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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Page 5 of 51 1030 W. Higgins Road Suite 230 Park Ridge, IL 60068 Phone 847-720-5600 Fax 847-720-5601 The Official Publication Of The Sports Turf Managers Association President: David Pinsonneault, CSFM, CPRP Immediate Past President: James Michael Goatley, Jr., PhD President-Elect: Allen Johnson, CSFM Secretary/Treasurer: Jeff Salmond, CSFM Vice-President Commercial: James Graff Professional Facilities: Phil McQuade Academic: Jeffrey Fowler Higher Education: Tim Van Loo, CSFM Parks & Recreation: Sarah Martin, CSFM K-12: Andrew Gossel Commercial: Doug Schattinger Elected-at-Large: Mike Tarantino, CSFM Elected-at-Large: Bradley Jakubowski Chief Executive Officer Kim Heck STMA OFFICE 805 New Hampshire Suite E Lawrence, Ks 66044 Phone 800-323-3875 Fax 800-366-0391 Email EDITORIAL Group publisher: Jeff Patterson Editorial Director: Eric Schroder Technical Editor: Dr. James Brosnan Art Director: Brian Snook Production Manager: Karen Kalinyak Stma Editorial Communications Committee Phil McQuade, Brad Park, Jim Cornelius, CSFM, Jason Henderson, PhD, Gwen Stahnke, Cale Bigelow, PhD, Jamie Mehringer, David Schwandt, Mark Frever, CSFM, Joey Fitzgerald SportsTurf (ISSN 1061-687X) (USPS 000-292) (Reg. 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SportsTurf From the Sidelines 6 SportsTurf | March 2014 T hroughout every year we receive many ideas for articles to be published in the magazine. Most of the suggestions have some merit and we often turn to the members of the Sports Turf Managers Association's Editorial Committee to help us determine which topics they think we should pursue. Infre- quently we think we have a great topic but can't find anyone who can devote the time to use their expertise in the area and produce a written piece. But most often we have a plethora of material and finding enough space in our pages is problematic. At least we have as a vehicle for information that we can't fit in this hard copy. Sometimes great ideas come from readers and occasionally one of you will just send a terrific article that hits my desk like an unexpected, and welcome, gift. This issue features a good example, on page 8; Dr. Norm Hummel, who runs one of the most respected soil physical testing labs in the country, sent us his thoughts on sand-grown sod. I would also like to call your attention to the piece on page 20, "How to get the best per- formance from your crew." It is a good example of another way we produce content—asking questions directly to readers, most often STMA members. I very much appreciate those of you who respond to my asking you to answer questions; I know everyone has a long list of work to accomplish and my requests are just one more item. Please realize how much your experiences can help the next person. The STMA was built on turf managers' sharing ideas and tips, and the articles in which we hear from you readers is a neat addition to that foun- dation. Speaking of not enough space for everything, here is some info on recorded education sessions from the STMA Conference. I couldn't fit it in where it belongs in this issue: Recorded Conference education sessions Take advantage of recorded conference education sessions. STMA partnered with IQ Media to audio and/or video record all of the education sessions. Recorded sessions will be available through an On-Line Library where users can have access to education at any time throughout the year. Visit the STMA Knowledge Center at under "Conference Education" for a free demo or to purchase education. Price for an all access subscription to the online library is $99 for conference attendees. Hurry and take advantage of this low rate before it increases to $159 for STMA members. The non-member rate is $199. Individual sessions will also be available via the online library for $20 per session. A flash drive will be available for purchase for those interested in a hard copy back up to the online content. These recordings benefit conference attendees unable to make it to concurrent sessions and sports turf managers unable to make it to the conference. The recordings are also valuable as a refresher throughout the year for sports turf managers to stay current and educated in the industry. n Eric Schroder Editorial Director 717-805-4197 Never enough space

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