STMA 25th Conference & Exhibition Show Guide

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President's Message Optional Events Seminar on Wheels Tour Tues., Jan. 21 Full day tour, 7 am - 5 pm The tour begins at the STAR soccer complex, a 13-field natural grass complex located in the former Longhorn Quarry. STAR is home to the San Antonio Scorpions, a new professional soccer team playing in the North American Soccer League (NASL). Tour stops also include Texas State's Jim Wacker Football Field in Bobcat Stadium, which recently had a $20 million renovation, and its softball and baseball fields. The baseball field has a special infield mix that reduces the need for tarping. Participants will stop next at the Park West Athletics Complex that holds a new International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) track and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) soccer field at the University of Texas at San Antonio. These facilities opened in August, each seat 1,000 people, and were built through a unique partnership with the university, the City of San Antonio, and Bexar County. The final stop is at Oak Hills Country Club, one of the oldest private country clubs in the country, to tour the renowned tennis centre. It has a rare combination of three court surfaces including grass, clay and hard surface. Transportation and lunch included. Pre-registration and additional fee required. Seminar on Wheels Tour Fri., Jan. 24 Half day tour, 1 - 5 pm Participants will see the baseball, softball, soccer, football and intramural fields at Trinity University. These fields are in an urban setting and are closely located by each other. Trinity has no practice fields. The next stop is The Park at St. Mary's University, a new sports complex that has baseball, softball and soccer. The new 2200-seat baseball stadium, renamed Dickson Stadium for its benefactor, is built on the steel structure of the previous stadium. The final stop is at Nelson Wolff Stadium, the oldest ballpark in the Texas League and home to the Missions, a 42 2014 STMA Conference Guide AA Minor League Baseball team. Many high schools and colleges play at Nelson Wolff including the UTSA Roadrunners. Transportation provided. Pre-registration and additional fee required. Riverwalk Horticultural Tour Fri., Jan. 24 Two Departures: 2 - 3 pm and 2:30 - 3:30 pm Board a barge and take a tour of the worldfamous Riverwalk. Hear how all of the plant materials are managed in a 100 percent organic program from the horticulturists for the Riverwalk. Pre-registration and additional fee required. Each tour is limited to 25 people. CSFM Testing Tues., Jan. 21, 3:30 - 7:30 pm & Sat., Jan. 25, 8 am - 12 pm Pre-qualification and pre-registration by Dec. 15 is required to be eligible take the exam. If you test on Tuesday and do not pass all of the sections, you may be able to retest on those sections on Saturday. ASBA Testing Sat., Jan. 25, 8 am - 1 pm The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) offers three certifications for field builders and will be offering these tests during the STMA Conference. The deadline to apply to test is Dec. 15. Questions? Contact ASBA, 866-501-2722. Women's Forum Lunch - NEW TIME! Wed., Jan. 22, 12 - 2 pm Celebrating its seventh year, all women at the conference are invited to participate in a facilitated discussion and enjoy lunch.

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