Sports Turf Track

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 6
Big Venues and Stories from a Career in Sports Field Management– Dale Getz, CSFM CSE
This “storytelling” type of talk will present several situational analyses about being the Sports Turf Manager at the University of Notre Dame and the Sports Fields and Grounds Manager with the Toro Company.  The talk will begin with examples from 1989 at Notre Dame and follow chronologically the current time at Toro.  Each situation will include information about what may have gone wrong and what may have gone as planned and what lessons were learned.  Some of the situations include:  Flooding of Notre Dame Stadium; making of the movie “Rudy”; numerous stories from 15 years of preparing the Super Bowl fields and making the transition from a sports turf manager to a sales person.

1:00 PM-2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 6
Cold Tolerant Bermudagrasses– Dr. David Kopec, University of Arizona
“Cold tolerant” bermudagrasses have gained popularity and are being used in more northern applications than ever before due to their drought resistance and ability to withstand high traffic. Some of these bermudagrasses have become established as excellent for sports turf. This presentation will discuss some of the benefits and limitations in selecting and managing these types of bermudagrasses in more northern climates like Colorado. 

3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Wednesday, December 6
From a Sports Field to A Concert Floor and Back Again.  A Field Managers Survival Guide for Hosting Large Events on Your Sports Fields – Ross Kurcab, CSFM , Championship Sports Turf Systems, LLC
Hosting non-sporting events on athletic field playing surfaces has grown rapidly in the last decade, bringing a new set of challenges for field managers in parks, schools, universities and professional sporting facilities. As venues look to increase revenue in a crowded sports market, hosting non-sporting events is a relatively new skill required for the successful sports field manager. Ross will tell a few stories in managing large stadium concerts during his years at the Denver Broncos and give tips on preparing to hosting large, non-sporting events. 

8:00 AM-9:00 AM, Thursday, December 7
Organic Turfgrass Management for Athletic Fields – John Cogdill, City of Boulder- Parks & Rec
John will give an overview of his national award winning, organic athletic field management program the City of Boulder has been growing and developing for over a decade. This presentation will discuss what it really mean to “Go organic” with your natural grass athletic fields and some of the challenges and benefits to working towards sustainable field management. John will also discuss the process of Pleasant View Sports Complex becoming one of the earliest facilities to receive the new STMA Environmental Facility Certification. 

10:00 AM-11:00 AM, Thursday, December 7
Creating an Athletic Fields Maintenance Program on a Parks Budget – Abby McNeal, City of Denver Parks
Limited resources and increased play on parks and recreation fields creates a challenge to maintain them to a safe level. This talk will focus on safety and creating a sustainable maintenance program focused on using the resources given on a limited budget. 

11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Thursday, December 7
Sports Turf Sand Rootzones.  How are they Mined & Manufactured? – Eric Pollock, Golf & Sports Solutions (Category 206 – 1 Credit)
Sands and rootzone mixes used for high-performance sports fields don’t occur naturally. These products are actually mined and processed in a high-tech industrial pit operation that ensures adherence to the strictest specifications in particle size distribution and performance parameters. Eric will sow the story of your rootzone sand from its formation and mining to the screening/washing stages and on to the final blending areas for adding in customer-tailored rootzone amendment specs. Included will be his unique clay recovery system and the infield clay material processing area where infield dirt, mound and batter’s box clays and warning track material are manufactured. 

12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Thursday, December 7
Colorado Sports Turf Managers Networking /  Brainstorming Session– Ross Kurcab, Championship Sports Turf, Eddie Mort, City of Grand Junction, Abby McNeal, City of Denver Parks
Come finish off a great RMRTA Conference with this informal ideas/networking session reviewing the headline sports field stories and issues in the 2017 Rocky Mountain Sports Turf scene. Bring your tough problem for the experts to help solve.  Give your ideas/feedback on how the RMRTA and the Colorado Sports Turf Managers Association (CSTMA) can work together to better serve the needs of athletic field managers at all types of facilities in the Rocky Mountain Region. 

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