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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        October  2015


Exploring New Frontiers

Two years have passed since I accepted the gavel from Mark Brogan and your nomination as Chairman of ASBA. It has been an extremely fulfilling experience and one of the highlights of my career. It’s truly gratifying to be part of such a dynamic organization, at the center of such a growing and promising industry. DETAILS


2015 Technical Meeting: What's in it for You?

There’s almost nobody who hasn’t received the ASBA Technical Meeting promotional materials and thought, “That sounds great, but what’s in it for me?” But perhaps a better question would be this: what’s in store for you once you get to this year’s Technical Meeting, to be held December 4-8 in Scottsdale, Arizona? Here is a quick rundown:

  • An outstanding technical program compiled not only by your peers but by those ancillary to and external to the sports facility construction industry. The program is divided into technical tracks – tennis, track, indoor and fields, as well as general business sessions, so you can choose the information that best fits your needs.

  • An outstanding keynote speaker, Victor Antonio (see the article elsewhere in this newsletter for details)

  • Great opportunities to learn about the newest products and services on the market – just by walking through ASBA’s trade show. You can see the vendors and meet the people who can make the biggest difference to you – and to your customers – in the coming construction season.

  • Chances to catch up with longtime colleagues, to put faces to names you’ve been hearing – and to meet some new friends. There are receptions, meals and gatherings throughout the Technical Meeting so that you’re bound to have all the free time you need.

  • An amazing backdrop for all this – Scottsdale, Arizona! The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers award-winning restaurants, a spa, great tennis facilities – and even two golf courses, one of which is the site of the annual PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open (formerly the FBR Open). In fact, ASBA’s golf and tennis events are a sure-fire way to challenge colleagues and competitors – and to try to gain (or reclaim) bragging rights.

  • Great weather! Temperatures in Scottsdale in early December are generally sunny and in the mid-sixties – far better than what much of the country will be coping with!

Information has been posted on the ASBA website and the registration brochure has been mailed. If you missed your copy, call Association Headquarters, or go to the website. There, you’ll find all the links for meeting registration, hotel reservations (they’re two separate forms) and other information.

See you out west!

ASBA's Winter Meeting: Get Ready for a Spring "Work" Break

Remember high school and college spring break? When you took time off from school and hit the beach? When you got to take a break from your responsibilities?

Welcome to the grown-up version of spring break – the ASBA Winter Meeting. For those who have never been here before, it’s an outstanding chance to unwind after a busy season – and to prepare for the next one ahead. Most of all, though, it provides a chance to concentrate on the volunteer commitments you made to the association, and the chance to connect with your colleagues.

This year’s Winter Meeting, to be held February 19-21, 2016, at the Paradisus Palma Real Resort in the Dominican Republic, promises to offer a contingent of ASBA members the opportunity to devote morning hours to Association projects, publications, committees and other initiatives.

You’ll get the chance to socialize at an opening reception, then take two consecutive days of morning sessions to further the mission and the work of the ASBA. For example, publications will be reviewed and outlined, topics for the Technical Meeting will be drafted and attention will be paid to industry developments with the potential to impact members.
After hours, there will be the golf and tennis tournaments, the beach, the pool, wildlife tours and other fun outings to enjoy.

Information will be sent out as soon as it’s available. In the meantime, mark February 19-21 on your calendar and get set for your own spring break with ASBA.

ASBA Technical Meeting Keynote Speaker Victor Antonio: A Success Story

If you are facing obstacles in your business, don’t be discouraged. ASBA’s keynote speaker, Victor Antonio, has a message for you: success – great success – is waiting for you. All you have to do is harness the will to achieve it.

A poor upbringing from one of the roughest areas of Chicago didn’t stop Victor from earning his B.S. in Electrical Engineering or an MBA. Nor did it stop him from building a 20-year career as a top sales executive and becoming the CEO of a multimillion dollar high-tech company.

And if he did it, he can surely inspire you.

Victor has had all manner of honors in his career, including his selection from more than 500 sales managers to join the President’s Advisory Council for excellence in sales and management. He has conducted business in Europe, Asia, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Latin America, Middle East, United Arab Emirates and South Africa. And now it’s his turn to pass his knowledge – and his message – on to you.

On Sunday, at the ASBA Technical Meeting Opening General Session, Victor will speak on “Value Centric Selling.” If there has ever been a topic that has been more timely – or a better time for such a topic to be presented – we don’t know what it is. Register for the Technical Meeting today and learn from the best!


Show Your Support of Excellence: Sponsor the Awards Brochure

What’s better than being in favor of excellent construction? How about having everyone know you’re in favor of excellent construction? ASBA is seeking sponsors for its awards recognition brochure. The brochure will publicize not only all the winners but the ASBA as well.

Sponsors will have their company names and logos featured prominently on the brochure. The brochure will be handed out at the conclusion of the awards dinner at the Technical Meeting and is always a hot souvenir. In fact, award-winning companies usually take multiple copies to provide to clients and to prospects.

Having your name on this publication shows your support for the Association and its continued pursuit of excellence. To get in on this limited-time opportunity, e-mail Cynthia Sanchez at or call 443-640-1042.

ASBA Launches Blog - Are You Signed Up?

ASBA has announced the launch of its blog! The blog covers items of interest to the sports facility construction industry. These might include the new roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the possibility of new facilities that will be needed if new sports are approved for 2020 Olympic Games, the opportunity for construction of Ultimate fields and more.

The blog, which will be sent out to members each week, and will also be posted on the Association’s website,, will cover issues pertaining to sports facilities in active use, as well as those under construction and more. In addition, the blog will cover association interests, members’ activities and more.

“ASBA is very pleased that we are able to highlight even more technical news,” noted Dan Wright, CFB, ASBA’s chairman. “We think readers will enjoy being kept up on what’s going on not only with professional sports facilities but with behind-the-scenes information. We’re also looking forward to being able to highlight some of our programs, publications and activities for readers.”

The blog can be found the link of Readers can also subscribe using the link.

ASBA also welcomes ideas for blog topics. If you think something that is trending in the sports facility construction industry is worth a mention, we invite you to submit it! Please contact Mary Helen Sprecher at for more information.

Do You Have the Latest Court Construction Manual?

ASBA has announced the publication of the 8th edition of Tennis Courts: A Construction & Maintenance Manual. Do you have your copy yet?

Copies of the book – one of ASBA’s most popular – are now available. They can be ordered by contacting the Association directly at 866-501-ASBA (2722), or by going to the website, The Tennis Courts manual also is available in digital format at the website.

The 2015 edition, published jointly by the ASBA and the U.S. Tennis Association, includes key updates to many areas of court construction and maintenance, including post-tension concrete tennis courts, LED lighting, 36- and 60-foot courts, and much more. The manual includes user-friendly technical information on all aspects of courts at all types of tennis facilities and clubs, including design, budgeting and planning, site requirements, drainage, surface selection, construction, maintenance, repair, amenities, accessories, court-building grant information, and more.

A panel of tennis court construction experts spent the last two years updating the 320-page manual from the 2012 edition, and it is considered an invaluable resource for anyone planning, building or considering a tennis facility, in addition to providing key information on maintenance, repair and renovation. Nearly 60 original drawings help illustrate construction, renovation and maintenance methods.

The book is a key resource for all builders, design professionals, specifiers, contractors, suppliers, and owners/users, including schools, colleges, parks and recreation departments, club owners and managers, and current and prospective owners of residential tennis courts.

Order yours today!

Running Tracks: A Construction & Maintenance Manual

ASBA’s Track Division continues to update and revise the popular publication, Running Tracks: A Construction & Maintenance Manual, in preparation for the next edition.

The new publication will continue the tradition of being even more relevant and user-friendly than the previous edition. Expect expanded information about tracks at all levels of competition, surfacing options, drainage, track and field interface and more.

The book is one of ASBA’s all-time best-sellers and this issue is expected to be even more popular. It’s sold not only by ASBA but is available on as well.

Interested in purchasing advertising space? You still have time! Contact ASBA headquarter for more information.

Keep an eye on ASBA’s online bookstore, available on the website under the “Publications” tab, where the new book will be made available.

ASBA: The Industry's Experts

One strong benefit of ASBA membership is the fact that ASBA is recognized as a technical leader in the industry. Want proof? Articles written on behalf of ASBA, and quoting ASBA members, are everywhere. Just as an example, you’ll find ASBA’s articles in the following publications:

  • Tennis Industry

  • PTR Tennis Pro

  • Sports Turf

  • Sportsfield Management

  • Athletic Management

  • Coach and Athletic Director

  • RunBlogRun

In addition, ASBA has been contacted by other publications, including Athletic Business, when writers and editors are seeking an industry expert.

ASBA being recognized as an industry expert is outstanding, since that great reputation extends to our members as well. In addition, members’ participation in these articles can heighten their profile.

Want to see what ASBA has been up to? Head on over to the website,, and click on the tab on the top that says “Press Room.” A drop-down menu will offer multiple choices including options such as Track Articles, Tennis Articles, Fields Articles and Indoor Articles. Click on the ones you want to view.

Want to be quoted in these articles in the future? Drop ASBA’s technical writer, Mary Helen Sprecher, a line at and ask to be added to the list. Include any specific expertise you have, such as tennis, track, fields or indoor facilities.

Get Social wtih ASBA

ASBA continues its journey into social media. You can find us…

On Facebook: Just look up our page under (what else?) American Sports Builders Association. Like the page in order to get all the updates.

On Twitter: ASBA’s Twitter handle is @SportsBuilders – make sure you follow ASBA in order to get the latest on upcoming meetings, deadlines, new programs, publications and more.

On LinkedIn: ASBA has a group, listed under American Sports Builders Association.

Be sure you’re following us in all the social media you use.

ASBA's New Certificate of Distinction Programs: Design Professionals and Supplier Members Can Benefit

ASBA is always searching for ways to enhance the value of its membership. At the same time, the Association wants its members to have the best possible visibility in the industry.

Recently, ASBA introduced its Design Professional Certificate of Distinction Program. This new program, aimed at the design professional membership, helps demonstrate an individual’s understanding of the design and construction, as well as maintenance, of tennis courts, running tracks, natural and synthetic fields, and indoor facilities.

ASBA is also offering a Supplier Certificate of Distinction Program. DETAILS

Want to be Certified? Recertified? Don't Wait Another Day!

If you’ve been thinking about taking the certification exam, stop procrastinating and do it! ASBA offers its test on a regular basis. Just register and prepare.
The dates for the coming year are as follows:

December 5, 2015: ASBA Technical Meeting, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, AZ

January 23, 2016: Sports Turf Managers Association Conference, Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, CA

February 21, 2016: ASBA Winter Meeting, Paradisus Palma Real Resort, Dominican Republic

March 9, 2016: Synthetic Turf Council Meeting, New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, LA

December 3, 2016: ASBA Technical Meeting, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, FL

Upon Request at ASBA Headquarters: You can make arrangements to sit for the exam anytime at ASBA headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 30 DAYS PRIOR to the exam date listed.

For information, go to and from the menu at the top of the page, select Certification. A drop-down menu will lead you through your options once you get there. You can also call 866-501-ASBA (2722).

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.

ASBA’s Position Papers can be found on the website,, on the page for each division. They can be downloaded and printed out free of charge. They can be an invaluable source of information to members as well as to others in the industry. 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


Tennis Court Builders Report on 2015 Season

ASBA will be conducting quick pulse surveys of our other builders, by division, in the Fall and releasing the information in the Fall bulletin. Watch your mailboxes so that you can participate in this quick and easy data collection and sharing exercise.

Construction Spending Up: Trends Continue to Climb

Kids on vacation weren’t the only ones having a good summer. Construction spending remained strong this summer, with July’s total up 13.7 over the past year, according to the Construction News.

The article noted that July’s seasonally adjusted annual rate increased to $1,083.4 billion, the fifth consecutive month construction spending topped $1 trillion. This is 0.7% higher than June’s revised estimate of $1,075.9 billion, which is up from its initial estimate of $1,064.6 billion. July’s estimate represents a 13.7% increase over the last 12 months. May’s estimate has been revised up again to $1,068.4 billion from $1,063.5 billion. This marks a seven-year high for construction spending. The last time it was this high was back in May 2008 when it hit $1,091.6 billion.

All told, those are some pretty good reasons for optimism. And as we near the fourth quarter of 2015, it’s looking like the year will close on a good note. Construction spending for January through July 2015 was at $583.2 billion, a total of 9.3% higher than the $533.7 billion spent during the seven months of 2014.

With any luck, the sports facility construction market will mirror this type of growth. Some of the residential facilities, such as private tennis courts, might be indicated in the annual rate for private construction spending, which increased to $787.8 billion in July. In fact, Private nonresidential construction increased to $407 billion in July, up from June’s revised figure of $400.8 billion.

Curiously, the public construction market seems to have dipped – if only fractionally. The seasonally adjusted annual rate for public construction spending decreased 1.0% from June’s revised figure of $298.5 billion to $295.6 billion in July. May’s construction spending was revised down from $293.5 billion to 292 billion. This is the third time this year that public construction spending has decreased from the previous month; it happened consecutively in January and February.

Whether this mirrors the overall picture of the sports facility construction market is an unknown presently. However, ASBA will continue to track trends and to report on them as information is obtained.

Know a Trailblazer? Give TI 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? Tennis Industry Magazine would like to know about that person. TI 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

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.



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes eight members that joined the association since we published our last newsletter. 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 4-8, 2015
ASBA Technical Meeting
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, AZ




February 19-31, 20165
ASBA Winter Meeting
Paradisus Palma Real Resort
Dominican Republic


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 Leadership

Dan Wright, CFB
Sports Turf Company

Tennis Division President/Chairman-Elect
Pete Smith, CTCB
The CourtSMITHs

Track Division President
Troy Rudolph, CFB, CTB, CTCB
Sunland Sports

Indoor Division President
Joe Covington, Jr.
Covington Flooring Co., Inc.

Fields Division President
Jim Catella, CFB, CTB
Clark Companies

Professional Division President
Chris Sullivan, RLA
Verde Design, Inc.

Supplier Division President
Chris Rossi
California Sports Surfaces

Ed Norton, RLA, ASLA
Holcombe Norton Partners


Ben Brooks, PE
Patriot Court Systems, Inc.

Megan Buczynski, PE, LEED AP
Activitas, Inc.

Mike Edgerton, CTCB
Copeland Coatings

Kristoff Eldridge, CTB
Cape & Island Tennis & Track

Mark Heinlein, CFB
Turf Reclamation Solutions

Linn Lower, CTCB
Lower Bros. Co., Inc.

David Moxley
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.

Matt Strom, CTCB
Leslie Coatings, Inc.

Linn Lower, CTCB
Lower Bros. Co., Inc.

ASBA Staff

Executive Director

Fred Stringfellow, CAE


Associate Director

Jennifer Miller


Director of Meetings/ Member Services

Cynthia M. Sanchez


Membership Services

Kristin Grove


Financial Manager

Amy Chetelat, CAE


Legal Counsel
David H. Pettit, Esq.
Lenhart Pettit

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