December 2013

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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Facility&Operations Working with your distributor Little League World Series groundskeeper appreciates advice S ETH WHITEHILL, head grounds-keeper for the Little League World Series (LLWS) complex in South Williamsport, PA, for several years has been working with distributor's rep Phil Easton of Direct Solutions, a division of Agrium Advanced Technologies. The complex holds more than 75-80 games in the 3-week tour- 28 SportsTurf | December 2013 nament; there are six fields on 80 acres including two stadiums. Whitehill takes care of the fields on his own during the spring and fall, but during the weeks leading up to and the during the World Series, volunteers (organized by the Keystone Athletic Field Managers Organization, the state's STMA chapter) come in from all over to help with the fields' maintenance. "We didn't have a consistent growth rate throughout this year, and 2012 was hell," Whitehill said. "Clay is the native soil at the LLWS complex and there are sand slit drains cut through the fields. Wetting agents are crucial so you don't look and see the dry spots across the entire field. This year we had a large amount of rain during the beginning of the summer months, following a hot spell."

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