ASBA Announces Publication of Updated Sports Fields Manual

What’s new on the bookshelf? The updated copy of Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, due to arrive soon.

The 2017 edition includes key updates to many areas of field construction and maintenance, including base and subbase construction, drainage and much more. The manual includes user-friendly technical information on all aspects of fields, including design, budgeting and planning, site requirements, drainage, surface selection, construction, maintenance, repair, amenities, accessories and more.

The book covers both natural grass and synthetic turf. One new addition is a section on hybrid turf.

Also new this year is be a section dealing with the perception of rubber infill, and with the types of alternative infill on the market. Additionally, there is expanded and updated information on field removal, component recycling and synthetic field reconstruction, as well as on sustainability.

A panel of field design, construction and supply experts spent the last several years updating the manual, and it can be considered an invaluable resource for anyone planning, building or considering a sports field, or seeking information on maintenance, repair and renovation.

The book is a key resource for all builders, design professionals, specifiers, contractors, suppliers and owners/users, including schools, colleges, parks and recreation departments, facility owners and managers, and current and prospective owners of sports fields. It has been reviewed by both STMA and by ASTM as well, and is considered the textbook for the CFB exam.

Copies of the new edition of the book are expected to be available soon. Books can be ordered by contacting the Association directly at 866-501-ASBA (2722), or by going to the website, The new edition of the Sports Fields manual will also be available in digital format at the website.

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