March 2014

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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20 SportsTurf | March 2014 SportsTurf: How do you manage work- ers' expectations of the job? Winter: In the hiring process, it is impor- tant to find out what the applicant's percep- tion is of the job. In professional baseball, the "grind" is a reality I bring up early in all interviews. Education and work experience are important, but work ethic, persever- ance, and a clear vision of what the job is about are just as important. Barry: Before the season begins, we hold a meeting with the crew. We get pizza and hand out crew shirts for the year. At this time we go through the expectations of the season, for example what to improve from last year, changes for this year, etc. This way everyone is on the same page moving for- ward into the season. Deacon: When we hire someone or pro- mote someone I sit and talk with them about what I expect from them, what the organization expects and we try and be real- istic; it isn't all fun and good times there are going to be things that you have to do that you won't like. For me the good outweighs the bad and I try and make it the same for HOW TO GET THE BEST PERFORMANCE FROM YOUR CREW Facility & Operations Editor's note: We asked some prominent professional baseball head groundskeepers how they lead their crews to get maximum performance on the diamond. We heard from: Keith Winter, Fort Wayne TinCaps; Britt Barry, Dayton Dragons; Bill Deacon, New York Mets; Luke Yoder, San Diego Padres; and Greg Burgess, Greenville Drive. Here are their responses: Left: Seattle Mariners' crew in action during an STMA Regional Conference in 2012. Photo by Anthony Murillo. Right: Crew painting a logo at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Photo courtesy of Dan Blank.

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