February 2009


Managing Fields During Drought 

Managing turf during drought conditions can be one of the most frustrating times for an athletic field manager. You may have perfectly groomed your field during the spring, but if you don’t have an irrigation system or water restrictions are put into place, your field is at the mercy of Mother Nature. As water-use restrictions become more common across much of the country, turf areas like athletic fields and golf courses are often the first to feel the ramifications. It is important to prepare your field and have a management plan for drought conditions before the weather turns dry. Once you are in a drought, there are still some management techniques that you can use to increase the chance that your turf will green-up and start growing once it starts raining again. 

STMA has released a new bulletin with tips to get you through drought conditions. 

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

A Life That Counts 
By Dr. John C. Maxwell 

Ben Franklin once wrote, "I would rather have it said 'he lived usefully' than 'he died rich.'" More than just words, it was the way Franklin lived his life. One example of his useful nature was the invention of the Franklin stove. Instead of patenting it and keeping it to himself, Ben Franklin decided to share his invention with the world. 

According to Dr. John C. Van Horne, Library Company of Philadelphia: "Franklin's philanthropy was of a collective nature. His sense of benevolence came by aiding his fellow human beings and by doing good to society. In fact, in one sense, Franklin's philanthropy, his sense of benevolence, was his religion. Doing good to mankind was, in his understanding, divine." Even his position as a printer fit this philosophical bent. He did not hoard his ideas, but shared them, and everyone benefited. He had an "abundance mentality." 

Instead of seeing the world in terms of how much money he could make, Franklin saw the world in terms of how many people he could help. To Benjamin Franklin, being useful was its own reward. 

As I age, I gain perspective on the illusion of wealth and status as forms of fulfillment. I don't want my life to be measured by dollars and cents, or the number of books I've authored. Rather, I want to be remembered by the lives that I've touched. I want live a life that counts. With each day that passes, I feel a greater sense of urgency to make sure my time and energy are invested in developing leaders. 

A Life That Counts Is Determined By: 

1. The Relationships That I Form 
Relationships help us to define who we are and what we can become. In my own life, I can see how relationships have shaped my character, values, and interest. I consider relationships to be my greatest treasures in life and an immense source of joy. 

Most people can trace their failures or successes to pivotal relationships. That's because all relationships involve transference. When we interact with others we exchange energy, emotions, ideas, and values. Some relationships reinforce our values and uplift us; while others undercut our convictions and drain us. While we cannot choose every relationship in our lives, on the whole, we get to select those who are closest to us. 

Relationship Rules 

1. Get along with yourself. The one relationship you will have until you die is yourself. 
2. Value people. You cannot make another person feel important if you secretly feel that he or she is a nobody. 
3. Make the effort to form relationships. The result of a person who has never served others? Loneliness. 
4. Understand the Reciprocity Rule. Over time, people come to share reciprocal, similar attitudes toward each other. 
5. Follow the Golden Rule. The timeless principle: treat others the way you want to be treated. 

2. The Decisions That I Make 
Good decisions sometimes reap dividends years into the future, while bad decisions have a way of haunting us. Consider diverging decisions made by Johnson & Johnson and Phillip Morris. 

In 1982, Johnson & Johnson faced a dilemma when seven people died from cyanide poison placed inside of Tylenol bottles. Johnson & Johnson's reaction? The company pulled its product from the shelves, invested in tamper-proof bottling, and emerged as a paragon of corporate responsibility. To this day, Johnson & Johnson remains one of America's most admired companies. 

In 1999, Phillip Morris, in an attempt to counter antismoking measures in the Czech Republic, commissioned an economic analysis to look into the "indirect positive effects" of premature deaths to smokers. The purported "benefits" to Czech society included savings on health care, pensions, welfare, and housing costs for the elderly. After word of the study began to circulate, public opinion forced Phillip Morris to issue a sheepish apology. In light of clear evidence showing the health detriments of smoking, Phillip Morris' decision to justify cigarette sales has contributed to the "Big Tobacco" image as an object of consumer scorn. 

My friend, legendary basketball coach John Wooden, encourages leaders to, "Make every day your masterpiece." Two ingredients are necessary for each day to be a masterpiece: decisions and discipline. I like to think of decisions as ‘goal-setting’ and discipline as ‘goal-getting.’ Decisions and discipline cannot be separated because one is worthless without the other. 

Good Decisions - Daily Discipline = A Plan without Payoff 
Daily Discipline - Good Decisions = Regimentation without Reward 
Good Decisions + Daily Discipline = A Masterpiece of Success 

3. The Experiences That I Encounter 
In addition to relationships and decisions, our lives are shaped by pivotal experiences. Whether triumphs or tragedies, our lives are molded by a shortlist of prominent experiences. Perhaps we receive a long-awaited promotion or we're suddenly let go from a job. Perhaps a loved one passes away, or a newborn baby enters our lives. These experiences immerse us in emotions and challenge our convictions. They may even reveal our purpose in life. 

Oftentimes, we're defined not so much in the moment of experience itself as in our response to the experience. Do we quit or rebound? Do we harbor bitterness or choose to forgive? Do we blame or improve? Whatever the case, the experiences in our lives profoundly touch us. 

The life experiences we encounter are broad and varied, but here are a few brief pointers on gaining the most from them. 

1. Evaluate experience. Experience isn't the best teacher. Evaluated experience is the best teacher. Learn from mistakes and victories alike. Draw upon experiences to grow and gain wisdom. 

2. Manage the emotional aspects of experience. Pivotal moments come with a flood of emotions - at times positive, and at times negative. Teach yourself to counteract negative feelings and learn to harness the momentum of positive emotions. 

3. Share them through storytelling. Experiences are my richest repositories of teaching material. Make a habit of sharing the lessons learned from the experiences that have shaped your life and your leadership. 

Living a Life That Counts Is Determined By... 
1. The Relationships That I Form 
2. The Decisions That I Make 
3. The Experiences That I Encounter 

If you're not doing something with your life, then it doesn't matter how long you live. If you're doing something with your life, then it doesn't matter how short your life may be. A life is not measured by years lived, but by its usefulness. If you are giving, loving, serving, helping, encouraging, and adding value to others, then you're living a life that counts! 

bout the Author 
John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 16 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. 

News You Can Use

Feb. 6 Deadline Approaches for Committee Service 
Feb. 6 is the deadline to submit your interest in serving on an STMA Committee or Task Group. If you have not already done so, please fill out 
the form and submit it today and help advance STMA's programs and services. 

100 Certified! 
STMA's Certified Sports Field Managers program reaches a milestone -- 
100 CSFMs. The program began in 2000, and those seeking to become certified must achieve 40 pointsto be eligible to test. The points are based on a combination of formal education and experience. Those earning the designation show a committment to continuous learning and giving back to the industry, two activities that are required to maintain certified status. To find out more about the certification program, click here

Publicize Your Charitable Field Renovation Efforts 
The June 2009 issue of SportsTurf Magazine will include a section featuring charitable "field makeover" efforts of STMA Chapters and individual members in the past year. Editor Eric Schroder has asked that Chapter Officers and others responsible for making these projects happen contact him to be included. 

"We want to make sure that STMA members' time, expertise, and manpower, as well as commercial members' substantial equipment, service, and product contributions to these projects are made public," Schroder says. "Though it is against the nature of most sports turf managers to seek such publicity, everyone involved should want the results of their efforts made known to a wide audience to demostrate the industry's dedication to improving the safety and playability of fields at all levels." 

Please contact Eric at 
eschroder@m2media360.com or 717-805-4197 by April 3 to be included. 

STMA Releases Compensation Survey Results 
During the fall of 2008, STMA conducted a survey of its sports turf managers on compensation and benefits. The results were initially made available to those members who filled out the survey, but they are now available to the entire STMA membership. 

Tables, graphs and charts have been created for easy review, and there is detailed state-by-state information on salaries. The results show that 60 percent of sports turf managers earn more than $50,000, and that 90 percent of the membership's employers pay for STMA national membership dues. Compensation data is also presented by certified status, level of education, number of acres managed, etc., and you will also find a tremendous amount of demographic and benefits information included. The response rate was more than 38 percent, which is excellent and provides even greater assurance that the data is statistically valid. To review the complete report, 
click here

Renew Your Membership Online 
Renew your 2009 membership 
online to continue to receive uninterrupted membership services and benefits. For those who do not renew by March 31, your membership will no longer be valid and your access to the STMA member benefits will expire on that date. For continuous service, please renew online, or call STMA headquarters, ph. 800-323-3875. If you are uncertain if you have renewed your membership, log on to the members only area of www.STMA.org. If you haven't renewed, you will be prompted to renew and provided a link directly to the renewal form. STMA is sending final renewal notices this month. 

San José Conference Acclaimed! 
The Sports Turf Managers Association held its 20th annual conference in San José, Calif., Jan. 13-17, and attendees and commercial partners praised the event and the educational program. 

Member Mark Holder, City of Roswell, GA, said, "This was only my second conference and being new in the turf side of things, the education and networking are beyond compare. I have been to numerous other conferences and none of them touch STMA." 

There were more than 90 hours of education presented, which focused on technical information and introduced new techniques and practices to sports facility managers. Although conference registration numbers were tracking slightly less than the 2008 conference, total attendance was more than 1,400, and exhibitors felt it was time well spent. Doug Schattinger, President of Pioneer Athletics said, "We felt we had a very good show and presence in San José. The amount and caliber (foot traffic) was more than sufficient for our expectations." 

San José Conference Presentations are Online 
If you were unable to attend the San José Conference, you can access the valuable written information that was presented there. Speaker presentations and handouts are
online in the Conferences area of the website. 

STMA Highest Honors Presented 
The STMA Awards banquet held on Fri., Jan. 16 during the annual conference, culminated in the awarding of the Founders Awards, STMA's most prestigious honors. 

Mike Tarantino from Poway Unified School District in Poway, CA, received the Dick Ericson award, which is given to a sports turf manager who positively impacts the sports turf industry and exhibits effective team leadership. His nomination referenced his professionalism, team leadership, a commitment to improving the industry, and his contributions to STMA committee service. 


Founder Dr. William Daniel set the standard for educator and researcher involvement in the STMA, and created a partnership between sports turf managers and educators and researchers. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the sports turf industry through his or her research, teaching or extension outreach. Dr. Grady Miller, North Carolina State University, was presented this honor in recognition for his substantial research on sports field management techniques during drought conditions, his accessibility to sports turf managers and his authorship of numerous books and scientific manuscripts dedicated to the profession. 

The George Toma Golden Rake Award, which acknowledges an individual's strong work ethic and job performance, was presented to David Reiss from Wasatch County School District in Heber City, UT. He is described as an outstanding turf man, an advocate of excellence and accountability in his profession, and his nomination acclaimed his enthusiasm and dedication to providing high quality sports and practice fields.  






The Harry C. Gill Memorial Award was presented to former STMA board president Bob Campbell, CSFM, from the University of Tennessee. The Gill Award recognizes an individual for their hard work in the sports turf industry and acknowledges their dedication and service to STMA. Campbell was honored for his extraordinary commitment to the profession. His sports field management practices have raised the bar for all sports turf managers, and he is lauded as a mentor to the industry. His leadership helped to navigate STMA through turbulent times, and it is through his leadership that the association is strong and vibrant today. 

STMA Elects its 2009 Board of Directors 
During December, STMA members elected via ballot five officers and four directors, who took office during the association's Annual Meeting on Jan. 15, in San José, CA. Three current directors' terms will not be up for election until 2010. President Abby McNeal, CSFM, appointed a fifth director during the Annual Meeting, which brings the total to 13 members on the STMA Board of Directors. 

This election celebrates two milestones in STMA's history. The first woman president of STMA, Abby McNeal, CSFM, is elected and significant Bylaws changes makes it the first election for an expanded board, a combined Secretary/Treasurer position, and one-year terms for Officers. 
Previously, STMA had a 12-member board, a separate Secretary and Treasurer, and two-year terms for Officers. The governance changes were developed over two years by the STMA Governance Task Force, approved by the STMA Board and membership, and implemented by the STMA Bylaws Committee. 

The Officers and Directors are: 
President - Abby McNeal, CSFM, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 
Immediate Past President - Mike Andresen, CSFM, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 
President-Elect - Chris Calcaterra, M.Ed., CSFM, CPRP, City of Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, AZ 
Vice President Commercial - Dale Getz, CSFM, CSE, The Toro Co., Bloomington, MN 
Secretary/Treasurer - Troy Smith, CSFM, Denver Broncos Football Club, Denver, CO 

Professional Facilities - Larry DiVito, Washington Nationals, Washington, DC 
Schools K-12 - Martin Kaufman, CSFM, Ensworth Schools, Nashville, TN 
Commercial - Chad Price, CSFM, Carolina Green Corp., Indian Trail, NC 
At-Large - John Sorochan, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 
At-Large (Appointed) - Jody Gill, CSFM, Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, KS 
(The following are beginning the second year of their terms as Directors) 
Higher Education - Amy Fouty, CSFM, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 
Parks & Recreation - David Pinsonneault, CSFM, CPRP, Town of Lexington, Lexington, MA 
Academic - Michael Goatley, Jr., Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 

Only 345 Days Until Disney! 
It is not too early to begin planning to attend the STMA 2010 Conference at Disney'sCoronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. STMA has negotiated very reasonable hotel room rates at $141 per night, and are working on low-cost theme park packages for you and your family. 

Guarantee your attendance by being a speaker. STMA covers your airfare and one nights hotel for all non-commercial speakers. Look for the STMA 'Call for Presentations', which will be sent electronically to all members in March, and make plans now to submit your ideas for a presentation. 

More Than $27,000 Raised, New SAFE Board Members Appointed in San José 
SAFE raised more than $27,000 for scholarship, research and education during the Conference in San José. These monies were raised through many events including the SAFE Jacobsen Golf Tournament, SAFE Raffles, and Live and Silent auctions held throughout the conference. 

More than 100 golfers competed in the Ninth Annual SAFE Jacobsen Golf Tournament held at The Ranch Golf Club and those golfers donated almost $14,000 to SAFE. The tournament was won with a score of fifteen-under par (57) by the team of Dan Douglas, Steve LeGros, Neil Pate, and Todd Vanek. Congratulations to the winning team and thank you to all the golfers in the tournament. 

The SAFE Jacobsen Golf Tournament would not be possible without the generous contributions of Jacobsen, a Textron Company. Since it began sponsoring the tournament, Jacobsen has raised more than $130,000 for SAFE and contributed to countless memories for STMA golfers each year. Thank you to hole sponsors Landscapes Unlimited and Carolina Green for their contributions as well. 

The SAFE Board of Directors welcomed four new members and said goodbye to one, bringing the total number of representatives to ten. The Board welcomes new appointees 

• Tom Burns of Diamond Pro/TXI 
• Ken Curry of Covermaster, Inc. 
• Gil Landry, Ph.D., University of Georgia 
• Jay Warnick, CSFM, World Class Athletic Surfaces 

They join 

• Chairman Boyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE, The Toro Company 
• Matt Armbrister, John Deere 
• Chris Calcaterra, M.Ed., CSFM, CPRP, City of Peoria (AZ) Sports Complex 
• Amy Fouty, CSFM, Michigan State University 
• Jody Gill, CSFM, Blue Valley (KS) School District 
• Leo Goertz, Texas A&M University 

Bob Curry of Covermaster, Inc. was presented an award for his six years of dedicated service to the Foundation. 

The annual SAFE Auctions conducted at the Welcome Reception, in the Exhibition Hall, and at the Awards Banquet Reception on Friday brought in more than $10,000. Winners walked away with some amazing autographed memorabilia, apparel, a Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit, hotel packages, tickets to a race at Talladega Superspeedway, golf gear, and even sports turf specific equipment! Doug Schattinger of Pioneer Athletics was the winner of the 50/50 Raffle at the Welcome Reception, but donated his winnings back to SAFE. Thank you to Tom Curran and everyone else who helped with the auctions. 

SAFE has a strong presence within the student population at the conference, and to that end presented eight scholarships totaling $12,500 to students from across the country. These students also received complimentary registration and $500 towards their lodging. The Scholarship Program is funded through a generous donation from the Toro Giving Program. 

Additionally, SAFE funds $4,000 prizes for the winning schools in the annual STMA Student Challenge, with platinum sponsor Hunter Industries. Penn State successfully defended their title in the Four Year Competition and Mt. San Antonio College regained the winners circle in the Two Year Competition after winning in 2007. Hunter Industries sponsors each Student Challenge participants’ registration to the conference, as well as the Student Lunch. 

Next year in Orlando, SAFE will be looking to top the fantastic results from this year. In order to do that, we need donations from STMA members! Autographed merchandise, gift certificates, tickets, apparel, and other items are in always appreciated and can be sent to STMA Headquarters. 

For more information on donating to SAFE, events at conference, or volunteering, please contact
Patrick Allen at 



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