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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        July  2014


ASBA Keeps Busy During the Summer Season

The ASBA Board of Directors will be meeting in mid-July for its annual summer meeting. There are standard pieces of business on the agenda, such as approving an annual operating budget; important custodial items such as evaluating and considering changes to our critical Awards and Certified Builders programs; and more strategic initiatives that consider industry partnerships and new programs. DETAILS


ASBA 2014 Technical Meeting: Get Ready for the Value-Packed Experience

It’s time to start thinking about reconnecting with colleagues, recharging your batteries and refreshing your knowledge about the industry. In short, it’s time to start thinking about the 2014 Technical Meeting.

The 2014 Technical Meeting will be held December 5-9 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra, FL. That’s right – you can stay on the hallowed grounds of the TPC Sawgrass, including the world famous Stadium Course, home of THE PLAYERS Championship. DETAILS

Get Ready for Sunshine, Success at the ASBA Winter Meeting
Mark the Calendar for The Bahamas in 2015

The busy construction season is in full swing, making it hard to remember quieter times. Make plans now to make the most of those months, though, by attending ASBA’s 2015 Winter Meeting.

The meeting, which will be held February 20-22, 2015 at the Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island, offers outstanding opportunities to do long-overdue volunteer work for the Association, as well as to catch up with colleagues and clients.

Information is expected to be available after the next Technical Meeting. Members of ASBA will receive this automatically; all others can request to be put on the mailing list by calling 866-501-ASBA (2722) or Information will also be posted on the ASBA website as it becomes available.

Get Ready to Compete at ASBA's Technical Meeting!

Ready to get competitive? No, we’re not talking about free markets, sales figures or project bids. This is all about ASBA’s Tennis Tournament and Golf Outing. Both will be held in conjunction with the Technical Meeting, and both will give members and guests a chance to flex their competitive instincts. DETAILS


Sponsorship: More Benefits, More Visibility

What are YOU doing to increase your visibility and build up goodwill in the industry? If your mind has hit a blank, it’s time to consider ASBA’s Sponsorship program. DETAILS

Northern Stars: ASBA Holds Membership Events in Canada

Recently, ASBA went north of the border to explore the opportunity for Canadian contractors, professionals and suppliers to join the Association. The meeting, held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto in early May, included networking, dinner and an educational presentation on the ASBA and its programs. DETAILS

ASBA's Awards Program - An Epic Year!

ASBA has experienced an epic year in terms of numbers of awards applications. A total of 89 applications was received.

Judging of the awards is underway. Winners will be notified of their success prior to the Technical Meeting, and awards will be presented at that meeting. Note: The opening breakfast will include presentations of all awards, while the category winners will be presented at the closing dinner. Category winners include the following:

  • Indoor and Outdoor Tracks of the Year

  • Indoor and Outdoor Tennis Facilities of the Year

  • Residential Court of the Year

  • Track and Field Facility of the Year

  • Sports Fields of the Year (Single Field and Multiple Field facilities)

  • Green Award

Who will get the honors? Find out at ASBA’s Technical Meeting!

ASBA Has a New Twitter Account! Are Your Following Us?

ASBA continues its journey into social media. Our latest entry is into 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. See you in the Twittersphere!

P.S. ASBA is already active in Facebook (look under American Sports Builders Association) and has a group on LinkedIn (also listed under American Sports Builders Association). Be sure you’re following us in all the social media you use.

Time to Order the New Issue of Indoor Sports Surfaces: A Construction and Maintenance Manual

ASBA continues to update its publications, to keep them consistent with new technologies, new standards and the needs of athletes, officials and spectators.

The book, Indoor Sports Surfaces: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, Second Edition, will be the next to be published, and is expected in September of 2014.

Right now, ASBA is taking pre-orders for this new book. Members can purchase copies at a 40% discount if ordered by July 31st. In order to receive the discount, click here for a pre-order form

The newly-published Second Edition – Indoor Sports Surface Manual is a $44.95 value. This discount is good on any quantity books. Order one book and pay only $27. Special shipping rates are available too.

Get your copy today!

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

Thinking of Becoming Certified?

If you’ve been thinking of becoming a Certified Builder with ASBA, it’s time to make that goal a reality. Whether you want to be a CTCB, CTB, CFB, CFB-S or CFB-N, you’ll find all the information you need to register on ASBA’s website, From the top menu, choose “Certification” and then select your desired exam from the drop-down menu.

Once you have all your materials, it’s time to pick a date to take the exam. The exams will be offered on December 6, 2014 at the ASBA Technical Meeting.

The exam may also be taken at ASBA Headquarters in Maryland. Testing is available throughout the year, but prior arrangements are necessary.

For all test dates and locations, the application deadline is 30 DAYS PRIOR to the exam date listed.

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


USTA Announces 100-Court Facility in Orlando

Back in May, USTA made what could be considered a fairly earth-shaking announcement: the decision to create what it called “the new home for American tennis,” a state-of-the-art facility in the Lake Nona area in Orlando, FL. DETAILS

Know a Trailblazer? Give TI 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? Tennis Industry Magazine would like to know about that person. TI 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

Looking for New Employees? Look No Further

Want to connect with potential employees? TIA invites you to use its “Careers In Tennis” initiative. The website allows employers to post jobs, and allows potential employees to check out the opportunities. It is free to use for both those looking to fill jobs, and those interested in finding jobs.

ASBA members looking to hire someone with tennis-specific interest or experience are urged to check out the site. There is also a Careers In Tennis page on Facebook, showcasing various opportunities and explaining the initiative.

Registration for Careers In Tennis is free. In the website section detailing jobs in the facility design and construction industry, there is a link to ASBA’s website as well -- all the more reason to make sure your information in the ASBA member database is updated and accurate.


Membership Directory Update

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The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

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

ASBA Announces New Certified Builders

ASBA has announced the names of the individuals most recently recognized as Certified Builders.

Steve Titus, CFB-N
Valley Crest Landscape Development, Inc.

Vincent Yoos, CFB-S
AstroTurf, LLC

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 and/or 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 5-9, 2014
ASBA Technical Meeting

Sawgrass Marriott

Ponte Vedra, Florida


February 20-22, 2015
ASBA Winter Meeting
Grand Lucayan
Grand Bahama Island

December 4-8, 2015
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.

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