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There was also a lighter side. Whether it was tennis, golf, throwing snowballs (Audrey Welborn), finding a great chocolate chip cookie on Mt.Lemon (Mike Vinton), or the Can Can dancers (Skip Sierks). For those who couldn’t make it, you missed some great weather and lots of fun. We’ll look for you next year.
There was discussion regarding the ever-changing makeup of the ASBA. As member companies move into new areas of endeavor, the ASBA is dedicated to providing the information and education that they require. And, in order to identify those on-going shifts in business activity, we are currently polling members to determine what percent of business we, as a group, are performing in each of the current classifications (Tennis, Track, Fields, and Indoor). I hope to be able to report back to you on this by the next edition of Newsline.
It appears that the Fields Division will soon begin the process of establishing a certification program. The first phase of this process is to conduct a Role Delineation which requires input from existing field builders. During this process, builders collectively identify the functions that they perform and weight the importance of each function. This is an arduous process, and as we begin, we will look to the Sports Turf Managers Association as well as the Synthetic Turf Council to participate with ASBA. ASBA has long sought to strengthen our relationship with STMA and STC to provide a professional certification as we have done for Tennis and Track.
By now, the tennis builders should have received their Tennis Industry Announcement letter. We are coordinating the finishing touches on the questionnaire that, when completed by you, will be mailed to a third party to summarize the results for feed back. Please take a moment to complete and return the questionnaire. This first effort at industry numbers should prove helpful in comparing your individual company to our industry average.
The management transition continues. Fred Stringfellow attended the Winter Meeting and had an opportunity to review the “nuts and bolts” of the on-going operation of ASBA. Carol and her team are going the extra mile to assist King Stringfellow Group in this process and the professionalism of Franklin Thomas and King Stringfellow is evident as we watch them work together.
Our Technical Meeting will be held in New Orleans on December 7-9, 2008. New Orleans is a fun place for our meeting and I look forward to going back. I hope you will mark your calendars for December 2008. The technical sessions are being put together now and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Finally, while we are talking about your calendar, I am happy to tell you that we are once again looking offshore for a location for the Winter Meeting in February 2009. In the earlier days of ASBA (USTC& TBA), Winter Meeting destinations included Jamaica, Mexico and the Bahamas. We are hoping to combine the vacation opportunity of past Winter Meetings with the productive work of recent meetings. We look forward to something a little bit different. Hope to see you there!
George Todd, Jr., CTCB
The meeting, held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, AZ from Feb. 21-25, might not have enjoyed particularly balmy temperatures (the first few days were a bit cool), but it did offer sunny skies, a cohesive group of attendees and an intensive program that allowed for work on a number of different levels.
Topics discussed included tennis court certification, revision of the track, fields and indoor books, indoor facility awards, updates to the Construction Guidelines, tennis position papers, taking the certification exams and development of topics for the upcoming Technical Meeting.
Between sessions and after hours, the facility offered enjoyable opportunities for recreation including 45 holes of golf, tennis on 31 lighted courts, luxurious spa treatments, on-site equestrian facilities, hiking off the beaten path, off-road biking, birding and swimming. Attendees enjoyed excellent food in unsurpassed ambience.
The schedule included an opening reception and a closing dinner, and a special breakfast to meet ASBA’s new Executive Vice President. Those who wanted to show off their athletic abilities (or to heckle those who appeared to have less) were able to participate in the tennis and golf tournaments, a staple at ASBA meetings. (For details, see the related article.)
The next chance to catch up with other industry members and contribute to the association’s continued progress – as well as to learn all the newest developments in the industry – will come with the Technical Meeting, to be held December 7-9 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans. Members will receive information about this meeting automatically. Others should keep checking the website, www.sportsbuilders.org, for more information, or can call Cynthia at ASBA at 866-501-ASBA to be added to the mailing list.
Winter Meeting Sports
Speaking of winning. . .
It’s all about the good, the bad and the “what the….” And it’s all part of ASBA’s Winter Meeting sports tournament. This year’s festivities, held during the February meeting, included the traditional tennis and golf tournaments. And as always, they provided plenty of opportunities for showing off and being shown up.
The golf tournament saw the two-man team of Rob Werner, CTB, CTCB (Sportsline, Inc., Villanova , PA) and Mark Brogan, CTCB (Pro-Sport Construction, Inc., Devon , PA) emerging victorious.
The award for Closest to the Pin went to Lee Narozanick (American Athletic Courts, Inc., Vincentown , NJ). Longest Drive (a total of 310 yards) was won by John Graham (DecoTurf, Andover , MA)
The tennis tournament consisted of two brackets.
Within the first or “A
Team,” the first place pair was made up of Richard Zaino, CTCB
(Zaino Tennis Courts, Inc., Orange, CA) and Randy Futty (Lee Tennis,
Inc., Charlottesville, VA). Second place went to ASBA legal counsel David
Pettit, Esq. and Tom DeRosa, CTCB (DeRosa Tennis Contractors, Inc., Mamaroneck
Extra credit goes to Carolyn Pettit, who won the “Runner-Up” award, literally for running up to the tournament when one more player was needed to complete the match-ups.
Itching for some payback? Burning for bragging rights? Don’t miss your chance to sign up for the next set of competitions, to be held at the upcoming Technical Meeting. Look for information coming to your mailbox, check the website, www.sportsbuilders.org, or call Cynthia at ASBA at 866-501-ASBA.
If you’re savvy, you’ll be using that down-time to make contacts, look at the newest techniques and trends in the industry, catch up on all the great new products and get some good ideas for dealing with those puzzling problems common to all segments of the industry. Which means, of course, that you’ll be in New Orleans for the ASBA Technical Meeting. This year’s meeting, to be held December 7-9 at the Astor Crowne Plaza, has all the tools you need to succeed for the coming year.
The Program Committee has been working to develop a list of topics of interest to all facets of the industry. (See the adjacent tentative program for details). Programs will address the new technologies, trends and developments that everyone wants to know about. At the same time, there will be an emphasis on problem-solving and brainstorming on those issues that all industry members face.
The ability to learn about the newest products and services in the industry has also been one of the Technical Meeting’s most valuable components, and it returns again with the trade show in the exhibit hall. The exhibit hall is used as the site for receptions and breaks, allowing for maximum contact with the people you need to meet the most.
What else makes this meeting valuable? You get the chance to recognize the industry’s finest construction each year with the presentation of the ASBA awards for construction excellence. You get the chance to meet new members and those attending the Technical Meeting for the first time. You get the chance to catch up with suppliers, contractors, professionals and others whom you might know only through phone or e-mail conversations. You get the chance to challenge those people on the tennis court or golf course, and to enjoy their company between sessions and after hours. You can meet ASBA’s new association staff and put faces with those new names.
Oh, and let’s not forget the location. New Orleans manages to combine history, mystery, nightlife and some of the most unique ambience in the world. Our host hotel, the Astor Crowne Plaza, is located right at the corner of Bourbon and Canal streets – the epicenter of N’awlins, and is within walking distance of all the great cultural attractions, restaurants, bars, shops and more in the French Quarter. (In fact, this is the same hotel ASBA used during its last Technical Meeting in the Big Easy). Deluxe amenities include well-appointed guest rooms, a complete health and fitness center, a 24-hour lounge, great meeting rooms, concierge services and more. Special ASBA room rates will be announced as the meeting date nears. For now, just block off December 7-9 in your calendar: it’s the most important appointment you’ll make, and the one you’ll never regret keeping.
Members will receive information about the 2008 Technical Meeting automatically. Others should keep checking the website, www.sportsbuilders.org, for more information, or can call Cynthia at ASBA at 866-501-ASBA to be added to the mailing list.
ASBA Technical Meeting
The tentative program includes sessions of interest to all, including:
There will be sessions for each division as well, including:
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Half Price TIA Associate Membership for ASBA Members
As a result of an agreement between the Tennis Industry Association and ASBA, TIA will offer a special half-price Associate membership for just $195.00 per year for court contractors and facility designers. TIA Associate members receive the Tennis Marketplace Report (twice a year) along with the Tennis Health Index. In addition, TIA will pursue three new research initiatives targeted at construction:
· Court Construction Hot Leads Report – A
survey of facilities to cover plans for renovation, construction, surfaces,
and buildings over the next two years.
Research reports will be available only to Associate Members who contribute survey data.
Also available at no cost to ASBA members is an Individual Membership in TIA. Individual Members receive the Tennis marketplace Report twice a year as well as various TIA affinity benefits such as merchant card services, shipping, travel, insurance and publications discounts, but will not have access to the special research.
To choose a complimentary TIA Individual Membership or the special offer TIA Associate membership go to www.tennisindustry.org/onlinepayments and use the access code ASBA.
Awards Application Available Online
ASBA’s 2008 awards application is now available in the Members Only Section of the Association’s website at www.sportsbuilders.org. The application can be downloaded at no charge. Deadline for submission of completed applications is July 1.
Water, Water Everywhere
The ASBA defines a birdbath as “a minor depression in which water settles on a non-porous court surface after a rain or flooding. An accepted industry method of determining a birdbath is the flooding of courts, and waiting one (1) hour in minimum 70-degree Fahrenheit in sunlight. Then, if remaining water covers the thickness of a five cent piece (American coin), it can be considered a reparable birdbath.”
When discussing birdbaths with customers terms like minimize, improve, reduce, lessen, correct, etc. are used because “elimination” may not be possible. The best way to locate and mark birdbaths is to be on site right after a good rain. Since this is virtually impossible, flooding the court(s) with a water hose is the next best option. Have patience, flood starting from the high side or end and soak the area until the excess water runs toward the low side/end. Try to flood the court when the surface is still “cool” as evaporation will impact the accuracy of your results. Once the excess water has run off and the appropriate time has elapsed mark the areas of standing water with a lumber crayon. Observe how the water “runs” across the court; try not to create “dams” when filling in the birdbaths. This will result in you “chasing” the birdbath around the court. As a rule most birdbaths will need more than one filling.
The most common materials to patch birdbaths with are asphalt emulsion, acrylic resurfacer, and patch binder. There are several ready-to-use products as well; however, they are typically used for small and very shallow birdbaths.
Asphalt emulsions can be used for patching on asphalt courts. When used as a patch; sand, cement, and water are added to the concentrate. Although emulsions are easy to apply they tend to “mud crack” and remain soft even after curing.
Patch binder is used as the liquid median for several patching formulas and applications. For patching low areas up to 2” deep patch binder can be added to “bagged concrete” in place of water. For areas up to 1” deep it can be added to “sand topping mix”. The advantage in both of these instances is a fast drying patch that does not need to cure out like concrete and water would. It can be coated over in 24 hours. For birdbaths up to ½” a mixture of four parts silica sand (50-60 mesh) to one part by volume Portland cement can be used. Add binder to produce a workable consistency. Patch binder can be used on asphalt or concrete bases. Patch binder makes the hardest patches and has a short pot life and working time. In hot weather this can be as little as five minutes.
Acrylic resurfacer is perhaps the easiest to patch with. It can be used for patching bird baths up to ½” deep. The formula for the resurfacer patch mix is:
5 gallons of concentrated resurfacer
This will make approximately 13 gallons. The formula can be cut in half doubled or any amount you require. The ratios are critical, measure do not guess! Pot life is about 30 minutes.
When applying patches the area to be patched needs to be primed. The material I use is a mixture of one part patch binder to one part water. This can be brushed on or sprayed on with a garden sprayer. While spreading and leveling the patch you can mist the top of the patch with the primer mix to improve workability and slow “surface skinning”.
Depending on the size of the patch a variety of tools can be used to spread and level it. A 2 by 4 is readily available and can be cut to the proper size. Aluminum straight edges are more durable and precise. For many of the patches I install I will use a squeegee to spread out the material and then “flip” it over to smooth out the patch and feather the edges.
The following photos are of a two court battery. All of the patches were applied using acrylic resurfaces and a 3’ squeegee. Over 500 gallons of patch mix was applied. Approximately 150 man hours was logged. Not all of the standing water was eliminated but all of the birdbaths were “minimized”.
These methods are not appropriate for all circumstances and may not
be right for you.
During our most recent Board Meeting, the members of the Board undertook the following actions:
1. Agreed to conduct a poll of the membership to determine the level
of involvement in tennis, track, fields and indoor as well as recent
and projected trends in their involvement.
7. Approved a draft Technical Meeting program.
Stantec Designing Athletic Complex at Castleton State College
Stantec has provided the site planning, landscape architecture, and athletic field design for the new complex, which includes a 1,500-seat stadium with sports lighting, a synthetic turf field, a press booth, restrooms, and a concessions stand. In addition to the stadium, the plan calls for new natural grass baseball, softball, and multi-purpose fields, as well as barbecue areas and a skate park.
Stantec also completed the permitting and environmentally friendly storm water design plan for a new recreational complex that includes tennis courts for college and community use.
The new complex is expected to be complete by the fall of 2009 for the college’s inaugural football season.
FieldTurf Tarkett Appoints Fields
Bothman Adds Synthetic Turf to “Green” Headquarters
According to Richard Lemus, Executive Director of Facilities and Operations, “I expect the synthetic turf will impact our water bill by at least 20%. When you factor in $300 per month on maintenance, savings soon add up.”
Bothman’s corporate headquarters also features a solar roof and many of its project managers now are driving hybrids and small fuel efficient vehicles. The company promotes carpooling among employees, recycles all plastics, glass and paper, and uses motion sensing lighting.
DecoTurf Chosen for US vs. Germany Fed Cup
More News from FieldTurf
FieldTurf has increased the aggregate limit per policy year on its prepaid warranty insurance to US$10,000,000. Under the policy, all FieldTurf fields are automatically covered; there is no deductible, no limit per claim, no retention and no retention period.
Gets US Communities Contract
New to US – Flexible Solutions
Pacific Life Open Played on Plexipave
VASCO Acquires Nidy
Company president Mike Vinton, CTCB, said that “Vasco’s strategy is to grow through acquisition.” The Nidy Company, renamed the Nidy Sports Construction Company, will be added to Vasco other two divisions: Vasco Sports Contractors and FlexStar Track & Tennis Court Surfacing.
Matthew Wilson was promoted from Assistant Manager of the FlexStar Surfacing Division to General Manager of The Nidy Sports Construction Company.
Welch Tennis Announces 2008 Clay Court Maintenance Seminars
Call Deb Caron at Welch Tennis for invitations or questions, 1-800-282-4415.
Superior Court Supplies Offers Junior System
Larson Associates Becomes Warner Larson; Moves to Boston
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.
Corey Hardick, CTCB
NCAA Change to
AMI Consulting Releases Study on Global Turf Market
Highlights of the report:
For a copy of the full report or for more information on the findings, contact John Nash at AMI, email@example.com or +44 117 924 9442.
Participation Report Available
The National Federation of State High School Associations has issued its report on The State of High School Sports Participation. Among the findings:
Additional participation figures are available online; the full report can be ordered through www.nfhs.org
Ten Years with AT&F
Gator Blood Cure?
Synthetic Turf Changing Dalton
NFHS Distributes Track Books
ASTM Dictionary Enhanced
ASTM International Releases New Fencing Standard
Company Claims Synthetic Turf is 100% Recyclable
New Password – Members Only Section
Louisiana State Licensing Board Uses ASBA Manuals
From a letter received at ASBA headquarters in February:
“Our agency, the Louisiana State Licensing Board for contractors, is vested with the authority and responsibility for licensing all contractors in the state of Louisiana who perform any public or private construction contracts in the amount of $50,000 or more.”
“Due to the increase in activity and interest in these areas in the recent past, we have begun to develop two new exams: the first for the classification of “Tennis Courts and Running Tracks: the second for the classification of “Construction of Recreation Facilities.” In reviewing the available literature, I see that your organization publishes a book that seems very relevant to this work entitled Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual. We already have a copy of the books you offer called Running Tracks: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, and Synthetic Turf Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, but the tennis courts book was unavailable when we made the purchase order to Amazon.”
“If we develop questions from this source, we would most likely include it in our study reference sheets which we send to each license applicant to let them know which publications they should study in preparation for the exams.”
Doug Traylor, Applications and Examinations