Athletic Fields

2020 Athletic Fields - Hands-On Training


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, 3/16/2020

Chesapeake                           Tuesday, 3/17/2020

Henrico                                   Wednesday, 3/18/2020

Loudoun                                 Thursday, 3/19/2020

.2 CEUs are approved for this course.


  • 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.


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.

Mike will provide the basics of turf management, including detailing the strengths and weaknesses of grassing options in Virginia, how to conduct and interpret soil tests, and how to use those soil test reports in developing a fertility program for your

Matt Anderson CSFM, CSE is currently a District Sales Manager for the Toro Company, focusing on Sports Fields and Grounds business for the western US. Prior to his time at Toro, he was a  sports turf manager for 15 years with stops including university grounds and athletics, minor league baseball and the 2004  Summer Olympics. He is currently a Certified Sports Field Manager with a bachelors and masters degree in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University.

Matt will discuss how mowing and cultivation inputs change as turf use and demands increase. He will touch on best mowing
practices and various equipment options for mowing based on your organizations budget. Aeration will also be discussed regarding compaction relief and best aeration strategy to utilize based on your budget.