Taking your player to the next level

Youth Baseball Tournament Organizers in California
Hardcore Baseball organizes tournaments all over California including the Lake Tahoe World Series.

Extreme Diamond Sports organizes tournaments in several west and southwest states.

Southern California AAU Baseball organizes tournaments and lists several other events.

All World Baseball organizes events/tournaments in Northern California and Nevada.

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 California

MLB Players from California

Lots of kids, lots of sunshine... lots of major leaguers. There are over 300 active players from California. The list includes some well known names like Prince Fielder, Dustin Pedroia, Adam Jones, Evan Longoria, and Freddie Freeman.

Freddie Freeman

Freddie Freeman was born in 1989 in Fountain Valley. As a little boy, he enjoyed playing with a soft toss pitching machine ( He played Little League, making a team for eleven- to twelve-year-olds when he was only nine. He later played for El Modena High School, spending time at 3rd base. As a teen, he also did some showcase ball (

Freeman was selected in the 2nd round of the 2007 draft when he was only 17. His father was not pleased about him bypassing college, but Freeman told him that the Braves would pay for his college if he didn't make the big league (

In the minors, Freeman worked his way up from the Gulf Coast Braves to the Gwinnet Braves by way of the Rome Braves, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and Mississippi Braves. He had his Big League debut in 2012 at age 20.

Freeman opted for #5 because that's the number he wore in Little League the year his mother died.

Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia was born in 1983 in Woodland. Pedroia was enamored with baseball from an early age. He played lots of youth ball, beginning with T-ball. He even went to baseball clinic as a child. He also played in Little League as pitcher and shortstop.

Pedroia was on the team at Woodland High School. As a teen, he played in the Area Code games. He later committed to Arizona State University; there he put up impressive stats and helped the team to three successful seasons (

Pedroia also played for Team USA as a college student. He was a 2nd round pick in 2004 at 20. Portland and Pawtucket were among his minor league teams.

Pedroia debuted in the majors in 2006 at age 23.

Adam Jones

,p>Adam Jones was born in 1985 in San Diego. Jones played sports as a child, but came relatively late to baseball. It turned out he was good! On the cusp of adolescence, he tried out for a travel team, the Redwings.

Jones’ family was poor, and he couldn't manage all his baseball related expense himself. The parent of a baseball friend remembers taking him out to buy equipment and hearing him say that he would repay the deed when he made the big leagues (

Jones played shortstop at Morse High School. His coach once left him behind from a game because he heard that he had made a 'smart-aleck comment' to one of his teachers ( His lesson: The team won, anyway.

Jones did some showcase ball in 2002 and 2003 ( He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2003 at age17. He made his major league debut in 2006. Prior to getting his call-up, he was playing for the Tacoma Rainers. He has been an All-Star three times.

Jones did do some ‘paying back’ when he made the majors. He has also done some paying forward. He has helped raise money to send disadvantaged youth to camp and was selected as Honorary Chair of Central Maryland YMCA's ‘Send a Child to Camp’.

Learning from the Pros

As Adam Jones knows, sports can be a healthy influence on kids, even if the major leagues aren't in their future.

Competitive sports can help the serious teen capitalize on natural ability. One advantage Pedroia didn't have: He wasn't tall. Sources give his height as somewhere between 5'7 and 5'9. And he was shorter in high school! He had ability; he also had plenty of opportunity to play and to show off his skills.

A lot goes into making a pro ball player. Jones has said, “I think cutting down on bad habits away from the ballpark has helped me improve at the ballpark (”

Travel Baseball Teams in California

Rancho High Heat Baseball

  • Address: Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
  • Phone: (909) 908-6844
  • Email:
  • Contact: Dennis York
  • Website:
  • Ages:11U, 12U & 13U
  • About Program: See website

Young Guns Travel Baseball

  • Address:Santa Clarita, CA
  • Phone:
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  • Contact: Arthur
  • Website: NA
  • Ages: 12U
  • About Program:

Ukiah Crushers 12u travel Ball

  • Address: Ukiah, CA
  • Phone:707-972-1757
  • Email:
  • Contact: Kenzie/Tony Ford
  • Website: NA
  • Ages: 12U
  • About Program:We are 12u travel ball in Ukiah ca looking for some new baseball games this year!!!

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