FROM THE CHAIR
Investing in Our Future
Earlier this summer the
ASBA Board of Directors, together with a team of volunteer members,
gathered in Chicago for strategic planning. Going through a process like
this is critical to strengthening our association and its value to the
membership. We have been doing this as a formal exercise every three
years and, despite being a solid association with a strong foundation;
there are always innovative new ideas and programs that arise from these
sessions. I guess that’s the point of having them! DETAILS
ASBA's Technical Meeting: Go
West (Again) and Experience Scottsdale - and ASBA - at Their Finest
Without a doubt, ASBA’s most
popular event is its Technical
Meeting. After all, it’s the
most comprehensive and
content-rich meeting of the
year, and its trade show is
bursting with new products and
services. Even its attendance
roster has some of the best and
brightest minds in the business.
And this year, ASBA is taking
that incredibly popular meeting
back to an incredibly popular
location: Scottsdale, Arizona.
Once again, we’ll be meeting at
the Fairmont Scottsdale
Princess, which, as everyone
will remember, has all kinds of
beautiful amenities – a pool,
ice rink, health club – and
quite simply put, the most
amazing holiday light display
anyone has ever seen.
ASBA's Keynote Speaker:
Worth the Trip!
If there’s one thing ASBA
members have in common, it’s this: they all have to travel – somewhere –
in order to do their jobs. Whether that means inspecting a site that
requires airline travel to get there, or whether it means a lot of
windshield time several times a month, just about everyone has spent
some time in transit.
So with that common
denominator, shouldn’t there be something everyone can learn? What about
if everyone could get insights from someone who REALLY knows a lot about
travel – and what makes a workplace successful – no matter what level,
or how much travel a person does?
Meet Jason Young, our
keynote speaker for the Technical Meeting.
Session Previews from
Upcoming Technical Meeting
ASBA is offering some top-notch educational sessions
at it's upcoming Technical Meeting. Here are some highlights. DETAILS
ASBA 2018 Game Changer Award
NEW THIS YEAR: ASBA's new Game Changer award will recognize a
product, service or technique designed to be a "game changer" for sports
builders. The program is open to any ASBA member exhibiting at the 2018
Technical Meeting in Scottsdale. Each company is eligible to submit one
entry per division (Tennis, Tracks, Fields or Courts & Recreation), and
the product/service must be on display in the exhibitor's booth.
Entries will be identified with placards during the show hours and
identified via the TM mobile app. Attendees will be invited to rank
their choices for the winners. One "Game Changer" entry will be selected
based on votes per division. Winners will be announced during Monday's
lunch in the exhibit hall and recognized at Monday's Closing Dinner.
Winners will be highlighted on the ASBA website and via social media,
newsletter and press coverage.
Winter Meeting 2019: An
Opportunity to Renew Your Commitment to the Industry
The ASBA Winter Meeting, to be held February 22-24, 2019 in the
Dominican Republic, is perhaps the most productive use of a few days in
the off-season you’re likely to come across. (And if it’s not the
off-season where you live, you should still take a break, knowing it’s
the kind that will pay dividends.)
Spend a few days at this meeting and you’ll not only come home refreshed
and ready to face a new season, but you’ll have taken advantage of a
great opportunity to renew your commitment to the sports facility
The meeting includes opportunities to do the actual work of the
Association: attend division meetings, develop ideas for Technical
Meeting presentations, contribute content to ASBA’s publications, frame
ideas for position papers and work on other projects that help move ASBA
forward. And that’s what gets done in morning sessions. After sessions
let out for the day, attendees are free to explore our host resort, the
Paradisus Palma Real.
Our host property is an all-inclusive, full-service resort, has not only
an excellent beachfront location but plenty of options for your spare
time, including nearly a dozen varied restaurants, a spa, pool, the
18-hole Cocotal Golf Course, tennis courts and plenty of other
But there’s plenty of time to explore those. For now, just make sure you
have blocked out the dates of February 22-24. More information will be
Where in the World is ASBA?
part of our continuing effort to promote ASBA as an industry resource in
sports construction issues, following are some of the upcoming events at
which ASBA will have a presence:
ASBA Technical Meeting
ASBA’s members, leadership and staff will gather at the Fairmont
Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona for ASBA’s Technical Meeting
and Tradeshow on November 30-December 3.
Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference
Executive Director Fred Stringfellow will participate in this inaugural
conference (an expanded version of the Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM)
Conference, being held in conjunction with the PGA Golf Show in Orlando,
Florida January 23-25; as well as represent ASBA at the Tennis Industry
Association Board of Directors Meeting on January 22.
Sports Turf Managers Association Conference
ASBA will participate at the STMA Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on
January 22-25; and offer the ASBA Certification Exams on January 26.
ON THE BOOKSHELF
It's HERE: The New Tennis Courts Book
ninth edition of one of ASBA’s
most popular publications,
Tennis Courts: A Construction
and Maintenance Manual, has
just rolled off the presses –
and it’s time to order your
So what makes this issue new and
improved? It features some key
updates for users, along with an
innovative interactive digital
version. The 272-page reference
manual is geared toward facility
owners, managers, tennis
architects and engineers, and is
designed to promote the quality
construction, maintenance and
repair of tennis facilities.
2019 and 2020 NCAA Men's and Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Rule
Several rules changes were approved by the NCAA Men's and Women's Track
and Field Rules Committee and the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. They
will be incorporated into the rules book for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
here to see the changes.
ASBA Quick Pulse Survey
Results - Tennis Court Builders
The results are in for the
recent quick pulse survey that ASBA conducted of our
tennis court builders on the current
Click here to see them.
mailboxes so that you can
continue to participate in this
quick and easy data collection
and sharing exercise.
the surveys for track builders, field builders
and the courts and recreation
division will be
reported in the January issue of
What Else is On the
publications, including, popular and well-regarded Construction and
Maintenance Manual series, are constantly being updated. We invite
you to make sure you have the
most updated issues. DETAILS
ASBA Mobile App Available on
ASBA now has its own mobile app
(ASBA Diagram Showcase), available through the iTunes and Google stores,
free of charge. The app contains a sampling of technical diagrams from
our construction and maintenance manuals – including Tennis, Running
Tracks, Sports Fields, Courts & Recreation and Pickleball.
The app is intended to be a resource when you’re on a job or in the
field and need to reference a dimension or specification. It is not
intended to be as comprehensive as our manuals – but rather,
complementary to them.
Check out our app and send us your thoughts. We’d love to hear what you
Click here for Google
Click here for iTunes
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ASBA Needs Photos of
Basketball Courts, Volleyball Courts, Pickleball ... Well, You Get the
As ASBA’s membership continues
to diversify, the Courts & Recreation Division is becoming increasingly
visible. Already, magazines are asking for articles on court care – and
we need some photos to illustrate them.
If your company has worked on
courts and recreational facilities (outside of tennis, track and
fields), we invite you to share some pictures with us. Only a few
Photos need to be
high-resolution: This means a minimum of 500K to 1 MB in size (larger is
Great choices are shots we don’t
have right now: Those include:
Basketball courts (we
have great indoor shots but very few outdoor shots, so any outdoor shots
would be appreciated)
(outdoor courts, both hard surface and sand surface)
Pickleball: We have an
awards category for pickleball but we’re still a little light on photos.
Whatever you have would be great
Outdoor inline hockey
facilities: We don’t have any and we do get asked for photos
Futsal: It’s an indoor sport but we lack photos of facilities
Any high-resolution photos can
be sent to Mary Helen Sprecher at
firstname.lastname@example.org (note the new address). If you require a
file-sharing system to send several large photos at once, please let
Mary Helen know via e-mail so she can set you up with a Dropbox link.
Thanks again! We look forward to
seeing your photos. Remember that as our Courts and Recreation Division
grows, these photos will be more important than ever!
If you know someone who would benefit from joining
our new Courts & Recreation Division, send their name to
Certification: Make it Your Goal
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 motion.
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 times the exam
will be given is as follows (inquire about specific times):
ASBA Technical Meeting
December 1, 2018
Fairmont Scottsdale Plaza
Sports Turf Managers Association Conference
January 26, 2019
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
ASBA Winter Meeting
February 22, 2019
Paradisus Palma Resort
ASBA Regional Meeting
March 6, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton
Synthetic Turf Council Meeting
March 13, 2019
Hyatt Regency Seattle
ASBA Technical Meeting
December 7, 2019
Rosen Shingle Creek
By appointment at ASBA Headquarters in Maryland.
ASBA's Position Papers: We Need
And the nominees are …
your project, if you decide to enter ASBA’s awards program. This year’s
program is now accepting entries, meaning it’s time for you to nominate
that project you want recognized. DETAILS
ASBA Certificate of Distinction
Program: Are You Aware of It?
ASBA currently offers two
Certificates of Distinction, one for Design Professionals and one for
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
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 recognition.
To learn more about each
Certificate of Distinction program, go to
May We Quote You?
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:
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,
www.sportsbuilders.org, 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
email@example.com (note new address) and ask to be added to the
list. Include any specific expertise you have, such as tennis, track,
fields or indoor facilities.
Get Social with 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.
news from ASBA members.
ASBA Welcomes New Members
ASBA welcomes nine members that joined the
association since we published our last newsletter.