ASBA’s Awards Programs: Many Opportunities to Enter – and Many Reasons

Soon, ASBA will open its awards program for the year. (And before you pick up the phone, the program isn’t open yet. All members will be notified as soon once this takes place.)

But there are more reasons to enter than just bragging rights (although, make no mistake, that is an overwhelmingly attractive incentive.) However, the program serves other purposes, so if you’re on the fence about entering, think about the following benefits of the Association’s awards program:

Helping the industry recognize a higher standard: Each year, ASBA’s awards entries showcase not just aesthetic excellence but technical innovation. There are new developments in design and construction, as well as new technologies from suppliers and manufacturers that offer athletes the ability to train smarter, get better results and have a lower risk of injury. ASBA leads the way for the industry through its projects, and each year, those projects set a higher bar.

Promoting green building: The awards program includes special honors in the ‘Green’ construction category – facilities that adhere to a higher standard of sustainability and eco-friendliness. This encourages others in the industry to follow suit with their projects.

Images of award-winning projects are promoted nationally: ASBA uses photos of award-winning projects in its publications as well as in magazine articles and online coverage. It’s invaluable promotion for the winning company – and of course, a big win for ASBA since it allows those who are considering building facilities to see the caliber of work our members can do.

There are categories for almost every facility a member company can build: ASBA’s Awards Committee has worked to define a range of categories that fit most projects; they include the following.

Tennis Courts:

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Residential


  • Indoor
  • Outdoor

Indoor Facilities:

  • Indoor Multi-Purpose Field House
  • Indoor Multi-Purpose Gymnasium
  • Indoor Multi-Purpose Fitness & Wellness

Sports Fields:

  • Single Field
  • Multi Field
  • Track & Field

There are other reasons to enter as well, although they’re not necessarily benefits:

Entering couldn’t be easier: Gone are the days of hard copies of applications. All entries are submitted online, eliminating the need for copying and shipping entries.

It takes place during most members’ downtime: The awards entry process opens during winter and remains open until June 1: This allows members to make the most of their slow season.

It’s a members-only benefit: Only ASBA members in good standing can apply for the awards program.

The ASBA’s awards program helps the Association close out each year and provides incentive for the next building season. Awards winners are formally announced during the Technical Meeting, ASBA’s biggest gathering of the year. Winners are promoted in a special brochure that can be given out to clients (and prospects) throughout the year.

Do you need more reasons to enter? How about knowing your project has been honored for posterity? A listing of past award winners can be found on ASBA’s website by clicking here.

All members will receive information once the awards program is open. It will also be publicized on the website, in social media, in the newsletter and in this blog. Stay tuned for more information!

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