Free Summer Webinar Series: July 19, Aug. 13

Don’t forget to sign up for the free summer webinar series. SFMA is hosting webinars that focus on safer sports fields. To view recorded webinars, click here.

July 19 at 2 pm ET

Dr. Andrew McNitt, Professor of Soil Science at Penn State University, will be presenting “Athlete Interaction with the Sports Surface – Awareness and Action Items: Resources that sports field managers, trainers, and administrators can use to improve the safety and playability of sports surfaces.”

This webinar will review informational resources and techniques that can be used to improve the safety and playability of sports fields. Much of the seminar will focus on issues surrounding infilled synthetic turf systems, but some information will be provided on improving natural turfgrass surfaces as well.

Topics will include: proper cleat selection for synthetic vs. natural turfgrass surfaces, why you should monitor and maintain proper infill depth and surface evenness, what can you do about high surface temperatures, infill selection (is tire crumb carcinogenic?), common pitfalls during the design and installation of synthetic turf, is it reasonable to consider mid-season resodding of natural turf, what does it take to improve and maintain natural grass surfaces, evaluating varying techniques to monitor surface hardness, inlay marking issues, MRSA and turf disinfectants, snow removal and others. Bring your questions!
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QGNoQ3NwSam5TT8njuXoMg

August 13th at 2:30 pm ET

Dr. Jim Brosnan, Associate Professor in the Plant Science Department at the University of Tennessee, will present “Know Your Audience: Strategies for Discussing Pest Management.”

Use of pesticides on athletic fields has faced increased scrutiny in recent years. Many field managers feel comfortable discussing the merits of pesticide use to others within the industry but fail to effectively communicate the benefit and safety of pest control with the general public. This presentation will provide training on how to discuss pesticide use with those outside of the green industry.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IRmrK9bASQGH9kBO2INL8A