Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Softball Tryouts in North Texas

The 04 Texas Travelers are finalizing their roster for another successful season for the spring of 2016. Recently placing 3rd in the 2015 ASA/USA National Championship held in Normal, Illinois; the Travelers are looking for strong softball families and great girls to help add to their strong roster. During this past Fall Season the Travelers placed in the Gold Bracket in each tournament as a first year 12U team.

The Texas Travelers are one of the strongest All-2004 team in the country boasting some of the most talked about players.

There are several things you will want to look at when it comes to finding the right select softball team for your daughter. There are many North Texas Select Softball teams, and finding the right team for your daughter can be instrumental in her development as she gets older.

  • The Texas Travelers are preparing each of their players to start as a Freshman for their Varsity High School Team. They also are preparing the girls who want to play college ball to have numerous of opportunities.
  • The coaching staff is comprised of coaches who have won at the National Level in Select Softball and a coach who earned All-American status as a D1 College Player. 
  • The goals for the team are to compete at the highest level in select softball and become the best 2004 team in the country.
  • The Texas Travelers parents support the coaches and Travelers organizations well as enjoy the comradery of the weekend fun.
  • The Texas Travelers are a fully funded team which allows the players to use available funds for pitching, hitting and fielding lessons outside of the Travelers practice.
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 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.

Jordan Strickland is one of those rare individuals who is looking to give back to others.  In fact, the Baylor Bear softball legend is giving her time and softball knowledge to a group of young, up-and-coming softball players by helping the 04 Texas Travelers.  Strickland’s softball accomplishments at Baylor include the 2014 Women’s College World Series All-Tournament Team, 2014 Second Team All-Big 12, 2014 First Team Academic All-Big 12, 2013 First Team Academic All-Big 12, Seven-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Selection, and Two-time Baylor Dean’s List Selection.  “I could not be more pleased to have Jordan join our coaching staff.  She is a remarkable young woman with a great career, and an excellent role model for all of our girls to imitate” states, Head Coach of the Texas Travelers, Kyle Bennett.  Jordan will be working with the infielders primarily, but more importantly sharing her experiences on and off the field with the impressionable young softball players.

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.  Just Google “Top 04 Select Softball Team in the Country” and see how many times the Travelers are mentioned.

The 04 Texas Travelers were one of the top 10U teams in the country.  They are a first year 12U team, but they have already found success playing in 12U.  They have won the Summer Swinging 12U Championship as well as finished in the Gold Bracket in every Fall Tournament.  This includes a 2nd place finish in the ASA Fall Preview and a Gold Bracket Finish in the Ronald McDonald held in Houston, Texas.  The Travelers are quickly being talked about as one of the top 12U teams around.

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.

If you are interested in playing for the 04 Texas Travelers, you should have the following attributes and contact Coach Kyle Bennett at 972.679.7702.:
  • · Don’t be afraid of competition. Yes, the Texas Travelers have great players at several
    positions. However, the Travelers give everyone an opportunity to win the right to play that position. When the girls take the field, they know they have earned the right to play their position because they are the right player that helps the team reach its goals.
  • · Have a desire to play at a high level. The Texas Travelers compete in the most prestigious tournaments in the country, and some of those tournaments are around the Dallas and Fort Worth area. However, it’s not just about chasing trophies or rings. The Texas Travelers players’ goal is to be ready to start as a freshman on their high school varsity team and then ultimately be recruited to play softball in college.
  • · Be coachable. The Texas Travelers coaching staff has a lot of experience, and connections to college experts in softball. The organization treats every girl like they are their own daughter and wants nothing but the best for them. This team is not looking for individuals, but they always have a spot for someone who wants to continue the pursuit of excellence.
  • · Love to overcome obstacles. Many girls are pushed away from softball because of cost or their current organization doesn’t see their value. The 04 Texas Travelers are known for finding girls that love to prove they belong and can play at a high level. In addition, the 04 Texas Travelers players are all on scholarships as the team is fully funded.
  • · Have parental support. The Travelers coaching staff makes the decisions on the field, but the organization is only as strong as its parents. Parents are required to understand the philosophy of the Texas Travelers organization, and positively reinforce the goals of the players and team. When playing for a select softball team, you will spend a lot of time with the families of the players. Therefore, it is important to make sure team chemistry on and off the field provides lasting positive memories for your daughter.
The Texas Travelers will begin holding practice Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 2 PM.  All are welcome to come out.  The practice will be held at the Girls Mesquite Sports Complex located at 1919 McKenzie Road in Mesquite, Texas.  The 04 Texas Travelers will be completing their roster for the Spring 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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