May 2009


Survival of Staphylococcus aureus on Synthetic Turf 

Does staph survive differently on synthetic surfaces vs. natural grass surfaces? 
Read about the most recent research conducted by Penn State University.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

How to convince your employer to send you to the STMA Conference 

It’s time to begin planning your trip to the Annual STMA Conference. How can you convince your employer to send you? 

Continuing education and industry connections are crucial to your success and the success of your sports facility. Here are some suggestions to help you begin discussions with your employer. It is critical for your employer to understand how your attendance at the Annual STMA Conference and Exhibition can add value to the overall operation of the facility. STMA is developing a ROI case study that will be available later this month. It will document actual cost savings that a facility would experience because of the ideas learned (and implemented) by attending the conference. 

Educate yourself on the Conference and Exhibition 
• Provide an overview of the size and scope of the Conference. It may be helpful to give your employer a copy of the brochure. 
• Pinpoint specific sessions you plan to attend, and tie their relevance to your sports facility. 
• Highlight the trade show hours you plan to attend. 
• Cite the suppliers and equipment manufacturers you plan to meet. 
• Discuss the networking opportunities you will have with peers who share challenges similar to the ones you have. 
• Detail the CEUs you will receive toward recertification. 
• Explain how innovations in products, new research, and cutting edge management techniques continually change, and why it is important to stay abreast of those changes. 
• Reinforce how the success of your sports fields ultimately depends upon the continued professional development of you and your staff. 

Know the Cost 
• Make a case for efficient and effective use of your facility’s training dollars. By attending the STMA Conference and Exhibition, you will be exposed to the most relevant education and technology available in one place, making it the most effective use of training dollars. 
• Show how the conference registration fee includes almost all your meals. 
• Research airfares and drive times. Orlando has very reasonable airfare costs from almost anywhere in the U.S. You also may be able to beat the cost of airfare while spending a reasonable amount of time in the car. 
• Consider sharing a hotel room with a peer to cut costs. 

Have an Action Plan 
• Develop a plan for how operations will continue in your absence. Make sure you are accessible by phone or by pager to address any concerns that might arise in your absence. 
• Promise to prepare and present a report on the information you learned and how you plan to put it into practice at your facility. 
• Demonstrate how you will share the technical information learned with your staff for their continuing educational development. 

News You Can Use

Budget Year Winding Down? 

Put any unused funds to work now for your 2010 continuing education. STMA is still in the process of developing its complete education program for the Annual Conference and Exhibition, which is at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center, Jan. 12-16, 2010, in Orlando. However, the overall schedule and costs are set, and you can register now. Simply 
download the printed form and mail or fax it. On-line registration will open in October. 

Disney Schedule: Full Conference Package $375 (includes meals, receptions, breaks, educational sessions, trade show, preconference workshops, networking sessions and career center). 
Wed., Jan. 12 
2 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshops 
4 p.m. Networking Sessions by Employment Category/Membership Segment 
7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception 

Thurs., Jan. 13 
8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Conference Education 
4:15 - 7:45 p.m. Trade Show Open 

Fri., Jan. 14 
7 a.m.- 5 p.m. Conference Education 
10 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Trade Show 
6:30 - 10 p.m. Awards Reception & Banquet 



Midwest Regional Conference and Exhibition Registration is Open 

Registration for the STMA Midwest Regional Conference is now open. The event will be held June 24-25 on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Attendees will experience more than six hours of exhibition time with more than 50 vendors and more than 12 hours of education and networking over the two day event. 
Click here for the current exhibitor list. Registration for the event is $75 for an STMA Member or a member of one of the eight participating chapters: Gateway, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, MO-KAN, Nebraska, Ozark and Wisconsin. 

Register online or download the brochure and fax it back to 785-843-2977. Contact STMA Headquarters at 800-323-3875 for more information. 

Membership Directory Coming this Summer 

The STMA Membership Directory will be going to press in June. Be certain that your contact information is correct by 
clicking here and updating any information that has changed. Remember, you can also elect to 'go green' and use the on-line, real-time membership directory instead of receiving the hard copy. If you do not remember whether or not you chose to 'go green' when you renewed your membership, just call STMA at 800-323-3875. We can change your hard copy directory to on-line only or on-line to hard copy - your preference! 

Reserve your hotel room now for Disney ! 

The Disney Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center is now open for reservations for the STMA 2010 Annual Conference and Exhibition. To reserve your room at the conference rate of $141 per night, 
click hereDisney is also offering discounts to its attractions for our convention goers. They have noted several on-line, but STMA is working to gain more discounts and bonuses for theme park tickets for our members. 

STMA Announces its newest chapter – Oregon STMA 

STMA has affiliated its 32nd Chapter, the 
Oregon Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA). The chapter was officially recognized as an affiliated chapter in April and will be presented its inaugural gavel during the Chapter Officers Training Session in January at the annual conference. To be an affiliated chapter, 25 or more sports turf managers/academics must provide signatures of support of its formation, the chapter must develop bylaws, incorporate as a non-profit entity in their state, elect officers, pay an affiliation fee, and hold a minimum of four events each year. 

STMA also offers many resources and benefits to its affiliated chapters including a $500 annual stipend for chapter enhancement activities, such as educational programs or computer software. For more information on what STMA provides to its chapters, 
click here

Have a burning question? 

Do you have a burning question that only sports turf managers can answer? Let STMA use it for a Quick Poll question. To submit your question, send it to

Compost Awareness Week Starts Sunday 

Join the millions who are committed to a healthier environment by composting and using compost as they celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, May 3-9. The objectives of the awareness efforts are to increase the diversion of organics from the main waste stream through increasing awareness of, and participation in, organics diversion initiatives (centralized composting, curbside, home composting, community composting) and to increase awareness of, and advocate for, the proper use of ‘soil-improving composts’. To find out more about what you can do to advance this initiative go to

International Resources