August 2011



Some Observations on Imprelis Injury to Trees

The herbicide Imprelis has been a recent focus in national news. Read this article from Penn State Cooperative Extension to learn more about Imprelis. The article highlights herbicide information, correct usage according to the label, and effects on trees.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

Preventing Burnout

If constant stress has you feeling disillusioned, helpless, and completely worn out, you may be suffering from burnout. When you're burned out, problems seem insurmountable, everything looks bleak, and it's difficult to muster up the energy to care-let alone do something about your situation. 
Read more here.

News You Can Use

Nominations Open Until 8/31 for Board Service

The STMA Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2012 Board of Directors for all categories of membership. To submit interest, 
click here. For more information about board service, view the Board Handbook, or contact STMA headquarters at 800-323-3875.

STMA... Socially Speaking

STMA has created a LinkedIn Group! This is in addition to our Facebook page, where more than 700 of you currently like us! Thank you!
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We invite any STMA member interested in the LinkedIn Group or our Facebook page to click the corresponding button on the right to join. STMA will lightly moderate the pages, but they mostly will serve as a place for membersLinkedIn 55px.jpg and other sports turf managers to discuss issues affecting them directly or the industry as a whole.

We're also interested in knowing how you communicate today... do you post on Facebook? Tweet? Use LinkedIn? Run a blog? Read blogs? Or do you stick with regular ol' email? Let Patrick Allen, STMA Sales and Marketing Manager know or by posting something on LinkedIn or Facebook.

Electronic Version of STMA PCI Available Now

The STMA Playing Conditions Index (STMA PCI©), which is required for the 2011 STMA Field of the Year Application, is now available as an electronic form in Microsoft Word.
Click here to download the form, which will allow you to more readily capture and record information about your field at a specific point in time.

While it is required for the 2011 STMA Field of the Year Application, the worksheet can still serve as a highly useful tool in your everyday job as well. STMA members who have already used the STMA PCI have stated several reasons that the STMA PCI is a useful tool to them in their current situation. Those reasons range from "It allows me to go to my administration to justify additional resources," to "a tool for my media relations department," to "it will help me to communicate with all the constituent groups involved in my field: parents, coaches, players, administrators, etc."

STMA highly recommends using the STMA PCI to regularly assess the field conditions at your facility. If you have any questions about the STMA PCI, please send an email to or call 800-323-3875.

Casino Night Adds to Welcome Reception

The STMA and SAFE Boards are introducing Casino Night during the Welcome Reception at the 2012 Conference in Long Beach. The purpose is fundraising for SAFE. The Welcome Reception will have a separate roped off area for the casino games; the format of food, fun and beverages will remain unchanged for attendees! Casino night will also start one hour later at 8:30 p.m. As you make your plans to attend the conference, include Casino night! Early bird registration at $45 includes bonus chips, and at the conclusion, chips are redeemable for prizes. Thank you to Welcome Reception sponsors The Toro Company and Covermaster, Inc. for allowing the addition of Casino Night.

SAFE Auction Donations Requested

STMA and SAFE are requesting donations for the SAFE Live and Silent Auctions that will take place throughout STMA's Conference and Exhibition, Jan. 10-14, 2012 in Long Beach. Items in demand at the event each year include sports memorabilia (autographed, game used or otherwise), team or corporate gear, equipment, travel, tickets to games or events, electronics, lifestyle items (art, cigars, wine, etc.) -- just about anything you wish to donate is appreciated!

All proceeds from the Live and Silent Auctions go to SAFE to fund scholarships and educational outreach and may be tax deductible*. To donate items ahead of the Conference, send them to STMA headquarters, or you may bring them to registration desk on-site in Long Beach. Thank you!

*Please consult your tax advisor regarding the deductibility of your donations

Certification Tests to be held at the Conference

During the STMA Annual Conference and Exhibition In Long Beach, both STMA and the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) will be offering its respective certification tests. The deadline to register for these exams with each association is Dec. 15.
The Certified Sports Field Manager (CSFM) exam will be given by STMA on Tues., Jan. 10, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m., and on Sat., Jan. 14, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. If you take the test on Tuesday and do not pass, you may be able to retest on those sections on Saturday. To find out if you qualify to test, contact STMA Headquarters, 800-323-3875, or go to

The ASBA offers three certifications for field builders: Certified Field Builder (CFB), Certified Field Builder Natural (CFB-N) and the Certified Field Builder Synthetic (CFB-S). It will be offering these tests on Sat., Jan. 14, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. To find out if you qualify to take these tests, download the CFB application and CFB eligibility spreadsheet from its website, Those who take the ASBA's tests must register for the STMA conference, purchasing at a minimum, a one-day conference and education.

Featured Speakers of the Month

Each month two speakers presenting at the 2012 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Long Beach, California will be featured. Don't miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference next year!

Savard picture.jpgDon Savard, CSFM, CGM is the Athletic Facilities and Grounds Manager at Salesianum School in Delaware. On Friday, January 13, he will be presenting "How to Create a Zero Based Operating Budget." A Zero Based Budget is a very useful management tool for building an accurate and realistic operating budget. This presentation integrates the concept of site and operations inventories with historical data into the budget process to help uncover true costs. Sports Field Managers who know their costs are more valuable to their facilities because they can develop and manage better programs, save time and money, while achieving the best results.

Nicholls Picture.jpgMark Nicholls is the Founder and CEO of Turf Industry Inc. in Georgia. On Wednesday, January 11, he will be presenting "Synthetic Turf: Concept, Design, Construction, Completion, Maintenance, and Lifecycle Planning." This 4-hour workshop focuses on an in-depth analysis of synthetic turf. The point you begin to consider synthetic turf through the entire lifecycle of the field will be detailed in a chronological explanation. Topics covered will include design elements, specification considerations, vendor selection, project management, care and maintenance requirements, and lifecycle planning.

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