All-Star Baseball Academy (ASBA), the Delaware Valley’s largest organization for developing young athletes through instruction, competition and mentoring, is celebrating 10 years in business. Founded in 1998, ASBA has grown from a single location to four facilities serving more than one million young athletes each year.
“In this business, 10 years is a major milestone as many facilities come and go,” said Jim Freeman, director of Operations at ASBA. “We offer programs for individuals and teams at all levels. From our lessons to our special programs and sports camps, there is something at ASBA for all athletes interested in baseball. Since our inception, we have had more than 120 kids go on to play collegiate baseball and 12 drafted to the major leagues.”
Founded in 1998, John Stefanik and Mike Manning opened ASBA’s first facility (12,500 square feet) in Broomall. The second location opened in West Chester in 2003 as the first and largest indoor facility in the tri-county area. In 2004, Freeman, the owner of a sports facility in Downingtown, and Stefanik, became partners, adding a third facility to the ASBA umbrella. Last year, the fourth ASBA facility opened in Warminster-Hatboro and the Downingtown facility re-located to a larger facility. In the 10 years since ASBA was founded, it has grown to four facilities, in three counties totaling 80,000 square feet.