Thank You for Your Support

It is hard to believe that I am writing an article for the October Newsline already. The year has certainly flown by quickly. At the same time, so has my tenure as Chairman. As my predecessor, George Todd, so aptly stated,” You think you finally got the hang of it and you are done.” Most of us are busy completing projects and bringing our installation year to a close. I hope that this was a productive and successful year for each of you. We have certainly seen a year of unprecedented weather conditions that doesn’t bode well for our outdoor construction. DETAILS


Register Today for ASBA's Technical Meeting

Don't look now, but fall is only a calendar page away. Depending on whether you're on the right or left coast, or above or below the Mason-Dixon Line, that may mean your season slows down or stays strong. But no matter where you're from, you do need time to recharge your batteries and refresh your outlook. The great news? There's no better place to do that than the ASBA's annual Technical Meeting. DETAILS

Next Winter - Destination: Aruba

Grab the sunscreen. Book the flight. Get ready to make some pre-season progress. The ASBA has set the date for its 2012 Winter Meeting. Mark the calendar for February 24-27 at the Westin Resort and Casino Aruba. DETAILS

Support the Industry and Get Noticed as an ASBA Sponsor

What do Stockmeier Urethanes, Sportsfield Specialties, UCS, the Premier Group, Advanced Polymer Technology, Cover Sports USA, SportMaster, NGI Sports, a division of River City Athletics and HarTru Sports have in common? They're all ASBA sponsors. Want to get in on the action? Make your move now. DETAILS


ASBA to Visit FSB 2011 in Cologne, Germany

ASBA Executive Director Fred Stringfellow, CAE and Tennis Division President Mark Brogan, CTCB will travel to Cologne, Germany in October to represent ASBA at the International Tennis Federation Foundation’s Court Surface Suppliers Meeting. While in Cologne, Stringfellow and Brogan will attend FSB 2011, to support ASBA members participating in the show, and meet prospective supplier members exhibiting at the show.  DETAILS


SGMA Report Tracks Fitness Trends

Those who want to find a culprit for the obesity epidemic can cross social networking off the list of suspects. According to a recent study released by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers of America, social networking and Generation Y’s focus on technology might be having a dramatically different impact on America’s fitness patterns than many assume. Rather than locking young people into an inactive lifestyle, social media may be driving the younger generation into new forms of fitness activities. DETAILS

ITF Commissions Study of Impact of Blended Lines on Regulation Play

Lining courts for 10 and under play using the QuickStart Tennis format isn't new, but here's something that is: a study being conducted by the USTA to determine the effect of the blended lines on regulation play at tournaments. DETAILS

International Tennis Federation Suppliers Directory

The ITF has launched an online global Suppliers' Directory which is a searchable database for suppliers of tennis facility products and services. It is hoped that this directory will assist those less developed nations who experience difficulty in sourcing suppliers of facility equipment, services and publications. DETAILS

Know a Trailblazer? Give RSI Their Name!

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? Racquet Sports Industry Magazine would like to know about that person. RSI 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. DETAILS

Running the Numbers

Those who want to be able to add a few extra statistics to go along with a track bid proposal or a promotional package for a running track company might be interested in the release of Running USA’s 2011 National Runner Survey. DETAILS

Teen Sports Participation? It's at an All-Time High, Says NFHS

Good news for sports builders -- facilities will continue to be in demand because more kids than ever are playing sports. Participation in high school sports increased for the 22nd consecutive school year in 2010-11, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). DETAILS



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes five new companies that have joined the association since the last newsletter.  DETAILS

Quick  Notes...

A few more news bites from ASBA. DETAILS

May We Quote You?

One of ASBA's most important programs is its technical articles, which are written for trade magazines in various segments of the industry, including tennis, track, indoor and fields facilities. We are always looking for our members to comment on, and be quoted in these articles. This is an excellent chance to help raise ASBA's profile, and in an ancillary capacity, to increase visibility for your company. If you would like to be quoted in these articles, please send an e-mail to Mary Helen Sprecher at

Please indicate your area(s) of expertise: Tennis, Track, Indoor, Fields so that we do not bother you with excess e-mail. You can be added to more than one mailing list if you wish.

If you have previously sent Mary Helen an e-mail asking to be added to her e-mail list, you do not need to request again. However, if your e-mail has changed and you have not been receiving questions, please contact her with your current e-mail address.

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The Latest News from ASBA

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Calendar of Events

For information on any of the meetings shown below, call ASBA at 866-501-ASBA, e-mail or visit ASBA's web site



December 2-5, 2011
ASBA Technical Meeting

JW Marriott Resort and Spa Palm Desert, CA.


February 24-27, 2012
ASBA Winter Meeting

Westin Resort and Casino


Information on the ASBA Technical Meetings and Winter Meetings will be sent out automatically to all ASBA members. Non-members should request information by contacting ASBA.

ASBA Staff

Executive Director

Fred Stringfellow, CAE


Director of Meetings/ Member Services

Cynthia M. Jordan


Membership Services

Laura Izzo


Financial Manager

Amy Chetelat, CAE