News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        April 2016

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Summer Is Here

Pete Smith, CTCB

ASBA Chairman

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.

Our programs seem to be firing on all cylinders, since my last message in the Spring. We held a very successful debut "Asphalt Webinar" on April 12, and welcomed over 120 participants. The webinar was recorded and archived on the members-only page of our website.

Liaison efforts continue with ASBA’s industry partners. Our track and fields delegations met with representatives of NCAA and NFHS in Indianapolis to continue what has become an annual tradition. Members of the Governing bodies of track and field discuss potential rule changes and issues "in the field" and we have an opportunity to express how those changes might potentially impact the ways we design and build their facilities.

ASBA was represented at the ITF Foundation’s annual Surfaces Board meeting in London in late June where there will be updates on ITF Recognition, the ITF Court Pace Classification Program and European Standards for sports surfaces, to name a few of the topics.

The editorial board has been hard at work on the latest revision of Running Tracks: A Construction and Maintenance Manual. The new manual is in its final stages of design and should be in circulation by late September. Many thanks to the volunteers who contributed their time on this publication.

The ASBA Board of Directors will be holding its annual summer meeting in Annapolis, MD in July as we evaluate our progress on the Strategic Plan, and plan for the upcoming Technical and Winter meetings. I’m looking forward to reporting back to all of you in December at the Technical Meeting.

Have a great summer!

Pete Smith, CTCB

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