Tampa, FL - We wanted to take a minute and get something out there that's long overdue. Something that's bigger than Prospect Wire.
Just about everyone in our type of business tends to put their names on players they feel they've discovered, I've been guilty of it at times. The reality of our business is it doesn't exist without the travel programs and more importantly the travel coaches.
We'd like to give credit where credit has been long overdue to the thousands of travel team coaches across the country that truly are the ones that "discover" the next best players every year.
Without the travel team coaches putting in long days and nights, searching for the best players that will help their program win, we may never get to see those players and do our part to aid in the process. What's as bad or worse as us not seeing those players is those players may never get the exposure to college programs if they aren't discovered initially.
Every year travel programs across the country have tryouts and camps that bring in fresh faced young kids that are the next superstars in college and professional baseball. Those fresh faced young kids have to come from somewhere right?
There are travel programs that start as early as 5U and have teams through 18U! There are more and more travel programs getting younger and younger with their age groups. Can you imagine having a player from the time he's 5 or 6 years old until he's graduating high school?
Imagine how many hours at the facility working in the cages or on the mound these coaches spend with players over the years. Now, imagine taking groups of those kids across the country literally every weekend during the summer and fall and dealing with the organized chaos that is "Travel Baseball."
It takes a special type of person to be a travel team coach and deal with the day to day grind of dealing with players, parents and tournament hosts like us at Prospect Wire.
Do most of the coaches get paid to coach or help run these travel programs? Of course they do! They deserve to be compensated for their time. They invest a lot of time and effort away from their families to make these players better. But when you add up the hours they put in, what they have to deal with, the personal sacrafices they make, they aren't in it for the money. Some of them coach or help in someway from an administrative standpoint as volunteers! They all do it because somewhere deep down they remember what it was like to play baseball as a kid, to create life-long memories with best friends, to provide what's best for the kids and instill hard work, teamwork and a competitive drive. Most, if not all of them, love the game and want to serve it. It doesn't matter if they are a younger coach just getting into the travel baseball world or someone that has, "seen it all" and been in travel baseball from the beginning. Simply stated, they are involved with travel baseball because they still love the game!
We really wanted to let people know where the backbone of our industry comes from and who the people are that make PW's world go round. We see and try and identify players at our tournaments and showcases and sometimes even at high school games. More times than not at a high school game when we ask a freshman if he plays on a travel team the answer is yes. A travel coach has put in his work and found that high school freshman, probably before the kid was even in middle school.
To the travel coaches and programs across the country, Prospect Wire would like to say thanks for finding, developing, and mentoring the hundreds of thousands of players that play travel baseball every year. Without you, our job would not only be extremely difficult, but it would probably never exist.
We enjoy setting the stage for you guys to compete against each other. And we enjoy and appreciate the role we play to help make your players household names.