News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        April 2013

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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.

Applications are accepted electronically on ASBA’s website,  Awards are presented in various categories: Tennis Courts, Sports Fields, Running Tracks, Track and Field Facilities and Indoor Multi-Purpose Field House Facilities. Within each category there are subdivisions; for example, the Tennis Court category recognizes Residential Courts, Outdoor Courts and Indoor Courts. In addition, there are honors in the ‘Green’ competition, for athletic facilities that used the most eco-friendly design, construction and operating techniques.

To be eligible for entry into the awards program, a facility must have been designed by, or built by, an ASBA member company. The ASBA member who designed or built the facility must be the one to enter it in the awards program; facility owners who are interested in having their projects entered should get in touch with their builder or designer to urge them to enter. Also in order to be eligible for this round of awards, projects submitted must have been completed within the current year or within the previous two calendar years (ending Dec. 31).

The judging of awards entries is done by a panel of ASBA members. Presentation of award plaques is made at the Technical Meeting, to take place next December in San Antonio, Texas. Winning facilities receive a plaque and are recognized in associations announcements and in articles written in various industry magazines. ASBA member companies whose projects win awards are further urged to publicize the award to their local newspapers and others.

Projects are scored individually based on considerations such as layout and design, site work, drainage, base construction, surface, amenities, innovation and overall impression. Winning entries are those whose cumulative scores meet or exceed the standard.

Detailed information about the awards program, including lists of previous award winners, can be obtained by going to, and from the toolbar at the top of the page, select “About Us” and then, using the drop-down menu, choose “Awards.” Entry forms will be found on the “Members Only” section of the website. You will need your member user I.D. and password to access this area. Can’t remember this information? Contact Laura Izzo at or Cynthia Sanchez at

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