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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                       October 2019


One Last State of the Association Update

So this is my last one. A final state of the association update and opportunity I have, to connect in some way with you. Two years have passed since I received the gavel from Pete Smith with your nomination as Chairman of ASBA. The time has flown by and it’s hard to believe how much we’ve accomplished as an organization during that time. I have to say that I will miss this experience, but I’m encouraged by the ever improving quantity and talent of our current and future volunteers.  DETAILS


It's ASBA's Biggest Meeting - Have You Signed Up Yet?

All registered attendees are invited to join ASBA at the new US Tennis Association’s National Campus in nearby Lake Nona. USTA is hosting ASBA for a reception and optional tours of its 64-acre, 100-court campus.

It’s ASBA’s biggest and most important meeting. It’s attended by all those you know (and want to know). It has invaluable learning you’ll only find there. And it has an exhibit hall you won’t want to miss.

So the question becomes this: Have you signed up for the ASBA Technical Meeting yet? No? Consider this your invitation.

The 2019 ASBA Technical Meeting will be held from December 6-10, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. While much of the country is slowing down and getting ready to into hibernation, you can get a jump on the season ahead. DETAILS

Winter Meeting 2020: Mark Your Calendar Now

We know all the reasons you’re not thinking of the ASBA Winter Meeting in Costa Rica…

Yes, it’s still a few months away right now.

Yes, it’s easier to concentrate on 2019 right now.

But yes, it’s important enough to add to your calendar right now, and to make sure you set aside the time.

The 2020 Winter Meeting will be held February 21-23, 2020, in Costa Rica, at the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort. And if that isn’t a good enough reason to make your plans, consider this: The Winter Meeting is a time for all divisions to meet and strategize for the year ahead. Technical Meeting planning is done, book content is examined, assigned and updated and position papers are suggested – as well as discussions of issues relevant to industry members.

The meeting also provided a great opportunity for participants to come home refreshed and ready to face a new season. After sessions let out for the day, attendees are free to explore the host resort, which includes a private beach and an onsite golf club – in addition to an enormous variety of additional activities to choose from every day, including swimming, fine dining, complimentary workout classes and even a kids’ club for the younger family members. Additionally, there is access to activities offered separately, including water sports, horseback riding on the beach and other great diversions.

You can learn even more about the resort by visiting this website,

More information on the Winter Meeting itself will become available after the Technical Meeting, but in the meantime, don’t delay in putting this on your calendar – you won’t want to miss it!

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:

FSB Cologne Show

ASBA’s Executive Director Fred Stringfellow and Chairman Kristoff Eldridge, CTB will be representing ASBA at the FSB Show in Cologne Germany, November 5-8. If you’re planning to be at FSB, stop by Booth E30 in Hall 10.2 to say hello. Join us for an “ASBA Nightcap & Networking” event on November 5th from 9-11pm at the Ice Bar at the Hilton Cologne.

ASBA Technical Meeting

ASBA’s members, leadership and staff will gather at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida for ASBA’s Technical Meeting and Tradeshow on December 6-9. Plan to come in early to participate in an ASBA reception on Friday, December 6th at the USTA National Campus, just minutes from the hotel.

Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference

ASBA staff will participate in the 2nd annual Racquet & Paddle Sports Show being held in conjunction with the PGA Golf Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida January 22-24; as well as represent ASBA at the Tennis Industry Association Board of Directors Meeting. If you’re planning to attend, stop by the ASBA booth to say hello.

Sports Turf Managers Association Conference
ASBA will participate at the STMA Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 13-16; and offer the ASBA Certification Exams on January 17.

ASBA 2019 Game Changer Award - Get Ready to Vote!

Last year, ASBA introduced a new feature – its Game Changer award, which recognizes a product, service or technique designed to be a “game changer” for sports builders.

Because it met with so much success last year, we’re bringing it back for 2019! The program is open to any ASBA member exhibiting at the 2019 Technical Meeting in Scottsdale. Each company is eligible to submit one entry per division (Tennis, Tracks, Fields or Courts & Recreation), and the product/service must be on display in the exhibitor’s booth.

Entries will be identified with placards during the show hours and identified via the TM mobile app. Attendees will be invited to rank their choices for the winners. One “Game Changer” entry will be selected based on votes per division.

Winners will be announced during Monday’s lunch in the exhibit hall and recognized at Monday’s Closing Dinner. Winners will also be highlighted on the ASBA website and via social media, newsletter and press coverage.

Want to vote on game changers in the industry? You’ll need to register for the Technical Meeting using our quick online form to do it! Go to the ASBA website at From the menu bar on the top of the page, mouse over Events. A drop-down menu will show you options – all you need to do is click on the first one, 2019 Technical Meeting. At the bottom of the page you’ll land on is a red registration box. Just follow the prompts to register. We’ll see you in the Exhibit Hall!

Sponsorship: Investing in the Industry

Have you been thinking about becoming more involved with ASBA and showing your support of the industry and all its work – but are you worried about committing to an investment of time? There are plenty of ways to support the industry and one is by becoming a sponsor of ASBA. The 2019 Sponsorship Packages, now available to members, come in a variety of price points and offer multiple benefits!

In return for investing as a sponsor, you’ll raise the visibility of your company for an entire year. You can showcase your products or services to builders, professionals and other members of the tennis court, running track, court and recreational, field and indoor sports flooring industries through multiple venues and events.

While sponsorship used to encompass only the Technical Meeting, ASBA has broadened the opportunities to give member companies benefits all year long. Now, sponsorship is more valuable, more far-reaching and offers better visibility for you and your company than ever before.

And just as a quick note -- for those who want a full-year investment, ASBA offers Complete Sponsorship Packages. A one-time investment at the price point of your choosing allows your company’s name to appear all year long. For example, at the Technical Meeting, you’ll receive:

  • A 10’ x 10’ booth space

  • Complimentary registration

  • Recognition as a sponsor

  • Your company’s name on signage and more.

You’ll also enjoy increased visibility through website and online advertising, a display advertisement in our Membership Directory, and your membership dues for the 2020 membership year will be paid.

Need some extra incentive? Act soon and you’ll have your company’s name included in the pre-publicity materials for the Technical Meeting. Start the membership year off right with your name in the conference brochure and show your support for the ASBA!
Want to learn more? Go to ASBA’s website ( and look for the “Sponsorship Opportunities” button on the lower right-hand corner of the home page.

As always, it’s first-come, first-served (sponsorship levels have priority) — the earlier you apply, the more likely you are to have the space of your choice. Space is awarded according to the date your form and payment are received back here at ASBA headquarters. Sorry, no phone reservations can be accepted.

If you have any questions, please call Cynthia at ASBA, 866-501-ASBA (2722) or e-mail


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

Under Construction: ASBA's Popular Track Manual

No matter how good ASBA’s publications are – particularly those in the “Construction and Maintenance Manual” series, they need periodic updates and edits to stay current.
Under construction right now is one of our most popular books, Running Tracks: A Construction and Maintenance Manual.

In addition to being updated with information from all relevant national governing bodies, including IAAF, USA Track & Field, NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the book will contain updated illustrations and diagram. It has also been closely reviewed so as to be congruent with the information on the Certified Track Builder (CTB) exam.

The new track book is expected to be completed in time for the upcoming Technical Meeting in Orlando (for more reasons to show up at that meeting, see the adjacent article).
This is the 10th edition of Running Tracks: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, and it is widely regarded as the preeminent piece of information in the marketplace. This book promotes the quality design, construction, maintenance and repair of track facilities by providing information to facility owners, administrators, coaches, builders, architects and engineers.

In addition to being available in hard copy, the book will be offered as a downloadable pdf, making it easily accessible on the jobsite or for reference from a home office.

Don’t get caught with outdated information – order your book as soon as it becomes available.

Have You Read the New Track Position Paper?

The Track Division of ASBA is proud to announce the publication of a new Position Paper. The position paper, authored by members of our Track Division, addresses the subject of Weed and Grass Encroachment on tracks which surround natural turf infields.  DETAILS

Wasn't 2019 Your Year to Get Certified?

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. 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. You can also take it at the 2019 ASBA Technical Meeting, as follows:

December 7, 2019
Rosen Shingle Creek
Orlando, Florida

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


NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rules Changes Update

Below is a link to the men’s lacrosse playing rules changes recommended by the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee that were approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel during a recent teleconference.

Men’s Lacrosse Rules Changes

Although this is a non-rules change year for men’s lacrosse, PROP approved three rules changes for men’s lacrosse. Two of the changes were to rules that were approved the year prior that had unintended consequences. These two changes are effective for the 2020 season. The other rules change was for health and safety purposes which is effective for goalkeepers by the 2021 season and by the 2022 season for field players.

As a reminder, in September 2018 the men’s lacrosse rules committee and PROP approved that rules changes that requires all men’s lacrosse institutions to have two visible shot clocks with the ability to set/reset to two different times. Unfortunately, due to an editorial oversight, this change was not incorporated in the 2019 and 2020 rules book but was nevertheless approved.

The committee also wanted to highlight a few important rules topics that will be a point of discussion over the next year as we head into a rules change year based on feedback heard from the membership. These topics include the faceoff, a reset of the shot clock to a time less than 80 seconds if the offense retains possession after a successful shot attempt and video review.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Andy Supergan (; 317-917-6081), the staff liaison for the men’s lacrosse rules committee.

Rule Changes - Get Them Here

A sports venue is only as good as its ability to adhere to the latest rules as they impact construction. ASBA’s website includes a news feature that highlights, among other things, rule changes from national governing bodies. Since these changes stand to impact construction of sports venues, we urge our members to check our home page often.

For example, most recently, the website featured information from the National Federation of State High School Associations, which included Track & Field and Cross Country rule changes. The NFHS hyperlink is here.

While many rule changes relate to play itself, it is essential to remain informed of all NFHS updates and changes; in addition to finding updates on the ASBA website, it is possible to go to the NFHS site and look under the 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 important rule changes were announced:

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.

Lacrosse: The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved adding an arc within the goal-crease area to clearly define the “goal mouth” in men’s lacrosse. Starting with the 2020 season, the new arc will extend 6 feet from the center of the goal line to the goal lines extended. Information is available here.

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.

Challenges, Opportunities Presented at Annual TIA Tennis Forum

Nearly 250 tennis leaders, industry executives and tennis providers came together on the first day of play at the US Open for the 12th annual Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Tennis Forum, held at the Grand Hyatt New York.

The Tennis Forum had a deliberate mission to bring together top industry leaders to share the latest news and research about the state of the tennis and sports industries, including the current challenges, potential opportunities and collaborative ways to move the sport and industry forward. DETAILS



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

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

ASBA Announces New Certified Builders

ASBA recognized the following individuals as Certified Builders:

Tommy Shook, CFB, CTB
Sports Contractors Unlimited, LLC
1096 S. King Road
Purvis, MS 39475

Daniel Griffin, CFB-S
Deluxe Athletics, LLC
80 Scott Drive
Marietta, GA 30067

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.

Have Pictures? Share Them with ASBA

ASBA is always in need of images for our articles, website and other uses. We would like to invite you to share any jobsite pictures you might have with us. Only a few requests

  • Photos need to be high-resolution: This means a minimum of 500K to 1 MB in size (larger is OK, too)

  • “Before” shots are ALWAYS needed – of all facilities

  • In terms of photos of finished, high quality facilities, great choices are shots we don’t have right now: Those include: Basketball courts (we have great indoor shots but very few outdoor shots, so any outdoor shots would be appreciated), Volleyball courts (outdoor courts, indoor courts, wood surface, grass surface and sand), Playgrounds (outdoor), Pickleball: We have an awards category for pickleball but we’re still a little light on photos; Outdoor inline hockey facilities: We don’t have any and we do get asked for photos Futsal: It’s an indoor sport but we lack photos of facilities

  • Any high-resolution photos can be sent to Mary Helen Sprecher at (note the new address). If you require a file-sharing system to send several large photos at once, please let Mary Helen know via e-mail so she can set you up with a Dropbox link.

Thanks again! We look forward to seeing your photos. Remember that as our Courts and Recreation Division grows, these photos will be more important than ever!

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

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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


December 6-10, 2019
ASBA Technical Meeting
Rosen Shingle Creek
Orlando, FL


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


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

Kristoff Eldridge, CTB
Cape & Island Tennis & Track

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
Mark Heinlein, CFB
The Motz Group

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

Supplier Division President
David Moxley
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.

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

Mark Heinlein, CFB
Turf Reclamation Solutions, LLC


David Burke
NGI Sports

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

Tracy Lynch
Har-Tru Sports

Ed Norton, RLA, ASLA
Holcombe Norton Partners

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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