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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January 2016


Here's to 50 More Years

Spending time last month with more than 550 of my fellow association colleagues in Scottsdale, Arizona, to celebrate ASBA’s 50th Anniversary was an amazing experience. To acknowledge and commemorate how much this organization and its loyal members have accomplished in the past five decades was momentous. My father, who served as Chairman of ASBA during the early years of the Association, would have been proud to see ASBA where it is today. DETAILS


Destination: Punta Cana - ASBA Winter Meeting 2016

When you want to do some work on Association projects while getting away from winter weather, you can’t do much better than to go to a place called Paradisus.

The 2016 ASBA Winter Meeting, to be held February 19-21, will take place in the Dominican Republic at the Paradisus Palma Real Resort. The meeting will offer the chance to take care of all the business that we all wish we had time for … DETAILS

ASBA Technical Meeting 2015, Scottsdale, Arizona

Expectations: Exceeded.

There was really no other way to describe the 2015 Technical Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event, held at the Fairmont Princess, had spectacular weather, the highest registration ASBA has ever recorded, excellent programming, a sold-out trade show – and the unexpected bonus of a festival of holiday lights that turned the hotel grounds into a wonderland at night. DETAILS

Technical Meeting Programming: See What You Missed

This year’s Technical Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, was one of the best-attended ever. An advantage to this: even more people were able to take advantage of the outstanding technical programming.

Sessions were offered in each time frame during the two days of programming, addressing various divisions: Tennis, Track, Fields and Indoor. In addition, there was a track of what were known as General topic programs, often relating to valuable information in business management, sales, estimating and even preparation for ASBA’s certification exams. DETAILS

Technical Meeting Golf Tournament Recap

Good: Golfing

Better: Golfing in Scottsdale, Arizona, while the rest of the world was working

Best: Golfing in Arizona at the TPC Scottsdale - Stadium Course, home of the Waste Management Open (and being able to brag about the experience later.)

This year’s Technical Meeting Golf Tournament exceeded expectations. The event, sponsored by Liberty Tire Recycling, was a complete sell-out. Participants enjoyed the experience of a spectacular course, as well as the sight of the venue being readied for its big event, scheduled for February.

When the dust settled, the following were named winners of the event (ASBA’s golf tournament, not the Waste Management Open):

Foursome: Jake Newkerk, Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.; Allen Waterman, AWP Enterprises, LLC; Sean Clark, Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.; Wayne Oliver, Sportsfield Specialties, Inc. Score – 57

Longest Drive: Women: Vicki Sullivan; Man: Mike Burke, NGI Sports

Closest to the Pin: Jake Newkerk, Sportsfield Specialties, Inc. (hole 16) and Matt Cross (hole 4.)

Game, Set, Match: The Technical Meeting's Tennis Tournament

The 2015 Technical Meeting Tennis Tournament, sponsored by Har-Tru Sports, was held at the beautiful DC Ranch Tennis Center in Scottsdale. The ranch feature incredible views of the desert and the surrounding rocky hills and mountains.

A total of 19 attendees participated in the event which featured five rounds of round robin play followed by two rounds of playoffs. When the dust settled, the Blue Group was won by Tom Derosa (DeRosa Sports Construction, inc.) and Greg Duffy (Super Seal Sealcoating Co.), who defeated Randy Futty (California Sports Surfaces) and Pete Francesconi (Tennis Industry Magazine) in a hard-fought match that came down to the final point.

In the Red Group, Chuck Davis (Davis Tennis Courts, LLC) and Pat Hanssen (Har-Tru Sports) finished on top, defeating finalists Ron Young (Putterman Athletics) and George Tavares (Coatings, Inc.).

Congratulations to all the winners (and finalists) but as everyone noted, with views like that, it was hard to come out as anything but a winner.


New ASBA Officers, Directors Take Office

Pete Smith is the new Chairman of ASBA. Smith, who previously served as president of the Tennis Division, has been active in the Association on multiple levels, including serving on committees, speaking at meetings, reviewing technical articles and working on Association projects. He is a Certified Tennis Court Builder (CTCB). Smith works with The CourtSMITHs in Toledo, Ohio. DETAILS

ASBA Honors Distinguished Sports Facilities

ASBA formally announced the winners of its annual awards at the recent Technical Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. Awards are presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which best exemplify construction excellence. DETAILS

ASBA Launches Blog - Are You Signed Up?

ASBA has announced the launch of its blog! The blog covers items of interest to the sports facility construction industry. These might include the new roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the possibility of new facilities that will be needed if new sports are approved for 2020 Olympic Games, the opportunity for construction of Ultimate fields and more.

The blog, which will be sent out to members each week, and will also be posted on the Association’s website,, will cover issues pertaining to sports facilities in active use, as well as those under construction and more. In addition, the blog will cover association interests, members’ activities and more.

“ASBA is very pleased that we are able to highlight even more technical news,” noted Dan Wright, CFB, ASBA’s chairman. “We think readers will enjoy being kept up on what’s going on not only with professional sports facilities but with behind-the-scenes information. We’re also looking forward to being able to highlight some of our programs, publications and activities for readers.”

The blog can be found the link of Readers can also subscribe using the link.

ASBA also welcomes ideas for blog topics. If you think something that is trending in the sports facility construction industry is worth a mention, we invite you to submit it! Please contact Mary Helen Sprecher at for more information.

Want to Become a Certified Builder? Now is the Time.

If part of your New Year’s resolution has been to gain your CTCB, CFB or CTB certification, there has never been a better time to act on it than now – before the construction rush hits.

All the information on certification is available on ASBA’s website, under the tab for “Certification” at the top of ASBA’s home page, Note that you must fill out all forms in advance in order to sit for the test. The deadline for application is 30 days prior to each test. DETAILS

ASBA: The Industry's Experts

One strong benefit of ASBA membership is the fact that ASBA is recognized as a technical leader in the industry. Want proof? Articles written on behalf of ASBA, and quoting ASBA members, are everywhere. Just as an example, you’ll find ASBA’s articles in the following publications:

  • Tennis Industry

  • PTR Tennis Pro

  • Sports Turf

  • Sportsfield Management

  • Athletic Management

  • Coach and Athletic Director

  • RunBlogRun

In addition, ASBA has been contacted by other publications, including Athletic Business, when writers and editors are seeking an industry expert.

ASBA being recognized as an industry expert is outstanding, since that great reputation extends to our members as well. In addition, members’ participation in these articles can heighten their profile.

Want to see what ASBA has been up to? Head on over to the website,, and click on the tab on the top that says “Press Room.” A drop-down menu will offer multiple choices including options such as Track Articles, Tennis Articles, Fields Articles and Indoor Articles. Click on the ones you want to view.

Want to be quoted in these articles in the future? Drop ASBA’s technical writer, Mary Helen Sprecher, a line at and ask to be added to the list. Include any specific expertise you have, such as tennis, track, fields or indoor facilities.

Get Social wtih ASBA

ASBA continues its journey into social media. You can find us…

On Facebook: Just look up our page under (what else?) American Sports Builders Association. Like the page in order to get all the updates.

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.

On LinkedIn: ASBA has a group, listed under American Sports Builders Association.

Be sure you’re following us in all the social media you use.

ASBA's New Certificate of Distinction Programs: Design Professionals and Supplier Members Can Benefit

ASBA is always searching for ways to enhance the value of its membership. At the same time, the Association wants its members to have the best possible visibility in the industry.

Recently, ASBA introduced its Design Professional Certificate of Distinction Program. This new program, aimed at the design professional membership, helps demonstrate an individual’s understanding of the design and construction, as well as maintenance, of tennis courts, running tracks, natural and synthetic fields, and indoor facilities.

ASBA is also offering a Supplier Certificate of Distinction Program. 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


Members of Sports Design and Construction Industry Honored at ASBA Technical Meeting

In addition to its regular awards presentation, ASBA saw several Association members honored at Technical Meeting, held recently in Scottsdale, Arizona.  DETAILS

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



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Announces New Certified Members

ASBA announces six newly-certified members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes 16 members that joined the association since we published our last newsletter. DETAILS

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February 19-31, 20165
ASBA Winter Meeting
Paradisus Palma Real Resort
Dominican Republic


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 Leadership

Pete Smith, CTCB
The CourtSMITHs

Tennis Division President
Mike Edgerton, CTCB
Copeland Coatings

Track Division President
Troy Rudolph, CFB, CTB, CTCB
Elite Sports Builders

Indoor Division President
Joe Covington, Jr.
Covington Flooring Co., Inc.

Fields Division President
Jim Catella, CFB, CTB
Clark Companies

Professional Division

Chris Sullivan, RLA
Verde Design, Inc.

Supplier Division President
Chris Rossi
California Sports Surfaces

Linn Lower, CTCB
Lower Bros. Co., Inc.


Ben Brooks, PE
Patriot Court Systems, Inc.

Megan Buczynski, PE, LEED AP
Activitas, Inc.

Bob Cohen, CFB-S, CTB
Robert Cohen Co., LLC

Randy Futty
California Sports Surfaces

Mark Heinlein, CFB
Turf Reclamation Solutions, LLC

David Moxley
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.

Paul Nagle, CTB
Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc.

Matt Strom, CTCB
Leslie Coatings, Inc.

Ed Norton, RLA, ASLA
Holcombe Norton Partners

Past Chairman
Dan Wright, CFB
Sports Turf Company

ASBA Staff

Executive Director

Fred Stringfellow, CAE


Associate Director

Jennifer Miller


Director of Meetings/ Member Services

Cynthia M. Sanchez


Membership Services

Kristin Grove


Financial Manager

Amy Chetelat, CAE


Legal Counsel
David H. Pettit, Esq.
Lenhart Pettit

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