Register Today for the 2010 Technical Meeting

The 2010 Technical Meeting and Trade Show, December 3rd through the 7th, 2010, offers the best in the beaches, fine dining and shopping. Ponte Vedra Beach is a costal community known for its world-class golf course. If you have not already registered, don’t hesitate or wait until the last minute!  DETAILS


Strong Preliminary Interest in Upcoming Technical Meeting

Early registrations for the upcoming Technical Meeting, being held December 4-7, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida are running well ahead of last year’s Technical Meeting (which set records for ASBA in 2009). A strong program, internationally-recognized keynote speaker Robert Stevenson, an attractive destination with world-class golf and tennis venues, strong interest in ASBA’s certification programs/exams, and the promise of networking with industry peers about what’s working and what’s not lead the list of reasons people plan to attend. DETAILS

Don't Forget Your Passport. Make Plans to Attend the Winter Meeting in the Bahamas

The Winter Meeting, the association’s most concentrated session to work on projects, publications and priorities, will be held February 11-13, 2011 at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas. DETAILS

It's Time "IZE" Get On With It

Realize, Rationalize, Economize, Capitalize, Formulize, Actualize

In our current economic environment it isn't hard to have a "Pity Party" and gather up a whole bunch of people who would love to attend and share their stories of how bad things are going for them, how unfair, and how it wasn't really their fault. For most of us the obvious has set in; we've lost a lot of money in our 401-Ks and stock portfolio, the housing market is terrible, the economy is weak and it's going to take some time to just get back to where we were (hopefully). DETAILS


ASBA Launches Redesigned Website

Enhanced options, graphics, user-friendliness characterize new site

ASBA launched its redesigned web site in September. The site,, which features multiple enhancements, is expected to allow for ease of use for association members, the sports industry, media and general public.  DETAILS

ASBA Builder Certifications Help You Compete

ASBA’s voluntary builder certification programs — in tennis, track and fields —allow members to demonstrate a high level of expertise in construction of specific athletic facilities. The programs were developed by the ASBA to help raise professional standards and improve the practice of sports facility construction, but at the same time, they work well as a marketing tool for individuals and their companies at the bidding table.  DETAILS

NFHS Releases High School Athletics Participation Summary

Is the recession over? Depends on who's talking and who's still feeling the pinch. But here's some good news for the athletic facility construction industry: sports participation is up at the high school level. And more players using sports facilities means a need for more facilities and better-equipped facilities. Plus it also bodes well for students continuing their athletic interests through college and beyond. DETAILS

ITF Court Recognition Program Slated for Spring 2011

During the recent USTA Technical Committee meeting held in New York in September, Dr. Stuart Miller discussed the ITF Court Recognition Program being planned for 2011. The voluntary ITF Court Recognition program would be an acknowledgement that a court meets the recommendations provided in the ITF Guide to Test Methods for Tennis Court Surfaces. Click here for program details.


ASBA Welcomes New Members

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


The latest news from ASBA members. 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, please confirm now that you would like to remain on the list. In addition, if your e-mail has changed and you have not been receiving questions, please contact her with your current e-mail address.

Call for Articles: Seeking Submissions to Newsline

Would you like to contribute to a future issue of Newsline? Articles to be submitted to Newsline should address topics that are of interest to the general membership. DETAILS

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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 4, 2010
Certification Exams (CTCB, CTB, CFB)

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

December 4-7, 2010
ASBA Technical Meeting

Marriott Sawgrass

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

January 15, 2011
Certified Field Builders (CFB) Exam
STMA Conference and Exhibition, Austin, TX

STMA requires that each test-taker purchase at a minimum, a one day education and trade show registration. For the STMA registration form, go to CFB candidates should contact ASBA for application materials at

February 10-15, 2011
ASBA Winter Meeting Atlantis Paradise Island Nassau, Bahamas

June 21, 2011
ASBA Awards Deadline

December 1-6, 2011
ASBA Technical Meeting

JW Marriott Resort and Spa Palm Springs, CA.

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


Vice President

Fred Stringfellow, CAE


Director of Meetings/ Member Services

Cynthia M. Jordan


Membership Services

Laura Izzo


Financial Manager

Amy Chetelat, CAE