News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        April 2017

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Action Floor Systems® Names Floor of the Year and Awards Dealer Anniversary Jackets

Action Floor Systems® announced two Floor of the Year recipients, in maple sport and synthetic sport flooring categories, at its bi-annual dealer meeting held March 3-5 in Orlando, Fla. The company also presented anniversary jackets to two dealers who have been with the company for more than 20 years.

The Floor of the Year awards were voted on by dealers from around the world. In the maple sport flooring category, All City Floor Company’s Action Cush I Floor System installation at Rock Canyon High School, located in Castle Rock, Colorado, captured the award.

Honorable mentions in the maple sport flooring category were Scott Floor Company for their work in VMI Cocke Hall in Lexington, Virginia, and Gifford Industries for the Al Davies Boys & Girls Club Isaiah Thomas Court in Tacoma, Washington.

In the synthetic sport flooring category, the Floor of the Year award was given to Raga Sport for their Action Herculan® Multi-Function 7+2 System installation, Mexico City University’s ITESM Campus in Mexico City, Mexico.

Honorable mentions in the synthetic sport flooring category were Finchum Sports Floors’ Clarksville Athletic Club in Clarksville, Tennennessee, and All American Sports Group for their work in Danvers High School in Danvers, Massachusetts.

Murray Forth from Forth Sport Floors of New York and Nick Scott from Scott Floor Company of Virginia joined the elite club of dealers who have been recognized for more than 20 years of partnership with Action. Forth and Scott received the esteemed dealer jackets, which are awarded to dealers that reach the impressive 20+ year benchmark. They join 16 others who have been recognized since 2009.


Laykold Masters Take Center Stage ... Again!

On World Tennis Day, for the 10th year in a row, the BNP Paribas Showdown was hosted at Madison Square Garden with Ace Surfaces portable tennis court and Laykold Masters appearing center stage. Since Laykold Masters Rome event court was introduced, it has been the surface of choice for the event. Its 60% shock absorption and true ball response make it an easy choice for such a high profile event.

The portable tennis court can be installed in 3-4 hours and broken down in 2-3 hours. This timing is ideal for Madison Square Garden and their very busy event schedule. This year the floor was installed after a basketball game the night before, and then broken down immediately following the event to create space for Game of Thrones gaming event.

Laykold/Advanced Polymer Technology (APT) created a custom color specifically for this event.

Laykold and Laykold Masters Vibrant Colors

Advanced Polymer Technology (APT) is proud to introduce Laykold and Laykold Masters new topcoat color line: LAYKOLD VIBRANT! Laykold Vibrant consist of twelve (12) new bright and energetic colors to give today’s multi-sport surfaces more pop. The twelve (12) new colors are: Coral, Scarlet, Pumpkin, Canary, Midnight, Teal, Arctic, Black, Key Lime, Kiwi, Silver, and Mocha.

The Vibrant color line is a result of 100+ color matches which APT did last year for the Laykold and Laykold Masters products line. This new line of colors gives current and potential customers just a snap shot of the Laykold/APT color matching possibilities.


AstroTurf Introduces New Salespeople

Wes Allen
Regional Sales Manager, Florida


Wes Allen comes to AstroTurf after being on the other side of the table as a turf buyer. He oversaw the fundraising and installation of a turf field while he was the Head Coach and Athletic Director at Oviedo High School in Florida. Wes coached high school football for 15 years serving the last 9 years as Head Coach and is a proud member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association. Originally from America’s “Mayberry”, Mt Airy North Carolina, Wes went on to play football at Appalachian State. Having worked in his Dad’s grading business for 5 years, Wes is definitely no stranger to hard work. He is very familiar with the buying process and steps needed to install a new playing surface and is ready to help you along in every step of the way. Wes resides in Oviedo, Florida with his wife Ann and his son Austin.

Jeff Raiger
Regional Sales Manager/Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico

Proud to rejoin the AstroTurf family, Jeff Raiger brings a diversified blend of professional background to the team. An industry expert with more than 20 years of successful construction industry experience, Jeff has a proven ability to foster relationships with all stakeholders involved in athletic facility projects. Jeff employs a consultative approach by first taking the time required to listen and comprehensively identify the client’s needs and priorities. Only then does he passionately educate all involved about the products and services that deliver the best long-term value and ROI for the client. Jeff knows that people buy from people, and that integrity, sincerity, transparency and trust are the foundation for all healthy long-term partnerships. His vision and ability to nurture relationships leads to long-term solutions and success. He is most fulfilled when clients return to do business again based on a positive experience. Jeff resides in San Diego, CA with his wife Kristal, and they are the proud parents of three children that are all currently attending college. In his too little spare time, he works on his mediocre golf game and thoroughly enjoys rock and roll music.


Pam Wood retires from Athletic Connection

After 20 with the company, Pam Wood is retiring as sales manager of the Edwards Rol-Dri division of Athletic Connection due to progression in her battle with Parkinson’s disease. She plans to take time for physical therapy and vigorous exercise to help offset the disease. Pam has represented the company and the Edwards brand of tennis court equipment at ASBA Technical Meetings since the year 2000, and has earned the business and friendship of many in the industry. Keep in touch with Pam at pam.wood99@yahoo.com. She will be replaced by longtime associate Melissa Rodriguez.


ClayTech Celebrates 10 Years

Ten years and 110+ courts installed and ClayTech continues to have a growing presence in the United States. There have also been hundreds of courts installed across Europe and the far east dating back to the early 2000s. ClayTech is a low maintenance clay court composed of a polypropelene mat glued to an asphalt or concrete pad and filled with red clay or Har-Tru. The fact that the base for the clay is textile versus aggregate makes it playable year round, completely eliminates the need for rolling and substantially reduces water requirements. ClayTech has been installed at high-end resorts and country clubs, schools and private residences. According to Har-Tru, the company that distributes the product, the trend lately has been residential installations of European red clay. This is not just because the color is compelling but because the court is great on the body and easy to care for. It is also a great training surface for top players. Har-Tru expects the demand for low-maintenance court alternatives like ClayTech to continue to grow in coming years as tennis embraces new surface technologies that create better places to play.


Connor Sports Installs Floor for Women’s Final Four

It’s always good when it’s an ASBA member getting awarded a contract. But when it’s a high-profile job, it’s even better.

In late March, Connor Sports was able to supervise the delivery and installation of the official court of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four. The event, which played out at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, provided media with a unique and visual opportunity to tip-off reporting on the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four.

Connor Sports has been the Official Court Provider of the NCAA since 2006. The 2017 Women’s Final Four Official Court was a QuickLock™ portable manufactured from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified Northern Hard Maple first-grade flooring single-sourced using sustainable forestry methods from The Nature Conservancy’s Two Hearted River Forest Reserve in Michigan. The court was 60’ X 120’ and totals 7,200 square feet using 262 panels weighing a total of 10.3 tons. A team of three Connor Sports technicians and a local labor crew of 12 installed the court in approximately four hours.

Founded in 1872, Connor Sports® is the leader in hardwood sports surfaces and is a preferred provider to the NCAA, NBA, FIBA and other organizations. Connor Sports has a proven commitment to sustainability with an excellent environmental record in responsible forestry including use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified materials and is the only flooring company with an Environmental Product Declaration. The company’s manufacturing facility in Amasa, MI is independently-audited and compliant with ISO 14001 standards.


Dalton Enterprises Introduces 1-800 Tennis Program to Help Consumers Find Contractors

The 1-800-TENNISCOURT Network allows a contractor to lease his area code so when customers from that area code call the number it goes right to their office. Contractors simply brand their trucks and equipment with the 800 logo. Program participants receive monthly data analytics and leads received from 800TENNISOURT.com website.


Hinding Tennis Completes Cuban Project

Hinding Tennis, West Haven Connecticut, completes the most historic project in Havana, Cuba, by a U.S. company since the Eisenhower administration.
Twenty months ago, Steven Hinding made his first trip to Havana, Cuba with Jake Agna, the founder of “Kids on the Ball” (KOTB) a Burlington, Vermont non-profit, promoting junior tennis.

Since 2002, Jake has introduced thousands of kids, in Burlington to the sport of tennis. Though fundraising efforts, and tremendous support from many generous donors in Burlington, Jakes dream has become a HUGE reality.

After a trip to Cuba two years ago, Jake returned home and engaged a number of his past donors with the idea, “We have to create this program in Cuba.” His dream was to renovate 10 courts where Cuba held the 1991 Pan American Games. His idea was to build bridges of communication between the U.S. and Cuba through junior tennis. “What a better way now that the embargo has been lifted to initiate our new relations with a country we have not had relations with for 56 years than to do it with junior tennis”, said Jake Agna.

On December 19, 2016, Jake’s dream was fulfilled. A collaboration between Hinding Tennis, Ace Tennis, Mid Atlantic Tennis, AFSCO Fence and Gateway Fence & Guardrail and worked from the November 26th through December 19th, 2016, to complete a ten court renovation of the 1991 Pan American Courts.

“Installing California Sports Products PREMIER Court, was the only solution to bringing these courts back to a playable level,” said Steven Hinding. Extensive scarifying of delaminating coatings, patching and crack repair with RITEWAY Crack repair, “have created a complex that may be the best tennis facility in all of the Caribbean,” added Steven Hinding.


LSI Provides Indirect LED Lighting System for New Eight Court Facility

The Pearson Automotive Tennis Club in Zionsville, Indiana opened recently in February 2017 with eight tennis courts, guest lounge, viewing platform, and locker rooms. It’s the first such complex built in the Indianapolis area in 25 years. LSI provided (96) SXS2 LED Indirect fixtures for the facility, which produce over 100 average foot-candles of glare-free illumination. The lighting system is also very efficient which will help reduce the new club’s annual energy cost.


Maryville Becomes a PowerHouse with Sporturf™

Maryville University recently hired Midwest Synthetic Turf Professionals to construct multiple sports fields on the main campus located in St. Louis, Missouri. The first field to be constructed was the shared soccer and lacrosse field. After completion of the soccer and lacrosse field, a baseball diamond was built that could rival any of the major league fields.

On the shared soccer and lacrosse field, school officials worked with Certified Field Builder, Craig Shonk of MSTP, to design a system that would meet the playability needs of the school’s student athletes. The field was ultimately installed with PowerHouse and the reviews have been fantastic!

For the baseball field, Maryville chose to combine two of Sporturf’s premier products: TrueGrass and Fielder’s Choice. Fielder’s Choice was used for the infield-skinned areas to provide the natural ball roll and bounce that the athletes are used to.

When it comes to athletics, Sporturf™ understands the demands athletes, owners and fans expect. Natural grass has been the product of choice for many years but with tight budgets, lacking maintenance dollars and concerns over consistent playability of the surface, artificial turf has earned its place in the highest levels of play.


Watertown High School Uses NGI Surface

Tennis coach Andy Dobbins and JV coach Dave Pawl coach the girls' and boys' tennis teams at Watertown High School in Watertown Wisconsin. They have a winning philosophy for the sport of tennis in that they have a “no-cut” policy. This means that any student who tries out for the team makes the team. They all compete and a traveling squad is chosen for the competitions with other schools. However, they all practice together and compete inter-squad. The sport of tennis is growing in Watertown through their efforts and the support of the school.

Approximately six years ago the Park & Recreation Department and City of Watertown WI hired an outside consultant, Mr. Fred Kolkmann, a CTCB with the ASBA, to evaluate a set of tennis courts at Brandt Quirk Park. These tennis courts are adjacent to the Watertown High School where Mr. Dobbins and Mr. Pawl coach, in south central WI between Milwaukee and Madison WI.

The Park facility consists of a total of ten (10) tennis courts in two, five-court banks with a connected walkway. After Mr. Kolkmann’s evaluation and investigation into other projects completed in the state, the City chose NGI Sports’ TitanTrax Shield crack repair system to cover five of the courts in 2014.

Rick Schultz with the City of Watertown chose TitanTrax Shield to repair the entire tennis court areas, not individual cracks, shielding the existing asphalt from the elements and protecting their investment in new color surfacing.

The coaches and players alike were enthusiastic about the playing quality of the new TitanTrax Shield surface at the Park, so much so that the next year (2015), the other bank of five courts at Brandt Quirk were completed with TitanTrax Shield. Additionally, in 2016, the City of Watertown decided to include another four courts at the local Clark Park in the list of facilities enjoying a new TitanTrax system.

The last bank of tennis courts located in the City are scheduled to also be completed in 2017 with NGI’s TitanTrax Shield surface.


Oval Tennis Ready to Tackle 2017 Season

For Oval Tennis, March in New York has come in like a lion and is appearing to leave like a slightly smaller lion. Not to worry, the Oval Tennis team has fearlessly conquered its new roles as lion tamers, and is ready to tackle the 2017 tennis season coming up.

After two feet of snow, the Oval crew is ready for the sun to shine and for the courts to open. As the busy season approaches, the company looks forward to servicing old and new clientele and clubs, and facing each challenge with the same gusto with which they shoveled the snow.

This year, Oval Tennis was chosen to recondition the 26 courts in beautiful Central Park. As its team and clientele base grow, the company looks forward to the promising future Oval has in store. Not as much, however, as the company looks forward to the spring.


SportsEdge Releases ShockWave Turf Underlayment Throughout the U.S and Canada

SportsEdge, a division of ABT, Inc. of North Carolina, is pleased to announce the release of the exciting new ShockWave drainage and shock underlayment pads for synthetic turf. SportsEdge has partnered with EnPlast Technologies of Houston, Texas to exclusively offer these products in the U.S. and Canada for athletic field applications. ShockWave, through advanced technological design development and manufacturing, offers drainage and shock attenuation performance that exceeds current pad offerings in the market with only half the thickness of comparable products at very competitive prices.

ShockWave is a thermoset elastomer-polyolefin composite made in the U.S.A. It is manufactured from 80 percent recycled materials and is 100 percent recyclable. Drainage, sports performance and safety tests show that ShockWave exceeds ASTM and FIFA requirements for high school, college and professional fields. Shockwave is produced in rolls that transverse the full width of the field, no matter the width. And unlike other roll goods, ShockWave “lays flat and stays flat” due to its low profile and high density.
“We are very excited to partner with SportsEdge, a leading marketer of athletic field solutions and drainage systems. The En-Plast advance pad technology fits perfectly into their market strategy and complements their offerings.” Giovanni Capra –President, En-Plast.

SportsEdge has been a premier manufacturer and supplier of athletic field construction products for fourteen years. Already serving the entire U.S., Canada and Mexico, SportsEdge proudly brings this exciting new product to a market that is rapidly evolving toward shock pad underlayments that assist in the reduction of Traumatic Brain Injury to athletes and children.

“The excellent performance features of the ShockWave pad will serve the industry and public well. ShockWave brings big performance in a small package, a testament to the innovative design. We are thrilled to be part of this growing industry with En-Plast as a partner” Ralph Brafford – CEO, SportsEdge


Gilmer Hires Sports Turf for Stadium Project

Gilmer High School in Ellijay, GA became the first school in the Southeast to play on the most advanced synthetic turf system available, the AstroTurf Golden Series. After much deliberation over what synthetic turf product would best suit their needs, the Bobcats, nestled in the North Georgia Mountains, eliminated traditional infill turf systems in favor of high performance and safety. By selecting a high-density, short length fiber, pad and ZeoFill infill turf system, commonly referred to as DT32, Gilmer County embarked on their journey to revolutionize their field before graduation.

With California leading the way in new synthetic turf technology. AstroTurf invested in a new alternative infill design for Los Angeles Recreation and Parks that has now been installed across the nation at high schools, municipalities and Division I fields. Driving the product was a desire to create consistency in safety utilizing a pad, a “no fly-out” infill system, and high durability with lots of fiber that had already been proven in the field over decades with lowering field temperatures. Simply stated by Jimmy Newsome of L.A. Recreation and Parks, “We had a table full of turf samples. After reviewing the products one by one and eliminating the ones that did not fit our needs, we had an empty table.” This drove the city to develop their own product alongside Astroturf. Since that moment, AstroTurf has installed over 4 million square feet nationally.

The Field

Gilmer High School’s football stadium was a project awarded to Sports Turf Company, Inc. through a competitive proposal process. Construction began in February of 2015 working through North Georgia’s unpredictable winter weather.

Sports Turf Company began by excavating down to subgrade to remove all materials from the previous natural grass field and laser grading. A 6-inch porous stone base was installed accompanied by a full underdrain system to allow a minimum of 60 inches an hour to drain successfully from the new synthetic turf field. Exterior field drainage was installed inside the track to ensure water wouldn’t travel back across the track surface.

The Brock SP15 pad was installed over the stone base followed by the next generation turf system. Astroturf’s Golden Series DT32 all weather turf system utilizes slit film and nylon, which are the two workhorse’s of the industry. It is important to note that another industry first, Gilmer’s end zone lettering and football numbers were prefabbed in a climate controlled warehouse facility before the carpet even arrived for installation. A typical field has 398 inlays plus logos and end zone lettering. By cutting these with a robotic water jet, everyone is guaranteed to be the most crisp. Gilmer’s prefabbed field meant the most precise installation, no rain complications and the field was ready on time for graduation. The last step of field construction, 1.5 pounds of sand per square foot was incorporated into the synthetic turf system as a ballast before the ZeoFill was groomed into place.

The Track

Sports Turf Company’s certified track builders evaluated Gilmer High School’s stadium and found widening the field to allow for a regulation soccer field would not eliminate a lane of the track based on where the home grand stands were built. The orientation was redesigned shifting the field towards space on the home side to best suit Gilmer High School’s needs and allow for a regulation soccer field. The entire field was enlarged, the distance between the measure lines for the track were changed, and the straightaways were shortened. The curves were made longer and wider to accommodate the new wider field and maintain 6 lanes on the track.

Track construction began with installation of a 4-inch stone base and 3-inches of asphalt. A Sports Track ST-50 13 mm black latex track surface was installed and the track lined for GHSA competition.


Sportsfield Specialties Expands to Serve Canadian Market

Following a 2016 expansion of their Delhi, NY manufacturing facility, Sportsfield Specialties, Inc. (SSI) made the strategic decision to also expand their sales capabilities in North America. According to David Moxley, Director of Sports Construction Sales, SSI will now market their products to clients in all territories of Canada.

“With the expansion of our manufacturing facility, we recognized the opportunity to increase our customer base without compromising customer services,” explained Moxley.
To support SSI’s expansion into Canada, Moxley said the company hired an additional Regional Sales Manager and redistricted others. Most notably, veteran Regional Sales Manager, Terra Erickson, who has been with SSI since 2005, will manage the Great Lakes Region and Eastern Canadian territories, while newcomer Michael Mercadante will cover sales in the Midwest Region and Western Canadian territories.

“Michael has a lot of experience with customer relations and program management. He’s already been a proven asset to our company,” said Moxley. He continued that Mercadante, a ten-year Golf Professional, came to SSI in January. Before joining the team, he was retail manager for a golf shop with 50 employees under his supervision and promoted golf tournaments.


STOCKMEIER Urethanes Launches New Website

STOCKMEIER Urethanes USA, Inc., is pleased to announce the launch of their newly designed website available at www.stockmeier-urethanes.com.

Among the new features of the website users will find expanded product information, video content, and brochure downloads. The redesign incorporates completely new navigation tools, updated graphics and company information.

“As a company who manufacturers and develops hundreds of products a year, online visitors will experience an informative, user friendly website that features core products that showcase what can be purchased or developed.” says Melissa Martinkat, Chief of Staff of STOCKMEIER Urethanes USA.

The company will make frequent updates to the website with new product information, trade show events, career opportunities and company news.

As a specialist within the STOCKMEIER Group, STOCKMEIER Urethanes GmbH & Co. was founded in 1991 in Germany as a polyurethane systems house focused on the development and manufacturing of coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers for a wide range of sports and industrial markets. Operating worldwide with ISO 9001 certified production facilities and laboratories in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, STOCKMEIER Urethanes provides customers with consistent global delivery of high quality polyurethane products and services.



Educational article from The Guru Of Glue® on Water-Drainable Total Glue Down Synthetic Turf Surfaces

When the playing surface must remain water-permeable without standing water, in order to permit athletic activities, the adhesive that is used to bond the turf to the substrate must not only be strong enough to keep the field intact and safe for its functional life by enduring all sorts of harsh weather and heavy use, but must also be able to allow for rain and/or melting snow to drain through the turf quickly without collecting on the surface.

With this thought in mind, Synthetic Surfaces Inc. has a new educational article and related information titled “Water Drainable Artificial Turf Surfaces.” The name might cause some to wonder how it can be possible to have a turf field that is totally glued down, yet allows for water to drain through it. In this article readers will find out how it is accomplished, and the tremendous benefits it has for any field that must remain free of standing water. There are also many other huge benefits to a water-drainable total glue-down field, such as stability (which enhances player safety), longevity, and sustained visual appeal.

Those who would like a free copy of this article should contact Synthetic Surfaces at (908) 233-6803, or info@nordot.com and ask for SS#80.


USGreentech Adds Third Progressive Infill to the Lineup

USGreentech, innovators of progressive synthetic turf infill, have expanded their portfolio to include a total of three products: Envirofill, Safeshell and Powerfill.

Envirofill is an acrylic-coated sand mined in central Texas. From its inception in 2005, it has been widely used in landscape and sports applications across the U.S. and around the globe. It’s best known for its durability, antimicrobial benefits, round and uniform shape that mitigates compaction and finally, its firm, fast and safe performance characteristics.

Safeshell is USGreentech’s organic infill made from a blend of US-Grown walnut shells. The USGreentech team was determined to find a complete organic solution that would be safe for athletes, offer durability and high performance, as well as minimal maintenance. After years of development, USGreentech launched Safeshell along with a proprietary process that ensures its free from tree nut allergens according to FDA limits.

Powerfill is the newest infill added to USGreentech’s growing portfolio. Although categorized as a TPE, it's better known as a bio-based plastic with advanced chemistry. It is derived from corn and soybean oils grown in the US. Another characteristic that makes this TPE stand out is the high melting point - upwards of 300°F. Powerfill can be described as a resilient plastic which plays similar to traditional synthetic turf systems.

USGreentech’s product line isn’t the only thing growing! They are continuously adding team members that fit their unique, fun, award-winning culture to ensure they can meet the market demand for progressive infill systems.


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