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:
Election of a Fields Division president, who oversees all aspects
of the division, presides over division meetings at the Technical and
Winter meetings, and serves as the technical contact for issues having
to do with sports fields (synthetic and natural)
Development of a Certified Field Builder program, with separate
designations of CFB (Certified Field Builder, showing aptitude in both
natural and synthetic fields), CFB-N (Certified Field Builder-Natural
Turf (for those specializing in natural turf sports fields), and CFB-S
(Certified Field Builder-Synthetic Turf) for those specializing in
synthetic turf sports fields. The Certified Field Builder program was
developed in collaboration with two other industry organizations, the
Synthetic Turf Council (STC) and the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA).
Development of awards criteria, and of an awards program, to honor
excellence in sports field construction: ASBA's annual awards
program now includes two new categories: Sports Field: Multiple Field
category, and Sports Field: Single Field category. Those awards were
presented for the first time at the 2010 Technical Meeting in Ponte
Vedra Beach, Florida.
Publication of a new technical manual: Sports Fields: A
Construction and Maintenance Manual, is now available.
Development of fields-specific technical programming presented at
the ASBA Technical Meeting each year; programming ranges from formal
presentations by noted industry experts, to roundtable problem-solving
sessions where members can provide input on issues of concern to all.
Development of user-friendly materials and features for consumers and
users of sports fields: ASBA has developed the following: a list of
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about sports fields; this list is
posted on its web site. There is also a Buyer's Guide for Synthetic Turf
Field Construction, ASBA's position statement on synthetic fields vs.
natural turf, and a feature on the web site to allow those interested to
find a sports field designer, builder or supplier of material.
Liaison with other organizations in the industry, including STMA
and STC. Working in cooperation with other professional associations has
allowed members of ASBA to share information, keep up with developments
in the sports field industry, and develop new programs and resources.
Writing of technical articles, presentations at other meetings:
ASBA continues to share the expertise of its members, and to educate
others in the industry, by writing technical articles for a variety of
trade publications, and to send representatives of the membership to
speak at meetings of other industry organizations. It also presents a
blog that is published for members of the Sports Turf Managers
Association on a twice-monthly basis.
Interested in getting involved in ASBA's Fields Division? Consider this
your invitation. The division is always looking for volunteers to help
with development of meeting programming, development and editing of
publications and more.