We asked Erin B. Wilder, Director of Marketing & Industry Relations for Sod Solutions: When making seed/sod repairs, what’s the one vital thing that sports field managers need to keep in mind to make sure that such a repair is successful?
“Clear communication between the sod farm and sports field manager is a must for effectively repairing and installing grass at any facility. There are many items to consider, for example, the sports field manager should communicate his or her full expectations, including mowing height, thickness of cut, soil profile requirements, transportation and/or delivery schedule and pre-harvesting practices. Early and frequent communication is key to making a repair successful and receiving the most consistent product.”
“A lot of it comes down to being able to make the dirt perfect. It’s an obsession with trying to perfect something you can’t perfect.”
— Trevor Moren, groundskeeper at the University of Georgia’s Foley Field, on the perils of caring for an infield.
“We ask the parents’ help in maintaining our fields. We have people who are using shovels, rakes, buckets, pumps; they carry enormous amounts of turf. They do things to try and keep our fields safe and to give our kids a great experience, but we as a community should not accept or entertain that role. It’s really not for a parent to wake up at 7 in the morning, run to a field and spend 45 minutes prepping just so that we can have kids play safely on our fields.”
— Ken Carone, president of the Madison (Connecticut) travel baseball team and board member for the Madison Little League. There are no professionals to maintain the fields — which are in poor condition following the winter months — for the Madison Little League; the duty is left up to coaches and parents.
“I think facilities show the importance you put in your program. They prove to, not only the kids involved, but parents, outsiders, whomever, that the school system is invested, that the city is invested.”
— Ben Blackmon, head coach for the Spanish Fort (Alabama) High School football team. The school hopes to install a turf field this summer.
Sports Movie Quote of the Month
“Smalls: I was gonna put the ball back.
Squints: But it was signed by Babe Ruth!
Smalls: Yeah, you keep telling me that! Who is she?”
— Scotty Smalls and Michael ‘Squints’ Palledorous,
two of the characters from the 1993 film “The Sandlot,” talking about how ‘Smalls’ lost a baseball signed by Babe Ruth. Smalls, a baseball newbie, is not familiar with “The Sultan of Swat.”
# of the Month
Number of years McCormick Field in Asheville, North Carolina, has been hosting baseball games. The iconic field, which opened in 1924, is the home of the Asheville Tourists, the Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.
Look Who’s Tweeting
The upright growth habit of Poa results in a slower recovery from aeration than the prostrate growth of Creeping Bent.
* Julian Mooney is an agronomist with the Turfgrass Consultancy.
Teams that never let up once, never have to think twice. #NoMaybes
* Nike is a sponsor of the U.S. women’s soccer team, which began play in the FIFA Women’s World Cup June 8.
Game time temperature at Citi Field is a balmy 48 degrees. Snow cones for everyone!
* Mendrinos is an author and comedian and was in attendance at the Mets-Braves game in New York on April 23, which featured frigid temperatures.