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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        April  2014


ASBA Has a Seat at the Table

Many thanks to the 100+ members who made the trip to the Dominican Republic in February for the Winter Meeting. You were treated to much-needed warm weather, sunshine and sandy beaches, but you also spent three days working hard for the Association. We spent time talking about our awards program and considered suggestions for changes to the program beginning in 2015. I have appointed a task force to review the current awards program and to make recommendations to the Board of Directors later this year. In the meantime, I encourage all of you to submit projects for this year’s program. Start early to ensure you don’t miss the deadline…..come December when we’re presenting the awards, you’ll be happy you made the time. DETAILS


ASBA 2014 Technical Meeting: Mark the Calendar and Get Ready

If you went to this year’s Technical Meeting and are already thinking about the next one, here is some information to add to your calendar. DETAILS

ASBA Winter Meeting: A Success Under Sunny Skies

Sunny skies, tropical breezes and time well spent on Association projects. The ASBA Winter Meeting, held in late February at the Paradisus Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, offered all that and more. DETAILS

Good Sports at the Winter Meeting

Normally, the Winter Meeting is reserved for working together, setting aside rivalries and getting along. Until, that is, the sessions are over and competitions start. At the most recent Winter Meeting, held in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic (see adjacent article elsewhere in this newsletter), industry members and their guests enjoyed re-igniting their rivalries at the annual Golf Outing and Tennis Tournament. DETAILS


ASBA Has a New Twitter Account! Are Your Following Us?

ASBA continues its journey into social media. Our latest entry is into Twitter. ASBA’s Twitter handle is @SportsBuilders – make sure you follow ASBA in order to get the latest on upcoming meetings, deadlines, new programs, publications and more. See you in the Twittersphere!

P.S. ASBA is already active in Facebook (look under American Sports Builders Association) and has a group on LinkedIn (also listed under American Sports Builders Association). Be sure you’re following us in all the social media you use.

Coming Soon: the New Issue of Indoor Sports Surfaces: A Construction and Maintenance Manual

ASBA continues to update its publications, to keep them consistent with new technologies, new standards and the needs of athletes, officials and spectators. The book, Indoor Sports Surfaces: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, will be the next to be published, and is expected in fall of 2014. DETAILS

Advertising Opportunities in Indoor Sports Surfaces: A Construction and Maintenance Manual

You have an opportunity to advertise in the next edition of the best selling Indoor Sports Surfaces: A Construction and Maintenance Manual. This publication is purchased by builders, design professionals, specifiers, contractors, suppliers and owner/users including schools, colleges, parks and recreation departments. This useful reference will be sold by ASBA and by DETAILS

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

Admit it. Your company worked hard on that project, and you’d like the whole world to know about. Now is your chance. 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 2. 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

Thinking of Becoming Certified?

If part of your New Year’s resolution included becoming a Certified Builder with ASBA, it’s time to make that resolution a reality. Whether you want to be a CTCB, CTB, CFB, CFB-S or CFB-N, you’ll find all the information you need to register on ASBA’s website, From the top menu, choose “Certification” and then select your desired exam from the drop-down menu.

Once you have all your materials, it’s time to pick a date to take the exam. The exams will be offered on December 6, 2014 at the ASBA Technical Meeting, Sawgrass Marriott, Ponte Vedra, FL

The exam may also be taken at ASBA Headquarters in Maryland. Testing is available throughout the year, but prior arrangements are necessary.

For all test dates and locations, the application deadline is 30 DAYS PRIOR to the exam date listed.

Got Your Certification? Help Keep It Up by Writing Technical Articles for Newsline

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 Newsline.  DETAILS


Measurement of Banked Indoor Tracks - Part 3

This article is the third in a series and is intended to be read in conjunction with the first and second articles (published in April 2013 and October 2013 issues of Newsline respectively).  DETAILS


Louisville to Host USISA Conference

AThe United States Indoor Sports Association’s 14th Annual Facility Operators Conference and Trade Show is in Louisville, KY, June 17-20.  Click here for details

USTA Outstanding Facility of the Year Award

Each year, the USTA recognizes outstanding facilities throughout the country. If you know of an outstanding tennis facility that should be recognized, please nominate the facility for an Outstanding Facility Award online. Applications are available now and due May 30. 

Know a Trailblazer? Give TI 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? Tennis Industry Magazine would like to know about that person. TI 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

Looking for New Employees? Look No Further

Want to connect with potential employees? TIA invites you to use its “Careers In Tennis” initiative. The website allows employers to post jobs, and allows potential employees to check out the opportunities. It is free to use for both those looking to fill jobs, and those interested in finding jobs.

ASBA members looking to hire someone with tennis-specific interest or experience are urged to check out the site. There is also a Careers In Tennis page on Facebook, showcasing various opportunities and explaining the initiative.

Registration for Careers In Tennis is free. In the website section detailing jobs in the facility design and construction industry, there is a link to ASBA’s website as well -- all the more reason to make sure your information in the ASBA member database is updated and accurate.



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes seven members that joined the association since we published our last newsletter.  DETAILS

ASBA Announces New Certified Builders

ASBA has announced the names of the individuals most recently recognized as Certified Builders.

Chris Bullis, CTB
Paragon Sports Constructors

Boyd Crane, CFB-S
Nemaha Landscape

Geoff Daley, CTB
Beynon Sports Surfaces

Chris Franks, CFB
Sports Contracting Group, LLC

Tod Lorenzen, CTB
Dalton Tennis & Track

Jeremy VanAmpting, CFB-S
Nemaha Landscape

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 and/or 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 5-9, 2014
ASBA Technical Meeting

Sawgrass Marriott

Ponte Vedra, Florida


February 20-22, 2015
ASBA Winter Meeting
Grand Lucayan
Grand Bahama Island

December 4-8, 2015
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.

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