The Institute


The SportsField Management Institute is the industry’s hub promoting field safety and the sports turf profession at large. A comprehensive collection of resources covering all aspects of operations is available to match the growing responsibilities of STMA members, as they advance to facility managers. From technical resources covering natural turfgrass and synthetic surfaces to professional development and management resources, the Institute promotes a shared vision by contributing best practices and insights for the greater good.

Pages marked with a are for members only. If you are a member, please sign in to access these pages.

Hot Topic: Glyphosate Update

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in U.S. agriculture and has been studied for decades.  Glyphosate is used on more than 100 food and non-food crops, including ornamentals and turfgrass.  Stay current with decisions regarding glyphosate:

EPA Takes Next Step in Review Process for Herbicide Glyphosate, Reaffirms No Risk to Public Health

Costly cancer lawsuits may spur search to replace world’s most common weed killer

Are There Alternatives to Glyphosate for Weed Control in Landscapes?


To access the previous Hot Topics:

Recordkeeping: check out the Recordkeeping section of STMA’s Professional Development page for a list of extensive resources to keep track of field maintenance, equipment, budget and employees.

Legislation regarding synthetic surfaces: visit the resources section of our Environmental Stewardship page.

Featured Education

Water Conservation Best Management Practices for Sports Facilities

The demand for potable water for agricultural, residential, and industrial use is expected to increase in the future while our supply of naturally occurring water will remain essentially unchanged and some rivers and lakes will continue to decrease in size.
When rainfall is insufficient and water resources become limited, supplemental irrigation required to sustain plantings, such as turfgrass and other landscaping plants, is often the first to be placed on water use restrictions. When managing turfgrass and other landscaped areas, reduce water use to the lowest possible level to conserve and protect our most precious natural resource. Water conservation should be implemented for both economic and judicious reasons. Always comply with local and state water use regulations and restrictions.
Water Conservation Best Management Practices for Sports Facilities provides various best management practices (BMPs) regarding water conservation that can be easily applied at sports and recreation facilities. Applying water responsibly can conserve resources and save money while still maintaining a healthy, safe turfgrass surface and aesthetically pleasing landscape.

Submitting a Sample for Turfgrass Problem Diagnosis

Turfgrass managers often encounter problems on athletic surfaces that are difficult to identify. Common turfgrass problems include fungal diseases, insect pests, nematodes, misapplication of fertilizer or pesticides, extreme temperatures, too much or too little water or nutrients, and other cultural or environmental problems. Identification can be difficult when problems appear similar from a distance.  Submitting a Sample for Turfgrass Problem Diagnosis provides instructions to help with accurate diagnosis so you can control it quickly and economically.