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For the fourth year, STMA has been named a Community Partner with the Green Sports Alliance Summit, which will be held in Houston June 28-30. As a community partner, STMA receives a partnership table to distribute literature and meet face-to-face with attendees. STMA members also receive a $50 discount on the registration fees. Click here to register. (Put in promotional code STMA to receive the discount).

Members Tim Van Loo, CSFM and Dan Bergstrom, CSFM will be presenting on STMA's new Environmental Facility Certification Program. The is the second time that STMA has been selected for the education program.

The annual Green Sports Alliance Summit is the world's largest and most influential gathering for the sports community to unite around sustainability. The event brings together more than 800 industry stakeholders to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain and engaging fans.

For more details about the summit, click here.

STMA Founder George Toma is being inducted to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on May 18 during a luncheon at the University Plaza Convention Center in Springfield, Mo. He is being recognized for his impact on sports through grounds keeping and turf management. STMA President Salmond will attend to represent STMA and convey the association's congratulations.

The STMA Board of Directors has selected West Palm Beach as the location for its 2020 conference. They conducted a site visit during their Spring Board meeting in March. The myriad of factors that the Board considers for a conference location are all in alignment in Palm Beach. The convention center, hotels, transportation, accessibility, culture, safety, union strength, weather...and a dozen more were considered and found to be ideal.

Start planning now for an excellent family vacation on either side of the Jan. 14-17, 2020 conference and exhibition.

We all cheer on our favorite sports teams. Those who work in sports field management have a responsibility to do a different kind of a cheer.

This is a cheer to promote the profession to potential students. You are in the best position to speak to high school students and to share the sports turf management profession.

Career counselors and students may not know that this profession exists. Contact your local high school today and find out when they are holding career days and get involved. If they do not have one, contact the science teacher and offer to teach a lesson on turfgrass science. If formalized teaching is not for you, influence younger kids – sports teams you coach, scouting troops you lead, or offer your sports facility to be the site of a field trip for your local grade school – wherever you intersect.

Take a proactive role to help grow interest in this profession so that it has a healthy amount of young people pursuing it as their career of choice.

STMA is seeking educational videos that demonstrate maintenance practices for sports fields. The goal is to develop a collection of 3-8 minute educational videos focused on sports field how-to's that STMA members can use to improve their operations. Topics can include anything related to sports turf management, such as:

- How to calibrate a sprayer or spreader
- How to edge an infield
- How to paint a logo
- How to repair equipment or irrigation

Making the video can be easy. Determine your topic and collect the equipment you need to effectively explain the management practice you are demonstrating. Using a phone or other recording device, record the video and send it to STMA via email or Dropbox.

STMA will thoroughly review your video. Remember, the goal of these videos is to enhance the education of Sports Turf Managers. STMA will be promoting your video and expects you to provide professional, applicable educational content. STMA reserves the right to decline or remove any video it feels is inappropriate.

To learn more about how to create and submit a video, visit STMA's Knowledge Center – Videos and Webinars.


Per the STMA bylaws, President Jeff Salmond, CSFM has appointed John Watt, CSFM, North Kansas City Schools, Kansas City, MO, to fill the K-12 Director position on the STMA Board. The position was open due to the recent resignation of Bobby Behr, CSFM, due to a job change and a focus on his new responsibilities. John will complete the term, which concludes at the end of this year.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

We all know what burnout looks like. This article provides the causes of burnout, personality traits that may make someone more susceptible to burnout, and 30 ways to prevent it.

Turf Rundown

Concerns have been raised by the public about the safety of recycled tire crumb used in playing fields in the United States. Limited studies have not shown an elevated health risk from playing on fields with tire crumb, but the existing studies do not comprehensively evaluate the concerns about health risks from exposure to tire crumb. Because of the need for additional information, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are launching a multi-agency Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds to study key environmental human health questions.

Click here to learn more and listen to a webinar for an overview of the Federal Research Action Plan.

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