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Texas Sports Turf Managers Association

Summer 2014

SIDELINES The Official Publication of TXSTMA


President’s Message     Wow,  what  a  summer!  If  most  guys  around  the  state  are  in  the  same  boat  as  me  it’s  been  quite  a  summer.  We   started  out  having  spring  transitions  issues  due  to  some  cold  temperature  damage/winter  kill.  Once  we  decided  that   there  were  areas  that  just  weren’t  coming  back  it  was  time  to  get  out  the  sod  cutters.  Now  hold  on,  our  colleagues  in   the  sod  production  business  were  running  into  the  same  issues  and  now  we  have  a  shortage  of  replacement  sod  to   work  with.  Fun  Summer  Ha  Ha!       I  know  many  of  you  had  an  opportunity  to  come  to  the  Field  Day  at  Toyota  Stadium  in  Frisco  in  late  M ay  to  see   an  impressive  new  field  renovation  technique.  “Man  talking  about  taking  a  field  down  to  the  nub.”  But,  according   Region  I  Director  Allen  Reed,  CSFM  with  a  little  extra  fertilizer,  topdressing,  time  and  water  and  the  fields  came  b ack   fast  and  in  great  shape  for  future  beat  downs.  We  had  Field  Day  on  June  12  on  the  south  side  of  Houston  at  the   Angelton  ISD  Facilities.  Thanks  to  Rudy  Santos  for  hosting  that  event  and  also  thanks  to  Josh  Scott  our  Region  III  Director   for  p utting  the  event  together.  A  special  thanks  to  Dr.  Casey  Reynolds  for  coming  down  and  giving  a  presentation  on   putting  together  an  Annual  Field  Maintenance  Calendar  and  fertilizer  options.  Our  latest  Field  Day  took  place  in  San   Antonio  on  August  5  at  St.  M ary’s  University.  We  had  a  few  guys  show  up  for  a  short  round  table  discussion  on   challenges  everyone  h ad  faced  up  to  that  point  in  the  year.  We  then  had  a  presentation  from  the  contractor  that  built   the  baseball  stadium  recently  at  St.  Mary’s  and  the  challenges  that  were  encountered  during  the  project.  We  took  a   tour  of  the  athletic  fields  of  St.  M arys  and  then  went  back  inside  for  lunch  and  other  presentations  from  (SAWS)  San   Antonio  Water  System,  another  talk  on  Fire  Ant  control  and  our  last  presentation  was  on  Beneficial  Insect  use.  Thanks   to  Michael  Pinon  our  Region  II  Director  and  St.  Mary’s  University  for  hosting  our  event.  Thanks  to  Tim  Lousch  who  was  a   big  help  in  putting  this  field  day  together,  also.       It  looks  like  summer  is  winding  down  (according  to  the  calendar)  but  it  never  fails  those  hot  summer  days  still   seem  to  linger  into  late  September.  Hopefully  most  of  you  survived  the  summer  d rought  (some  were  lucky  enough  to   get  some  timely  summer  rains).  I  h ope  we  are  all  b etter  managers  of  our  turf  now,  because  of  the  always  challenging   curves  that  M other  Nature  throws  our  way.       Our  main  goal  as  a  b oard  is  to  try  and  provide  as  many  quality  educational  opportunities  for  our  membership  as   we  can.  We  are  always  looking  for  members  to  step  up  and  offer  their  facilities  to  host  those  events.  If  you  think  you   would  be  interested  in  hosting  an  event  please  call  one  of  your  board  members  and  let’s  discuss  it.         Sincerely  your  friend  in  Turf,     Rusty  Walker,  CSFM     Athletic  Field  Foreman     City  of  Grapevine  

The Texas Sports Turf Managers Association (TXSTMA) is comprised of professional turf managers from colleges and universities, parks and recreation, school districts, private facilities, professional sports, researchers, commercial suppliers and students working in or interested in sports turf management.


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2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE BOARD President Rusty  Walker,  CSFM City  of  Grapevine   rwalker@grapevinetexas.gov

President Elect: Kevin  Lebanik Direct  Solutions   klebanik@agriumat.com Past  President: Nick  McKenna,  CSFM Texas  A&M  University   nmckenna@athletics.tamu.edu st

1 Commercial  Vice   President:  Darin  Eberly Pioneer  Manufacturing  Co.   deberly@pioneerathletics.com nd

2 Commercial  Vice  President:   John  Kearns Professional  Turf  Products   kearnsj@proturf.com

Treasurer: Leo Goertz Texas  A&M   lgoertz@athletics.tamu.edu

COMMITTEE DIRECTORS Advertising: Travis  Sales  City   of  Mesquite

tsales@ci.mesquite.tx.us Communication Committee  Dan  Bergstrom Houston  Astros  Baseball  Club   dbergstrom@astros.com

Region I  (DFW):   Allen  Reed,  CSFM   FC  Dallas   areed@fcdallas.net

Region II  (Austin/San   Antonio):  Mike  Piñon   San  Antonio  ISD  Athletic  Department   michaelpinon@yahoo.com Region  III  (Houston):   Josh  Scott Alvin  ISD   jscott@alvinisd.net

Membership: Brant Williams,  CSFM   Dallas  Baptist  University   brant@dbu.edu

Scholarship: Chris Pitts   Clear  Creek  ISD

chpitts@ccisd.net

PLEASE REMEMBER TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP VIA THE WEBSITE, AS WELL AS UPDATE YOUR MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION.

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Board Member Highlight: Kevin Lebanik

Kevin Lebanik  is  a  20  year  veteran  of  the  turfgrass  growing  world.    He  started  as  a  summer  landscape  job  at  15,  majored  in  turf   grass  science  at  The  Ohio  State  University  and  has  worked  in  the  industry  ever  since.    Kevin  had  spent  6  years  working  for  landscape   companies  in  Northern  Ohio  and  Las  Vegas,  NV.  He  moved  to  the  distributor  side  of  the  business  14  years  ago  and  has  been  helping   the  landscape  and  sports  turf  managers  ever  since.    He  has  worked  for  some  of  the  industry  leaders  throughout  his  career  in   Nevada,  California  and  Texas  at  Lesco,  John  Deere  Landscape  and  the  last  3.5  yrs.  with  Agrium  Advanced  Technologies-­‐Direct   Solutions.     Kevin  has  had  his  spray  applicators  license  in  Ohio,  Nevada,  California  and  Texas.  He  also  is  a  current  licensed  irrigator  in  Texas.    He   has  held  prior  board  positions  with  Ohio  Nursery  &  Landscape  Assoc.,  Nevada  Landscape  Assoc.  and  the  last  year  at  President  – Elect  of  the  TXSTMA.     Kevin  has  beautiful  wife  and  three  great  kids.  In  his  spare  time  he  competes  in  endurance  races  and  is  currently  training  for  a  70.3   Ironman  Triathlon  this  fall.    

Thank you, Kevin, for dedicating your time and knowledge to the TXSTMA Board!


STMA NEWS     Changes  to  CSFM  Program  Increase  Certification  Accessibility     Shant  Thomas   Sales  &  Marketing  Manager,  STMA     Fine-­‐Tuning  the  System   Many  sports  turf  managers  and  turf  professionals  will  attest  to  the  fact  that  an  individual’s  experience  “in  the  field”  goes  a  long   way  towards  making  them  a  better  professional.  This  is  especially  true  for  crew  members  and  assistants  working  in  the  industry   who  put  in  long  hours  to  ensure  their  fields  are  operating  at  their  best.     STMA  agrees.  A  discussion  began  in  2012  in  the  Certification  Testing  Subcommittee  about  slightly  recalibrating  the  certification   process  to  more  fully  take  into  account  the  real-­‐world  experience  of  crew  members,  assistants  and  student  interns  to  broaden   accessibility  and  opportunity  for  all  in  the  industry.   A  minimum  of  40  points  are  needed  to  qualify  for  the  Certification  Program.  Points  are  accumulated  through  education  and   real-­‐world  experience  in  one’s  career,  with  varying  employment  positions  and  achievements  receiving  different  numeric  values.   Previously,  there  had  not  been  a  formal  point  structure  for  crew  members  and  assistants;  the  Certification  Testing   Subcommittee  and  STMA  Board  of  Directors  agreed  that  this  needed  to  be  rectified  and  there  was  consensus  the  experience   point  values  for  crew  members  and  assistants  be  increased  to  reflect  the  value  these  individuals  bring  to  their  organizations.   The  following  recommendations  were  made  by  the  committee  to  the  Board:     • • •

Increase the  crew  member  from  1  point  per  year  to  2.5  per  year   Increase  the  assistant  from  3  points  per  year  to  4  points   .1  point  to  be  awarded  per  100  hours  worked  for  students  in  formal  internship  programs  

The changes  implemented  allow  a  crew  member  with  no  formal  education  to  be  eligible  to  test  for  the  Certification  Program  in   16  years,  rather  than  40  with  the  original  point  system.  Additionally,  the  changes  rightly  acknowledge  the  importance  of  turf   internships  for  students  and  their  importance  to  the  vitality  of  STMA.       Planning  for  the  Future   Those  individuals  interested  in  –  and  passionate  about  –  providing  the  best  sports  surfaces  for  all  levels  of  play  raising  the  level   of  the  sports  turf  management  industry  should  definitely  consider  becoming  a  Certified  Sports  Field  Manager.     Besides  increasing  your  earning  potential  by  (on  average)  $7,500,  obtaining  certification  provides  a  wealth  of  personal  benefits.   Some  of  these  include:  


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Recognition of  achievement  and  your  expertise  as  a  leader  in  your  field   Commitment  to  excellence  and  the  very  best  ideals  the  sports  turf  industry  strives  to  honor   Increased  educational  opportunities  by  expanding  the  availability  of  critical  resources  that  will  make  you  more  effective   in  your  position.    

The CSFM  program,  now  in  its  14  year,  has  graduated  hundreds  of  sports  turf  managers  from  across  the  industry  and  country,   and  continues  to  challenge  those  who  want  to  “raise  their  game.”  The  testing  portion  is  challenging  but  definitely  do-­‐able,   especially  for  someone  who  has  worked  on  a  field;  79  percent  of  people  pass  it  on  their  first  or  second  try.     If  you  are  eligible  to  become  certified  and  want  to  take  your  career  to  the  next  level,  the  CSFM  program  and  STMA  stand  ready   to  assist.     Visit  stma.org/csfm-­‐program  to  learn  more  about  the  program,  including  details  on  the  recalibrated  point  system  for  crew   members  and  assistants,  and  to  download  the  comprehensive  application  packet.     MAKE  EXAM  QUESTIONS  AND  CSFM  LIST  SEPARATE  SIDEBARS     The  certification  exam  required  of  all  applicants  covers  a  broad  range  of  sports  turf  topics  but  is  extremely  accessible  to  all  who   have  experience  in  the  field.  The  exam  covers  four  major  areas  of  sports  turf  management:   • • • •

Agronomics Pest  Management   Administration   Sports  Specific  Field  Management  

Practice exam  sample  questions:     Agronomics   1. A  100  pound  bag  of  fertilizer  with  an  analysis  of  18-­‐5-­‐9  would  contain  which  of  the  following:   a) 5  pounds  of  actual  phosphorus   b)  5  pounds  of  available  phosphate   c)  9  pounds  of  potassium   d)  18  pounds  of  urea     Answer:  B      (5  pounds  of  available  phosphate)     Pest  Management   2. A  herbicide  with  the  label  designation  2EC:   a) Contains  2  parts  per  million  active  ingredient  concentration  in  the  container   b) Has  an  active  ingredient  concentration  of  2%   c) Contains  2  pounds  of  active  ingredient  per  gallon  of  formulated  product   d) Weighs  2  pounds  per  gallon   Answer:  C      (Contains  2  pounds  of  active  ingredient  per  gallon  of  formulated  product)  


Administration 3. Providing  feedback  is  one  of  the  most  important  tools  for  improving  performance.    Which  of  the  following  is  not  true  about   providing  feedback?   a) Negative  feedback  should  only  be  given  at  an  annual  review  in  order  to  reduce  tensions  throughout  the  year   b) Supportive  feedback  is  used  to  reinforce  actions  and  behaviors  that  are  desirable   c) Constructive  feedback  is  used  to  change  behavior  that  is  ineffective  or  inappropriate   d) It  is  important  that  employees  understand  the  positive  outcomes  for  performing  well,  as  well  as  the  consequences   when  performance  is  low   Answer:  A      (Negative  feedback  should  only  be  given  at  an  annual  review  in  order  to  reduce  tensions  throughout  the   year)     Sports  Specific  Field  Management   4. The  most  appropriate  paint  to  use  on  a  natural  grass  field  is:   a. Latex   b. Oil-­‐based   c. Enamel   d. All  of  the  above  can  be  used   Answer:  A    (Latex


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MEMBERS: Have you recently received an award or recognition? Do you have a employee who has gone over and above and you would like to acknowledge him/her? Do you have an article you would like to submit? Do you think your field should be showcased for a particular reason? If so, please contact the TXSTMA office, txstmainfo@yahoo.com, with your information so we can share your happenings with other TXSTMA members.

Don’t wait until the next newsletter comes out to stay in touch! Join us on FACEBOOK! Search “TXSTMA” and join the group. Here, everyone can upload photos, join in on chats, and post recent information from their field. It’s a great way to network and stay in touch with your fellow TXSTMA members!

FRONT COVER PHOTO The front cover photograph is of Field D at the Oak Grove Ball field Complex in Grapevine, Texas. This field plays ages 6-8 years old, but can play up to 10U with a portable mound added to the field. Congratulations to the City of Grapevine team for creating a beautiful and safe playing environment for the community!

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