The 24th Annual STMA Conference & Exhibition is just around the corner, and if you’re one of the hundreds of sports field industry pros headed to sunny Florida, 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 Daytona Beach from January 15-18. 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

Wednesday, January 16

8 – 9 a.m. New Trends and Technology in Sports Turf

8 – 9 a.m. The Importance of Safety and Potential Liabilities for the Sports Turf Manager

8 – 9 a.m. Making Plant Growth Regulators Work for You

8 – 9 a.m. Zero Pesticide Athletic Turf Maintenance

8 – 9 a.m. Research and Real World Applications using Crumb Rubber to Improve Natural Turf Athletic Fields

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Keeping Your Home Life Growing

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Athletic Field Use and Maintenance Planning

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Realistic Review of Maintenance Practices for Synthetic Turf Fields

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Subsurface Drip Irrigation for Sports Turf

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. The Reality of LEED Certified Landscape and Site Management

0:45a.m.-12p.m. Hiring the Right Person

10:45a.m.-12p.m. 6 Steps To Transition An In-Play Cool-Season Field to Bermudagrass

10:45a.m.-12p.m. 3 Keys To Providing High-Quality, High-Traffic Athletic Fields

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Strategies for Maintaining Turfgrass in Response to “No Pesticide” Legislation

10:45a.m.-12p.m. Infield Soils: The Science Behind the Art

2-3:15p.m. Weed Control in Newly Established and Overseeded Areas

2-5p.m. Hidden Principles of Exceptional Performance

2-5p.m. Fire and Ice: Sports Turf Management in the Transition Zone

2-5p.m. Back to Basics: Getting the Most from Your Granular Fertilizers

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

2-5p.m. Infield Mixes A-Z

3:30-5p.m. The National Mall Renovation: Design, Construction, Maintenance & Event Management

Thursday, January 17

8 – 9 a.m. Managing Your Most Valuable Asset: Your Staff

8 – 9 a.m. 3 Keys To Providing High-Quality, High-Traffic Athletic Fields

8 – 9 a.m. Improving Water Efficiency: Take the Million Gallon Challenge!

8 – 9 a.m. Applying MLB Practices to Low-Budget Facilities

8 – 9 a.m. Strategies for Maintaining Turfgrass in Response to “No Pesticide” Legislation

8 – 9 a.m. New Strategies for Annual Bluegrass Control in Cool-Season Turfgrass

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Theory and Application of Technology for the Sports Field Manager

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. New Challenges, Take Risks, and Achieve Goals

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Fertility Management for Sand-Based Systems

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Synthetic Turf: What to Do When The Warranty Runs Out

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Building it Right … for all the Right Reasons

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Shoe-Turf Interaction, Injury Risk, and Performance of Elite Athletes

10:45a.m.-12p.m. Communication and the Art of Conflict Resolution

10:45a.m.-12p.m. European Field Maintenance at Real Madrid and Manchester United Football Clubs – Part One

10:45a.m.-12p.m. Phosphorus – Environmental Issues

10:45a.m.-12p.m. The Elements of Sustainable Sports Facilities: Systematically Applying Your Environmental Plans, Policies and Practices

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. K-16 Baseball Field Maintenance & Renovation With Limited Resources

10:45a.m.-12p.m. Tottenham Hotspur Training Academy – Construction and Grow-in

4 – 5 p.m. Florida Sun: Friend or Foe

Friday, January 18

8 – 9 a.m. Living with Integrity

8 – 9 a.m. Managing Professional Soccer Fields in Eastern Europe

8 – 9 a.m. Tackling the Issues with Synthetic Turf – What Does the Research Say?

8 – 9 a.m. Water Management to Improve Turf Performance

8 – 9 a.m. Simple Ideas for Greener Facility Management

8 – 9 a.m. New Options for Weed Control in Athletic Field Turf

8 – 9 a.m. Shoe-Turf Interaction, Injury Risk and Performance of Elite Athletes

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Concert Setup and Other Special Events, and Still Play Tomorrow

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Fertility Management for Sand-based Systems

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Tale of Two Fields; Synthetic vs. Natural

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Optimizing Sprinkler Uniformity with an Irrigation Audit

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Maintaining Sports Fields the Natural Way

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Diagnosing Turf Problems

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Converting from Cool-Season to Warm-Season Grass

10 a.m. Performance Testing of Sport Fields: Current and Future

12:00 p.m. The Benefits Using the PCI Assessment Tool

STMA Academy

New this year, the STMA Academy offers high-level education pre and post-conference workshops (included in the full conference registration price).

2:30 – 5 p.m., Tuesday, January 15

  • Hire the Best … But Know How to Fire Them Just in Case
  • Performance Quality Standards – How Good is your Playing Surface?
  • Meteorology: Understanding Weather and Climate

2:45 – 5 p.m., Friday, January 18

  • Breeding, Development and Production of Cool-Season Turfgrasses
  • Common Diseases of Sports Turf
  • Best Management Practices to Increase Tolerance to Pests and Stress
  • Turf Equipment Care and Maintenance
  • Strengths-Based Leadership and Followership
  • Managing Turfgrass Soil Physical Properties