Sports Turf


Sports Turf Managers and anyone responsible for designing or maintaining athletic fields will find the Sports Turf Track beneficial.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Wednesday, December 11
Fraze Mowing Bluegrass Athletic Fields- A 2019 Case Study– Sun Roesslein and Christi Clay
We will discuss our experiences with Fraze mowing, and talk about lessons learned.

1:00 PM-2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 11
Soil Health Principles for Improving Sports Field Performance– Whitney Sjostrom
An introduction to the current science and technologies available for detecting soil 
microbes and understanding their role in soil biology. How cultivating healthy soil can enhance 
turf maintenance practices and provide sustainable longevity for turf both economically and environmentally. 

3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Wednesday, December 11
Compaction and Soil Management Strategies for Sports Turf – Dr. David Kopec and Dr. Tony Koski
Effects of soil compaction on turf health will be discussed, and different strategies for compaction management will be examined.

8:00 AM-9:00 AM, Thursday, December 12
New Technologies in Sports Field Sod– Ross Kurcab
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10:00 AM-11:00 AM, Thursday, December 12
Management of Athletic Fields in a Large Park System– Abby McNeal
Presenter will discuss the various challenges in creating a sustainable maintenance program within a large municipality. Creative ways to accomplish renovations, projects, and maintenance while focusing on improving quality and field safety for user groups.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Thursday, December 12
Managing Baseball/Softball Field Skinned Areas– Dan Jennings and Nick Ballisteri
Marbles in a jar, explanation of building an infield mix using soil structure techniques and things to think about prior to spending money on infield soil every year!

12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Thursday, December 12
Managing Synthetic Turf Fields in Park Systems– Abby McNeal
Attends will learn ways to maintain multiuse synthetic turf fields that are a resource for increased permittable activities within a park’s organization. Tips and tricks learned will be shared.


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