News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        July  2019

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ASBA Continues to Work Its Strategic Plan

Kristoff Eldridge, CTB

ASBA Chairman

I can only hope that your Summer season is shaping up to be productive and that the weather in your region cooperates for the next few months. In the northeast we’ve just hit 50 rain days since April 1, so for any of you dealing with dryer weather, it’s time to share! As I write this message, the ASBA Board of Directors is planning to meet in Denver in mid—July for our annual summer meeting. It’s hard to imagine that it’s been one year since the Board met in Chicago for a strategic planning retreat. We’ve spent much of the past year using the information and ideas that emerged from that planning retreat to chart our course for the next several years. We’ve increased staff resources and project funding to expand ASBA’s role in education and training; we’ve strengthened our certified builders programs and we’re increasing outreach efforts to key stakeholder communities (sport governing bodies etc).

Additionally, our member volunteers have been busier than ever working on projects that benefit all of us. Certification Task Forces comprised of Certified Tennis Court Builders (CTCBs) and Certified Track Builders (CTBs) worked closely with psychometricians at PSI to revise the CTCB and CTB exams. Months went into this review and revision process to update them. Members of the Track Division are working to finalize the 2019 revision of the Running Tracks: A Construction & Maintenance Manual – which is expected to be complete by this Fall. A special thanks to these volunteers for giving of their time for the benefit of all.

I hope that December 6-9 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 Orlando, Florida. Please pay particularly close attention to the schedule this year before making travel plans, as we’ve added a Friday evening reception at the start of the program, to be hosted at USTA’s National Campus, located minutes from our host hotel. You won’t want to miss this new activity (details inside this newsletter).

Liaison efforts continue with ASBA’s industry partners. Our track and fields delegations met with representatives of NCAA, NFHS and NIAAA in Indianapolis in May to continue what has become an annual tradition. Changes include the incorporation of the acceleration zone into the exchange zone limits, for the short relays; as well as a change to the length of the long/triple jump landing pits. Additionally, we learned of some recent rule changes regarding markings for NCAA men’s basketball courts that will take effect this Fall season.

ASBA will also be represented at the ITF Foundation’s annual Surfaces Board meeting in London in July where there will be updates on such programs as ITF Recognition and the ITF Court Pace Classification.

Have a great and prosperous summer!

Kristoff Eldridge, CTB

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