ASBA Newsline


ASBA Members Step Up

In the Spring Newsline, I encouraged you to participate in the survey that had been sent to all members and stressed the importance of the survey to ASBA. I’m pleased to report that we had a phenomenal response from our members – over 37% of our members (131 companies). Such a response for an association survey of that length is almost unheard of. DETAILS


Next Stop: Orlando for the Technical Meeting

Forget about the end of season doldrums -- it's time to shake it off and fly south. The ASBA Technical Meeting will be held November 30-December 4 at the Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Just think -- you can wrap up your season and get ready for next year by making contacts, attending sessions, learning about new products and finding out all the news the industry and Association have to offer. DETAILS


And Now, a Word About Our Sponsorships...

Helping to advance the industry while getting a benefit for your company -- sounds like a win-win situation, doesn't it? ASBA is giving you the chance to score on both fronts with its sponsorship programs in 2012-2013. DETAILS

ASBA Now Has Videos Online

Want to catch up on some of the latest knowledge? ASBA has videos online. They are available to ASBA members free of charge. Note that videos represent various membership divisions, and include the following subjects:

•  Fields: Sports Fields Diagnostics/Analyzing Field Problems
•  Tennis: Court Preparation and Removing Surface Coatings
•  Indoor: Concrete Moisture and Moisture Mitigation Systems
•  Track: Asphalt Acceptance - Planarity, Slope Type and Curb Match

The videos were made at last year's ASBA Technical Meeting, and include single-speaker presentations as well as panel discussions. They are available by going to and then clicking on the box on the lower right hand section of the home page, or by using this link:

ASBA Hits Blog Spots

ASBA is now highly visible in the blogging universe, with blogs on TennisNow (for tennis), Run BlogRun (for track), in and Turf Insider (for fields) and Athletic Business Magazine's e-newsletter (for general sports facility topics).

The Association is looking forward to expanding its reach with its blogging work, and to making even more readers aware of ASBA and of the importance of excellence in sports facility construction. Count on our blogs to touch on not just Association news but points of interest to the athletic community as a whole.
Want to suggest a topic for blogging? Want to suggest a publication or site where you think an ASBA blog would be a good addition? Send an e-mail to Mary Helen Sprecher at

Elections in Progress: Your Input is Welcome

ASBA's Nominations and Elections Committee has announced its slate of candidates for Association officers and directorsDETAILS

Want to Become a Certified Builder? There's Never Been a Better Time!

If you've been thinking about taking the certification exam, it's time to stop thinking and start studying.  DETAILS

Don't be the Last One into the Social Media Pool...

Calling all social media moguls (or wannabe moguls): ASBA is now on Facebook and LinkedIn. Are you following us? DETAILS

ASBA Publishes New Tennis Courts Book

ASBA has announced the publication of the seventh edition of one of its most popular books, Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual.  DETAILS


'What Slow Economy?' Say Synthetic Turf Companies

AstroTurf was invented in 1965 and first used in the Houston Astrodome in 1966, much to the annoyance of Philadelphia Phillies slugger Dick Allen. “If a cow can’t eat it,’’ he said, “I don’t want to play on it.” As the playing surfaces have been refined, the number of cities and towns with artificial turf fields on the ground or in the works has grown, even as some communities kick the tires on such projects and find them too rich for their blood. DETAILS

Know a Trailblazer? Give RSI 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? Racquet Sports Industry Magazine would like to know about that person. RSI 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

2012 Sports Report ... New on the SGMA Bookshelf

Need to make a case to anyone about building new sports facilities or improving their existing facilities? The SGMA has two new studies available, and they're both worth reading. DETAILS

Going to NYC for the U.S. Open? Don't Miss The Tennis Show

Those who are making tracks for the Big Apple in time for the U.S. Open might want to know about something new for tennis: the one-day "Tennis Show." The theme of the show is "Celebrating the Sport of Opportunity”-- and it will feature a trade show, the TIA Tennis Forum, and the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony. DETAILS



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes six new companies that have joined the association since the last newsletter. DETAILS

ASBA Announces New Certified Builders

ASBA is pleased to announce the following individuals have successfully completed all requirements to become certified builders.

Joey Alexander, CFB-S
Sports Construction Management, Inc.
4509 Highway 150 South
Lexington, NC 27295

Anthony Cunningham, CTB
ATT Sports, Inc.
115B Cross Keys Road
Berlin, NJ 08009

May We Quote You?

One of ASBA's most important programs is its technical articles, which are written for trade magazines in various segments of the industry, including tennis, track, indoor and fields facilities. We are always looking for our members to comment on, and be quoted in these articles. This is an excellent chance to help raise ASBA's profile, and in an ancillary capacity, to increase visibility for your company. If you would like to be quoted in these articles, please send an e-mail to Mary Helen Sprecher at

Please indicate your area(s) of expertise: Tennis, Track, Indoor, Fields so that we do not bother you with excess e-mail. You can be added to more than one mailing list if you wish.

If you have previously sent Mary Helen an e-mail asking to be added to her e-mail list, you do not need to request again. However, if your e-mail has changed and you have not been receiving questions, please contact her with your current e-mail address.

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The Latest News from ASBA

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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



November 30 - December 3, 2012
ASBA Technical Meeting

Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios

Orlando, Florida



February 22-25, 2013
ASBA Winter Meeting

The Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort

Puerto Rico

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 Staff

Executive Director

Fred Stringfellow, CAE


Director of Meetings/ Member Services

Cynthia M. Jordan


Membership Services

Laura Izzo


Financial Manager

Amy Chetelat, CAE