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Certified Sports Field Manager Exam – Pre-Registration Through STMA is Required
Myrtle Beach National – 4900 National Dr, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
2022 President James Bergdoll, CSFM Will give us an update on the SFMA and thing we can look forward to in 2023.
Dare to Matter
The work that sports turf managers do matters, and how they show up to do
that work matters. But to do it well, it requires that they engage in a relentless
and unapologetic pursuit of significance. Though external circumstances play
a role, the single biggest factor in determining the scope of their success is…
To strategically move ahead, we first need to reevaluate the foundation on
which we stand. Decisions that affect our current and future situation can’t
be based on feeling but, rather, on our identity. It requires that we spend
our time not focused on what should or should not be but, instead, on what
is and what can be. It begs us to let go of the past in order to create a better
tomorrow. Ultimately, it yearns for us to remember what exists at the core of
every individual and organization is a deep desire to know with certainty that
who we are and what we do matters. How we matter may have changed. That
we matter has not. It’s time for us to Matter More.
Professional track – Professional Development
Drew Miller – Steve Peeler – Charles Grainger – Bruce Barton
Join our panel discussion as we talk about ways to improve professional through
continuing education and other work related studies. Learn tips from classroom
instructors and industry professional who have a wide range of experiences.
Technology – Basic Field testing for field quality
Field testing can improve the performance and safety of athletic fields.
This talk will show the value of field testing, while showing the basics of
field testing and what these tests indicate. Additionally, how field managers
can perform testing and use the information to make changes to improving
performance of their athletic field. Also, the advances in field testing and how
that could improve athletic fields in the future will be covered.
Field Management – Restoring Performance: Getting at the ROOT of the
The application of biological substances, microorganisms, and plant growth
enhancers has increased throughout the turfgrass industry over the past
decade. This presentation will examine the impact of these products alone and
in combination with cultural practices for the increase of turfgrass rooting and
Field Management – Tractors 101
A sports field tractor can be one of the most versitile pieces of equipment
at the sports field managers arsenal. Join us as we dicuss the ins, outs, and
versitily of a sports field tractor. Learn the ins and outs of tractors and other
Technology – Site Infrastructure Analysis
Utilizing experience from surveying, data collection, site reconnaissance
and analysis, civil engineering, and construction methods in combination
with modernized survey equipment, robotic closed-circuit television (CCTV)
equipment, ground-penetrating radar (GPR), aerial and terrestrial LiDAR
scanners, infrared optics, and line tracing equipment.
Professional – Meteorology
Discuss basic meteorology concepts and how to manage weather conditions
around your facility.
Professional – Record Keeping
Keeping accurate records is vital to successful field management. Learn tips on
how to document your management strategies to stream line your field and
Field Management – Warm Session Weed Control
Developing an effective weed control program is a skill
that is becoming increasingly important for sports field
managers. An effective weed control program allows
turfgrass managers to maintain weed-free turf (or as
closely possible) of optimal quality from January –
December. Effective programs not only make use of
different herbicide technologies varying in mode of
action, but also implement effective cultural management
practices such as fertilization, aerification, irrigation, and mowing. This session
will teach attendees how to build effective weed control programs for the
southeastern United States.
Field Management – Addressing Nematode Impacts on Athletic Fields and
How Soil Biology can Help
Numerous species of nematodes are problematic on turf grasses managed in
the southeastern U.S. This presentation will shed light on nematode issues
observed throughout 2022, how environmental conditions contribute to
symptom development, and what tools are available to combat these issues.
The presentation will also cover recent research within Clemson on topdressing
amendments that can enhance turf grass quality.
Technology – Sensors & Interpreting Field Data
Dive deeper into the different types of soil sensors on the market, how to
collect and use data to make informed decisions and manage fields more
Field Management – Shade and Turfgrass: The Basics
Learn about shade’s effects on photosynthesis, plant growth, and
maintenance practices. This seminar will teach you to accurately diagnose
shade stress on turfgrass and help you develop management practices to
successfully manage turfgrass under shade conditions.
Field Management – Pesticide Update
Introduction to Pest Problems observed in 2022. Updated information on new
products and policies for pest management tools for sports fields. Discuss
succesful strategies for Poa management in 2023 and discuss strategies for
other pest problems associated with athletic fields.
early bird pricing ends october 31, 2022