The 2021 Conference and Exhibition January 11-14 in Palm Springs, Calif.

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The 2021 Conference and Exhibition will be in Palm Springs!

STMA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition allows members to share information with other successful members of the sports field industry at exciting locations. In addition to educational seminars, hands-on workshops and the latest technology on display, conference attendees are able to tour professional, college and municipal facilities that offer a range of insights to take back home. There is simply no better conference around!

Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, CA , Jan. 10-14, 2021

Attending STMA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition provides a substantial Return on Investment for you and your facility.  Click here for a Case Study you can share with your employer to show the value of attending.

A look at the 2020 Conference & Exhibition

STMA Annual Conference Exhibitor Resources

 Contact

Marketing & Events is STMA’s Conference Exhibition Partner. If you are interested in exhibiting at the STMA Conference & Exhibition, or are already signed up as an exhibitor and have questions about your booth, contact Marketing & Events at:

David Rosenberg
Davidnewportevents@gmail.com
866-847-8623

2021 Floor Plan

Donate to the SAFE Foundation!

Don’t forget to donate items to the SAFE Silent & Live Auctions or the large item raffle!  To donate, please fill out the donation form and mail, email, or fax it to STMA Headquarters.

Innovative Awards Program

STMA to Recognize Commercial Companies

The Innovative Awards Program will recognize those commercial company members that have developed a product, service, equipment or technology that substantially enhances the effectiveness of the Sports Turf Manager. The innovation could also make playing surfaces safer and more playable for athletes.

Any STMA Commercial member who is exhibiting at the upcoming STMA Annual Conference and Exhibition is eligible to submit one entry annually. The company must display the innovation in its booth and have introduced it for sale between the close of the current year’s STMA show and the close of the following year’s show. The only criteria that the innovation must meet is that is should substantially enhance the effectiveness of the sports turf manager and/or make the surfaces safer and more playable for athletes.

A panel of non-commercial STMA members representing all segments of membership will judge the entries and may give the award to multiple companies that meet the criteria.

Winner(s) will be kept confidential until announced during the first day of the STMA Trade Show. Winner(s) will be able to use the special logo, seen here, in their promotion of the winning product, service, technology or equipment. STMA will publicize the winners through its communication vehicles, STMA press releases, signage at the conference and with special recognition during the Annual Awards Banquet.

Click here for the 2021 submission form.

For more information about the program contact STMA at stmainfo@stma.org. Submittals must be sent electronically by Oct. 15.

Conference Guidelines, Policies and Permissions

This information will be posted later this year.

Accommodations information will be posted later this year. Be on the lookout for more information via email and STMA’s e-newsletter.

Welcome to the 2021 Conference Education page! Here you will find presentations and handouts for education sessions occurring at STMA's 32nd Conference and Exhibition.

For 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 conference education, click here.

To purchase the recorded 2020 conference education sessions, please visit our online library.

The Conference Education Committee is working to provide exceptional educational opportunities. Sessions will be released by October 1.

Mon., Jan. 11
1:15 – 5 pm

Panel Discussion

Tues., Jan. 12
8 – 9:30 am – Opening General Session

Opening General Session – Town Hall

9:45 – 10:45 am

5 Concurrent Education Sessions

11 am – 12 pm

5 Concurrent Education Sessions

2 – 3:15 pm

5 Concurrent Education Sessions

3:30 – 5 pm

5 Concurrent Education Sessions

Wed., Jan. 13
8 – 9:15 am

5 Concurrent Education Sessions

9:30 – 10:45 am

5 Concurrent Education Sessions

11 am – 12 pm

Keynote Address

Thurs., Jan. 14
8 – 10 am

3 Concurrent Panel Discussions

1:30 – 3 pm

Repeat Sessions and an Outdoor Demonstration

2021 STMA’s 32nd Annual Conference & Exhibition

January 11-14, 2021
Palm Springs, CA

Check back soon for the Conference Brochure.

Attending STMA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition provides a substantial Return on Investment for you and your facility.  Click here for a Case Study you can share with your employer to show the value of attending.

Convention Center
Palm Springs Convention Center
277 N Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262

  • 2020 – West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2019 – Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2018 – Fort Worth, Texas
  • 2017 – Orlando, Florida
  • 2016 – San Diego, California
  • 2015 – Denver, Colorado
  • 2014 – San Antonio, Texas
  • 2013 – Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 2012 – Long Beach, California
  • 2011 – Austin, Texas
  • 2010 – Orlando, Florida
  • 2009 – San Jose, California
  • 2008 – Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2007 – San Antonio, Texas
  • 2006 – Orlando, Florida
  • 2005 – Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2004 – San Diego, California
  • 2003 – San Antonio, Texas
  • 2002 – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2001 – Tampa, Florida
  • 2000 – St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1999 – Mesa, Arizona
  • 1998 – Orlando, Florida
  • 1997 – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1996 – Anaheim, California
  • 1995 – Bradenton, Florida
  • 1993 – Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1992 – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1991 – San Diego, California
  • 1990 – Houston, Texas
  • 1989 – Vero Beach, Florida
2021 – Palm Springs, CA

January 11-14, 2021

2022 – Savannah, GA

January 17-20, 2022

2023 – Salt Lake City, UT

January 16-19, 2023

2024 – Daytona Beach, FL

Dates TBD

The STMA Student Challenge is presented in partnership with the SAFE Foundation, Founding Partner Hunter Industries and supporting sponsor Ewing. Each year students from 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities across the country compete in an exam that challenges knowledge in the sports field industry. The winning teams receive a cash award, a plaque and medallions for each team member. The prize money benefits the institution’s turfgrass science program and creates opportunities for students pursuing a career in sports field management.

The 2021 STMA Student Challenge is going virtual. Please be sure to thoroughly read the 2021 Student Challenge Study Guide for detailed information on the new format.  The event will consist of two sections – an oral presentation and a virtual exam.

Important Deadlines:

Please be sure to thoroughly read the 2021 Student Challenge Study Guide . These dates indicate the final day for registration and submission.

  • Registration: November 18, 2020
  • Oral Presentation: November 25, 2020
  • Virtual Exam: January 8, 2020

Registration for the Student Challenge opens on September 1. Each team member is required to register online to participate in the 2021 STMA Student Challenge.  You must provide your name, email, team member names and emails, institution name, if you are in a 2 year or 4 year program, and your advisor’s name and email. Each student must register individually and be a current STMA member.  If you are not a member, you must first become a student member.  Once you are a member, the Student Challenge registration option will appear in the STMA Store.  You will only see the Student Challenge registration option if you are a current member.  Please contact STMA with any questions at 800-323-3875 or kalthouse@stma.org.

 

Congratulations to all of the teams that competed in the 2020 Student Challenge!  Winning the two-year competition was Mt. San Antonio College – Team 209. Penn State University – Team 211 took second place, and OSU ATI – Team 208 took third place. Winning the four-year competition was Penn State University – Team 403. Iowa State University – Team 405 took second place and Purdue University – Team 418 took third place.

2-year Division Winners – Mt. San Antonio College  – Team 209: Maria Rivas, Jose Gutierrez, Ryan Costello and Daniel Akers.

4-year Division Winners – Penn State University – Team 403: Micah Osenbach, Ian Patterson, Paige Alcorn and John Schupp.

The STMA Student Challenge is presented in partnership with the SAFE Foundation, Founding Partner Hunter Industries, and supporting sponsor Ewing.

Note: STMA Education Manager Kristen Althouse oversees the Student Challenge. She teaches first-year botany students who are in a two-year program at Penn State University. These first year students do not participate in the Student Challenge. She also has signed a binding, non-disclosure agreement. For questions or concerns, please contact STMA CEO, Kim Heck, kheck@stma.org, ph. 800-323-3875.

STMA Student Challenge Participant Code of Conduct and Eligibility Requirements

Code of Conduct
As a participant in the STMA Student Challenge and a guest of STMA, SAFE, and the sponsors of the event, all participating students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional, courteous and responsible manner while at the STMA Conference and Exhibition.

Eligibility 
Participants in the STMA Student Challenge competing on a two-year team may compete in no more than three total Student Challenge events.
Participants in the STMA Student Challenge competing on a four-year team may compete in no more than five total Student Challenge events.
Students who have transferred from a two-year program to a four-year program may compete in up to five total Student Challenge events.
Graduate students may not participate.

Terms
Should a student be deemed to be in violation of policies by authorized STMA staff or volunteers, the team/school that the student represents may be disqualified from current and future STMA Student Challenge competitions and will be asked to pay for the Conference registration of all team members and forfeit all awards.  Please contact STMA with any questions regarding these policies at 800.323.3875 or STMAInfo@STMA.org.

Previous STMA Student Challenge Winners

2020 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition
– Mt. San Antonio College – Team 209
Four Year Competition
– Penn State University – Team 403

2019 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition
– Penn State University – Team 203
Four Year Competition
– Iowa State University – Team 424

2018 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition
– Mt. San Antonio College – Team 208
Four Year Competition
– Iowa State University – Team 401

2017 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – Mt. San Antonio College – Team 207
Four Year Competition 
– Penn State University – Team 422

2016 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – Mt. San Antonio College – Team 208
Four Year Competition – 
Penn State University – Team 409

2015 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – Penn State University – Team 207
Four Year Competition – University of Maryland – Team 414

2014 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – 
Mt. San Antonio College – Team 202
Four Year Competition – 
University of Maryland – Team 410

2013 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – 
Horry-Georgetown Technical College – Team 202
Four Year Competition – University of Maryland – Team 412

2012 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – Kirkwood Community College Team 204
Four Year Competition – 
Purdue University Team 402

2011 Student Challenge Champions

Two Year Competition – Mt. San Antonio College Team 206
Four Year Competition – Purdue University Team 415

2010 Student Challenge Champions 
Two Year Competition – Penn State University Team 207
Four Year Competition – Penn State University Team 409

2009 Student Challenge Champions 
Two Year Competition – Mt. San Antonio College Team 102
Four Year Competition – Penn State University Team 009

2008 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – Penn State University Team 104
Four Year Competition – Penn State University Team 008

2007 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – Mt. San Antonio College Team 14
Four Year Competition – University of Tennessee Team 24

2006 Student Challenge Champions 
Purdue University Team 9

2005 Student Challenge Champions
Penn State University

Increase your professionalism by taking advantage of the continuing education units (CEUs) being offered at the STMA Conference this year. Earn up to 1.5 CEUs through STMA. In addition to STMA, the following professional organizations have agreed to provide CEUs for attending education sessions at the conference: (note: CEUs are currently pending with the following organizations)

American Sports Builders Association (ASBA)
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)
Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS)
National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)

The following states are providing Pesticide Recertification Credits:
California*

*Pesticide Recertification credits will only be available for California. If you are attending from another state and are in need of pesticide recertification credits, you are responsible for contacting your state’s Department of Agriculture for approval.

See the onsite brochure for a detailed listing of education sessions that qualify for CEUs and recertification credits. Be sure to sign in using the appropriate form during the education sessions.

STMA’s 2021 Call for Presentations is now closed.  Notification of selection will be out by October.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Kristen Althouse, STMA Education Manager – kalthouse@stma.org.