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American Sports Builders Association ASBA is the centralized source for information on tennis courts, running tracks, fields, and indoor sports facilities.
Volume 40, January 2007

From The Chair

This time of the year affects each of us in different ways. For many of us, our season is winding down, and we will, hopefully, be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor. This is also a time to pause and reflect on our blessings, to be thankful for our friends and colleagues, and to cherish our loved ones. For some, the good intentions of the Holiday Season are hard to bear as their blessings may not be as apparent.

While going through a file where I clip out and save interesting articles, usually sports-related, I found three stories that struck me while I massaged the theme of this column in my mind.

The first article appeared in the recent issue of American Track and Field, and dealt with the passing of Marja Bakker, of Medford, Massachusetts. In addition to being an avid road runner, Ms. Bakker was heavily involved in USA Track and Field-New England and in the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the storied Boston Marathon. Her relentless dedication to the sport saw participation in the Boston Marathon increase from 6,399 entrants in 1987 to 22,473 in 2006. An avid promoter of women in road racing and a diligent supporter of both the sport and its many volunteer organizers and administrators, her tireless efforts and leadership belied her discomfort of being in the spotlight. Hers was truly an extraordinary life. "Shape up," she would say. "It’s been a good life."

The second story appeared a while back in Sports Illustrated in Rick Reilly’s column called “Worth the Wait.” “Why do they come? Why do they hang around to watch the slowest high school cross-country runner in America? Why do they cry? Why do they nearly break their wrists applauding a junior who falls flat on his face almost every race? Why do they hug a teenager who could be beaten by any other kid running backward? Why? Because Ben Comen never quits.” Ben has a heart the size of his home state of South Carolina, but he also has cerebral palsy. Although his intellect is unaffected (he’s an A/B student), the disease has wracked his muscles and contorted his body, leaving him with a clumsy gait and very poor balance. So why does he drag his body over rocks, fallen branches and ditches? “Because I feel like I’ve been put here to set an example” says Ben. “Anybody can find something they can do — and do it well. I like to show people that you can either stop trying or you can pick yourself up and keep going. It’s just more fun to keep going." In one particular race, Ben was coming in with his huge army, Ben’s Friends, his face bright red and tortured, his laborious gait inching forward, when he fell about 30 feet from the finish line. There was a stunned silence, but Ben slowly picked himself up on wobbly, bloody knees, and finished the race. The roar of the crowd might have befitted the winner of the Boston Marathon, but the tears running down the faces of grown men told the real story. Ben finishes every race bloody and bruised, and he always loses. But he’s never beaten, and he always finishes the race.

The final news clip appeared on in November, 2006. "Former Eagles DB Andre Watters, 44, commits suicide." A 12 year veteran of the NFL, Watters overcame a lack of size and painfully shy demeanor to become an accomplished football player and outspoken advocate for at-risk kids. He had been coaching football at the college level since his retirement from the NFL in 1993.

May we all be thankful for our blessings and cherish the people that bring them. May our losses bring us strength and only good memories. I hope that you and your families had a safe and happy Holiday Season and may you all have a healthy and prosperous new year!

Gerry Wright, CTCB

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Meetings of the Board of Directors held December 2 and 5, 2006

  1. Ron Nemeth submitted his resignation as the A/A President due to his retirement from the industry. Senior A/A Director Randy Futty was appointed A/A President to fill the vacancy. Robert Dougherty was appointed to fill Randy’s remaining term as an A/A Director.

  2. A motion to further develop a proposal for a company accreditation program failed to pass.

  3. In a key step towards developing decision making criteria for the Board, a new Mission Statement was adopted. The Board will use this as a guide in making decisions for the Association. You will find it elsewhere in the Newsline.

  4. As another step towards increasing the accountability of the Board, the Board adopted the concept of an Association “Scorecard” and directed the committee developing the card to revise its draft for the Winter Meeting.

  5. The Professional Division is spearheading an effort to promote awareness of the impact that standards set by the ASTM Technical Committees may have on our members. All member companies are encouraged to consider becoming active in ASTM as a means of representing their own interests. Contact ASBA staff for additional information.

  6. The Tennis Division is considering new programs to certify tennis courts and, in conjunction with the ITF, to support research on the wear of acrylic tennis court surfaces.

  7. The Board is considering a proposal from the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) which contains some potential new benefits for members.

  8. The Track Division identified a number of new position papers that it will begin work on at the Winter Meeting.

  9. As a result of the extensive interest generated by Jim Scherocman’s presentations on asphalt, the Tennis and Track Divisions will pursue the development of performance criteria for asphalt to be used in tennis and track applications.

  10. The new "Turf Manual" has been published and will next be expanded to include natural grass fields. A session will be planned for the Winter Meeting.

  11. The Indoor Division, headed up by new Division President Robert Cohen, informed the Board of a number of initiatives including increasing Indoor builder membership, developing a proposal for "Dispute Resolution," some new position papers, and a Life Cycle Study similar in scope to what the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA) has published.

  12. The upcoming Winter Meeting session schedule was reviewed and finalized. You won’t want to miss this one!

Board Adopts Mission Statement

After years of discussion at its December meeting, the Board adopted the following mission statement:

"The American Sports Builders Association, a non-profit trade organization comprised of builders, designers and suppliers for sports facilities, exists to promote the highest standards of design, construction and maintenance by:

  • Leading in the development and dissemination of current and accurate technical information; and
  • Promoting the interests of builders of sports facilities of the type constructed by its members; and
  • Providing a forum to gather and exchange ideas and information to improve sports facility construction and maintenance.

The membership of the American Sports Builders Association is guided by honesty and integrity in our words and actions."

Going back at least as far as the planning session in 2001, members of the Board have felt the need of a Mission Statement to define the purpose of the Association and to help guide them in decision-making and in allocating resources. Members are invited to comment on the newly adopted statement.

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Calendar of Events

January 17-21, 2007 SportsTurf Managers Association Conference, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX. For information

February 23-26, 2007 ASBA Winter Meeting, TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach, St. Pete Beach, FL

Nov 28 – Dec 1, 2007 Athletic Business Conference, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. For more information,

December 2-4, 2007 ASBA Technical Meeting, Hyatt Regency Austin, Austin, TX. For information 866-501-ASBA (2722) or

January 16-20, 2008 SportsTurf Managers Association Conference, Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ. For information

February 21-25, 2008 ASBA Winter Meeting, Hilton El Conquistador, Tucson, AZ. For information 866-501-ASBA (2722) or

December 7-9, 2008 ASBA Technical Meeting, Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans, LA. For information 866-501-ASBA (2722) or

December 5-7, 2009 ASBA Technical Meeting, Hyatt Regency Savannah, Savannah, GA. For information 866-501-ASBA (2722) or

December 5-7, 2010 ASBA Technical Meeting, Marriott Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. For information 866-501-ASBA (2722) or

Note: Updated information on ASBA meetings can often be found on the website; please contact

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Certification Corner

Congratulations to the following members of ASBA who have become newly certified since the last issue of Newsline:

James Catella, CTB
Clark Companies

Matt Hale, CTCB
Halecon, Inc.

Fred Kolkman, CTCB
Munson, Inc.

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Tennis Courts to Be Revised

Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, published jointly by ASBA and the United States Tennis Association (USTA), will be revised in 2007. Members are invited to submit suggested changes, additions and corrections for consideration by the Joint Editorial Board consisting of David Clapp, CTB, CTCB (Baseline Sports Construction, Knoxville, TN), Chairman, and David Marsden, CTCB (Boston Tennis Court Construction Co., Inc., Hanover, MA), representing ASBA, and Gordy Pierce, CTCB (Cape & Island Tennis & Track, Pocasset, MA) and Burnham Beard, CTCB (Ret.) representing USTA. Suggestions should be sent to ASBA EVP Carol Hogan, c/o ASBA headquarters. 8480 Baltimore National Pike, #307, Ellicott City, MD 21043 or by e-mail to

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

It’s that time of year again. Dues are, well, due, and as you prepare to pull out your checkbook, it’s only natural for you to ask yourself whether your investment in the American Sports Builders Association is worthwhile.

So — what has the Association done for you lately?

One of the priorities members have asked the Association to pursue is marketing. Specifically, members want ASBA to raise its profile and thereby raise the profile of its members. Members also ask the Association to promote the message that quality provides value. Just on that one measure, here’s what the Association has accomplished in the past year:

  • ASBA’s website has become the principal means by which owners and end users find the Association. All members are listed there on a searchable database. This year, generated over four million hits, up by one million over 2005. If you "Google" 'tennis construction,' ASBA comes up first, track construction second and field construction eighth.

  • ASBA’s publications Tennis Courts and Running Tracks are sold on Search on "tennis court construction" or "track construction" and our publications come up first. The recently-published turf construction manual will be added soon.

  • ASBA’s stature in the professional and sports industry field continues to grow. The ASBA has placed articles in Racquet Sports Industry, Tennis Week, American Track & Field, and Sports Field Management. Trade publications seek out ASBA to provide articles on technical topics and to provide information to help consumers address questions and problems with their facilities. Each article uses quotes from members of the Association (and if you would like to be interviewed for publications, we encourage you to contact us), and advises consumers to contact the ASBA for copies of its directory and publications order form. And the interest we're getting in return from the public shows us that these articles are working.

  • ASBA continues to strengthen its ties with related organizations.

    1. Members of the Board of Directors attended the FSB trade show in Cologne to recruit members and to increase the Association's visibility and credibility.
    2. Two ASBA board members spoke at the National Recreation & Parks Association Fall 2005 and 2006 meetings and has submitted both tennis and track topics for the 2007 meeting.
    3. ASBA’s executive vice president and a board member attended the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) meeting in January 2006 in Orlando and have registered for the 2007 meeting in San Antonio. While there, they will recruit members, creating visibility and publicize our new turf book.
    4. ASBA’s executive vice president attended the March Semi-Annual Meeting of the USTA Technical Committee and the Tennis Division President attended the September Annual Meeting. We are working with USTA’s new Technical Liaison, Geoff Norton, to strengthen ASBA’s relationship with USTA.
    5. ASBA’s executive vice president and Tennis Division President attended the ITF Foundation meeting in July working on ITF's surface performance guidelines. ITF has adopted a lot of information from ASBA's guidelines and will include a link to the ASBA website on its website. Dr. Stuart Miller of ITF reported on these guidelines at the December Technical meeting.
    6. ASBA representatives met with representatives of the USATF, NCAA and NFHS to talk about rules changes. It was agreed that ASBA will develop a procedure for surveying and/or verifying a track. While NFHS and NCAA will not require this procedure, they will make it available to anyone who asks how to measure and verify a track’s compliance with their rules. A session on track certification will be held at the Winter Meeting.
    7. The ASBA Fields Division President attended the Sports Turf Summit in Munich in May representing the Association.

  • For the second year, NRPA and USTA purchased copies of Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual (500 early in the year and 800 in December) and sent them, along with a copy of the ASBA Directory, to all grant applicants in the Tennis in the Parks program and recommended using ASBA contractors for projects constructed under grants.

  • ASBA raised its public profile this year, spending approximately $30,000 in print media advertising. This advertising resulted in many, many requests for our directory and publications, and generated hits to our website.

So what has the ASBA done for you lately? Quite a bit! And that doesn’t even begin to consider meetings, publications, peer exchange, guidelines, position papers and much more.

With you as our member, we’ll be doing much more this year. Re-up your membership for this year, and then ask yourself whether this isn’t the year you wanted to become more involved. Join a committee. Volunteer for a project. Write for Newsline or offer to give quotes for articles we write for industry publications. Membership and participation in ASBA is your investment and it will yield better returns than you ever imagined.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues

Thank you for the kind words of support, prayers and comfort you have extended to me and my family during an unimaginably difficult time. Your phone calls, personal visits, cards and donations to the Jimmy Fund in Gail’s memory are appreciated beyond what words can express. I have long felt that I belonged to a wonderful association. Your thoughts and actions have confirmed that belief beyond any doubt.

With deepest gratitude,

Dave Marsden

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Important Notice

Paper or….PC?

No, it’s not a question about shopping bags. Oh, and you’d better choose PC. PC in the computer sense, that is. ASBA is moving into the digital media age, and Newsline is coming, too. The issue you’re holding in your hands (the January 2007 edition) will be the last printed newsletter.

No, not the last Newsline ever. Newsline is an institution, a tradition and an integral part of ASBA. For years, it has kept members informed of the latest developments within the industry and within the Association. It has carried news of meetings, elections, publications, rule changes and awards, as well as inter-industry information such as new products, employee hires and promotions, and more. It is essential to members and to the Association.

So rest assured — we’re not discontinuing Newsline, just changing its form of delivery. You’ll continue to receive the newsletter — you’ll just receive it in an electronic format from now on. Each quarter, you will receive an e-mail from ASBA headquarters. Open it and you will find Newsline, just as you would if you were opening your paper mail. Only this is much easier — for everyone.

As the Association goes increasingly electronic, we're finding that our quarterly newsletter is being left in the dust. Why? Because more and more members are turning to our website and to e-mail for the day-to-day information they need. They e-mail our staff with questions and requests, rather than picking up the phone and rather than using regular mail or faxing. They look on the website for their "Construction Guidelines" and "Buyer’s Guides." They register on the site for meetings, and they check the calendar for information on upcoming events. It's even possible to search for the names of members, products and company information using key words. And really, it's only been a matter of time before we took the next logical step of having an electronic newsletter, since we’ve been posting the Newsline online for more than five years now.

Discontinuing a printed, or paper, version of Newsline, and going to an all-electronic format has many benefits:

  • Less paper waste: In this ecologically sensitive age, not printing a newsletter saves paper – and it cuts down on the amount of mail pouring through busy members’ mail slots on a regular basis.

  • Cost savings: Going to an all-electronic version of the newsletter eliminates printing and mailing costs. Currently, assembling, printing and mailing one issue of Newsline costs almost $7,000. With so many competing needs on the part of the Association - representing members in national and international venues, surface research, book production, etc., going electronic will free up funds for other projects.

  • More flexibility: The regular issues of the Newsline we have been publishing in printed form are limited in length, since printed pieces must be in increments of four pages – 4, 8, 12 etc. – and our budget allows us to print and mail only twelve pages per issue. That means that often, we have to cut, edit or hold a lot of information, rather than printing it in its entirety as we would like.

  • More up-to-date information: An electronic newsletter will allow ASBA to add, change, correct or update information right up until the moment of e-mailing so that Newsline can be more accurate and time-sensitive.

  • Easier for members: Having an electronic version of the newsletter allows members more flexibility to read at their convenience. If, for example, a member would like to put the newsletter aside for later, it’s easy to simply click on the newsletter when time allows. There’s no putting a paper copy somewhere on an already crowded desk, and then hunting for it later. And if members want to share an article with someone, they can simply forward that e-mail copy of the Newsline – no scanning, no faxing, no making photocopies, no calling headquarters to ask for an extra copy to be mailed out. Finally, it will make it easy for members to keep back issues handy in case they are needed for reference. (Back issues will also be kept in the archive section of the ASBA website, for easy reference, should a member need to look up a previously published article).

  • User-friendliness: The electronic version of Newsline will be e-mailed in a user-friendly format and sent in such a way that it is still attractive and graphic enough to print out, show to customers or use in promotional materials, while making it easy to open and use.

If you’re already getting your mail on your computer screen, your news from sites like and your shopping done online, you’ll probably welcome ASBA’s latest change. In fact, you’ve probably switched to electronic versions of many newsletters already. A few tips to help both you receive your Newsline in a timely fashion:

  • Make sure ASBA has your correct e-mail address. If you’ve changed Internet service providers or gone to another account, make sure that you alert ASBA, the same way you would if there were any other kind of change in your address, phone number, etc. Our e-mail address is If you’re just not sure whether we have you correct e-mail, please e-mail us NOW to be certain.

  • Insure that ASBA is on your ‘white list’ (in other words, be sure that your spam filter doesn’t think the newsletter is junk e-mail).

If using e-mail is still new to you, however, let us make some suggestions:

  • Get online and up to speed free. It's easy to get a no-cost e-mail account, and libraries, community centers and other organizations now offer free 'how-to' courses guaranteed to bring adults into the computer age. These days, getting Internet access and learning how to use it to your advantage couldn’t be easier, and couldn’t be less expensive. Note that if you’re just starting out, you’ll be better served to avoid (or upgrade from) dial-up services, however, since they are slow and cumbersome to use.

  • Don't fight it. Yes, using a computer and mouse might seem a little strange at first, but it will quickly become second nature. The world is moving forward, and ASBA — and the industry &mdssh; are all moving with it.

The Board of Directors of ASBA has studied this issue for some time, and is convinced that the advantages of going to an all-electronic format for the newsletter will outweigh any possible problems or temporary glitches that might arise. We will be experimenting to find the best, most efficient way of formatting and delivering the Newsline to you so that it is convenient as well as usable.

As always, however, we are very interested in your input. Let us know what you think of the new format, and how it works for you. We want to know what you like, what you don’t like and any suggestions for improvement. We’re excited about being able to publish more information, more quickly, more accurately and more thoroughly than ever before. Most of all, we’re glad you’re going to be a part of it.

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Legal Line

Does a warranty for materials and workmanship take effect whether or not a subcontractor is paid in full on a project?

Generally breach by one party to a contract excuses performance by the other. So payment default could be asserted as a defense to the obligation to provide a warranty, or perform under a warranty set out in the subcontract. However, if the subcontractor actually issues a written warranty document to the owner, this may be a waiver of the defense.


  • Issue a warranty that states that it becomes effective upon completion of installation (so the time period begins to run) but is conditioned on full payment to the sub.
  • Deliver the warranty to some party (the architect, perhaps) in escrow to be released only upon full payment to the sub.

For more information on how to protect yourself by contract and otherwise, plan on attending the General Session “Design Defects, Rising Material Costs and Other Job Hazards — How to Protect Yourself by Contract and Otherwise,” by ASBA’s legal counsel David H. Pettit at ASBA’s Winter Meeting.

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Editor’s Note: Information contained in Memberline is submitted by members and published without verification. Its publication does not constitute an endorsement.

New Website —
Advanced Polymer Technology (APT) (Harmony, PA) has created for a quick and easy connection to information on Laykold acrylic tennis and recreational sports surfacing systems. The Laykold link is available in 8 languages and includes featured articles and photos on Laykold projects throughout the world. All tennis court contractors are invited to visit the web site. Members of the Laykold family of tennis & sports surfacing contractors are encouraged to submit copy and photos of recently completed projects to Jeff Bryant, National Laykold Sales Director, for future featured articles on

California Jury Finds in Favor of Fisher Tracks
On August 31, 2006, at the conclusion of a month-long trial, a jury in Riverside, California rendered its verdict in favor of Fisher Tracks, Inc. (Boone, IA) and found that MCP Industries, Inc. committed fraud and breached warranties in the sale of track binder and structural spray. Fisher Tracks had used MCP’s track binder and structural spray on several projects in the spring and summer of 2003. All of those projects experienced substantial problems. The jury agreed with Fisher Tracks that MCP’s track binder and structural spray did not live up to the promises made by MCP’s salesmen and awarded Fisher Tracks over $356,000 in damages on several different legal theories, including breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty, intentional misrepresentation and fraudulent concealment. The jury specifically found that MCP’s products failed to perform as represented, that they were not fit for their intended purpose, and that MCP intentionally misrepresented its products to Fisher Tracks.

The title of the case was MCP Industries, Inc. v. Fisher Tracks, Inc., et al., Riverside County Case No. RIC 414339. Additional information can be found on the Riverside County Superior Court’s web site:, or by contacting Fisher Tracks’ attorney, John Higginbotham of Best Best & Krieger LLP at

Johnson Certified
Larson Associates, Inc. (Arlington, MA) is pleased to announced that Landscape Architect, Ti Johnson, LEED AP has recently completed the LEED Accredited Professional certification program by the US Green Building Coundil. As a sports facility designer at Larson Associates, Ti continues our commitment to environmentally sustainable site design.

Sierks Joins Renner Sports
Renner Sports Surfaces of Denver, CO is pleased to announce that Donna Sierks, CTB, CTCB has joined our team as Track Division Manager.

Donna has 21 years of experience in running track and tennis court construction. She is former Chairman of the ASBA and currently holds both Certified Track Builder and Certified Tennis Court Builder designations. Donna began her career working for Lee Renner at Malott Peterson Renner. She is excited to once again work with the experienced team at Renner Sport Surfaces including Lee, Tom Josephs, CTCB, Greg McKenna, CTB and Neal Depooter.

Taraflex® Evolution System Debuts at The EDGE
The Taraflex® Evolution System by Gerflor S.A. (Tarare, France) made its debut at the new EDGE basketball training facility in Orlando, FL. EDGE stands for "Elite Development Growth Environment." The facility matches players seven years old and older with the appropriate level of training with experienced coaches, including former NBA Slam Dunk Champion Dee Brown, and professional caliber equipment. NBA teams visiting the Orlando area also are expected to practice at the facility prior to their games.

The Evolution System brings together a DIN certified subfloor made of 15-ply Birchwood with a resilient vinyl surface layer. The hybrid floor combines the best features of both flooring types: point-elasticity from the synthetic surfacing and area elasticity from the wood subfloor. Additionally, the combined system is durable and is not affected by humidity or temperature fluctuations because it is environmentally stable. Unlike wood basketball floor, the resilient vinyl surface never needs to be waxed, sanded, resurfaced or recoated.

Laykold Unveils New Generation Cushion Plus
Advanced Polymer Technology (APT) (Harmony, PA) has introduced a new generation of Laykold Cushion Plus tennis surfaces. The new Cushion Plus systems incorporate the highest quality acrylic polymers and EPDM rubber. They are manufactured under the strict guidelines of ISO-9001:2000, and offer the following advantages:

  • Three levels of comfort and 50%+ force reduction.
  • Can be customized to any desired speed of play or ITF pace.
  • Increased cohesive strength of cushioned layers for greater durability and longevity.
  • An innovative formulation to make application easier on the installer and to provide a more uniform surface.

For more information on the new Cushion Plus systems, contact Jeff Bryant, National Laykold Sales Director, at 732-206-0031 or visit

Asian Games Use LSI Lighting
LSI Courtsider Sports Lighting (Cincinnati, OH) recently supplied 298 Courtsider XL fixtures for the Khalifa International Tennis Complex in Doha, Qatar. This complex was the site of the 15th Asian Games December 1-15, 2006. LSI supplied the entire lighting system including 12 meter and 9 meter poles as well as fixtures. The complete order was manufactured and shipped in about 20 days to be installed before the start of the games.

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New Members

The following companies have joined the ASBA or renewed their membership since the last newsletter. Please add their names to the appropriate section of your membership directory.

Aer-Flo, Inc. (A/A)
4455 18th Street, E.
Bradenton, FL 34203
Bill Henning, President
Quirk Construction Corporation (B)
1 Martel Way
Georgetown, MA 01833
Mark Masella, Estimator
All American Sports Group, LLC (B)
333 Weymouth St.
Rockland, MA 02370
Michael DiNatale, Principal
Recreational Design & Construction, Inc. (B)
3990 N. Powerline Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Steven Westervelt, VP, Director of Construction
ATG Sports Industries, Inc. (B)
317 E. Commerce Street
Andover, KS 67002
Paul Driver, President
Snap Lock Industries, Inc./SnapSports (B)
2330 W. California Ave.
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Dan Wollman, Director of Sales
Dilip Kawad & Consultants (P)
Post Office, Mumbai
Usha Sadan, C-38, Nr. Colaba
Maharashtra, 400005
Dilip Kawad, Proprietor
Team Sports Surfaces (A/A)
Unit 1/165 Prospect Highway
Seven Hills, NSW, 2147
+61 2 9838 4429
John Curtis, CEO
Gulf Coast Tennis (B)
9897 Suburban Dr.
Fairhope, AL 36532
Michael Small, Owner
Techlight (A/A)
2707 Satsuma
Dallas, TX 75229
Doug Kile, Sales Manager
Medallion Athletic Products (A/A)
127 Midnight Lane
Mooresville, NC 28117
Lance Rosenberger, Project Manager
Tennis Product Ventures, LLC (PR)
P.O. Box 605
Menlo Park, CA 94026
Jack Fuller, Owner
Piretti Tennis & Sports Surfacing (B)
P.O. Box 2352
Lenox, MA 01240
Richard F. Piretti, Owner
Velvetop Products (A/A)
1455 New York Ave.
Huntington Station, NY 11746
Bill Walsh, Sales Manager

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Opinion Line

Editor's Note: Articles in the "Opinion Line" column represent the opinions of their authors and not necessarily those of the ASBA. Readers are invited to respond. Please send comments to ASBA, Attn.: "Opinion Line," 8480 Baltimore National Pike, #307, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

50°F (10°C) and Rising Minimum Application Temperatures for Water-Based Recreational Surface Coatings

Thanks to Art Tucker,Vice President of Plexipave Sport Surfacing Systems (Andover, MA), for sharing this memo, developed to assist contractors in discussions with owners and general contractors who want to "get just one more project" done.

Water-based latex coatings systems depend upon the evaporation of water to develop a dried and cured film. There are several factors that significantly impact on the ability of coatings to cure properly.

The major factors are:

  • Air Temperature — Temperature must be sufficient to evaporate the water.
  • Surface Temperature — A cold surface (below 50°F) will retard the rate of water evaporation.
  • Relative Humidity — Higher humidity slows the rate of drying.
  • Sunlight/Shade — The sun can warm a surface to the proper temperatures. Absence of sun can reduce surface temperatures by more than 10°F.
  • Air Movement — Air movement is required to change the relative humidity at the surface/atmosphere contact point.
  • Coating/Film Thickness — Thicker coatings take significantly longer to dry.
  • Surface Color — Darker surfaces dry more quickly.

Coatings specifications frequently stipulate that the temperature for application "shall be X° and rising." This phrase can be interpreted differently. California Products Corporation takes the position that application of its water-based coatings system should take place only when the air, surface temperature and other conditions are conducive to complete drying of the coating within the same day of application. If rain is imminent or if the air and surface temperature are likely to fall below 50°F before the coating has fully dried, CalPro maintains that application should not be attempted.

It is well-accepted that at the minimum application temperature, the drying time of a water-based coating is greatly extended. Proper film formation can be affected by falling air and surface temperatures and by the dew (high relative humidity) that often occurs in these weather conditions. For this reason, the application of water-based products in the fall can be risky because weather patterns are changing and the major change is a decline in average temperature. The opportunity for proper curing diminishes as the weather cools.

No matter how much an owner or general contractor may wish to finish a job, the reality is that certain weather and site conditions are necessary to make a water-based acrylic coating system dry, cure and develop the physical properties required for long-term performance.

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Long Distance Refund

You may have heard or read that the IRS has formally stopped imposing excise taxes on long distance services (effective 8/1/06). Even better, you will be entitled to a refund for federal excise taxes paid on non-local telecom services billed between 3/1/03 and 7/31/06. This refund must be requested on your 2006 federal tax return.

For individuals, a safe harbor provision will provide a refund of $30-$60 based on the number of exemptions claimed. IRS has issued a formula that can be used by businesses and tax-exempt organizations comparing two telephone bills from 2006 (April and September). However, an organization with significant long distance costs may claim the actual amount paid by analyzing invoices for long distance services including toll free call center services, wireless services for company-provided cell phones and employee cell phone invoices submitted for reimbursement by the company, voice over Internet services and prepaid long distance services. Federal excise taxes paid on local phone bills are not refundable.

To estimate the potential refund, take your company’s average monthly long distance spending in all categories and multiply it by the FET rate of 3%. IRS has capped the refund at 2 percent of the total telephone expenses for businesses and tax-exempt organizations with 250 or fewer employees and 1 percent for those with 250 or more employees. Be certain to consult your accountant and claim this refund.

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Technical Meeting 2006

Another Great Meeting at the Birthplace of Speed

Mention the words, 'Daytona Beach,' and what comes to mind? Probably the images of checkered flags, roaring engines and cheering crowds.

Well, you’re not far wrong. The city is home to Daytona International Speedway, home of NASCAR racing, where fans flock to watch drivers race the oval track.

Oh, but wait, did someone say the words 'oval track?' As a matter of fact, track was the object of interest just a little while ago in Daytona, but not the kind of track associated with Dale, Jr. In fact, it was the exact opposite — and it, along with tennis surfaces and sports fields, were all the focus of much professional attention. Where was it? ASBA’s Technical Meeting, the premier industry gathering to review new developments, new products and new faces in sports facility development and construction.

The meeting, held Dec. 2-4 at The Plaza Resort and Spa, allowed industry professionals to gather, to exchange information and to learn – not only from professional speakers, but from one another. It allowed for glimpses into the future as new technology was revealed in the trade show, and for voices and faces from the past, as long-time friends and colleagues were able to renew their acquaintances. It brought new members into the fold and it honored those who had done outstanding work in the previous year. The meeting allowed for gatherings of the Divisions and Board of Directors, and for certification exams to be taken. Most of all, however, it was a time to be reminded of what the Association means – its goals, its ethics and the importance of membership.

An outstanding program awaited attendees, who traveled not only from across the United States, but from Canada, Europe and more, in order to participate. Keynote speaker Greg Hoyle of Hoyle & Associates, Inc. in Denver, CO offered an interesting idea to members: What could they learn from 14th Century contractors about dealing with conflict? Wade right in rather than dancing around it, said Hoyle.

Sessions dealt with topics such as problem-solving, aggregate, soils, field testing and more, and all brought positive remarks. Jim Scherocman's two-session program on asphalt elicited much comment and a demand for continued attention to ways the ASBA could assist builders with their concerns regarding coating asphalt pavements. ASBA legal counsel, David Pettit, gave a session on contract provisions that was so well received that program committee members have decided to expand it for the Association’s Winter Meeting. Other sessions particularly well-received included Don Smith’s "Is the Facility Ready for the Track Surface?" and Shelley Gisclar’s "Soil Conditions."

Before sessions, during breaks and as a backdrop to receptions, the ASBA’s trade show allowed attendees to view the newest technologies on the market, and to catch up with one another. Oh, and for those with competitive streaks, there was always the chance to demonstrate one’s prowess (or lack thereof, as it sometimes turned out) on the tennis court or golf course, thanks to ASBA's all-in-fun-except-when-it-came-to-not-wanting-to-lose events like the tennis and golf tournaments. (For more information, see the adjacent article).

Once again, the Association was grateful to those who stepped up as sponsors. Thanks to LSI for the Exhibit Hall sign, NGI Sports for the program booklet and NOVA Sports for the lanyards. It is hoped that additional companies will consider sponsoring next year.

Special thanks to program sponsors:
LSI for the Exhibit Hall sign
NGI Sports for the program booklet
Nova Sports USA for lanyards

During downtime (and yes, there was some), attendees were able to explore all Daytona had to offer. From NASCAR to fishing, from shopping to sightseeing, Daytona had it. Even lesser-known (but nearby) establishments (like Lollipops and the Oyster Pub) added to the fun. The weather was, on the whole, pleasant, with only one stormy, chilly day.

Those who wanted to stay in and enjoy the charms of The Plaza Resort and Spa found no shortage of diversions. The beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean, an open plan lobby bar and holiday decorations — white lights, poinsettias and trees everywhere — completed the picture.

Those who missed out on this Technical Meeting can mark the calendar for the next one, scheduled for December 2-4, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Austin, Austin, TX. Not soon enough for you? The ASBA Winter Meeting — a chance to connect with other industry members by working on Association projects — is scheduled for 23-26, 2007 at the TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Members will receive information automatically; others can have their names added to the list by calling 866-501-ASBA (2722) or by e-mailing

TM Sports

It’s not the Olympics. It’s not the Super Bowl. It’s not even the high school homecoming game. But when ASBA members and their guests head for the golf course or the tennis courts, bragging rights are at stake, and the competitive streaks emerge. Fortunately, so does a sense of humor.

The ASBA Technical Meeting in Daytona Beach allowed for plenty of time for learning and making new contacts, but also enough time to enjoy a round of golf or a good game of tennis. And of course, there were some surprises. Like, well, a snake in the grass. Literally.

In the ASBA’s golf tournament, David Clapp (Baseline Sports Construction, LLC, Knoxville, TN) lost a six-iron defending himself against a snake, alleged to be a water moccasin, following a golf cart collision. (Saguaro cacti in Arizona, poisonous snakes in Florida….who knew that golfing could be so much like Fear Factor?)

But all wildlife aside, the day went well, and play was excellent. The award for Longest Drive was won by Brian Douglas (Armor Crack Repair System, Farmingdale, NJ). The stroke going Closest to the Pin was a 24-incher made by Matt Savage (Vasco Sports Contractors, Massillon, OH).

The third-place foursome was made up of Mark Brogan (Pro-Sport Construction, Inc., Devon, PA), John Schedler (FieldTurf Tarkett, Highlands Ranch, CO), Meghan Taylor (M-F Athletic Company, Cranston, RI) and Rob Werner (Sportsline, Inc. Villanova, PA). In second place was the foursome of Chris and John Boarman (Re-Tek Products, Louisville, KY), Rick Dougherty and Bill Dougherty (Star-Trac Enterprises, LLC, Southfield, MI). The top golf finishers were Ted Mizer, Matt Savage and Mike Vinton (Vasco Sports Contractors, Massillon, OH), and Jim Grogan (M-F Athletic Company, Cranston, RI).

The Tennis Tournament, which was held at the Florida Tennis Center (thankfully no snakes), was equally eventful and competitive. A total of 21 players — the highest enrollment in a number of years — participated. When the dust cleared, the top doubles team was Kevin Tee (Vance Brothers, Inc., Kansas City, MO) and Rich Benson (Tenni-Trac Sport Surfaces, Louisville, KY).

Ready for some new competition — or maybe some payback? Keep an eye out for information about the ASBA’s Winter Meeting, which will be held 23-26 at the TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach, St. Pete Beach, FL. With any luck, participants can avoid the wildlife on the golf course and tennis courts, but will find plenty of it on the business end of a hook during the ASBA’s famous fishing derby.

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Winning Projects Honored

What's better than the Oscars, the Emmys and the Grammys (more relevant, no bad jokes, no endless speeches and no embarrassing musical numbers)? ASBA's announcement of the winners of its annual awards program! Awards for are presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which best exemplify construction excellence.

The winners are announced in the fall, and presentation of award plaques is made at the Technical Meeting. A panel of ASBA members judged all entries anonymously. Projects were scored individually based on considerations such as layout and design, site work, drainage, base construction, surface, amenities, innovation and overall impression. Winning entries were those whose cumulative scores met or exceeded the standard. This year's winning projects are as follows:

Outstanding Tennis Facilities


Seiderman Residence
Parkland, FL
New Construction: Fast-Dry Courts
Pompano Beach, FL

Fleckenstein Tennis Facility
Mukwonago, WI
New Construction: Munson, Inc.
Glendale, WI

Gooch Residence
Rumson, NJ
New Construction: The Racquet Shop
Colts Neck, NJ

Powell Residence Tennis Court
Gladwyne, PA
New Construction: Pro-Sport Construction
Devon, PA

Robinson Residence Tennis Court
Radnor, PA
New Construction: Pro-Sport Construction
Devon, PA

The Tennis Court at the Clayton Residence
Carmel, IN
New Construction: Leslie Coatings, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

Natural Grass Tennis Court at Wilson Residence
Rixeyville, VA
New Construction: Lawn Tennis & Supply Co.
Medford, NJ

Vanderbeek Residence
Warren, NJ
New Construction: Pro-Sport Construction
Devon, PA


Lombard Street Reservoir/Alice Marble Tennis Center
San Francisco, CA
New Construction: Vintage Contractors
San Francisco, CA

Tennis Facility at Hillsboro Club
Hillsboro, FL
Upgrade of Existing Facility: Fast-Dry Courts
Pompano Beach, FL

Tennis Facility at Boulevard Club
Vero Beach, FL
New Construction: Fast-Dry Courts
Pompano Beach, FL

Tennis Facility at The Bath Club
Miami Beach, FL
New Construction: Fast-Dry Courts
Pompano Beach, FL

Tennis Facility at USPTA World Headquarters
Houston, TX
Upgrade of Existing Facility: Dobbs Tennis Courts
Abilene, TX

Tennis Court Complex at Person High School
Roxboro, NC
New Construction: Court One
Youngsville, NC

Outdoor Tennis Facility at Columbine Country Club
Littleton, CO
Upgrade of Existing Facility: L.E.R., Inc., dba Renner Sports Surfaces
Denver, CO

Deck Tennis Court at Ace Insurance Company
Hamilton, Bermuda
Upgrade of Existing Facility: Classic Turf Company, LLC
Woodbury, CT

Ellis Methvin Tennis Center
Plant City, FL
New Construction: Welch Tennis Courts, Inc.
Sun City, FL

Tennis Center at Tivoli Lakes
Boynton Beach, FL
New Construction: Welch Tennis Courts, Inc.
Sun City, FL

Center Court Ridge at Reunion Resort and Club
Kissimmee, FL
New Construction: Welch Tennis Courts, Inc.
Sun City, FL

The Club at Olde Stone
Alvaton, KY
New Construction: Welch Tennis Courts, Inc.
Sun City, FL

The Club at River Forest
Forsythe, GA
New Construction: Welch Tennis Courts, Inc.
Sun City, FL


Kenyon Athletic Center
Gambier, OH
New Construction: DecoSystems
Andover, MA

Boars Head Sports Club
Charlottesville, VA
New Construction: ICA Sports
Olathe, KS

Indoor Facility at Centre Court Racquet Club
Louisville, TN
New Construction: Baseline Sports Construction, LLC
Knoxville, TN

Outstanding Indoor Multi-Purpose Facilities

Pennington-Ewing Athletic Club
Ewing, NJ
New Construction: Sportsline, Inc.
Exton, PA

Vaughn Athletic Center – Fox Valley Park District
Aurora, IL
New Construction: Kiefer Specialty Flooring, Inc.
Lindenhurst, IL
Outstanding Track Facilities


University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Titan Stadium Running Track
Oshkosh, WI
New Construction: Rettler Corp.
Stevens Point, WI

Running Track at Armijo High School
Fairfield, CA
Upgrade of Existing Facility: Beals Alliance
Sacramento, CA

Running Track Facility at Lawrence Veterans Memorial Stadium
Lawrence, MA
Upgrade of Existing Facility: Larson Associates
Arlington, MA

Outdoor Track Facility at Safford High School – Safford U.S.D. #1
Safford, AZ
Upgrade of Existing Facility: General Acrylics, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ

Memorial Field
Canton, MA
Upgrade of Existing Facility: R.A.D. Sports
Rockland, MA

Running Track at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School
Pennsauken, NJ
Upgrade of Existing Facility: American Athletic Courts, Inc.
Vincentown, NJ

Running Track Facility at St. Louis University High School
St. Louis, MO
New Construction: DeFargo Sports Surfaces
Georgetown, TX

Hillside Sports Field, City of Kamloops
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
New Construction: Les Installations Sportives DeFargo, Inc.
Quebec, Canada

Running Track and Field Events at Northwestern High School
Detroit, MI
New Construction: Foresite Design, Inc.
Berkley, MI


Kenyon Athletic Center
Gambier, OH
New Construction: Kiefer Specialty Flooring
Lindenhurst, IL

Outstanding Sports Fields

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Titan Stadium Sports Field
Oshkosh, WI
New Construction: Rettler Corp.
Stevens Point, WI

City Stadium-Bobby Gruhn Field
Gainesville, GA
Upgrade of Existing Facility: Sports Turf Company, Inc.
Whitesburg, GA

Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium
Worcester, MA
Upgrade of Existing Facility: R.A.D. Sports
Rockland, MA

Hamline University—Klas Field
St. Paul, MN
Upgrade of Existing Facility: Kiefer Specialty Flooring
Lindenhurst, IL

Intramural Sports Field at the University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
Upgrade of Existing Facility: Baseline LLC
Knoxville, TN

Synthetic Turf Field at Northwestern High School
Detroit, MI
New Construction: Foresite Design, Inc.
Berkley, MI

One facility was chosen from each category of all winning entries to represent the best of athletic facility construction. The winners were as follows:


Vanderbeek Residence
Warren, NJ
New Construction: Pro-Sport Construction
Devon, PA

Boars Head Sports Club
Charlottesville, VA
New Construction: ICA Sports
Olathe, KS

Outdoor Tennis Facility at Columbine Country Club
Littleton, CO
Upgrade of Existing Facility: L.E.R., Inc., dba Renner Sports Surfaces
Denver, CO


Pennington-Ewing Athletic Club
Ewing, NJ
New Construction: Sportsline, Inc.
Exton, PA


Running Track Facility at St. Louis University High School
St. Louis, MO
New Construction: DeFargo Sports Surfaces
Georgetown, TX

Kenyon Athletic Center
Gambier, OH
New Construction: Kiefer Specialty Flooring
Lindenhurst, IL


City Stadium-Bobby Gruhn Field
Gainesville, GA
Upgrade of Existing Facility: Sports Turf Company, Inc.
Whitesburg, GA

In the spring, members will receive information regarding the Call for Entries for next year’s awards program. All entries will be due in the summer. ASBA provides entry forms in both hard copy and in electronic format. Information regarding the Call for Entries will be sent to all members automatically. Keep an eye on the mailbox, as well as on the website, www.sportsbuildersorg. Any questions? E-mail us at or call 866-501-ASBA or 410-730-959.

RSI 2006 Champions of Tennis

Congratulations to The CourtSMITHS (Toledo, OH), named RSI’s Builder/Contractor of the Year. The award was presented by RSI’s Editorial Director Peter Francesconi during ASBA’s Awards Dinner at the Technical Meeting. Started by the late Kevin Smith, a Past Chairman of ASBA and a Certified Tennis Court Builder, The Courtsmiths is currently managed by brothers Mike and Pete Smith. Pete is a member of ASBA’s Board of Directors.

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Winter Meeting 2007

Don't Miss ASBA Winter Meeting - St. Pete Beach

Picture this. It’s February. If you live up North, it’s cold and gloomy – your down time. If you’re down South, you’re probably still hopping. Either way, though, you could use a break. You need to recharge your batteries, reconnect to your friends and take some time away.

Problem is, there’s all this work. It’s hard to rationalize just….going.

Unless, that is, you’re going somewhere that benefits the very industry you’re part of. Unless you’re going somewhere that reconnects you as well as revitalizes you. Unless you’re going somewhere like ASBA’s Winter Meeting, to be held February 23-26, 2007 at the TradeWinds Island Resort on St. Pete Beach, St. Pete Beach, FL.

The Winter Meeting is ASBA’s premier opportunity to work on Association projects, catch up with colleagues and spend some time apart from the pressing demands of the marketplace. It is the ideal mid-winter getaway, allowing you to stay plugged into the industry without feeling pressured by its demands.

You’ll have the chance to work on some of the organization’s newest and best projects — position papers, construction manuals, asphalt standards and more. You’ll have the chance to see your colleagues, and to meet new ones. Best of all, you’ll be able to soak up the sun in a lush, tropical atmosphere, and to relax in the company of some people with whom you already have a lot in common.

The tentative program for the meeting includes topics of interest to tennis, track, sports field and indoor multi-sport facility professionals. Whether you’re a builder, supplier or designer, there’s sure to be something of interest and relevance. For example, there’s "Design Defects, Rising Material Costs and Other Job Hazards — How to Protect Yourself by Contract and Otherwise," by ASBA’s legal counsel David H. Pettit. For indoor installers, there’s a session devoted to developing a "Bleacher Position Paper" and a "Life Cycle Product Comparison of Wood and Synthetic Flooring,” facilitated by Robert Cohen, CTB (Robert Cohen Co., LLC, Albuquerque, NM). The always hot topic of asphalt will be raised again with "Defining Asphalt Standards — Mix Design, Delivery and Installation Guidelines for Tennis and Track Construction," by Sam Fisher, CTB (Fisher Tracks, Inc., Boone, IA) and Gordy Pierce, CTCB (Cape & Island Tennis & Track, Pocasset, MA).

Those who want to help build the Association for the future will be interested in "Technical Meeting/Winter Meeting — What Can Be Improved?" and the "Member Satisfaction Focus Group." There are also sessions designed to help members contribute to the drafting of a track certification procedure and to fields guidelines and position papers, as well to a fields awards application. For those who want to work on the Association’s publications, there are sessions on the Tennis Courts book, the indoor construction manual and the fields book.

But don’t worry — the Winter Meeting balances out the work with plenty of opportunities for play. St. Pete Beach offers a wide range of attractions — sightseeing, water sports, sunbathing, shopping, dining out and more. And for those who want to exercise — or maybe just exercise their competitive streak — there’s always the ASBA’s tennis, golf and fishing tournaments. You won’t want to miss it!

Members will receive information automatically; others can have their names added to the list by calling 866-501-ASBA (2722) or by e-mailing

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