SOURCE: Sports Turf Managers Association
Admission offered free of charge for all 2021 STMA members
(LAWRENCE, Kan.) – Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the organization for 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athlete safety – will be hosting the 32nd annual Conference and Exhibition virtually, January 12-14, 2021.
Committed to serving the needs of the sports field industry and its members, this event will be offered free of charge (regularly $375) to all 2021 STMA members. As the premier annual event in the sports field industry, a multi-faceted conference will bring together the top academics, practitioners and professional speakers for three days of industry education, networking and a virtual exposition hall. The 2021 STMA Student Challenge, aimed at nurturing the next batch of professional sports field managers, will also be hosted virtually.
Each day of the conference, a diverse track of continuing-education seminars will be coupled with meet-and-greet time windows and the opportunity to connect one-on-one with exhibitors in the expo hall. Attendees will also receive two additional education sessions per week from Jan. 19 through Feb. 16, including interactive technical presentations and personal and professional development sessions. Registration for the 32nd STMA Annual Conference & Exhibition opens on Thursday, October 15.
“The STMA staff, alongside dedicated volunteers have worked hard to develop a robust digital experience that meets the demand of our thousands of attendees while maintaining the tradition of the STMA annual conference,” says Jimmy Simpson, CSFM, President of the STMA Board of Directors. “Although we will never be able to fully replace the experience originally planned in Palm Springs, our virtual event promises the high-quality learning opportunities you’ve come to expect from STMA, as well as engaging events and fun.”
To equip sports field managers globally, the association proactively developed its Route to Recovery guides at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Comprised of a multitude of resources, this three-part guide assists professionals in preparing their field surfaces for safe play as quickly as possible. Route to Recovery covers all scenarios from fields closed with no maintenance to fields with full maintenance but no play. The third guide, which is a stand-alone resource, provides a decision tree to help field managers determine the need for field renovation.
STMA is the non-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, it has provided education, information and practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. More than 2,700 members across 32 local chapters oversee facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums. Sports include football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, rugby and horse racing.