Steps Up Membership Recruitment Efforts Field Builders
Certification Program Moving Forward Read
With the summer season underway, I’m pleased that you’re
taking time out of your busy schedule to read ASBA’s NEWSLINE. Thanks
for “making” time for ASBA.
Your ASBA Board of Directors is gearing up for a
two-day strategic planning retreat later this month in Baltimore. We have been working with
a facilitator over the past few months to help us prepare for the exercise,
so that it can be as productive and effective as possible. At the
February Winter Meeting in Puerto Rico, we conducted a focus group with
several ASBA members to get a preliminary sampling of our members’ concerns,
interests and hot-button issues. We followed this up with an in-depth
member survey that was conducted in early June. There were well
over 100 responses to that survey (more than one-third of our membership),
which speaks volumes for the interest you have in your industry trade
The entire Board of Directors, the ASBA staff and
legal counsel will be participating in the strategic planning retreat. We will provide
a detailed report on the exercise at December’s Technical Meeting.
July 1 was the deadline for entries for the annual
ASBA Awards Program. I’m
pleased to report that interest is greater than ever, with an ever-increasing
number of entries. The Awards Committee will be meeting in late
July to review and judge the entries. As always, award recipients
will be honored at the Technical Meeting in December. We hope all
of our members will be in attendance to recognize this great work.
The 7th edition of Running Tracks: A Construction and Maintenance
Manual has been finalized and will be on the streets later this
summer. The first edition of Indoor Sports Surfaces: An
Installation and Maintenance Manual was also completed and should
also be printed and available later this summer. Watch your mailboxes
for more information about pre-order offers in the coming weeks or
contact ASBA headquarters.
The Field Builders Certification Advisory Committee
is making great strides in completing development of our new Field
Builders Certification Program. Sincere thanks to the volunteers who have devoted many
hours to this project. We are pleased to report that Synthetic
Turf Council (STC) has signed on as a supporting sponsor of the program
and is contributing to its development. The relationship should
help to make this a truly industry-recognized program. The first
exam is tentatively scheduled to be offered at the Technical Meeting
in December (see article below).
A nominations announcement with a proposed slate
of candidates has been mailed to all members (see article). Thanks to this year’s
Nominating Committee Chairman, Pete Smith, for his efforts on this process.
An ambitious Membership Recruitment Campaign is currently
have created a prospect list of over 1,700 contacts (builders, suppliers
and professionals) and have mailed each of them a copy of our new membership
brochure. We will also be promoting this year’s Technical
Meeting to this group of prospective members. I urge each of you
to do your part to encourage one new company to join ASBA or attend the
upcoming Technical Meeting. We will all benefit from a larger organization
that represents an even larger cross-section of our industry.
Best wishes for a busy summer/fall season! I’m sure that we’re
all looking forward to comparing notes at the Technical Meeting in December
about the 2009 season.
Todd, Jr., CTCB
Get Ready for Savannah!
2009 Technical Meeting @ Hyatt Regency Savannah, GA
December 5-7, 2009
It's time to make the Lowcountry the high point of your slow
If you're industry-savvy, you want to spend your
downtime laying a solid foundation with successful strategies and new
technologies that you can use when you're at your busiest. That means,
of course, that you'll want to be in
Savannah, GA for the ASBA Technical Meeting. This year’s meeting,
to be held December 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, GA,
has all the tools you need to succeed for the coming year.
LOTS OF TOPICS,
ONE GREAT PROGRAM
The Program Committee has developed a list of topics
of interest to all facets of the industry. (See the next article
for details). Programs will address the new technologies, trends
and developments that everyone wants to know about. At the same time,
there will be an emphasis on problem-solving and brainstorming on those
issues that all industry members face. And with the variety of the sessions
available, there's sure to be something useful to everyone. Here's a
→ Cross-Over Business Opportunities/Alternative
Sports Construction (Rick Burke, NGI Sports, A Div. of River
City Athletics, Chattanooga, TN)
In today's market, diversification
is the key to success. Learn how to make the most of your business by
thinking outside the box (or the court, or the track...)
→ Court Lighting (Tracy
Lynch, Lee Tennis Court Products, Charlottesville, VA, David Fried, Visionaire
Lighting, Rancho Dominguez, CA
With more players working longer
hours, it's essential that courts be ready for early morning or night
time play. Learn about the lighting technologies and techniques that
can help keep energy costs down while allowing courts to function at
→ Track/Turf General
Construction Practices – Working with the two (James
Catella, Clark Companies, Delhi, NY and Hector Puentes, Texas Sports
Builders, Inc., Burleton, TX)
A great track and a great field
don't have to be mutually exclusive projects. Learn how you can incorporate
the two with the best results possible.
→ Meet Management Design (a
multi-part presentation, by Duffy Mahoney, USA Track & Field, Indianapolis,
Facility design can be essential
to efficient, safe meets. Learn what helps meet administrators put on
the best event possible.
→ Irrigating Synthetic Turf Fields (Richard
Yates, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, LLC, Kansas City, MO)
Advice, tips and ideas on the best
techniques and practices for keeping artificial turf in tip-top playing
→ Alternative Bases for Synthetic
Fields (Jay Beals, Beals Alliance, Inc., Sacramento, CA)
Not all fields are - or should
be - built the same way. Learn about which foundations work better in
→ Painting Synthetic Turf: Means,
Methods and Materials (Jeff Fisher, Fisher Tracks, Inc., Boone,
What are the best ways of marking
synthetic turf fields? Get new ideas and contribute some of your own.
→ Specifying Indoor Sports
Flooring from the Architect's Perspective ( Dick Krehbiel, Roth
Partnership, Cincinnati, OH)
The flooring of an indoor facility
can mean the difference between success and failure. Get the right information
for the best possible result.
→ LEED and the New Environment (William
Thornton, Fieldturf Tarkett, Peachtree City, GA)
There's been a lot of talk about
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Building
Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn what
it means to you in an increasingly eco-conscious marketplace.
→ Media and Marketing (Peter
Francesconi, Ace Publishing Group, Woodbury, CT and Mary Helen
Sprecher, ASBA Technical Writer)
Keep your company's name in front
of the audience you want to reach by using new and innovative (and tried
and true) methods.
→ How to Make Facilities Greener (Alex
Levitsky, Global Sports and Tennis Consulting, Fair Haven, NJ, and Steve
Pappas, Papico Construction, Palm City, FL).
Making athletic facilities eco-friendly
means looking at all aspects of design and construction. Learn the new
techniques and the 'evergreen' ones for helping any facility improve
its energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint.
THE TRADE SHOW: Products and Services to Boost Your Business
The ability to learn about the newest
products and services in the industry has also been one of the Technical
Meeting’s most valuable components, and it returns again with
the trade show in the exhibit hall. The exhibit hall is used as the
site for receptions and breaks, allowing for maximum contact with the
people you need to meet the most.
Have you signed up for exhibit space? Time's
a-wasting and all the good spots will be filled. Take a moment to register
your company -- then start reaping the rewards.
AWARDS AND HONORS
What else makes this meeting valuable? You get the
chance to recognize the industry’s finest construction each year
with the presentation of the ASBA awards for construction excellence.
You get the chance to meet new members and those attending the Technical
Meeting for the first time. You get the chance to catch up with suppliers,
contractors, professionals and others whom you might know only through
phone or e-mail conversations. Best of all, you get the chance to spend
quality time with those people – to challenge them on the tennis
court or golf course, and to enjoy their company between sessions and
MEET AND GREET
ASBA knows that one of the best resources for members
is.... other members. Therefore, meetings are set up with receptions,
luncheons and breaks to allow attendees to relax, talk and enjoy some
downtime in a casual atmosphere. Don't miss your chance to spend time
with some of the best people in the industry, to learn from others and
to make new contacts. Bring plenty of business cards -- you'll use them.
Members will receive information about the 2009 Technical
Meeting automatically. Others should keep checking the website, www.sportsbuilders.org,
for more information, or can call Cynthia at ASBA at 866.501.ASBA to
be added to the mailing list.
A GREAT SETTING
Savannah, Georgia is the home of
Southern hospitality and sizzling nightlife. It has amazing architecture,
spooky cemeteries and rich history—along with global sophistication,
fitness opportunities galore, incredible shopping and fabulous Lowcountry
What's there to do? Try taking dolphin
cruises and carriage rides, touring historic homes and hitting the links
for golf that defies description. Want to shop? Start pounding the cobblestones
of River Street, try Ellis Square or go antiquing
on Broughton and Bull streets. Patrons of the arts can find museums and
galleries, and history buffs can explore forts and more to their hearts’ content.
The host hotel for the meeting, the Hyatt Regency Savannah, is
a luxury facility with great views, fabulous amenities and a perfect
location. The Hyatt features a 24-hour fitness facility with
fitness concierge, heated indoor pool, e-concierge, coffee shop and more.
It’s convenient to the riverboat and trolleys that take visitors
around the area and has its own water taxi and boat dock. Special ASBA
room rates are effective now. Make sure to mark December 5-7 in your
calendar: it’s the most important appointment you’ll make,
and the one you’ll never regret keeping.
FUN FOR EVERYONE
(Two optional events, priced separately)
The Golf Tournament is an ASBA tradition.
You won't want to miss this chance to tee off against colleagues, co-workers
and competitors for an afternoon of golf at the The Savannah Quarters
Country Club. In addition to the bragging rights at stake, there are
prizes for winning foursomes, as well as longest drive and closest to
the pin. Sign up today and start practicing your swing.
The Tennis Tournament is well-known
as a battle to the finish. It's a great event that incorporates friendly
competition, good-natured heckling and the chance to work out with old
and new friends. Pack your racquet, your shoes and your game face. Fabulous
prizes and a year's worth of bragging rights are at stake.
American Sports Builders Association
Technical Meeting and Trade Show
December 5-7, 2009
Hyatt Regency Savannah
ASBA welcomes articles on industry topics from its members, and from others
in the industry. Please contact the ASBA if you are interested in writing
or submitting an article.
Call for Nominations
Nominations Open for the ASBA Board of Directors
In accordance with the bylaws of the American Sports Builders Association,
the Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce the following
slate of candidates for Association officers and directors: (See Article
The election will be conducted by a mail vote of the members. Ballots
will be sent no later than August 3, 2009 to the principal member representing
each member company as listed on the Association’s rolls. Ballots
must be received in the Association’s office by close of business
August 31, 2009 in order to be counted. The ballots
of a quorum of the membership (20%) must be received and the candidate
receiving a majority of the votes cast for each position will be elected. If
necessary, a runoff election will be conducted. Successful candidates
will take office immediately following the Technical Meeting in December
In accordance with the bylaws of the American Sports Builders Association,
the Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce the following
slate of candidates for Association officers and directors:
Chairman (1 year term)
Sam Fisher, CTB
Fisher Tracks, Inc.
Secretary-Treasurer (1 year term)
Tennis Division President (2 year term)
Mark Brogan, CTCB
Pro-Sport Construction, Inc.
Supplier Division President (2 year term)
Lee Tennis, Inc.
Supplier Director (2 year term)
Nova Sports, USA
Fields Division President (2 year term)
Sports Turf Company, Inc.
Builder Director (3 year term) (2 positions
Santa Rosa, CA
Ben Rennolds, CTCB
Tennis Courts, Inc.
John Schedler, CTB
Members may make additional nominations in writing, endorsed in writing by one
other member, to the administrative office of the Association. Such nominations
must be received in our office no later than the close of business on July 23,
2009. Only members entitled to vote in a given election may nominate or
endorse a candidate for that election (i.e., only Builders may nominate or endorse
a candidate for Builder Director or Tennis or Track Division President, only
Suppliers may nominate or endorse a candidate for Supplier Director or Supplier
Division President, etc.)
All members may nominate and endorse for Secretary/Treasurer. Please note: no
person may be a candidate for the Board of Directors or for any given position
if the election of such person could cause any member company to have more than
one employee serving as an officer or director of the Association at the same
Candidates for the following positions must meet these qualifications:
Chairman – The Chairman must
be a Builder member currently serving on the Board of Directors or must have
served on the Board of Directors within the past three years.
Secretary-Treasurer – The Secretary-Treasurer
must be elected from the Directors currently serving or must have served as
a Director within the last three years. The Secretary-Treasurer may
be a member of any division.
Supplier Division President – The
Supplier Division President must be a Supplier member.
Tennis & Fields Division Presidents – The
Presidents of the Builders Divisions must be Builder members.
Builder Director-Supplier Director – Each
Director at the time of election and throughout the term shall be a member
or an employee or partner of a company that is a member of that Division.
Candidates elected to fill any of the positions shown above will join these currently
Track Division President - Kristoff Eldridge, CTB (Cape & Island
Tennis & Track)
Professional Division President - Ed
Norton, RLA, ASLA (Holcombe Norton Partners, Inc.),
Indoor Division President - Robert Cohen, CTB (Robert
Cohen, Co., LLC)
Directors - Robert Dougherty (ECORE
David Nielsen (Leslie Coatings, Inc.), Gerry Perry, CTCB (Gerald
Perry Tennis Courts), and Pete Smith (The CourtSMITHs).
Plans to Attend Winter
Meeting in Cancun
Multiple choice test:
Q: If you have to spend downtime, it might as well be:
(b) In a nice place
Well, who says you have to choose just one? As an example, if you’re
attending the ASBA’s Winter Meeting, you’ll certainly have
The Winter Meeting, the association’s most concentrated session
to work on projects, publications and priorities, will be held February
19-22, 2010 at the Westin Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico.
See what we mean about having it all? This year’s meeting will
include planning sessions and in-depth meetings on association projects,
but it also includes plenty of free time so that attendees can enjoy
all the sun and fun that Cancun has to offer. The hotel has beautiful
beachfront views, a spa and a wealth of amenities.
Of course, in addition to the great opportunities to advance the association,
you’ll be able to participate in activities including the tennis,
fishing and golf tournaments, as well as all the sightseeing, touring
and fun you can handle.
More information, including discounted hotel rates, a program of events
and registration information, will be available soon. In the meantime,
block out February 19-22 on next year’s calendar and start counting
the days. ASBA members will receive information on this meeting automatically;
those who are not members can be added to the list by calling 866.501.ASBA
(2722) or by going to www.sportsbuilders.org.
Since 1999 the USTA has invested in infrastructure
grants to existing tennis facilities. In 2005 that service was
expanded to include new construction. In 2008 the USTA shifted
from a facility grant program to a service program. New
for 2009 is the coverage of QuickStart Tennis (QST)
at facilities. Facilities can apply for funds to stripe
existing courts, construct new QST courts or convert existing courts
to permanent QST courts.
2009 USTA Public Facility Assistance Program
Submit a Facility Assistance Form on-line to USTA
to notify us of your project timeline and needs. This form is available at several
sites including www.usta.com/thebigserve, www.nrpa.org/usta and www.usta.com/technical. A
successfully submitted form will generate an automatic e-mail notification
You will be contacted by a USTA representative
within 30 days of submitting your Facility Assistance Form for a
follow-up phone conference. This
interview process helps USTA clarify and explore community needs. Advocacy
and Technical assistance and advice will be given to improve the organization’s
project and plans, and to help gather the required documentation necessary
for your organization to successfully complete your project.
If invited to submit a full USTA Public Facility
Funding Application, complete according to the grant guidelines as
provided with the application. Invitation
to submit the full USTA Public Facility Funding Application does not
guarantee funding. The funding process remains a competitive
grant application process. 2009 funding caps are as follows:
USTA National Contribution
For basic facility improvements,
including fixed court amenities (i.e. backboards, fencing & lighting,
Up to $4,000, must be matched dollar for
dollar by local community
Resurfacing of existing courts at public
Up to 20% of total project cost or $35,000
New Construction or Existing
Facility Reconstruction & Expansion
Up to 20% of total project cost or $50,000
Articles: Seeking Submissions to Newsline
Articles to be submitted to Newsline should
address topics that are of interest to the general membership. (Certainly,
we realize that not all topics are relevant to everyone, so perhaps this
might be of interest just to those who make post-tensioned concrete courts,
or asphalt tennis courts in park and rec facilities, or latex tracks,
or multi-purpose artificial turf fields, etc.)
They might concern, for example, ideas for solutions to common problems,
new trends in construction or repair, problems being reported by consumers
and how contractors are addressing them (or things they're trying in
general in order to fix those problems).
Sometimes, a contractor has developed a checklist
for customers to use when examining their courts, tracks or fields on
a periodic or seasonal basis; sometimes, a contractor wants to discuss
an issue that seems to be troubling facilities in a specific geographical
area, and to suggest some possible fixes, but to invite other builders
to chime into the discussion, and so on. Sometimes, the writer wants
to discuss the proper technique for installing equipment or supplies,
and certainly, that is an important topic as well.
We ask members to try to steer clear of recommending brand-name products,
and to use generic terms whenever possible. Length isn't always an issue
because our Newsline is an online publication
-- but we do ask that the writer try to be as concise as possible, since
it keeps the reader interested. It is not required that you submit illustrations
(photos, diagrams, etc.) with your article, but certainly, if you want
to, ASBA's readers find them very helpful. (When submitting photos,
please make sure they are as high a resolution as possible, since they
show up much more clearly that way).
Whenever possible, articles should be submitted electronically,
in a Word format. Please include your phone number and an email
address (and let us know how to get in touch with you) in case we have
any questions or need clarification on any points.
Certified Builders can obtain points by submitting articles for publication.
Please review the Recertification Handbook for detailed information on
New $60 Million,
245,000 Square Foot Building Funded Entirely by the USTA
The USTA has announced that its state-of-the-art
indoor tennis facility has been completed and is open to the public. The
new $60 million, 245,000 square foot facility was funded at no cost
to taxpayers through USTA financing and tax-exempt bonds.
The facility features twelve indoor courts and will
allow the USTA to expand its existing tennis programs at the USTA Billie
Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, as well as provide
an opportunity to add new programming for New York area tennis enthusiasts. Further,
the world-class venue affords the USTA greater potential in its Player
Development Program, as the Association considers the creation of regional
training centers in its quest to develop the next generation of American
“This is a great investment in the sport of tennis,” said
Jane Brown Grimes, USTA President and Chairman of the Board. “This
new facility will provide the USTA flexibility to help grow the sport
of tennis throughout the Northeast, provide much needed operational support
for the US Open and offer us greater potential to expand programming
at all levels, including Player Development.”
The new facility is a significant expansion and upgrade of the previous
indoor facility located at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis
Center. Three years in construction, the new facility now
Current tennis programs at the USTA Billie Jean King
National Tennis Center, the world’s largest public tennis facility, are now at capacity. The
addition of the new courts — which, like the NTC’s outer courts,
will be open to the public eleven months of the year — will allow
the USTA to increase program participation. Additionally, the USTA
expects to increase the number of national and regional tournaments at
- 12 tennis courts on two floors
- Modern locker rooms
- State-of-the-art fitness center to support junior programs
- Classrooms for after-school programs
- A year-round Pro Shop
- A new USTA Membership booth
- New US Open retail space
- A 15,000 square foot food commissary to support the US Open
- Expanded US Open hospitality areas
- A retail merchandise warehouse
The USTA also expects to use the new indoor facility in its Player
Development Programs, under the leadership of Patrick McEnroe. The
USTA currently has a national training center in Boca Raton, FL and a regional
center in Carson, CA, and is actively pursuing the idea of creating regional
training centers in various areas around the U.S.
“This dynamic new building will help fill a void in Player Development
in the Northeast,” said Patrick McEnroe, USTA General Manager of
Player Development. “We are looking to expand the concept of
regional training centers in order to help us identify the best talent
and put them on the right path to success.”
The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC) in Flushing, NY,
home of the US Open, is the world’s largest and busiest public tennis
features thirty outdoor courts, along with twelve additional courts located in
the new USTA-funded, 245,000 square foot state-of-the-art indoor building that
was opened in 2008.
Year-round offerings include more
than 400 junior development and adult programs, eighty-four league
teams and twenty-five tournaments, along with several adaptive tennis
programs. In total the NTC is used by more
than seventy local high schools and colleges and approximately 75,000 people. The
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is open to the public seven days
a week, eleven months a year, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New
Year’s Day. The USTA pays the City of New York more than $1.5 million
per year in rent and is permitted to use the NTC for its own events, including
the US Open, for no more than sixty days a year, ensuring the facility’s
use by the public for ten months.
ASBA Expands Marketing
Outreach Efforts Through Trade Publications
ASBA has made a concerted effort to expand its reach
to sports and recreation markets by working with trade publications
to place technical articles on a variety of topics. These articles typically quote ASBA member
companies on a variety of topics and position ASBA as the “go-to” source
for this information.
Mary Helen Sprecher, ASBA’s technical writer
for most of these articles, has developed the following summary of
technical articles that have been placed or are scheduled to be placed
since the membership year began October 1, 2008.
Sports Destination Management Magazine
ASBA now supplies regular facilities articles to this publication. So
far, we have written articles that appeared/will appear in the following issues:
March/April 2009: Baseball and Softball Fields
July/August 2009: Soccer Facilities
September/October 2009: Tennis Facilities
Athletic Business Magazine
ASBA wrote an article on "How to Select a Sports Facility
Contractor" which was accepted for the May 2009 issue; however, because of
space constraints, due to lower amounts of advertising than expected, the editor
is holding the article for a future issue.
Club Business International
Established publication, produced by IHRSA (the International
Health and Racquet Sports Association), catering to the country club/health
ASBA is supplying articles to Club Business for
Entrepreneurs, which is a special supplement of CBI that goes
to independent club owners. So far, we have written:
"Facility Safety" (May 2009 issue) and
Sports Turf Magazine
will be writing an article on "What to Do with Unused Spaces" (deadline
SportsTurf targets sports turf managers and provides them with practical
technical and management advice. In the early spring, ASBA wrote an article
on "Classifications of Tracks and Surfaces" for the magazine; it is projected
for publication this summer.
Publication aimed at groundskeepers, landscapers and maintenance staffs.
In May, the editor asked for a proposal for an article on trends in terms of
use of fields (many schools seem to have a variety of synthetic and natural turf
fields, which they rotate for various types of play, weather, etc.). LS
Magazine is probably looking at an article on this topic in late 2009.
American Track and Field Magazine
Primary audience: Track and field coaches, athletic directors, groundskeepers,
facility managers and administrators who make purchasing decisions regarding
construction, renovation, purchase of equipment, etc. for track and field programs.
ASBA continues to publish articles in every issue of American
Track & Field,
as well as its sister publications, Runner & Triathlete, Fast Forward,
Latinos Corriendos (for which our articles are translated into Spanish)
Articles have appeared in:
Fall 2008: "Is Your Facility Competition-friendly?"
Racquet Sports Industry Magazine
Winter 2008: "Working with Design Pros"
Spring 2009: "Track Construction"
Resource Guide 2008: "Does Your Track and Field Facility Make a Good First
Track and Field Construction Issue: Total of eleven articles: Track Facility
Redesign, International Standard Track, Surfacing, Drainage, Indoor Tracks,
Field Events, Track Maintenance (and Checklist), Field Maintenance (and Checklist)
, article on certified builder designation.
Summer 2009: Saving Money on Track Work
AT&F U.S. Athletics Calendar: Contained articles on all of ASBA's
Facilities of the Year: Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Indoor Multi-Purpose
Facility, Sports Field, Multi-Purpose Turf Facility.
Primary readership: Tennis and racquet sports club owners, managers, staff members
and teaching pros, pro shop managers, racquet stringers, directors of tennis
and racquet sports at clubs, camps, colleges, universities, high schools and
November/December 2008: "Tennis Court Construction
in a Changing Economic Climate"
March 2009: "Court Construction and Maintenance Guide:" a total of nine articles:
*Build Your Success
*Pimp Your Courts
*Find the Right Fix
*Court Maintenance Planner
*Building a Business
For the first time, the National Recreation and Parks Association will be publishing
an article by ASBA. The article, which was written in May 2009, will appear in
August 2009, and is entitled: "Keeping Municipal Courts Safe from Public
Enemy Number One."
NOTE to ASBA Members: if you have an idea for an article that
you would like to write (you can earn re-certification points for writing such
articles); or have written and placed in one of the industry trade publication,
contact ASBA Headquarters. Additionally, if there are trade publications
in which you think ASBA should have a presence, please send us information about
the publication and its readership and why you think it would be a good fit for
If you as a member would like to be quoted in upcoming articles, ASBA would be
glad to make sure you are. Please e-mail Mary Helen Sprecher at firstname.lastname@example.org and
let her know that you are interested. Also, if there are any particular
subjects you are interested in (tennis, track, fields, indoor facilities, design
topics, etc.), you may note that as well. We look forward to your input!
Life Names Francesconi as Editor
Tennis industry publishing veteran joins fastest growing tennis magazine
Tennis Life Magazine has named industry
publishing executive Peter Francesconi as its editor. Francesconi
has been in the tennis publishing business for twenty-two years, working
with the Tennis Industry Association, US Tennis Association, Tennis magazine
and Racquet Sports Industry magazine, among other groups.
Tennis Life Names Francesconi as Editor
Tennis Life Magazine has named industry
publishing executive Peter Francesconi as its editor. Francesconi
has been in the tennis publishing business for twenty-two years, working
with the Tennis Industry Association, US Tennis Association, Tennis magazine and Racquet
Sports Industry magazine, among other groups.
“This is an exciting opportunity to bring my experience, talents
and skills to a magazine that continues to grow and improve,” Francesconi
says. “Tennis is the fastest growing participation sport in
the US and Tennis Lifemagazine and TennisLife.com have
unlimited potential in providing players and fans with all the information
they could want about the sport.”
Tennis Life, which recently added nearly
50,000 readers, for a total circulation now topping 180,000, is the
fastest growing tennis publication in the US. The magazine also
has United Kingdom (Tennis
Life UK) and Spanish-language (Tennis Life en Espanol)
“Peter is well-regarded in this industry and
brings a wealth of experience and relationships to Tennis Life,” says Todd
Goldman, the magazine’s publisher. “We’re excited
to have him join us and feel that our readers, advertisers and partners
will be excited, too. Additionally, we feel that Tennis Life will
move to the next level.”
Francesconi will continue to work closely with the Tennis Industry Association
in communications and public relations and will continue to be the editorial
director of the award-winning Racquet Sports Industry, the world’s
largest tennis trade magazine. He also is the president of Ace
Publishing Group, a communications and marketing company.
From 1999 through 2008, Francesconi was the editorial director of Miller
Sports Group Custom Publishing, a division of Tennis magazine
that worked with the USTA to produce and edit the award-winning USTA
Magazine, the organization’s membership publication. He
was the managing editor of Tennis from 1990 to 1998.
Francesconi, who resides in Woodbury, CT, is a frequent
tennis player and a member of the Board of Directors for the Woodbury Area
Tennis Association. He
also is a member of the USTA’s National Community Tennis Association
Committee and on the Tennis Industry Association Hall of Fame Committee. A
former vice president of the US Tennis Writers Association, Francesconi
received the Media Excellence Award in 2006 from the Professional Tennis
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 design, tennis, track, indoor and fields
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 email@example.com
Please indicate your area(s) of expertise: Tennis, Track, Indoor,
Fields, Design, etc., so that we do not bother you with excess e-mail. Note:
You can appear on several lists if you have several areas of interest.
If you have previously sent Mary Helen an e-mail asking to be added to her e-mail
list, please confirm now that you would like to remain on the list. In
addition, if your e-mail has changed and you have not been receiving questions,
please contact her with your current e-mail address.
Launching a New Product ?
Want to Make a SPLASH in the Industry?
Last year, ASBA rolled out a sponsorship
program for its Technical Meeting that included special opportunities
for suppliers to showcase their products at the meeting. The program was so well received by ASBA suppliers
that we’ve decided to expand and enhance the program for the entire
Earlier this summer, we launched the 2009-2010 Sponsorship Packages,
with many new benefits. These packages give suppliers
the opportunity to stay in front of their customers for the entire year – not
just one meeting. We are still offering sponsorships for the Technical
Meeting but we are now offering a complete sponsorship package that will
include ASBA membership dues, sponsorships at both the Technical Meeting
and Winter Meeting, as well as advertising on our website and our Annual
Membership Directory. One Stop Shopping!
Now is the time to showcase products or services to builders, professionals
and other members of the tennis court, running track, field and indoor
sports flooring industries through multiple venues and events.
Note: Information contained in Memberline is submitted by members
and is published without verification. Its publication does not constitute
Find Out What Your Colleagues Are Up To
- TitanTrax Shield for Better Built Running
- LEE TENNIS COURT Products Serves up a New Platform for Clay Court
- UNC Wins NCAA Hoops Title on FIELDTURF
TitanTrax Shield for Better Built
NGI Sports introduces
the patent pending “TitanTrax
Shield” to protect your running track from the
ravages of age and asphalt cracking. Applying the shield to
your existing track asphalt base ensures that your new latex or urethane
track finished surface is uniform in performance in all directions
with a high resistance to shear forces caused by cracks in the asphalt
The inherent stability of the “Shield”is
important as tracks are installed in areas of extreme temperature fluctuations. Therefore,
the expansion and contraction from heat and cold during installation
or while in use could affect the finished surface performance. Dimensional
stability ensures that there is no stretching or creep during installation
and that any future stress from use will not effect or damage the finished
The “Shield” is an effective moisture
barrier to prevent running water from penetrating into the base and causing
future water damage. The “Shield,” along
with proper perimeter drainage, will also assist in the prevention of
freeze-thaw damage occurring in the underlying pavement.
The “Shield” is not attached
to the underlying flawed asphalt pavement so that when old tracks are
resurfaced the “Shield” protects
the finished synthetic surface from mirroring the expansion and the
contraction of cracks and flaws in the underlying pavement which otherwise
could reflect into the synthetic surface on top.
Whether rebuilding or building new, the “TitanTrax
Shield” offers a five year warranty to protect your
LEE TENNIS COURT Products Serves up a New Platform for Clay
Lee Tennis Court Products has launched
a new medium to link tennis players, coaches and teaching professionals who
have a shared interest and passion for clay courts and clay court tennis. The
web site, entitled “Play the Clay,” is an interactive tool dedicated
to sharing information about the benefits of playing tennis on clay courts
while allowing tennis fans to connect with one another. According to Randy
Futty, general manager of Lee Tennis Court Products, clay courts are increasingly
becoming the court of choice and 80% of the world plays on clay surfaces.
“We get pretty crazy-excited about tennis and particularly clay
court tennis,” said Pat Hanssen, Director of Sales at Lee Tennis
Court Products. “We saw an opportunity to create a virtual space
for others who feel the same way. The purpose of ‘Play the Clay’ is
to teach site visitors about the clay court experience, and provide the
information and, hopefully, the inspiration they need to go experience
it for themselves.”
Establishing connections with others who love the
game of tennis and sharing stories and experiences about clay court
tennis is an important feature of “Play the Clay”. Links on the site to the
Lee Tennis Court Products’ fan page on Facebook and Twitter will
help facilitate this. A Join the Movement section is dedicated
to sharing information about clay’s pivotal role in developing
our country’s next wave of champions. Another part of the
site focuses on showcasing experiential clay playing events in Northern
and Southern California and information on winning a clay court through
Play the Clay Events. The Play the Clay section provides a place
where people can share their clay court experiences.
The site also highlights photos from various playing
events, a blog, industry news, tips and tricks on playing tennis on
clay and a directory of facilities that offer clay courts. “Bringing people together
in one place to talk about their love and appreciation for the game in
general and clay courts specifically is energizing,” Hanssen closed. “Being
an advocate for the game of tennis and getting others involved is a top
priority for Lee Tennis.”
To learn more about ‘Play the Clay,’ visit www.playtheclay.com.
UNC Wins NCAA Hoops Title on FIELDTURF
The University of North Carolina Tar Heels won the 2009 NCAA basketball
championship on top of Ford Field’s FieldTurf surface. Floor
covering and the basketball court was laid over the FieldTurf synthetic
turf surface at Ford Field. To say Ford Field has gotten good value
and high usage out of their FieldTurf surface (originally installed
in 2002), would be an understatement. This surface is used primarily
by the NFL’s Detroit Lions and numerous college bowl games, in
addition to hosting large events such as Super Bowl XL and championship
tournaments at all levels and sports.
Despite over 70,000 mostly Michigan State fans
in attendance at Ford Field it was North Carolina that dominated and
cruised to an 89-72 win over the Spartans to win a national championship.
The championship is the fifth for North Carolina in school history.
The Tar Heels led 55-34 at halftime, the largest halftime lead ever
in NCAA Tournament history. In the second half, the Spartans did cut
the lead to 13 but Carolina was never seriously threatened and the
Tar Heels won their second national title in the last five years.
FieldTurf helps venues at all levels convert quickly
and easily from sports events to conventions or concerts. Professionals
depend on the flexibility and convenience of staging events right on
top of FieldTurf, with no damage to the surface. With standard floor
covering, the solid load-bearing capacity of the patented infill system
allows for heavy-duty events.
following companies have joined the ASBA or renewed their membership
since the last newsletter. Please add their names to the appropriate
section of your membership directory.
Action Floor Systems (Supplier)
4781 N. US Hwy 51
Mercer, WI 54547
Tom Abendroth, President
|GTR Turf (Builder)
7925 Richmond Hwy.
Alexandria, VA 22306
Luc Rochon, President
Advantage Sports Surfaces, Inc. (Builder)
3709 West Hendrick Drive
Morehead City, NC 28557
Travis Credle, President
Lancaster Asphalt Systems (Builder)
3301 Kissel Hill Road
Lititz, PA 17543
Wes Powers, President
American Sports & Concrete, LLC (Builder)
21811 Katy Fwy, Suite D-103
Katy, TX 77450
Austin Bauer, President
Serve Sports Courts (Provisional)
3439 FM 67
Itasca, TX 76055
Jackie Wheeler, President
Cameron McCarthy Gilbert & Scheibe Landscape Architects
160 East Broadway
Eugene, OR 97401
Aaron Olsen, President
|Sportexe Construction Services (Builder)
210 E. John W. Carpenter Frwy., #300-A
Irving, TX 76052
Stephen Noe, CEO/President
Challenger Industries, Inc. (Supplier)
205 Boring Drive
Dalton, GA 30721
Andy White, Vice President
|Sunbelt Asphalt (Builder)
1410 Sunbelt Way
Auburn, GA 30011
Spencer McCroskey, CEO
Grace Industries, Inc. (Builder)
7171 Airport Road
Bath, PA 18034
Ronald Check, General Manager
1441 Pomona Road, #30
Corona, CA 92882
Ed Kruse, Owner
|Fred Kolkmann Tennis & Sport Surfaces, LLC (Builder)
1921 Mayfair Road
Grafton, WI 53024
Fred Kolkmann, CTCB, President
September 1, 2009 - ASBA Newsline Copy
December l, 2009 - ASBA Newsline Copy
December 3-5, 2009
Athletic Business Conference, Orlando, Florida. For more
December 5-7, 2009
ASBA Technical Meeting, Hyatt Regency Savannah, Savannah, Georgia. For
information 866.501.ASBA (2722) or www.sportbuilders.org
January 12-16, 2010
Sports Turf Managers Association Conference, Orlando, Florida. For
more information www.stma.org
February 19-22, 2010
ASBA Winter Meeting, Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun,
Mexico. For information 866-501-ASBA (2722)
December 5-7, 2010
ASBA Technical Meeting, Marriott Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. For
information 866.501.ASBA (2722) or www.sportbuilders.org
Up Membership Recruitment Efforts Field Builders Certification
Program Moving Forward
ASBA Steps Up Membership Recruitment Efforts
ASBA has developed a new membership brochure to promote
the many benefits of joining ASBA: its Certification Programs, the technical information
and education provided, its Winter and Technical Meetings, customer leads,
etc. The brochure was mailed to more than 1,700 prospective members
in June (builders, professionals and suppliers).
If you would like to request copies to distribute to your peers, customers
or suppliers, to encourage their participation in ASBA, contact Cynthia
Jordan at ASBA Headquarters.
We will all benefit from continuing to grow the Association.
Field Builders Certification Program Moving Forward
ASBA’s Field Builders Certification Advisory Committee has been
meeting regularly since its inception in December, 2008. The Committee
has had a regular schedule of meetings, conference calls and webinar
sessions over the past eight months and is on schedule to roll out the
new Certified Field Builder Program this Fall. Applied Measurement
Professionals, Inc. (AMP) has been hired to work with ASBA and the Committee
to develop the program. AMP was involved in both the Certified
Tennis Court Builder and Certified Track Builder Certification Programs.
The first certification exam is scheduled to be offered in December,
at the Technical Meeting in Savannah, Georgia.
The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) has signed on as a sponsoring organization
of the program and has a representative on the Advisory Committee.
Candidates for the exam will have the option to become certified in both
natural and synthetic turf or apply for separate designations in either
natural or synthetic turf.
Mark your calendars and watch your mailboxes for more information in
the coming months.