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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        April 2016


ASBA's Committees Had a Productive Off Season

By the time you read this message, I’m hoping that we’re well into Spring and that we’re all working outdoors again. Having just returned from ASBA’s Winter Meeting in the Dominican Republic last month, it sounded like most of us had a very strong 2015 season; and that backlogs are healthy, with promise of a prosperous 2016.

You should be pleased to hear that ASBA’s committees and task forces have been productive during the off-season. Following are some of the highlights and status reports from our recent meetings. DETAILS


Fly South for ASBA's Technical Meeting

Want to make the most of the end of the season? Block out the dates of December 2-6 and use them to fly south to ASBA’s Technical Meeting, to be held this year in Amelia Island, Florida.

The meeting, which includes technical programming for industry members who work with facilities for tennis, track and field, sports fields and indoor athletic facilities, is expected to generate record attendance.

The Technical Meeting offers an outstanding trade show with products and services for the sports facility construction industry. The show, the site of receptions, meals and other gatherings, is easily one of the most popular aspects of the Technical Meeting. There will also be meetings of ASBA’s committees and task forces, and chances to become involved with association projects, publications and more. Additional activities, such as the golf and tennis tournaments, provide further opportunities to spend time with industry colleagues.

The meeting will include the opportunity for individuals to take the ASBA’s certification exams to become a Certified Tennis Court Builder, Certified Track Builder or Certified Field Builder. It will additionally include the much-awaited announcement of the winners of the association’s annual Awards Program.

The site of the meeting is the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida, a full-service hotel on 1,350 acres at the tip of a barrier island just off the Northeast Florida coast. The resort features a fully-equipped conference center, oceanfront accommodations, pools, championship golf, a full-service spa and multiple dining options.

Full information and registration details for the ASBA Technical Meeting will be released in the summer. ASBA members will receive this information automatically; all others may request information by contacting the Association at its headquarters via phone, 866-501-ASBA (2722) or 410-730-9595, fax 410-730-8833, or by e-mail at  Information will also be posted at

ASBA's Winter Meeting: Success Under Sunny Skies

The to-do list for the ASBA Winter Meeting was formidable, to say the least: Division meetings for Track, Tennis, Indoor and Fields Divisions; work to be done on ASBA’s publications; committee business, including awards application revisions – even suggesting position papers and topics for the upcoming Technical Meeting.

Consider it done. With more than 120 people in attendance, the event was a combination of hard work and well-earned rest. Held in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, the event was unarguably a success. DETAILS

ASBA's Tennis Tournament: The Competitive Instinct Lives On

ASBA members come to the Winter Meeting to work on Association projects, share ideas and promote the growth of the ASBA. In other words, it’s a time to put aside the competitive instinct industry colleagues share throughout the year.

Unless, of course, they’re on the tennis court. Then all bets are off. The ASBA’s Winter Meeting Tennis Tournament, held under sunny skies in the Dominican Republic, provided a welcome respite from meetings and Association work, and allowed members and guests to spend an afternoon on the courts putting forth their best athletic effort – and of course, their best efforts at giving one another good-natured grief.

When the dust settled, the tennis tournament winners were Chris Allen from Putterman Athletics and Hebe Brooks (wife of Patriot Court Systems’ Ben Brooks) from Houston, Texas.

Itching for some payback? Looking to keep the edge sharp? There will be another tennis tournament at the Technical Meeting. Watch for information.


Start the Application Process! ASBA’s Awards Program is Now Open!

It’s time to fire up the drones – or whatever you’re using to take the best photos of your facilities – and start the entry process for ASBA’s awards program.
The 2016 Awards Applications are now posted to the member only section of the website. The deadline to have the application uploaded (applications & photos) is Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

The staff has provided some tips for success; although they may seem self-explanatory, it’s often helpful to make a checklist so that all these steps are filled out. Remember that failure to follow the procedures in full can result in disqualification. Don’t let that happen to you; check that all these steps are complete:

  • Upload both the General Application & Specific Application

  • Upload release forms

  • Provide link for online photo gallery in the required field on the website as explained

  • Upload scaled .pdf construction drawings

  • Submit payment

You need to upload everything for each application at once (when you are finished with all the forms). The detailed instructions are posted on the ASBA website along with the links to the forms you’ll need to complete.

Have questions? Send an e-mail to Cynthia Sanchez at

Where in the World is ASBA?

As part of our continuing effort to promote ASBA as an industry resource in sports construction issues, click here for some of the upcoming events at which ASBA will have a presence.


The Skinny on ASBA's Track Manual

Running Tracks: A Construction & Maintenance Manual is nearing publication. Only a few remaining parts need to be revised, and the new edition of this popular publication will be ready for print. All members will be notified when the book is published. (As always, the book will be available in both hard copy and electronic form.)

Kudos to the members of the Track Division who have been working hard on this publication. As a side note, updates that are being made to the book will also be incorporated into the CTB exam, so that ASBA stays fully up to date with all industry standards.

If you’re looking for a current issue of the publication, it is still available, and can be found on the ASBA website, under the “Publications” tab.  

ASBA's New Certificate of Distinction Programs: Design Professionals and Supplier Members Can Benefit

ASBA is always searching for ways to enhance the value of its membership. At the same time, the Association wants its members to have the best possible visibility in the industry.

Recently, ASBA introduced its Design Professional Certificate of Distinction Program. This new program, aimed at the design professional membership, helps demonstrate an individual’s understanding of the design and construction, as well as maintenance, of tennis courts, running tracks, natural and synthetic fields, and indoor facilities.

ASBA is also offering a Supplier Certificate of Distinction Program. DETAILS

ASBA Launches Blog - Are You Signed Up?

ASBA has announced the launch of its blog! The blog covers items of interest to the sports facility construction industry. These might include the new roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the possibility of new facilities that will be needed if new sports are approved for 2020 Olympic Games, the opportunity for construction of Ultimate fields and more.

The blog, which will be sent out to members each week, and will also be posted on the Association’s website,, will cover issues pertaining to sports facilities in active use, as well as those under construction and more. In addition, the blog will cover association interests, members’ activities and more.

“ASBA is very pleased that we are able to highlight even more technical news,” noted Pete Smith, CTCB, ASBA’s Chairman. “We think readers will enjoy being kept up on what’s going on not only with professional sports facilities but with behind-the-scenes information. We’re also looking forward to being able to highlight some of our programs, publications and activities for readers.”

The blog can be found the link of Readers can also subscribe using the link.

ASBA also welcomes ideas for blog topics. If you think something that is trending in the sports facility construction industry is worth a mention, we invite you to submit it! Please contact Mary Helen Sprecher at for more information.

Want to Become a Certified Builder? Now is the Time.

If part of your New Year’s resolution has been to gain your CTCB, CFB or CTB certification, there has never been a better time to act on it than now – before the construction rush hits.

All the information on certification is available on ASBA’s website, under the tab for “Certification” at the top of ASBA’s home page, Note that you must fill out all forms in advance in order to sit for the test. The deadline for application is 30 days prior to each test. 


ASBA: The Industry's Experts

One strong benefit of ASBA membership is the fact that ASBA is recognized as a technical leader in the industry. Want proof? Articles written on behalf of ASBA, and quoting ASBA members, are everywhere. Just as an example, you’ll find ASBA’s articles in the following publications:

  • Tennis Industry

  • PTR Tennis Pro

  • Sports Turf

  • Sportsfield Management

  • Athletic Management

  • Coach and Athletic Director

  • RunBlogRun

In addition, ASBA has been contacted by other publications, including Athletic Business, when writers and editors are seeking an industry expert.

ASBA being recognized as an industry expert is outstanding, since that great reputation extends to our members as well. In addition, members’ participation in these articles can heighten their profile.

Want to see what ASBA has been up to? Head on over to the website,, and click on the tab on the top that says “Press Room.” A drop-down menu will offer multiple choices including options such as Track Articles, Tennis Articles, Fields Articles and Indoor Articles. Click on the ones you want to view.

Want to be quoted in these articles in the future? Drop ASBA’s technical writer, Mary Helen Sprecher, a line at and ask to be added to the list. Include any specific expertise you have, such as tennis, track, fields or indoor facilities.

Get Social wtih ASBA

ASBA continues its journey into social media. You can find us…

On Facebook: Just look up our page under (what else?) American Sports Builders Association. Like the page in order to get all the updates.

On 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.

On LinkedIn: ASBA has a group, listed under American Sports Builders Association.

Be sure you’re following us in all the social media you use.

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

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


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 at Applications are available now and due April 18.

ITF's Recognition Program for Tennis Courts

When the Tennis Industry Magazine Court Construction & Maintenance issue (March 2016) came out, readers saw something new: an article on the ITF’s Recognition Program for tennis courts. A paraphrasing of the article follows; for full information, go online to and pull up the March issue. DETAILS

Pickleball by the Numbers: Growing Across the U.S.

Everyone in the sports facility construction industry knows pickleball is popular; however, with the inaugural US Open Pickleball Championships scheduled to begin on April 26 in Naples, Florida, it’s a good time to review the almost explosive growth of the pickleball industry. DETAILS

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 Announces New Certified Members

ASBA recognized the following individuals as Certified Builders:

Doug Mynter, CFB
Ballard Construction, Inc.
3709 Junction Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27603

Brian Renner, CTCB, CTB
Tennis and Track co.
3096 S. 465 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

David Rich, CTCB
RS Site and Sports, LLC
39 Perry Lane
Oxford, CT 06478

Tim Sadick, CTCB
RS Site and Sports, LLC
56 Mountain Road
Seymour, CT 06483

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes 11 members that joined the association since we published our last newsletter. DETAILS

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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 2-6, 2016
ASBA Technical Meeting
Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Amelia Island, Florida

February 24-26, 2017
ASBA Winter Meeting
Barcelo Maya Beach Resort
Riviera Maya, Mexico

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.

ASBA Leadership

Pete Smith, CTCB
The CourtSMITHs

Tennis Division President
Mike Edgerton, CTCB
Copeland Coatings

Track Division President
Troy Rudolph, CFB, CTB, CTCB
Elite Sports Builders

Indoor Division President
Joe Covington, Jr.
Covington Flooring Co., Inc.

Fields Division President
Jim Catella, CFB, CTB
Clark Companies

Professional Division

Chris Sullivan, RLA
Verde Design, Inc.

Supplier Division President
Chris Rossi
California Sports Surfaces

Linn Lower, CTCB
Lower Bros. Co., Inc.


Ben Brooks, PE
Patriot Court Systems, Inc.

Megan Buczynski, PE, LEED AP
Activitas, Inc.

Bob Cohen, CFB-S, CTB
Robert Cohen Co., LLC

Randy Futty
California Sports Surfaces

Mark Heinlein, CFB
Turf Reclamation Solutions, LLC

David Moxley
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.

Paul Nagle, CTB
Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc.

Matt Strom, CTCB
Leslie Coatings, Inc.

Ed Norton, RLA, ASLA
Holcombe Norton Partners

Past Chairman
Dan Wright, CFB
Sports Turf Company

ASBA Staff

Executive Director

Fred Stringfellow, CAE


Associate Director

Jennifer Miller


Director of Meetings/ Member Services

Cynthia M. Sanchez


Membership Services

Kristin Grove


Financial Manager

Amy Chetelat, CAE


Legal Counsel
David H. Pettit, Esq.
Lenhart Pettit

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