Schools without Football Teams? Without Homecoming, Marching Bands and
It's that time of the year again ... time to start
thinking about the ASBA Technical Meeting. The Technical Meeting
is where we gather each December to compare notes with other builders
to find out how business is for our peers and competitors around the
country; to determine whether there are new trends developing in the
marketplace; and to look for new ideas that might help us when we get
By now you should have received information about exhibiting at, and/or
participating, in the upcoming TM in Savannah, Georgia. Detailed
schedule and registration information is also available on the ASBA website. Based
on preliminary interest, we have high expectations for participation
at this year's meeting. Don't delay in making your plans to attend!
For those of you in parts of the country where this will be "off season" – take
advantage of the down time by bringing members of your crew or management
team who might be able to benefit from the sessions being offered at
the TM. Since programming is set up in concurrent sessions – you
can't attend all of them yourself. Bring someone with whom you
can compare notes following the meeting to fully benefit from your experience.
We will be providing an update on the Strategic Planning retreat that
was conducted this past summer with the Board of Directors. Your
Board worked with a facilitator to look introspectively at the Association
and how we're serving the industry. There are plans underway to
consider offering new services and reviewing current benefits to keep
up with what is happening in the marketplace. You'll hear more
about this in Savannah.
The 7th edition of Running Tracks: A Construction and Maintenance
Manual and the first edition of Indoor Sports Surfaces: An Installation
and Maintenance Manual have been finalized and are officially "on the
streets." Preliminary orders have been filled. If you have
not ordered your copy, please contact ASBA headquarters.
I am pleased to announce that the Field Builders Certification Advisory
Committee has completed its work on the new Field Builders Certification
Program. Many thanks to the volunteers who have devoted many hours
to this project. With the co-sponsorship of the Synthetic Turf
Council (STC) and the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), we have
developed three versions of the program. Candidates can choose
to become Certified Field Builders (CFB); Certified Field Builder-Natural
Turf (CFB-N); or Certified Field Builder-Synthetic Turf (CFB-S). Materials
are available and the first exam is scheduled to be offered at the Technical
Meeting on December 5. I am confident that the CFB program will
be just as successful and well-received as the CTCB and CTB programs
that have been in place for many years.
This will be my last meeting as your Chairman, as I pass the baton to
my eager successor, Sam Fisher. It has been a privilege serving
you during what has been a period of transition for the Association's
management team. I have had the support of a very active and dedicated
Board of Directors and an engaged membership willing to "step up" when
called upon. ASBA is an organization with heart. I have learned
first-hand during the past few years that the old adage about "getting
out of the organization what you put into it" is alive and well. I
have gained far more from the relationships I've built through my service
to ASBA, than the hours I've put into the organization.
I look forward to seeing all of you in Savannah at the Technical Meeting.
Todd, Jr., CTCB
Ready for Savannah! 2009 Technical Meeting @ Hyatt Regency Savannah,
December 5-7, 2009
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
LOTS OF TOPICS ...
ONE GREAT PROGRAM
The Program Committee has developed a list of topics
of interest to all facets of the industry. Programs will address
the new technologies, trends and developments that everyone wants to
The Program Committee has developed a list of topics
of interest to all facets of the industry. 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
→ 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/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,
Facility design can be essential to efficient,
safe meets. Learn what helps meet administrators put on the best event
→ 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.,
What are the best ways of marking synthetic
turf fields? Get new ideas and contribute some of your own.
→ 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.
→ 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)
→ 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.
AWARDS AND HONORS
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.
MEET AND GREET
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, www.sportsbuilders.org,
for more information, or can call Cynthia at ASBA at 866.501.ASBA to
be added to the mailing list.
A GREAT SETTING
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 Low Country 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
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
FUN FOR EVERYONE
(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.
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.
Offers...Field Builder Certification Program
ASBA is pleased to announce the inception of its
new Field Builder Certification Program. The program, which was
developed to help raise professional standards and improve the practice
of athletic field construction, will offer
its first exam at ASBA's Technical Meeting, to be held in Savannah, Georgia
December 5-7, 2009.
Individuals interested in the new Field Builder Certification
program may choose several levels of certification. The Certified Field
Builder (CFB) designation demonstrates a core knowledge of field construction
as well as expertise in both natural turf and synthetic turf. Alternatively,
builders who wish to pursue certification in only one type of turf may
choose to take the exam to become a Certified Field Builder-Natural (CFB-N)
or Certified Field Builder-Synthetic (CFB-S). Of the three exams,
the CFB requires a more comprehensive knowledge. All certifications
would be renewable every three years.
The Field Builder Certification Program also marks the first time the
ASBA has collaborated with two other industry organizations on a certification
program, the Synthetic Turf Council (STC), and the Sports Turf Managers
Association (STMA). Members of those organizations are eligible
to take any of the three new exams at the ASBA member rate, which is
"The Field Builder Certification Program represents a huge step forward
for the industry," said ASBA's Field Builder Certification Committee
Chairman, Dan Wright (Sports Turf Company, Whitesburg, GA). "It
will help promote quality construction and, just as importantly, will
allow the public to identify builders who have taken their knowledge
to the next level."
"We are very pleased that a comprehensive certification is being offered,
that it addresses different segments of the industry and that it works
in partnership with two other major players in the athletic turf market," added
ASBA's Fields Division President, John Schedler, CTB (FieldTurf Tarkett,
ASBA worked with Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP), a professional
testing company, to ensure that proper test development procedures were
followed in the development of the exam. The exam is based on role
delineation studies – surveys of builders that define the scope
of practice and the knowledge and skills required to function competently
as a sports field builder. The examination is designed to test
a sample of content from the full range of knowledge to the complete
inventory of skills required of sports field builders.
Certification is already offered by ASBA for tennis court builders (who
are eligible to earn the Certified Tennis Court Builder, or CTCB, designation)
and for builders of running tracks (who are eligible to earn the designation
of Certified Track Builder, or CTB). In both cases, individuals
must meet eligibility requirements and successfully complete a comprehensive
examination. In order to maintain their designation, they must
recertify every three years.
The CFB exam will be offered for the first time on Saturday,
December 5 in conjunction with the ASBA's Technical Meeting (scheduled
for December 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia). Those
interested in learning more about the certification exam or the meeting
may contact the organization by phone at 866.501.ASBA, 410.730.9595,
by fax at 410.730.8833 or electronically at
sportsbuilders.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN! Is there a specific topic that you have an interest
in, relative to your business? Is there an ASBA guideline that
you would like to see changed? These working sessions are the place
to get it done. Contact your respective Division Chairman to express
interest in atopic or contact ASBA staff. We want these sessions
to be valuable for everyone.
More information, including discounted hotel rates,
a program of events and registration information, will be available
soon. In the meantime,
block out Feburary 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 www.sportsbuilders.org
Don't wait until the last minute to renew that passport! The
process can sometimes take several weeks (or more).
and TIA Partnering on Survey
Cost of Doing Business – Compare, Contrast
and Optimize Your
The Cost of Doing Business Study for tennis court contractors
is designed to provide you with data, analysis and guidance that will
help you t
(1) improve your profitability;
(2) increase your efficiency;
(3) set realistic budget targets;
(4) identify benchmarks; and
(5) improve your business practices.
"This comprehensive study will enable you to compare yourself to other
court contractors across the country, identify your strengths and weaknesses,
and recognize potential improvement opportunities," said Jolyn DeBoer
of the TIA.
The study will be conducted by Sports Marketing Surveys which is working
in conjunction with ASBA and the Tennis Industry Association. Sports
Marketing Surveys is a professional research firm headquartered in Jupiter,
Florida which specializes in sports, fitness and exercise-related research.
Completed surveys will be treated in strictest confidence and the report
will be produced using data on an aggregated level.
In order for this study to be accurate and helpful, we need your
input. In the next few weeks, Fred Stringfellow will
be sending out an electronic link to a survey with questions about your
business for the 2009 calendar year. The major topics to be covered
will include: revenue, cost of goods sold, expenses, net profit/loss,
business expenses % split, wages, equipment, capital expenditure plans,
number /type of employees, wage structure and the number of new courts/resurfaced
We’re asking you to carefully consider taking the time
to complete the survey. With more of you completing the
survey, the more representative it will be of what’s important
to US-based tennis court contractors and, ultimately, the more useful
the report will be.
All respondents will receive a summary report of the aggregated results.
Providing we get a satisfactory response rate, the topline results will
be released at the December Technical Meeting in Savannah and all respondents
will receive a final report based on the aggregated data by year end.
Track and Indoor Books Available TODAY
As of September, the 7th edition of Running Tracks: A Construction
and Maintenance Manual and the first edition of Indoor Sports
Surfaces: An Installation and Maintenance Manual have been finalized
and are officially "on the streets."
Go to www.sportsbuilders.org or
contact Cynthia Jordan at ASBA headquarters to order your copies today.
Both manuals are available as "custom orders" if you would like to personalize
with your company information. Inquire about custom orders when you contact
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
Note: Information contained in Memberline is submitted by members
and is published without verification. Its publication does not constitute
DecoTurf Surface Chosen for the 2009 Pilot Pen, 2009 Rogers
Masters and Olympus US Open Series in Cincinnati
The Rogers Cup, which alternates annually between Montreal’s Uniprix
Stadium and Toronto’s Rexall Centre, is recognized as one of the
world’s best-run tournaments and has long been a favorite stop of
the tour’s top players, including top-ranked Raphael Nadal, Roger
Federer and Canadian favorite, Daniel Nestor. In addition to being
part of the ATP Masters Series, it also serves an integral part of the
Olympus US Open Series.
As the Olympus US Open Series continued its summer march to the year’s
final Grand Slam event, many of the world’s top players were gathered
at the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament in New Haven, CT. Taking place
August 21st through 29th at the Connecticut Tennis Center, the Pilot
Pen has once again chosen DecoTurf as its cushioned
Located on the grounds of Yale University, the Connecticut Tennis Center
hosted New England’s only major professional tennis tournament
for the 20th time in 2009. In 2008, more than 80,000 spectators
came to visit the US Open’s final tune-up and tournament organizers
expect enthusiastic crowds once again.
“DecoTurf is proud to continue our relationship with the Pilot Pen and
we congratulate Yale University and the City of New Haven on their 20th year
as hosts, " said Tom Magner, DecoTurf's Eastern Regional Manager. “As
a New England-based company, we recognize the importance of having a top-tier
tennis event that is as prestigious and well-run as the Pilot Pen has been.”
DecoTurf has been the Surface of the US Open for thirty-two years. DecoTurf's
multi-layer cushioned tennis surface has been selected for use at the
world's most prestigious events, including the two most-recent Olympic
Games, Davis Cup, Fed Cup and seven different Olympus US Open Series
tournaments. DecoTurf is also the Official All-Weather Surface
of the Professional Tennis Registry.
DecoTurf Surface Chosen for the 2009 Rogers Masters
Tennis Canada has once again chosen DecoTurf as the
surface of the 2009 Rogers Cup, continuing a partnership that began twenty-two
years ago. This top-tier ATP Masters Series event was held in Montreal
from August 10th through August 16th.
DecoTurf Tennis Surface Selected for the Olympus US Open Series
The Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, one of the oldest
and most prestigious events in the world of tennis, has once again chosen DecoTurf’s cushioned
tennis surface. This elite ATP Masters 1000 event, one of the
strongest and most important tournaments on the ATP Tour, was played
at the Lindner Family Tennis Center August 17th – 23rd. The
Lindner Family Tennis Center is the only venue in tennis, outside of
the the four Grand Slam tournaments, which utilizes more than two permanent
stadiums and this tournament is one of only nine that award 1000 points
as part of the Masters Series.
ECORE International Introduces Everlast Performance
ECORE International, manufacturer of Everlast Sports
Surfacing, announces the introduction of its premier laminated sports
flooring product, Everlast Performance. Everlast Performance features a proprietary factory-bonded
composition where the wear layer is made from vibrant EPDM rubber and the underlayment
is nearly 100% recycled SBR rubber. All components are manufactured in
the United States at ECORE’s Lancaster production facility. The
bond of these resilient layers delivers high performance and superior durability
at an attractive price.
“We are excited about the opportunities that this new lamination technology
has opened up for us and we are proud to be a propelling force in architectural
and fitness product development,” states Troy Kelley, Everlast Business
Unit Manager, ECORE International. “Everlast Performance, with
its high recycled content and extreme durability, is a product that will distinguish
fitness facilities as leaders in supporting both personal and environmental
The Everlast Performance collection features six standard colors, with
a portfolio of up to thirty-three total color options and is available
in 8mm, 10mm and 12mm thicknesses. The 12mm option is spike resistant
for high wear areas such as competitive tracks. The top layer’s
saturated color concentration allows for reduced wear visibility and
lane color variation. Everlast Performance has also been tested
for excellent force reduction and superior ball rebound. Recommended
Everlast Performance installations include indoor jogging tracks, tennis
courts, gymnasium surfaces, aerobic center floors and more.
The multi-layer components of Everlast Performance have a very high recycled
content. With nearly 100% recycled rubber underlayment and a recycled
rubber wear layer, Everlast Performance can contribute up to eight points
toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). It
also meets the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria,
is FloorScore certified for indoor air quality and supports the ASTM
E2129-05 Sustainability Assessment.
For more information on Everlast Performance visit: http://www.everlastsportssurfacing.com
LSI Enhances Sycamore Stadium with an LED Display
With the season under way, Sycamore High School football fans are enjoying
the newest addition to Sycamore Stadium - a 20mm LED video display, measuring
in at almost 15’ tall by 22’ wide.
This visually dynamic LED display brings fans instant video replays,
player stats, community messaging and virtual scoreboard technology. “The
scoreboard technology allows for tracking game progress and its digital
capability will enhance our fans’ overall experience,” said
Jim Stoll, Athletic Director at Sycamore High School. The LED display
produced by LSI Industries is replacing a traditional
fixed digit scoreboard with a time clock. While this new LED display
is a major departure from the old scoreboard, LSI’s pixel block
design utilized in this display only draws 62.5 watts.
The new display was purchased by Eventz for Charity, Inc. (EFC), a nonprofit
organization that emphasizes supporting the local community. EFC
then contracted with ReachUSA, a Blue Ash, Ohio advertising company,
to sell and produce the graphics and video for the state-of-the-art LED
display. This will create a “long-term revenue stream that
will allow Sycamore to continue funding programs for the districts sports,” said
Bob Slattery, CEO of Reach USA.
LSI Industries Inc. is an Image Solutions company, dedicated to advancing
solid-state LED technology in lighting and graphics applications. LSI
combines integrated technology, design and manufacturing to supply high
quality, environmentally friendly lighting fixtures and graphics elements
for commercial, retail and specialty niche market applications. LSI
is a US manufacturer with marketing/sales efforts throughout the world,
with concentration currently on North American, South American, Australian,
New Zealand, Asian and European markets.
Building upon its success with its Crossover® LED lighting fixtures
and SmartVision® solid-state LED video boards, LSI is committed to
producing affordable, high performance, energy efficient lighting and
graphic products for indoor and outdoor use. LSI has a vast offering
of innovative solutions for virtually any lighting or graphics application. Further,
they can provide design support, engineering, installation and project
management for custom graphic rollout programs for today’s retail
LSI’s major markets are the commercial/industrial lighting, petroleum/convenience
store, multi-site retail (including automobile dealerships, restaurants
and national retail accounts), sports and entertainment markets. LSI
employs approximately 1400 people in facilities located in Ohio, New
York, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas
and Montreal, Canada.
Zanesville H.S. Upgrades to LSI’s SmartVision Display
While watching a game at the Ohio State Buckeyes Stadium, OSU alumni
and member of the “Friends of Sulsberger Stadium,” Mark Watson
said the OSU screen “looked the best it’s ever been.” Mr.
Watson then started the ball rolling with NBC affiliate Whiz Media Group
to see if they could help Zanesville H.S. obtain a similar screen.
LSI had upgraded the Ohio State Stadium screen with
new processors and the latest version of LSI’s proprietary software that drives the
LED. This caused the screen to look more vivid and brighter which caught
the eye of Mr. Watson. After receiving the quote to replace the existing
scoreboard with the LSI SmartVision LED video display and virtual scoreboard,
a deal was struck with Whiz Media Group, who bought the LED display and gave
it to the school.
Zanesville’s new screen is a 20 mm pixel pitch and measures 22’ wide
by 12 _’ tall. This outdoor screen utilizes a new more energy efficient
pixel block design measuring in at 16 x 24 pixels and drawing only 62.5
watts. This efficiency has been achieved due to advances in the
manufacturing process and LED driving technology.
Since the new LSI SmartVision LED display will be used as a virtual scoreboard
and advertising display, LSI’s Impact Software is used to manage
both of those tasks.
In addition to the LED video display, LSI's Lexington fixtures were added
to light the walkway to the stadium. LSI Doral Small floodlights
are mounted to the Lexington poles to highlight the recognition wall.
Team REIL Inc. Announces Exclusive Partnership with the Big Ten® Conference
The Big Ten® Conference has named Team REIL Inc. as
the sole recommended supplier of sports field and recreation equipment
to the eleven universities of the conference.
Partnering with the Big Ten® Conference, Team REIL Inc. will serve
as the point-of-contact for Athletic Directors and Facilities Managers
of the conference’s 270 teams seeking to install or update sports
fields, recreational areas, tracks and indoor/outdoor sports venues.
Team REIL Inc. shares the Big Ten’s strong tradition of service
and comprehensive practices. Athletic Directors from all Big Ten® locations
now have one reliable source for all athletic facilities needs. Team
REIL Inc. will meet any needs whether they are great or small, from building
a new athletic field or bleacher system, ordering maintenance supplies
and basketball goal replacement items. Team REIL’s ‘one
stop shop’ website (www.teamreil.com)
allows the Big Ten® Athletic Directors and their staffs to research
products and compare product specifications, while the Team REIL Inc.
design group stands ready to assist in larger design/build projects from
start to finish.
Team REIL Inc. Products and Services
Team REIL Inc. is proud to represent these leading manufacturers:
- Sprinturf – Single and dual-blend synthetic
turf for baseball, football, lacrosse, rugby and soccer fields.
- Miracle – Athletic field benches and playground
- Gared Sports – Indoor-outdoor basketball
systems and accessories.
- All-Star Bleachers – Indoor-outdoor bleachers
and stadium seating.
- EZ Dock – Floating docks for rowing teams.
- Penco – Lockers for all sports.
- Rain Drop – Spray misters to cool athletic
- Superior Shade – Custom shade and weather
structures including canopies, awnings and shade sails.
- Ahrens – Picnic tables and benches.
- KenCoat – Customizable benches and trash
can receptacles featuring team logos.
Synthetic Surfaces Inc.'s New Cold Weather Synthetic Turf Adhesive
NORDOT® Adhesive #34P is a new high green strength one-part curing
urethane that extends the synthetic turf installation season on both
sides of Winter. Its excellent cold weather installation properties
will permit more practical installations as Fall turns to Winter and
again, as Winter turns to Spring.
The faster green strength (grab) development of the new NORDOT® Adhesive
#34P helps offset the normal slow down and cure of all adhesives as the
temperature drops. It also helps avoid installation problems such
as "seam curl" and "wind lift" due to stiffer turf when cold.
In addition to excellent cold weather installation properties, NORDOT® Adhesive
#34P works well when warmer weather arrives.
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.
Precision Construction & Contracting (Builder)
P.O. Box 320
Lone Jack, MO 64070
Ethan Stanfill, Project Manager
|Sport Court Midwest (Builder)
1070 Entry Drive
Bensenville, IL 60106
Pat Walker, President/Owner
Quality Sealcoating and Sport Surfaces, LLC (Builder)
171 Hidden Springs Lane
Penhook, VA 24137
Jonathan Meador, President
Team REIL, Inc. (Builder)
17421 Marengo Road
Union, IL 60180
Tim Cederlund, VP
Signature Sports Flooring (Provisional)
50 E. 42nd Street, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Seth Gordon, Director of Business Development
Wai Yip Engineering Co. (Builder)
Flat B3, Block B, 8/F
Tonic Industrial Centre
19 Lam Hing Street, Hong Kong
Eliah Chan, Manager
December 3-5, 2009
Athletic Business Conference, Orlando, Florida. For more information, www.athleticbusinessconference.com
December 5-7, 2009
ASBA Technical Meeting, Hyatt Regency Savannah, Savannah, Georgia. For
information 866.501.ASBA (2722) or www.sportbuilders.org
January 12-16, 2010
Sports Turf Managers Association Conference, Orlando, Florida. For
more information www.stma.org
February 19-22, 2010
ASBA Winter Meeting, Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun,
Mexico. For information 866-501-ASBA (2722)
December 5-7, 2010
ASBA Technical Meeting, Marriott Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. For
information 866.501.ASBA (2722) or www.sportbuilders.org
Schools without Football Teams? Without Homecoming, Marching Bands
Hey, the recession is affecting more than the cost of books. According
to a recent article in USA Today, public high schools across
the nation are experiencing some painful cost cuts, particularly right
now as fall sports season gets underway.
"From Hawaii to Rhode Island, school systems are trimming compensation
for coaches, eliminating transportation, adding or increasing athletic
fees for students, holding fundraising drives, cutting back on night
games to save electricity costs and dropping some sports and related
events altogether," the article noted.
Some athletes, upon learning their chosen sports wouldn't
be offered (cross-country or track and field, for example), have begun
training for local 5Ks, 10Ks and marathons. Other athletes have
joined club teams or transferred to other school systems where their
sports are still being offered.
Athletic directors in different states were quoted on the heartbreaking
decisions they were making regarding which sports to cut and which to
keep. Others noted that they could keep some athletic programs
afloat if they cut items like team buses (in favor of carpooling) and
had volunteer coaches and referees. Fund raising has become a staple
in many states and many sports schedules have been shortened or altered.
The domino effect is also worrisome to schools. While the top-tier
athletes will probably be recruited by private schools and even offered
athletic scholarships, it is the average student athletes (the majority
of enrollees, after all) who will no longer have a constructive outlet
for their energy.
"We're going to have all those idle hands," a former cross country coach
in Michigan is quoted as saying.
Until the economy turns around, it is possible that the shortfall may
benefit rec leagues, local youth sports programs and other groups that
have offered activities like basketball, soccer, cheerleading, baseball,
softball and more, which used to lose players who hit high school age
and wanted to play for their school teams.
It may also mean, for example, that recreation and parks programs start
seeing an upswing in teen tennis participation, or that local juniors
programs pick up new players. (Unfortunately, many municipal programs
are facing the same cost crunches that their local schools are, so the
need for recreation may be even more pronounced as time goes on.)
Will the lack of funding allocated to sports programs trickle down to
the sports facility industry, in terms of fewer facilities being built
or renovated? It's possible; however, a hopeful trend is being
seen: In many districts, parents, students and coaches are more
willing than ever to work at the fund raising drives that will keep their
sports alive. They also appear to be researching the availability
of grants that would allow them to access higher-ticket items, like physical
work on facilities.
They're motivated, too, since the problems aren't over yet. More
than sports will need funding or schools will go without. Proms,
student government, school newspapers, honor societies and other programs
are all on the chopping block.
Read the full article at: www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/2009-09-02-budget_sports_cuts_N.htm