Professional Development

Sports field management is a business, and like other businesses its managers have challenges with staffing and human resources, leadership, career development, crew training, budget and contract management, etc. STMA has provided links to several resources that you may find helpful in managing your non-turf related operations.


Event Fact Sheet
STMA has developed an Event Fact Sheet template that is easy to fill out and use. All media outlets have the names of their sports editors online. You can find their email addresses and send a personalized email with the Event Fact Sheet attached. Take a few minutes now to fill it out for your next event and garner the respect and recognition that you deserve.

To access the template, click here. First, right click, open the document and save it as a Word Document on your computer so you can use it multiple times. This will save the blank template so you can use it over and over. 

1. Click within each gray box in the template (it will get slightly darker) and enter the requested information. The box will disappear leaving your information perfectly placed.
2. The instructional copy is in red. Be sure to carefully delete all red copy.
3. Delete any questions/fill-in-the-blank areas that do not apply to your field.
4. Then review the fact sheet for spelling errors and spacing.
5. Save it again as either a word document or a pdf on your computer with the specific event name, and you are ready to distribute it. 

Contact STMA, or ph. 800-323-3875, if you need help in filling out the template or with finding your local media contacts.

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Resume/Cover Letter:
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Avoid the Top Three Cover Letter Mistakes!
How to Write Like a Pro

Beware of the Top 5 Interview Mistakes
How to Answer Any Interview Question
Are You "Interview-Ready"?

Effective Verbal Communication with Employees
Communication - Can You Hear Me Now
The Sports Turf Manager as a Crisis Communicator
Effective Email Communication - Taming the Savage Email Beast
How to Write Like a Pro
The Different Ways You Learn to be a More Effective Speaker
Top Ten Steps to Networking
Use the Easiest Non-Verbal Communication Strategy to Enhance Your Professionalism

Impacting an Industry Through Professionalism
Leadership in the Knowledge Economy
Image Alignment
Pride - A Leader's Greatest Problem

In the Workplace:
Employee Engagement: Fostering Employee Engagement with New Employees
Employee Engagement: Fostering Employee Engagement with Long-Term Employees
Effective Verbal Communication with Employees
10 Tips to Better Crew Training
Create a Collaborative Work Environment
Top 10 Strategies to Engage Your Staff
An Easy Strategy To Gain Recognition for Your Work
Promote your Credentials in Your Facility's Sports Program
Developing a Quality Internship Program
Internal Conflict Resolution Guidebook
Looking for Success?  Look No Further Than Your Staff
Making Peace with the Rules: A Guide to Getting Along with Human Resources

Balancing Work and Family
Ethics and Product Endorsement
Top 5 Red Flags to Budget Approval
How to Convince Your Employer to Send You to an STMA Conference

Professional Development Sessions Featured at STMA National Conferences:
2015 - The Journey and Daily Life of an MLB Groundskeeper - Presentation Outline - Derek Hurlburt
2015 - Internships: How to Attract Interns and How to Land an Internship - Doug Linde, Ph.D.
2015 - Balancing Work and Family - Lisa Goatley, James Michael Goatley, Jr., Ph.D.
2015 - K-12 Turf Manager Wanted - Do you have what it takes? - Rich Watson
2015 - What I've Learned…19 Seasons in Professional Baseball - Larry DiVito
2015 - Introduction to the New Health Care Laws – Michelle Walker
2015 - The CSFM Process Demystified - Tim VanLoo, CSFM
2015 - Successful Employee Documentation: From Hire to Fire - Carole Daily
2014 - Creating a New Career Path – Abby McNeal, CSFM
2014 - Managing and Molding Tomorrow's Field Managers Today - Session Outline - Michael Boettcher
2014 - Internships and How to Get the Most Out of Them – Zach Severns
2014 - Reading the Tells - Learning How to Read Body Language Article - Jerry Balistreri
2014 - The Lost Art of Communications – Jeffrey T. Fowler, Evan Fowler
2014 - Bridging the Generation Gap in the Turf Industry – Joel Rieker , Tim VanLoo, CSFM
2013 - STMA 109 - Keeping Your Home Life Growing Elizabeth T. Fasbender
2013 - STMA 113 - Hiring the Right Person  -  Patrick McGuiness
2013 - STMA 203 - Managing Your Most Valuable Asset: Your StaffSarah K. Martin, CSFM
2013 - STMA 208 - New Challenges, Take Risks, and Achieve Goals Tim VanLoo, CSFM, Mike Andresen, CSFM 
2013 - STMA 212 - Communication and the Art of Conflict Resolution Lisa Goatley, MS, LPC
2013 - STMA 218 - Being a NFL Sports Field Manager Darian Daily
2013 - STMA 219 – The Uncertain Path to Becoming an MLB Groundskeeper Luke Yoder, John Turnour
2013 - STMA 302 - Living with Integrity - Lisa Goatley, MS, LPC 
2012 - The “Real” Story of Being an NFL Sports Field Manager - Darian Daily
2012 - What it Takes to be a MLB Field Maintenance Manager - Larry DiVito
2012 - Internships: Attracting Great Interns and Landing the Internship of Your Dreams - Dr. Douglas Linde
2012 - Managing the Problem Employee - Lisa Goatley, MS, LPC
2011 - Market Yourself and Your Facility Eric Fasbender, CSFM
2011 - So You Want to be an NFL Sports Field Manager?Darian Daily
2011 - Field Maintenance is Only a Third of your Job Amy Fouty, CSFM
2011 - 25 Years as a Sports Turf Manager - What I Wish I Had Known Bob Campbell, CSFM
2011 - Maximizing Employee RelationsLisa Goatley, MS, LPC


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