News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January 2013

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Two ASBA Members Win National Honors

Two sports facility construction companies, Baseline LLC (Knoxville, Tennessee) and Top-A-Court Tennis Company (Hatfield, Pennsylvania) were honored by Racquet Sports Industry (RSI) Magazine in its annual awards program. Both organizations, which are member companies of ASBA, were named Champions of Tennis in recognition of their contributions to the sport. Awards were announced at ASBA’s Technical Meeting, held in Orlando, Florida. RSI is the trade magazine serving the business-to-business market in the tennis industry. Its subscribers include tennis retailers, pro shops, tennis coaches and teachers, racquet sports clubs, community tennis associations and more.

Baseline, LLC was named Tennis Court Contractor of the Year by RSI Magazine. The award recognizes not just excellence in facility construction, but outstanding contributions to the tennis industry as a whole. The company began in 1982 as Empire Recreational Surfaces, concentrating on resurfacing tennis courts as part of its contracting services. Company personnel recognized the need for quality construction from the ground up, and over the years, narrowed its focus on building and maintaining tennis courts, as well as other sports facilities including running tracks, indoor sports facilities and synthetic turf sports fields.

As the company grew, its leadership became increasingly involved with the American Sports Builders Association. The company president, Will Ferguson, served on the board of directors, at one point as the organization’s chairman. Its vice president, David Clapp, meanwhile, became both a Certified Tennis Court Builder and a Certified Track Builder, and most recently chaired the committee to rewrite the ASBA’s popular publication, Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual.

The company primarily serves the private market, but is also involved in municipal facilities as well. Its motto is “Bringing excellence to the surface,” and it has been honored in ASBA’s awards program many times throughout the years.

The company’s philosophy remains unchanged, however: “Build quality projects, make customers happy, and be truthful in representing ourselves.”

Top-A-Court Tennis was named RSI’s Ten and Under Tennis Court Contractor of the Year. The award is given in recognition of outstanding work in building and marking tennis courts for children’s play. Top-A-Court was founded in 1988 by owner and president John Coll. Coll recently worked with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) to gain experience with the new rules for youth tennis play, and has since helped more than 100 municipalities, clubs, schools and community tennis associations lines in order to expand opportunities for children to learn the sport.

Coll has also noted that 10U Tennis can benefit contractors as well by allowing them to provide additional services to those in need of court construction and renovation. The company is a member of ASBA, and Coll is a Certified Tennis Court Builder. The company has built tennis, basketball, bocce and multi-use courts in the Eastern Pennsylvania and tri-state area (East Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey). According to Coll, the company’s mission statement has always been: “Build it right, build it with integrity and do business honestly. Make our work last as long as possible, for the customer as well as for our own pride.”

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