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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        October  2013


It Has Been an Honor to Serve ASBA

With the economy picking up in many parts of the country, things seem to be getting busier. It’s probably time to dust off that list of contacts and start following up on projects that were “back-burnered” a couple years ago. Best wishes to all of us on making 2013 one of the best in recent years. DETAILS


Make Connections at Technical Meeting 2013!

Feeling like the busy season has pulled you away from everything but, well, being busy? It’s time to recharge your batteries and refresh your connections. Put ASBA’s Technical Meeting on your calendar and be prepared to get reconnected to the industry you’re a proud part of. This year’s Technical Meeting, to be held December 6-10 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, promises to be one of the best yet. DETAILS

Connect a Colleague to ASBA!

Help us introduce prospective new members to all that ASBA and the Technical Meeting have to offer at the very special rate of $150 for their full registration. Invite your customers, colleagues or competitors to find out what they’ve been missing. Prospective members must be sponsored by a current member.

This special registration is designed to introduce new companies and individuals to the Association and IS NOT for non-members who regularly attend or for former members who have chosen not to renew. This rate is not for first time attendees who are representatives of member companies; to be eligible for the rate, individuals must meet established criteria.

Any member who sponsors a potential new member to attend the Technical Meeting under this special program will receive a $200 voucher good toward dues, meeting registration or other association goods or services if that member subsequently joins the Association. What a deal! Do a good deed for someone else and for the ASBA and you get rewarded too! Have questions? Call 866-501-ASBA (2722).

ASBA Winter Meeting - Put it on the Calendar!

It’s never too early to mark the calendar, particularly when you’re planning for maximum productivity.

The ASBA Winter Meeting, one of the best chances to help advance the mission of the Association, will be held February 21-23, 2014 at the Paradisus Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

Don’t miss your chance to help with committee and division work, publications, topics for future meetings and position papers, as well as so much more.

Information is expected to be available after the Technical Meeting. Members of ASBA will receive this automatically; all others can request to be put on the mailing list.

For information call 866-501-ASBA (2722) or Information will also be posted on the ASBA website automatically.

Tap into ASBA's Expertise

Want to find out some of the hot topics in the industry? Didn’t get a chance to attend certain sessions at a Technical Meeting and want to catch up? Now you can.

ASBA offers copies of the PowerPoint presentations made during recent Technical Meeting sessions. Those presentations are available free of charge on the website. Click here to see them.

Presentations are organized according to the year of each Technical Meeting, stretching back to 2003. Click on each year to get a list of available presentations, including the name of the presenter.

It is free to download and view the presentations. ASBA reminds its website users that the presentations were made at past meetings, using the knowledge of ASBA member contractors and others; however, the information contained in the presentations should not be considered the only recommendation of the Association in terms of construction technique, materials, etc.

In the interest of (a) staying more eco-friendly and (b) not burdening meeting attendees with handouts, ASBA has gone electronic-only with its handouts. All presentation materials are uploaded directly to ASBA’s websites following Technical Meetings.


Measurement of Banked Indoor Tracks - Part 2
by Wayne T. Armbrust, Ph.D., ComputomarxTM

Banked indoor tracks are designed to have significant banking in the curves to aid runners negotiating them, with a transition region at the beginning and ends of the curves to transition from the flat to banked surfaces. DETAILS


ASBA's Position Papers: Read All About It

ASBA publishes a series of Position Papers, which are one-page technical documents on subjects of interest to those in the industry. DETAILS

ASBA Book Report

The Third Edition of Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual will be available soon at a discounted price for ASBA members.

As part of the special introductory offer and only in honor of the new book’s publication, ASBA is offering its member companies a 40% discount off the newly-published Third Edition – Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual.

The book is a $44.95 value and the 40% discount is good on any quantity books, provided members place their orders by no later than October 10, 2013.

This offer is not valid to ASBA non-members, nor is it exchangeable with any other publication sold. Information is available from ASBA at 866-501-ASBA (2722) or

Don't be the last one into the social media pool...

Calling all social media moguls (or wannabe moguls): ASBA is on Facebook and LinkedIn. Are you following us? DETAILS

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

Got Your Certification? Help Keep It Up by Writing Technical Articles for Newsline

ASBA offers its Certified Builders two options for keeping their designation current. The first is the option to take the exam again. The second, however, includes an opportunity to benefit the industry itself: recertification by acquiring continuing education points. This includes writing technical articles for Newsline.  DETAILS


Looking for New Employees? Look No Further

Want to connect with potential employees? TIA invites you to use its “Careers In Tennis” initiative. The website allows employers to post jobs, and allows potential employees to check out the opportunities. It is free to use for both those looking to fill jobs, and those interested in finding jobs.

ASBA members looking to hire someone with tennis-specific interest or experience are urged to check out the site. There is also a Careers In Tennis page on Facebook, showcasing various opportunities and explaining the initiative.

Registration for Careers In Tennis is free. In the website section detailing jobs in the facility design and construction industry, there is a link to ASBA’s website as well -- all the more reason to make sure your information in the ASBA member database is updated and accurate.

Racquet Sports Industry Changes Name to Tennis Industry

Racquet Sports Industry (RSI), the world’s largest tennis trade magazine, has announced it is changing its name to Tennis Industry (TI), going back to the publication’s original name after 10 years. The new name, along with a redesign, will debut with the January issue. DETAILS Updates "Find a Court" Interface; Site Offers Hundreds of Prizes to Tennis Players

Tennis players looking for courts now have even more options. The new website can help with an updated “find a court” search function. 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



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes the following members that have joined the association since we published our last newsletter.

Florida Carter Corporation (Builder)
3030 Monument Bay Road
St. Augustine, FL 32092
Jimmy Carter, President

Marchem Corporation (Supplier)
2500 Adie Road
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Sandon Wool, Vice President

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



December 6-10, 2013
ASBA Technical Meeting

The Grand Hyatt

San Antonio, Texas



February 21-23, 2014
ASBA Winter Meeting

Paradisus Punta Cana

Dominican Republic


December 5-9, 2014
ASBA Technical Meeting

Sawgrass Marriott

Ponte Vedra, Florida

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


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Jennifer Miller


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Cynthia M. Sanchez


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