News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        July 2017

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ASBA Is Having a Successful Year

Pete Smith, CTCB

ASBA Chairman

Summer is here and undoubtedly keeping us all busy as we ramp up to finish projects before the kids go back to school. I’m pleased to report that ASBA is coming off a busy and successful Winter/Spring season of meetings and programs…and gearing up for more ahead. I hope that December 1-4 is on your calendar and that you’re already making plans to join your peers, suppliers and colleagues at this year’s Technical Meeting in New Orleans. It will be the perfect setting to talk about what worked this season, what didn’t and to celebrate the exemplary work done by ASBA members as we honor this year’s award winners – with 100 entries this year, there will be a lot to celebrate!

Keep in mind that we have a new division this year - our Courts & Recreation Division. As you talk to builders, designers and suppliers involved in fast-growing sports like Pickleball, Basketball, Futsal, Volleyball and other “court sports,” be sure to tell them about ASBA and encourage them to join us in New Orleans for the Technical Meeting. The new pickleball manual is selling well and several projects within this new division were submitted for this year’s awards program. We’re off to a strong start!

Liaison efforts continue with ASBA’s industry partners. Our track and fields delegations met with representatives of NCAA, NFHS and NIAAA 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 will be represented at the ITF Foundation’s annual Surfaces Board meeting in London in July where there will be updates on ITF Recognition and the ITF Court Pace Classification Program.

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

Have a great summer!

Pete Smith, CTCB

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