November 2012

News You Can Use 

New Educational Bulletins Addressing Extreme Weather
Much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy's force. Do you have an emergency action plan in place at your facility for weather related events? Dr. Mike Goatley, with contributions from the STMA Information Outreach Committee, has written an article on how you can prepare for and recover from hurricanes at your facility. Click here for information on salt intrusion, debris accumulation, flooding, and field and facility preparation. Don't forget to read the STMA bulletin "Flooding on Sports Fields" for more in-depth information for how to deal with flood damage.

Although much of the Eastern Region is focused on hurricane recovery efforts, it is that time of year to start preparing for snow. Click here to read about safe and efficient snow removal from both natural grass and synthetic turf surfaces.

GrasStains Needs Your Photos & Video Clips
Production is starting on the annual GrasStains video, which is a fun and integral part of the STMA Awards Banquet. As always your photos and video clips of your year, crew, and other memorable moments are desired. Two areas are specifically requested:

1) 7th inning stretch videos of your grounds crew's work. See a sample video here.
2) Photos of your "younger" days in sports turf management. See a photo here. Every single member has old photos of himself/herself, so start looking, scanning and sending!

GrasStains Productions is unable to receive large files. Please open a free dropbox account, upload your photos and videos, and send the link to Production Director Steve Legros at Or, burn your photos to a CD or DVD and send to Steve Legros, 91B Partridge Circle, Carlisle, PA 17013.

STMA Nominating Committee Sets Slate
The STMA Nominating Committee presented the 2013 Board of Directors Slate of Candidates to the STMA Board at its recent Fall Board meeting. STMA voting members will vote on the candidates in late November.

Due to the resignation of Martin Kaufman, CSFM, who was the President Elect, the current President, James Michael Goatley, Jr., Ph.D., will serve a second term, per the STMA Officer Vacancy Ascension SOP. (Kaufman resigned due to a change in employment, which made him ineligible to hold the office of President). David Pinsonneault, CSFM, CPRP, the current Secretary/Treasurer, will ascend to the President Elect position. Troy Smith, CSFM, will remain Immediate Past President.

The election will take place for the following Officer and Director openings, click here to view each candidate's bio and vision for STMA:

For Secretary/Treasurer: Allen Johnson, CSFM, Green Bay Packers, Green Bay, WI v. Mike Tarantino, CSFM, Poway USD, Poway, CA

For the Director Representing Professional Facilities: Tom Jones, FC-Dallas, Frisco, TX v. Phil McQuade, Dicks Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO

For the Director Representing Schools K-12: Andrew Gossel, Covenant Christian High School, Indianapolis, IN v. Rich Watson, Pine Hill Public Schools, Pine Hill, NJ

For the Director Representing the Commercial sector: James Graff, Graff’s Turf Farms, Inc., Ft. Morgan, CO v. Eric Simmons, PLA, Hunter Industries, Great Lakes Region, Oswego, IL

For the Elected At-Large Director: Tim Van Loo, CSFM, Iowa State University, Ames, IA v. Brian Winka, CSFM, City of Chesterfield, Chesterfield, MO

Directors serve two year terms as does the Commercial Vice President. Serving the second year of their term and not up for election are Rene Asprion, Commercial Vice President, Diamond Pro/TXI, Dallas, TX; Jeff Salmond, CSFM, Higher Education Director, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; Jeffrey Fowler, Academic Director, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Franklin, PA; and Debra Kneeshaw, Parks and Recreation Director, City of Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR.

Balloting will be electronic, but paper ballots will also be accepted via fax and mail.


STMA Members to Vote on Bylaws
Included with the election ballot will be a Bylaws change presented to the membership. All changes to the Bylaws must be voted on by the STMA voting membership. To pass, an amendment must have the approval of a majority of members casting ballots.

The Bylaws changes are twofold: adding an honorary classification of membership to the voting and non voting classifications and the renumbering of the Bylaws due to this change. STMA has always had honorary and lifetime categories of membership. But, these were under the voting classification and allowed its members to vote and hold office. There are situations where this can be problematic. For example, a past president is always made an honorary member at the conclusion of his/her presidential service. The Bylaws language allowed the past president to hold office again and to vote. This is in direct conflict with a past president who obtains employment in the commercial sector. Thus, the addition of an Honorary Classification of Membership allows the employment status of a member to determine if he/she can vote and hold office. Click here to view the Bylaws changes.

The Bylaws Committee made this final recommendation to the STMA Board of Directors at its recent fall meeting to present these changes to the membership. The Board unanimously approved them. The Bylaws Committee is chaired by Mike Trigg, CSFM; its members include Jesse Driver, CSFM, Mary Owen, Scott Pippen, David Reiss, and Troy Smith, CSFM.


STMA is Offering a Live Webcast at the Conference
For those of you unable to attend the 2013 STMA Conference and Exhibition in Daytona Beach, FL, STMA is offering the opportunity to view conference education sessions LIVE!  STMA is partnering with Peach New Media to bring you four education sessions featured at the conference on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.  Featured sessions include: 

  • Making Plant Growth Regulators Work for You – Thomas Serensits
  • The Reality of LEED Certified Landscape and Site Management – Larry DiVito
  • 3 Keys to Providing High Quality, High Traffic Athletic Fields – Jerad Minnick
  • Back To Basics: Getting the Most from Your Granular Fertilizers – Brad Jakubowski and Dr. Tom Samples 

Anyone can access the education.  Registration is $10 for each of the morning sessions and $20 for the three hour afternoon session.  Stay tuned for registration information.

Peach New Media will also be recording education sessions throughout the entire STMA Conference.  These recorded sessions will be available for purchase following the conference.  If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Althouse at


"Try it Before You Buy it": Showcasing STMA's In-Depth Resources to Potential Members
STMA's new membership recruitment drive is called "Try it Before You Buy it" (TIBYBI). Thousands of potential new members – including K-12 athletic directors, baseball coaches, groundskeepers and parks and recreation members – have been sent both postcard and email invitations to take advantage of free resources and an STMA trial membership (through December 31). The materials made available in the TIBYBI effort include a drought resource guide and a video featuring Larry Divito and Seattle Mariners head Groundskeeper Bob Christofferson as they illustrate how to rebuild and maintain a Major League pitcher's mound (a $25 value).

The TIBYBI recruitment effort aims to introduce STMA to those who may not be aware of the association (or hesitant to purchase a membership) by providing a sampling of just some of the benefits available to current members. To date, over 67,000 individuals in the K-12 and over 11,000 in the Parks & Recreation systems have been sent either an email or postcard (or both) about STMA's "Try it Before You Buy it" effort and sign-up forms can be found on the association's homepage at Current STMA members have access to these same resources – and more – in the members-only areas of the association's Web site.


Donating to SAFE is a Home Run for Both Individuals and Organizations
Your donation to a SAFE Foundation auction or raffle can make a huge difference!

The Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE) is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit foundation and is STMA’s charity.  The Foundation exists to support sports field specific research, educational program and environmental practices to provide safer fields for athletes at all levels.

A primary vehicle for SAFE funding occurs at the annual STMA Conference. For 2013, SAFE is focusing its efforts on the auctions and raffles held during the STMA Conference & Exhibition in Daytona Beach, FL, Jan. 15 -18, 2013. SAFE is seeking donations for these fundraisers:

  • Live Auction: A few select items are auctioned just prior to our Awards Gala and have included autographed items, equipment, hotel packages, race tickets, wine, and more.
  • Silent Auction: Our most popular event, this auction allows our members to bid on coveted sports memorabilia, team gear, products, equipment, restaurant gift cards – the list goes on and on!

Don’t forget: Any donation made by your or your team may be tax deductible.  If you would like to donate items for the auctions and/or raffles, please send directly to headquarters or bring with you to conference. Please contact STMA Headquarters at 800-323-3875 if you have any questions or need a shipping address.


Get in the Swing of Things in Daytona Beach!
Have you signed up for the SAFE Golf Tournament? One of the many things Daytona Beach is known for – besides racing, of course – is its world-class golf courses! Take advantage of this unique opportunity at conference by participating in the Tournament on its new day and time, Tuesday January 15, 11:00-5 pm. It will be held at LPGA International, with two world-class four-star courses as rated by Golf Digest.

The scramble format tournament will be played on the Arthur Hills Legends Course. The par-72 layout is a classic at 6,984 yards. It features wetlands, narrow pine corridors, small greens and strategically placed water hazards. Transportation, lunch, and prizes will be included.

Don't forget: The $135 tournament fee (early bird registration for individuals) is a donation to SAFE and golf clubs can be rented for an additional fee for ease of travel, be sure to indicate your club selection when you register.


Featured Speakers of the Month
Each month two speakers presenting at the 2013 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Daytona Beach, Florida will be featured. Don't miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference!

Elizabeth T. Fasbender is a chemistry teacher at Woodlawn High School. On Wednesday, January 16, she will be presenting "Keeping Your Home Life Growing." Sports turf managers have a demanding and variable schedule that can sometimes create conflict within personal relationships. Elizabeth will be discussing how to maintain healthy personal relationships while maintaining a successful career. Attendees will learn how to communicate more effectively with a spouse or partner, how to plan personal and professional schedules, and how to act on items designed to strengthen relationships.

Philip Sharples is the owner of Technical Turf Consulting Ltd., sub-contractor to, agronomist to Azerbaijan Football Association, and agronomist to Galatasaray FC – Turkey. On Friday, January 18, he will be presenting "Managing Professional Soccer Fields in Eastern Europe". The main focus of this presentation is to highlight the management and development of professional soccer surfaces in a country that prior to 2011 had no facilities for premiership teams nor infrastructure for maintenance. It will detail how we initially developed 5 natural pitches for a professional club in Azerbaijan and then went on to help the national football association develop infrastructure and pitches in readiness for the 2012 FIFA U17 Ladies World Cup. Focus will be on the challenges, the lateral thinking needed to be applied and the successes of the re-construction and maintenance program. The presentation will also detail how we maintained the surfaces to UK premiership standards and trained the local staff from complete novices to professionally acting and performing groundsmen in record time.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

10 Ways to Motivate Anyone
Understand the unique brain and personality types of your employees to keep them invested in work. You'll see amazing results. Click here to read more.


Turf Rundown

Pesticide Industry News
Dr. Rick Brandenburg, a Turfgrass Entomologist from North Carolina State University, has produced a video addressing Pesticide Industry News. Click here to see what can be expected for the upcoming winter and spring season.

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