Thursday, August 27, 2015

Texas Travelers add player full of Desire to be the Best

“Dad, is it really true or am I just dreaming” states the newest Texas Travelers player, Kailee Bautista on her earning a spot playing for the Texas Travelers.

At a young age, Kailee understands that select softball is a privilege and not a right.  She has been working for the past two years to earn a spot on the 04 Select Softball Team and is willing to do whatever it takes to earn playing time on the field.

Kailee was born in Chicago and played primarily catcher since she started playing softball at the age of 8 years old.  Her last two teams she played for were the Wild Sox and Texas Glory.  “Kailee impressed the coaching staff with her willingness to listen and do whatever we asked her to do.  She is fearless sacrificing her body just to make a play” states Head Coach Kyle Bennett of the Texas Travelers.  “We love that about her.”

Kailee may not have a ton of experience in select ball, but she has all of the intangibles coaches love to see when it comes to players.  This will serve her well, not only in softball but also in life.  “She is the middle child, so she knows how to make sure she gets what she wants” adds her father.  Bautista will be working at catcher for the Travelers, and looking to help the lineup with her big bat.

She will be 6Th grade at Terry middle school and she is in Quest Gifted and Talented Program.

The 04 Texas Travelers are a very competitive select softball team and part of a rich tradition of success.  Each team at each age group is hand selected.  The organization as a whole is small in nature, but has the success and great reputation as the larger organization giving its girls the highest advantage when it comes to their future having sent over 175 girls to play college softball.

The 04 Texas Travelers were chosen by ASA, which is the governing body of softball to represent Texas in the 2015 ASA/USA National Championship held in Normal, Illinois.  However, the winning record of the 04 Texas Travelers is not what defines the team.  This team was built from the ground up having taken girls out of recreational softball to be able to compete and win at the highest level.

The coaches, led by Coach Kyle Bennett prepare the girls to be strong independent young women.  They are getting their players ready to be able to start as a freshman on their high school varsity teams, and with the organizations connection and strong alumni support; the Texas Travelers girls will be able to attract the attention of some of the top softball programs in the country.  As a matter of fact, Jordan Strickland, Baylor Bears history making shortstop, is on the coaching staff of the 04 Texas Travelers.

The 04 Texas Travelers is also a fully funded team.  This is a plus in today’s select softball world where playing for teams require you to pay for their uniforms, coaches, team lessons on top of the travel expense to play at a high level.  The softball players that play for the Texas Travelers save thousands of dollars for their parents because of the support they receive from the continued donations.

In addition to being a fully funded team, the 04 Texas Travelers have a marketing program second to none.  DeliveryMaxx has donated its patent-pending services to help market the 04 Texas Travelers as well as each of their players which will help when the girls become old enough to start the recruiting process.

The 04 Texas Travelers are one of the top 10U teams in the country.  They will be a first year 12U team, but they have already found success playing in several 12U tournaments recently winning the 2015 Summer Swinging 12U Championship.  Even though they have some of the top rated players at their position, the players are always looking to add to the roster giving them a heighten level of competition even in their own club.  The players and coaches both agree that their performance at practice, off the field, and tournament play determines their time of play in competition.  The coaches look at each player as an individual and identifies how the player can best help the team reach its goals.

The 04 Texas Travelers will be completing their roster for the fall season as they prepare to become 2016 National Champions.  For more information about the 04 Texas Travelers visit the team on Facebook or contact Coach Kyle Bennett at 972.679.7702.

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