was instrumental in helping his team reach the College World Series in 2005. For his efforts, he earned Pac-10 Player of the Year. He also competed in the Cape Cod League during his time in college; his team was Falmouth.

Ellsbury, then 21, was a first round pick in 2005. He had moved up from round 23 to spot 23!

The Lowell Spinners, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Portland Sea Dogs, and Pawtucket Red Sox were among the teams he played for in the minors.

Ellsbury made his MLB debut in 2007 at age 23. Soon after, he got to do something most rookies only dream of: play in -- and win -- the World Series.

Ellsbury has won plenty of awards along the way; he is both a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger recipient. Something else he will be remembered for: being the first Native American to play in the major leagues.

Jed Lowrie

Jed Lowrie was born in Salem in 1984. As a youth, he played travel ball. He was a teammate of Jacoby Ellsbury; their paths have crossed at different points.

Among the teams Lowrie played on as a teen were the North Salem Vikings and Capitol City Storm (

Lowrie's alma mater is North Salem High School. Later he played at Stanford University. He, too, was Pac-10 Player of the Year, though a year earlier, in 2004. He continued to play amateur ball on the side. The summer of 2003 found him in the Alaska League with the Mat-Su Miners.

Lowrie, too, was a first round draft pick in 2005 at age 21. Lowrie also spent time with the Portland Sea Dogs and the Pawtuckett Red Sox. He was a Baseball America Double-A All-Star during his time at Portland.

Lowrie's MLB debut came in 2008, a couple days before his 24th birthday.

Young Ball Players: Learning from the Pros

Ellsbury has said, “I knew that if I went out and played hard, continued to improve—that's the biggest thing, continued to improve—that things were going to happen (” He’s also noted, "I'm a competitive person. I'm a perfectionist.” That's true of a lot of pro ball players. Physical ability alone isn't enough. A person has to want success enough to put in a lot of work.

A talented, driven young player may benefit from playing in a competitive league. Youths of all ability levels, though, can find leagues at their level. Confidence and physical fitness are part of what they stand to gain. Of course, it is also old-fashioned fun.

Academics remain important -- no matter what the level of talent. Lowrie was on the honor roll all four years of high school (

Travel Baseball Teams in Oregon

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