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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        April 2018


Appreciating Our Member Volunteers

By the time you read this message, I’m hopeful that we’re all working outdoors again. At the time of this writing, here in the Northeast we’re staring down the barrel of our fourth bomb cyclone this month. Or is it Bombogenesis? How about we just go with snow storm? However sensationalized, by the weather channel, the result is a slow start to the construction season. Fortunately, the same cannot be said of the American Sports Builders Association.

ASBA is off to a strong start to the year, having had productive work sessions in February during the Winter Meeting in Napa, CA. Despite the unmistakable pull from Napa’s wineries, all four of our division working sessions were well-attended and extremely fruitful. My uncle (who shall remain nameless), used to suggest that if you sip a glass of wine and you’re not sure how to comment, just nod and say “Whoa! There’s a lot going on there.” The same phrase could be said (for very different reasons), of our Winter Meeting agenda. We uncorked ideas for the coming Technical Meeting presentations, reviewed the newly-released mobile app, and strategized about the new as well as vintage position papers we can undertake, to provide additional resources for our members. My apologies for the run-ons and cheesy puns; however, I think we’ll let this go to print anyway and just blame it on deadlines.


Winter Meeting: The Perfect Way to Get Away
and Get Things Done for ASBA

This year, ASBA’s Winter Meeting took a detour. Instead of hitting the islands, Florida or the Southeastern U.S., our meeting went west to California’s Wine Country. And what we found was a great location, excellent opportunities and fun diversions – all under sunny skies.

The meeting, which took place February 23-25, 2018, at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, offered some excellent changes to get away from it all – and stay connected to ASBA.

Among the options for attendees who attended the sessions (conveniently held in the first part of the day) were the opportunity to work on awards program issues, develop ideas for position papers, suggest topics for Technical Meeting presentations and help with the work of the Certification Committee.

Afternoons were devoted to a variety of pursuits. Attendees were able to participate in a tennis outing, go wine tasting and explore the area. In addition, the Meritage’s full-service spa and amenities including pool, restaurants, fitness club and more, beckoned.
The enjoyable half-day outings included a wine tour, in which attendees learned about viticulture, grape selection and the process of wine-making. The host, Verve Napa Valley, guided attendees through tours of Judd’s Hil, Inglenook and Charles Krug wineries, as well as Pine Ridge Cellars. When was the last time anyone was able to explore a vineyard, barrel aging cave or a wine estate? It was an excellent mind-opening – as well as tastebud-awakening – experience.

Missed this meeting and don’t want to miss the next one? Mark your calendar for 2019, when the meeting will take place February 22-24 at the Paradisus Palma Real in the Dominican Republic. We can’t promise a wine tour, but we can promise a tropical paradise. Information will be carried on the ASBA website,, once it’s finalized.

ASBA's Regional Meeting: Bringing the Meeting to the Industry

ASBA’s second annual “Regional Meeting,” held in Kansas City, was another success. The event, which took place March 7-8, 2018, at the Intercontinental Kansas City, was well-attended with more than 70 participants.

The Regional Meeting provided a chance for sports facility contractors in the Midwest to connect with one another – and to attend educational sessions on industry matters.
Topics such as Jobsite and Project Planning (Jeff Emanuel, CFB, Nemaha Sports Construction, Sam Fisher, CTB, Fisher Tracks, Inc. and Craig Honkomp, PE, PS, LEED AP, Sportworks Field Design); Varsity Tennis Complex Post-Tensioned Project: A Case Study (Darrel Snyder, CTCB, Mid-American Courtworks and Harley Nethken, Tech-Con Systems, Inc); Considerations in Designing and Constructing a New Running Track (Rick Ediger, Beynon Sports Surfaces and Ed O’Hara, CHA Sports); and Construction of New Natural Grass (modified) USGGA Sportsfield (Kirk Grego, CFB and Jeff Porter, Mid-American Golf & Landscape) were presented over the two days of programming.

In addition to traditional education sessions, attendees were taken on tours of “Chicken N Pickle,” a unique pickleball/entertainment venue and 2017 ASBA award-winning facility of the year; along with a behind-the-scenes and on-field tour of Arrowhead Stadium, home to the Kansas City Chiefs. ASBA members who were involved in both venues helped to guide the tours.

The meeting concluded with a half-day hands-on training program at Kansas University’s Rock Chalk Park, in nearby Lawrence, Kansas. Sport-specific sessions and guided tours were led by ASBA members who were involved in the design and building of the facility’s track, tennis courts, softball and soccer fields.

Many thanks to all of the ASBA member volunteers who worked hard on planning and presenting this year’s Regional Meeting in Kansas City, including David Moxley, Chair; Kirk Grego, CFB and Jeff Porter, Jameson Sheley, CFB-S, CTB, Mike Mehaffey, CTB, CTCB, JR Rockenfield, CTB, CTCB and Rob McConnell, Rick Ediger and Ed O’Hara, Sam Fisher, CTB, Jeff Emanuel, CFB and Craig Honkomp, Darrel Snyder, CTCB and Harley Nethken.

We’d also like to thank our Regional Meeting sponsors: Pro Play by Schmitz Foam Products, Sportsfield Specialties, Inc. and Tecnologia Deportiva S.A.

With two successful regional meetings in the books, ASBA has begun planning the next one. Next stop in 2019: Atlanta! Want to learn more? Keep an eye on this newsletter and on the website!

Technical Meeting: Returning to the Scene of the… Best Meeting in Years!

ASBA has a long and distinguished history of finding great locations for its Technical Meeting. Last year, for example, was New Orleans. We’ve also been to Amelia Island, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas – just to name a few.

This year, ASBA will be returning to one of the locations members raved about: Scottsdale, Arizona. Once again, we’ll be meeting at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which, as everyone will remember, has all kinds of beautiful amenities – a pool, ice rink, health club – and quite simply put, the most amazing holiday light display anyone has ever seen.
The dates of the meeting are November 30-December 4 and will include the trade show, technical sessions, receptions and networking opportunities, golf, tennis, division meetings, certification meetings and exams – and a whole lot more. Certification points as well as relevant continuing education credits are available as well.

An agenda is expected to be available soon and will be able to be found on our website, Members will receive a printed program automatically. Others can call to get their name added to the mailing list. The number is 866-501-ASBA (2722).


Sponsorship: A Win/Win Situation

Raising the profile of your business is always important. Maybe you’ve been thinking about becoming more involved with ASBA and showing your support of the industry and all its work. Maybe you just want to publicize your company’s name and make sure industry members are aware of it. DETAILS


Last Chance for Advertising in the New Tennis Courts Book

Have you made your reservations to advertise in the next issue of ASBA’s popular book, Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual? If not, you’ll need to act NOW!

For a limited time, ASBA is extending the deadline for advertising. The final deadline to make reservations for space is Friday, April 20. Don’t let that date be unlucky for you – make your reservations now!

Need convincing? The book is one of ASBA’s all-time best-sellers and this issue is expected to be even more popular. It’s sold not only by ASBA but by the USTA, and is available on as well.

Purchasers include builders, design professionals, specifiers, contractors, suppliers and owners/users, including schools, colleges, parks and recreation departments, club owners and managers and current and prospective owners of residential tennis courts. Most purchasers of this manual are planning projects for the very near future. These include clubs contemplating resurfacing jobs, to homeowners looking to build a backyard tennis court, to parks departments looking for a new facility design. And you can make sure that your company’s name is seen by all of them.

To find out what ad spaces are still available, and what would best fit your needs, call 410-730-9595 or e-mail Cynthia Sanchez at ASBA headquarters,  


ASBA Technical Publications

ASBA’s technical publications, including, popular and well-regarded Construction and Maintenance Manual series, are constantly being updated. We invite you to make sure you have the most updated issues.  DETAILS

ASBA Mobile App Available on iTunes, Google

ASBA now has its own mobile app (ASBA Diagram Showcase), available through the iTunes and Google stores, free of charge. The app contains a sampling of technical diagrams from our construction and maintenance manuals – including Tennis, Running Tracks, Sports Fields, Courts & Recreation and Pickleball.

The app is intended to be a resource when you’re on a job or in the field and need to reference a dimension or specification. It is not intended to be as comprehensive as our manuals – but rather, complementary to them.

Check out our app and send us your thoughts. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Click here for Itunes

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ASBA Needs Photos of Basketball Courts, Volleyball Courts, Pickleball ... Well, You Get the Picture

As ASBA’s membership continues to diversify, the Courts & Recreation Division is becoming increasingly visible. Already, magazines are asking for articles on court care – and we need some photos to illustrate them.

If your company has worked on courts and recreational facilities (outside of tennis, track and fields), we invite you to share some pictures with us. Only a few requests:

Photos need to be high-resolution: This means a minimum of 500K to 1 MB in size (larger is OK, too)

Great choices are shots we don’t have right now: Those include:

Basketball courts (we have great indoor shots but very few outdoor shots, so any outdoor shots would be appreciated)

Volleyball courts (outdoor courts, both hard surface and sand surface)

Playgrounds (outdoor)

Pickleball: We have an awards category for pickleball but we’re still a little light on photos. Whatever you have would be great

Outdoor inline hockey facilities: We don’t have any and we do get asked for photos
Futsal: It’s an indoor sport but we lack photos of facilities

Any high-resolution photos can be sent to Mary Helen Sprecher at (note the new address). If you require a file-sharing system to send several large photos at once, please let Mary Helen know via e-mail so she can set you up with a Dropbox link.

Thanks again! We look forward to seeing your photos. Remember that as our Courts and Recreation Division grows, these photos will be more important than ever!.  DETAILS

ASBA Awards Program is Now Open!

And the nominees are … your project, if you decide to enter ASBA’s awards program. This year’s program is now accepting entries, meaning it’s time for you to nominate that project you want recognized.  DETAILS

ASBA's Position Papers: We Need Your Expertise!

And the nominees are … your project, if you decide to enter ASBA’s awards program. This year’s program is now accepting entries, meaning it’s time for you to nominate that project you want recognized.  DETAILS

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:


Tennis Industry Association (TIA)
Executive Director Fred Stringfellow will be participating in the TIA Board of Directors meeting in Charleston, SC on April 9 and attending the Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference April 10-11.


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 Mark Heinlein and Jim Catella, and Executive Director Fred Stringfellow will be meeting with representatives of NCAA, NFHS and NIAAA in Indianapolis on May 4th in Indianapolis, IN . This annual track and fields event is intended to strengthen communications between ASBA’s builder and designer members, and the organizations who set the rules for our sports.


International Tennis Federation
Tennis Division President Matt Strom and Executive Director Fred Stringfellow will be attending the ITF Surfaces Foundation Board meeting in London, UK on July 5.

July Board/Awards & Strategic Planning Meeting
The ASBA Board of Directors, awards judges and the ASBA staff will be meeting in Chicago, IL on July 13 and 14 for the annual summer Board meeting and awards judging. This year’s meeting will include strategic planning exercises.


Indianapolis to Host United States Indoor Sports
Association’s Conference May 15-18.

The United States Indoor Sports Association’s 18th Annual Facility Operators Conference & Tradeshow is May 15-18 in Indianapolis, IN. It’s the annual retreat for the recreational indoor sports industry, including educational sessions, networking and much more. Meet facility owners, senior executives, and startups, as well as other industry leaders. For a full details, registration and membership information, visit USIndoor 2018 Conference

Bermudagrass Expectations: Winter 2017-18

Frequent conversations during this past winter have centered around potential winter-kill of bermudagrass athletic fields. The obvious question being, “What can we expect this year with the cold temperatures we have had, specifically in Missouri?” To try and answer this question, Mike Munie and Brad Fresenburg of Perfect Play Fields and Links began to contact several clients across Kansas, Missouri and Illinois asking if they could pull bermudagrass plugs and ship them to their home office in Belleville, Illinois. These plugs were pulled from mid to late January. DETAILS



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

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

ASBA Announces New Certified Builders

ASBA recognized 11 individuals who became certified builders 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


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

March 7-8, 2018
ASBA Regional Meeting
Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Kansas City, MO


Nov. 30 - Dec. 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

Kristoff Eldridge, CTB
Cape & Island Tennis & Track

Tennis Division President
Matt Strom, CTCB
Leslie Coatings, Inc.

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

Courts & Recreation Division President
Randy Resley
Sport Court of the Rockies

Fields Division President
Mark Heinlein, CFB
Turf Reclamation Solutions, LLC

Professional Division President
Megan Buczynski, PE, LEED AP
Activitas, Inc.

Supplier Division President
David Moxley
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.

Ed Norton, RLA, ASLA
Holcombe Norton Partners


Jeff Bryant
Advanced Polymer Technology, Corp.

David Clapp, CTB, CTCB
Baseline Sports Construction

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

Todd Dettor
Fast-Dry Courts, Inc. & 10-S Tennis Supply

Randy Futty
California Sports Surfaces

Paul Nagle, CTB
Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc.

Jameson Sheley, CFB-S, CTB
Byrne & Jones Sports Construction

Chris Sullivan, RLA
Verde Design, Inc.

Kirk Grego, CFB
Mid-America Golf & Landscape, Inc.

Past Chair
Pete Smith, CTCB
The CourtSMITHs

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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