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ASBA Winter Meeting a Success

Escaping from winter's snow and ice (or even from places where there isn't snow and ice) and heading for the Bahamas? That always sounds good. Doing it in order to catch up with industry colleagues and advance initiatives in the ASBA? That's even better.

The ASBA Winter Meeting, held at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas, had all the best ingredients: sunshine, a beach, great opportunities for recreation, shopping and nightlife and more -- plus an outstanding program that continued the momentum of the association.

The agenda included intensive time for board of directors meetings, as well as the administration of certification exams. In addition, each division was able to meet and make in-depth study of specific issues affecting not only that division but the industry surrounding it. Each division also was able to develop specific topics for the ASBA Technical Meeting in December in Palm Desert, California (see the adjacent article in this Newsline for more details).

Topics discussed by the Tennis Division included:

  • Review and comments regarding the Tennis Courts book.

  • Suggestion of new topics and chapters

  • Discussion of position papers

  • Open discussions on various topics relating to tennis, ASBA


Those discussed by the Track Division included:

  • Roundtable discussion on topics impacting the industry

  • General review and comments regarding the Running Tracks book.

  • Ways to improve the Track Division as a whole

 

In Indoor Division discussions:

 

  • How to make ASBA membership more informational and valuable to Indoor Division members

  • Strategies for increasing ASBA Indoor Division membership

  • Homogenization of standards

  • Awards application review

 

In Field Division discussions:

 

  • Development of position papers for ASBA website

  • Review/discussion of current information on ASBA website

  • Fields book revisions

  • Division strategy within ASBA

 

In a separate session, the editorial board of the Running Track book was able to meet and work on edits and suggestions for future issues.

In addition, those attending the meeting were able to take advantage of the warm weather for recreational opportunities like golf and tennis (all of which provide a forum for healthy competition and -- as always -- fights over a year's worth of bragging rights, heckling and excuse-making).

The Winter Meeting Tennis Tournament was held under cold and windy conditions, but as always, provided a great opportunity for recreation during the off-hours (as well as for showcasing tennis talent).

Tommy DeRosa, CTCB (DeRosa Tennis Contractors, Mamaroneck, New York) was chairman for the event, which was held at the Atlantis tennis courts.
The unseasonable conditions allowed for only one finals match, but according to DeRosa, "it was an exciting one."

The final doubles teams battled it out. Chris Allen (Aer-Flo, Oneco, Florida) and Ann Maguire (Activitas, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts), who had been down 5-2 and came back to 5-4, fought hard, but ultimately fell to the team of Randy Futty (Lee Tennis, Charlottesville, Virginia) and Bruce Mahler, CTCB (Boston Tennis Court Construction Co., Hanover, Massachusetts), 6-4.

Those who preferred to strike out on their own found plenty of shopping, fishing, cultural attractions, nightlife, water sports and other activities -- or just plenty of time to catch up with friends while relaxing on the beach.

Note that information on both the Winter Meeting and the Technical Meeting will be sent to members automatically. Others may contact the Association and ask to be put on the list, at 866-501-ASBA (2722) or 410-730-9595. The ASBA also may be reached electronically via its website: www.sportsbuilders.org, or by e-mail at info@sportsbuilders.org (where information on the meeting will also be posted as soon as it becomes available).   


2011 American Sports Builders Association 

8480 Baltimore National Pike #307 Ellicott City, MD 21043 410-730-9595 info@sportsbuilders.org

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