Route to Recovery

Webinar: Ross Bernstein “The Champion’s Code”

Access the Recorded Webinar Here

“The Champion’s Code” is Bernstein’s highly successful method that hones-in on the characteristics that are common between champions in sports and peak performers in business. Learn how to apply a champion’s mentality to your real-world challenges such as advocating for your field management program in light of looming budget cuts.

Ross Bernstein is an award-winning business speaker who has keynoted for Fortune 500 companies, been featured on CNN, ESPN, Fox News, CBS, as well as the Wall Street Journal. He is also an author of over 50 sports books. Read more about him here.


STMA is here to help you with resources to respond to challenges regarding COVID-19.

Our profession has come together so strongly and STMA wants to celebrate you! Please enjoy this video that highlights how members are dedicated to working safely and preparing for the return of sports. All that is left to say is a simple, ‘thank you’.

Read more from President Simpson.

We Will Be Ready

STMA Town Hall Meeting

Join us for our next Town Hall Meeting! STMA’s Town Hall meetings bring members of the industry together to learn about how sports field managers are setting their fields up for success during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The session features a panel of sports field professionals discussing the strategies they have been using to keep their fields healthy during a time of labor and budget shortages. The goal is to share information and learn in real-time how everyone is adapting to this changing environment.

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 11, 3 p.m. EDT

Panelists: Josh Koss, CSFM, San Diego State University, Bryan Hopkins, Ph.D., Brigham Young University, Glenl Wear, Jr., CSFM, Brigham Young University

Moderator: Nick McKenna, CSFM, Texas A&M Athletic Department


Watch previous Town Hall Meetings:

Parks and Recreation and K-12 – Panelists: Abby McNeal, CSFM, Jody Gill, CSFM, Jimmy Simpson, CSFM; Moderator: Ryan DeMay

Baseball/Professional – Panelists: Matt Parrott, Charlotte Knights (NC), Steve Lord, CSFM, Cincinnati Reds (OH), Andy Ommen, McLean County PONY Baseball (IL); Moderator: Keith Winter, Fort Wayne Tincaps (IN)

Agronomics – Panelists: Dr. Grady Miller (North Carolina State University), Pam Sherratt (The Ohio State University), Dr. John Sorochan (University of Tennessee – Knoxville), Dr. Chase Straw (Texas A&M University); Moderator: Ryan DeMay (Columbus Recreation and Parks Dept., OH)

College and University – Panelists: Jason Smith (University of Florida), Chris May (Georgia Tech), Thomas Goyne (Penn State University), Chris Webb, CSFM (Christopher Newport University); Moderator: Zachary Willard (Auburn University)

Professional/Rectangle Sports – Panelists: Dan Shemesh (New York Red Bulls), Nick Fedewa (Jacksonville Jaguars), Sun Roesslein, CSFM (North Area Athletic Complex); Moderator: Jeff Salmond, CSFM (United Turf and Track)

Parks and Recreation – Panelists: Trevor Odders, CSFM, City of Las Vegas – Parks (NV), Travis Sales, City of Rockwall (TX) and John Wagnon, CSFM, City of Franklin, TN Parks (TN); Moderated by Ryan DeMay, Columbus Recreation and Parks Dept. (OH)

Wellness Strategies for Sports Field Managers During the Pandemic – Panelists: Lisa Goatley, MS, LPC, The Cascade Group, Tammy Jackson, M.S., M. Div., Licensed Psychologist, Healing Grace Counseling Center, Josh McPherson, CSFM, Mizzou Athletics; Moderated by David Pinsonneault, CSFM, CPRP, Lexington DPW

STMA Resources

STMA has put together various resources to help you maintain your fields during and after the shut down.  Visit these pages for more information:

Field and Facility Recovery Resources

Access articles, webinars, and an infographic to assist with field maintenance.

Route to Recovery – Healing Through Sports Part II

Route to Recovery – Healing Through Sports Part I

SportsField Management is conducting interviews with sports field managers and how they are approaching their route to recovery.  Access the interview here.

Dr. Adam Thoms and Dr. Nick Christians have written the article Where Do I Start to Maintain My Athletic Fields Again? with tips to help you manage your facility and get it back to a safe and high performing athletic field.

Dr. Grady Miller shares Abandoned But Not Forgotten where he answers the question of what to expect when returning to bermudagrass fields that have received little to no maintenance.

Commercial Partners Virtual Learning Lab

COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Keep up to date with the latest on coronavirus

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center – Keep up to date with the latest on coronavirus

United State Department of Labor – Coronavirus resources

Occupational Health and Safety Administration – Responding to coronavirus in the workplace

EPA Coronavirus Resources – Unemployment help

US Department of the Treasury – CARES Act

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Protect yourself financially during coronavirus

Mental Health Resources – additionally, you can contact your health insurance provider or visit their website to find providers in your area.