That was the last thought that Mr. Robert Stevenson left with us as our keynote speaker at the December Technical Meeting. He provided a fast paced program filled with advice on how to become an extraordinary person in both business and in life. He used real-world examples, dozens and dozens of slides, powerful true stories, all delivered in a high energy program.  DETAILS


ASBA Gearing Up for Winter Meeting 2011

Did your new year's resolution have to do with...

  • doing some volunteer work?

  • being better at your business?

  • spend money more wisely?

  • taking some time to relax?

There's good news for you. You can accomplish all those things at the ASBA Winter Meeting. The meeting, which is scheduled for February 11-13 at the fabulous Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, offers some great opportunities, and all you have to do is take advantage of them. DETAILS

ASBA Technical Meeting Recap

If you were at the ASBA's recent Technical Meeting, you know how valuable it was. The opening general session by Robert Stevenson, whose alternately serious and humorous take on business practices ("How the Best Got Better") kicked off the 2010 event. From that point on, sessions of all kind continued to entertain and enlighten participants. DETAILS

Inside the Numbers at ASBA's Technical Meeting
Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa • Ponte Vedra Beach, FL • December 3-7

Here's a look inside the numbers of ASBA's best-attended technical meeting ever. DETAILS

Good Sports at Technical Meeting

The Technical Meeting itself is a great place to work together for the good of the industry. Participants can check their competitive natures at the door and forget all about rivalries. DETAILS

Protect Your Reputation and Minimize Warranty Issues

There isn’t a company in existence that hasn’t dealt with questionable work or services. A company’s character and reputation is determined by job performance and customer relationships. Many problems are not black and white. It may be a disgruntled owner, not fully aware of the results they should receive. Possibly the client has unusually high expectations or a demanding personality. Larger contracts create additional work to be evaluated, and more likelihood some of the work might be questioned. The goal of lowering customer complaints is something we all want to achieve. DETAILS

Pro-Sport Construction Awarded Tennis Court Builder/Contractor of the Year

Pro-Sport Construction, Inc. of Devon, Pennsylvania has been awarded Racquet Sports Industry Magazine's Tennis Court Builder/Contractor of the Year award. The award was presented at the ASBA Technical Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  DETAILS


Monroe Community College PAC Center, Rochester, NY Receives ASBA's First Green Award

Completed in October 2008, the PAC Center is a 56,000 square foot athletic, fitness and recreational facility on Monroe's Brighton Campus. It accommodates a wide range of uses including health and physical education classes, team sports, intramural leagues, community wellness programs and individual fitness. DETAILS


ASBA Elects New Officers and Directors

Following a successful election, ASBA is able to announce the installation of its officers and directors for the coming year. The new slate took its place at the conclusion of the ASBA's Technical Meeting, held December 4-6 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and attended by a record 400-plus industry members. DETAILS

Certified Builder Exams to be Given March 6

The Certified Field Builder exams will be given at the Synthetic Turf Council’s Annual Conference in  Phoenix, AZ on Sunday, March 6, 2011, as part of ASBA’s special partnership with STC. Please submit your exam application to ASBA headquarters by Friday, February 25, 2011. In addition, appointments to take any of the certification exams can be made directly with ASBA staff.

ASBA Fields Division Celebrates 5th Anniversary

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. DETAILS

New Fields Book Available

ASBA is pleased to announce the publication of the second edition of Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual.  DETAILS

ASBA Honors Award-Winning Facilities

At its most recent Technical Meeting, ASBA formally announced the winners of its awards program. DETAILS

ASBA Hits Blog Spots

ASBA has entered into the blogging universe, with blogs on TennisNow (for
tennis), Run BlogRun (for track), in and Turf Insider (for fields) and Athletic Business Magazine's e-newsletter (for general sports facility topics).

The Association is looking forward to expanding its reach with its blogging work, and to making even more readers aware of ASBA and of the importance of excellence in sports facility construction. Count on our blogs to touch on not just Association news but points of interest to the athletic community as a whole.

Want to suggest a topic for blogging? Want to suggest a publication or site where you think an ASBA blog would be a good addition? Send an e-mail to Mary Helen Sprecher at

What's New on the Web?
A round-up of the latest Internet news and views

Who's on Facebook now?

  • How about RSI Magazine? Make sure you go to Facebook and "like" the magazine, by using the term, Racquet Sports Industry. Join up and you'll get the latest news feeds with industry information. Click here to go directly to their page.

  • And just a reminder: ASBA has an established presence on Facebook, as well as on LinkedIn. Go to ASBA's website, and click on the Facebook and LinkedIn icons at the bottom of the home page to join up.



ASBA Members Help with TIA Court Builder Survey, Enjoy TIA Membership Benefits

Court Builder Survey
At the ASBA Technical Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, the Tennis Industry Association distributed a brief survey for court contractors designed to help gather valuable information for the tennis industry as a whole, and for the court contracting business specifically. The dozens of responses--all confidential and not identifiable with specific companies--will be used to help develop important benchmarks for the industry.

Questions included number of courts built and resurfaced for each year 2008, 2009 and 2010; percentage of public vs. private projects; estimates of whether business was up or down in 2010 vs. 2009; projections for work in 2011; and whether the business built shorter QuickStart courts
or installed QuickStart lines.

All court contractors who participated in the survey at the Technical Meeting were eligible for a drawing to receive a $200 gift certificate for Staples. Steve Wright, CTCB of Trans Texas Tennis (Hot Springs, Arkansas) was the lucky winner.

ASBA Tennis Division has Complimentary TIA Membership
ASBA tennis members also have complimentary membership in the TIA, and among the many tools and benefits the TIA provides to the industry and to its members is key research and market data. For court contractors, this information includes court construction trends, revenue expectations, profit vs. loss breakdowns and much more. TIA members also receive many other benefits, including FedEx shipping discounts through the PartnerShip program, and TennisInsure, a custom insurance program for business, health, liability, property, auto, umbrella and workmen¹s comp.

For more information, visit or contact



ASBA Announces New Certified Builders

ASBA is pleased to announce that several individuals have successfully completed all requirements to become certified builders. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes 13 new companies that have joined the association since the last newsletter.  DETAILS


The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

May 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 tennis, track, indoor and fields facilities. We 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

Please indicate your area(s) of expertise: Tennis, Track, Indoor, Fields so that we do not bother you with excess e-mail. You can be added to more than one mailing list if you wish.

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.

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The Latest News from ASBA

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Let us know what you think of the online newsletter. Send your comments or article ideas to Cynthia Jordan.

Calendar of Events

For information on any of the meetings shown below, call ASBA at 866-501-ASBA, e-mail or visit ASBA's web site


February 11-13, 2011
ASBA Winter Meeting Atlantis Paradise Island Nassau, Bahamas

March 6, 2011
Certified Field Builders (CFB) Exam
STC Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ


CFB candidates should contact ASBA for application materials at Please submit your exam application to ASBA headquarters by Friday, February 25, 2011.


June 21, 2011
ASBA Awards Deadline

December 1-6, 2011
ASBA Technical Meeting

JW Marriott Resort and Spa Palm Springs, CA.

Information on the ASBA Technical Meetings and Winter Meetings will be sent out automatically to all ASBA members. Non-members should request information by contacting ASBA.

ASBA Staff


Vice President

Fred Stringfellow, CAE


Director of Meetings/ Member Services

Cynthia M. Jordan


Membership Services

Laura Izzo


Financial Manager

Amy Chetelat, CAE