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Travel Baseball Tournament Organizers and Tournaments in South Dakota

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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 South Dakota

MLB Players from South Dakota

There have been 37 major league baseball players to come from South Dakota. Baseball Almanac list four active players: Sean Doolittle, Mark Ellis, Jason Kubel, and Justin Duchscherer.

Sean Doolittle

Sean Doolittle was born in Rapid City in 1986. He spent some time in California as a small child, so his first taste of baseball was going to Oakland A’s games ( He doesn't remember them well, but he knows they impacted him.

When he got a little older, he played in Babe Ruth League.

Doolittle pitched for Shawnee High School. His team won a state title in 2004.

Doolittle was both pitcher and first baseman for the University of Virginia. He also put in some work in the outfield (

In the summer of 2005, at age 18, he played for Team USA. He spent some time in Cape Cod League beforehand getting ready.

Doolittle was selected in the first round of the 2007 draft when he was 20. He played on the Stockton Ports, Midland Rockhounds, and Sacramento River Cats. During this time, he converted from first base to pitcher; a wrist injury was part of what prompted the switch (

Doolittle made his major league debut in 2012. The kid who once watched the Oakland A’s is now an Oakland A!

His younger brother was drafted by the A’s, but has not made it up to the MLB.

Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis was born in 1977, also in Rapid City. As a teenager, he was part of the American Legion baseball program. In 1993, his team, the Rapid City Post 22, won a title; at this stage, he was a shortstop ( Ellis earned Player of the Year for the South Dakota American Legion two years running. Much later, he was honored as American Legion Graduate of the Year.

Ellis played two positions for the University of Florida: shortstop and third base (

Ellis was a 9th round draft pick in 1999. His MLB debut came in 2002. During the time in between, he was traded from the Kansas City Royals to the Oakland A’s. He played for AAA Sacramento River while in the Oakland A’s farm system.

Jason Kubel

Jason Kubel was born in 1982 in Belle Fourche, but moved to California as a youth. He was on the baseball team at Highland High School, putting in an outstanding performance in center field (

Kubel was a 12 round draft pick in 2000, and was barely 18 when he signed with the Minnesota Twins. His minor league teams included the New Britain Rock Cats and Rochester Red Wings. He played in the 2004 All-Star Futures game.

His MLB debut came in 2004 when he was 22. He has been on several MLB teams.

Tomorrow's Ball Players

Youth sports can be important for many reasons. They help kids stay active and healthy. For many children, they are a way to make friends and have fun. At some levels, children may earn a trophy simply for participating.

For some children, this is enough. But others dream big. Those with talent and aspirations benefit from plenty of practice -- and from people who support their dream.

Sean Doolittle has said, "(My parents) have been unbelievable influence and have sacrificed so much. I could talk for hours about how much they have meant, driving me up and down the East Coast, paying for private lessons, everything. I might not have realized it at the time, but I’m so thankful ("

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