Field of the Year and MiLB Winners

The Sports Turf Managers Assocaition has announced its 2012 Field of the Year winners and Minor League Baseball Sports Turf Managers of the Year.

Field of the Year: Baseball

Schools and Parks: Don Gaebelein Field, Wesleyan School, Norcross, Ga.

College and University: TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Neb.

Professional: Fluor Field at the West End, Greenville Drive, Greenville, S.C.

Field of the Year: Football

Schools and Parks: Panther Stadium, Oregon USD, Oregon, Wis.

College and University: Jack Trice Stadium, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Field of the Year: Soccer

Schools and Parks: Waukegan SportsPark Field #2, Waukegan Park Dist., Waukegan, Ill.

College and University: Gordon Field, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Professional: Dicks Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.

Field of the Year: Softball

Schools and Parks: Alpenrose Stadium, Little League Softball World Series, Portland, Ore.

College and University: Tiger Park, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.

Field of the Year: Sporting Grounds

Schools and Parks: Infinity Park, city of Glendale, Colo.

Minor League Baseball

Triple A: Joey Stevenson, Indianapolis Indians

Double A: Dan Douglas, Reading Fightin Phils

A: Opie Cheek, Clearwater Threshers

Short Season or Rookie – Ryan Woodley, Staten Island Yankees

Toro Teams With Tucson

The Toro Company has been selected as the single awardee for sports field, parks and golf course grounds maintenance equipment for the city of Tucson, Ariz. The new five-year agreement extends the relationship Toro has had as the supplier of equipment and service for the city’s more than 110 public parks and five public golf courses for the previous five years.

The city of Tucson conducted a thorough solicitation process in the nationwide search for a supplier. This agreement is available to public agencies and nonprofit entities nationwide via the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (National IPA) cooperative purchasing program.

“We are very pleased to be working with the city of Tucson on all of its professional grounds maintenance needs,” says Darren Redetzke, vice president for Toro’s Commercial Business. “Toro has a long history of working with communities around the world to ensure their outdoor spaces are well maintained. We appreciate the efforts of the National IPA in offering this new contract on the national scale.”

“This cooperative agreement provides great value for the city of Tucson, Toro and agencies nationwide,” says Ken Heckman, vice president at National IPA. “Through this partnership, other public agencies can benefit from pricing based on aggregate spend and the convenience of a contract that has already been competitively solicited and awarded by a public entity.”

ASBA Names New Certified Builders

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the names of the newest Certified Builders. The certification program was developed by ASBA to help raise professional standards and improve the practice of sports facility construction. Certification is offered in three different disciplines; an individual may choose to pursue the Certified Tennis Court Builder (CTCB) designation, Certified Track Builder (CTB), or Certified Field Builder (CFB) designation. Note: The CFB designation encompasses both natural grass and synthetic turf fields; however, an individual may choose to specialize and become either a CFB-N (the designation for those specializing in natural grass fields) or CFB-S (for those specializing in synthetic turf).

In order to become a certified builder, an individual must meet specific criteria set forth by ASBA; he must complete an application that shows proof of a set amount of experience in the chosen type of sports facility, and then pass a comprehensive exam on construction and maintenance. In order to maintain the designation, an individual must recertify every three years by documenting a sufficient level of continuing education activities in the relevant field or by passing the examination again.

The following individuals recently completed all requirements to become certified:

Certified Field Builders

Kirk Grego, CFB

Mid-America Golf & Landscape

Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Robert Putze, CFB-S

Horizon Contracting, LLC

Coopersburg, Pa.

Certified Tennis Court Builders

Todd Rudolph, CTCB

Sunland Sports

Phoenix, Ariz.

George Stahlin, CTCB

Evergreen Tennis Courts, Inc.

Loveland, Colo.

Certified Track Builders

Greg McKenna, CTB

Renner Sports Surfaces

Denver, Colo.

Troy Rudolph, CTB

Sunland Sports

Phoenix, Ariz.