FROM THE CHAIR
ASBA By the Numbers: Things
Are Looking Up
Spending time last month
with nearly 650 of my fellow
ASBA colleagues in New Orleans,
Louisiana was enjoyable and
enriching, as it always is.
Added to that was being elected
Chairman of this association,
which was, and is a humbling and
My sincerest thanks to Pete
Smith, CTCB, who just completed
his two-year term as Chairman of
ASBA in December,. Pete saw us
through an extensive strategic
planning initiative during his
two year term – one that has
paved the way for a new Courts &
Recreation Division, a new
Spring Regional Meeting as part
of our annual schedule of
events, continued double-digit
growth in our meeting attendance
and membership, and expansion of
our technical offerings like
meeting apps and a mobile
technical app. Pete has
continued in the footsteps of
his predecessors in leaving ASBA
in a position of strength,
earning all of our gratitude in
the process. DETAILS
Winter in the Wine Country
ASBA has a long history of
tropical destinations for its Winter Meeting. This year, we’re doing
something completely different: making tracks to California’s wine
The 2018 Winter Meeting,
scheduled for February 22-25 in Napa, is by far the best opportunity of
the new year to connect with ASBA. Be a part of our growth and progress
by sitting in on Division meetings, brainstorming topics for the
Technical Meeting and position papers for the website, working on
projects, committees and more.
There are also great
opportunities to catch up with friends after hours. ASBA’s golf and
tennis outings are always well-attended and popular, providing a fun way
to blow off some steam and challenge your colleagues.
Our host property is the
Meritage Resort and Spa. Centrally located in the idyllic wine country,
The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa offers easy access to Napa Valley,
Sonoma County, and several major airports. After hours, you can enjoy
wine tastings, vineyard tours – or just spend time relaxing poolside,
sampling some of the award-winning cuisine or getting some exercise on
the golf course or tennis courts. The Meritage’s Tuscan-inspired décor
will transport you, relax you and have you wondering why you never
visited before – and when you can return.
Plus, this is a great time to be
visiting this area of California. Following the wildfires, the area is
working hard to make a comeback. The Meritage is undamaged and the
region wants to prove there’s still plenty to see and do. By paying a
visit, you’re helping to support family businesses, vineyards and more
that depend on tourists to sustain them. So in addition to helping to
grow the ASBA, you’re helping a part of the USA bounce back.
Still on the fence? The meeting basically covers a long weekend. You can
fly out, spend the weekend with ASBA getting some R&R – and be back in
plenty of time. There’s no reason to miss this meeting!
Click here for more information
on ASBA’s Winter Meeting.
ASBA's Regional Meeting:
Bringing the Meeting to the Industry
From webinars to mobile apps, ASBA is always
looking for ways to spread the good word about quality design and
construction. Here’s one way that launched last year and became such a
success that we’re doing it again: the Regional Meeting.
The premise of ASBA’s Regional Meeting is
simple: bring the meeting to the members. Last year’s meeting was in the
Northeast (New York), and this year, we’re moving to the middle of the
country to serve our Midwestern members, by hosting our event in Kansas
The 2018 Regional Meeting will be held March
7-8 at the Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza. The meeting will
include some hands-on technical sessions as well as at least one offsite
trip to watch good practices in action.
Click here for meeting details and registration.
ASBA Presents Industry Merit
Award to Don Smith, CTB
This year’s Technical Meeting included a special honor –
one ASBA does not give often, or
lightly: the Industry Merit
Award. The award, which
contributions not just to the
sports facility construction
industry but to ASBA as well,
has been presented only a
handful of times, each time, to
very deserving individuals.
This year’s honoree, Don Smith,
CTB, of Denver, Colorado, has
served the Association as a
Builder Director and as Track
Division President. He has
additionally served on the
Awards Committee and has been
instrumental in the Track Book
Committee. He has also been an
active member of the Track
Technical Committee, the
Outreach to Stakeholder
Organizations Task Force, the
Create High-Impact Webinars and
Build a Knowledge Library Task
Force, as well as the past
Tennis and Track Certification
Advisory Committee. He has also
served on ASTM’s Track Task
Technical Meeting 2017: ASBA
Returns to New Orleans
Colleagues. Content. Creole
The ASBA Technical Meeting
returned to New Orleans, and as
might be expected, the good
times rolled. This year’s
meeting, held December 1-5 at
the Hyatt Regency New Orleans,
brought in more than 600
industry members from across the
U.S. and outside it.
Highlights of the meeting were
ASBA Technical Sessions: An
Did you miss the ASBA Technical
Meeting? What you missed out on was an excellent program of
industry-related sessions. Here’s an inside look at a few of those.
ASBA's Golf Tournament a
When you have a course as great as TPC
Louisiana, is there anything that could make it better? Sure is – the
addition of ASBA members.
The ASBA Golf Tournament, a fixture on the
Technical Meeting calendar, was offered on Friday, December 1, sponsored
by Liberty Tire Recycling. Plenty of members and guests hit the links,
enjoying good weather and clear skies, not to mention the opportunity to
engage in good-natured competition, making it a win/win!
Results were as follows:
1st Place – Low Score – Matt Hicks + Ben Traetow + Matt Riggs + Tom
Closest to the Pin # 3 – Joey Alexander
Closest to the Pin # 17 – Patrick Buganski
Longest Drive – Matt Riggs
Itching for some payback? ASBA members will
play golf again at the Winter Meeting, as well as at the Technical
Meeting next year in Scottsdale!
The ASBA Golf Tournament at
TPC Louisiana included sightings of the local wildlife, including this
gator. It served as a great reminder not to pursue lost balls - even in
2017 Tennis Tournament
Winners – 1st place team - John Hanna and Pat Hanssen and 2nd place team
Bill Rapp and Rich Benson.
ASBA Mobile App Available on
ASBA now has its own mobile app
(ASBA Diagram Showcase), available through the iTunes and Google stores,
free of charge. The app contains a sampling of technical diagrams from
our construction and maintenance manuals – including Tennis, Running
Tracks, Sports Fields, Courts & Recreation and Pickleball.
The app is intended to be a resource when you’re on a job or in the
field and need to reference a dimension or specification. It is not
intended to be as comprehensive as our manuals – but rather,
complementary to them.
Check out our app and send us your thoughts. We’d love to hear what you
Click here for Google
Click here for Itunes
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ASBA Announces New Officers,
The American Sports Builders
Association (ASBA), the national
organization for builders,
designers and suppliers of
materials for athletic
facilities, has announced the
election of new members of its
Board of Directors.
Kristoff Eldridge is the new
Chairman of ASBA. Eldridge, who
has served as president of the
Track 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 and
publications. He is a Certified
Track Builder (CTB). Eldridge is
with Cape & Island Tennis &
Track, located in Pocasset,
ASBA Announces Winners of
One of the highlights of the
ASBA Technical Meeting is the announcement of the winners of the annual
awards program, and this year was no exception. Awards are presented
each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which best exemplify
construction excellence. DETAILS
ON THE BOOKSHELF
Coming Soon: A New Tennis
Easily one of ASBA’s most popular
publications, Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual,
is expected to be published in the summer of 2018.
The Joint Editorial Board, composed of
representatives of ASBA and USTA, has been laying the groundwork for
what will be the ninth edition of this book, and has provided
Newsline with a sneak preview of some of the “new and improved”
features, including expanded and updated sections throughout the book on
post-tension concrete courts, LED lighting and adaptive/wheelchair
tennis. In addition, here will be increased use of photos throughout the
The new Tennis Courts book, like
ASBA’s other publications, will be available in both hard copy and pdf
Keep an eye on Newsline for more
Just published: Sports
Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual
ASBA’s new edition of Sports Fields: A
Construction and Maintenance Manual, has arrived and is now
available in both hard copy and electronic format.
The book includes updated drawings as well
as information including alternate infills, sustainability and recycling
of field components. It also has updated information on amenities,
accessories and equipment as well as expanded sections on design.
The publication is $44.95 and can be ordered
from ASBA’s website by
selecting “Publications” from the menu bar at the top of the page.
Tennis Court Contractor of the Year: Competition Athletic Surfaces, Inc.
Each year, Tennis Industry
Magazine honors its
Champions of Tennis: individuals
who have contributed to both the
tennis industry. One of the
awards it presents is Tennis
Court Contractor of the Year.
The award, presented at the
closing night dinner, honors not
just construction excellence but
service to ASBA.
This year’s honoree was
Competition Athletic Surfaces in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. In
addition to providing
outstanding construction in the
Southeast, Competition, through
its president, Lee Murray, has
articles and is a frequent
attendee at Technical Meetings.
World of Asphalt 2018
As a Supporting Organization for
World of Asphalt 2018, we
would like to extend the
invitation to join us at the
show in Houston, Texas, March
World of Asphalt focuses
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industry as its leading
exposition and education
resource. The show features
educational programming and
comprehensive exhibits that
showcase the latest technologies
and innovations in
products and services.
At World of Asphalt, attendees
will have an opportunity to:
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Learn from the pros & network with
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Register by January 12 to
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We hope to see you at the show!
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 Builders
ASBA recognized 14 individuals
who became certified builders
since we published our last