Years back, the Association offered very few books, and many of these were simply ordered through other organizations and shipped by ASBA. One of those was a book called Tennis Courts which was about, yes, tennis courts. It was sold by the Association (then the U.S. Tennis Court & Track Builders Association) but was printed by the U.S. Tennis Association.
Years passed, technology changed and the Association began working on the Tennis Courts book in conjunction was USTA. The book expanded and became known as Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual. It started to feature more in-depth design, construction and maintenance information, as well as details on both associations. Drawings and photos accompanied each chapter and tabs were inserted to help readers find the information they needed. It was easily one of the best-selling publications – something which remains true to this day.
This summer, ASBA has announced the publication of the eighth edition of Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual. The 2015 edition, again published jointly by ASBA and USTA, includes key updates to many areas of court construction and maintenance, including post-tension concrete tennis courts, LED lighting, 36- and 60-foot courts and much more. The manual includes user-friendly technical information on all aspects of courts at all types of tennis facilities and clubs, including design, budgeting and planning, site requirements, drainage, surface selection, construction, maintenance, repair, amenities, accessories, court-building grant information and more.
A panel of tennis court construction experts, known as the Joint Editorial Board, spent the last two years updating the 320-page manual from the 2012 edition, and it is considered an invaluable resource for anyone planning, building or considering a tennis facility, in addition to providing key information on maintenance, repair and renovation. Nearly 60 original drawings help illustrate construction, renovation and maintenance methods.
The book is a key resource for all builders, design professionals, specifiers, contractors, suppliers and owners/users, including schools, colleges, parks and recreation departments, club owners and managers, and current and prospective owners of residential tennis courts.
Copies of the new edition of the book are expected to be available August 1, 2015 and will cost $44.95 each. Books can be ordered by contacting the Association directly at 866-501-ASBA (2722), or by going to the website, www.sportsbuilders.org. The Tennis Courts manual also is available in digital format at the website.