We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle Hancock and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyle, what is the most important factor behind your success?
We have been extremely fortunate in our business and the growth of our brand over the years for a few reasons although communication, transparency and an unwavering mindset in the core foundation of our business beliefs have allowed us to get to the point where we are today.
What should our readers know about your business?
We started our Organization in 2012 and in the beginning it was a way for us to remain around the game of baseball. We turned down Collegiate and Professional Coaching opportunities because we were starting families among other things although the game of baseball and the industry of Select/Travel Baseball was a way for us to do this. Combining an entrepreneurial mindset, being a business owner while also Coaching has certainly presented its challenges. There is no longer a time clock that you punch as a business owner, its constant. They say “do what you love and you will never work another day in your life”. While there are countless hours away from the field where we are running the Organization and providing value back to our baseball families off the field, there isn’t a day that goes by that I do not feel like I am the luckiest man in the world. You have to be where your feet are. Be present. The challenges of starting a business while starting a family were tough although it has allowed me to identify the work/life balance and ensure my daughters that I am also Dad and not always Coach. We want it to be known about our program that we care. We do things the right way while putting our players, our families and our Staff first. Our industry has gotten away from it being about the kids and their growth in this game and we want to make sure that our program is seen in that light.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I enjoy time with friends and have multiple areas throughout Dallas that I enjoy frequenting. As a small business owner, I love supporting other small businesses therefore as it pertains to food, Trinity Groves and Bishop Arts District are must do’s. Bishop Arts has a lot of small shops that are unique in their own way which makes that place fun for the whole family. Outdoor areas in which I can relax and have a cold beverage and enjoy some good food would include Happiest Hour or The Rustic. One of my favorite places to go is Standard Service which is located in Rockwall, TX. If we needed to do some shopping, Northpark Mall is typically the go-to. I am also a Sneakerhead therefore would certainly have to see Centre at Mockingbird Station. As a sports fan, would certainly have to do the tour of major sports stadiums!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
For myself and Danny Hamblin, who I co-founded our program with, we have been impacted by so many Coaches in the sport of baseball through our journey in the game. From Little League to our days in professional baseball, Coaches are the individuals who have impacted us in so many more ways than making us better baseball players. We also want to provide an atmosphere for our players in which they use the game of baseball as a vehicle to better themselves in life. Coaches often time spend more time with their players than they do their own kids. Our Shoutout is to all Coaches across the Country and the impact they are making on their players.