|WHAT ABA IS ABOUT?
Abilene Baseball Academy was founded in 2009 with a vision to help youth baseball players of Abilene and the Big
Country learn the game at levels higher than what was previously offered. Every day we strive to relay to all players that
are in our programs something new to help them be the best player they can be. Since opening our doors we have grown
from one coach giving private lessons to having as many as 6 travel teams and 5 different instructors offering private
lessons. We have expanded our location to offer 5 indoor batting cages, 2 indoor pitching lanes with mounds, 3 sock nets
and almost 10000 square feet of total space dedicated to baseball training. We also have a regulation size field adjacent to
our facilities. While our facilities are not air conditioned or heated they a reflective of the attitude of the ownership and the
style of the play of baseball we teach. Hard nosed, not flashy just get the job done baseball. Old School baseball is hard
nosed and aggressive. ABA is not false cliches that are found everywhere you look today.
At ABA we teach baseball and life lessons through hard work, tough attitude and grit. We are often misunderstood by
some. We DO NOT offer false hope or promises of college scholarships or recognition and awards. We offer knowledge and
expertise in the game based on over 40 years coaching experience combined between Brad Bardin and John Thompson. We
have coached and worked with many players that have gone on to play at collegiate or higher levels. While we may have
assisted them they deserve the credit for the hard work and dedication they put into the game. We believe in working with
and helping all players who express an interest in learning how to compete and face challenges with an intense spirit and
We seek players that other coaches may not. Baseball is not an easy game for many youth players to just pickup and start
playing with success. In youth leagues and travel teams all around, many times only the most athletic or skilled players get
the opportunity to play. Many players are in and out of the game before they turn 13 years old because they made a
determination they could not compete. They were never coached and given a chance to develop. In our experience as
coaches we have found many times the player that was not a "Little League Allstar" but was given knowledge, opportunity
and time to develop his skills. By the time said player reached High School and was valued by a coach that was non biased
he often became the preferred player over the "Little League Allstar" We feel it is because he learned a work ethic in the
game while the Allstar was skating on his skill level. We root for the underdog, blue collar, hard working player at ABA. We
also root for the All Star skilled talented player but push him to not just rely on his natural and God given skills but to
learn the correct mechanics and fundamentals of the game. We teach this player to be a blue collar, hard working player.
To many players today are coddled and not challenged to become something more than what they currently are. Many
Little League Allstars never even see a High School Field because they stayed at the same skill level while the game
We are tough and challenging on players. We make every player a promise that we will never lie about our opinion of his
abilities within the game. It is our job to expose to players their weaknesses. If a player has only strengths, then why does
he need a personal coach? At ABA we love each and every player that entrust us to teach him the game. If we feel as
though a player is not progressing or has disengaged from learning we will be very honest with the parent of the player. We
will not just take a parents money unless we feel they are getting a benefit.
ABA and our approach is a proven method, but it is not a fit for everyone. We understand that. If you are looking for a
private instructor or team that will only be positive reinforcement to what you already know about your playing abilities,
then ABA is probably not the place for you. If you want a private instructor or team that will help you to make
improvements, not just for today but for your future in the game, then ABA wants to help you. One thing to keep in mind,
many players and their families have enjoyed and benefited from ABA, there are also some that did not find ABA a good fit
for them. We would like to invite you to find out for yourself.
ABILENE BASEBALL ACADEMY