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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        October 2012


ASBA Has a Busy Summer

We’ve had a busy summer season within ASBA as well. The Board and Awards Committee met in Baltimore in July. The Board reviewed the member survey conducted earlier this year and made some strategic decisions that will keep the Association moving in the right direction. DETAILS


Gear Up for Next Year Now!
Come to ASBA's 2012 Technical Meeting

It might be that you’re decompressing from a busy season. Don’t get stale, though -- get ready for next year. The ASBA Technical Meeting will be held November 30 - December 2, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. While other people are just sitting around, you’ll be able to jump-start your season by making contacts, attending sessions, learning about new products and finding out all the news the industry and Association have to offer. DETAILS

Destination: Puerto Rico
ASBA’s 2013 Winter Meeting Set for February 22-25

It may be a bit early to start making New Year’s Resolutions, but here’s one that bears consideration: getting a jump start on the 2013 season by attending ASBA’s Winter Meeting.

The meeting, to be held February 22-25, at the Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort in Puerto Rico, is guaranteed to bring great weather, fantastic opportunities to work on association business -- and more than a few chances to unwind and enjoy some time with colleagues and friends.  DETAILS

Award Winners to be Announced at ASBA's 2012 Technical Meeting

Need another reason to go to the Technical Meeting? Here it is: the winners of ASBA’s awards will be announced.  DETAILS

And Now, a Word About Our Sponsorships ...

Helping to advance the industry while getting a benefit for your company — sounds like a win-win situation, doesn’t it? ASBA is giving you the chance to score on both fronts with its sponsorship programs in 2012-2013. DETAILS


ASBA Publishes New Running Track Book

ASBA has announced the publication of the eighth edition of one of its most popular books, Running Tracks: A Construction and Maintenance Manual. 
The book is designed for anyone involved in building, maintaining, repairing or renovating running tracks, and facilities of all types. It includes user-friendly technical information on all aspects of tracks, including design, budgeting and planning, site requirements, surface selection, construction, maintenance, repair, amenities and accessories and more. In addition, it includes diagrams, photos, governing bodies and sources for further information.

ASBA Awards Brochure Wins Design Honors

The ASBA’s “2011 Outstanding Facilities of the Year” awards brochure recently was honored with an American Graphic Design Award. DETAILS

ASBA Hits Blog Spots

ASBA is now highly visible in the blogging universe, with blogs on TennisNow (for tennis), Run BlogRun (for track), in and Turf Insider (for fields) and Athletic Business Magazine's e-newsletter (for general sports facility topics).

The Association is looking forward to expanding its reach with its blogging work, and to making even more readers aware of ASBA and of the importance of excellence in sports facility construction. Count on our blogs to touch on not just Association news but points of interest to the athletic community as a whole.
Want to suggest a topic for blogging? Want to suggest a publication or site where you think an ASBA blog would be a good addition? Send an e-mail to Mary Helen Sprecher at

Want to Become a Certified Builder? There's Never Been a Better Time

If you've been thinking about taking the certification exam, it's time to stop thinking and start studying.  DETAILS


Growing the Game Starts Online

With the launch of one new site, the sport of tennis is becoming more readily available. 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

Growth in Girls' Sports Outweighs Poor Showing from Boys

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) just released its annual Sports Participation Survey, which as it has every year for more than two decades, shows more kids playing sports than the previous year.

But there’s a twist to the 2011-12 academic year’s all-time high of 7,692,520 participants — the gain is attributable to a significant increase among girls’ participation (an additional 33,984) that more than made up for a 9,419-participant drop in the boys’ figures. DETAILS

SGMA Reveals Industry is Strong

Want some good news about the economy? Look at the fitness industry.

In 2011, U.S. wholesale sales of sporting goods equipment, sports apparel, licensed merchandise, athletic footwear, and fitness equipment were $77.3 billion – according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association’s (SGMA) State of the Industry Report (2012).  That was a 4.2% increase over 2010, when sales were $74.2 billion. DETAILS

Careers in Tennis Initiative Available

It’s all about the American Dream: kid comes out of college, lands an entry level job and starts working in his or her chosen field.

But what if the kid’s dream is a job in the tennis industry? There are a lot of jobs out there, but how to get the metaphorical foot (wearing a tennis shoe or not) in the door? It was with this idea that TIA launched its “Careers In Tennis” initiative.  DETAILS

STMA President-Elect Kaufman Resigns

The Sports Turf Managers Association’s President-Elect Martin Kaufman, CSFM, has resigned from its Board of Directors due to a change in his membership category. DETAILS



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

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

ASBA Announces New Certified Builder

ASBA is pleased to announce the following individual has successfully completed all requirements to become a certified builder.

Matt Wimer, CFB-N
Hummer Turfgrass Systems, Inc.
1527 S. Colebrook Road
Manheim, PA 17545

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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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



November 30 - December 3, 2012
ASBA Technical Meeting

Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios

Orlando, Florida



February 22-25, 2013
ASBA Winter Meeting

The Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort

Puerto Rico

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.

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Fred Stringfellow, CAE


Director of Meetings/ Member Services

Cynthia M. Jordan


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