ASBA Board has a Full Agenda

The reports are in--A good time was had by all at the Winter Meeting at Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. There are lots of stories and a few bruises from the Power Tower water slides but no one ended out in the shark tank so life was good. DETAILS


2011 Technical Meeting Set for December 2-5

Ready to mark the calendar for making progress? ASBA's 2011 Technical Meeting will be held December 2-5 at the J.W. Marriott Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California.

The meeting will include an outstanding trade show featuring some of the newest products and techniques available on the market. The program will have state-of-the-art sessions on advanced technique in sports facility design, construction and materials, as well as more rudimentary “how to” programs directed at those who want a more hands-on approach. DETAILS

ASBA Winter Meeting a Success

Escaping from winter's snow and ice (or even from places where there isn't snow and ice) and heading for the Bahamas? That always sounds good. Doing it in order to catch up with industry colleagues and advance initiatives in the ASBA? That's even better. DETAILS


Winter Board Meeting Report

ASBA's board had a full agenda at its last meeting. Here is a report of actions taken. DETAILS

Call for Nominations: 2012 Membership Year

The ASBA is currently accepting nominations through June 15, 2011 for positions coming open on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. These nominations will be submitted to the Nominations and Elections Committee to ensure that nominees are qualified under the bylaws. A ballot will be developed for submission to the membership in late summer with the election, and any run-off ballots, completed prior to the Technical Meeting. New officers and directors will assume their positions at the conclusion of the Technical Meeting in December. DETAILS

USTA and ASBA Webinar a Success
Next Webinar Set for April 20

Over 60 participants signed on for the February 25th webinar that was sponsored by USTA and ASBA to explain and outline USTA’s “10 and Under” Tennis initiative and its National Line Grant Program. DETAILS

ASBA Awards Program Now Open

Did your company contribute to the design or construction of an outstanding facility recently? Maybe the whole athletic industry should know about it. ASBA opened its awards program as of March 1, and is now accepting applications. DETAILS

Public Relations/Marketing Tools Available to ASBA Members

In an effort to help ASBA members promote themselves through the media, we have developed a “PR Toolbox” available to all members through the Members-only page of our website.

The PR Toolbox contains a series of templates that can be used to draft press releases on personnel promotions, company milestones, award recognition, certifications, etc. The templates will make it easy for member companies to draft a press release on newsworthy items/events, to submit to local newspapers, business journals and industry trade magazines.

Take advantage of these free tools to promote your company’s successes!

Builders: Get Certified at Technical Meeting

Thinking of taking your construction and maintenance knowledge to the next level? The opportunity is waiting for you at ASBA's Technical Meeting, when certification exams will be given. The meeting will be held Dec. 2-5 at the J.W. Marriott Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California. The exam will be given on Saturday, December 3. (The exam can also be taken at other times by making arrangements directly with ASBA's staff.)

Certification is offered in tennis (the Certified Tennis Court Builder, or CTCB designation), track (Certified Track Builder, CTB) and sports fields. The designation of Certified Field Builder, CFB, indicates a knowledge of both natural and synthetic fields; alternatively, those interested may choose to pursue a designation of CFB-N (Certified Field Builder-Natural) or CFB-S (Certified Field Builder-Synthetic), each indicating a different specialty. DETAILS


Build It Wrong!

How should a contractor respond when the owner or designer directs that some aspect of construction be accomplished in a fashion that the contractor believes will not be successful, violates applicable specifications or standards, or in the worst case, will result in an unsafe condition at the facility? DETAILS


USTA Community Tennis Development Workshop

The USTA's Community Tennis Development Workshop, or CDTW, is a meeting of those who work to grow the game of tennis on the grassroots level. Participants include representatives of community tennis associations, rec and parks departments and more. This year's meeting was held in Crystal City, Virginia. DETAILS Connects You with Qualified Candidates

Are you looking for full-time or part-time help this summer for your court construction business? Post your open positions for FREE at, a Tennis Industry Association initiative which is now one of the largest “clearinghouses” for connecting individuals to information and education on tennis industry careers, with over 600 registered jobseekers and approximately 1000 tennis specific jobs. Take advantage of this free service to find qualified candidates to fill your open positions.

USTA Technical Committee

The USTA is happy to announce the 2011-2012 USTA Technical Committee. The committee is charged with monitoring, evaluating and, where appropriate, influencing technical developments and making recommendations for related rules in order to preserve the essential character of the game of tennis and promote its enjoyment.

Karl Hedrick, Chairman
Ilja Gregor, Vice-Chairman
Randy Futty, Member
Alex Levitsky, Member 
Terry Cossette, Member
Rich Janes, Member 
Martin Boyle, Member 
Peggy Beard, Member
Jeremiah Yolkut, Staff Member 
Jay Hacker, Council Chair



Tennis Division Members, Take Advantage of Your TIA Benefits

As Tennis Division members of the ASBA, you’re automatically a member of the Tennis Industry Association (). Make sure you take advantage of all the benefits the TIA offers to you and your business, such as:

  • Research (including the annual Tennis Participation Study and Tennis Marketplace. Cost of Doing Business Reports for contractors and facilities are available with an upgrade to the Associate Court membership.): These important reports provide you with   data and trends to help you make decisions and compare your business to industry averages.

  • Shipping Management Program: Through “PartnerShip®” you can save up to 27% on select FedEx® services and at least 70% on LTL freight shipments. Discounts apply to both inbound and outbound shipments, with no minimum requirements. (Visit for a full summary of your discounts or to request a free shipping analysis. Call 800-599-2902 or email for more info.)

  • TIA TennisInsure: Custom insurance programs created for your business, health, liability, property, auto, umbrella and workman’s comp requirements (visit for details).

  • Member Card Services: Including reduced credit-card processing rates from Preferred Card Solutions, with free equipment upgrades and more.

  • Media, Communications Discounts and Sponsor Offers: Including a free subscription to RSI Magazine and 25% off published rates for advertising in RSI.

For more information, visit or contact Brian O’Donnell at the TIA at or 843-686-3036 x.223.


USTA Outstanding Facility Awards

Do you know an outstanding tennis facility in your local area? Do you want to help recognize that facility for their contribution to tennis in your city or town? Nominate them for a 2011 USTA Outstanding Facility Award!

The USTA is pleased to announce the 30th annual USTA Outstanding Facility Award program. All relevant information, including the link to the PDF application/nomination form can be found on the USTA Facility Award's homepage. If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

All nominations are due in the USTA office by June 29, 2011.


ASBA Announces New Certified Builders

ASBA is pleased to announce that several individuals have successfully completed all requirements to become certified builders. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes 13 new companies that have joined the association since the last newsletter.  DETAILS


The latest news from ASBA members. 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



June 1, 2011
ASBA Awards Deadline

December 2-5, 2011
ASBA Technical Meeting

JW Marriott Resort and Spa Palm Desert, CA.

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 Staff

Executive Director

Fred Stringfellow, CAE


Director of Meetings/ Member Services

Cynthia M. Jordan


Membership Services

Laura Izzo


Financial Manager

Amy Chetelat, CAE