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Tournament Baseball Organizers Alabama

Xtreme Traveball Sports
Leagues and Tournament organizer. Check out their site. Great opportunity for your team.

Grand Slam Baseball
Baseball tournament organizers in Alabama. Hear they put on some great ones.
Alabama USSSA
Alabama division of the USSSA. Organizes several of the tournaments in Alabama.


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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College Baseball News


MLB News and Rumors from Yard Barker


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Travel Baseball Teams in Alabama

MLB Players from Alabama

What do Alex Rios, Delmon Young, David Robertson, Matt Cain, and Craig Kimbrel have in common -- besides their pro baseball status? They were all born in Alabama! They are among the 26 Alabama-born MLB players currently active, among the hundreds of Alabamans in the history of major league baseball (

Delmon Young

Delmon Young was born in Montgomery Alabama, though he's played ball in many places ( Even as a toddler, Young wanted to play -- just like his much older brother, Dimitri ( Young was active in youth organizations, playing in the Pony League, the AAU, and the American Legion before becoming a part of the Adolfo Camarillo High School team. He continued to play tournaments, helping his team win medals in both the Pan American Youth Baseball Championships and the World Junior Championships.

Young was still 17 when he was selected as a first round draft pick in 2003. He played in the minors on the AA Montgomery Biscuits before progressing to the AAA Durham Bulls. He made his major league debut in 2006.

Craig Kimbrel

Craig Kimbrel, born in Huntsville, pitched for Lee High School before joining the team at Wallace State Community College. He took some time to recover from a non-baseball injury but soon came to the attention of the Atlanta Braves. He did not sign after a 33rd round draft pick by the Braves in 2007, but signed with them a year later after some improvement (and a 3rd round selection). He was 20.

Kimbrel played for Atlanta in the minors and made his big league debut in 2010. The Braves have him under contract.

David Robertson

David Robertson was born in Birmingham. As a teen, he played both pitcher and shortstop. He was on the team first at Central Tuscaloosa High School and later at Paul W. Bryant High School. He went on to play ball for the University of Alabama. He was drafted in 2006 in the 17th round ( He played for several minor league teams, including the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He made his Big League debut in 2008 at age 23.

Robertson plays for the New York Yankees. Some of the places he remembers from his Alabama childhood are no more, having been devastated in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Robertson was motivated to found his own charity, High Socks for Hope. The “High Socks for Hope” blog records a visit to one family his organization helped: a family which includes a young ball player, Javaris, who hopes one day to also make it to the Yankees (

Tomorrow’s MLB Players

Chances are good that some of tomorrow’s big league players are indeed playing ball in Alabama cities like Tuscaloosa and Mobile. In fact, only a couple cities surpass Mobile when it comes to turning out Hall of Famers.

Tomorrow's ball players are doing what today's were doing were back in the 90's and early 2000's: playing with passion, living with passion. They are on teams: rec teams, youth teams, high school teams. Some, like the juvenile Delmon Young, may already have won many awards. Others will take more time to develop.

Tomorrow's pro players are learning from those who are older and who they struggle to emulate. Many of today’s still are. David Robertson, 28, recently took over the closing role from legendary Mariano Rivera. He looks up to Rivera and isn't afraid to say so. Craig Kimbrel, a closer now himself, still looks up to Billy Wagner, counting among his lessons "How to compose yourself. How to come back the next day. How to treat the job of closing professionally ("

Travel Baseball Teams in Alabama

Birmingham Baseball Academy

  • Address:5227 Pinson Valley Pkwy Pinson, Alabama 35215
  • Phone: (205) 681-7964
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  • Contact: Logan Blackwelder
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  • Ages: 10U - 18U
  • About Program: Birmingham Baseball Academy is holding private tryouts for kids ages 10-17 for fall ball and the upcoming spring. We host private tryouts in our state of the art facility located in Pinson. Our facility is the oldest operating Baseball Academy in Alabama. We work hard to ensure that kids who are interested in pursuing baseball at the collegiate level get training by coaches who have all played collegiate and professional baseball and we also work hard to help with recruitment and overall player development. We are available for tryouts any time of the day Monday-Friday. If interested please call, Logan Blackwelder at (731-727-4832) and we will schedule a time that works best for you.

Steel City Legends

  • Address: Birmingham, Alabama
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  • Contact: Saxon Butler - GM
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  • Ages: 7 - 13
  • About Program:The Steel City Legends Baseball Club is bringing to Birmingham and surrounding area's professional developmental program for youth baseball players who have a strong desire to excel in academics, athletics, and the ultimate game of life. The Legends are hosted by Professional Baseball Player Alex Lee of the Atlanta Braves Organization and creditable staff of all collegiate and/or professional athletes. This program will be true to development to ensure your player has the foundation to begin down their personal road to success not only on the field but off as well.

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