ASBA Technical Meeting
If you were at the ASBA's recent Technical Meeting, you know how
valuable it was. The opening general session by Robert Stevenson,
whose alternately serious and humorous take on business practices
("How the Best Got Better") kicked off the 2010 event. From that
point on, sessions of all kind continued to entertain and enlighten
Inside the Numbers at
ASBA's Technical Meeting
Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa •
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL • December 3-7
Here's a look inside the numbers of ASBA's best-attended technical
Good Sports at Technical
The Technical Meeting itself is a great place to work together for the
good of the industry. Participants can check their competitive natures
at the door and forget all about rivalries.
Protect Your Reputation
and Minimize Warranty Issues
There isn’t a company in existence that hasn’t dealt with questionable
work or services. A company’s character and reputation is determined by
job performance and customer relationships. Many problems are not black
and white. It may be a disgruntled owner, not fully aware of the results
they should receive. Possibly the client has unusually high expectations
or a demanding personality. Larger contracts create additional work to
be evaluated, and more likelihood some of the work might be questioned.
The goal of lowering customer complaints is something we all want to
Awarded Tennis Court Builder/Contractor of the Year
Pro-Sport Construction, Inc. of Devon, Pennsylvania has been awarded
Racquet Sports Industry Magazine's Tennis Court Builder/Contractor of
the Year award. The award was presented at the ASBA Technical Meeting in
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Monroe Community College
PAC Center, Rochester, NY Receives ASBA's First Green Award
Completed in October 2008, the PAC Center is a 56,000 square foot
athletic, fitness and recreational facility on Monroe's Brighton Campus.
It accommodates a wide range of uses including health and physical
education classes, team sports, intramural leagues, community wellness
programs and individual fitness.
ASBA Elects New Officers
Following a successful election, ASBA is able to announce the
installation of its officers and directors for the coming year. The new
slate took its place at the conclusion of the ASBA's Technical Meeting,
held December 4-6 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and attended by a
record 400-plus industry members.
Certified Builder Exams
to be Given March 6
The Certified Field Builder
exams will be given at the
Synthetic Turf Council’s Annual
Conference in Phoenix, AZ
on Sunday, March 6, 2011, as
part of ASBA’s special
partnership with STC. Please
submit your exam application to
ASBA headquarters by Friday,
February 25, 2011. In
addition, appointments to take
any of the certification exams
can be made directly with ASBA
ASBA Fields Division
Celebrates 5th Anniversary
The American Sports Builders
Association's Fields Division
celebrated its 5th anniversary
in 2010. The division, formally
added to the ASBA in December
2005, has enjoyed a highly
productive run so far.
New Fields Book Available
ASBA is pleased to announce the
publication of the second
edition of Sports Fields: A
Construction and Maintenance
ASBA Honors Award-Winning
its most recent Technical Meeting, ASBA formally announced the winners
of its awards program.
ASBA Hits Blog Spots
ASBA has entered into the blogging universe, with
blogs on TennisNow (for
tennis), Run BlogRun (for track), in
sportsturfonline.com and Turf Insider (for fields) and Athletic Business
Magazine's e-newsletter (for general sports facility topics).
The Association is looking forward to expanding its
reach with its blogging work, and to making even more readers aware of
ASBA and of the importance of excellence in sports facility
construction. Count on our blogs to touch on not just Association news
but points of interest to the athletic community as a whole.
Want to suggest a topic for blogging? Want to suggest
a publication or site where you think an ASBA blog would be a good
addition? Send an e-mail to Mary Helen Sprecher at
What's New on the Web?
round-up of the latest Internet news and views
Who's on Facebook now?
How about RSI Magazine? Make sure you go to Facebook and "like" the
magazine, by using the term, Racquet Sports Industry. Join up and
you'll get the latest news feeds with industry information.
Click here to go directly to their page.
And just a reminder: ASBA has an established presence on Facebook,
as well as on LinkedIn. Go to ASBA's website,
www.sportsbuilders.org and click on the Facebook and LinkedIn
icons at the bottom of the home page to join up.
ASBA Members Help with
TIA Court Builder Survey, Enjoy TIA Membership Benefits
At the ASBA Technical Meeting in
Ponte Vedra Beach, the Tennis
Industry Association distributed
a brief survey for court
contractors designed to help
gather valuable information for
the tennis industry as a whole,
and for the court contracting
business specifically. The
dozens of responses--all
confidential and not
identifiable with specific
companies--will be used to help
develop important benchmarks for
included number of courts built
and resurfaced for each year
2008, 2009 and 2010; percentage
of public vs. private projects;
estimates of whether business
was up or down in 2010 vs. 2009;
projections for work in 2011;
and whether the business built
shorter QuickStart courts
or installed QuickStart lines.
contractors who participated in
the survey at the Technical
Meeting were eligible for a
drawing to receive a $200 gift
certificate for Staples. Steve
Wright, CTCB of Trans Texas
Tennis (Hot Springs, Arkansas)
was the lucky winner.
ASBA Tennis Division has
Complimentary TIA Membership
ASBA tennis members also have
complimentary membership in the
TIA, and among the many tools
and benefits the TIA provides to
the industry and to its members
is key research and market data.
For court contractors, this
information includes court
construction trends, revenue
expectations, profit vs. loss
breakdowns and much more. TIA
members also receive many other
benefits, including FedEx
shipping discounts through the
PartnerShip program, and
TennisInsure, a custom insurance
program for business, health,
liability, property, auto,
umbrella and workmen¹s comp.
For more information, visit
ASBA Announces New
pleased to announce that several individuals have successfully completed
all requirements to become certified builders.
ASBA Welcomes New Members
ASBA welcomes 13 new companies that have joined
the association since the last newsletter.
news from ASBA members.
May We Quote You?
One of ASBA's most important programs is its
technical articles, which are written for trade magazines in various
segments of the industry, including tennis, track, indoor and fields
facilities. We are always looking for our members to comment on, and be
quoted in these articles. This is an excellent chance to help raise
ASBA's profile, and in an ancillary capacity, to increase visibility for
your company. If you would like to be quoted in these articles, please
send an e-mail to Mary Helen Sprecher at
Please indicate your area(s) of expertise: Tennis, Track, Indoor, Fields
so that we do not bother you with excess e-mail. You can be added to
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