ASBA Announces Publication of Sports Fields: Construction and Maintenance Manual

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for sports fields, running tracks, tennis courts and indoor and outdoor courts and recreational facilities, has announced the publication of the 2024 edition of Sports Fields: Construction and Maintenance Manual.

The book is designed for anyone involved in building, maintaining, repairing or renovating any type of field. It includes user-friendly technical information on all aspects of fields for various sports, including design, budgeting and planning, site requirements, surface selection, construction, maintenance, repair, amenities and accessories and more. In addition, it includes diagrams, photos, governing bodies and sources for further information.

"The new edition of the book is far more comprehensive," says John Nelson, CFB, ASBA’s Fields Book Committee chairman, who worked to update and rewrite the manual. "In addition to field design, construction and maintenance, we are covering small-sided fields, fields for special populations and the use of grass and turf in non-sports installations like dog parks and playgrounds. Another important note is that this publication is the textbook for the exam for ASBA’s Certified Field Builder program, making it a great resource to more people than ever before.”

Copies of the new edition of the book are now available at a cost of $49.95 each and are available in hard copy as well as in digital form. Books can be ordered in either hard copy or digital format by going to the website, and selecting the tab at the top, reading  “Resources, then from the drop-down menu, “Publications.”

The ASBA is a non-profit association comprised of designers, builders and suppliers in sports facility construction. The ASBA sponsors informative meetings, publishes a quarterly magazine, produces a mobile app of court and field diagrams, publishes books and technical construction guidelines for athletic facilities, and keeps its members aware of the latest developments in the industry. It also offers voluntary certification programs in tennis court, running track and sports field construction as well as a certificate in pickleball court construction, as well as its nonprofit arm, the American Sports Builders Foundation (ASBF).