Athletic Fields

2018 Athletic Fields - Hands-On Training

Virginia Recreation and Park Society presents

Athletic Fields - Hands-On Training

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

  • 8:00-8:30am:  Check-in
  • 8:30-9:45am:  Topics
  • 9:45-10:00am:  Break
  • 10:00-11:15am:  Topics
  • 11:15-11:45am:  Questions & Answers
  • 11:45am-12:30pm:  Lunch
  • 12:30-2:00pm:  Hands-On/Facility Tour

* Lunch included in registration fee.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Troy Carson is a Senior Research Agronomist within the Center for Technology, Research, and Innovation at The Toro Company. Troy has B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is responsible for development and implementation of applied research related to irrigation, equipment, athletic field safety, and precision turfgrass management. His current area of exploration at Toro focuses on the development of sensing technologies, in combination with geographical information systems, to optimize input use efficiency and improve athletic field safety. 


Adam Nichols is the field research supervisor and a highly qualified speaker from Virginia Tech’s turf research and outreach program at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) in Virginia Beach.  He regularly presents to divers audiences in the area

Dr. Mike Goatley, Jr. is Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences of Virginia Tech.  Goatley has B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Kentucky and the PhD from Virginia Tech.  Following 15 years on the faculty of Mississippi State University, Goatley returned to Blacksburg where his primary responsibilities are statewide development and implementation of educational outreach programs for all areas of turfgrass management.  Mike has co-authored four books on sports turf management, was elected to the STMA Board of Directors in 2008, and is served as STMA President in 2012—2013.

“I will work my way month by month through the calendar detailing the major sports turf management practices/strategies to either apply then or to plan for in the future.  We will also consider that many very positive things happen during the 'off-season' of sports turf management as well, and how to take advantage of that supposed 'down time' both professionally and personally."

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

  • 8:00-8:30am:  Check-in
  • 8:30-9:45am:  Topics
  • 9:45-10:00am:  Break
  • 10:00-11:15am:  Topics
  • 11:15-11:45am:  Questions & Answers
  • 11:45am-12:30pm:  Lunch
  • 12:30-2:00pm:  Hands-On/Facility Tour

* Lunch included in registration fee.

2019

VRPS has partnered with Toro to offer a fun and educational workshop for your department's athletic field, irrigation, and turf maintenance personnel.  The course encompasses new material from years past, including equipment shortcuts, field priorities, and turf selection.  Invest in your hard-working staff by sending them to this inexpensive yet informative seminar at a choice of from four locations:


Virginia Tech (Blacksburg)  Monday, 3/18/2019

Chesapeake                         Tuesday, 3/19/2019

Henrico                                Wednesday, 3/20/2019

Loudoun                              Thursday, 3/20/2019

 
.2 CEUs are approved for this course.

Mike Goatley

 

"Bobby Campbell, CSFM and former sports field supervisor at University of Tennessee, always told the crowds he spoke to that sports field managers are in the business of creating memories....  I had never thought of that before, but he was absolutely right in that some of my earliest memories are of my first chances to play on a 'real' sports field and to visit a sports venue."

- Mike Goatley, Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist, Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences of Virginia Tech