March 2009


Drought Tolerance of Kentucky Bluegrass and Hybrid Bluegrass Cultivars 
Reproduced with permission from 
Applied Turfgrass Science 

Find out how drought-tolerant cultivars can have a positive impact on future water resources. 
Click here to read the article.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

by Charles Swindoll, author of 
Attitude: Your Most Important Choice 

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. 

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. 

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. 

And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes. 

News You Can Use

March 31 Deadline to Renew 

Renew your STMA 
membership on-line before March 31 to avoid an interruption in your subscription to SportsTurf magazine, or your access to STMA’s members-only website. If you need another copy of the invoice, please contact STMA at 800-323-3875. Click here to review the benefits of membership. 

Committees Begin Work in March 

STMA’s committee are beginning their service this month, and all who volunteered will be notified of their committee placement by March 9. If you signed up for a committee and have not heard from your chairman by March 9, please contact 
STMA headquarters

STMA Regional Conference and Exhibition to be Held at Iowa State in June; Second Regional Conference Coming to the Northeast 

STMA, in partnership with eight chapters from the Midwest, will be bringing national level education and a trade show to Ames, Iowa, June 24-25, 2009. Topics will include weather fundamentals for Sports Turf Managers, fertilizers, communicating with user groups, project management and operations management, and environmental stewardship. Attendees will be afforded an intimate look at the Iowa State University athletic facilities, as well as an in-depth view of some of Dr. Dave Minner’s sports turf specific research plots. STMA encourages attendance by Sports Turf Managers and crew alike, and will be providing education for all levels of experience. 

Registration costs for the two-day Midwest Regional event will be $75 for an STMA Member (National or Chapter Only) and $95 for a non-member and will include meals. STMA has also negotiated significantly reduced hotel rates. Exhibition space will be $195 per 200 square feet for an STMA Member and $295 for a non-member and will include an 8’ table for a tabletop display and two full conference registrations. Additional space and a product demonstration area will be available for a fee. 

Additionally, there will be a second STMA Regional Conference on a date and a location to be determined in the Northeastern U.S. Back by popular demand, STMA and six chapters are partnering to bring the second consecutive Regional Conference to the Northeast, after last year’s extremely successful event in Philadelphia, Penn. at Lincoln Financial Field and Citizen’s Bank Park. 

According to Dr. Mike Goatley, STMA Conference Education Chairman, You will not find a better sports turf specific educational experience outside of the STMA Conference and Exposition held every January,” than these two Regional Conferences. 

Put June 24-25 on your schedule and start talking to your employer about making sure that you are able to attend this incredible educational opportunity if it is in your area of the country. Also, keep checking back at and your inbox for updates on the second Regional Conference in the Northeast. If you have any questions, please contact STMA at 1-800-323-3875 or

STMA is now on Facebook! 

Facebook is an online social network that gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected. The STMA page on Facebook provides an online resource for members to network, participate in discussions of industry related topics, share pictures and videos, and keep up-to-date on industry events. To become a part of this network, please go to and sign up. It’s free and does not require personal information. Once you are signed up, enter Sports Turf Managers Association in the search bar and become a “fan.” This is all it takes to expand your contacts and stay better connected with the people, issues and events in the sports turf industry. If you have any questions about the STMA Facebook page, please contact Kristen Althouse

Get Started on Your 2009 Field of the Year Application 

It is never too early to start taking notes and pictures to use in your 2009 Field of the Year application. The committee encourages creative pictures and exciting narrative about the specific circumstances which you manage your field under. The 2009 Field of the Year application is still being refined, and you can look for it to be posted in April. If you have any questions about the Field of the Year program, please contact 
Patrick Allen

“If a cow cannot eat it, we shouldn’t be playing on it.” 

Read about how the NFL teams feel about playing on synthetic and natural grass football fields in the 
2008 NFL Players Playing Surfaces Opinion Survey

CSFMs Available to Mentor 

Considering pursing certification, but have some questions that go beyond the process to become certified? Contact 
Leah Craig at STMA headquarters, 800-323-3875, and we will put you in touch with a current CSFM who can answer all of your questions. 

Update Your Contact Information 

If you have not recently checked your contact information in the STMA membership database, log in to the 
member's only section of You will be taken to your personal home page where you can update your information. Accurate contact information will help STMA provide the most timely and direct services to you. 

The Winner is … 

The winner of the drawing for the STMA Complimentary 2010 Conference Registration is James Lappetito! James graduated from Michigan State University in December. His name was randomly drawn from those who filled out the STMA Post Conference Survey by CEO Kim Heck. The registration will provide access to all of the conference education, networking, meals, receptions and the annual awards banquet in January 2010 at the Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center. 

Purchasing for Spring? 

As you plan to make purchases of products, equipment and services for your spring field preparation, conduct your research online with 
STMA’s Industry Sourcebook, the world’s largest sports turf specific buyer’s guide. Since its inception in September of last year, the Sourcebook has received more than 254,000 hits! 

STMA members are designated with an STMA logo, and the listings provide a wealth of information to help you compare features and benefits. Every STMA commercial member is represented with a listing and sponsors and exhibitors are also noted as well. Buy from STMA commercial members who support STMA. 

New Educational Bulletin Cites Innovative Uses for Field Light Poles 

As you upgrade your field lighting system or are purchasing lighting for a new field, consider leasing your light poles to a cellular telephone company. STMA’s new bulletin,
"Have you Considered Lighting Your Sports Field?,” provides items to consider when lighting a field. Field lighting diagrams for a football field are included. 

Introducing Practical Recordkeeping 

Twenty three worksheets, schedules, logs and tabulations on how to set up a straightforward and realistic recordkeeping system are 
now online. Take advantage of the materials from Practical Recordkeeping for the Sports Turf Manager taught by John Netwal, CGCS, at the conference in San José. 

STMA has many of the presentations and handouts from the San José Conference on-line. We are also seeking your feedback on the topics and workshops you would like to see presented in Orlando next January. Those who attended this year’s conference were able to provide their feedback through a survey. STMA will be issuing a formal Call for Presentations in late March, and feedback from you will help us to focus the Call on the education you want. 
Please click here to provide your ideas!


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