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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January  2015


Heading in the Right Direction for 2015

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed some time at home over the holidays with friends and families after what was a very busy 2014 for many of us in the sports design and construction industry. Here’s hoping for an equally strong and improving year ahead for all of us.

In my January, 2014 Chairman’s message, I summarized my goals for ASBA as being to continue building ASBA and increasing membership across all divisions; and to strengthen our certified builders programs (both in numbers and industry-wide recognition). I’m pleased to report things are moving in the right direction on both fronts. DETAILS


We Interrupt this Regularly Scheduled Winter...

For much of the country, winter is a quiet time in the sports construction business. But ASBA can help you change that. Make plans for maximum productivity by attending the Winter Meeting. You can help the Association move forward and benefit yourself in ways you never thought possible.

The ASBA Winter Meeting, one of the best chances to help advance the mission of the Association, will be held February 20-22, 2015, at the Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island. Participants will fly into Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) in Freeport. All events – with the exception of the golf outing and tennis tournament – will be held at the hotel.

Among the events planned are committee meetings, certification tests, board of directors meetings and meetings of volunteers who are working on other projects and publications of the ASBA. A schedule of events is now available on the Association website,

Don’t miss your chance to help with committee and division work, publications, topics for future meetings and position papers, as well as so much more. Plus, you can make the essential contacts that will help your business throughout the coming season.

Why wait? There are plenty of reasons to register now. Don’t let this meeting pass you by!
For information call 866-501-ASBA (2722) or Information will also be posted on the ASBA website automatically.

Technical Meeting 2014: All the Building Blocks for Success

Record-breaking attendance, excellent speakers, a perfect location and an outstanding program: This year’s ASBA Technical Meeting had the perfect recipe for success.

The event, held December 5-9 in Ponte Vedra, Florida, drew more than 500 attendees, the highest number to date. Attendees came from across the U.S. and Canada – as well as internationally – to make new contacts, learn about cutting-edge technologies and products in the industry and to participate in ASBA’s activities. DETAILS

Missed the Technical Meeting? Here's a Sneak Peek

This year’s Technical Meeting included a wide variety of topics, designed to appeal to all sectors of the industry. In addition to addressing ASBA’s specific divisions (Tennis, Track, Fields and Indoor), there was also a programming track on business issues and general interest.

Those who missed programs – after all, it is impossible to be more than one place at a time – can catch up on some of those sessions by reading the PowerPoint presentations designed by the speakers. Go to the website,, then from the toolbar across the top, select “Event,” then from the drop-down menu, choose “Technical Meeting Sessions.” Once you’ve clicked this line, you will be taken to a page with links for programs at various Technical Meetings. Select the one for 2014 (it’s at the top of the list) and you’ll be able to choose from among a variety of sessions.

In the past, speakers offered handouts; however, in the interest of being eco-friendly, budget-friendly and baggage weight-friendly, ASBA is now offering handouts in digital format.

Click here for a selection of sessions presented at the meeting.

Fore! ASBA's Golfers Hit TPC Sawgrass

It’s not every day you get to play with so many of your colleagues and competitors at once, and it’s definitely not every day that you get to do that at Players Stadium Course - TPC Sawgrass.

This year’s Technical Meeting, held in Ponte Vedra, Florida, at the luxurious Marriott Sawgrass, brought a sell-out crowd to the golf tournament. There, players spent a day competing, laughing, heckling and sympathizing with one another on that hallowed ground frequented by the pros. Liberty Tire Recycling sponsored the event.

The sold-out status wasn’t a deterrent, either; those who didn’t get in were able to secure tee times at another nearby course as well.

The winning team (with a low gross of 61) included Chris Boarman, Chris Dougherty, Art Mayne, Craig Schonk and Ben Traetow.

Mens Long Drive Winner was Jeff Szczupaj.

Ladies Long Drive was Isabel Wright.

Closest to the Pin on the famous 17th island green was Matt Moyse.

Want some payback? Start practicing! There will be a golf outing at the Winter Meeting on Grand Bahama Island – or you can set your sights on Scottsdale, Arizona, the location of the 2015 Technical Meeting. Either way, see you on the greens!

ASBA Tennis Tournament

The ASBA Tennis Tournament, sponsored by Har-Tru Sports, was played under warm sunshine on six Har-Tru courts at the Sawgrass Country Club on Saturday, December 6. Twenty-four players from all across the country showed up primed for some fun and competition, and there was no shortage of it. Four rounds of play determined the qualifiers for the red and blue playoff groups. The playoffs were one set apiece with winners advancing and pairing up with new partners. When the dust settled the champions of the blue group were Tracy Lynch & Eric Loftus defeating finalists David Lasota and Kevin Healion in the finals. In the red group John Hanna & Pat Hanssen teamed up to defeat Paul van der Sommen and Greg Duffy. Thanks to everyone who participated and we hope you will play again next year..


ASBA Elects New Officers and Directors

As part of this year’s Facilities of the Year Awards Recognition Dinner, being held on Monday, December 8, in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, at the Technical Meeting, we are creating a special awards supplement. The 16-page supplement will recognize all of this year’s winners and, specifically, feature photos and brief profiles of the “Outstanding” facility award winners. We have contracted with Peter Francesconi, of Ace Media Group, to help coordinate the piece. DETAILS

ASBA Honors Distinguished Sports Facilities

ASBA has announced the winners of its annual awards. Awards are presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which best exemplify construction excellence.

Awards are presented in various categories: Tennis Courts, Running Tracks, Sports Fields, Indoor Facilities and Track and Field Facilities. Within some categories, there are divisions; for example, the Tennis Court category recognizes facilities in Indoor, Residential and Outdoor divisions.

ASBA to Exhibit at World of Asphalt

As part of its continuing effort to heighten the profile of the Association, ASBA staff will be exhibiting at the World of Asphalt Show and Conference, to be held in in Baltimore, MD.
The show, the theme of which is “Base of Innovation,” takes place March 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

ASBA Has a New Twitter Account! Are You Following Us?

ASBA Has a Twitter Account! Are You Following Us?

You’ve Liked ASBA on Facebook and added us to your LinkedIn profile – but are you ready to follow us on Twitter?

ASBA’s Twitter handle is @SportsBuilders – make sure you follow ASBA in order to get the latest on upcoming meetings, deadlines, new programs, publications and more.
See you in the Twittersphere!

What's New in Tennis Courts? A Lot!

ASBA’s popular book, Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, is getting ready for its next edition. The joint editorial board (JEB) is hard at work on this book, which is expected to be published in late spring 2015.  DETAILS

ASBA's Position Papers: Read All About It

ASBA publishes a series of Position Papers, which are one-page technical documents on subjects of interest to those in the industry. DETAILS

Catching Up with Troy Rudolph: ASBA's First Triple-Certified Member

When Troy Rudolph, owner of Sunland Sports, started his term as ASBA’s Track Division President at the conclusion of the recent Technical Meeting, he did so as the first triple-certified member in the history of the Association, holding not only a CTCB, CTB but CFB credential. 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

Got Your Certification? Help Keep It Up by Writing Technical Articles for Newsline

ASBA offers its Certified Builders two options for keeping their designation current. The first is the option to take the exam again. The second, however, includes an opportunity to benefit the industry itself: recertification by acquiring continuing education points. This includes writing technical articles for Newsline.  DETAILS


ITF Modifies Tennis Court Surface Classifications

Following concerns raised by the industry that the current ITF categorisation and definition of ‘artificial’ surfaces are no longer appropriate, during 2014 the ITF conducted a review of these descriptions with all relevant stakeholders through two rounds of consultation. The results were reviewed by the ITF Technical Commission, who determined that a new category of ‘Hybrid clay’ should be introduced, to acknowledge the difference in properties between clay- and sand/rubber dressed ‘Artificial clay’ surfaces. DETAILS

Sportsfield Management Magazine Presents Inaugural Field Builder of the Year Award

The 2014 Technical Meeting was big news in many ways – outstanding attendance, for example. But one of the most welcome developments was the fact that it saw the inaugural awarding of the Sports Field Contractor of the Year.

The award, presented to Sports Turf Company, Inc. in Whitesburg, Georgia, was developed and announced by Sportsfield Management Magazine, a longstanding media partner with ASBA. Lawrence Aylward, editorial director, and Stacy Allen, associate publisher for the magazine, were present to give the award, which was accepted by Dan Wright, CFB.
In determining which company to honor with the inaugural award, said Allen, the magazine staff examined multiple facets of not only its role in construction, but in the industry as a whole.

“We looked at all aspects of a business,” she noted, “including how the company gave back to their community, donating their time, money, employees, etc. to help their community. We wanted the winner to be active in educating people on best practices, the industry as a whole and more, both in the association and outside of the association. Lastly we looked at companies who are currently working on or have completed this year some big projects.”

The award will be presented annually. Sportsfield Management joins Tennis Industry Magazine in honoring contractors who specialize in their sectors of the industry. ASBA congratulates Sports Turf on being the inaugural recipient of the award.

Tennis Industry Magazine Honors Members of Court Construction Industry at ASBA Technical Meeting

At the most recent Technical Meeting, Tennis Industry Magazine honored two ASBA member companies for their contributions to the industry. These, who were recognized in the Champions of Tennis Awards, were as follows:

Tennis Court Contractor of the Year: Trans Texas Tennis, Houston, TX

The Tennis Court Contractor of the Year is recognized not just for excellence in design and construction but in contributions to the industry. Trans Texas Tennis, which has been in the industry nearly 30 years, specializes in post-tension concrete tennis court construction Steve Wright, who accepted the award on behalf of his company, is a Certified Tennis Court Builder and a longstanding member of the ASBA.

Youth Tennis Facility Developer of the Year: Signature Tennis, Inc., Woodstock, GA

The Youth Tennis Facility Developer of the Year is recognized as an advocate not just for building courts for children’s play, or modifying them with 10U lines, but for advocating the sport as a whole and making it a welcoming experience for all new players. Signature Tennis, which has been in business more than a decade, champions the cause of lining both soft and hard courts for children’s play. The company, which primarily services the club market, is noted for its high standards as well as its outstanding work.

These awards, presented each year, are part of Tennis Industry’s Champions of Tennis awards, presented each year by the magazine and honoring industry members in a number of categories, including tennis facilities, coaches, teaching professionals and more. Information on all Champions awards is available from Tennis Industry Magazine.

"The Rookie" and Pam Wood Team Up

Remember Jim “The Rookie “Morris, our inspirational ASBA keynote speaker last year? He has teamed up with Pam Wood, longtime ASBA supplier member with the Edwards division Athletic Connection for an important mission. Both Jim and Pam have Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Jim is speaking at a fundraising event benefiting the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. It’s hosted by Pam and her YOPD Support Group and Team Fox North Texas. The event is April 11th in Arlington Texas at Globe Life Stadium. For more information see

Know a Trailblazer? Give TI 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? Tennis Industry Magazine would like to know about that person. TI 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

Looking for New Employees? Look No Further

Want to connect with potential employees? TIA invites you to use its “Careers In Tennis” initiative. The website allows employers to post jobs, and allows potential employees to check out the opportunities. It is free to use for both those looking to fill jobs, and those interested in finding jobs.

ASBA members looking to hire someone with tennis-specific interest or experience are urged to check out the site. There is also a Careers In Tennis page on Facebook, showcasing various opportunities and explaining the initiative.

Registration for Careers In Tennis is free. In the website section detailing jobs in the facility design and construction industry, there is a link to ASBA’s website as well -- all the more reason to make sure your information in the ASBA member database is updated and accurate.



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes 10 members that joined the association since we published our last newsletter. DETAILS

ASBA Announces New Certified Builders

ASBA recognized 14 individuals as certified builders since we published our last newsletter.  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, 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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February 20-22, 2015
ASBA Winter Meeting
Grand Lucayan
Grand Bahama Island

December 4-8, 2015
ASBA Technical Meeting
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, AZ

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