"Do I need
membership this year?"
In this economy, it's natural to question whether your dues
investment in the American Sports Builders Association is
worthwhile. After all, you’re a conscientious consumer and a
business manager – you want to know what you’re getting in
return for your membership. So here are a few things you should
know before you hit that "Pay" button and make a great
ASBA puts on some serious meetings. Our 2014 Technical
Meeting, held in Ponte Vedra, FL, will be filled with the
latest industry information, a trade show and a wealth of
contacts and speakers. Our 2014 Winter Meeting in the Dominican
will allow members to work on industry publications and make
progress with our committees and divisions.
The association has six membership divisions: Tennis,
Track, Fields, Indoor, Professional and Supplier. Whatever
the needs of your business, ASBA is working to help you
ASBA’s website – on which all members may be accessed –
generates millions of hits. If you Google ‘tennis court
builder,’ ASBA comes up first, sports field builder first,
running track construction fifth and indoor sports facility
Our certification programs just keep growing.
ASBA offers three voluntary builder certification
programs: Certified Tennis Court Builder (CTCB),
Certified Track Builder (CTB) and Certified Field
Builder (CFB). The Certified Field Builder program also
allows individuals to show knowledge in a specific type
of field, such as by having the CFB-N (Certified Field
Builder-Natural) designation, or CFB-S (Certified Field
Builder-Synthetic). The field builder certifications
were developed in conjunction with the Sports Turf
Managers Association and the Synthetic Turf Council.
ASBA’s stature in the professional and sports
industry field continues to grow. ASBA has
placed articles in Racquet Sports Industry, American
Track & Field, Sports Turf, Landscape Architect
Business, Sports Destination Management, Park &
Recreation, PTR Tennis Pro and more.
continue to seek out ASBA to provide articles on technical
topics of industry interest, and to provide information to help
consumers address questions and problems with their facilities.
Each article uses quotes from members of the Association (and if
you as a member would like to be interviewed for publications,
we encourage you to contact us). The articles also advise
consumers to contact ASBA for copies of its directory and
publications order form. And the interest we're getting in
return from the public shows us that these articles are working.
ASBA continues to strengthen its ties with related
ASBA continues to have strong representation at meetings of
organizations including the USTA, STMA, STC, NCAA, NFHS, ITF,
USA Track and Field, PTR and USPTA, to name just a few.
Our awards program is bigger than ever
ASBA offers an awards program that recognizes excellence in
sports facility design and construction. Currently, the awards
program has categories for tennis courts (indoor, outdoor and
residential), sports fields (single and multi-field facilities),
running tracks (indoor and outdoor) and indoor multi-purpose
facilities. ASBA's special "Green Award" recognizes eco-friendly
design and construction. Last year's awards program saw an
all-time high number of entrants, and the winning facilities are
receiving national publicity in trade magazines. ASBA is also
helping its members work to achieve publicity on a local level
through use of its "P.R. Toolbox" available on the members-only
section of the website. A special glossy brochure is also
published each year, showcasing award winners.
We keep ASBA -- and you -- in the public eye
ASBA is raising its public profile by running advertisements in
print media to call attention to the importance of
experienced sports facility design and construction
professionals. In this economy, it is essential to get the word
out that a well-built facility will last longer and is a better
investment than one built by someone without sports-specific
Benefits members can use
ASBA continues to offer member benefits including:
Four issues of Newsline every year
Private, members-only section of the website
Free 'P.R. toolbox' with press materials members can customize
to promote their organization throughout the year
on upcoming projects
Ability to provide links to our
website (which in turn benefits members since it increases the
number of hits members can get)
Volunteer opportunities to serve
on committees and special interest groups
much, much more!
So what can ASBA do for you? Quite a bit! And with you as our
member, we’ll be doing quite a bit more this year. Make your
dues investment and then ask whether
this is the year you want to become more involved in the
industry. Join a committee. Volunteer for a project. Offer to
give quotes for articles we write for industry publications.
It’s your investment and it will yield better returns than you
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“ASBA has not only raised the
standards and guidelines for construction of sports facilities,
ASBA has provided a forum for designers, suppliers and builders
to exchange ideas, share information and discuss solutions to
common problems within the industry."
David Marsden, CTCB, Boston
Tennis Court Construction Co., Inc.