July 2015

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 46 of 51 July 2015 | SportsTurf 47 but their focus, obviously was not on sports fields," says Mascaro. "Our founders really felt there was a need for a group that focused exclusively on field management. The pride and camaraderie of being a part of this group continues today," he says. TODAY STMA's chapter network is nearly nationwide, with a few geo- graphic areas still in development. To be an affiliated chapter, there are five main activities: 1. Get interest from a minimum of 25 practitioners and academics. Commercial support is highly desired, but for sus- tainability there must be a solid number of sports field managers. 2. Elect officers or a de-facto steering committee. 3. Develop bylaws and articles of incorporation and apply to your secretary of state's office to become incorporated. Each state is different, but usually has good instructions for on-line applica- tion. Most chapters incorporate as a non-profit organization. 4. Sign an STMA chapter affiliation agreement. 5. Provide all documentation to STMA HQ: Signed petition of 25 minimum members, bylaws, articles of incorporation, proof of incorporation status, chapter officer list, chapter affiliation agreement, and required fee. In return, STMA provides directors and officers' liability insurance, event liability insurance, and a stipend of up to $500 yearly for use in enhancing the chapter. STMA also provides chapter officer training annually at the national conference. These programs and services are further enhanced by STMA Chapter Sponsors: Aquatrols, Hunter, John Deere, Pioneer and Turface. "Ben Young knows his way around a mower. The head groundskeeper for the AA Altoona Curve won the Sports Turf Managers Association's second annual Mowing Patterns Contest." – Sports Illustrated "STMA member Mercer is a pioneer of leading-edge environmental practices for sports fields and college campus grounds." – Athletics Administration "The relationship w ith grass, a liv- ing thing, was precious, and the crew's impact on the field was visible." – The State "STMA member uses mower to create art in the infield." – Yahoo! "This year, Allen Johnson also takes over as president of the Sports Turf Managers Association, a trade group providing education and industry development for field management professionals." – SportsBusiness Journal "STMA member Noel Brusius notes conducting monthly and annual safety inspections of field conditions is key to making a safe environment for the players." – Recreation Management STMA IS IN THE NEWS!

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