Winter Meeting a Success
The Winter Meeting in Cancun, Mexico, proved to be an overwhelming success. Beautiful beaches, a fabulous array of restaurants, numerous and varied sightseeing possibilities provided a lot of smiles and enthusiasm. A few days of cooler temps (in the 60s though) and strong breezes did not detour anyone’s activities or their just plain relaxing in the sun. Of course the real reason that over 100 attendees were in Cancun (a record attendance for the WM) was for the meetings!
Our meeting rooms were packed; both with people and, more importantly, ideas. There was no lack of topics for our upcoming Technical Meeting along with several back-up topics for each division. It
is amazing what a little sun, food, and hydration will do to bring out the best in all of us! We definitely have some exciting new topics for our Technical Meeting in Florida. One of the most interesting may be learning to be a test-taker and learning more about taking the certification exams.
In keeping with the outcome of our extensive exploration regarding the direction of ASBA and, more importantly, our strategic planning, the Board is moving forward with the complete redesign and overhaul of ASBA’s website. The large number of participants who have volunteered to help with this project is obviously a benefit to bringing this project to full implementation; which is expected this fall. Hats off to everyone that is working so hard on this endeavor. I think everyone has been in agreement that this is one of the most important areas of exposure for ASBA, as well as the certification of builders and the new track markings and slopes certification.
Our last track certification exam was put together in 2000 under the guidance of Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. The Board has agreed to fund a complete review and re-do of both the tennis and track certification exams over the next year. This is not to make the exams more difficult or easy but more importantly to keep the certification process defensible. A committee has been established for each division and will meet for the first time face to face with AMP after the July Board Meeting in Baltimore. Surveys will be sent out shortly thereafter to all members inquiring about their scope of work throughout the year. These surveys are important for a proper feedback as to the relevant issues within the test itself. Do I sound like the US Census Bureau?
The Track InterAssociation Committee once again met in Indianapolis with NCAA, USATF, IAAF, and NFHS. The continued success of these meetings affords ASBA a stronger position within each association with respect to construction practices. We are currently communicating with NCAA on clarification of Rule 1 with respect to slopes and tolerances.
I am sure everyone is ramping up for a busy installation season. Hopefully we have seen the last of the snow across the country, except maybe Denver, and look forward to seeing everyone at the Marriott Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, this December.
Sam Fisher, CTB
December's Technical Meeting is the Place to be Seen
This December's Technical Meeting is the place to see and be seen.
It's the place to go to see all the new products and technologies on the market, see your colleagues and contacts, see informative sessions and see what the association's been up to.
And while you're at it, you can be seen on one of the best championship golf courses around: the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. And did we mention the 11 tennis courts, located at the neighboring facility for ATP? That's not a bad place to be seen either.
The Technical Meeting, which will be held December 4-7, is one of the best chances for tennis, track, indoor and fields, as well as design professionals and general industry knowledge. There are board meetings, division meetings, meetings of the certified builders (as well as the administration of the certification exam itself), presentation of awards and more. Plus, there are the ASBA fun favorites, including golf and tennis tournaments, opportunities for nightlife, fishing and plenty of other opportunities to relax and unwind with colleagues, competitors and friends new and old.
The hotel itself, the Marriott Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, has guest rooms, suites and golf villas, as well as an impressive array of opportunities for fine dining and for recreation. There are four outdoor pools, three whirlpools, 24-hour fitness facilities, hiking and bicycling, deep-sea fishing, countless family activities and more. Best of all, it's only 15 minutes outside Jacksonville, making for easy airport access.
You won't want to miss a moment of this meeting, so mark the dates, December 4-7, on your calendar now. More information, included an expanded program listing all events, will be mailed automatically to all members. Others may contact the Association and ask to be put on the list, at 866-501-ASBA (2722) or 410-730-9595. The ASBA also may be reached electronically via its website: www.sportsbuilders.org, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (where information on the meeting will also be posted as soon as it becomes available.)
Record Attendance for Winter Meeting
Those who traveled "South of the Border" for ASBA's Winter Meeting in Cancun, Mexico found the trip to be both professionally rewarding and personally enjoyable. The site was the Westin Resort and Spa, and the dates were February 19-21.
That's right -- while all 50 states (with the exception of Hawaii) experienced some degree of snow, not to mention serious downtime -- those who attended the meeting were making contacts, working on Association projects, and oh, yes, doing so under blue skies with the sounds of tropical waves breaking in the background.
The agenda included intensive time for board of directors meetings, as well as the administration of certification exams. In addition, each division was able to meet and make in-depth study of specific issues affecting not only that division but the industry surrounding it. Each division also was able to develop specific topics for the ASBA Technical Meeting in December in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (see the adjacent article in this Newsline for more details).
Topics discussed by the Tennis Division included:
Those discussed by the Track Division included:
In Indoor Division discussions:
In Field Division discussions:
In Professional Division discussions:
All divisions will hold further meetings at the Technical Meeting, in order to expand on these topics.
In addition, those attending the meeting were able to take advantage of the warm weather for recreational opportunities like the golf, tennis and fishing (all of which provide a forum for healthy competition and — as always — fights over a year's worth of bragging rights, heckling and excuse-making).
The ASBA Golf Tournament was won by the foursome of Chris Chisam (Beals Alliance, Inc., Sacramento, California), Bob Cohen, CTB (Robert Cohen, Co., LLC, Albuquerque, New Mexico), John Gayhart (Mondo USA, Inc. (Tega Cay, South Carolina) and Noel Gilstrap, CTB (Atlas Track & Tennis, Tualatin, Oregon).
On the tennis court, meanwhile, hard-fought battles culminated in victories for "A" team Chris Allen (Aer-Flo, Oneco, Florida) and Tom DeRosa (DeRosa Tennis Contractors, Inc., Mamaroneck, New York), and "B" team John Gayhart (Mondo USA, Inc. (Tega Cay, South Carolina) and Ann Maguire (Stantec Sport, Boston, Massachusetts).
Those who preferred to strike out on their own found plenty of shopping, fishing, cultural attractions, nightlife, water sports and other activities — or just plenty of time to catch up with friends while relaxing on the beach.
The next Winter Meeting will take place February 11-13, 2011 at the Atlantis Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas. But in the meantime, there's the Technical Meeting to prepare for. Note that information on both meetings will be sent to members automatically. Others may contact the Association and ask to be put on the list, at 866-501-ASBA (2722) or 410-730-9595. The ASBA also may be reached electronically via its website: www.sportsbuilders.org, or by e-mail at email@example.com (where information on the meeting will also be posted as soon as it becomes available).
ASBA Board Actions from February Meeting
During the February 19th Board meeting, held at the Winter Meeting, the Board of Directors undertook or considered the several actions.
The Board reviewed a proposal from Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) for a complete review of the tennis (CTCB) and track (CTB) certification exams; and approved funding to move forward. A task force has been assembled and the review process will begin in July, 2010.
The Board considered a proposal from Tennis Industry Association (TIA) to extend automatic TIA membership benefits to all tennis court builder members of ASBA. The Board approved this extension of our ASBA/TIA relationship. ASBA builder members will receive information about the complimentary TIA membership this Spring.
The Board and staff have committed to strong membership recruitment efforts in 2010 to solicit new member campaigns targeting builders, suppliers and professionals. Membership materials have been developed and special campaigns will be organized around the Technical Meeting promotions. Involvement from all ASBA members is appreciated.
The 6th edition of Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual is expected to “hit the streets” in late April. Members interested in bulk orders should contact Cynthia Jordan at ASBA to place orders.
Strategic Plan. The Board continues to review and make progress on the Strategic Plan that was developed in July, 2009. Action items reported on:
Governance Task Force – ASBA’s Executive Committee is meeting more frequently via conference calls, between Board meetings, to ensure that action items and ongoing planning is on track.
Review of Committee Structure – ASBA’s committees and task forces have been strengthened over the past year with the addition of several new members. ASBA members interested in becoming more involved in the Association are encouraged to contact Fred Stringfellow to express interest or discuss current projects.
Supplier Strategy – concerted efforts are being made to solicit prospective supplier members; particularly in product/service areas not well-represented currently.
Professional Members Strategy – progress continues to be made in educating professional designers and architects on the opportunities that exist through ASBA for obtaining CEUs (at our TM); and involvement within each of our divisions.
Tools for members to share knowledge over the Web – A website task force has been created and are working with ASBA staff to coordinate the complete redesign of www.sportsbuilders.org. An update will be provided this summer, with the new site scheduled to launch this Fall.
End-user strategy – we continue with outreach efforts to such organizations as NCAA, NFHS, etc. who represent the user/buyer constituency.
Marketing Certification – we continue efforts to inform builders of the importance of ASBA certification programs; and end-users on the importance of working with a certified builder. Sessions on the certification programs will be offered at the TM in December.
ASBA Congratulates New Certified Builders
ASBA congratulates 27 individuals who have achieved their Certifications since the last newsletter. Since the last issue of Newline, ASBA has announced the names of individuals who have achieved the designations of Certified Tennis Court Builder (CTCB), Certified Track Builder (CTB) and Certified Field Builder (CFB).
The newly certified individuals are as follows:
Certified Tennis Court Builders
Adam Fryor, CTCB
(Court One, Inc., Youngsville, North Carolina)
Matt Graft, CTCB
(Talbot Tennis, Marietta, Georgia)
Kevin Healion, CTCB
(Century Tennis, Inc., Deer Park, New York )
Steve Horner, CTCB
(Advantage Courts Company, Amarillo, Texas)
Michael McGrath, CTCB
(Talbot Tennis, Marietta, Georgia)
Fred Volpacchio, CTCB
(Hudson Design Build Group, LLC, North Salem, New York)
Certified Track Builders
Matt Hale, CTB, CTCB
(Halecon, Inc., Bridgewater, New Jersey)
Ryan Hale, CTB
(Halecon, Inc., Bridgewater, New Jersey)
Andy Hord, CTB
(Precision Sports Surfaces, Inc., Charlottesville, Virginia)
Tod Lorenzen, CTB
(Dalton Contracting, Co., Cheshire, Connecticut )
Joseph Martin, CTB
(Texas Sports Builders, Inc., Burleson, Texas )
Bryan Mitterling, CTB
(ATT Sports, Inc, Berlin, New Jersey)
Certified Field Builders
(Note: The Certified Field Builder (CFB) designation is the Association's newest certification program. The 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).
Joe Carusello, CFB-S
(Medallion Athletic Products, Mooresville, North Carolina)
James Catella, CFB, CTB
(Clark Companies, Delhi, New York)
Tim Cederlund, CFB
(Team REIL, Inc., Union, Illinois)
Robert Delmonico, CFB
(R.A.D. Sports, Rockland, Massachusetts)
Jeff Emanuel, CFB
(Nemaha Landscape Construction, Inc., Lincoln, Nebraska)
Charles Morris, CFB-S
(J.E.M. Morris Construction, Inc., Big Rock, Illinois)
Lee Narozanick, CFB, CTB
(American Athletic Courts, Inc., Vincentown, New Jersey)
John Nelson, CFB
(American Athletic Courts, Inc., Vincentown, New Jersey)
Chad Price, CFB
(Carolina Green Corp., Indian Trail, North Carolina)
Bill Pronevitch, CFB, CTB
(Sports Turf Company, Inc., Whitesburg, Georgia)
Hector Puentes, CFB, CTB
(Texas Sports Builders, Inc., Burleson, Texas)
David Quirk, CFB
(Quirk Construction Corp., Georgetown, Massachusetts)
Lance Rosenberger, CFB
(Medallion Athletic Products, Mooresville, North Carolina)
John Schedler, CFB, CTB
(Atlas Track & Tennis, Tualatin, Oregon)
Dan Wright, CFB
(Sports Turf Company, Inc., Whitesburg, Georgia)
Those who want to become involved with the certification program, or who are just interested in obtaining information, can go to www.sportsbuilders.org and click on the link on the left-hand side of the page, reading "Certification Handbooks/Forms." Those who are interested may also contact ASBA directly. The phone numbers are 866-501-ASBA (2722) or 410-730-9595, and the fax number is 410-730-8833. The ASBA also may be reached electronically via its website: www.sportsbuilders.org, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcomes New Members
The following companies have joined the ASBA since the last newsletter. Please add their names to the appropriate section of your membership directory.
Better Homes Bureau, LLC (Builder)
806 Oracle Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Najeed Haider, Managing Member
Complimentary Coatings Corp. dba Insl-x Corp. (Supplier)
101 Paragon Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645
Jim Boyce, Director of Technical
Hudson Design Build Group, LLC (Builder)
8 John Walsh Blvd., #407
Peekskill, NY 10566
Fred Volpacchio, CTCB, Principal
Signature Tennis (Builder)
1053 Fairway Valley Drive
Woodstock, GA 30189
Mike Imbornone, Owner
The WBA Group, Inc. (Professional)
116 Montowese Street
Branford, CT 06405
William Aniskovich, President
The latest news from ASBA members.
Lee Tennis Court Products
The new address for Lee Tennis Court Products’ sales and administration office is: 2200 Old Ivy Road, Suite 100, Charlottesville 22903.
Plexipave was selected as the surface for the ATP World Tour events taking place in Memphis, Delray Beach, and Indian Wells.
The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships took place February 15 – February 20 at the Racquet Club of Memphis, Tennessee. This ATP World Tour 500 event is a combined men and women tournament hosting players such as Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick. The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, part of the ATP 250 events, took place February 22 – February 28. Both of these tournaments lead up to the first of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
The BNP Paribas Open is the fifth most-attended tennis event next to the Grand Slams tournaments, and celebrated its 35th anniversary this year. The event is one of few that combine both men and women on the ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tours. This renowned tournament took place March 8 – March 21 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the second largest stadium in the world.
LSI Courtsider Sports Lighting has introduced the HiDef indoor tennis court lighting system. Recognizing the importance of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, the HiDef system represents a breakthrough in indoor tennis court lighting. The system uses high output T5 fluorescent lamps in combination with a unique combination direct / indirect light distribution. The HiDEf system offers
many advantages over traditional indoor tennis court lighting fixtures, including significant energy savings, enhanced quality of light, significant reduction in light depreciation over the life of the system, and instant on capability.
MELOS GmbH (Melle, Germany) supplied the granules for the track used at the Berlin Stadium, site of the 12th IAAF World Championships. It was at those championships that 22-year-old Jamaican phenomenon Ursain Bolt set new world records in the 100- and 200-meter dash, with times of 9.58 and 19.19 seconds respectively. MELOS supplied the granules in the "Hertha blue" shade, a color developed specifically for the stadium.
The stadium, for which MELOS supplied all granules, includes nine short tracks (110 m), eight round tracks (400 m), two segments with run-up tracks for javelin throw, shot-put, hammer throw, high jump, pole vault and water jump, as well as an adjacent area with three long jump tracks. MELOS officials note that about 40 tons of EPDM granules were installed in the overall project.
COMPETITION ATHLETIC SURFACES - 1
It is tough to compete in your league’s indoor tennis season when you don’t have an dedicated indoor tennis facility, but that’s the position Mississippi State coach Per Nilsson found himself in last year. When the Bulldogs moved indoors to McCarthy Gym for the winter, they had to compete for time and space with the university’s robotics and physical education programs. As if that competitive disadvantage wasn’t enough, the retrofitted multi-purpose rubberized floor made the bounce of the tennis ball anything but true.
Coach Nilsson knew he needed a better situation, so he convinced the university to give him exclusive use of the former basketball arena if he paid to have the floor resurfaced. Then he turned his attention to just what that surface should be.
Nilsson called on Competition Athletic Surfaces, the company that had installed his outdoor tennis surface two years earlier. Company president Lee Murray worked with a couple of manufacturers to find a surface that would adhere to the rubberized surface already in place on the gym floor. Based on those discussions, Murray felt the PlexiPave PG system, manufactured by California Products, would be the best solution, but he wanted to test it first. In December the Competition Athletic Surfaces crew installed a few test areas, and then invited the tennis team in to “kick, scuff, rub, slide and abuse it every way they could,” Murray said.
The surface held up, and in January, Competition Athletic Surfaces installed the rest of the floor. The project proved to be an immense challenge, said Murray. “Like many old buildings, this one had accessibility issues, so we had to shuttle all our materials and equipment down a 40-foot corridor. The old rubber floor was so slick that we found we couldn’t apply the new surface in the standard manner using a squeegee. So we devised a way to spray it on instead,” said Murray.
Despite the challenges, the surface was in and ready for play in time for the beginning of the indoor season. Nilsson was delighted, calling the investment “the best thing we’ve done since we got here.”
Murray cites the Mississippi State project as a great example of Competition Athletic Surfaces’ ability to find innovative solutions to difficult challenges. “As more and more buildings and courts are being adaptively re-used, this kind of creative thinking is going to become increasingly important. But you need good partners like we had in Starkville,” said Murray.
COMPETITION ATHLETIC SURFACES - 2
It seems appropriate that a team named the “Lookouts” would pay close attention to their warning track. That may be why Chattanooga’s AA Southern League baseball team called in Competition Athletic Surfaces to re-vamp their perimeter surface.
“We needed to replace both our warning track and the perimeter drainage system and I
wanted a solution that we could count on to last for many years,” said Lookouts owner Frank Burke. Burke knew of two Major League ballparks that had employed a running track-type surface for their warning track, and he was interested in doing something similar at the team’s AT&T Field.
The first order of business was to excavate the old track. Steve Clift, president Competition Athletic Construction, oversaw the project, working closely with Bo Henley, the ball club’s head groundskeeper. They replaced the perimeter drainage system, installing a SportsEdge XT running track-type slot drain, and then covered it with asphalt pavement.
The finishing touch was the installation of the distinctive red Spurtan E running track surface. Track Surfaces managed this portion of the project. Burke liked the finished product so much that he contracted with Competition Athletic Surfaces to install Spurtan E on the dugout floors this season.
The Lookouts’ track marks Competition Athletic Surfaces’ first professional baseball project, but it was simply a matter of re-applying their expertise, according to Lee Murray. “We’ve installed hundreds of running track surfaces. The installation technology was the same, and we knew the Spurtan E would be perfect. We just had to twist it into a slightly different shape,” Murray said.
Burke loves the look of the new warning track, but more importantly, the players and the Los Angeles Dodgers (the Lookouts MLB affiliate) like the way the track “plays”. “And it’s really nice to know that the warning track and the perimeter drainage is something we don’t have to worry about for a long, long time,” he said.
NGI Sports has introduced the patent pending “TitanTrax Shield” to protect tennis courts from the ravages of age and asphalt cracking. By applying the “Shield” over an existing tennis asphalt base the new finished surface is uniform in performance in all directions with an added benefit of high resistance to shear forces caused by cracks in the asphalt track base.
The inherent stability of the “Shield” is important as tennis courts 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. TitanTrax Shield’s 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 acrylic surface.
The “Shield” is also an effective moisture barrier preventing 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, but is free floating above. Thus when old tennis courts are resurfaced the “Shield” protects the finished synthetic surface from mirroring the expansion and the contraction of cracks and flaws in the underlying pavement.
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In Memoriam: Robert Lee
Robert Lee, Founder of USTC&TBA, Lee Tennis Dies
Robert Lee, one of the founders of the U.S. Tennis Court and Track Builders Association, which later became the ASBA, died on April 4. He was 85 years old.
Lee, who founded and owned Lee Tennis Products, was a longtime fixture in the tennis industry.
He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1925, and served in World War II as a Navy pilot, searching for submarines off the New England coast. According to his son-in-law, John Welborn, Lee was one of the youngest pilots ever to have served.
He returned to Raleigh and went to NC State on the GI Bill and studied engineering. His first job after college was working as an engineer for the quarry where Har-Tru material was mined.
“He migrated into the tennis business from there and built most of the early Har-Tru courts back in the 50s and early 60s,” noted Welborn.
In 1964, Lee left Har-Tru and started the Robert Lee Company, making the product in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“He enjoyed the tennis boom of the early 70s, grew the accessory side of the business during the next few years and eventually added many innovations in growing Lee Tennis to where it is today,” Welborn continued.
1964 was also an auspicious year for Lee, who together with some industry colleagues, came up with the idea of organizing as a group to encourage others to pursue excellence in tennis court and running track construction. The idea, once presented, was unanimously endorsed, and the organization gained momentum, becoming the U.S. Tennis Court & Track Builders Association.
As time went on, the association developed a more formal structure, a paid management staff and eventually, the publications and documents, as well as the awards program and the certifications that it is known for today in its incarnation as the American Sports Builders Association.
In its presentation at the 2009 Technical Meeting, ASBA recognized the founders as well as charter members, including Bob Lee.
According to Welborn, Lee (who retired from the business in 1997) has left a lasting impression on the tennis industry.
“Bob devised many of the construction techniques and principals still used today to build clay courts,” he states. “Eventually the company he founded ended up with the Har-Tru name which he had helped build up originally. Along the way, he helped many people enjoy playing on clay courts and he helped many others who constructed and cared for the courts make a good living and grow their businesses as well. He leaves behind many good friends in the industry, a great company which he started, lots of Har-tru court knowledge, and a legacy for doing things right.”
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 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.
Advertise in Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual
The next edition of Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, is scheduled for publication in September, 2010. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your name in front of builders, design professionals, and owners/users including schools, colleges and parks and recreation departments. The deadline for advertising is June 30, 2010. Click here to view PDF.
ASBA Offers New Track Certification Documents
ASBA's latest offerings in terms of publications serve to reinforce the Association's commitment to the athletic facility construction industry. In late winter, the Association announced the completion of a new set of documents, the use of which can allow for the certification of running tracks at high school and collegiate levels of competition. These documents are now available free of charge on the Association's web site, http://sportsbuilders.org/track/guidelines.cfm.
The documents, which were developed by volunteers including ASBA chairman Sam Fisher, CTB, and Track Division President Kristoff Eldridge, CTB, are intended to serve as verification to the owner of the facility that their track meets the requirements of the appropriate governing body.
The new documents have been recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) which governs college-level athletics, and by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) which governs high school level athletics.
A total of five different levels of track certification now exist. "Classes 1 and 2 are those of IAAF," Sam Fisher, CTB, ASBA's chairman, points out. "Class 5 is for the typical practice track and small high school or middle school meet facilities."
The remaining two classifications are the new documents set forth by ASBA, and are relevant to high schools and colleges. The certification documents are "Class 3: Markings and Slopes Certification for Running Tracks" and "Class 4: Markings Certification for Running Tracks."
All levels of certification (Meaning Classes 1 through 5) are meant to be addressed as an integral part of construction; Classes 4 and 5 are to be completed as part of the striping package. Class 3 also includes a section on track and event area slopes, which must be completed before the track surface is installed.
The documents are available on the ASBA web site, www.sportsbuilders.org, and can be found under the subheading Construction Guidelines/Buyers' Guides, from the menu on the left-hand side of the page. The documents can be printed out from the page, or a downloadable .pdf file is also available. The documents are available free of charge. A special boost for ASBA's membership is the fact that the website's membership search feature can help track owners locate a qualified professional to help with track certification, as well as marking, construction, surfacing, repairs, maintenance and more.
According to Sam Fisher, ASBA saw a distinct need for the two new certification documents that would address the requirements of high schools and colleges who were building new track and field facilities, and who wanted quality projects, but not necessarily at the international level that an IAAF certification required. "Because of the lack of any certification process in place, many track owners were spending needless sums of money trying to meet an IAAF level of construction that was simply not necessary," he notes. "Because there was no certification in place, for example, at the high school track level, architects and engineers often would request an IAAF certification for no other reason than it was the only measuring stick available."
According to Fisher, the new track certification documents are a part of ASBA's overall efforts to promote quality construction of athletic facilities. "The American Sports Builders Association," he notes, "has a primary goal of raising to raise the professional standards of construction and to insure that consumers receive services of the highest quality. As part of its work to achieve this goal, the Association sponsors a certification program that permits experienced builders to demonstrate their competency. It only falls in place that ASBA as well puts forth a certification level of the completed construction project." The new documents, he asserts, contribute to "a completed project that meets everyone's expectations with no surprises. A happy and satisfied owner is good for the industry."
USTA Quick Start
QuickStart Format Presents Opportunities for Tennis Court Builders – click here for specifications and details for both building and lining 36’ and 60’ courts. Click here to download a zip file containing all of the specifications.
Nominations Open for ASBA Board of Directors
The ASBA is currently accepting nominations through June 15, 2010 for positions coming open on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. These nominations will be submitted to the Nominations and Elections Committee to ensure that nominees are qualified under the bylaws. Then, a ballot will be developed for submission to the membership in late summer with the election, and any run-off ballots, completed prior to the Technical Meeting. New officers and directors will assume their positions at the conclusion of the Technical Meeting in December.
Candidates should be committed to the Association and should enthusiastically support its goals and objectives. In addition, nominees should understand that serving as an Association leader involves a fair amount of time, effort and expense.
The Board meets three times a year at the Technical Meeting, at the Winter Meeting and, in the summer. Members of the Board are responsible for all travel expenses related to these meetings. Additionally, they must pay meeting registration fees and lodging costs at the Technical Meeting and lodging costs at the Winter Meeting. Also, Executive Committee conference calls are held when the need arises, as are occasional Board conference calls. Board meetings involve substantial pre-meeting preparation and often result in post-meeting assignments. Serving as an officer or director, therefore, involves year-round activity.
To submit a nomination, send the name, company and a brief statement of qualification including both professional experience and Association involvement. You may nominate yourself or someone else. If you are nominating another person, please secure his or her consent before submitting the nomination. All information should be sent to ASBA Call for Nominations, 8480 Baltimore National Pike, #307, Ellicott City, MD 21043, faxed to 410-730-8833 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Positions coming open for the 2011 membership year include the following:
Presidents of the Track, Indoor and Professionals Divisions (2-year term for each position): President of each division serves as the CEO of that division, reporting directly to the Chairman of the Board. Division Presidents have numerous responsibilities including soliciting appropriate program topics relating to the members of their division for the Technical Meeting, soliciting articles for Newsline, overseeing the activities of Division committees, maintaining a liaison with related associations, etc. The Track and Indoor Division Presidents must be Builder members; the Professionals President must be a Professional member.
Secretary/Treasurer (1-year term): The Secretary/Treasurer, with staff assistance, serves as the Secretary of the Board and as Treasurer of the Association. Candidates for Secretary/Treasurer must be presently serving on the Board or must have served on the Board within the past three years. The Secretary/Treasurer reviews and approves the minutes of the Board of Directors, oversees financial activities of Association headquarters, reviews monthly financial statements and reports on the financial condition of the Association, both to the Board and to members at the Technical Meeting.
Directors: Two Builder Director positions, and one Supplier Director position - each a three year term, on the Board of Directors will be open for election.
In addition to the specific qualifications for each position on the Board, the bylaws of the Association provide that each director at the time of election and throughout the term shall be a member or an employee or partner of a company which is a member. Under no circumstances may more than one person from the same member company serve as director at the same time, nor shall any person be eligible for election to the Board of Directors if the election of such person would result in more than one director being employed by or a partner of the same member.
Members of Builder, Supplier, Professional and Life divisions will vote on the offices of Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer, while members of the Builder, Supplier and Professional divisions will vote on their respective directors and division presidents.
The ASBA Nominations and Elections Committee has the essential function of soliciting and accepting names of nominees and of determining the eligibility of nominees. In addition, the Chairman of that committee oversees the development of the ballot and the conduct of the election. Information on the role and function of the committee or on the nominations and elections process may be obtained from ASBA headquarters.
For a detailed description of any position, or to obtain more information on serving, call Association Headquarters at 866-501-2722 (ASBA).
ASBA Membership Directory
By now you should have received your copy of the 2010 ASBA Membership Directory in the mail. As much as we try to achieve perfection, mistakes sometimes happen. If there was an error in your listing, please contact ASBA Headquarters at email@example.com with any changes and we will notify the membership accordingly. Corrections: We apologize for these errors in the 2010-2011 directory: Hellas Construction, Inc., SE (pages 20, 36, 41, 72, 95, 114 and 118) Steve Hersom's correct title is Managing Director The WBA Group, Inc. (page 33) Correct address: 116 Montowese Street
Tennis Manuals Available April 9
As part of our continuing effort to serve our members, the ASBA Board is offering each member company a 40% discount off the newly-published Sixth Edition – Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, a $44.95 value. This discount is good on any quantity books, provided you place your order by no later than April 9, 2010. In order to receive the discount, you will need to fill in this PDF form.
Calendar of Events
For information on any of the meetings shown below, call ASBA at 866-501-ASBA, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ASBA's web site.
June 1, 2010
ASBA Newsline Deadline for July Issue
June 15, 2010
June 21, 2010
Awards Submission Deadline
June 30, 2010
Fields Manual Advertising Submission Deadline
December 4, 2010
Certification Exams (CTCB, CTB, CFB)
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
December 5-7, 2010
ASBA Technical Meeting
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
February 10-15, 2011
ASBA Winter Meeting Atlantis Paradise Island Nassau, Bahamas
June 21, 2011
ASBA Awards Deadline
December 1-6, 2011
ASBA Technical Meeting
JW Marriott Resort and Spa Palm Springs, CA.
Information on the ASBA Technical Meetings and Winter Meetings will be sent out automatically to all ASBA members. Non-members should request information by contacting ASBA.