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Time to Get Back Out in the Field

Ahhhh, Spring. Time for the phone to start ringing again and time to get back out in the field. Actually, as mild a winter as we had, the phone never stopped ringing for many of us. Let’s hope the first quarter is indicative of the kind of year we have in store.. DETAILS


ASBA's Winter Meeting 2012: A Successful Event Held Under Sunny Skies

The unseasonably mild winter may have allowed for an unusual amount of work to be done in many parts of the country. For a number of ASBA members and guests, however, even more got done -- particularly with regard to association business. DETAILS

ASBA Tennis, Golf Bragging Rights Set for 2012

If the Winter Meeting is all about planning for the year ahead, part of that planning is establishing bragging rights. After all, those are good until the next slow season too. DETAILS

It's Never too Early... start planning for this year's ASBA Technical Meeting. Mark your calendar now: the meeting will be held from November 30 to December 3. DETAILS


Have a Project You're Really Proud Of? Enter it Now!

ASBA is now accepting applications for its annual awards program. The program, which honors outstanding design and construction in various types of athletic facilities, has an application deadline of June 1. DETAILS

Nominations in Progress: Your Input is Welcome

ASBA's Nominations and Elections Committee is currently accepting nominations for the following positions on the Association's board of directors. Those who have been interested in becoming involved with ASBA, or who want to take their involvement to the next level, are encouraged to apply. DETAILS

ASBA Hits Blog Spots

ASBA is now highly visible in the blogging universe, with blogs on TennisNow (for tennis), Run BlogRun (for track), in and Turf Insider (for fields) and Athletic Business Magazine's e-newsletter (for general sports facility topics).

The Association is looking forward to expanding its reach with its blogging work, and to making even more readers aware of ASBA and of the importance of excellence in sports facility construction. Count on our blogs to touch on not just Association news but points of interest to the athletic community as a whole.

Want to suggest a topic for blogging? Want to suggest a publication or site where you think an ASBA blog would be a good addition? Send an e-mail to Mary Helen Sprecher at

Want to Become a Certified Builder? There's Never Been a Better Time!

If you've been thinking about taking the certification exam, it's time to stop thinking and start studying.  DETAILS

Reaching the People Who Need Your Services: It's All on ASBA's Website!

ASBA routinely fields calls from potential customers for our members' services. And while each of those callers receives a copy of ASBA's Membership Directory, there's a way you can reach out to them directly. DETAILS

Mary Helen Sprecher Receives PTR Media Excellence Award

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards in February and
Mary Helen Sprecher, of Columbia, Maryland, received PTR’s Media Excellence Award.

Newly Published and Newly Discounted: Don't Miss Your Chance!

What's better than a new publication from ASBA? One that is available at a discount!

As an exclusive member benefit, ASBA members can receive the newly published Seventh Edition of Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual at a discounted price. this book is brand-new -- just came out in April of 2012.

And, by the way, this discount is nothing to sneeze at either; it's a whopping 40% off the cover price. The book, which is regularly priced at $44.95, is available for a limited time at the special cost of $27 per copy.

This discount is good on any quantity books, provided you place your order by no later than April 13, 2012. In order to receive the discount, contact Laura Izzo at or Cynthia Jordan at  This offer is not valid to ASBA non-members, nor is it exchangeable with any other publication sold.

Note there are special discounts on shipping, too, so get your copies while the offer is good.

ASBA Needs Your Photos

ASBA writes multiple technical articles for a variety of publications throughout the year. We use many great photos of our award-winning projects. However, we've been asked recently for some photos we don't currently have. We wanted to find out if our members had any of the following:

  • 'Before' shots of projects in not-so-good condition. They can be tennis courts, tracks, fields, indoor facilities, you name it -- but they have to be showing signs of problems. These can be cracks, delamination, burned-out lights, sagging nets, scarred surfaces, etc.

  • Shots showing sports facilities being maintained, repaired or cleaned. These could be fields being mowed, cleaned, etc., tennis courts being powerwashed, gym floors being cleaned, etc.

  • Shots of ongoing construction or rehab on projects.

The only request we have is that photos be high-resolution (between 500K and 1 MB in size) and that we have your permission to reprint the photos.
Please send photos via e-mail to Mary Helen Sprecher at

Publicize Your Company - and ASBA!

How many times have you told a colleague or a potential client that your company is a member of ASBA? A lot, right? How would you like to save yourself the time of explaining what ASBA is, and what it does?

ASBA now has a tri-fold printed brochure that discusses what the Association is, who its members are, and the programs it offers. It's great to put in your prospectus package to potential clients, and it's great to hand to reps of non-member companies when you're describing a project or meeting you did for ASBA.

The brochure is available now. Want a sample copy? Contact Laura Izzo at

Get your Name Out There!

Use your ASBA member advantage! Go to the private, members-only section of the website and you can access a free 'P.R. toolbox' with press materials members can customize to promote their organization throughout the year. DETAILS


A True Tennis Court Contractor is a Must for a Quality Finished Product

In the current lackluster economy, it seems that there is a continuing trend of general contractors bidding on tennis court projects. Just a few months back, our firm saw a company on a bidders list that we had never heard of before, so we decided to check out their website. Come to find out they were a home remodeling company. Apparently, business was slow, so they were bidding on anything they could find.  DETAILS

Specifications Regarding the Upcoming Tennis Court Project

Over the past several years, we have worked with several general/paving contractors and have seen a trend in regard to the bidding process. Inevitably, the general will want the tennis court contractor to break out the base and asphalt, fencing, and surfacing as separate numbers. They will then choose the lowest of all numbers to plug into their bid calculation. DETAILS


Longtime ASBA Member Namesake of Fence Award
Les Grube Memorial Design Award Recognizes Innovative Fence Projects

Here at ASBA, we're used to honoring our own (it's why we have the Industry Merit Award, after all), but it's a special occasion when we realize one of our own has also been honored outside the confines of sports facility construction. DETAILS

Know a Trailblazer? Give RSI 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? Racquet Sports Industry Magazine would like to know about that person. RSI 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

Report on USTA Facility Assistance Program

USTA offers its Facility Assistance Program, a multi-level assortment of resources available to communities seeking to improve their tennis facilities. The program offers everything from technical guidance and information to those seeking to improve their courts, to facility assistance grants. DETAILS



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

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

ASBA Announces New Certified Builders

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

ASBA Membership Directory

By now you should have received your copy of the 2012 ASBA Membership Directory in the mail. As much as we try to achieve perfection, mistakes sometimes happen. If there was an error in your listing, please contact ASBA Headquarters at with any changes and we will notify the membership accordingly. Corrections: We apologize for these errors in the 2012-2013 directory: Sport Surfaces, LLC (page 44) phone number is 561-964-2001.

May We Quote You?

One of ASBA's most important programs is its technical articles, which are written for trade magazines in various segments of the industry, including tennis, track, indoor and fields facilities. We are always looking for our members to comment on, and be quoted in these articles. This is an excellent chance to help raise ASBA's profile, and in an ancillary capacity, to increase visibility for your company. If you would like to be quoted in these articles, please send an e-mail to Mary Helen Sprecher at

Please indicate your area(s) of expertise: Tennis, Track, Indoor, Fields so that we do not bother you with excess e-mail. You can be added to more than one mailing list if you wish.

If you have previously sent Mary Helen an e-mail asking to be added to her e-mail list, you do not need to request again. However, if your e-mail has changed and you have not been receiving questions, please contact her with your current e-mail address.

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The Latest News from ASBA

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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



November 30 - December 3, 2012
ASBA Technical Meeting

Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios

Orlando, Florida



February 22-25, 2013
ASBA Winter Meeting

The Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort

Puerto Rico

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