Our meeting is at the fabulous Hyatt Regency Austin, a fully-appointed resort facility within walking distance of the legendary 6th Street entertainment district and the State Capital complex. There’s also a 9-mile hike and bike trail adjacent to the hotel, a full service health club on site, outdoor pool and whirlpool and complimentary mountain bikes available. Read more...
Safety – Part Two
In Part One, we discussed accident prevention, through focus and training. This article will discuss what to do when an accident happens. Read more...
Cracked Asphalt Tennis Courts
In 1995, John joined his friend Jean Prevost as Chief Executive Officer of FieldTurf Inc. He served in that role from 1995-2004, setting numerous milestones in the synthetic turf industry. In 2004, Tarkett acquired FieldTurf and named Gilman as worldwide CEO of the sports division.
Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Mr. Gilman’s family and to his employees and friends at FieldTurf Tarkett.
Multitasking? Good or Bad
Why New Hires Fail
Do You Blog?
As you know, Carol Hogan indicated to the Board last year that she would be retiring after her current contract expires in September, 2008. You can read about the Management Transition Committee’s progress elsewhere in Newsline. Carol and her staff, and David Pettit, our legal Counsel, have ably guided and nurtured the ASBA for so long that many of us have known no other. Our Association has experienced tremendous growth, both internally and externally, growing from 160 members in 1988, to approximately 360 members now. We have added two new divisions, along with making tremendous strides in our outreach to world governing bodies of sport, and associated organizations.
When Carol took over our Association, fax machines were still relatively rudimentary (remember thermal fax paper?), and cell phones were in their infancy. As most of us are Builders, typically with limited, if any, prior exposure to participation in organizational Boards of Directors, Carol, her staff, and David, have always tried to make sure that we, as a Board, kept the Association’s car between the ditches. You know that guys always think they know where they’re going, but Carol and David have always been there when we needed a map.
As this is my last column to you, as your Chairman, I look back with many fond memories, and thanks, to all that have given of their time, talent and treasure. I also look forward with the faith that we will properly select our next management team, the hope that our Association will embrace new opportunities down the road, and the desire that Carol enjoy more free time to pursue all the other interests she has, and the new ones she’s sure to develop.
The old poet/philosopher, George Harrison (for you young guys- he was one of the Beatles) told us “if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there”. Your Board knows where they’re going, and has a map in hand.
See you in Austin!
• “I’m too busy.”
Let’s take a look at those excuses, shall we? “I’m too busy” is, of course, understandable, but are you really too busy to make new connections, find out about new products on the market, meet important contacts and reaffirm old ones, and get the best education out there?
“I’ll go next year” – do you really want to wait that long when one of the best programs is happening this year between December 1-3? After all, it’s traditionally a slow time – even in the warmer areas. Don’t you want to use that time productively by attending one of the most valuable meetings around?
“I don’t know if there’s anything there for me” has always been a challenge because after all, you can’t know what you’re missing until you get there. But once you do, you’ll never go back to sitting at home during what could otherwise be the most valuable three days you ever invested.
There are topics at the meeting to address all aspects of the sports facility industry, from design to construction, and from supply to business management. Don’t know if you’ll find your sport? We’ve developed a program that addresses all membership divisions and all interests – tennis, track, fields, indoor, manufacture/supply, design and more.
Take a look at our program! We have a variety of topics. What kind of variety? Try this cross-section: “Handling and Disposing of Acrylics and Polyurethanes,” “Soils Testing: Stabilizing Poor Soils,” “Subfloor Preparation for Indoor Sports Surfaces,” “Concrete 101: Components, Mix Design, Additives, Fibers, Shrinking Compounds and Curing” and “Asphalt Mix Design for Sport Surfaces.”
Still think there’s nothing there for you? We have a session JUST for you. Bring us your “brick wall” – the problem you’ve run into that has you stumped. Put it on the table and get advice from everyone else in your industry during our problem-solving roundtable sessions. We have one for every membership division. How can you pass up this chance to get expert advice – from all the experts, all in one place? You’ll never have this chance again.
And for anyone who thinks there’s nothing new this year, here are a few surprises. Rather than an opening session with a keynote speaker, we’ve moved to something much more interesting – an Opening Breakfast Meet and Greet. After all, who better to kick off the meeting than the real experts on our industry – ASBA’s members and guests? So have some breakfast, introduce yourself to some new colleagues and friends and get yourself into the Austin groove. What else is new? A whole array of products and services, which will be showcased at our trade show. And of course, there are new members, new friends, new topics and new issues. You won’t want to miss our golf and tennis tournaments, and our awards banquet is always fun. Why stay away?
Our meeting is at the fabulous Hyatt Regency Austin, a fully-appointed resort facility within walking distance of the legendary 6th Street entertainment district and the State Capital complex. There’s also a 9-mile hike and bike trail adjacent to the hotel, a full service health club on site, outdoor pool and whirlpool and complimentary mountain bikes available. We have special room rates for ASBA attendees only -- $159 a night, single or double. Call the Omaha Passkey Reservations at 888-421-1442 or 402-592-6464 or register online at www.resweb.passkey.com/go/AmSportsBuilders.
You’re not still sitting on the fence, are you? There’s
a great program, new ideas, a fun location and a great time of year to
get away. Get off the fence and make your plans now. Any questions? Call
Cynthia at ASBA at 866-501-ASBA.
As many of you know, our Executive Vice President, Carol Hogan, has announced her intention to retire at the end of her current contract, September 30, 2008. At that time, Carol will have worked for the Association for 20 years.
It is natural that the impending loss of a long-term chief staff executive would cause some concern. Carol has presided over a period of tremendous growth. At the beginning of her term, the Association had just 160 members and an annual budget of $121,000. Currently, the Association has 371 member companies and a budget of almost $600,000.
Certainly, Carol’s retirement will mean change, but we view this change as an opportunity for the Association to take a step forward – a chance to find a new chief staff executive capable of guiding us through the next phase in ASBA’s development.
I want to reassure you that, with Carol’s full cooperation, the Board of Directors has been very proactive. First we appointed a Management Continuity Committee, chaired by Randy Futty and including Sam Fisher, David Marsden, Gordy Pierce, George Todd and myself, along with David Pettit, Carol and Cynthia as advisers. That Committee drafted a Request for Proposals (RFP) along with a set of parameters for potential Association Management Companies (AMCs). The RFP was sent to more than 40 companies which met those requirements.
Eleven proposals were returned. Each member of the Management Continuity Committee reviewed those proposals and ranked them individually. Then, in July, the Committee met and discussed the proposals. Three AMCs were short-listed, while two others were held in abeyance in case any of the three prove not to be as expected.
Committee Chair Randy Futty and incoming Chairman George Todd will visit with the short-listed firms and will meet the staff members proposed to serve as ASBA Executive Vice President. Members of the Committee are providing company-specific questions for them to pursue. Additionally, the committee is checking references for those firms. Following the visits, the Committee will hold a conference call to report their findings.
Assuming that all is as expected, the three short-listed firms (or one or two of the short-listed firms together with one or more of the alternates) will be invited to attend the Technical Meeting in Austin. At that time, they will be hosted by members of the Committee, who will introduce them to ASBA and answer their questions.
On Tuesday following the Technical Meeting, the three firms will make presentations to the Board, after which the Committee will make a recommendation to the Board for a new management company.
Gerry Wright and the Board of Directors
Safety – Part Two
Despite all precautions, an accident may occur. When that happens, you get a frantic call. That’s no time to think about what to do first.
Before something happens, develop an accident procedure, even a series of forms to complete, step-by-step. Regularly review your accident procedure with all staff, especially those that work onsite. Train employees to respond appropriately to any accident.
The first concern, of course, is to care for an injured worker. If feasible, provide training on basic first aid (don’t move an injured person unless a danger exists, use pressure to stop bleeding) and Basic Cardiac Life Support so that all employees are prepared to render immediate aid. Teach employees not to move an injured person unless there is an immediate risk. And, most importantly, when in doubt, instruct employees to assume an injury is serious and call for help. Once emergency services have been called, position someone to direct them to the injured person.
Keep the company insurance policies and forms up to date and, if appropriate, send a copy of the information with the injured person to the emergency room. Request contact information from the injured person and call the family; be certain to mention what actions already have been taken.
In some cases, such as in the case of a motor vehicle accident, it may also be necessary to notify the police. It’s best to leave vehicles where they are until the police arrive. However, if doing so causes an additional risk, instruct employees to move the vehicles well off the road, away from traffic or any other hazard. Use warning devices such as flares, triangles or cones. Turn off the engines. Check for leaking fuel and guard against fire. When in doubt, call the fire department. Whenever possible, employees should not leave vehicles, tools, equipment or materials unattended, but the first concern is to protect people - employees, others involved in the accident and bystanders.
Once injured persons have been attended to and the proper emergency personnel or authorities have been contacted, the next priority is to document everything – the accident scene, the nature of the injury, date, time, weather, what first aid was administered, how quickly emergency services were called, how long it took for help or authorities to arrive, what actions were taken by emergency personnel on site, etc. If possible, each jobsite or vehicle should have a disposable camera on hand; instruct employees to take pictures. Have any witnesses complete a statement as to what they saw, where they were, what happened and how, in as much detail as they can recall. Get complete contact information from witnesses and emergency personnel in case additional details are required. If there are no witnesses, get the names of all persons who arrive at the scene and the times when they arrive.
Teach employees to be courteous and to provide required information – name, company name, license, registration, supervisor’s contact information, etc. However, employees should not discuss the accident with anyone except as required by authorities.
“Regardless of the circumstances, admit nothing, promise nothing and do not argue,” says safety expert Barbara Mulhern.
Perhaps the most important aspect of job site safety happens after an accident occurs, in the accident investigation. According to Mulhern, “It’s often difficult to get to the real root cause of an accident.” There may be many contributing causes: weather, operator error or inexperience, inattention, equipment malfunction. In each case, however, it may be necessary to ask “why” to get closer to the root cause.
For example, if a crew has an accident on the way to a jobsite, the obvious cause might be that the driver was speeding. Asking the question “why” may lead the supervisor or employer closer to the real cause.
It might be that the employee is a natural risk taker (considered admirable
among young men in some cultures) or just a rule breaker (a less than
admirable trait). Has the driver been provided with clear guidance and
expectations regarding conduct? Who decided that he should be driving
Was the driver overtired and possibly inattentive? If so, has the company taken on too much work? Are employer expectations for crews reasonable?
Asking hard questions may expose deeper causes of accidents or risk. Given the extraordinary costs related to jobsite accidents (workers’ compensation and other insurance-related costs, lost time and productivity, OSHA penalties, legal fees, human costs, costs associated with recruiting and training replacement workers), preventing future accidents by correcting inherent risk is well worth the effort.
Despite all attempts to avoid accidents and injuries, such things do happen. Make an emergency plan in advance and review it regularly. When someone has been injured, time is of the essence, but so is risk management.
1. “Back Injuries Plague Workforce,” http://www.lhsfna.org/index.cfm?objectID=6EC8509D-D56F-E6FA-9C6D1DFAB9467172
2008 Track and Field Rules-Change Proposals
The rules-change proposals below were approved by the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committees. The proposals will not be final until reviewed and approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP). Text with double parenthesis ((-)) is to be deleted. Underlined text is to be added. Rationale is in italic.
Table of Lane Staggers. Replace Rule 1-1.5 Note (page 17) as follows:
Lane Lines. Amend Rule 1-1.7 (page 19) as follows:
Water Jump Construction. Amend Rule 1-3.5 (page 23) by adding the following at the end:
Water Jump Hurdle. Amend the second sentence of Rule 1-3.5 (page 23) as follows:
Foul-Line Indicator. Amend Rule 1-6.5 (page 28) as follows:
Hammer/Discus Cage. Amend Rule 1-9.1d (page 30) as follows:
Water Jump Hurdle Length. Amend Rule 2-3.3 (page 40) as follows:
ITF Amends Court Pace Rating Program
Beginning January 2008, the ITF’s Court Surface Classification Scheme will be renamed as the Court Pace Classification Programme and will undergo significant changes. Under the new program, surfaces will be classified according to the “Court Pace Rating” (CPR) instead of the current “Surface Pace Rating” (SPR) as measured by the Sestee machine.
The Court Pace Rating is calculated from the SPR and the Coefficient of Restitution (COR) in the form of a “pace correction factor” (k) as shown:
CPR = SPR + k
COR is measured by the angled bounce test and is reported in existing surface pace test reports, denoted as “e”.
The new program is designed to reduce the discrepancy between theoretical measurements and player perception of pace.
Beginning in January 2008, surfaces will be classified in five categories, rather than the current three:
A rule for both Davis Cup and Fed Cup was passed at the recent ITF AGM, which places limits on the allowable range of CPR for courts used in World Group and Group 1 at 24 to 50 (inclusive).
For additional information regarding changes to the Court Pace Classification Programme, contact Stuart Miller or Janet Page at the ITF in London, +44 (0)20 8878 6464, email@example.com.
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 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cracked Asphalt Tennis Courts
How many times have we all talked about repairing and resurfacing cracked courts? We all agree that unless the customer will spend the money to rebuild, overlay, install a synthetic overlay system or a more expensive crack repair system, that the existing cracks will return “guaranteed.” No matter how we explain it, it seems like we all experience the same results after resurfacing cracked asphalt courts.
The following is a short information sheet that I wrote several years ago, that we now send to customers that choose to resurface cracked courts. We have had better results since using this document. I have edited some of the verbiage so that other members may use the same information to construct a similar document for their own use.
“THE FACTS ABOUT CRACKS”
When repairing cracks in asphalt courts several things will have a direct effect on how long it takes to re-crack. The first is the condition of the existing asphalt; the older and drier the asphalt the less flexible and strong it will be. This will effect how well the filler placed into the crack will adhere to the sides of the crack. In some cases the asphalt is so dry and deteriorated that when movement within the crack takes place the filler will simply pull the asphalt aggregate apart within the crack. The second and most common factor in how long it takes for re-cracking to appear is cold temperatures. Re-cracking may be compounded when moisture remains within the sub-base for a long period of time. The more moisture contained within the sub-base the more movement you will have in the asphalt above. This is especially true if we have freezing temperatures. When water freezes it expands, and this expansion pressure can be enormous. This is why water pipes burst when frozen.
_______________ uses crack resistant quality materials and the latest techniques when repairing cracks. Our customer’s satisfaction is very important to us, and we hope that this information is helpful in describing what takes place within your court(s) as well as what can be expected when repairs are made to your court(s) by us or anyone else. UNLESS THE COURT (S) IS (ARE) OVERLAID OR RECONSTRUCTED THE CRACKS WILL REAPPEAR. IT IS UNKNOWN AS TO HOW SOON RECRACKING MAY OCCUR OR HOW WIDE THE CRACKS MAY BECOME. RE-CRACKING MAY OCCUR IMMEDIATELY.
PLEASE SIGN BELOW INDICATING THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE INFORMATION.
During our most recent Board Meeting, the members of the Board undertook the following actions:
1. Directed our Legal Counsel to negotiate a cooperative venture with
ASTM in the production of future editions of our Fields book.
In addition, DecoTurf has recently announced that its full cushioned DecoTurf II has been selected by the Beijing Organizing Committee as the tennis surface for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad.
Among its most interesting ventures, DecoTurf has designed a multicolored court design for the 11 home courts of World Team Tennis (WTT) for the 2007 Professional League season. The courts include blue, green, brown and maroon.
Welch Tennis Offers Clay Court Seminar Series
Three seminars are planned:
October 5, 2007
October 12, 2007-09-17 West Bay Club
October 19, 2007-09-17 Jacksonville Golf & Country
For information or to register, contact Deb Carlson at Welch Tennis Courts, at 1-800-282-4415.
A New Surface for the Australian Open
Tennis Planning Consultants Back at Work
TPC was founded in 1970 by Alfred S. Alschuler, JR. FAIA, Karl Kamrath, FAIA and Karl’s son Jack. Al’s son Art later joined the firm. From 1970 through the elder Kamrath’s death in 1988 and Alschuler’s death in 2002, TPC consulted on more than 400 indoor and outdoor projects. TPC provides independent objective tennis design/consulting services and expert witness services. They can be objective because they do not compete for construction or management work. Current projects include The Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana and the Huber Tennis Ranch in Texas.
For more information on TPC, refer to www.tennisplanningconsultants.com or call 713.572.2541.
Brad Fandel Joins Douglas
A New Address for Midwest Track
Beynon Sports Surfaces to Build Track for 2008 Olympic Trials
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.
Mark Litrico, CTCB
New Position Paper Online
Liberalized Section 179 Deduction Rules
Unless Congress takes further action, however, the maximum Section 179 deduction will revert back to $25,000 after 2010.
In a press release, FieldTurf Tarkett (Montreal, PQ) announced the results of a long-term study conducted by ALIAPUR, the French government body responsible for used tires, along with ADEME, the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management. The study was aimed at determining the environmental impact from the rubber granules derived from recycled car tires which are used in sports fields. As part of this testing, three synthetic turf samples were infilled with three different materials: SBR (rubber granules from used tires), TPE (new material thermoplastic rubber granules) and EPDM (virgin material rubber granules). A sample with no infill served as a control. According to the release, the results indicated:
On the other hand, a small study conducted by chemists at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and funded by the non-profit group Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI), New Haven, CT claims a different result. When the researchers heated the crumb rubber to 60°C (140°F), they discovered four VOCs outgassing from the crumb rubber. Of these, three are skin irritants and the fourth is suspected of being carcinogenic. The study was reported in the Danbury News Times and in the online newsletter Athletic Turf at www.athleticturf.net.
On the plus side, Athletic Turf reports that the world of synthetic turf is expanding:
The Associated Press reports that artificial surfaces are gaining momentum with horse trainers. Polytrack, a surface previously discussed in Newsline and consisting of synthetic fibers, wax coated sand and recycled rubber, has been installed at Keeneland, home of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. Barbaro’s trainer Michael Matz claims that while injuries such as the one suffered by Barbaro in the Preakness Stakes might still happen on the track, when it comes to reducing injuries “(artificial) is the only way you can go.”
Horse trainers may believe that artificial surfaces will reduce injuries, but some soccer players aren’t so certain. In an article on ESPN’s Soccernet (http://soccernet.espn.go.com), Frank Dell’Apa, soccer columnist for The Boston Globe, reported that “David Beckham let everyone know that he would not be playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy against the New England Revolution.” The article went on to say that although the Revolution’s synthetic turf surface is a much better surface than the ripped-up grass field it replaced, “Grass is still the best surface.” Beckham noted that he had never played on synthetic turf. Dell’Apa suggested that “The younger the player the better they can adapt to artificial turf. But if aging – even slightly aging – stars are to be imported by the MLS, the question of playing surfaces will have to be addressed.” Dell’Apa believes that veteran players and those returning from injuries will continue to shy away from synthetic turf.
While the synthetic turf market continues to grow, it’s clear that for every article promoting the advantages, there’s another pointing out the disadvantages. The war of words, at least, goes on.
Prince Sports Promoting Outdoor Racquetball; Seeking Industry
Among Prince’s goals, developing portable court exhibitions in high traffic areas, increasing youth participation and awareness, increasing public and private court construction, and increasing tournament participation. The company is seeking partners interested in developing surfacing and portable walls for play. Meantime, temporary courts are being installed on tennis courts.
Currently, there are no set dimensions for outdoor racquetball courts. One, three and four-wall courts exist but the most popular courts are three walls; it’s easier to keep the ball in play and the side walls help to support the front wall. Typically, the floor dimensions are 22’ wide by 41’ long. In terms of surface, since racquetball players dive for the ball, a “non-textured, rubberized and/or soft plastic” surface is ideal, according to Scott Winters, General Manager of Indoor Court Sports at Prince.
For more information on this effort, check out the website or contact
Winters at Prince Sports, 609-291-5979.
Multitasking? Good or Bad
In a study at Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging, participants were asked to compare two rotating objects (visual processing) while listening to sentences (auditory processing). Results showed that their ability to process visual images dropped by 29 percent while their ability to listen dropped by 53 percent when the participants tried to do both at once.
According to Jeff Davidson, a management consultant, professional speaker and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Things Done is to just quit, like a smoker giving up smoking. Your attention will improve and your stress hormones – cortisol and adrenaline – will decrease.
From an article in Associations Now, May 2006.
Why such a dismal record?
The typical interview process fixates on ensuring that new hires are technically competent,” explains Mark Murphy, CEO of Leadership IQ.
Murphy suggests that instead of competence, interviewers should focus on:
And only after those four aspects have been considered, to consider technical competence, the technical skills required to do the job.
The Leadership IQ site is full of excellent business information, books and e-learning opportunities. Leadership IQ also offers public seminars, onsite training and keynote addresses.
According to Wikipedia (If you’re saying “What’s a Wikipedia?,” you need to have a nice long talk with your children or grandchildren.) Meantime, back to the blog. . .
According to Wikipedia, a blog is a form of citizen journalism – a website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly are displayed in reverse chronological order. Most often they take the form of commentary on events and issues, often written in real time or nearly so. Readers can make comments in an interactive format. The word “blog” is a shortened form of “weblog.”
Blogging is relatively new. The first widely popular American blogs emerged in 2001. But, by 2005, Fortune magazine listed eight bloggers that business people “could not ignore.” In May 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 71 million blogs.
If you haven’t tried reading blogs, here are a few you might enjoy:
Over the winter, while you’re experiencing some down time, check out blogging. . .before the next big thing comes along. Remember the fax machine?