American Sports Builders Association

American Sports Builders Association
Volume 42, July 2009

July 2009

Welcome to the latest innovation from ASBA - NEWSLINE on-line!

From the Chair
George Todd, Jr., CTCB
With the summer season underway, I’m pleased that you’re taking time out of your busy schedule to read ASBA’s NEWSLINE.  Thanks for “making” time for ASBA..
Technical Meeting 2009
Get Ready for Savannah!

2009 Technical Meeting Registration Open.


Featured Articles

Call for Nominations
Nominations Open for the ASBA Board of Directors

Make Plans to Attend Winter Meeting in Cancun
The Winter Meeting, the association’s most concentrated session to work on projects, publications and priorities, will be held February 19-22, 2010 at the Westin Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico.

USTA Facility Assistance
Since 1999 the USTA has invested in infrastructure grants to existing tennis facilities.  In 2005 that service was expanded to include new construction. Read more...

Call for Articles: Seeking Submissions to Newsline
Articles to be submitted to Newsline should address topics that are of interest to the general membership. Read more...

New $60 Million, 245,000 Square Foot Building Funded Entirely by the USTA
The USTA has announced that its state-of-the-art indoor tennis facility has been completed and is open to the public. Read more...

ASBA Expands Marketing Outreach Efforts Through Trade Publications
ASBA has made a concerted effort to expand its reach to sports and recreation markets by working with trade publications to place technical articles on a variety of topics.  Read more...

Tennis Life Names Francesconi as Editor
Tennis industry publishing veteran joins fastest growing tennis magazine. Read more...

May We "Quote" You?
One of ASBA's most important programs is its technical articles, which are written for trade magazines in various segments of the industry, including design, tennis, track, indoor and fields facilities.  Read more...

Sponsorship Opportunities for 2009-2010
Launching a New Product?Want to Make a SPLASH in the Industry?


Member News




Calendar of Events
Important Dates
Mark your calendar for the ASBA Technical Meeting.





ASBA Steps Up Membership Recruitment Efforts Field Builders Certification Program Moving Forward Read more...





From the Chair
With the summer season underway, I’m pleased that you’re taking time out of your busy schedule to read ASBA’s NEWSLINE.  Thanks for “making” time for ASBA.

Your ASBA Board of Directors is gearing up for a two-day strategic planning retreat later this month in Baltimore.  We have been working with a facilitator over the past few months to help us prepare for the exercise, so that it can be as productive and effective as possible.  At the February Winter Meeting in Puerto Rico, we conducted a focus group with several ASBA members to get a preliminary sampling of our members’ concerns, interests and hot-button issues.  We followed this up with an in-depth member survey that was conducted in early June.  There were well over 100 responses to that survey (more than one-third of our membership), which speaks volumes for the interest you have in your industry trade Association.

The entire Board of Directors, the ASBA staff and legal counsel will be participating in the strategic planning retreat.  We will provide a detailed report on the exercise at December’s Technical Meeting.

July 1 was the deadline for entries for the annual ASBA Awards Program.  I’m pleased to report that interest is greater than ever, with an ever-increasing number of entries.  The Awards Committee will be meeting in late July to review and judge the entries.  As always, award recipients will be honored at the Technical Meeting in December.  We hope all of our members will be in attendance to recognize this great work.

The 7th edition of Running Tracks: A Construction and Maintenance Manual has been finalized and will be on the streets later this summer.  The first edition of Indoor Sports Surfaces:  An Installation and Maintenance Manual was also completed and should also be printed and available later this summer.  Watch your mailboxes for more information about pre-order offers in the coming weeks or contact ASBA headquarters.

The Field Builders Certification Advisory Committee is making great strides in completing development of our new Field Builders Certification Program.  Sincere thanks to the volunteers who have devoted many hours to this project.  We are pleased to report that Synthetic Turf Council (STC) has signed on as a supporting sponsor of the program and is contributing to its development.  The relationship should help to make this a truly industry-recognized program.  The first exam is tentatively scheduled to be offered at the Technical Meeting in December (see article below).

A nominations announcement with a proposed slate of candidates has been mailed to all members (see article).  Thanks to this year’s Nominating Committee Chairman, Pete Smith, for his efforts on this process.

An ambitious Membership Recruitment Campaign is currently underway.  We have created a prospect list of over 1,700 contacts (builders, suppliers and professionals) and have mailed each of them a copy of our new membership brochure.  We will also be promoting this year’s Technical Meeting to this group of prospective members.  I urge each of you to do your part to encourage one new company to join ASBA or attend the upcoming Technical Meeting.  We will all benefit from a larger organization that represents an even larger cross-section of our industry.

Best wishes for a busy summer/fall season! I’m sure that we’re all looking forward to comparing notes at the Technical Meeting in December about the 2009 season.

George Todd, Jr., CTCB

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Technical Meeting 2009

Get Ready for Savannah!
2009 Technical Meeting @ Hyatt Regency Savannah, GA
December 5-7, 2009

It's time to make the Lowcountry the high point of your slow season.

    If you're industry-savvy, you want to spend your downtime laying a solid foundation with successful strategies and new technologies that you can use when you're at your busiest. That means, of course, that  you'll want to be in Savannah, GA for the ASBA Technical Meeting. This year’s meeting, to be held December 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, GA, has all the tools you need to succeed for the coming year.


    The Program Committee has developed a list of topics of interest to all facets of the industry. (See the next article 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. And with the variety of the sessions available, there's sure to be something useful to everyone. Here's a cross-section:

 Tennis Topics
  Cross-Over Business Opportunities/Alternative Sports Construction (Rick Burke, NGI Sports, A Div. of River City Athletics, Chattanooga, TN)
        In today's market, diversification is the key to success. Learn how to make the most of your business by thinking outside the box (or the court, or the track...)
   Court Lighting (Tracy Lynch, Lee Tennis Court Products, Charlottesville, VA, David Fried, Visionaire Lighting, Rancho Dominguez, CA
        With more players working longer hours, it's essential that courts be ready for early morning or night time play. Learn about the lighting technologies and techniques that can help keep energy costs down while allowing courts to function at full capacity.

Track Topics
   Track/Turf General Construction Practices – Working with the two (James Catella, Clark Companies, Delhi, NY and Hector Puentes, Texas Sports Builders, Inc., Burleton, TX)  
        A great track and a great field don't have to be mutually exclusive projects. Learn how you can incorporate the two with the best results possible.
  Meet Management Design (a multi-part presentation, by Duffy Mahoney, USA Track & Field, Indianapolis, IN)
        Facility design can be essential to efficient, safe meets. Learn what helps meet administrators put on the best event possible.

Field Topics
  Irrigating Synthetic Turf Fields (Richard Yates, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, LLC, Kansas City, MO)
        Advice, tips and ideas on the best techniques and practices for keeping artificial turf in tip-top playing shape.
   Alternative Bases for Synthetic Fields (Jay Beals, Beals Alliance, Inc., Sacramento, CA)
        Not all fields are - or should be - built the same way. Learn about which foundations work better in specific situations.
  Painting Synthetic Turf: Means, Methods and Materials (Jeff Fisher, Fisher Tracks, Inc., Boone, IA)
        What are the best ways of marking synthetic turf fields? Get new ideas and contribute some of your own.

Indoor Topics
   Specifying Indoor Sports Flooring from the Architect's Perspective ( Dick Krehbiel, Roth Partnership, Cincinnati, OH)
        The flooring of an indoor facility can mean the difference between success and failure. Get the right information for the best possible result.
  LEED and the New Environment (William Thornton, Fieldturf Tarkett, Peachtree City, GA)
        There's been a lot of talk about Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn what it means to you in an increasingly eco-conscious marketplace.

General Topics
   Media and Marketing (Peter Francesconi, Ace  Publishing Group, Woodbury, CT and Mary Helen Sprecher, ASBA Technical Writer)
        Keep your company's name in front of the audience you want to reach by using new and innovative (and tried and true) methods.
  How to Make Facilities Greener (Alex Levitsky, Global Sports and Tennis Consulting, Fair Haven, NJ, and Steve Pappas, Papico Construction, Palm City, FL).
        Making athletic facilities eco-friendly means looking at all aspects of design and construction. Learn the new techniques and the 'evergreen' ones for helping any facility improve its energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint.

THE TRADE SHOW: Products and Services to Boost Your Business
    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.
    Have you signed up for exhibit space? Time's a-wasting and all the good spots will be filled. Take a moment to register your company -- then start reaping the rewards.

    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. Best of all, you get the chance to spend quality time with those people – to challenge them on the tennis court or golf course, and to enjoy their company between sessions and after hours.

    ASBA knows that one of the best resources for members is.... other members. Therefore, meetings are set up with receptions, luncheons and breaks to allow attendees to relax, talk and enjoy some downtime in a casual atmosphere. Don't miss your chance to spend time with some of the best people in the industry, to learn from others and to make new contacts. Bring plenty of business cards -- you'll use them.
    Members will receive information about the 2009 Technical Meeting automatically. Others should keep checking the website,, for more information, or can call Cynthia at ASBA at 866.501.ASBA to be added to the mailing list.

    Savannah, Georgia is the home of Southern hospitality and sizzling nightlife. It has amazing architecture, spooky cemeteries and rich history—along with global sophistication, fitness opportunities galore, incredible shopping and fabulous Lowcountry cuisine.
    What's there to do? Try taking dolphin cruises and carriage rides, touring historic homes and hitting the links for golf that defies description. Want to shop? Start pounding the cobblestones of River Street, try Ellis Square or go antiquing on Broughton and Bull streets. Patrons of the arts can find museums and galleries, and history buffs can explore forts and more to their hearts’ content.
The host hotel for the meeting, the Hyatt Regency Savannah, is a luxury facility with great views, fabulous amenities and a perfect location. The Hyatt features a 24-hour fitness facility with fitness concierge, heated indoor pool, e-concierge, coffee shop and more. It’s convenient to the riverboat and trolleys that take visitors around the area and has its own water taxi and boat dock. Special ASBA room rates are effective now. Make sure to mark December 5-7 in your calendar: it’s the most important appointment you’ll make, and the one you’ll never regret keeping.

(Two optional events, priced separately)
    The Golf Tournament is an ASBA tradition. You won't want to miss this chance to tee off against colleagues, co-workers and competitors for an afternoon of golf at the The Savannah Quarters Country Club. In addition to the bragging rights at stake, there are prizes for winning foursomes, as well as longest drive and closest to the pin. Sign up today and start practicing your swing.
    The Tennis Tournament is well-known as a battle to the finish. It's a great event that incorporates friendly competition, good-natured heckling and the chance to work out with old and new friends. Pack your racquet, your shoes and your game face. Fabulous prizes and a year's worth of bragging rights are at stake.

American Sports Builders Association
Technical Meeting and Trade Show

December 5-7, 2009
Hyatt Regency Savannah
Savannah, GA


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Note: ASBA welcomes articles on industry topics from its members, and from others in the industry. Please contact the ASBA if you are interested in writing or submitting an article.


Call for Nominations

Nominations Open for the ASBA Board of Directors

In accordance with the bylaws of the American Sports Builders Association, the Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for Association officers and directors: (See Article Continuation.)

The election will be conducted by a mail vote of the members.  Ballots will be sent no later than August 3, 2009 to the principal member representing each member company as listed on the Association’s rolls.  Ballots must be received in the Association’s office by close of business August 31, 2009 in order to be counted.  The ballots of a quorum of the membership (20%) must be received and the candidate receiving a majority of the votes cast for each position will be elected.  If necessary, a runoff election will be conducted.  Successful candidates will take office immediately following the Technical Meeting in December 2009.

In accordance with the bylaws of the American Sports Builders Association, the Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for Association officers and directors:

(1 year term)
Sam Fisher, CTB
Fisher Tracks, Inc.
Boone, IA

Secretary-Treasurer (1 year term)
John Graham
Andover, MA

Tennis Division President (2 year term)
Mark Brogan, CTCB
Pro-Sport Construction, Inc.
Devon, PA

Supplier Division President (2 year term)
Randy Futty
Lee Tennis, Inc.
Charlottesville, VA

Supplier Director (2 year term)
Rob Righter
Nova Sports, USA
Milford, MA

Fields Division President (2 year term)
Dan Wright
Sports Turf Company, Inc.
Whitesburg, GA

Builder Director (3 year term) (2 positions open)
CJ Collins
Mondo USA
Santa Rosa, CA    

Rob Delmonico
R.A.D. Sports
Rockland, MA

Ben Rennolds, CTCB
Tennis Courts, Inc.
Aylett, VA

John Schedler, CTB
Fieldturf Tarkett
Montreal, Canada

Members may make additional nominations in writing, endorsed in writing by one other member, to the administrative office of the Association.  Such nominations must be received in our office no later than the close of business on July 23, 2009.  Only members entitled to vote in a given election may nominate or endorse a candidate for that election (i.e., only Builders may nominate or endorse a candidate for Builder Director or Tennis or Track Division President, only Suppliers may nominate or endorse a candidate for Supplier Director or Supplier Division President, etc.)  

All members may nominate and endorse for Secretary/Treasurer.  Please note:  no person may be a candidate for the Board of Directors or for any given position if the election of such person could cause any member company to have more than one employee serving as an officer or director of the Association at the same time. 

Candidates for the following positions must meet these qualifications:

Chairman – The Chairman must be a Builder member currently serving on the Board of Directors or must have served on the Board of Directors within the past three years.

Secretary-Treasurer – The Secretary-Treasurer must be elected from the Directors currently serving or must have served as a Director within the last three years.  The Secretary-Treasurer may be a member of any division.

Supplier Division President – The Supplier Division President must be a Supplier member.

Tennis & Fields Division Presidents – The Presidents of the Builders Divisions must be Builder members.

Builder Director-Supplier Director – Each Director at the time of election and throughout the term shall be a member or an employee or partner of a company that is a member of that Division.

Candidates elected to fill any of the positions shown above will join these currently serving:

Track Division President - Kristoff Eldridge, CTB (Cape & Island Tennis & Track)

Professional Division President -  Ed Norton, RLA, ASLA (Holcombe Norton Partners, Inc.),

Indoor Division President - Robert Cohen, CTB (Robert Cohen, Co., LLC)

Directors - Robert Dougherty (ECORE International), David Nielsen (Leslie Coatings, Inc.), Gerry Perry, CTCB (Gerald Perry Tennis Courts), and Pete Smith (The CourtSMITHs).


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Make Plans to Attend Winter Meeting in Cancun

Multiple choice test:
Q:  If you have to spend downtime, it might as well be:
    (a)    Productive
    (b)    In a nice place

Well, who says you have to choose just one? As an example, if you’re attending the ASBA’s Winter Meeting, you’ll certainly have both.

The Winter Meeting, the association’s most concentrated session to work on projects, publications and priorities, will be held February 19-22, 2010 at the Westin Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico.

See what we mean about having it all? This year’s meeting will include planning sessions and in-depth meetings on association projects, but it also includes plenty of free time so that attendees can enjoy all the sun and fun that Cancun has to offer. The hotel has beautiful beachfront views, a spa and a wealth of amenities.

Of course, in addition to the great opportunities to advance the association, you’ll be able to participate in activities including the tennis, fishing and golf tournaments, as well as all the sightseeing, touring and fun you can handle.

More information, including discounted hotel rates, a program of events and registration information, will be available soon. In the meantime, block out February 19-22 on next year’s calendar and start counting the days. ASBA members will receive information on this meeting automatically; those who are not members can be added to the list by calling 866.501.ASBA (2722) or by going to

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USTA Facility Assistance

Since 1999 the USTA has invested in infrastructure grants to existing tennis facilities.  In 2005 that service was expanded to include new construction.  In 2008 the USTA shifted from a facility grant program to a service program.  New for 2009 is the coverage of QuickStart Tennis (QST) at facilities.  Facilities can apply for funds to stripe existing courts, construct new QST courts or convert existing courts to permanent QST courts.

2009 USTA Public Facility Assistance Program Overview:


Submit a Facility Assistance Form on-line to USTA to notify us of your project timeline and needs.  This form is available at several sites including, and  A successfully submitted form will generate an automatic e-mail notification of submission.


You will be contacted by a USTA representative within 30 days of submitting your Facility Assistance Form for a follow-up phone conference.  This interview process helps USTA clarify and explore community needs.  Advocacy and Technical assistance and advice will be given to improve the organization’s project and plans, and to help gather the required documentation necessary for your organization to successfully complete your project.

Optional STEP:

If invited to submit a full USTA Public Facility Funding Application, complete according to the grant guidelines as provided with the application.  Invitation to submit the full USTA Public Facility Funding Application does not guarantee funding.  The funding process remains a competitive grant application process.  2009 funding caps are as follows:


Funding Categories  


USTA National Contribution

Category I

For basic facility improvements, including fixed court amenities (i.e. backboards, fencing & lighting, QuickStart lines)

Up to $4,000, must be matched dollar for dollar by local community

 Category II

Resurfacing of existing courts at public tennis facilities

Up to 20% of total project cost or $35,000 max

 Category III

New Construction or Existing Facility Reconstruction & Expansion

Up to 20% of total project cost or $50,000 max


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Call for Articles: Seeking Submissions to Newsline

Articles to be submitted to Newsline should address topics that are of interest to the general membership. (Certainly, we realize that not all topics are relevant to everyone, so perhaps this might be of interest just to those who make post-tensioned concrete courts, or asphalt tennis courts in park and rec facilities, or latex tracks, or multi-purpose artificial turf fields, etc.)

They might concern, for example, ideas for solutions to common problems, new trends in construction or repair, problems being reported by consumers and how contractors are addressing them (or things they're trying in general in order to fix those problems).

Sometimes, a contractor has developed a checklist for customers to use when examining their courts, tracks or fields on a periodic or seasonal basis; sometimes, a contractor wants to discuss an issue that seems to be troubling facilities in a specific geographical area, and to suggest some possible fixes, but to invite other builders to chime into the discussion, and so on. Sometimes, the writer wants to discuss the proper technique for installing equipment or supplies, and certainly, that is an important topic as well.

We ask members to try to steer clear of recommending brand-name products, and to use generic terms whenever possible. Length isn't always an issue because our Newsline is an online publication -- but we do ask that the writer try to be as concise as possible, since it keeps the reader interested. It is not required that you submit illustrations (photos, diagrams, etc.) with your article, but certainly, if you want to, ASBA's readers find them very helpful. (When submitting photos, please make sure they are as high a resolution as possible, since they show up much more clearly that way).

Whenever possible, articles should be submitted electronically, in a Word format. Please include your phone number and an email address (and let us know how to get in touch with you) in case we have any questions or need clarification on any points.

Certified Builders can obtain points by submitting articles for publication
. Please review the Recertification Handbook for detailed information on recertification point


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New $60 Million, 245,000 Square Foot Building Funded Entirely by the USTA

The USTA has announced that its state-of-the-art indoor tennis facility has been completed and is open to the public.  The new $60 million, 245,000 square foot facility was funded at no cost to taxpayers through USTA financing and tax-exempt bonds.

The facility features twelve indoor courts and will allow the USTA to expand its existing tennis programs at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, as well as provide an opportunity to add new programming for New York area tennis enthusiasts.  Further, the world-class venue affords the USTA greater potential in its Player Development Program, as the Association considers the creation of regional training centers in its quest to develop the next generation of American champions.

“This is a great investment in the sport of tennis,” said Jane Brown Grimes, USTA President and Chairman of the Board.  “This new facility will provide the USTA flexibility to help grow the sport of tennis throughout the Northeast, provide much needed operational support for the US Open and offer us greater potential to expand programming at all levels, including Player Development.”

The new facility is a significant expansion and upgrade of the previous indoor facility located at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  Three years in construction, the new facility now contains:

  • 12 tennis courts on two floors
  • Modern locker rooms
  • State-of-the-art fitness center to support junior programs
  • Classrooms for after-school programs
  • A year-round Pro Shop
  • A new USTA Membership booth
  • New US Open retail space
  • A 15,000 square foot food commissary to support the US Open
  • Expanded US Open hospitality areas
  • A retail merchandise warehouse
Current tennis programs at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the world’s largest public tennis facility, are now at capacity.  The addition of the new courts — which, like the NTC’s outer courts, will be open to the public eleven months of the year — will allow the USTA to increase program participation.  Additionally, the USTA expects to increase the number of national and regional tournaments at the NTC.

The USTA also expects to use the new indoor facility in its Player Development Programs, under the leadership of Patrick McEnroe.  The USTA currently has a national training center in Boca Raton, FL and a regional center in Carson, CA, and is actively pursuing the idea of creating regional training centers in various areas around the U.S.

“This dynamic new building will help fill a void in Player Development in the Northeast,” said Patrick McEnroe, USTA General Manager of Player Development.  “We are looking to expand the concept of regional training centers in order to help us identify the best talent and put them on the right path to success.”

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC) in Flushing, NY, home of the US Open, is the world’s largest and busiest public tennis facility.
  It features thirty outdoor courts, along with twelve additional courts located in the new USTA-funded, 245,000 square foot state-of-the-art indoor building that was opened in 2008.

Year-round offerings include more than 400 junior development and adult programs, eighty-four league teams and twenty-five tournaments, along with several adaptive tennis programs.  In total the NTC is used by more than seventy local high schools and colleges and approximately 75,000 people.  The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is open to the public seven days a week, eleven months a year, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  The USTA pays the City of New York more than $1.5 million per year in rent and is permitted to use the NTC for its own events, including the US Open, for no more than sixty days a year, ensuring the facility’s use by the public for ten months.

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ASBA Expands Marketing Outreach Efforts Through Trade Publications

ASBA has made a concerted effort to expand its reach to sports and recreation markets by working with trade publications to place technical articles on a variety of topics.  These articles typically quote ASBA member companies on a variety of topics and position ASBA as the “go-to” source for this information.

Mary Helen Sprecher, ASBA’s technical writer for most of these articles, has developed the following summary of technical articles that have been placed or are scheduled to be placed since the membership year began October 1, 2008.

Sports Destination Management Magazine
    ASBA now supplies regular facilities articles to this publication.  So far, we have written articles that appeared/will appear in the following issues:

March/April 2009: Baseball and Softball Fields
July/August 2009: Soccer Facilities
September/October 2009: Tennis Facilities

Athletic Business Magazine
    ASBA wrote an article on "How to Select a Sports Facility Contractor" which was accepted for the May 2009 issue; however, because of space constraints, due to lower amounts of advertising than expected, the editor is holding the article for a future issue.

Club Business International
    Established publication, produced by IHRSA (the International Health and Racquet Sports Association), catering to the country club/health club market.

    ASBA is supplying articles to Club Business for Entrepreneurs, which is a special supplement of CBI that goes to independent club owners.  So far, we have written:

"Facility Safety" (May 2009 issue) and
will be writing an article on "What to Do with Unused Spaces" (deadline August 20).
Sports Turf Magazine
targets sports turf managers and provides them with practical technical and management advice.  In the early spring, ASBA wrote an article on "Classifications of Tracks and Surfaces" for the magazine; it is projected for publication this summer.

Landscape Superintendent

Publication aimed at groundskeepers, landscapers and maintenance staffs.
In May, the editor asked for a proposal for an article on trends in terms of use of fields (many schools seem to have a variety of synthetic and natural turf fields, which they rotate for various types of play, weather, etc.).  LS Magazine is probably looking at an article on this topic in late 2009.

American Track and Field Magazine
Primary audience:  Track and field coaches, athletic directors, groundskeepers, facility managers and administrators who make purchasing decisions regarding construction, renovation, purchase of equipment, etc. for track and field programs.

ASBA continues to publish articles in every issue of American Track & Field, as well as its sister publications, Runner & Triathlete, Fast Forward, Latinos Corriendos (for which our articles are translated into Spanish) and others.

Articles have appeared in:
Fall 2008: "Is Your Facility Competition-friendly?"
Winter 2008: "Working with Design Pros"
Spring 2009: "Track Construction"
Resource Guide 2008: "Does Your Track and Field Facility Make a Good First Impression?"
Track and Field Construction Issue: Total of eleven articles:  Track Facility Redesign, International Standard Track, Surfacing, Drainage, Indoor Tracks, Field Events, Track Maintenance (and Checklist), Field Maintenance (and Checklist) , article on certified builder designation.
Summer 2009:  Saving Money on Track Work
AT&F U.S. Athletics Calendar:  Contained articles on all of ASBA's Facilities of the Year:  Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Indoor Multi-Purpose Facility, Sports Field, Multi-Purpose Turf Facility.
Racquet Sports Industry Magazine
Primary readership: Tennis and racquet sports club owners, managers, staff members and teaching pros, pro shop managers, racquet stringers, directors of tennis and racquet sports at clubs, camps, colleges, universities, high schools and other facilities.
November/December 2008:  "Tennis Court Construction in a Changing Economic Climate"
March 2009: "Court Construction and Maintenance Guide:" a total of nine articles:
*Build Your Success
*Pimp Your Courts
*Find the Right Fix
*Court Maintenance Planner
*Short Division
*Cracking Up
*Inside Information
*Building a Business
*Money Markets.
NRPA Magazine
For the first time, the National Recreation and Parks Association will be publishing an article by ASBA. The article, which was written in May 2009, will appear in August 2009, and is entitled:  "Keeping Municipal Courts Safe from Public Enemy Number One."

NOTE to ASBA Members
:  if you have an idea for an article that you would like to write (you can earn re-certification points for writing such articles); or have written and placed in one of the industry trade publication, contact ASBA Headquarters.  Additionally, if there are trade publications in which you think ASBA should have a presence, please send us information about the publication and its readership and why you think it would be a good fit for ASBA.

If you as a member would like to be quoted in upcoming articles, ASBA would be glad to make sure you are.  Please e-mail Mary Helen Sprecher at and let her know that you are interested.  Also, if there are any particular subjects you are interested in (tennis, track, fields, indoor facilities, design topics, etc.), you may note that as well.  We look forward to your input!


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Tennis Life Names Francesconi as Editor

Tennis industry publishing veteran joins fastest growing tennis magazine

Tennis Life Magazine has named industry publishing executive Peter Francesconi as its editor.  Francesconi has been in the tennis publishing business for twenty-two years, working with the Tennis Industry Association, US Tennis Association, Tennis magazine and Racquet Sports Industry magazine, among other groups.

Tennis Life Names Francesconi as Editor

Tennis Life Magazine has named industry publishing executive Peter Francesconi as its editor.  Francesconi has been in the tennis publishing business for twenty-two years, working with the Tennis Industry Association, US Tennis Association, Tennis magazine and Racquet Sports Industry magazine, among other groups.

“This is an exciting opportunity to bring my experience, talents and skills to a magazine that continues to grow and improve,” Francesconi says.  “Tennis is the fastest growing participation sport in the US and Tennis Lifemagazine and have unlimited potential in providing players and fans with all the information they could want about the sport.”

Tennis Life, which recently added nearly 50,000 readers, for a total circulation now topping 180,000, is the fastest growing tennis publication in the US.  The magazine also has United Kingdom (Tennis Life UK) and Spanish-language (Tennis Life en Espanol) editions.

“Peter is well-regarded in this industry and brings a wealth of experience and relationships to Tennis Life,” says Todd Goldman, the magazine’s publisher.  “We’re excited to have him join us and feel that our readers, advertisers and partners will be excited, too.  Additionally, we feel that Tennis Life will move to the next level.”

Francesconi will continue to work closely with the Tennis Industry Association in communications and public relations and will continue to be the editorial director of the award-winning Racquet Sports Industry, the world’s largest tennis trade magazine.  He also is the president of Ace Publishing Group, a communications and marketing company.

From 1999 through 2008, Francesconi was the editorial director of Miller Sports Group Custom Publishing, a division of Tennis magazine that worked with the USTA to produce and edit the award-winning USTA Magazine, the organization’s membership publication.  He was the managing editor of Tennis from 1990 to 1998.

Francesconi, who resides in Woodbury, CT, is a frequent tennis player and a member of the Board of Directors for the Woodbury Area Tennis Association.  He also is a member of the USTA’s National Community Tennis Association Committee and on the Tennis Industry Association Hall of Fame Committee.  A former vice president of the US Tennis Writers Association, Francesconi received the Media Excellence Award in 2006 from the Professional Tennis Registry.


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May We "Quote" You?

One of ASBA's most important programs is its technical articles, which are written for trade magazines in various segments of the industry, including design, tennis, track, indoor and fields facilities.  We are always looking for our members to comment on and be quoted in these articles.  This is an excellent chance to help raise ASBA's profile and, in an ancillary capacity, to increase visibility for your company.  If you would like to be quoted in these articles, please send an e-mail to Mary Helen Sprecher at

Please indicate your area(s) of expertise:  Tennis, Track, Indoor, Fields, Design, etc., so that we do not bother you with excess e-mail.  Note: You can appear on several lists if you have several areas of interest.
If you have previously sent Mary Helen an e-mail asking to be added to her e-mail list, please confirm now that you would like to remain on the list.  In addition, if your e-mail has changed and you have not been receiving questions, please contact her with your current e-mail address.

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Sponsorship Opportunities for 2009-2010

Launching a New Product ?

Want to Make a SPLASH in the Industry?

Last year, ASBA rolled out a sponsorship program for its Technical Meeting that included special opportunities for suppliers to showcase their products at the meeting.  The program was so well received by ASBA suppliers that we’ve decided to expand and enhance the program for the entire year.

Earlier this summer, we launched the 2009-2010 Sponsorship Packages, with many new benefits.  These packages give suppliers the opportunity to stay in front of their customers for the entire year – not just one meeting.  We are still offering sponsorships for the Technical Meeting but we are now offering a complete sponsorship package that will include ASBA membership dues, sponsorships at both the Technical Meeting and Winter Meeting, as well as advertising on our website and our Annual Membership Directory.  One Stop Shopping!

Now is the time to showcase products or services to builders, professionals and other members of the tennis court, running track, field and indoor sports flooring industries through multiple venues and events.


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Find Out What Your Colleagues Are Up To

  • TitanTrax Shield for Better Built Running Tracks
  • LEE TENNIS COURT Products Serves up a New Platform for Clay Court Enthusiasts
  • UNC Wins NCAA Hoops Title on FIELDTURF

TitanTrax Shield for Better Built Running Tracks

   NGI Sports introduces the patent pending “TitanTrax Shield” to protect your running track from the ravages of age and asphalt cracking.  Applying the shield to your existing track asphalt base ensures that your new latex or urethane track finished surface is uniform in performance in all directions with a high resistance to shear forces caused by cracks in the asphalt track base.

The inherent stability of the “Shield”is important as tracks are installed in areas of extreme temperature fluctuations.  Therefore, the expansion and contraction from heat and cold during installation or while in use could affect the finished surface performance.  Dimensional stability ensures that there is no stretching or creep during installation and that any future stress from use will not effect or damage the finished synthetic surface.

The “Shield” is an effective moisture barrier to prevent running water from penetrating into the base and causing future water damage.  The “Shield,” along with proper perimeter drainage, will also assist in the prevention of freeze-thaw damage occurring in the underlying pavement.

The “Shield” is not attached to the underlying flawed asphalt pavement so that when old tracks are resurfaced the “Shield” protects the finished synthetic surface from mirroring the expansion and the contraction of cracks and flaws in the underlying pavement which otherwise could reflect into the synthetic surface on top.

Whether rebuilding or building new, the “TitanTrax Shield” offers a five year warranty to protect your investment.


LEE TENNIS COURT Products Serves up a New Platform for Clay Court Enthusiasts
      Lee Tennis Court Products has launched a new medium to link tennis players, coaches and teaching professionals who have a shared interest and passion for clay courts and clay court tennis. The web site, entitled “Play the Clay,” is an interactive tool dedicated to sharing information about the benefits of playing tennis on clay courts while allowing tennis fans to connect with one another. According to Randy Futty, general manager of Lee Tennis Court Products, clay courts are increasingly becoming the court of choice and 80% of the world plays on clay surfaces.

“We get pretty crazy-excited about tennis and particularly clay court tennis,” said Pat Hanssen, Director of Sales at Lee Tennis Court Products. “We saw an opportunity to create a virtual space for others who feel the same way. The purpose of ‘Play the Clay’ is to teach site visitors about the clay court experience, and provide the information and, hopefully, the inspiration they need to go experience it for themselves.” 

Establishing connections with others who love the game of tennis and sharing stories and experiences about clay court tennis is an important feature of “Play the Clay”.  Links on the site to the Lee Tennis Court Products’ fan page on Facebook and Twitter will help facilitate this. A Join the Movement section is dedicated to sharing information about clay’s pivotal role in developing our country’s next wave of champions.  Another part of the site focuses on showcasing experiential clay playing events in Northern and Southern California and information on winning a clay court through Play the Clay Events. The Play the Clay section provides a place where people can share their clay court experiences.

The site also highlights photos from various playing events, a blog, industry news, tips and tricks on playing tennis on clay and a directory of facilities that offer clay courts. “Bringing people together in one place to talk about their love and appreciation for the game in general and clay courts specifically is energizing,” Hanssen closed. “Being an advocate for the game of tennis and getting others involved is a top priority for Lee Tennis.”

To learn more about ‘Play the Clay,’ visit

UNC Wins NCAA Hoops Title on FIELDTURF
The University of North Carolina Tar Heels won the 2009 NCAA basketball championship on top of Ford Field’s FieldTurf surface. Floor covering and the basketball court was laid over the FieldTurf synthetic turf surface at Ford Field. To say Ford Field has gotten good value and high usage out of their FieldTurf surface (originally installed in 2002), would be an understatement. This surface is used primarily by the NFL’s Detroit Lions and numerous college bowl games, in addition to hosting large events such as Super Bowl XL and championship tournaments at all levels and sports.

 Despite over 70,000 mostly Michigan State fans in attendance at Ford Field it was North Carolina that dominated and cruised to an 89-72 win over the Spartans to win a national championship. The championship is the fifth for North Carolina in school history. The Tar Heels led 55-34 at halftime, the largest halftime lead ever in NCAA Tournament history. In the second half, the Spartans did cut the lead to 13 but Carolina was never seriously threatened and the Tar Heels won their second national title in the last five years.

FieldTurf helps venues at all levels convert quickly and easily from sports events to conventions or concerts. Professionals depend on the flexibility and convenience of staging events right on top of FieldTurf, with no damage to the surface. With standard floor covering, the solid load-bearing capacity of the patented infill system allows for heavy-duty events.

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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.

Action Floor Systems (Supplier)
4781 N. US Hwy 51
Mercer, WI 54547
Tom Abendroth, President


GTR Turf (Builder)
7925 Richmond Hwy.
Alexandria, VA 22306
Luc Rochon, President

Advantage Sports Surfaces, Inc. (Builder)
3709 West Hendrick Drive
Morehead City, NC 28557
Travis Credle, President

Lancaster Asphalt Systems (Builder)
3301 Kissel Hill Road
Lititz, PA 17543
Wes Powers, President

American Sports & Concrete, LLC (Builder)
21811 Katy Fwy, Suite D-103
Katy, TX 77450
Austin Bauer, President

Serve Sports Courts (Provisional)
3439 FM 67
Itasca, TX 76055
Jackie Wheeler, President

Cameron McCarthy Gilbert & Scheibe Landscape Architects (Professional)
160 East Broadway
Eugene, OR 97401
Aaron Olsen, President

Sportexe Construction Services (Builder)
210 E. John W. Carpenter Frwy., #300-A
Irving, TX 76052
Stephen Noe, CEO/President

Challenger Industries, Inc. (Supplier)
205 Boring Drive
Dalton, GA 30721
Andy White, Vice President


Sunbelt Asphalt  (Builder)
1410 Sunbelt Way
Auburn, GA 30011
Spencer McCroskey, CEO

Grace Industries, Inc. (Builder)
7171 Airport Road
Bath, PA 18034
Ronald Check, General Manager


Trueline (Builder)
1441 Pomona Road, #30
Corona, CA 92882
Ed Kruse, Owner
Fred Kolkmann Tennis & Sport Surfaces, LLC  (Builder)
1921 Mayfair Road
Grafton, WI 53024
Fred Kolkmann, CTCB,  President


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September 1, 2009 - ASBA Newsline Copy Deadline

December l, 2009 - ASBA Newsline Copy Deadline

December 3-5, 2009
Athletic Business Conference, Orlando, Florida.  For more information,

December 5-7, 2009
ASBA Technical Meeting, Hyatt Regency Savannah, Savannah, Georgia.  For information 866.501.ASBA (2722) or

January 12-16, 2010
Sports Turf Managers Association Conference, Orlando, Florida.  For more information

February 19-22, 2010

ASBA Winter Meeting, Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun, Mexico. For information 866-501-ASBA (2722) or

December 5-7, 2010
ASBA Technical Meeting, Marriott Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  For information 866.501.ASBA (2722) or

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ASBA Steps Up Membership Recruitment Efforts Field Builders Certification Program Moving Forward

ASBA Steps Up Membership Recruitment Efforts

ASBA has developed a new membership brochure to promote the many benefits of joining ASBA:  its Certification Programs, the technical information and education provided, its Winter and Technical Meetings, customer leads, etc.  The brochure was mailed to more than 1,700 prospective members in June (builders, professionals and suppliers).

If you would like to request copies to distribute to your peers, customers or suppliers, to encourage their participation in ASBA, contact Cynthia Jordan at ASBA Headquarters.

We will all benefit from continuing to grow the Association.

Field Builders Certification Program Moving Forward

ASBA’s Field Builders Certification Advisory Committee has been meeting regularly since its inception in December, 2008.  The Committee has had a regular schedule of meetings, conference calls and webinar sessions over the past eight months and is on schedule to roll out the new Certified Field Builder Program this Fall.  Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP) has been hired to work with ASBA and the Committee to develop the program.  AMP was involved in both the Certified Tennis Court Builder and Certified Track Builder Certification Programs.

The first certification exam is scheduled to be offered in December, at the Technical Meeting in Savannah, Georgia.

The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) has signed on as a sponsoring organization of the program and has a representative on the Advisory Committee.

Candidates for the exam will have the option to become certified in both natural and synthetic turf or apply for separate designations in either natural or synthetic turf.

Mark your calendars and watch your mailboxes for more information in the coming months.

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