Good help is hard to find … unless you know where to look.
Starting from the ground up: Want to learn everything there is to know about planning for, building or improving a tennis court? The book Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, Sixth Edition, can answer all your questions and more. The book, co-written by the ASBA and USTA, has chapters that include Planning and Design Considerations, The Construction Process, Choosing a Surface, Accessories and Amenities, Indoor Tennis, Care and Maintenance, Repair/Reconstruction/Renovation, and more. Diagrams of court layouts also include those for 10-and-Under Tennis. The manual is available for $44.95 by contacting ASBA at 866-501ASBA (2722) or online at sportsbuilders.org.
Facilities 101: Looking for information about resources for building a facility in your community? Get on the USTA’s website, www.usta.com, and use the top toolbar that says “Facilities.” USTA has information on how to get free technical support from its staff experts, assistance on facility planning, diagrams of court layouts, information on advocacy initiatives and more. The ASBA site (www.sportsbuilders.org) also has Frequently Asked Questions about tennis courts (including dimensions, space requirements, etc.), numbers of courts needed and more.
Financial Aid: The USTA, as part of its Facility Assistance Services, has a funding program available to help benefit tennis in communities. Funding is available on three levels, but be aware that not all communities are eligible for financial assistance. Information on how to become involved is available at www.usta.com, again using the “Facilities” button on the toolbar. The site federalgrantswire.com contains information on a governmental grant that can be used for land acquisition and development for a range of recreational facilities. Go to the site and in the Google search box, type “tennis court.”
Finding a Builder: The American Sports Builders Association offers its Certified Tennis Court Builder (CTCB) program, which is a voluntary program allowing builders of tennis courts to demonstrate proof of their experience, as well as their knowledge of sports-facility-specific construction. A list of certified builders is available at sportsbuilders.org (choose “Certification” on the top toolbar, then “Certified Tennis Court Builders” from the drop-down menu). For those who are unable to find a CTCB in their area, but who would like to speak to a local tennis court builder, the ASBA site has a free “Find A Builder/Designer/Supplier” feature that can search by state, company name, type of organization (builder, designer or supplier) and other criteria.
Have other questions? The ASBA site (sportsbuilders.org) has a “press room” containing a list of articles on specific aspects of sports facilities, including tennis courts. Have a project coming up or just want some input? Go to the ASBA site then select “Request Info” from the top toolbar. On the form that appears, input your address and other information, and some basic info about your project. ASBA will send you its membership directory, which includes information about the association, its policies, publications, programs, awards and more.
Note: The American Sports Builders Association is a non-profit association helping designers, builders, owners, operators and users understand quality sports facility construction. The ASBA sponsors informative meetings and publishes newsletters, books and technical construction guidelines for athletic facilities including tennis courts. Available at no charge is a listing of all publications offered by the Association, as well as the ASBA’s Membership Directory. Info: 866-501-ASBA (2722) or sportsbuilders.org
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About the Author
Mary Helen Sprecher is the managing editor of Sports Destinations Management Magazine, a niche business-to-business publication for planners of sports travel events, in addition to being an RSI Contributing Editor. She is the technical writer for the American Sports Builders Association and works as a newspaper reporter in Baltimore City.