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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        July 2016


Summer Is Here

Well, summer is here, so thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to read ASBA’s Newsline. It’s busy here in Ohio, and from what I hear from other ASBA members – it’s busy just about everywhere. We’ll toast to our successful season in December at the ASBA Technical Meeting being held at the Omni Resort in Amelia Island, Florida (outside Jacksonville). I hope December 2-6 is on your calendar and you’re already making plans to join your peers, suppliers and colleagues at this year’s meeting. It will be the perfect setting to talk about what worked, what didn’t and celebrate the fine work being done by ASBA members as we honor our award winners - with 84 entries this year, there will be a lot to celebrate. DETAILS


2016 Technical Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida: A Great Business Decision

Here’s your to-do list once the summer rush has passed:

1. Sign up for the 2016 ASBA Technical Meeting

2. Congratulate yourself on a smart business decision.

The Technical Meeting, to be held December 2-6 of this year at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Florida, is everything you can ask for in a meeting – and here is why: DETAILS

Special Pre-Technical Meeting Learning Opportunity

Remember last year’s pre-Technical Meeting learning session? It was on the topic of field irrigation and was an optional afternoon session, and was made available at a nominal fee.

That session was wildly popular and was presented to a packed room, so ASBA wants to continue the winning pattern. This time, we’re offering a special session on the topic of “Performance Testing in Athletic Facility Construction.” The speaker will be Michael Gentile, one of the founders of Sports Labs USA.

Sports Labs USA carries out both performance testing and Gmax testing of athletic facilities (including fields, tracks and courts) around the country. The website and contains full information about the company and its work.
This is a topic all members can benefit from, and we encourage you to consider planning your travel in order to allow you to attend.

The session will be offered on Saturday, December 3, 2016 (time to be announced) and the cost will be only $50 per person.

Registration will be available once complete Technical Meeting schedule information is published (expected out this fall.)

Go South of the Border with ASBA

ASBA will be venturing south of the border and down to Mexico for its 2017 Winter Meeting. The meeting, to be held February 24-26, 2017, at the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort in Riviera Maya, will be a great opportunity for a mid-winter escape with a lot of opportunities for getting work done.

Join ASBA to work on projects and publications, as well as to do committee work and map out the year ahead. This is where suggestions are made for Technical Meeting topics, position papers and more. If you’ve never explored this meeting before, it’s time you took the plunge.

Work sessions are held in the morning, leaving afternoons free for you to catch up with colleagues – or just to relax. And at this resort, an all-inclusive five-star beachfront property, you’ll have the chance to do both. In addition to multiple restaurants, a spa, tennis and a variety of water sports, the spectacular beach includes white sand, crystal-clear water and a coral reef.

Plus, ASBA offers its own tennis and golf events for attendees and their guests. Challenge your colleagues and competitors and earn the bragging rights you’ve been dying to get.
This meeting is one of ASBA’s most valuable events, and serves to help move the Association forward. Don’t miss your chance to check it out.

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


Trending Topics: ASBA's Barometer of What's New in Sports

ASBA likes to stay on top of some of the trending topics relating to sports facilities. Here are some of the latest to move the needle and garner public interest.  DETAILS

Sponsorship: A Win/Win Situation

Raising the profile of your business is always important. Maybe you’ve been thinking about becoming more involved with ASBA and showing your support of the industry and all its work.

The good news is you can get all that done by becoming a sponsor of ASBA. The 2016-2017 Sponsorship Packages, now available to members, come in a variety of price points with multiple benefits. DETAILS

Awards Program: An Update

No, we’re not announcing the winners of ASBA’s awards yet (to hear who won, you need to come to our Technical Meeting this December in Amelia Island, Florida). We just wanted to give you an update on the awards program:

This year, 84 award applications were submitted. That’s up from last year’s total of 72.
Judging will take place during this summer’s Board and Committee meetings in Annapolis, Maryland. Award winners are notified by mail only whether or not a project they entered will receive an award; they are not told which project(s) will be honored. In addition, announcement is not made until the Technical Meeting regarding which entries will be named Facilities of the Year.

This was the first year ASBA offered a webinar to help people learn how to complete the awards application correctly. It was very well received and we look forward to hosting another next year.

Make your plans to come to the Technical Meeting in Amelia Island and help us honor the facilities that make everyone proud to be a part of the sports construction industry.

Where in the World is ASBA?

As part of our continuing effort to promote ASBA as an industry resource in sports construction issues, click here for some of the upcoming events at which ASBA will have a presence.


Fred Stringfellow (right) with Tennis Division President Mike Edgerton, CTCB catching a match at Wimbledon while representing ASBA at the ITF Board Meeting in London.

Membership Directory Update

Perry Ann McGarvey should be listed as VP of American Tennis Courts, Inc. in Baltimore, MD not Mobile, AL.


Coming Soon: The New Edition of ASBA's Track Book

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! ASBA’s Track Division has been hard at work and as a member, you’re about to get the benefit of it!

AA is close to the publication of the ninth edition of Running Tracks: A Construction and Maintenance Manual. According to Track Division President Troy Rudolph, The new edition of the book, which is scheduled for this summer, will include the following:

  • New and updated drawings throughout the book

  • Expanded section on the use of post-tensioned concrete

  • Refined measurements and tables

The book will be made available in both hard copy and electronic format. We encourage you to get some copies for those valued clients – it’s a great reason to stop by for a social visit, and do a little business while you’re there.
We’ll be announcing the publication on the website but in the meantime, keep an eye out. You won’t want to miss this excellent resource.

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

ASBA Has a Blog!

ASBA has entered the blogosphere. In fact, we’re celebrating our first anniversary there.

For those who haven’t seen it yet, the ASBA blog comes out every Monday and includes information on trending topics in the sports facility construction industry.

Want to sign up? Go to our website,, and click on the button for ASBA Blog (on the right hand side of the page.) Once you’re into the blog, you can use the sign-up function at the bottom of the page.

Oh, and by the way, ASBA loves it when members either send us material for the blog, or even just suggest topics. Want to send a topic or a blog? E-mail your information to our technical writer, Mary Helen Sprecher, at .

Make This the Year for Certification

Been on the fence about certification? It’s time to make the leap. In an increasingly competitive market, certification can make a big difference when it comes time to put in a bid for that important project. 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.

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.

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'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


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

ASBA Announces New Certified Members

ASBA recognized the following individual as a Certified Builder:

Lisa Rosauer, CFB
Rosauer Consulting
20326 Happy Valley Road
Stanwood, WA 98292
Certification Expires: Dec. 31, 2019

ASBA Welcomes New Members

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

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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 2-6, 2016
ASBA Technical Meeting
Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Amelia Island, Florida

February 24-26, 2017
ASBA Winter Meeting
Barcelo Maya Beach Resort
Riviera Maya, Mexico

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

Pete Smith, CTCB
The CourtSMITHs

Tennis Division President
Mike Edgerton, CTCB
Copeland Coatings

Track Division President
Troy Rudolph, CFB, CTB, CTCB
Elite Sports Builders

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

Fields Division President
Jim Catella, CFB, CTB
Clark Companies

Professional Division

Chris Sullivan, RLA
Verde Design, Inc.

Supplier Division President
Chris Rossi
California Sports Surfaces

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


Ben Brooks, PE
Patriot Court Systems, Inc.

Megan Buczynski, PE, LEED AP
Activitas, Inc.

Bob Cohen, CFB-S, CTB
Robert Cohen Co., LLC

Randy Futty
California Sports Surfaces

Mark Heinlein, CFB
Turf Reclamation Solutions, LLC

David Moxley
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.

Paul Nagle, CTB
Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc.

Matt Strom, CTCB
Leslie Coatings, Inc.

Ed Norton, RLA, ASLA
Holcombe Norton Partners

Past Chairman
Dan Wright, CFB

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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