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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        July  2015


Summer Time!

It’s that time of year again….the one that we try to prepare for during the off-season…the one that makes or breaks the year for many of us: SUMMER.

December seems like a long way off, but it’s never too early to start planning. Be sure to mark your calendars for December 4-8 for ASBA’s 2015 Technical Meeting at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona. We are in the midst of ASBA’s 50th anniversary and we’ll be toasting our success together at this year’s Technical Meeting. A special task force has been created to work on making this a not-to-miss event. Watch your mail and email boxes in the coming months for hints of things to come, but to truly experience the magic, you’ll need to be in Scottsdale in December. DETAILS

Trending Topics...

Here’s what’s trending on the Internet when it comes to sports facilities…

Drought in California: The drought in California is affecting more than just lawns and swimming pools. Sports facilities are also taking a hit, with many fields unplayable and golf courses starting to replace less-played areas with materials such as mulch, native plantings and gravel.

US Open Roof: The final piece of steel has been placed on the roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium, but the project won’t be finished until the 2016 US Open. All scaffolding, construction materials and equipment will have to be taken away in time for the tournament – and brought back afterwards so that construction can resume.

World Cup Location: Decision-making on the location of the FIFA World Cup in 2026 has been put on hold pending the current investigation. A host country was expected to be announced in 2017; officials have not said whether this announcement date still holds.

Stadium Amenities: The Cincinnati Reds opened what might be the first-ever suite for nursing mothers (or those with fussy children) at a Major League Baseball park.

Living at the Ballpark: The Lansing Lugnuts ball club expects to put housing into the stadium, with views out over the park. The proposed development will be called The Outfield.


2015 Technical Meeting:
A Preview of the Best Opportunity of the Year

It’s hot now and you’re busier than you can ever remember. Your crews are going non-stop. But take a minute and think about what’s ahead. Specifically, fast-forward to a few months from now. Schools will be in session, temperatures will have dropped and work will be slower. How are you planning to spend the off-season?

If you want to do it in a productive manner, mark your calendar for December 4-8, the dates of the 2015 Technical Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.  DETAILS

ASBA's 50th Anniversary: Get Ready to Celebrate!

ASBA was founded in 1965. That means 2015 is our 50th anniversary – a milestone by anyone’s definition! Look for our special 50th anniversary logo on all correspondence as well as on our website, and expect special events throughout the year.

In recognition of this momentous occasion, ASBA will be making this year's Technical Meeting in Scottsdale a very special commemorative event. Plans are underway for special giveaways for all attendees, and celebratory events and activities are being planned throughout the meeting.

All Technical Meeting and Package Sponsors will receive special recognition at this year's meeting. If you've ever considered an ASBA sponsorship, this is the year to give it a try. ASBA attendance will be high, and members will be in a celebratory spirit. Associate your company with this spirit. In addition to the sponsorship packages that are outlined in our brochure, additional sponsorship opportunities associated with the 50th anniversary also exist. Contact Cynthia Sanchez if you're interested in learning more.

Great plans are already in the works. Watch your e-mail n the coming weeks as we announce more about the special programs being planned for this celebratory event. We will be developing a commemorative video that highlights ASBA’s 50 years; in fact, we invite members to send in brief (30-second maximum) video testimonials about the Association and what it has meant to your careers and your businesses.

You won’t want to miss a single minute of this coming membership year. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the Association’s history and its accomplishment. Remember – ASBA members have been responsible for much of the evolution of the sports facility construction industry. We are proud to have been a part of it.

Irrigation Technologies Workshop: A New Offering at this Year's Technical Meeting

Ever sat down for a session at the Technical Meeting but said later that you wished it could go on longer because you felt there was so much more to learn? ASBA has heard you, loud and clear.

In response to requests, ASBA is offering the first-ever technology workshop at this year’s Technical Meeting, in Scottsdale, Arizona.The workshop, to cover Irrigation Technology, will be held on Saturday, December 5, from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, site of the Technical Meeting. The speaker will be Lynda Wightman from Hunter Industries.  DETAILS

2016: It's Not Too Early to Plan

ASBA’s 2016 Winter Meeting will see the Association returning to the Dominican Republic, scene of all the great times in 2014.

The meeting will be February 19-21, 2016, and will be held at the Paradisus Palma Real Resort. Those who remember the previous meeting will recall it was held at an all-inclusive resort. ASBA heard all the good reviews from that meeting and as a result, are returning to another all-inclusive. Lodging, meals, drinks and other amenities are included in the regular price. You won’t want to miss this great opportunity. DETAILS


Limited Time Opportunity: Sponsorship Packages for 2015-2016

What distinguishes a company as a strong member of the industry? The ability to support the industry, and to demonstrate that support for all to see.
An outstanding way to demonstrate support is by becoming an ASBA sponsor in the forthcoming year. This not only illustrates your commitment to the industry and the Association, but it creates outstanding opportunities for heightened visibility.

ASBA is rolling out its 2015-2016 Sponsorship Packages. These packages provide companies with the opportunity to stay in front of current and potential customers for the entire year — not just one meeting. The Association is still offering sponsorships for the Technical Meeting, but additionally, it offers a comprehensive sponsorship package that will include a company’s ASBA membership dues, sponsorships at both the Technical Meeting and Winter Meeting, as well as advertising on the Association’s website and in its annual membership directory. In other words, it’s one stop shopping with a range of benefits.

Now is the time to showcase your products or services to builders, professionals and other members of the tennis court, running track, field and indoor sports flooring industries through multiple venues and events.

As 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.

ASBA also offers a special benefit available only to our exhibitors at no additional charge — a promotional flyer that is included in all attendees' registration packets, describing the products and services on display in the exhibit hall. You can submit a camera-ready company logo and provide a 15-word description. Your exhibit hall location will be shown beside your entry.

If you have any questions, please call Cynthia at ASBA, 866-501-ASBA (2722) or e-mail

Awards Update

The application period for ASBA’s awards program has closed. A total of 72 applications came in, and will be reviewed by the Awards Committee.

Awards honor various categories of constructions, including tennis courts, running track, sports fields and indoor facilities. Within each category, there may be numerous categories; for example, the tennis court category includes several subcategories: indoor, outdoor and residential courts.

Once the committee has reviewed all entries, winners will be selected. All award winners will be honored at the Technical Meeting. Information on this meeting can be found in this newsletter. (Make your plans to attend, and to see the best of what ASBA has to offer).

Get Social wtih 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.

Stay Tuned for Latest Court Construction Manual

The eighth edition of Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, published jointly by the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) and USTA, is scheduled to be out this summer. The 2015 edition includes key updates to many areas of court construction and maintenance, including post-tension concrete courts, LED lighting, 36- and 60-foot courts and much more.

A panel of construction experts spent the last two years updating the 320-page manual from the 2012 edition, and it is considered an invaluable resource for anyone planning, building or considering a tennis facility, in addition to providing key information on maintenance, repair and renovation. Nearly 60 original drawings help illustrate construction, renovation and maintenance methods.

The book is a key resource for all 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. The new edition will also be distributed by the USTA (for the 2012 edition, the USTA distributed more than 1,000 copies to volunteers, Sections and USTA facility grant applicants) and sold by the ASBA and on for $44.95. Stay tuned for on-sale date and details.

ASBA: The Industry's Experts

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:

  • Tennis Industry

  • PTR Tennis Pro

  • Sports Turf

  • Sportsfield Management

  • Athletic Management

  • Coach and Athletic Director

  • RunBlogRun

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,, 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 and ask to be added to the list. Include any specific expertise you have, such as tennis, track, fields or indoor facilities.

ASBA's New Certificate of Distinction Programs: Design Professionals and Supplier Members Can Benefit

ASBA is always searching for ways to enhance the value of its membership. At the same time, the Association wants its members to have the best possible visibility in the industry.

Recently, ASBA introduced its Design Professional Certificate of Distinction Program. This new program, aimed at the design professional membership, helps demonstrate an individual’s understanding of the design and construction, as well as maintenance, of tennis courts, running tracks, natural and synthetic fields, and indoor facilities.

ASBA is also offering a Supplier Certificate of Distinction Program. DETAILS

Thinking of Becoming Certified?

If part of your New Year’s resolution included becoming a Certified Builder with ASBA, it’s time to make that resolution 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 Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the ASBA Technical Meeting, to be held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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.

ASBA's Position Papers: Read All About It

The International Tennis Federation (ITF), in association with the TIA , and supported by National Tennis Associations, has embarked on a two-year global research project into the ‘State of Tennis’ in 21 countries:

Year 1 (2014): Argentina, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Japan, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA
Year 2 (2015): Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland

The key aims of the study are to:

Establish participation levels

Establish the profile of tennis players

Monitor attitudes towards the game of tennis.

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


ITF Global Tennis Research Project 2015

The International Tennis Federation (ITF), in association with the TIA , and supported by National Tennis Associations, has embarked on a two-year global research project into the ‘State of Tennis’ in 21 countries:

Year 1 (2014): Argentina, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Japan, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA

Year 2 (2015): Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland

The key aims of the study are to:

  • Establish participation levels

  • Establish the profile of tennis players

  • Monitor attitudes towards the game of tennis.

ASBA, as an ITF Foundation member, as access to the results of the research for Year 2. For a summary of all the research conducted in 2014 and 2015, contact ASBA at

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.



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

Directory Correction

Tennex Systems Inc. in Aurora, Ontario. The correct email address is Their website is

ASBA Welcomes New Members

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

Birchwood Design Group (Professional)
150 Chestnut Street, 4th Floor
Providence, RI 02903
Arthur Eddy, Principal

Rosauer Consulting (Professional)
20326 Happy Valley Road
Stanwood, WA 98292
Lisa Rosauer, Owner

Southeastern Field Construction (Builder)
P.O. Box 980
Metter, GA 30439
Heather Hendricks, Owner

ASBA Announces New Certified Builder

ASBA recognized the following individual as a certified builder since we published our last newsletter. 

Jeff Cose, CFB-S
Midwest FieldTurf
22 South Main Street
P.O. Box 160
Denison, IA 51442

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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 4-8, 2015
ASBA Technical Meeting
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, AZ




February 19-31, 20165
ASBA Winter Meeting
Paradisus Palma Real Resort
Dominican Republic


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

Dan Wright, CFB
Sports Turf Company

Tennis Division President/Chairman-Elect
Pete Smith, CTCB
The CourtSMITHs

Track Division President
Troy Rudolph, CFB, CTB, CTCB
Sunland Sports

Indoor Division President
Joe Covington, Jr.
Covington Flooring Co., Inc.

Fields Division President
Jim Catella, CFB, CTB
Clark Companies

Professional Division President
Chris Sullivan, RLA
Verde Design, Inc.

Supplier Division President
Chris Rossi
California Sports Surfaces

Ed Norton, RLA, ASLA
Holcombe Norton Partners


Ben Brooks, PE
Patriot Court Systems, Inc.

Megan Buczynski, PE, LEED AP
Activitas, Inc.

Mike Edgerton, CTCB
Copeland Coatings

Kristoff Eldridge, CTB
Cape & Island Tennis & Track

Mark Heinlein, CFB
Turf Reclamation Solutions

Linn Lower, CTCB
Lower Bros. Co., Inc.

David Moxley
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.

Matt Strom, CTCB
Leslie Coatings, Inc.

Art Tucker
California Sport Surfaces, Div of California Products Corp.

Linn Lower, CTCB
Lower Bros. Co., Inc.

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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