Innovative Award

STMA Innovative Awards Program

In 2010, STMA's Innovative Awards Task Group developed an awards program to recognize STMA commercial member companies that improve the sports turf management profession.

The Innovative Awards Program recognizes those commercial company members that have developed a product, service, equipment or technology that substantially enhances the effectiveness of the Sports Turf Manager. The innovation could also make playing surfaces safer and more playable for athletes.

All entries will be recognized on signage and in the conference on-site guide. This recognition will help attendees identify new products, the company that developed them, and the booth number. 

As you select the product, equipment, technology, or service to enter, consider this description of "innovative":

  • is cutting edge
  • has never been seen

Any STMA Commercial member who is exhibiting at the upcoming STMA Annual Conference and Exhibition is eligible to submit one entry annually. The company must display the innovation in its booth and have introduced it for sale within a two year period. The only criteria that the innovation must meet is that is should substantially enhance the effectiveness of the sports turf manager and/or make the surfaces safer and more playable for athletes.

A panel of non-commercial STMA members representing all segments of membership will judge the entries and may give the award to multiple companies that meet the criteria.

Winner(s) will be kept confidential until announced during the first day of the STMA Trade Show.  Winner(s) will be able to use the special logo, seen above, in their promotion of the winning product, service, technology or equipment and will receive an award to display. STMA will publicize the winners through its communication vehicles, STMA press releases, signage at the conference and with special recognition during the Annual Awards Banquet.

Click here for the electronic Innovative Awards Form.  In filling out the application, be sure to include why you consider it to be innovative and examples of how the product, equipment, or service is being used to solve challenges.

*NOTE: It is best to use Internet Explorer to view this form. Google Chrome may not be compatible. If you do not have the Internet Explorer browser, send an email to and we can send you the Innovative Award Application form.

Don't miss this opportunity to promote your new product, service, or equipment! Submittals must be received electronically by Oct. 15.

Note: When Oct. 15th falls on a weekend, the official deadline to submit is the following Monday or 1st business day of the next week.

Previous Innovative Award Recipients

2017 - New Ground Technology


2016 - Royse Green Industries
GT AirInject Inc.

2014 - None awarded
2013 - Green Source
2012 - G2 Turftools
2011 - Barenbrug USA

2011 - Bush Sports Turf
2011 - Sports Edge

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