FROM THE CHAIR
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.
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
2. Congratulate yourself on a
smart business decision.
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:
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
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
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
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
Go South of the Border with
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
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
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
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
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.
Sponsorship: A Win/Win
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
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.
in the World is ASBA?
As part of our continuing effort
to promote ASBA as an industry
resource in sports construction
click here for some of the
upcoming events at which ASBA
will have a presence.
Stringfellow (right) with Tennis
Division President Mike
Edgerton, CTCB catching a match
at Wimbledon while representing
ASBA at the ITF Board Meeting in
Membership Directory Update
Perry Ann McGarvey should be
listed as VP of American Tennis
Courts, Inc. in Baltimore, MD
not Mobile, AL.
ON THE BOOKSHELF
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
Expanded section on the use of
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
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
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
ASBA is also offering a
Supplier Certificate of
ASBA Has a Blog!
ASBA has entered the
blogosphere. In fact, we’re
celebrating our first
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.
to sign up? Go to our website,
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
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
Make This the Year for
Been on the fence about
certification? It’s time to make
the leap. In an increasingly
certification can make a big
difference when it comes time to
put in a bid for that important
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
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
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
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
– 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,
American Sports Builders
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
ASBA's Position Papers: Read All
publishes a series of Position
Papers, which are one-page
technical documents on subjects
of interest to those in the
Know a Trailblazer? Give TI
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.
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, (http://www.careersintennis.com/),
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 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Careers-In-Tennis/),
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.
news from ASBA members.
ASBA Announces New Certified Members
ASBA recognized the
following individual as a Certified Builder:
Lisa Rosauer, CFB
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.