FROM THE CHAIR
The ASBA Ball is in Motion
The ASBA “ball is in
motion” with strong momentum coming off of recent meetings at the
Technical Meeting in Scottsdale; the Winter Meeting in the Dominican
Republic and the Regional Meeting in Atlanta. With record or near record
attendance at all three events, I think it’s fair to say that we’re
providing educational and networking opportunities of interest to our
Thinking About the Technical
Meeting Already? Great Idea!
Staff and volunteers are hard at work crafting the best meeting of the
year, the ASBA Technical Meeting. The 2019 version will be held from
December 6-10, at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Florida.
The Technical Meeting includes some of the best opportunities of the
year, including the following…
Excellent technical sessions: More than
30 of them, in fact, arranged in programming tracks for those
interested in tennis, track, field, court and rec – and even
business management – content.
The chance to be in the presence of the
largest group of industry members anywhere – last year’s meeting
topped out at close to 700 in attendance.
A chance to take certification exams.
(Weren’t you meaning to do that?)
A look at the latest and greatest
products and services in the trade show – which last year included
more than 60 exhibitors.
The chance to network with colleagues,
co-workers and more.
The chance to attend Division Meetings,
Certification Breakfast, committee meetings – and the chance to
become involved with the Association on a more meaningful basis.
ASBA’s golf, tennis and pickleball
Want to learn more? Mark your calendar now
and keep an eye on this newsletter for more information coming soon! For
information call 866-501-ASBA (2722) or
Winter Meeting 2019: Mission
The 2019 ASBA Winter
Meeting always has the stated goal of bringing together committed
members of the industry to advance the work of the Association. As the
meeting, held February 22-24, 2019 in the Dominican Republic, wrapped
up, it was evident the mission was accomplished.
All divisions – tennis,
track, fields, courts and rec and indoor – held meetings to suggest
topics for the program of the 2019 Technical Meeting, which will be held
in December in Orlando, Florida (more on that can be found in this
issue). In addition to fleshing out this program, divisions were able to
discuss interests common to builders and suppliers in those categories.
They also came up ideas for position papers, which will be found on the
The meeting provided a
great opportunity for participants to come home refreshed and ready to
face a new season. After sessions let out for the day, attendees were
free to explore the host resort, the Paradisus Palma Real, including its
beaches, pools, restaurants and night spots. Many also enjoyed local
tennis and golf, as well as fishing and sightseeing.
If you missed out on this
meeting, don’t feel bad – the next will be held February 21-23, 2020, in
Costa Rica. The Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort will be the host
property. More information will be released as that meeting comes
ASBA's Regional Meeting: A
When ASBA hosted its
first Regional Meeting three years ago, we weren’t sure what to expect.
Would industry members attend? Would they like it? Would they return?
Fast-forward three years
and it’s easy to see the answer is a resounding YES on all fronts. And
the most recent Regional Meeting, held in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 6
and 7, is a prime example.
The meeting included a
chance to take the Certification exam as well as to catch up on some
excellent industry programming, targeted specifically to builders who
wanted to work smarter, stay current on new industry technologies and
connect with others to discuss common issues.
The DoubleTree Hotel
hosted the meeting which turned out to be the largest Regional Meeting
to date, with 107 participants. In addition to receptions that allowed
industry members to connect and share ideas, sessions presented included
“Jobsite and Project Planning” and “Crew Management,” as well as
presentations on SunTrust Field’s AirPat System, Rome Tennis Center and
Berry College Track.
Off premise tours of SunTrust
Field, Mercedez Benz Stadium, Rome Tennis Center and Berry College
Track, led by ASBA builder members, provided up close views of sports
If you missed this
Regional Meeting, it’s obvious you missed a lot. Mark your calendar for
the next one: March 4-5, 2020, in Baltimore, Maryland. See you in Charm
Why Attend an ASBA Regional Meeting?
Nominations for ASBA Board Positions
The ASBA is currently accepting nominations through June 15, 2019 for
positions coming open on its Board of Directors. These nominations will
be submitted to the Nominations and Elections Committee to ensure that
nominees are qualified under the bylaws. A ballot will be developed for
submission to the membership in late summer with the election, and any
run-off ballots completed prior to the Technical Meeting. New officers
and directors will assume their positions at the conclusion of the
Technical Meeting in December.
Where in the World is ASBA?
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 and Fields Divisions, led by Paul Nagle, Troy Rudolph,
Kristoff Eldridge, Mark Heinlein, Jim Catella, Megan Buczynski and
Executive Director Fred Stringfellow will be meeting with
representatives of NCAA, NFHS and NIAAA on May 2nd 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 4th .
July Board/Awards & Strategic Planning Meeting
The ASBA Board of Directors, awards judges and the ASBA staff will be
meeting in Denver, CO on July 12th & 13th for the annual summer Board
meeting and awards judging.
Raises Awareness Through Cue Career
In 2018, ASBA partnered with Cue Career to help bring a greater
awareness of the sports construction industry to students all over the
world. Cue Career provides the resources for students to explore careers
by watching video interviews of people who work in the industry. By
working with many associations across the world, the organization also
provides opportunities for workforce development such as internships,
apprenticeships, mentorships, and more.
According to the Cue Career website, the mission is to provide students
with an easy and effective way to access information about careers and
professional development opportunities. Cue Career provides a platform
where students can interact directly with professionals in the industry
and with association members. The program will always be free for
students and schools. The goal is to prepare young people for the
workforce. Cue Career was designed to give all students a single access
point where they can broaden their knowledge and understanding of ANY
career they are interested in. Webinars are recorded for future playback
where students interview the professional over web conferencing
software. Professionals are asked questions about their industry, how
they got involved and what the day to day work is like in their job.
To date, ASBA has coordinated two member interviews – one with a builder
and one with a design professional. Both described their role in the
sports construction industry and within their company as employees and
as ASBA members. More videos like this are being planned.
According to ASBA Executive Director, Fred Stringfellow, “We were
excited to find the Cue Career site as a platform to highlight sports
construction and design as a career choice for young people
contemplating life choices. Through ASBA member interviews, visitors to
Cue Career can hear about what an average day “on the job” might be
like, how our members got into this field, etc. In this tight labor
market, anything ASBA can do to make prospective employees aware of the
sports construction field the greater the pool of talent.”
Part of ASBA’s Education Strategic Goals is to provide outreach and
create a broader awareness of the association. Working with Cue Career
helps ASBA reach that goal and attract young talent to the sports
A link to the ASBA Cue Career videos can be found on the ASBA home page
www.sportsbuilders.org. If you are looking for interns or would like
to mentor a young adult to help them better prepare for a career in the
sports construction industry, please contact Kaylee Derby, Director of
Education, ASBA at
Sponsorship: Commit to the Industry and WIN the Visibility Game
been thinking about becoming more involved with ASBA and showing your
support of the industry and all its work – but are you worried about
committing to an investment of time? There are plenty of ways to support
the industry and one is by becoming a sponsor of ASBA. The 2019
Sponsorship Packages, now available to members, come in a variety of
price points and offer multiple benefits!
return for investing as a sponsor, you’ll raise the visibility of your
company for an entire year. You can showcase your products or services
to builders, professionals and other members of the tennis court,
running track, court and recreational, field and indoor sports flooring
industries through multiple venues and events.
sponsorship used to encompass only the Technical Meeting, ASBA has
broadened the opportunities to give member companies benefits all year
long. Now, sponsorship is more valuable, more far-reaching and offers
better visibility for you and your company than ever before.
as a quick note -- for those who want a full-year investment, ASBA
offers Complete Sponsorship Packages. A one-time investment at the price
point of your choosing allows your company’s name to appear all year
long. For example, at the Technical Meeting, you’ll receive:
also enjoy increased visibility through website and online advertising,
a display advertisement in our Membership Directory, and your membership
dues for the 2020 membership year will be paid.
some extra incentive? Act soon and you’ll have your company’s name
included in the pre-publicity materials for the Technical Meeting. Start
the membership year off right with your name in the conference brochure
and show your support for the ASBA!
learn more? Go to
ASBA’s website and look for the “Sponsorship Opportunities” button
on the lower right-hand corner of the home page.
always, it’s first-come, first-served (sponsorship levels have priority)
— the earlier you apply, the more likely you are to have the space of
your choice. Space is awarded according to the date your form and
payment are received back here at ASBA headquarters. Sorry, no phone
reservations can be accepted.
have any questions, please call Cynthia at ASBA, 866-501-ASBA (2722) or
ON THE BOOKSHELF
is On the Bookshelf?
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.
Certification: Make it Your Goal
If you promised yourself
that this was the year you’d pursue your CTCB, CFB or CTB certification,
it’s time to start putting those wheels in motion.
All the information on
certification is available on ASBA’s website, under the tab for
“Certification” at the top of ASBA’s home page,
www.sportsbuilders.org. 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.
You can take the exam by
appointment at ASBA Headquarters in Maryland; simply work with the staff
to find a convenient time. You can also take it at the 2019 ASBA
Technical Meeting, as follows:
December 7, 2019
A specific time for the exam will be listed as the date is closer.
USTA Facility Assistance Program Increases Opportunities
Tennis providers and developers will have more opportunities to
construct, expand and renovate tennis courts in their community with the
introduction of new facility funding guidelines for 2019.
The USTA Facility Assistance program caters to a range of providers and
community tennis organizations, from those looking to repair cracked
courts at their local park to those dreaming of building a
state-of-the-art, multi-court facility.
Racquet & Paddle Sports Show
Racquet & Paddle Sports show is a 4 day experience designed to bring
racquet sport professionals and industry leaders together for a unique
future-focused B2B event to learn what’s new and next. Co-located with
the PGA Merchandise Show, general managers, key decision makers of
facility operations, buyers and more will gather in Orlando to discover
the latest trends and innovations in equipment, technology, court
surface/construction and maintenance as well as apparel, accessories and
footwear from leading and emerging brands--all in one place, all at one
news from ASBA members.
ASBA Welcomes New Members
ASBA welcomes 10 members that joined the
association since we published our last newsletter.
Announces New Certified Builders
ASBA has certified seven new builders since we published our last newsletter.
ASBA Mobile App Available on
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
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ASBA's Position Papers: We Need
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
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 Certificate of Distinction
Program: Are You Aware of It?
ASBA currently offers two
Certificates of Distinction, one for Design Professionals and one for
Both differ from
certification in that they do not require members to pass a test, nor
are they a credential that is awarded. However, they do recognize
commitment and dedication to the Association and the industry.
The Design Professional
Certificate of Distinction program provides professionals a distinction
by illustrating the individual’s commitment and dedication to the
tennis, track, fields and indoor facility construction industry through
involvement with ASBA and related organizations and the completion of
The Supplier Certificate
of Distinction program is designed to recognize those ASBA Supplier
Division Member Companies that contribute to and share in the betterment
of the ASBA. ASBA Supplier Division Member Companies that meet and/or
exceed the participation goals and requirements will receive this
recognition, which must be renewed on an annual basis and ASBA Supplier
Division Member Companies must meet the minimum total qualifying point
requirement every year to maintain their recognition.
To learn more about each
Certificate of Distinction program, go to
May We Quote You?
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:
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,
www.sportsbuilders.org, 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
email@example.com (note new address) and ask to be added to the
list. Include any specific expertise you have, such as tennis, track,
fields or indoor facilities.
Get Social with 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.
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For information on any of
the meetings shown below, call ASBA at 866-501-ASBA, e-mail
December 6-10, 2019
ASBA Technical Meeting
Rosen Shingle Creek
February 21-23, 2020
ASBA Winter Meeting
Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
March 4-5, 2020
ASBA Regional Meeting
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
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.
Kristoff Eldridge, CTB
Cape & Island Tennis & Track
Tennis Division President
Matt Strom, CTCB
Leslie Coatings, Inc.
Track Division President
Paul Nagle, CTB
Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc.
Courts & Recreation Division President
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
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.
Kirk Grego, CFB
Mid-America Golf & Landscape, Inc.
Mark Heinlein, CFB
Turf Reclamation Solutions, LLC
David Clapp, CTB, CTCB
Baseline Sports Construction
Covington Flooring CO., Inc.
Fast-Dry Courts, Inc. & 10-S Tennis Supply
Jordan Fisher, CTB
Fisher Tracks, Inc.
TD Sports, Inc. – Sport Court of Southern CA
Ed Norton, RLA, ASLA
Holcombe Norton Partners
Jameson Sheley, CFB-S, CTB
Byrne & Jones Sports Construction
Chris Sullivan, RLA
Verde Design, Inc.
Fred Stringfellow, CAE
Director of Meetings/
Cynthia M. Sanchez
Director of Education
David H. Pettit, Esq.