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Take a good hard look at your sports facilities. Do they look their best? If the answer is no, it's time for some work. But is it touch-ups or something more extensive? And how do you know the difference? The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the trade association for those involved in the design, construction and supply of materials for athletic facilities, has resources to help, and we've compiled some of them for you in this email.

This year, ASBA celebrated its 50th anniversary. There may have been a lot of changes in technology since our founding, but one thing hasn't changed ‐ the fun an athlete can have on a well-built and nicely appointed facility. We want to make sure that great experience never changes, and our members are committed to the outstanding design, construction and supplies that make the best results possible. Browse through these articles, and if you still have questions, visit our website at We look forward to being able to help you.

Multi-Sport Facilities
The True Three-Season Athletes
By Mary Helen Sprecher
Forget about the kids playing football, basketball and lacrosse. Today's three-season athletes are the fields that host multiple sports during the year. And as communities become more land-locked, space for athletic facilities is at a premium. Therefore, it behooves administrators to invest in a multi-use field.

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Indoor Facilities
Keeping Facilities Fit for Users
By Mary Helen Sprecher
We're getting near the first of the year, so it's time for fitness facilities to start getting ready for the onslaught. And for college facilities, we're creeping up on spring break season, which means kids will be hitting the gym in order to get in shape for bathing suit destinations.

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Tennis Courts
New Revenues from Your Tennis Courts? Think Inside the Lines
By Mary Helen Sprecher
Your tennis courts. They get a lot of use from students. But they can also be used as a teaching tool for others to learn the game ‐ which can be a nice new revenue stream.

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Track Maintenance And Upkeep
Getting on Track for a Successful Running Event Season
By Mary Helen Sprecher
The running track that encircles your field is many things to many people. It's home turf, so to speak, for your track and field athletes. It's an amenity the community uses to walk or jog on in the mornings before the sun comes up. And it's also a marketing piece for your school.

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You've seen all the ads: “You wouldn't want a doctor who isn't board-certified? Why would you want an accountant who isn't?” It's time to add one more profession to that list: sports facility contractor.

Think about it. The facility has to be built well enough to withstand constant use by athletes. It has to conform to the regulations of the governing bodies. It has to provide a playing surface that athletes find acceptable. And even more, it has to be safe. So why again was there just a reliance on any old contractor? And why is a low bid the only criteria?

Increasingly, the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national association of professionals who design, build and supply materials and equipment to sports facilities, is seeing requests for proposals that require any bidding firm to have a Certified Builder on the staff in order to proceed with the bidding process.

ASBA offers three designations: Certified Tennis Court Builder (CTCB),

Certified Track Builder (CTB)
and Certified Field Builder (CFB).

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