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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        July  2013


Business is Picking Up and ASBA is Keeping Pace

With the economy picking up in many parts of the country, things seem to be getting busier. It’s probably time to dust off that list of contacts and start following up on projects that were “back-burnered” a couple years ago. Best wishes to all of us on making 2013 one of the best in recent years. DETAILS


Make Connections at Technical Meeting 2013!

Get the Technical Meeting on your calendar and be prepared to get connected. This year’s event, to be held December 6-10 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, promises to be one of the best yet. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Connections,” and attending means you will be able to connect with the industry in every way. DETAILS

This Year's Technical Meeting Speaker: Jim "The Rookie" Morris

Ready to be inspired? Want to learn how to connect your dreams with reality? This year’s Technical Meeting keynote speaker will help you do just that.

Jim “The Rookie” Morris’ inspirational and transformational message about following your dreams and having a game plan for success will help ASBA attendees believe in all the possibilities facing them. Jim’s life story was the true inspiration behind the Walt Disney blockbuster film, “The Rookie,” starring Dennis Quaid. DETAILS

Tap into ASBA's Expertise

Want to find out some of the hot topics in the industry? Didn’t get a chance to attend certain sessions at a Technical Meeting and want to catch up? Now you can.
ASBA offers copies of the PowerPoint presentations made during recent Technical Meeting sessions. Those presentations are available free of charge on the website. Simply click here.

Presentations are organized according to the year of each Technical Meeting, stretching back to 2003. Click on each year to get a list of available presentations, including the name of the presenter.

It is free to download and view the presentations. ASBA reminds its website users that the presentations were made at past meetings, using the knowledge of ASBA member contractors and others; however, the information contained in the presentations should not be considered the only recommendation of the Association in terms of construction technique, materials, etc.

In the interest of (a) staying more eco-friendly and (b) not burdening meeting attendees with handouts, ASBA has gone electronic-only with its handouts. All presentation materials are uploaded directly to ASBA’s websites following Technical Meetings.

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 2013-2014. DETAILS


ASBA's 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. DETAILS

The Book Report
What's new with ASBA technical publications

Two publications up for revision this time include Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, and Indoor Sports Surfaces: An Installation and Maintenance Manual. DETAILS

Don't be the last one into the social media pool...

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

Major Motion Pictures from ASBA

Just a reminder – if you were at the Technical Meeting, you noticed that ASBA was professionally videotaping several sessions. Missed those sessions and want to see them – or did you see them, but want a refresher course? They’re available on ASBA’s website for viewing. DETAILS

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

Are You Certified? Did You Know You Must Recertify Every Three Years?

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


TIA's Careers in Tennis Initiative Available to Industry Members

It’s all about the American Dream: kid comes out of college, lands an entry level job and starts working in his or her chosen field.

But what if the kid’s dream is a job in the tennis industry? Maybe this grad loves the game but is realistic about his or her ability: a competitive career isn’t in the cards, but another tennis-related job could be. Maybe in sales or service of equipment or materials. Maybe in design or construction of facilities. Maybe as a teaching pro or a club manager. There are a lot of jobs out there, but how to get the metaphorical foot (wearing a tennis shoe or not) in the door?

It was with this idea that TIA launched its “Careers In Tennis” initiative. DETAILS

STMA Announces Sponsorship Support for First Ever U.S. National Arboretum Peer-Reviewed Exhibit

The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) has announced its sponsorship and planning support of the United States National Arboretum’s (USNA) “Grass Roots” Initiative, the first peer-reviewed exhibit of its kind hosted by the governmental research center. The exhibit will feature an educational section entitled “Game Winning Grass” that will examine turf in sports fields and its importance to athletes and athletic performance, among other related topics.  DETAILS

What's the State of the Industry in Running? A New Survey has the Scoop!

The 2013 National Runner Survey is a comprehensive study conducted every two years by Running USA. This survey is the fourth one conducted by Running USA. The National Runner Survey assesses the demographics, lifestyle, attitudes, habits and product preferences of the running population nationwide. Results from the National Runner Survey reflect “core runners”, that is, active adult participants who tend to enter running events and train year-round.  DETAILS

Tennis Again Leads Traditional Sports in Participation Growth

Tennis continues to lead the pack in long-term participation growth among traditional sports. Tennis participation was up 31% from 2000 to 2012, according to the U.S. Sports, Fitness, and Recreation Participation Report recently released by the Physical Activity Council.  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



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes 11 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.

Aaron Pankoke, CTB
Track Surfaces Company
St. Charles, IL

W. Todd Smith, CFB
Academy Sports Turf, LLC
Englewood, CO

Allen Verdin, CFB
The Motz Group
Cincinnati, OH

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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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 6-10, 2013
ASBA Technical Meeting

The Grand Hyatt

San Antonio, Texas



February 21-23, 2014
ASBA Winter Meeting

Paradisus Punta Cana

Dominican Republic


December 5-9, 2014
ASBA Technical Meeting

Sawgrass Marriott

Ponte Vedra, Florida

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.

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Cynthia M. Sanchez


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