June 2011


Have Your Synthetic Turf Field Tested for Wear-Resistance

Penn State's Center for Sports Surface Research is offering a few facilities the opportunity to have a sample of their new synthetic field tested for upright fiber wear resistance. Plans are to test several of each and every monofilament product being installed in today's market place annually. The data will be compiled in an online database and be available to the public. Currently, only monofilament products are being accepted. Please 
click here for more detailed information.

The Center for Sports Surface Research at Penn State is dedicated to the improvement of performance and safety on all sports surfaces. 
Click here to view the website and access resources on construction and maintenance, facts and research, equipment and cost analysis, field dimensions and layout, and natural turfgrass research.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

Top 10 Principles of Employee Empowerment 
Susan M. Heathfield, About.com Guide

Looking for real management advice about people? Your goal is to create a work environment in which people are empowered, productive, contributing, and happy. Don't hobble them by limiting their tools or information. Trust them to do the right thing. Get out of their way and watch them catch fire. Read more here.

News You Can Use

Southeast Regional Conference Two Weeks from Today!

Don't forget to register for the upcoming Southeast Regional Conference, June 15-16, in Knoxville, TN. Registering ahead of time saves STMA members and members of the Tennessee Valley, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Chapters $30! National members can log-in to STMA Members Only and register. Others can click here to download the brochure to learn more about this great educational event and fill out the registration form.

The event is an excellent opportunity to earn pesticide recertification credits from six states and CEUs for five association certification programs.

Pesticide recertification credits have been approved for:
Tennessee - 3 points in C03-Ornamental and Turf; 3 points in C10-Demo and Research; 3 points in C12-Pesticide Dealer
North Carolina - 1.5 hours credit
Kentucky - 5 total general hours
South Carolina - 2 Category 3 Recertification Credits
Georgia - 2 credit hours
Virginia - recertification in category 3-B (24) and 60 (60)

CEUs have been approved by the following organizations' certification programs:
STMA - 0.6 CEUs
NRPA - 0.6 CEUs
TNLA - 1 point
GCSAA - .45 Education Points
ASLA - Wednesday - 3 credit hours; Thursday - 2 credit hours for each track

You must be in attendance both days to receive credit. Make sure to visit with Kristen Althouse onsite to sign in and receive appropriate credits for your organization or state.

Contact STMA for more information about this great event visiting Tennessee for the first time.

STMA Field of the Year Application Ready, Entirely Electronic for First Time

Now is the perfect time to begin preparing your STMA Field of the Year Application. Thedeadline for materials to be received at STMA headquarters is October 15, 2011. The STMA Field of the Year program requires photos from throughout the year, completion of the STMA PCI, and several other items that you can get started on early.

For 2011, STMA has made the entire application process electronic! While not a true "online process," applicants are required to fill out the forms and submit their materials (forms and photos) via email, the internet or a flash drive or CD. It is the intent of the Awards Committee that this process allow for remote judging of applications, provide a level playing field (pun not intended) for all applicants regardless of budget spent on "the presentation" of the facts regarding the field, and really help the "story" of the field and crew shine through. Download the application form, make sure to read the instructions carefully, and submit your field today!

Just by applying for the STMA Field of the Year Awards, members gain recognition from their employers and community. Community athletic facilities are a point of local pride, and by applying for this program, and showcasing your expertise in the process, you can draw media attention and gain respect throughout the community for the hard work you, your crew and volunteers undertake making your field look and play its best.

Each Field of the Year Award winner is presented with a special plaque at the STMA Awards Banquet, held each year at the STMA Conference and Exhibition. This year, the Awards Banquet will be the evening of Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 in Long Beach, California. In addition to the plaque, each STMA Field of the Year winner will receive free conference registration, three nights of lodging at the conference hotel, STMA signature apparel, and a feature article in the official publication of STMA, SportsTurf Magazine. These awards are generously supported by STMA's official awards sponsors Carolina Green Corp., Covermaster, Inc., Hunter Industries and World Class Athletic Surfaces.

Attention Commercial Members!

The 2012 STMA Conference and Exhibition in Long Beach, CA, will feature an education session entitled "New Trends and Technology In Sports Turf". The goal of this 50 minute session is to allow commercial companies to introduce new or improved products and services. The session will feature 10 speakers representing STMA's commercial companies. Each speaker will have 5 minutes to introduce and explain the benefits of their product or service to conference attendees. Companies interested in this opportunity will be entered into a lottery from which 10 companies will be chosen to participate. If you are selected for the program in 2012, you will not be eligible for the program in 2013. This way, each company will have a fair opportunity to participate, and each year our attendees will be exposed to the newest trends and technology. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Kristen Althouse by email at kalthouse@stma.org or phone 785-542-9243by Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

STMA is looking for your educational videos!

You can be a part of enhancing STMA member education by submitting your own educational YouTube video. The goal of the videos is to share maintenance and management strategies between sports turf managers across the country. Educational topics can include (but are not limited to):
• Mound reconstruction
• Mowing tips and advice
• Sprayer and spreader calibration
• Painting a logo
Each video should be 3-10 minutes of concise, valuable information that will benefit those involved in the sports turf industry. All videos must follow the guidelines, which can be found 
here. A complete review of each video will be conducted by the STMA Information Outreach Committee to determine appropriateness. If your video is approved, STMA will promote it to the membership. To submit your video, or for more information, please contact Kristen Althouse at kalthouse@stma.org.

Summer Educational Bulletins

Don't forget to take advantage of the many educational bulletins STMA has to offer! Some of the bulletins that may provide assistance to you over the summer include:

Field Management During a Drought
Strategies for Managing Heavily Used Fields
Effective Water Use
Click here to access them now!

Continue the Tradition

The STMA four Founders validated the profession of sports turf management. By nominating a peer for one of these awards, you can uphold and advance their vision for your association. The four founders, Dick Ericson, George Toma, Dr. Bill Daniel, and Harry Gill each made significant contributions to the formation of STMA, and each has an award named in his honor. The deadline is Oct. 15, so you should have ample time to fill out the simple form before the crush of fall sports.

What do You Want to See?

The STMA Website Committee seeks your input for our developing new website. Please click here to tell us what features, information, and resources you would find helpful at www.STMA.org. Go big, we want to hear your ideas!


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