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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                       January 2020


ASBA Remains Focused
by Mark Heinlein, CFB

After a long and productive season, spending time last month with nearly 800 of my fellow ASBA colleagues in Orlando, Florida was reinvigorating. Added to that was being elected Chairman of this association, which is an honor and a professional milestone for me personally. DETAILS


Ready for a Deep Dive into ASBA? Come to the Winter Meeting!

Details of ASBA’s Winter Meeting are live on the website. Never thought about attending before? Consider this your invitation. 

First, the details: The Winter Meeting will be held February 21-23, 2020, in Costa Rica. The Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort will be the host property.

If you’ve never been to a Winter Meeting, or haven’t attended in a long time, the Winter Meeting is a deep dive into the Association’s volunteer workings. Its schedule offers the following:

Division Meetings, where planning is done for the year ahead. An agenda is laid out for the Technical Meeting sessions, including suggested topics and speakers. Goals and priorities are also discussed and set.

Publication discussions, including position papers, technical articles and work on ASBA’s popular Construction and Maintenance Manuals.

Networking opportunities are second to none. The meeting includes an opening reception, half-days of meetings and plenty of chances to catch up with important players in the industry.

Chances to unwind and prepare for the next construction season are also plentiful. Half-day meetings allow ample time to catch up with friends on the golf course, the tennis courts and over meals and drinks. 

Our host property, the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, offers easy access to Costa Rica experiences including horseback riding along Jaco Beach and hiking through Carara National Park. There’s also a private beach, an onsite golf club and a spa, as well as five restaurants, a fitness center (with complimentary workout classes) and of course, a pool with beautiful views.

If you’ve been wanting to become more involved with ASBA, you’ll never have a better chance to do so – and certainly not in such a great setting. Register today, book your airfare and hotel (ASBA has special room rates) and you’re on your way to a deep dive that will be the beginning of plenty of enhanced involvement with ASBA. 

ASBA's Regional Meeting: Next Stop, Baltimore!

ASBA’s Regional Meeting, a chance to catch some great industry programming, take a certification exam and gain new networking contacts, is coming to Baltimore, Maryland, in 2020.

The dates are March 4 and 5, and the venue is the Royal Sonesta Harbour Court Hotel, directly across the street from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
The meeting is convenient to the entire Northeast corridor, as well as to those south of the destination, with easy access to Washington, DC, as well. 

The meeting kicks off with a session on Trends in Workforce Development. If your company struggles with attracting new employees, training and onboarding them, or retaining them, Brian Riggs will discuss key trends in sports construction and give you some new ideas to bring home. The most recent Regional Meeting, held in Atlanta, turned out to be the largest to date, and included not only session of interest to all attendees (“Jobsite and Project Planning” as well as Crew Management” were among the topics covered) but off-premises tours to SunTrust Field, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Rome Tennis Center and Berry College Track. Count on the 2020 Regional Meeting to include another excellent program as well as plenty of offsite tours.

Click here for registration information.

Technical Meeting in Orlando: Another Record-Setting Event

One of Orlando’s top attractions might have been the new Star Wars theme park, but for ASBA members in early December, it was the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, site of the 2020 Technical Meeting. And with an attendance of over 750 – an ASBA record – it’s obvious that meeting (and that destination) was a popular one.

From technical sessions that appealed to all sectors of the membership, to an exhibit hall filled with products and services, to volunteer-driven events like the Certification Breakfasts and Division Meetings, the Technical Meeting offered a chance to become better informed and more deeply involved with the Association. DETAILS

My First ASBA Conference and What I Learned

The show was a great 3 days for our organization and for me personally.  We started by having a cocktail hour at the Famed and Beautiful USTA center in Orlando, not far from the hotel.  I also met the designer and the company that built it so it was more than just a venue but clearly identified with ASBA Core Values which unite and brings their members together from all over the United StatesDETAILS

Technical Meeting Session Reviews

Those who went to the 2019 Technical Meeting in Orlando already know this. For those who didn’t go, though, here’s what you missed: excellent programming. With sessions for each segment of the industry (tennis, track, courts and rec, and fields, as well as informative business content), the meeting was an education in itself. Here is a quick synopsis of just a few sessionsDETAILS

ASBA Announces Industry Award Winners

ASBA has announced the presentation of its awards honoring distinguished service to the industry. Presentation of awards took place at the conclusion of the ASBA’s Technical Meeting, held in Orlando, Florida. DETAILS

ASBA Announces Winners of Sports Facility Awards

One of the most-looked-forward-to announcements of the membership year is here! In December at the Technical Meeting in Orlando, ASBA revealed the winners of its annual awards, presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which best exemplify construction excellence.

Awards are presented in various categories: Tennis Courts, Running Tracks, Sports Fields, Pickleball Courts and Track & Field Facilities. Within some categories, there are divisions; for example, the Sports Field category recognizes single- and multiple-field facilities. DETAILS

Where in the World is ASBA?

As part of our continuing effort to promote ASBA as an industry resource in sports construction issues, following are some of the upcoming events at which ASBA will have a presence:


Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) 

Stringfellow will attend the STMA Conference & Exposition in West Palm Beach, FL on January 14-16. Stringfellow and Fields Division leadership, including Chairman Mark Heinlein and Fields Division President Kirk Grego will meet with representatives from STMA’s Leadership during the Conference. ASBA’s certified builder exams will be offered on January 17 (Advanced registration required).

Racquet & Paddle Sports Show/Tennis Industry Association (TIA) 

Executive Director Fred Stringfellow will be participating in the TIA Board of Directors meeting in Orlando, FL on January 22nd and attending the Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference, now part of the larger Racquet & Paddle Show January 22-24. Stringfellow will be speaking on a panel on “The Future of Pickleball, Get in on the Fun” at the TOM Conference on Jan. 22. ASBA will be exhibiting at the RPPS. Stop by to say hello.


ASBA Winter Meeting
ASBA members, leadership and staff will gather in Costa Rica February 21-23 for the Board of Directors meeting and Winter meeting. Each division will meet in breakouts to discuss issues pertinent to their respective sports; and to develop presentation topics for the 2020 TM.


ASBA Regional Meeting

ASBA members will gather in Baltimore, MD on March 4-5 for this year’s Regional Meeting. Attendees will participate in classroom sessions and tour athletic facilities including Ravens Stadium and Camden Yards for on-the-field training.

ASBA Has Moved! Here is Our New Address

The ASBA has moved its office. Please make a note of its new address:

American Sports Builders Association
2331 Rock Spring Road
Forest Hill, Maryland 21050. 

What hasn’t changed: The toll-free phone number (866-501-ASBA) and the website (, as well as the e-mail address (

ASBA Taking Center Court at Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference

When the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show returns for 2020, ASBA will play a big role. The event, to take place January 22-24 in Orlando, will include industry leaders who will share insights. One of those is Fred Stringfellow, ASBA’s executive director. Stringfellow will be part of a panel on “The Future of Pickleball.” DETAILS

ASBA Announces Game Changer Award Winners
Honorees Represent Excellence and Innovation in Supply, Manufacturing for Sports Facilities

After a successful debut at the 2018 Technical Meeting, ASBA brought back its Game Changer Awards for the same event in Orlando. The Game Changer Awards, which honor products showing excellence and innovation in the industry, are voted upon by visitors to the ASBA Exhibit Hall, using the mobile app.

Winners were as follows:

Game Changer – Courts & Recreation Division
Premier PPS-225Q Portable Pickleball System (Douglas Sports Equipment)
Game Changer – Fields Division
Tension Netting System with Integrated Wall Pad Backstop (Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.)
Game Changer – Tennis Division
Titan Trax Shield (NGI Sports)
Game Changer – Track Division
Sand Pit Retractable Cover System (Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.)

More detailed information on award winners is available through individual companies listed.


ASBA Quick Pulse Survey Results

Here are the results of the recent quick pulse survey that ASBA conducted of our members on the 2019 season. Click on the links below for the information and watch your mailboxes so that you can continue to participate in this quick and easy data collection and sharing exercise.  

Courts & Recreation Division

Fields Division

Tennis Division

Track Division

Meeting Attendees Take to the Court - and the Course

One of the highlights of ASBA’s Technical Meeting is always the chance for attendees to challenge one another in sports. The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, host site of the meeting, also provided the battlegrounds host facilities for these events.

This year’s Tennis Tournament, sponsored by Har-Tru, was well attended. When the dust settled, the winners were Chris Allen (Putterman Athletics) and Rich Buerkle (Fast-Dry Courts and 10-S Tennis Supply).

The Pickleball Tournament (also sponsored by Har-Tru) showcased attendees’ skill (or maybe just their great sportsmanship) in this up and coming sport. Winners were Patrick Frasure (Frasure Reps Sports Lighting) and  Darrel Snyder, CTCB (Mid-American Courtworks). 

The Rosen Shingle Creek’s championship golf course provided the backdrop for the Golf Tournament. Special thanks to Liberty Tire Recycling for sponsoring this tournament.
Winners were Matt Riggs (Sportsturf), Michael Mercadante (Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.), Ben Traetow (Byrne & Jones Sports Construction) and Matt Hicks (Byrne & Jones Sports Construction).

Need some revenge? Want to defend your title? Have the urge to throw down a challenge? ASBA’s Winter Meeting, with its golf, tennis and pickleball opportunities, is just around the corner. Information on that meeting is found in this newsletter.


What Else is On the Bookshelf?

ASBA’s technical publications, including popular and well-regarded Construction and Maintenance Manual series, are constantly being updated. We invite you to make sure you have the most updated issues. DETAILS

The Newest Best-Seller on the Bookshelf: The New Track Book

ASBA’s brand-new, 2020 edition of Running Tracks: A Construction and Maintenance Manual is here!

The book is the latest is ASBA’s popular Construction and Maintenance Manual series, and promotes quality design, construction, maintenance and repair of track facilities by providing information to facility owners, administrators, coaches, athletic directors, builders, architects, engineers and others in the industry.

Why do you need this new edition? Because it contains all-new information, including a chapter on indoor track and field facilities. In addition, its technical content takes into account updated regulations concerning facilities at the NCAA and IAAF levels. The book also includes revised diagrams and illustrations, as well as updated information throughout.

Steve Hersom, CTB (Renner Sports Surfaces, Denver, Colorado) and his committee, including vice chair, Carolyn DuBois, ASLA, Vice Chair, also worked with Brian Conley, CTB; Sam Fisher, CTB; Todd Grimes, CTB; Megan Buczynski, PE, LEED, AP; Troy Rudolph, CTB, CTCB, CFB, Tim Weber Labella, Tianna Flores, CFB, CTB, CTCB, Matt Schnitzler, CFB, CTCB, CTB, Jim Catella, CFB, CTB, Tom Farlow and Bob Cohen, CFB-S, CTB. Information on ordering the book can be found on ASBA’s website,, under the Publications tab at the top of the home page. The cost is $44.95 and the book can be purchased in either hard copy or pdf format.

Make sure you have this book – as well as ASBA’s other best-sellers: Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, Pickleball Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, and Indoor Sports Surfaces: An Installation and Maintenance Manual.

Certification: Make it Your Goal this Year

If you promised yourself that this was the year you’d pursue your CTCB, CFB or CTB certification, it’s time to start putting those wheels in motion.

All the information on certification is available on ASBA’s website, under the tab for “Certification” at the top of ASBA’s home page, Note that you must fill out all forms in advance in order to sit for the test, which is given at both ASBA’s Winter Meeting and Technical Meeting, as well as at other industry meetings throughout the year. The deadline for application is 30 days prior to each test.

You can take the exam by appointment at ASBA Headquarters in Maryland; simply work with the staff to find a convenient time.

A specific time for the exam will be listed as the date is closer.

Have Ideas for ASBA's Technical Meeting Sessions?

If you went through the Technical Meeting program for this year and think, “This looks great, but I wish there were a session on ___...”

If you have hoped, year after year, that ASBA would cover a certain topic – but that hasn’t happened…

If you ever went to a session and then came away, thinking it didn’t cover what you wanted – and wished it would have…

If you ever had an idea for a presentation ASBA should do…

…If you can identify with any of the above, ASBA wants to hear from you. We’re accepting ideas for sessions for the 2020 Technical Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, and we’d love to get your input. We’re open to all suggestions, relevant to attendees in any division, and for general business topics as well. That means your idea is welcome and absolutely will be considered. 

ASBA hopes to present a broad range of topics that will be appreciated by a variety of attendees in the industry. Whether your idea would be best for newcomers to the industry who have much to learn, or whether it would help those who have been around for years, we want our meetings to have a lot to choose from. Ideally, everyone who attends the meeting should go home with at least a handful of great take-aways that can help enrich their work.

Your ideas are what we need. Additionally, if you have an idea for a person to present a topic (it might be you, it might be a colleague, it might be someone inside or outside the industry), we want to hear that as well. If you just have an idea for a session but no ideas on a speaker, that’s fine too! We’re ready to help put something together.

Shoot us an e-mail or even give us a call at 866-501-ASBA. You can also contact one of ASBA’s Division Presidents as follows:

Track Division President
Paul Nagle:

Fields Division President
Kirk Grego:

Tennis Division President
Matt Strom:

Courts & Rec Division President
Randy Resley:

Supplier Division President
David Moxley:

Professional Division President
Megan Buczynski:

We’re listening, so let us know!


Racquet Sports Industry Magazine Serves Notice on Name Change

Racquet Sports Industry Magazine has served notice: it’s no longer Tennis Industry.

Those who are familiar with the magazine will recall that back in early 2004, TI Magazine merged with Racquet Tech magazine, which was the official publication of the U.S. Racquet Stringers Association, to first form Racquet Sports Industry. In 2014, it changed its name back to TI.

Over the years, however, the magazine has continued to diversify its coverage – adding the ever-growing industry of pickleball, as well as special sections dedicated to other racquet and paddle sports.

According to Peter Francesconi, editor of RSI, “Whether you deal strictly with tennis, or cater to players of pickleball, badminton, racquetball, squash, POP Tennis, paddle tennis or any other related sport, it’s fair to say that we’re all in the “racquet and paddle sports” business. As we move into a new decade, we’re going to find success not as one sport over another sport, but by working together—and growing together.”

The website will remain during the transitional period. 

Rule Changes - Are You Up to Date

A sports venue is only as good as its ability to adhere to the latest rules – and all industry professionals need to stay updated for that reason.

For example, most recently, rule changes regarding track and field exchange zones came from the National Federation of State High School Associations. To access information, you can type the following into your address bar:

Rule updates are frequently noted by NFHS, and it is possible to be put on their mailing list to receive all news. While many rule changes relate to play itself, you don’t want to miss essential changes that keep sports facilities in compliance. 

Another section of the NFHS website to bookmark is its Officials tab, at

Keep track of those updates that pertain to your work; disregard those that don’t – it’s that easy. You can also purchase rule books for various sports by going to

At the NCAA level, two other important changes were announced:

Lacrosse: New rules from the NCAA allow for adding an arc within the goal-crease area to better define the mouth of the goal in men’s lacrosse.

Basketball: The men’s college basketball 3-point line moves back to the international distance starting in the upcoming 2019-2020 season. The 3-point line will now be at 22 feet and 1 ¾ inches at the Division I level. Note: Because of the potential financial impact of placing a new line on courts, the new 3-point line will go into effect for the 2020-21 season in Divisions II and III.

The NCAA advises builders and designers to work with athletic departments, making sure that both have updated rules, and that any building plans meet NCAA specifications. They also advise checking this page for updates:; this page includes all sports rules changes made by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel.

For specific sports that do not yet have rules appearing in NFHS or NCAA publications, as well as sports currently played at the club, intramural or recreational level, check the national governing body of the sport itself, in order to ascertain the correct rules are being used for design and construction, as well as for accessories for all sports facilities. In addition, check international governing bodies for rule changes regarding competition at the highest levels.

It's Never Too Early to Think About the Next Technical Meeting

It’s still almost a whole year away but that means it’s a good time to put ASBA’s 2020 Technical Meeting on your calendar. 

The next ASBA Technical Meeting will be held December 4-7, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas. Our host hotel will be the Grand Hyatt at 600 E. Market Street.

All your favorite parts of the meeting will be back: the in-depth technical programming, an exhibit hall filled with the best products and services on the market, plenty of networking opportunities – even a chance to challenge your colleagues and co-workers on the golf course, tennis or pickleball courts. And you won’t want to miss the chance to find out about who won ASBA’s awards, and to hear a great keynote speaker.

Information on the meeting will be available later in 2020 – for now, mark the dates on your calendar.



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes several members that joined the association since we published our last newsletter. DETAILS

ASBA Announces New Certified Builders

ASBA certified several builders since we published our last newsletter. DETAILS

ASBA Mobile App Available on iTunes, Google

ASBA now has its own mobile app (ASBA Diagram Showcase), available through the iTunes and Google stores, free of charge. The app contains a sampling of technical diagrams from our construction and maintenance manuals – including Tennis, Running Tracks, Sports Fields, Courts & Recreation and Pickleball.

The app is intended to be a resource when you’re on a job or in the field and need to reference a dimension or specification. It is not intended to be as comprehensive as our manuals – but rather, complementary to them.

Check out our app and send us your thoughts. We’d love to hear what you think.

Click here for Google

Click here for iTunes

Click on image below for larger version to see details.

ASBA's Position Papers: We Need Your Expertise!

And the nominees are … your project, if you decide to enter ASBA’s awards program. This year’s program is now accepting entries, meaning it’s time for you to nominate that project you want recognized.  DETAILS

Are You in the Know About ASBA's Certificate of Distinction Program?

ASBA currently offers two Certificates of Distinction, one for Design Professionals and one for Supplier Companies.

Both differ from certification in that they do not require members to pass a test, nor are they a credential that is awarded. However, they do recognize commitment and dedication to the Association and the industry.

The Design Professional Certificate of Distinction program provides professionals a distinction by illustrating the individual’s commitment and dedication to the tennis, track, fields and indoor facility construction industry through involvement with ASBA and related organizations and the completion of built projects.

The Supplier Certificate of Distinction program is designed to recognize those ASBA Supplier Division Member Companies that contribute to and share in the betterment of the ASBA. ASBA Supplier Division Member Companies that meet and/or exceed the participation goals and requirements will receive this recognition, which must be renewed on an annual basis and ASBA Supplier Division Member Companies must meet the minimum total qualifying point requirement every year to maintain their recognition.

To learn more about each Certificate of Distinction program, go to

May We Quote You?

One strong benefit of ASBA membership is the fact that ASBA is recognized as a technical leader in the industry. Want proof? Articles written on behalf of ASBA, and quoting ASBA members, are everywhere. Just as an example, you’ll find ASBA’s articles in the following publications:

  • Tennis Industry

  • PTR Tennis Pro

  • Sports Turf

  • Sportsfield Management

  • Athletic Management

  • U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Magazine, Techniques

In addition, ASBA has been contacted by other publications, including Athletic Business, when writers and editors are seeking an industry expert.

ASBA being recognized as an industry expert is outstanding, since that great reputation extends to our members as well. In addition, members’ participation in these articles can heighten their profile.

Want to see what ASBA has been up to? Head on over to the website,, and click on the tab on the top that says “Press Room.” A drop-down menu will offer multiple choices including options such as Track Articles, Tennis Articles, Fields Articles and Indoor Articles. Click on the ones you want to view.

Want to be quoted in these articles in the future? Drop ASBA’s technical writer, Mary Helen Sprecher, a line at (note new address) and ask to be added to the list. Include any specific expertise you have, such as tennis, track, fields or indoor facilities.

Get Social with ASBA

ASBA has an active social media presence! Look us up as follows!

On Facebook: Just look up our page under (what else?) American Sports Builders Association. Like the page in order to get all the updates.

On Twitter: ASBA’s Twitter handle is @SportsBuilders – make sure you follow ASBA in order to get the latest on upcoming meetings, deadlines, new programs, publications and more.

On LinkedIn: ASBA has a group, listed under American Sports Builders Association.

Be sure you’re following us in all the social media you use.

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The Latest News from ASBA

Here's the latest news from ASBA. You can find a Newswire archive on ASBA's web site

Let us know what you think of the online newsletter. Send your comments or article ideas to Cynthia Sanchez.

Calendar of Events

For information on any of the meetings shown below, call ASBA at 866-501-ASBA, e-mail or visit ASBA's web site


February 21-23, 2020

ASBA Winter Meeting
Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
Costa Rica

March 4-5, 2020
ASBA Regional Meeting
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
Baltimore, MD


December 4-7, 2020
ASBA Technical Meeting
Grand Hyatt 
San Antonio, TX


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.

ASBA Leadership

Mark Heinlein, CFB
Turf Reclamation Solutions, LLC 

Tennis Division President
Matt Strom, CTCB 
Leslie Coatings, Inc.

Track Division President
Paul Nagle, CTB 
Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc.

Courts & Recreation Division President
Randy Resley 
Sport Court of the Rockies 

Fields Division President
Kirk Grego, CFB 
Mid-America Golf & Landscape, Inc.

Professional Division President
Megan Buczynski, PE, LEED AP Activitas, Inc. 

Supplier Division President
David Moxley 
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.

William Chaffe 
Paragon Sports Constructors, LLC

Past Chairman
Kristoff Eldridge, CTB
Cape & Island Tennis & Track


David Clapp, CTB, CTCB 
Baseline Sports Construction

Joe Covington
Covington Flooring CO., Inc. 

Todd Dettor
Fast-Dry Courts, Inc. & 10-S Tennis Supply

Jordan Fisher, CTB
Fisher Tracks, Inc. 

Dale Hendrickson
TD Sports, Inc. – Sport Court of Southern CA

Craig Honkomp, PE, PS, LEED AP, Sportworks Field Design 

Tracy Lynch 
Har-Tru Sports

Jameson Sheley, CFB-S, CTB 
Byrne & Jones Sports Construction

Chris Sullivan, RLA
Verde Design, Inc..

ASBA Staff

Executive Director

Fred Stringfellow, CAE


Associate Director

Samantha Devine


Director of Meetings/ Member Services

Cynthia M. Sanchez


Director of Education
Kaylee Derby


Membership Services

Kristin Grove


Financial Manager
Amy Chetelat, CAE

Legal Counsel
David H. Pettit, Esq.
Lenhart Pettit

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