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FROM THE CHAIR
ASBA Continues to Work Its
Kristoff Eldridge, CTB
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
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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