American Sports Builders Association
With more than 400 member companies, ASBA is a national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for tennis courts, running tracks, natural and synthetic turf fields, indoor and outdoor synthetic sports surfaces. It is recognized as a centralized source for technical information, including consumer-oriented information.
Founded in 1965 as the U.S. Tennis Court & Track Builders Association (USTC&TBA) by a group of contractors who recognized the need for an organization that could help them address their mutual problems, set industry standards and keep them informed on issues pertinent to their businesses, Its name was changed in 2004 to reflect the broad range of work performed by its members.
Headquartered in Maryland, the ASBA works to raise professional standards 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 tennis court, running track and field builders to demonstrate their competency by completing an examination on all areas of construction. In addition, ASBA offers an awards program to recognize excellence in design, construction and renovation.
Another priority is education. The Association recognizes that the well-informed consumer is more likely to make appropriate decisions. Therefore, ASBA publishes online Buyer’s Guides for track, tennis court and field construction, which provide information on the process of selecting a site, choosing a contractor, identifying a surface and so forth. Also available online at www.sportsbuilders.org are more detailed Construction Guidelines and a searchable database of members. For those who prefer printed material, the Association offers a directory of members at no charge; the directory allows consumers to locate design professionals, builders and material suppliers, as well as consultants, trade publications and other industry resources.
Like its publications, the ASBA is a resource not only for the professionals who design, build and supply materials for top-flight sports facilities, but for the owners, operators, players and others who enjoy them. The members of the Association recognize that the way to continue interest in sports is to provide an environment that is conducive to enjoyment and/or performance.
For more information, check out the Association’s website at www.sportsbuilders.org