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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January 2017


Good Things Are Happening with ASBA

Participating in last month’s Technical Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida with more than 600 of our fellow members (another new record) prompted an interesting board discussion: the growth of ASBA and the Technical Meeting. We have been enjoying a great model for the Technical Meeting where we gather every December in an intimate and relaxed setting to network and discuss ways to “build it right.” Will we lose that dynamic if we continue to grow the meeting? It provided for interesting discussion and introspection.  DETAILS

New Courts and Recreation Division for ASBA

At its December Technical Meeting, ASBA announced the transformation of its Indoor Division into a new “Courts & Recreation” Division in early 2017.

The Courts & Recreation Division will incorporate both indoor and outdoor versions of such sports as basketball, volleyball, pickleball, etc. Construction guidelines are currently being developed for pickleball courts; with additional resources being envisioned for later in the year. The goal is to provide a source of education and networking for members currently involved in designing and building these projects; and for consumers who are seeking such professionals to engage in such projects.

A task force has been studying this concept for the past 18 months, and has conducted focus groups within the current membership to evaluate viability. The current Indoor Division leadership will continue to oversee this division at this time, with additional members being invited to participate and play a role in the restructuring. Members interested in being involved in the restructuring of this division should contact Executive Director Fred Stringfellow at to express interest. We are particularly interested in members who have experience building some of the venues and surfaces being incorporated into this division such as outdoor basketball courts, pickleball courts, etc.

Courts & Recreation will join ASBA’s other divisions: Tennis, Tracks and Fields. Watch for additional information and a website change in early 2017!


Head for Mexico with ASBA

ASBA will be venturing south of the border and down to Mexico for its 2017 Winter Meeting. The meeting, to be held February 24-26, 2017, at the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort in Riviera Maya, will be a great opportunity for a mid-winter escape with a lot of opportunities for getting work done. DETAILS

ASBA’s Regional Meeting Coming to New York: Bringing the Meeting to the Members

ASBA has often heard great comments about its meetings, but one thing is always clear: No matter where a meeting is held, there are members who are unable to get to it. This year, ASBA solves that quandary by bringing the meeting to the members. ASBA’s first regional meeting will be held March 8-9, 2017 at the Marriott New York LaGuardia Airport in LaGuardia, New York. DETAILS

Expectations Exceeded at the 2016 Technical Meeting

ASBA's 2016 Technical Meeting, held from December 2-5 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, had an all-time-high attendance of over 600, and set a new standard for future meetings.

A wealth of informational sessions were available to those who attended, with learning tracks addressing tennis courts, sports fields, running tracks, indoor facilities and even general business. Sessions were presented not only by ASBA members but by guests in ancillary and related industries and fields. Something interesting: almost every session was packed, and many were standing-room-only, and had attendees not only lining the backs of the rooms but standing up and down the side aisles. DETAILS

Download the Photos from ASBA's 2016 Technical Meeting

The photos from ASBA's 2016 Technical Meeting are available for members to download. To browse through the photos and save the ones you like, click here. (Best viewed using Google Chrome browser.)

Technical Meeting 2016: A Wealth of Information

If you happened to miss the Technical Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida, you missed perhaps the best learning opportunity of the season. Here’s a sampling of some of the presentations, which covered a variety of industry topics, from tennis courts to running tracks to sports fields to indoor facilities to business topics – and a whole lot more.

Most sessions were filled and many had attendees standing in the back, listening and taking notes. The good news: All presentations are available on ASBA’s website, Simply go to the top tab that says Industry Events and select the second option from the bottom, “Technical Meeting Presentations.” All information can be accessed free of charge. DETAILS

Cutthroat Competition (and All in Fun): Technical Meeting Golf and Tennis

While the Technical Meeting may be the place to set aside competitive differences and to enjoy the company of colleagues, the tennis and golf tournaments don’t have that immunity. So with that in mind, ASBA’s meeting participants and their guests took to the courts and the course to get the competitive juices flowing.

The tennis tournament, sponsored by California Sports Surfaces, saw an A division final in which Pat Hanssen and Jordan James defeated Randy Futty and John Hanna, and a B division final in which Chris Allen and Hebe Brooks won out over Sean Froehling and Eric Loftus. The event, which took place on property on Saturday afternoon, saw plenty of outstanding play throughout the day.

The golf tournament, meanwhile, was sponsored by Liberty Tire Recycling LLP, and took place at the Ocean Links Course on Friday. The winning foursome was made up of Matt Riggs, Ben Traetow, David Brenner and Steve Hayes. The award for Closest To the Pin went to Bryan Mitterling. Corrie Lindsay won the Longest Drive Competition, and Kevin Dorney took home the prize for Longest Putt.

Itching for some payback, or missed out on the competition this time around? There’s always the Winter Meeting. Stay tuned for registration information, which will be coming your way soon.


ASTM Guides and Test Methods Webinar - Coming Soon!

ASBA will hold its next webinar on ASTM Guides and Test Methods for synthetic and natural grass. This webinar will be presented by Michael Gentile from Sports Labs USA in early 2017. Stay tuned for more details!.


Running Tracks: A Construction and Maintenance Manual

Copies of the new edition of ASBA’s very popular Track Book are now available for $44.95 each. Books can be ordered by contacting the Association directly at 866-501-ASBA (2722), or by going to the website, The Running Tracks manual also is available in digital format at the website.

The 2016 edition includes key updates to many areas of running track design and construction. The manual includes user-friendly technical information on all aspects of running tracks at various levels of competition, such as high school, college and even international events. It walks readers through the processes of design, budgeting and planning, site requirements, drainage, surface selection, construction, maintenance, repair, amenities, accessories and more.

The book also contains a number of appendices meant to provide additional resources for information, calculations, specifications and other useful materials for those involved in constructing track facilities. The end of the manual also features a glossary of terms commonly used in the course of designing and building a track.

In addition, the new track book should be considered the textbook and resource manual to those who are interested in pursuing the ASBA’s voluntary certification program to become a Certified Track Builder.

A panel of track construction experts updated and revised the manual from the previous edition, and it is considered an invaluable resource for anyone planning, building or considering a running track facility, in addition to providing key information on maintenance, repair and renovation. Original drawings will also help illustrate construction, renovation and maintenance methods.

Thanks to those who wrote and edited the book, and to make it a success!

Coming Soon: ASBA's New Pickleball Manual

ASBA has a special joint editorial board that is hard at work on a manual addressing the construction and maintenance of pickleball courts and facilities.

Although the book is not yet available, it is hotly anticipated, since pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. Its growth is outpacing that of many other sports – and it is already one of the most well-attended and competitive sports at the National Senior Games level.

The book is being written by a group that includes both ASBA members and representatives of the USA Pickleball Association. It will include information on not just construction and maintenance but considerations for spectators, physically challenged players and more.

Expect more information on this publication as its release date gets closer.

ASBA Elects New Officers and Directors

ASBA has announced the election of its officers and directors for the coming membership year. The new slate took its place at the conclusion of the ASBA’s Technical Meeting, held in Amelia Island, Florida.

Pete Smith, the Association’s present Chairman, will continue in his position throughout the coming year. Smith, a Certified Tennis Court Builder (CTCB) works with The CourtSMITHs in Toledo, Ohio..  DETAILS

Gordy Pierce, CTCB, Receives Industry Merit Award

Gordon Pierce, CTCB, of Cape & Island Tennis & Track in Pocassett, Massachusetts, was named the recipient of the Industry Merit Award, the Association’s highest honor.
The award was presented at ASBA’s Technical Meeting, held on Amelia Island in Florida in early December. DETAILS

And the Winners Are...

ASBA’s Technical Meeting is an outstanding place to network, learn and prepare for the next construction season. It’s also the first place you can hear about the winners of Association’s annual awards. And this year’s meeting, held on Amelia Island in Florida, was no exception.

Click here to see this year's winners.


Synthetic Turf Council and Safe Fields Alliance Issue Statement in Response to EPA Status Report

TThe Safe Fields Alliance ("SFA"), a coalition dedicated to educating stakeholders around the safety of synthetic turf fields using recycled rubber, and the Synthetic Turf Council ("STC"), a non-profit trade association dedicated to serving as a resource for trustworthy information about synthetic turf, issued the following statement regarding the December 30th, 2016 Environmental Protection Agency Status Report on the Federal Research Action Plan on artificial turf:

"We understand that last Friday's announcement marks incremental progress by the EPA on its Federal Research Action Plan. However, we cannot overstate the pressing need for the Agency to share clear and concise findings as soon as possible in 2017 in order to provide answers and eliminate uncertainty for parents and policymakers.

Based on the more than 90 scientific studies that have already looked into the safety of synthetic turf fields and other surfaces with recycled rubber infill, we believe the answers are already out there. Just last week, after sampling 100 synthetic turf fields, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) concluded, "Playing sports on synthetic turf fields with rubber granulate is safe." We are confident that the EPA will also ultimately reach the same conclusion: that there are no links to any negative health effects from recycled rubber.

The industry is fully committed to transparency and safety, and has worked to collaborate with the EPA on this effort. In addition to our collaboration, the industry has simultaneously taken its own proactive steps by cooperating to ensure all synthetic turf and playground infills meet new ASTM toy standards for heavy metals.

While we agree that the EPA should not sacrifice thoroughness for expediency, after nearly a year of study, the cloud of uncertainty is hurting businesses as well as jobs. The science is evident, and it is time for the EPA and other regulatory agencies to bring clarity to the situation."

Click here for the December 30th, 2016 Environmental Protection Agency Status Report on the Federal Research Action Plan on artificial turf.


Sign Up for Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge

A “Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge” will take place at the 2017 TOM Conference March 27-29, showcasing new and innovative products designed to help grow tennis businesses. From now until Feb. 15, companies and individuals can submit their pitch for their products, software, services, etc. Finalists from the application process will have the opportunity to present their innovative product or service to a panel of judges—and in front an audience of tennis industry leaders and top tennis facility owners/managers—at the 2017 TOM Conference in Orlando. DETAILS

Tennis Industry Magazine Recognizes Randy Futty, Court One as "Champions of Tennis"

The ASBA 2016 Technical Meeting was the setting for the presentation of two awards from Tennis Industry Magazine. The magazine, the largest business-to-business tennis publication in the United States, presents its annual Champions of Tennis awards, honoring those who serve the sport in various capacities. DETAILS

NGI Fishing Trip Helps ASBA Members Land the Big Ones

NGI Sports organized a fishing trip for its friends in ASBA during the Technical Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida. Four boats headed out for backwater fishing, booked through Terry Lacoss, Amelia Angler Outfitters.

Terri West of NGI notes, “We were fishing for redfish, sea trout, flounder, blues, shark, black drum and more with light tackle spin and casting gear. Our four boats include my 26-foot Triton pictured, Mr. Lacoss’ son’s 24-foot Triton and Ben Forehands 24-foot Nautic Star and another 24-foot boat. We departed from the Fernandina Harbor City Marina.

The fishing party included in Boat One: Mike Burke, NGI & Jon Wright of Court One; in Boat Two: Rick Burke and Gerry Wright of Court One; in Boat Three: David Burke, Josh Herndon & Brian Wright of Court One; and in Boat Four, Cory Brisbin and Donna and Skip Sierks.

Terri adds, “We caught a lot of fish on all four boats with Mike getting a 30 inch black drum for the biggest. Gerry Wright landed three trout on his first three casts.”



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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 24-26, 2017
ASBA Winter Meeting
Barcelo Maya Beach Resort
Riviera Maya, Mexico


March 8-9, 2017
ASBA Regional Meeting
New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott
LaGuardia, NY

December 1-5, 2017
ASBA Technical Meeting
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

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

Courts & Recreation
Division President

Joe Covington, Jr.
Covington Flooring CO., Inc.

Fields Division President
Jim Catella, CFB, CTB
Clark Companies

Professional Division

Megan Buczynski, PE, LEED AP
Activitas, Inc.

Supplier Division President
David Moxley
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.

Ed Norton, RLA, ASLA
Holcombe Norton Partners


Ben Brooks, PE
Patriot Court Systems, Inc.

Jeff Bryant
Advanced Polymer Technology, Corp.

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

Randy Futty
California Sports Surfaces

Mark Heinlein, CFB
Turf Reclamation Solutions, LLC

Paul Nagle, CTB
Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc.

Matt Strom, CTCB
Leslie Coatings, Inc.

Chris Sullivan, RLA
Verde Design, Inc.

Kristoff Eldridge, CTB
Cape & Island Tennis & Track

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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


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David H. Pettit, Esq.
Lenhart Pettit

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