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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        April  2013


2013 Off to a Solid Start

With the “Spring Thaw” upon us we should all be getting a lot busier in the coming weeks. Things seem to be off to a solid start for the year. Let’s hope that continues. DETAILS


ASBA Is Going to Texas!
2013 ASBA Technical Meeting to be Held December 6-10

ASBA’s 2013 Technical Meeting will be held December 6-10 in San Antonio, Texas. The location will be the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. The meeting will include all that industry members have come to expect: an outstanding trade show featuring some of the newest products and techniques available on the market, 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 Flies South for the Winter Meeting

ASBA members and guests traveled to Puerto Rico for the 2013 Winter Meeting. This marked a return visit to this destination, and provided some excellent opportunities for Association business, as well as some serious R&R. 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 3.  DETAILS

ASBA's Position Papers: Read All About It

ASBA publishes a series of Position Papers, which are one-page technical documents on subjects of interest to those in the industry. DETAILS

The Book Report
Find out what's new with ASBA technical publications

Two publications up for revision this time include Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, and Indoor Sports Surfaces: An Installation and Maintenance Manual. DETAILS

Nominations in Progress: Your Input is Welcome

ASBA’s Nominations and Elections Committee is currently accepting nominations for several 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

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

Are You Certified? Did You Know You Must Recertify Every Three Years?

ASBA offers its Certified Builders two options for keeping their designation current. The first is the option to take the exam again. The second, however, includes an opportunity to benefit the industry itself: recertification by acquiring continuing education points. This includes writing technical articles for NewslineDETAILS


Measurement of Banked Indoor Tracks - Part 1

Banked indoor tracks are designed to have significant banking in the curves to aid runners negotiating them, with a transition region at the beginning and ends of the curves to transition from the flat to banked surfaces. DETAILS


The Stats on Tennis

The Tennis Industry Association (TIA) recently published its Tennis Talking Points, which captured some intriguing industry statistics. The data covered the business aspect of the sport, including participation, equipment and apparel sales and more. One aspect of the business is sure to appeal to ASBA members: data relating to court construction. DETAILS

Join PHIT America and ASBA in the Fight Against Obesity and the Sedentary Crisis in America

PHIT America is a new national educational campaign to combat the obesity and sedentary crisis seriously affecting health care costs in the U.S. This non-profit, started by the sport & fitness industry, will promote grassroots programs and new legislation to influence Americans to be more active, fit and healthy through a consumer website: ASBA has joined over 110 company and organization sponsors charged with spreading the word about PHIT America to support these vital initiatives impacting our country and our industry.  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



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes 11 new companies that have joined the association since the last newsletter. DETAILS

ASBA Announces New Certified Builders

ASBA is pleased to announce the following individuals have successfully completed all requirements to become certified builders.

Jim Lohmann, CFB-N
Lohmann Sports Fields
Marengo, IL

Glen Maurer, CFB-S
Vasco Sports Contractors
Massillon, OH

Matt Savage, CTCB
Vasco Sports Contractors
Massillon, OH

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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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



December 6-10, 2013
ASBA Technical Meeting

The Grand Hyatt

San Antonio, Texas



February 21-23, 2014
ASBA Winter Meeting

Paradisus Punta Cana

Dominican Republic


December 6-10, 2014
ASBA Technical Meeting

Sawgrass Marriott

Ponte Vedra, Florida

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.

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Fred Stringfellow, CAE


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Jennifer Miller


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Cynthia M. Sanchez


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Laura Izzo


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Amy Chetelat, CAE


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