"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 investment:

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 Republic 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 accomplish them.

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 builder eighth.

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.


Trade publications 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 organizations.
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 experience.

Benefits members can use
ASBA continues to offer member benefits including:

  • Four issues of Newsline every year

  • Technical publications

  • Position papers

  • Private, members-only section of the website

  • Free 'P.R. toolbox' with press materials members can customize to promote their organization throughout the year

  • Information 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)

  • ASBA logos

  • Volunteer opportunities to serve on committees and special interest groups

  • And 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 ever imagined.

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Our members say ...

“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.


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