The 25th Annual STMA Conference & Exhibition is just around the corner, and if you’re one of the hundreds of sports field industry pros headed to Texas, chances are you’ll want to take advantage of the many educational opportunities available. Here’s a look at just some of the many learning sessions and workshops that will be offered at the conference, which will be held in San Antonio from January 21-25. And, in next month’s issue we’ll take a look at some of the great gear you’ll find on the trade show floor. For more information, or to register for the show, visit

Seminar on Wheels

Tuesday, January 21, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This full-day tour begins at the STAR soccer complex, a 13-field natural grass complex that is home to the San Antonio Scorpions, a new professional soccer team playing in the North American Soccer League (NASL). Tour stops also include Texas State’s Jim Wacker Football Field in Bobcat Stadium, the Park West Athletics Complex at the University of Texas-San Antonio and Oak Hills Country Club, one of the oldest private country clubs in the country.

Friday, January 24, 1 to 5 p.m.

This half-day tour includes stops at the baseball, softball, soccer, football and intramural fields at Trinity University; The Park at St. Mary’s University, a new sports complex that has baseball, softball and soccer; and Nelson Wolff Stadium, the oldest ballpark in the Texas League.

Conference Education

Tuesday, January 21

2:30-5 p.m.Evaluation and Preparation of Fields for Heavy Use

2:30-5 p.m.What Are Your Weeds Telling You?

2:30-5 p.m.Playability and Safety of Bermudagrass Sports Fields

2:30-5 p.m.Understanding Our Changing Weather and Climate

2:30-5 p.m.Developing and Implementing Best Management Practices for Sports Field Water Conservation

Wednesday, January 22

9:30-10:45 a.m. Improving Plant Performance with Plant Protection Products

9:30-10:45 a.m. Why Research Matters to Field Managers

9:30-10:45 a.m. Making the Impossible Possible: Seed to Playing in 35 Days

9:30-10:45 a.m. Bridging the Generation Gap in the Turf Industry

9:30-10:45 a.m. Safe Playing Fields: IPM, Legislation, and the Sports Turf Manager

9:30-10:45 a.m. The History of STMA and the Annual Conference – Part 1

11 a.m.-12 p.m.Establishing Pest Thresholds on School Grounds

11 a.m.-12 p.m.Replacing Your Synthetic Infill Playing Surface

11 a.m.-12 p.m.Aerification Today … Methods and Styles to Help Improve Playing Conditions

11 a.m.-12 p.m.Complete Baseball Field Renovation

11 a.m.-12 p.m.New Trends and Technology in Sports Turf

11 a.m.-12 p.m.The History of STMA and the Annual Conference – Part 2

2-3:15 p.m.Insect Control Update for Sport Fields – Current & Future Programs

2-3:15 p.m.Changing Perceptions, Pushing Limits: Grass Fields Will Take More

2-3:15 p.m.The Lost Art of Communications

2-3:15 p.m.Shop/Tools/Tricks of the Trade to Improve Your Operation

2-3:15 p.m.Trials and Tribulations of Building a New Sports Field Complex

2-3:15 p.m.Synthetic Infill: Compaction and Advancement in Relief Options

3:30-5 p.m. Advanced Turf Disease Management: Maximizing Pesticide Applications to Improve Product Performance

3:30-5 p.m. Bermudagrass Selection and Management for Athletic Field Performance and Safety in the Transition Zone

3:30-5 p.m. Latest Trends in European Turfgrass

3:30-5 p.m. Understanding the Basics of Irrigation Design, Installation and Troubleshooting

3:30-5 p.m. Reading the Tells – Learning How to Read Body Language

3:30-5 p.m. Maintaining High School Athletic Fields on a Limited Budget

Thursday, January 23

8 a.m.-12 p.m.Student Track: Creating a New Career Path

8 a.m.-12 p.m.Student Track: Managing and Molding Tomorrow’s Field Managers Today

8 a.m.-12 p.m.Student Track: Internships and How to Get the Most Out of Them

8-9 a.m.The CSFM Process Demystified

8-9 a.m.Traffic Tolerance and Turf Recovery: It Just Doesn’t Happen

8-9 a.m.Using Soil Moisture & Temperature Sensors as Part of an Integrated Approach to Managing Athletic Fields

8-9 a.m.Sports Field Performance Testing – G-Max and Beyond

8-9 a.m.Managing Sports Fields without Conventional Pesticides

8-9 a.m.Reuse, Repurpose: Where’s My Synthetic Going?

9:15-10:15 a.m.Keeping It Green While Being Green: Cutting-Edge Environmental Fertilization

9:15-10:15 a.m.Bermudagrass Management

9:15-10:15 a.m.Cool-Season Turfgrasses for Sports Fields

9:15-10:15 a.m.Arizona Stadium: 2 Years, 2 Renovations

9:15-10:15 a.m.Liability and Your Facility

9:15-10:15 a.m.Managing Turf in the MLS

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.2013 Field of the Year Winners

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.Renovation Practices at Real Madrid and Manchester United FC – Part 2

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.Infield Maintenance at Overbrook HS: Working With What We Have

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.Crumb Rubber Research and Real-World Applications to Improve Athletic Fields

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.Sustainability – Player Safety – Performance Testing Are Critical and Integrated Issues for Sport Fields

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.Sports Fields as a Stormwater Best Management Practice

Friday, January 24

8:30 -10 a.m.Managing High-Use Fields

8:30 -10 a.m.Teaching the Basics of Soil Physical and Chemical Properties: The Analogy Lecture

8:30 -10 a.m.Water Quality and Soil Conditions

8:30 -10 a.m.Preventative, IPM and Organic Management Systems for Schools and Municipalities

8:30 -10 a.m.Turfgrass Mathematics 101

Innovative Sessions

Innovative Sessions are half-hour mini sessions that will be held on the trade show floor on Friday, January 24.

10 a.m.Traffic/Wear Tolerance of Kentucky Bluegrass and Perennial Ryegrass Cultivars

10:30 a.m.Technology Tools and Innovations for Groundskeepers

11 a.m.Overseeding Species: Best Choices for Success

11:30 a.m.The Use of Grow Lights to Grow Grass Inside Stadiums