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Travel Baseball Tournament Organizers and Tournaments in Indiana

Indiana Baseball Network
A source for Indiana's Youth Travel Baseball.

Fisher-HSE Youth Baseball League
List of tournaments they are hosting in Fisher, IN.

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 Indiana

MLB Players Born in Indiana

Baseball fans are apt to know Jeff Samardzila, Lance Lynn, Brandon Beachy, and (if they've followed the sport a while) Jeff Rolen. All were born in Indiana. They are scarcely the only Indiana-born MLB players.

There are 29 currently active, according to the Baseball Almanac (

Here are three Indiana-born baseball players at different stage of their careers.

Jeff Samardzila

Jeff Samardzila, born in 1985, played multiple sports in youth, beginning at about age five. Football was a primary winter sport, baseball a primary summer one. There were several other sports. Even hockey and wrestling were thrown into the mix for a while.

Samardzila was an active on teams during his time at Valparaiso High School. A lot of youth dream of playing college ball. Samardzila aspired to play two college sports: baseball and football. It wasn't easy, but Notre Dame ultimately let him do so.

A 2006 5th round pick by the Cubs, Samardzila was drafted after his junior year and began playing in the minors soon after -- while remaining in school and remaining on the football team ( He still had dreams of being drafted as a football player. This dual commitment likely caused him to go later in the baseball draft than he would have otherwise; he had been named by Baseball America as 20th best prospect.

Samardzila was 23 when he was called up to the majors.

Scott Rolen

Scott Rolen, born in 1975, also loved two sports: baseball and basketball. As a kindergartner, he reportedly told his mother he'd rather stay home to play ball - he wanted to be in the majors (

Rolen played youth sports above age-level. In baseball, he was shortstop. In high school, he transitioned to third base. He was also serving as relief pitcher.

As high school drew to a close, the Philadelphia Phillies came knocking. Rolen was selected in the 2nd round of the 1993 draft. He played for several minor league teams, culminating in the AAA Scranton-WIlkes Barre. He made his big league debut in August of 1996, at age 21.

Kevin Kiermaier

At the opposite end of the experience continuum is Kevin Kiermaier, who only recently broke into the major leagues. Kiermaier was born in April of 1990.

Kiermaier played at Bishop Luers High School, helping his team achieve a state championship. He later played for Parkland College, this time helping his team achieve a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship.

In 2010, he was selected in the 31st round of the draft. He was not expected to get as far as he did, but he did well in instructional league, and, after a bit of a backslide, did well later playing for AA Montgomery and AAA Durham.

He was called up from the minors on September 30, 2013. He soon found himself on the playoff roster.

Learning from the Pros

What does it mean to be a 31st round draft pick? Kiermaier was actually the 941st person picked. Most people picked this low don't make it past the minors. "You can call it a Cinderella story, but there was a lot of hard work and I'm just thankful for the opportunity," he has said (

Aspiring young baseball players can learn something from Kiermaier and also from Samardzila and Rolen. Sports are a passion, but success takes time and effort.

Rolen notes that he is living his lifelong dream. But team sports can build life skills even if a person never gets scouted or drafted.

Attitude will help. Rolen says, "Playing baseball—hitting—is very difficult. But saying hello to someone is the easiest thing in the world (”

Travel Baseball Teams in Indiana

Northern Indiana Cardinals

  • Address: 2209 Liberty Ct. Goshen, IN 46526
  • Phone: 574-850-9579
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  • Contact: Bob Smith
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  • Ages: 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u, 14u, 16u
  • About Program: Non Profit organization. Will not get more bang for your buck. Knowledgeable coaches on every staff. Our goal is to get every ball player ready for the next level, high school and beyond

The Elkhart Titans Baseball Club

  • Address: 27683 County Road 24 Elkhart, IN 46517
  • Phone: 574-596-2537
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  • Contact: John Drew
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  • Ages: 12u,13u,14u,15u,16u,18u
  • About Program: Established in 2004, Quality baseball at a reasonable fee. We have our own fields, indoor facility and do video analyses for each player. We prepare our boys to play high school and college baseball while playing each individual to their strengths.

Aces Baseball Club

  • Address: 1156 Golfview Drive Noblesville, Indiana 46060
  • Phone: 859-421-6452
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  • Ages: 11U-17U
  • About Program: Program: We seek to develop players through fall practices, winter clinics, and strong summer competition. 11U are currently seeking to fill an open roster spot for the 2017 season. Contact Coach Carter for more info. Also visit to learn more about out instructors.

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