News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January  2015

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Advanced Polymer Technology (APT) Introduces Laykold Masters

Laykold Masters is an exciting new line of premium quality, all-weather, tennis and athletic surfaces. Designed by APT with significant improvements to several physical properties, Laykold Masters offers a fresh new family of ultra high-performance surfaces that include the Masters Color; Masters Ultra 2 & 3; Masters 5, 8, Float & Indoor; and Masters Montreal & Rome. ALL Laykold Masters systems are backed by APT with a 5-year warranty.

Jim Sacco, APT’s director of North American Operations, says “APT is a chemical company that solves industry problems though innovation. NuSurf and ColorFlex are great examples. Those two products were so successful that I decided to dedicate a full time chemist to Laykold a few years back.” This decision has proven to be very beneficial for the Laykold trademark.

Wesley Baum, APT’s Head Laykold Chemist, was in charge of development for Laykold Masters. Wes states “I started working on a spray cushion product with enhanced force reduction properties several years ago and it just snowballed. A few years later, APT has a very complimentary product line to offer Laykold customers.”

“I couldn’t be happier” states Jeff Bryant, National Director of Laykold & Omnicourt Sales. “APT continues to grow its business organically. Team Laykold has eight Traditional Laykold systems, nine Laykold Masters systems and Omnicourt surfaces to offer their customers. That’s a very comprehensive product line to come from and be supported by a single source!”

In the market place, Laykold Masters Systems have been recently featured at tennis showcases and events across the globe including Chicago, New York City, Rome, and Tokyo. Most recently, in celebration of World Tennis Day, Laykold Masters was the surface of choice at the BNP Paribas Showdown in Madison Square Garden. The Laykold Masters logo was proudly displayed on the court surface.

Back in December 2014, a Laykold Masters all-weather basketball court was installed at the private residence of an NBA All-Star in Miami, Florida. The professional athlete wanted the best surface available and compared the benefits of his Laykold Masters selection. His choice was the Laykold Masters 8 which offers 21% force reduction, a 5 year warranty, uniform playing characteristics, and the UV resistance custom colors of his beloved Marquette University Golden Eagles. The success of this install, combined with the customer’s satisfaction, has garnered recent media attention.

To learn more about Laykold/APT and the NEW Laykold Masters Systems, please visit or

Clift Joins Baseline Sports Construction

Steve Clift, formerly of Competition Athletic Construction in Chattanooga, TN, joined Baseline Sports Construction, LLC. on January 1, 2015. He will continue to service the Chattanooga and Atlanta areas as well as Alabama and South Carolina. Steve’s area of focus will be athletic facility construction.

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CSCI Enhances Partnership with USTA as Exclusive Supplier

Connor Sport Court International® (CSCI) has partnered with the United States Tennis Association® (USTA) to provide 16 courts for the USTA’s new state of the art tennis facility at the Lake Nona community in Orlando, FL set to open in 2016.

As the Official and Exclusive Supplier of the USTA for 36’ courts and 60’ courts, CSCI will also be an Official Supplier of the Home of American Tennis in Lake Nona by providing eight 36’ courts and eight 60’ courts using their patented Sport Court® Power Game™ surface for the youth and adult player courts at the comprehensive complex. The new model tennis facility will be a key focal point for young player development for future US Open Champions.

“Connor Sport Court International is proud to partner with the USTA to provide Sport Court branded tennis courts for the exciting New Home of American Tennis in Lake Nona,” said Ron Cerny, President and CEO of CSCI. “This is a great opportunity for our Sport Court brand to be part of this transformational USTA initiative that will help grow the sport of tennis in the United States at both the youth and adult levels.”

Sport Court was chosen because of its safety engineered court surfaces and industry leading quality of products. To keep in line with the USTA’s cutting edge goals for the facility, an advanced surface system was required that provided not only unparalleled safety but also met the green technology initiatives of USTA and Lake Nona. The Sport Court PowerGame surface will be built on SportBase, a recycled concrete replacement product that will provide additional cushion and safety for the development center.

“These two Sport Court products combined are truly the safest court in the world and a high-performance development surface for youth and adults” said Cerny.

Sport Court tennis courts will be included in the Home of American Tennis opening in Lake Nona, FL at the end of 2016. The courts will be centrally located in the USTA “Family Zone” which focuses on adults and children playing tennis on 36’ and 60’ courts. The PowerGame surface and SportBase sub base combination was chosen for its superior safety benefits and environmentally friendly attributes which are key goals of the new facility. “We are working with leaders in the tennis industry to build a game changing facility and are excited that we are partnering with Sport Court,” Virgil Christian, Senior Director, Market/Facility Development & Collegiate Tennis.

2015 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships played in Chattanooga

The DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships have moved to charming Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the 2015 event. This annual national invitational high school tennis tournament had previously taken place in Louisville since its inception in 2008.

The DecoTurf tournament took place on consecutive weekends in March, one for the girls and one for the boys. Each weekend consisted of two 16-team non-elimination format divisions, with all participating teams guaranteed four matches in tournament play. The event uses a college dual-match format with six singles matches and three doubles matches, while players may play both singles and doubles positions.

Many alumni of this tournament have gone on to play for top-notch Division 1 tennis programs and, through last year’s event, 43 players have gone on to be named All-Americans.

DecoTurf, a California Sports Surfaces brand, is best known as the Surface of the US Open and has been the title sponsor of the High School Tennis Team Championships since 2011. For more information, please visit or

Ecore Unveils New Business Unit

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is announcing changes to its business structure in conjunction with IHRSA 2015.
“Ecore has been manufacturing innovative fitness flooring solutions for almost 30 years under its Everlast brand,” said Arthur Dodge, III, President and CEO of Ecore International. “Today, athletes train differently. They also train longer and harder, so Ecore created a comprehensive portfolio of sports and fitness flooring solutions for every athlete called Ecore Athletic.” Ecore Athletic features eight families of products:

  • Everlast: The original recycled rubber fitness flooring that provides durability, quality and value

  • Stacked: Revolutionary, high-performance athletic surfacing, featuring Ecore’s itstru-technology

  • Shockpad: Ecore performance underlayments for tracks, courts, and turf fields

  • Colormill: Ecore premium EPDM granules for track surfacing and synthetic turf infill

  • Boen Sport: Engineered wood surfacing for group exercise and dance

  • Sportweave: Modular and durable carpet designed for fitness environments

  • Polyflor: Vinyl tiles for common areas and safety surfacing for wet areas

  • Training Ground with Nike Grind: Exclusive collection of sports surfaces for Nike affiliated schools and professional teams.

Ecore Athletic is defined by performance. That means offering superior surfaces that sustain and support an athlete’s body. Ecore Athletic’s recycled rubber products offer excellent impact absorption and phenomenal energy recovery to help athletes of all ages do what they love, longer. Built on a culture of believing everything is possible, Ecore applies creative, innovative, and informed thinking to respond to the challenges of athletes at every level.

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Vin Rapuano, Steve Hinding Join Hinding Tennis

Hinding Tennis announced that Vin Rapuano and Steve Hinding have joined the Hinding Tennis team.

Vin is now a full time member of Hinding Tennis concentrating his efforts on promoting and selling post-tension tennis courts throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts & Rhode Island. He brings 25 years of experience in saIes and marketing to the Hinding team. In addition to targeting the New England post tension market, Vin is responsible for crew scheduling and management along with selling all of the products and services Hinding Tennis offers. “Vin has been a tremendous addition to Hinding Tennis. In his short tenure here, it’s quite evident to all that Vin will play an important part in the growth and success of Hinding Tennis” said Tom Hinding.

Steve Hinding has become Vice President of Hinding Tennis and is the process of becoming a full partner. Steve has been in the Tennis/Recreational Surfacing industry for 40 years in New England and the Northeast. A graduate of The University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Business Administration, “Steve brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, organizational skills and financial strengths that will help take Hinding Tennis to the next level in the industry” said Tom Hinding. “Steve is back home and where he belongs – playing an integral part in the future of Hinding Tennis.”

Tom also would like to congratulate Jamie Pinder who is celebrating her fifth year with Hinding Tennis as CFO. “Jamie is the glue that holds Hinding Tennis together”, said Tom Hinding. Jamie joined Hinding Tennis after helping run a family construction business for 10 years. Jamie has hands-on experience working in the field on a wide variety of construction projects. In addition, Jamie is an accomplished professional fitness competitor and International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) Professional. Jamie along with Steve and Vin are all working to obtain the American Sports Certified Tennis Court Builder designation. Tom Hinding indicated, “ we would not be where we are today without Jamie’s dedication and work ethic.”

LSI Industries Illuminates Indoor Tennis Facility with Indirect LED

As part of a $5 million expansion and renovation program, the Fort Collins Country Club constructed three new indoor tennis courts to complement their existing five outdoor courts. The facility chose to use the new S x S LED indirect lighting system from LSI to illuminate the courts. The average light levels provided by the S x S system as designed for this facility are over 100 foot-candles, with exceptional uniformity. In addition, the S x S LED system requires virtually no maintenance over its 60,000 to 100,000 hour life. Most importantly, the S x S system will require 50% less energy cost than conventional HID lighting systems.

Fort Collins Country Club Director of Tennis Scott Langs commented, “I’ve been a tennis pro for over 30 years and have been in many indoor clubs. The new LED lighting system LSI provided is the best I’ve seen.”

LSI is a technology company in the lighting, controls and graphics industries. We are a vertically integrated manufacturer who combines assimilated technology, design and manufacturing to produce the most efficient, high quality lighting and graphics products possible. In addition, we can provide sophisticated lighting and energy management control solutions to help customers manage their energy performance. Further, we offer design support, engineering, installation and project management for custom graphics rollout programs for today’s retail environment.

Powershare Series Selects Premier Court for 2015 Tour

The PowerShares Series, the celebrated tennis circuit featuring some of the tennis world’s most famous champions, has selected Premier Court for their portable court needs.
The PowerShare Series will visit 12 cities across North America, beginning in Salt Lake City, Utah and wrapping up in Vancouver, Canada. Each one-night event will feature two one-set semifinal matches, followed by a one–set championship match. Among the veteran players competing on the 2015 PowerShares Series are John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, Michael Chang, James Blake and Mark Philippoussis.

These PowerShare events often take place in arenas not usually suited to permanent tennis courts, so Premier Court was selected for their ability to come in quickly to install a portable court that can be removed following the event.

Premier Court ulitizes a polyurethane foam composite mat, surfaced with acrylic coatings to provide a comfortable and consistent court that can be used for any type of portable exhibition or as a permanent solution to cracked or aging surfaces. Premier Court has previously been used at the International Premier Tennis League, the SAP Open and several Davis and Fed Cup events.

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Putterman’s ReGardTM Continues to Grow

Since its launch in the middle of 2014, ReGard™-- Putterman’s revolutionary material constructed of post-consumer plastic bottles-- has made significant progress in the athletic industry, diverting an average of 5,400 bottles per month from landfills. For 2015, Putterman Athletics strives to increase that number by continuing to partner with customers like the Chicago Cubs, the US Open, Midtown Athletic Clubs of America, and Broadway Tennis Center to outfit their facilities with ReGard™. Putterman encourages all consumers in the athletic and tennis markets to join the effort and purchase ReGard™ when looking to equip your facility with Windscreens, Backdrop and Divider Curtains, Netting, Gym Floor Covers, and Padding. Learn more about ReGard™ at or call 800.621.0146 for a free quote!

SFA|SFM Collaborates With Connor Sports

With a new sports tourism center set to open in the third-largest tourism destination in America, SFA|SFM is not pulling any punches when it comes to athlete safety. Every detail can be a factor in minimizing preventable athletic injury, and SFA|SFM is paying attention to the largest, yet frequently overlooked detail—the floor.

The gymnasium floor is the most important investment and a critical differentiator of athletic equipment, yet it is often overlooked. The physical demands of athletic activities place strain and stress on athletes’ ankles, knees and hip joints and proper quality flooring can help to minimize the stress, strain and fatigue that come from constant running and jumping. In an effort to maintain athlete safety, the Sports Facilities Advisory and Sports Facilities Management (SFA|SFM) will collaborate with Connor Sports for the floor installation in SFA|SFM’s recent project, the Myrtle Beach Sports Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

As youth sports and sport tourism have become increasingly organized and competitive, they have not only created a wealth of economic development opportunities through sporting events with visiting teams and competitors filling hotel local rooms—one baseball tournament in Oregon is expected to generate an estimated economic impact of $83,000 —but they have also created a need for more and better-quality venues for both local teams and travel tournaments for serious athletes looking to compete. But with the increased competition comes a higher risk for serious injury—according to a Safe Kids Worldwide survey of emergency room visits, more than a million times a year—or about every 25 seconds—a young athlete visits a hospital emergency room for a sports-related injury.

But officials at Connor Sports maintain that keeping athletes as free from injury as possible is a direct result of the design and performance of the sub-floor system. While proper flooring does not guarantee that an athlete won’t be injured, it can greatly reduce the risk in sports where multiple athletes play in close proximity to each other, such as volleyball and basketball. The goal is for all athletes to experience the same benefits of buoyancy, making a resilient sub-floor beneath the hardwood floor the key to controlling the “trampoline effect” that naturally takes place, per Doug Grove, National Sales Manager at Connor Sports.

“The amount of flexion of the floor directly beneath the athletes’ feet plays a strong role in preventing athletic injuries. A floor must be able to ‘give’ when an athlete jumps or falls. Too little give may result in immediate injuries upon impact, while too much give leads to an unstable floor and can feel like one is running on sand; both situations can compound an athlete’s risk of injury,” said Grove.

SFA|SFM chose to work with Connor Sports in the construction of the Myrtle Beach Sports Center due to the company’s proven track record and commitment to athlete safety. Founded in 1872, Connor Sports provides a complete line of flooring systems which have been tested and approved by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) study center, and has built hardwood courts for 14 NBA teams.

Since 2005, the company has been the official playing surface of the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Final Four and Division I regional sites. Connor Sports also sits on the Board of Directors for FIBA, an association of national organizations which governs international competition in basketball.

“The Myrtle Beach Sports Center is located in one of the largest tourism destinations in the country, and the facility has already attracted a record number of event contracts before the doors have even opened,” said SFA|SFM CEO Dev Pathik. “As such, ensuring the safety of every athlete who plays in the facility was a priority that required the assistance of a company with only the highest standards.”

Set to open in March, the Myrtle Beach Sports Center was nearly sold out for its first six months by last November, and will include 100,000 square feet of year-round tournament and events space. The center offers eight high school basketball courts or 16 volleyball courts with full-length retractable curtains. The Coastal South Carolina sports facility also has 70,000 square feet of free-space area designed to host mat sports, table tennis, pickleball, trade shows, and many other types of events. SFA|SFM Vice facilities are projecting 15 to 18 million unique visitors in 2015, which will mean that Americans are participating in activities in safe environments for between 25–30 million hours—a result which satisfies SFA|SFM’s mission of providing opportunities for people to make connections, build teamwork, and improve their health—and right within in their own community.

For more information about SFA|SFM, visit

SSI Builds Its Largest Modular Dugout For Northern Virginia Baseball Facility

When the in-house engineers at Sportsfield Specialties Inc. (SSI) were told that Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA wanted a new 58-foot long home dugout for the school’s on-campus baseball facility, they knew they had a challenge on their hands. The reason: SSI had never made an enclosed modular dugout at its Delhi, NY factory that was longer than 52 feet. That’s because its powder coat oven, despite being one of the largest on the east coast of the United States, can’t accommodate a structure over 52 feet long.

As part of the new home dugout, Bishop O’Connell officials requested that it include a storage closet on the right field end of the structure. To solve the resulting length issue, SSI designed a two-piece unit consisting of a 52-foot dugout and a separate 6-foot closet that would be bolted to the dugout portion during the in-site installation process. Also as requested, the new home dugout was built with full electric capability. Meanwhile, the 48-foot visitor’s dugout (no storage closet) was never a design or manufacturing issue.

Along with the two dugouts, SSI will supply for both two-tier aluminum benches and aluminum cubbies that will be installed on-site. In addition, SSI will provide and install 25-foot high netting systems along the first and third baseline seating areas to control foul balls. The netting systems will feature the exclusive SSI safety system known as StormGuard®, which automatically releases the net to take stress off the support poles during extreme weather such as high winds, ice, and heavy snow.

The baseball facility at Bishop O’Connell sees plenty of action since it is also serves as the home field for Marymount University, an NCAA Div. III school nearby in Arlington. that competes in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).

SCE Working on New Facilities

Suburban Consulting Engineers, Inc. (SCE) is currently working with several local governmental clients and school districts on designing new and improved state-of-the-art multi-purpose recreation and athletic facilities that offer local athletes, sport activists, and community members new and improved areas to utilize for sport games and recreational activities. Each of these new facilities include design aspects which are exclusive to each site and memorable features which are unique to local residents and surrounding community area. SCE is also actively expanding its Wall Township office with numerous new staff members along with a new office space that will better accommodate our growing Central Jersey presence. With many new and exciting projects in the area SCE will continue to meet the demands and needs of its client in their own backyard.

Synthetic Turf Partners ProGrass and Act Global Align System Brands

To reinforce their combined strengths of artificial turf research, manufacturing, construction and maintenance, ProGrass and Act Global have consolidated product brands to be called “Xtreme Turf.”

The companies have already been successful partners for more than four years, but maintained independent product brands until now.

“We want buyers to immediately recognize that when selecting ProGrass, Act Global and Xtreme Turf, they are getting the best on the market,” said Robert Thomas, president of ProGrass. “Our customers have always been receiving the highest quality fields from a total solution provider, and we now have a product brand strategy that reflects that.”

In addition to the hundreds of sports fields built by ProGrass and manufactured by Act Global, Xtreme Turf is found in over 70 countries, and will be featured this summer in Montreal Olympic Stadium for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup.

ProGrass will continue to deliver the Xtreme Turf quality as one of the largest sports field contractors in the U.S. Together the companies will remain focused on player injury research and prevention, as well as achieving high-end performance for an extended period of time.

“ProGrass has been a valued partner for years, and together we have completed some of the finest sports fields throughout the United States,” said John Baize, managing director of Act Global. “We are proud of our integrated quality approach to manufacturing and construction, and are pleased our branding will further reflect this.”

Welch Tennis, Rebound Ace chosen for 10-court Complex in Roseville, CA

Life Time Fitness has chosen Welch Tennis Courts to install 10 new Rebound Ace HSA Club courts at their Roseville, California location.

The HSA Club is a 5mm cushioned system, which provides the ultimate in comfort and playability for some of the world’s best tennis facilities. Rebound Ace, a California Sports Surfaces brand, provides the most resilient tennis surfaces available and have been used at several prestigious events, including the 2014 Asian Games, the 2010 Youth Olympics, the 2010 Commonwealth Games and most notably, the Australian Open prior to 2008.

Welch Tennis, long an active and respected member of the ASBA, was selected by Life Time for their reputation for exceptional workmanship and attention to detail. Operating out of Sun City, Florida, Welch is a full-service builder and installer who works on all types of courts throughout the country.

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