News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        April 2015

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ASBA is Making Great Strides

Dan Wright, CFB

ASBA Chairman

Fellow attendees at last month’s Winter Meeting in the Bahamas experienced a brief reprieve from the long winter that most of us had been experiencing, and made great strides on some of ASBA’s ongoing projects. Thanks to all of you who participated.

Each of our divisions reviewed and discussed the draft Asphalt Guideline that we are developing with the help of an industry consultant, for asphalt mix for athletic surfaces. We hope to be releasing the final version of those guidelines in April, and are planning to offer multiple sessions at the Technical Meeting in December to walk through the guidelines and listen to member feedback.

For those of you who did not participate, how can we get you to commit to participating in next year’s Winter Meeting in the Dominican Republic? When you receive your member survey in the coming days for strategic planning, please let us know what would make the Winter Meeting more valuable to you. We want to increase our 100 attendees to 150 next year. Help us to make that a reality.

The Board of Directors appointed a Crumb Rubber Task Force to monitor the situation in the marketplace surrounding crumb rubber in synthetic turf fields. While these issues are primarily perception-related, they are prompting some state governments to consider legislation that would impose moratoriums on the building of new synthetic turf fields while additional health studies are being conducted. ASBA is watching the issue closely and working with organizations like Synthetic Turf Council who are highlighting research that has already been conducted and actively challenging these misconceptions in the marketplace.

In an effort to further enhance and expand our educational offerings at the December Technical Meeting, this year’s meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona will feature a Saturday pre-meeting workshop on irrigation for fields. The pre-meeting workshop will enable ASBA to offer a four-hour intensive training on irrigation that would not otherwise be possible during the regular meeting schedule. Watch for additional information on this schedule in August when the meeting materials are sent out, and plan your travel accordingly. We’re excited to be making the TM programming even more robust and comprehensive than ever before.

Executive Director Fred Stringfellow will be hosting a networking dinner event on May 3rd in Vancouver, BC, Canada, as part of our ongoing efforts to further engage our Canadian friends and colleagues to the North. Any members in the Vancouver area interested in participating should contact the ASBA office. If you are aware of a prospective member (Builder, Designer or Supplier) in the Vancouver area whom you think we should invite, please send their name to the ASBA office.

I wish you all the best during this busy spring season. Please keep an eye open for the ASBA member survey that will be emailed to each member in the coming days. I urge you to take 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to complete this and send it in. Your responses will be anonymous – we need your feedback to ensure that we continue to meet your needs and expectations.

Dan Wright, CFB

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