When was/is it important to be on a high level team?

Where I live in GA there is a plethora of travel baseball teams. Some teams are known as "THE BEST", and yes they play in, and do well in, several of the larger tourneys.  However, I don't see the point in a 9u kid being on such a team. Playing in the best tourneys means paying out the high costs to be in these tourneys, where is the value at age 9?  But when does it become important?

If the goal of a player is to play in College when is it important to be on a high level team?  Rising 9th grader?  Rising 10th grader?

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