FROM THE CHAIR
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
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
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
www.sportsbuilders.org. Information will also be posted on the ASBA
Technical Meeting 2014: All the
Building Blocks for Success
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
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
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
designed by the speakers. Go to
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
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
Click here for a selection of
sessions presented at the
Fore! ASBA's Golfers Hit TPC
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.
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.
status wasn’t a deterrent, either; those who didn’t get in were able to
secure tee times at another nearby course as well.
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.
Drive was Isabel Wright.
Closest to the
Pin on the famous 17th island green was Matt Moyse.
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
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.
ASBA Honors Distinguished
ASBA has announced the winners
of its annual awards. Awards are
presented each year to
facilities built by ASBA
members, which best exemplify
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
ASBA to Exhibit at World of
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
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
ASBA's Position Papers: Read All
ASBA publishes a series of
Position Papers, which are
one-page technical documents on
subjects of interest to those in
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
Want to Become a Certified
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.
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
ITF Modifies Tennis Court
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.
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
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,
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
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
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.
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
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.
news from ASBA members.
ASBA Welcomes New Members
ASBA welcomes 10 members that joined the
association since we published our last newsletter.
ASBA Announces New Certified
ASBA recognized 14 individuals
as certified builders since we published our last newsletter.
May We Quote You?
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
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