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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        April 2017


Back in the Great Outdoors

By the time you read this message, I’m hoping that we’re all working outdoors again, after the last blast of winter that many of us experienced in mid-March.

ASBA has kept many of us busy in Q1 with the Winter Meeting in Mexico in February, followed by our first Regional Meeting in New York in early March. I’m pleased to report that both events were successful and well-attended.


ASBA Returns to New Orleans for Technical Meeting

ASBA is coming back to The Big Easy. That’s right, our 2017 Technical Meeting will be in New Orleans, Louisiana, one of ASBA’s favorite places. And as the Association has grown (along with its meetings), it is going to have a new home, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

This meeting, scheduled for December 1-5, 2017, will have all you’ve come to expect. DETAILS

ASBA’s Regional Meeting: Bringing the Meeting to the Members

ASBA’s first Regional Meeting this year, held in New York City, was an overwhelming success. The event, which took place March 8-9, 2017, at the Marriott New York LaGuardia Airport, was well-attended and well-received. DETAILS

ASBA Goes South of the Border

ASBA ventured south of the border and down to Mexico for its 2017 Winter Meeting. The meeting, held February 24-26, 2017, at the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort in Riviera Maya, served two purposes: it provided an excellent chance to get work done, plus it was a great mid-winter escape.

ASBA members worked on projects and publications, as well as put in serious time to map out the groundwork for the upcoming Technical Meeting (more on that in this newsletter.) Work sessions were held in the morning, leaving afternoons free for catching up with colleagues, sightseeing or unwinding during the slow season. ASBA also hosted tennis and golf events for attendees and their guests – something else you’ll find covered in these pages. Attendees enjoyed off-property excursions including sightseeing, shopping and more. Accella Polyurethane Systems also sponsored a boat trip that included lunch, snorkeling, swimming and a number of fun activities.

The meeting was held with some outstanding scenery – on one of the most gorgeous beaches in the Mexican Caribbean at an all-inclusive five-star beachfront property with pools, a plentitude of restaurants, a spa, water sports and more. Oh, and did we mention the spectacular beach had white sand, crystal-clear water and a coral reef?

If you missed this one, don’t kick yourself too hard – ASBA has some other great events on the books. The next Winter Meeting, for example, will be held February 23-25, 2018, at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California. And in December of 2017, the Technical Meeting returns to New Orleans, Louisiana, one of ASBA’s favorite places. Details on both these meetings will be coming soon.

Winter Meeting Tennis: Serving Up the Competitive Spirit - and the Fun

During the course of the Winter Meeting in at the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, a number of members and guests carved out time to compete in the ASBA’s Tennis Tournament.

California Sports Surfaces sponsored the event, which drew a large number of participants. When the dust settled, the winners were as follows:

Group A – Chris Allen & Randy Futty
Group B – Tracy Lynch & Carolyn Pettit

Itching for some payback? Start practicing new. Tennis competition will be available at the Technical Meeting in New Orleans this December!


2017-18 Sponsorship Packages Available

ASBA's 2017-2018 Sponsorship Packages have many new benefits. These packages will give you the opportunity to stay in front of your customers for the entire year—not just one meeting. We are still offering sponsorships for the Technical Meeting, but we hope you’ll consider a complete sponsorship package that will include your ASBA membership dues, sponsorships at both the Technical Meeting and Winter Meeting, as well as advertising on our website and our annual membership directory. One stop shopping!

Now is the time to showcase your products or services to builders, professionals and other members of the tennis court, running track, sports field, indoor sports flooring and courts and recreational industries through multiple venues and events.

ASBA Awards Program Is Now Open

ASBA’s awards program is open, and now is the time for you to nominate that project you want recognized. Awards will be presented in several categories. DETAILS


Coming Soon: A New Fields Manual

One of ASBA’s biggest-selling publications, Sports Fields: A Construction & Maintenance Manual, is in the works! The committee has been hard at work on the book, and it’s in the final stages of development.

  • Look for the new publication to have information on:

  • An update on the synthetic fields controversy

  • Information on alternative infills

  • Information on hybrid turf

  • Updates on testing methods, construction techniques and more.

The publication, also used as the textbook for those taking the Certified Field Builder (CFB) exam, will be available in both electronic form and hard copy, meaning you will be able to access the information any way you want.

Advertising Opportunities

If you would like to advertise in the new fields manual, click here.

Copies of the publication will be available at the 2017 Technical Meeting in New Orleans.

Here Now: ASBA's First-Ever Pickleball Manual

ASBA’s new book, Pickleball Courts: A Construction & Maintenance Manual, is available now. For more detailed information, see the article elsewhere in this newsletter; however, just as a preview: this publication, written jointly by ASBA and the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), is the first-ever technical publication for this emerging sport.
This book is also available in electronic form. Order yours today!

Thanks to those who wrote and edited the book, and to make it a success!

Click here for details.

New Courts & Recreation Division for ASBA Up and Running

At its December Technical Meeting, ASBA announced the transformation of its Indoor Division into a new "Courts & Recreation" Division. ASBA’s website has been redesigned to incorporate the newest division and serve as a resource for potential members and end-users.

The Courts & Recreation Division will incorporate both indoor and outdoor versions of such sports as basketball, volleyball, futsal, pickleball, etc. Construction guidelines have been developed for pickleball courts in collaboration with the USA Pickleball Association. The goal is to provide a source of education and networking for members currently involved in designing and building these projects; and for consumers who are seeking such professionals to engage in such projects.

Members interested in being involved in the restructuring of this division should contact Executive Director Fred Stringfellow at to express interest. We are particularly interested in members who have experience building some of the venues and surfaces being incorporated into this division such as outdoor basketball courts, pickleball courts, etc. and those who have relationships with the governing bodies of these respective sports.

Where in the World is ASBA?

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

Track/Fields Meetings with NCAA & Governing Bodies
ASBA’s Track Division, led by Troy Rudolph, Kristoff Eldridge and Paul Nagle; its Fields Division, led by Jim Catella and Mark Heinlein, and Executive Director Fred Stringfellow met with representatives of NCAA, NFHS and NIAAA in Indianapolis on April 20th. This annual “track” and “fields” event are intended to strengthen communications between ASBA’s builder and designer members, and the organizations who set the rules for our sports.

Technical Meeting Planning Visit
Executive Director Fred Stringfellow and Director of Meetings, Cynthia Sanchez visited the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on April 4th to meet with the staff and start organizing the details of the 2017 Technical Meeting.

International Tennis Federation
Tennis Division President Mike Edgerton and Executive Director Fred Stringfellow will be attending the ITF Surfaces Foundation Board meeting in London, UK on July 6.

July Board/Awards Meeting
The ASBA Board of Directors, awards judges and the ASBA staff will be meeting at the Loews Annapolis Hotel in Annapolis, MD on July 14th & 15th for the annual summer Board meeting and awards judging.

ASBA 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.

ASBA's Position Papers can be found on the website,, on the page for each division. They can be downloaded and printed out free of charge. They can be an invaluable source of information to members as well as to others in the industry. DETAILS


Coach & AD Magazine State of the Industry Report

Coach & AD magazine recently published a State of the Industry report in which ASBA members might be interested. Here are a couple relevant findings:

Schools Planning New Facility or Renovation Projects in Next 3 Years:
Court Resurfacing 35.1%
Track & Field Resurfacing 34.4%
Artificial Turf 27.7%
Field Lighting 22.3%

Most-Added Interscholastic Sports Nationwide
Lacrosse (boys) 30.7%
Lacrosse (girls) 29%
Volleyball (boys) 11.3%
Tennis (boys) 6.5%
Rugby 6.5%

Click here to view the full report.

Nominations Due April 24 for USTA Outstanding Facility Award

If you know an outstanding tennis facility in your area, one that has great courts and even better programs, nominate them for a 2017 USTA Outstanding Facility Award.You can  download the form here:



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes 10 members that joined the association since we published our last newsletter. DETAILS

ASBA Announces New Certified Members

ASBA announces the following newly-certified members.

Jason Bell, CFB-S
Symmetry Turf Sports Field Construction

Derrick Gray, CTCB
Leslie Coatings, Inc.

Brad Moretti, CFB
Burke Construction Group

Lee Narozanick, CFB, CTB
American Athletic Courts, Inc.

Chris Nesbitt, CFB-S
ATG Sports

Adam Taylor, CTB
Kiefer USA

Justan Vaughn, CTCB
McConnell & Associates, Inc.

Derek York, CFB
Bush Turf, Inc.

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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 1-5, 2017
ASBA Technical Meeting
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, LA


February 23-25, 2018
ASBA Winter Meeting
Meritage Resort and Spa
Napa, CA

November 30 - December 4, 2018
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.

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

Courts & Recreation
Division President

Joe Covington, Jr.
Covington Flooring CO., Inc.

Fields Division President
Jim Catella, CFB, CTB
Clark Companies

Professional Division

Megan Buczynski, PE, LEED AP
Activitas, Inc.

Supplier Division President
David Moxley
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.

Ed Norton, RLA, ASLA
Holcombe Norton Partners


Ben Brooks, PE
Patriot Court Systems, Inc.

Jeff Bryant
Advanced Polymer Technology, Corp.

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

Randy Futty
California Sports Surfaces

Mark Heinlein, CFB
Turf Reclamation Solutions, LLC

Paul Nagle, CTB
Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc.

Matt Strom, CTCB
Leslie Coatings, Inc.

Chris Sullivan, RLA
Verde Design, Inc.

Kristoff Eldridge, CTB
Cape & Island Tennis & Track

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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