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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January 2018


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 motivating experience.

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.


Winter in the Wine Country with ASBA

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 country.

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 City, Missouri.

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 recognizes outstanding 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 Force. DETAILS

Technical Meeting 2017: ASBA Returns to New Orleans

Colleagues. Content. Creole food.

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 many. DETAILS

ASBA Technical Sessions: An Inside Look

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.  DETAILS

ASBA's Golf Tournament a Win-Win

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 Brockman
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 shallow water.

ASBATennis Tournament

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 iTunes, Google

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 think.

Click here for Google

Click here for Itunes

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Advertise in the Next Edition of the Best Selling Tennis Court Manual

This outstanding publication of the American Sports Builders Association is scheduled for publication in Early Summer 2018 for distribution over a period of three years. Purchasers are builders, design professionals, specifiers, contractors, suppliers and owner/users including schools, colleges, parks and recreation departments.

This manual will be an invaluable resource to anyone planning or building a tennis facility. It will be a must-have for the informed industry member or for the interested consumer. Chapters include "The Facility Development Process," "Soft Courts," "Fencing," "Repair, Reconstruction, and Renovation," and "Types of Courts and Surfaces," There also are sections on getting started on the project, and on sources of information, including trade associations, reference books and governing bodies.

Your advertisement in this valuable reference will expose your business to countless customers each day. The book will be kept on the shelf and used again and again by a wide variety of customers. And you can make sure that your company's name is seen by all of them.

Advertising space is limited, click here to make your reservations now.

Need More Reasons to Advertise?

Target marketing: This manual is an invaluable resource to anyone planning, building or even considering a tennis facility. It's a must-have for the informed industry member or for the interested consumer. Purchasers include design professionals, specifiers, contractors, suppliers, and owners/ users, including schools, colleges, current and prospective owners. Talk about targeted marketing! For the most part, purchasers of this manual are planning projects for the very near future.

Deadline for Advertising Commitments: March 31, 2018

ASBA Announces New Officers, Directors

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, Massachusetts. DETAILS

ASBA Announces Winners of Annual Awards

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


Coming Soon: A New Tennis Courts Book

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 book.

The new Tennis Courts book, like ASBA’s other publications, will be available in both hard copy and pdf form.

Keep an eye on Newsline for more updates!

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 provided Newsline articles and is a frequent attendee at Technical Meetings. DETAILS

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 6-8!

World of Asphalt focuses exclusively on the asphalt industry as its leading exposition and education resource. The show features in-depth, industry-focused educational programming and comprehensive exhibits that showcase the latest technologies and innovations in asphalt-related equipment, products and services.

At World of Asphalt, attendees will have an opportunity to:

  • Visit with more than 350 leading manufacturers

  • Explore the 120+ sessions offered through the industry’s #1 education conference, “People, Plants & Paving”

  • Learn from the pros & network with like-minded industry professionals

Register by January 12 to receive over 35% off onsite prices.

We hope to see you at the show!



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 who became certified builders since we published our last newsletter. DETAILS

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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 23-25, 2018
ASBA Winter Meeting
Meritage Resort and Spa
Napa, CA

March 7-8, 2018
ASBA Regional Meeting
Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Kansas City, MO


Nov. 30 - Dec. 4, 2018
ASBA Technical Meeting
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, AZ


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

Kristoff Eldridge, CTB
Cape & Island Tennis & Track

Tennis Division President
Matt Strom, CTCB
Leslie Coatings, Inc.

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

Courts & Recreation Division President
Randy Resley
Sport Court of the Rockies

Fields Division President
Mark Heinlein, CFB
Turf Reclamation Solutions, LLC

Professional Division President
Megan Buczynski, PE, LEED AP
Activitas, Inc.

Supplier Division President
David Moxley
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.

Ed Norton, RLA, ASLA
Holcombe Norton Partners


Jeff Bryant
Advanced Polymer Technology, Corp.

David Clapp, CTB, CTCB
Baseline Sports Construction

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

Todd Dettor
Fast-Dry Courts, Inc. & 10-S Tennis Supply

Randy Futty
California Sports Surfaces

Paul Nagle, CTB
Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc.

Jameson Sheley, CFB-S, CTB
Byrne & Jones Sports Construction

Chris Sullivan, RLA
Verde Design, Inc.

Kirk Grego, CFB
Mid-America Golf & Landscape, Inc.

Past Chair
Pete Smith, CTCB
The CourtSMITHs

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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