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ASBA is Strengthening Relationships

It’s always nice to come back from an ASBA Technical Meeting feeling re-charged and energized; and also knowing that there are close to 400 other companies engaged in sports construction who do what we do. None of us are alone. As ASBA members we have a network of peers and, through our industry partners, a much broader network at our disposal. DETAILS


Destination: Aruba for the Winter Meeting


ASBA's 2012 Winter Meeting will be held February 24-26 at the Westin Resort and Casino Aruba. That's right -- while much of the country is shivering and shoveling, you'll be enjoying sunny skies and balmy weather, AND as a volunteer, you'll be helping the Association to move forward with its important work. DETAILS

ASBA Technical Meeting: The West Coast Had the Most in 2011

The temps might have been cooler than normal for California, but the contacts, technical information and new products on display were hotter than ever. The ASBA's Technical Meeting in Palm Desert, held the first week in December, brought record attendance for a West Coast meeting. Members, their guests and an array of other industry professionals and luminaries attended and enjoyed everything the Association had to offer. DETAILS

Wondering what you missed at the Technical Meeting? Here's a sample of some of the breakout sessions.

Sessions at the 2011 Technical Meeting in Palm Desert, California, covered a broad range of topics. They were organized according to divisions whose interests they covered. Some were panel discussions, some were single-speaker format, and all invited audience participation and questions. In fact, some of the best learning came about when those in attendance chipped in with stories of their experiences and their advice to others. DETAILS

Game on in Palm Desert

In terms of pride and bragging rights, you can't get much more intense than a college bowl game -- unless you're at the ASBA Technical Meeting when the golf and tennis tournaments come around. This year was no exception, with members and guests bringing their "A" game to Palm Desert. DETAILS

It's Never Too Early ... start planning for next year's ASBA Technical Meeting. Mark your calendar now: the meeting will be held from November 30 to December 3. The setting will be the Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Just think -- you can wrap up your season and get ready for next year by making contacts, attending sessions, learning about new products and finding out all the news the industry and Association have to offer. DETAILS


ASBA Elects New Officers and Directors

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the election and 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 2-6 in Palm Desert, California. DETAILS

ASBA Presents Annual Awards

One of the most highly-anticipated announcements at the ASBA's Technical Meeting is that of the winners of its annual awards. Awards are presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which best exemplify construction excellence. DETAILS

ASBA Hits Blog Spots

ASBA is now highly visible in 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

Want to be seen by potential customers? Here's where (and how) to do it

What's the best way to reach people who are planning to build or renovate their tennis courts or running tracks? Advertise in a publication they're reading to get advice on just how to do that. DETAILS

Want to become a certified builder? There's never been a better time!

If you've been thinking about taking the certification exam, it's time to stop thinking and start studying. DETAILS

Get Your Name Out There!

Whatever is happening for your company, you'd probably like to publicize it. Only problem is that you feel uncomfortable doing it. You don't know where to start exactly. So what to do? Use your ASBA member advantage! DETAILS


Project Spotlight: The Carrier Classic

It's not very often the venue for a sports event is so unusual that it gets as much, if not more, attention than the game being played on it. But on November 11, the U.S. was captivated by an event known as the Carrier Classic: a college basketball game played on the deck of an aircraft carrier. DETAILS

Legislation That Can Help Our Industry and How to Promote It

No matter which side of the political line you're on (or even if you're on the fence), here's a piece of legislation everyone should get behind: the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT, pronounced “fit”) Act of 2011 (H.R. 2649).  DETAILS

ASBA Members, Affiliates Win RSI Awards

While the Technical Meeting has traditionally been the showcase for ASBA members' winning projects in its annual awards program, it is also the place where Racquet Sports Industry Magazine holds its first peek at the winners of each year's Champions of Tennis honors.

This year, at the meeting held in Palm Desert, several ASBA members were recognized, as was one individual with whom members are very familiar. DETAILS

Know a Trailblazer? Give RSI Their Name!

Do you know someone (or just know about someone) who has been a pioneer in the tennis industry, a real trailblazer who has helped shake things up? Racquet Sports Industry Magazine would like to know about that person. RSI is now in the second year of running its "Pioneers in Tennis" series of articles, about trailblazers in the sport, and is looking for nominations for people to be featured in future columns.  DETAILS



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

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

ASBA Announces New Certified Builders

ASBA is pleased to announce that 11 individuals have successfully completed all requirements to become certified builders. DETAILS

ASBA Recognizes Canada's First CTCB

ASBA recognizes Canada's first CTCB Mike Kingsbury. Kingsbury credits the  social media session at the recent ASBA Technical Meeting with helping him get coverage in local media.

Click here to see what they had to say. 

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, you do not need to request again. However, 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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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 24-27, 2012
ASBA Winter Meeting

Westin Resort and Casino


November 30 - December 3, 2012
ASBA Technical Meeting

Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios

Orlando, Florida

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

Executive Director

Fred Stringfellow, CAE


Director of Meetings/ Member Services

Cynthia M. Jordan


Membership Services

Laura Izzo


Financial Manager

Amy Chetelat, CAE