Each month two speakers presenting at the 2017 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida will be featured. Don't miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference!
Dr. Bryan Hopkins is a Professor at Brigham Young University. On Wednesday, January 25, he will be presenting "Balancing Management and Legal Liabilities: BMPs for Success".
Decisions have consequences. A broad overview of a sports turf management decision tree will be given to help field managers balance managing excellent surfaces while minimizing legal and liability risks. Specific case studies and selected data review will be offered for examples. Topics will include decision making on sports field surface type (artificial vs. natural) and the inputs and record keeping needed to have successful fields from the perspective of users, administrators, public perspective, and regulators. In other words, "how do I do my job well while protecting myself and my organization from liability and perception problems?"
After attending this session, participants will be able to:
1) Understand the specific, comprehensive listing of legal/liability issues that need consideration by sports field managers and their associates.
2) Relate to three case studies, which vary from utter failure to success, in terms of how following or failing to follow documented, proven, scientifically based BMPs and proper record keeping impacted legal, liability, and perception issues.
3) Proactively make a plan to better manage both the quality of the playing surfaces while simultaneously manage risks.
Dr. Hopkins will also be co-presenting with Dr. Kelly Kopp, a Professor and Extension Specialist at Utah State University. Their topic of discussion will be "Don't Let Water Restrictions Strike You Out".
This session will focus on helping you develop a pro-active strategy for managing water shortages and potential restrictions in your community. Emphasis will be placed on performing a thorough analysis and description of existing water management practices, as well as implementing best management practices (BMPs) under restricted water supplies.
Attendees will learn:
1) About the basic types and structures of water restrictions that they may come across in their day to day operations.
2) How to thoroughly assess, describe, and report upon their facilities' water use and its importance to their communities.
3) About Best Management Practices as they relate to water management for their facilities.
Pamela Sherratt is a Sports Turf Specialist at The Ohio State University. On Wednesday, January 25, she will be presenting "A Spring and Summer Renovation Plan".
This presentation will provide a detailed look at how to renovate a field in the spring and play on it in the fall. The discussion will address turf selection, weed and disease control and grow-in practices that will maximize ground cover in a short period of time.
Attendees will learn how to:
1) Communicate to others the value of field renovation.
2) Develop a time-line of turf renovation practices between April & August.
3) Make informed decisions about turfgrass, pesticide and fertilizer selection.