FROM THE CHAIR
Join ASBA in New Orleans for
years have passed since I
received the gavel from Dan
Wright and your nomination as
Chairman of ASBA. It has been an
extremely rewarding experience
to have worked and served with
so many close friends - people
whom I respect and learn from
every time we’re together. The
organization continues to grow.
Membership now stands at nearly
450 companies and we continue to
see double-digit growth each
December at our Technical
Meeting. We have added a March
Regional meeting to our program
(next year’s will be held in
Kansas City, March 7-8), and
countless other new initiatives. DETAILS
2017 Technical Meeting: Your
Passport to Success
While “How to Succeed in
Business Without Really Trying” might have been a favorite among comedy
movies, anyone in business knows that plenty of hard work, effort and
sweat equity goes into success. The sports facility construction
industry is no exception to this rule.
The good news is this: you can get a great start on the road to success
by attending the ASBA Technical Meeting. The meeting, which will be held
December 1-5, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana, has everything you need
to make progress toward your goals.
2018 Winter Meeting in the
Ready for a change of pace? The
2018 ASBA Winter Meeting offers
industry members the chance for
a great late winter getaway –
with no passport required.
That’s right: our Winter Meeting
will be held in Napa Valley,
California, home to some of the
country’s best wines. And as of
February 23-25, it’ll also be
home to some of the best sports
facility designers, contractors,
suppliers and more.
Meritage Resort and Spa, the
site of great Tuscan views and
award-winning ambience, will
serve as host for this meeting,
which gives attendees the chance
to put in some concentrated time
on ASBA project, publications
Want to discuss position papers?
You can. Want to get a jump on
the 2018 Technical Meeting by
suggesting sessions and
activities? The Meritage is the
place. And of course, if you
want to unwind and gear up for
the season that is just ahead –
and to make some great friends
while you’re at it, the Winter
Meeting is the place to be.
ASBA’s tennis outing is held
here too, giving members yet
another way to challenge
themselves (and one another).
Want to just relax after
sessions are done and to lounge
poolside and soak up the sun?
You can do that too.
ASBA will publish more
information on this meeting as
the date approaches. In the
meantime, be sure you’ve put it
on your calendar and checked
with friends who will be going
ASBA's Keynote Speaker
How often can you say you learned more than
you imagined – even though you laughed more than you thought you could?
Even if you’ve never said that, you’re about to get your chance with
this year’s Technical Meeting keynote speaker, Garrison Wynn.
Wynn, leader of Wynn Solutions, is about to help you find that rung on
the ladder you might have been missing. Wynn’s address, entitled, “The
REAL Truth about Success What the Top 1 Percent Do Differently and Why
They Won’t Tell You,” is guaranteed to bring a morning of learning and
walking out with a completely different perspective on leadership and
what it means to be a winner.
And did we mention how funny he is? Come prepared to enjoy this
discussion, as it’s bound to be a rollicking, fun journey through
personal accounts, enjoyable anecdotes and a lot of motivation to back
We know you’ll leave the room after the keynote address wishing you had
more time to spend – and we’re ready to grant your wish. Not very much
later in the day, Wynn will present a breakout session, entitled,
“Essential Strategic Leadership: Making Employee Engagement Actually
Happen.” Need an encore? You can find one in Wynn’s next presentation
that same day, “Getting Great Results: Turning Talent into Performance.”
Garrison Wynn’s keynote address, as well as the breakout sessions, are
sponsored by: Stockmeier Urethanes USA, Inc.
ASBA Quick Pulse Survey
ASBA recently conducted quick
pulse surveys of our builders, by division, on the current season
year-to-date. Watch your mailboxes so that you can continue to
participate in this quick and easy data collection and sharing exercise.
Click here for the results of the
Click here for the results of the
tennis court survey
Click here for the results of the
ASBA's Certificate of
Distinction Program: Are You Aware of It?
currently offers two Certificates of Distinction, one for Design
Professionals and one for Supplier Companies.
Both differ from certification in that they
do not require members to pass a test, nor are they a credential that is
awarded. However, they do recognize commitment and dedication to the
Association and the industry.
The Design Professional Certificate of Distinction program provides
professionals a distinction by illustrating the individual’s commitment
and dedication to the tennis, track, fields and indoor facility
construction industry through involvement with ASBA and related
organizations and the completion of built projects.
The Supplier Certificate of Distinction program is designed to recognize
those ASBA Supplier Division Member Companies that contribute to and
share in the betterment of the ASBA. ASBA Supplier Division Member
Companies that meet and/or exceed the participation goals and
requirements will receive this recognition, which must be renewed on an
annual basis and ASBA Supplier Division Member Companies must meet the
minimum total qualifying point requirement every year to maintain their
To learn more about each Certificate of Distinction program, go to
ASBA Awards Certificate of
The following ASBA member received a
professional certificate of distinction.
Craig Honkomp, PE, PS, LEED AP
Sportworks Field Design
6305 Centre Park Drive
West Chester, OH 45069
ON THE BOOKSHELF
Coming Soon: A New Fields
One of ASBA’s biggest-selling publications, Sports Fields: A
Construction & Maintenance Manual, is in the works! The committee has
been hard at work on the book, and it’s in the final stages of
Look for the new publication to have information on:
An update on the synthetic fields controversy
Information on alternative infills
Information on hybrid turf
Updates on testing methods, construction techniques and more.
The publication, also used as the textbook for those taking the
Certified Field Builder (CFB) exam, will be available in both electronic
form and hard copy, meaning you will be able to access the information
any way you want.
Copies of the publication will be available at the 2017 Technical
Meeting in New Orleans.
Reminder: ASBA's First-Ever Pickleball Manual
is Now Available
new book, Pickleball Courts: A
Construction & Maintenance Manual, is available now. This
publication, written jointly by ASBA and the USA Pickleball Association
(USAPA), is the first-ever technical publication for this emerging
sport. It has been selling well – an indicator of the growing market for
information on pickleball.
This book is also available in electronic form.
Order yours today!
ASBA's Position Papers: We
Need YOUR Expertise!
You have the expertise. You have
the knowledge. But if you’re not
quite ready to sit down and
write a full article, ASBA still
has a place for you. The
Association publishes a series
of Position Papers, which are
one-page technical documents on
subjects of interest to those in
the industry. And right now,
we’re seeking people to help us
ASBA’s current library of
Position Papers can be found 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.
To access the Position Papers
for the Tennis, Track, Indoor or
Fields divisions, click on the
colored tabs under the words,
“Build It Right.” Tabs are set
up for each division. When that
page opens, “Position Papers”
should be the second option
Position papers address topics
including (but not limited to):
Asphalt Stripping, Regulating
Pace, Pinholes, Rust Spots
Acceptance, Equal Quadrant vs.
Non-Equal Quadrant Tracks,
Raised Curb vs. Flush Curb,
Runways in D Areas, Water on
Courts & Recreation:
Concrete Compounds and Sealants,
Jobsite Conditions, Static and
Rolling Loads, Surface
Tolerances and Testing
While ASBA has a great inventory
so far, we’re currently in need
of new material, particularly as
pertains to new technologies for
the industry. Have an idea for a
Position Paper and want to write
one? Get in touch with the
appropriate Division President
and offer your suggestions.
A few guidelines:
Position papers should be limited to a
one-page discussion of the topic
Position Papers should not include brand
names or proprietary systems
Position Papers should address an issue
other industry members are familiar with
Position Papers should be the writer’s
original material (rather than borrowing from a previously published
article or presentation).
Position Papers can be counted toward
Certification points, since they include technical writing.
ASBA welcomes your interest in
its Position Papers. Read some
of them today and get started in
writing some of your own. All
ideas and inquiries are welcome!
Certification: Make It
Something You Do This Year
If you promised yourself that this was the year you’d pursue your CTCB,
CFB or CTB certification, it’s time to start putting those wheels in
All the information on certification is available on ASBA’s website,
under the tab for “Certification” at the top of ASBA’s home page,
www.sportsbuilders.org. Note that you must fill out all forms in
advance in order to sit for the test. The deadline for application is 30
days prior to each test.
The next time the exam will be given is as follows:
December 2, 2017
ASBA Technical Meeting
New Orleans, LA
January 20, 2018
Sports Turf Managers Association Conference
Fort Worth, TX
Conference Dates: January 16-19, 2018
February 23, 2018
ASBA Winter Meeting
Meritage Resort and Spa
Meeting Dates: February 23-25, 2018
March 7, 2018
ASBA Regional Meeting
Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Kansas City, MO
March 14, 2018
Synthetic Turf Council Meeting
Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Rancho Mirage, CA
December 1, 2018
ASBA Technical Meeting
Fairmont Scottsdale Plaza
By appointment at ASBA Headquarters in Maryland.
Click here to download ASBA's Certified Builder Exam flyer.
GPR Technology Gives a Deeper Look at Problems Below
Use Ground Penetrating
Radar to Identify Below-Ground Issues Before You Dig In
by Steve Bush, CSFM,
Agronmist and Owner of Bush Sports Turf
You wouldn’t want your doctor to
initiate extensive surgery
without first doing a thorough
X-ray or MRI of the area to be
operated on, right? He could be
in the wrong area, overlook
additional problems, and also do
extensive damage in the process.
The same problems can arise if
you begin work on a sports field
without first understanding
what’s truly below its surface.
That is why Ground Penetrating
Radar (GPR) technology is such a
valuable tool for the sports
builder to understand and take
advantage of. Before you dig
into a field, or project you can
have an accurate map of what is
below the surface. In a perfect
world, irrigation systems
drainage lines, root zones,
utilities and other subsurface
factors would all be exactly as
mapped or intended. However, as
we all know this is seldom the
case. Either as built drawings
are inaccurate, got lost, or do
not exist at all.
news from ASBA members.
ASBA Welcomes New Members
ASBA welcomes nine members that joined the
association since we published our last newsletter.