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

Jeff Clarke, CSE is the District Sales Manager – Mid-Atlantic for the Toro Company. He previously served as a Commercial Territory Manager with Turf Equipment and Supply Company and as the Superintendent at Penderbrook Golf Club. Jeff has been part of the turf industry for more than 20 years and regularly presents on relevant industry trends regionally and nationally. He holds a Bachelors Degree  in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences and is currently completing his Master of Business Administration from Virginia Tech.

"This session will focus on the latest technology available to properly manage field moisture levels, while touching on key water usage trends, water conservation techniques, irrigation system design and installation, and troubleshooting techniques. Hands-on product displays and visuals will be used to highlight key information. Learn from irrigation industry leaders on how to get the most out of your irrigation system!”


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."


Jimmy Rodgers, CSFM is currently Business Development Manager with Luck Ecosystems (specialty soil and sand products—Northern Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, Southwest Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland).  He has been a Sports Field Manager at the high school, college (University of Virginia, George Mason University), and professional (Washington Nationals, Florida Marlins, Richmond Braves Baseball Clubs) levels.  Jimmy has gained significant knowledge and appreciation for what is desirable in crafting and manufacturing various rootzone materials to grow and manage sports and golf turf.

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.

2018

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, 3/12/2018

Chesapeake                         Tuesday, 3/13/2018

Henrico                                Wednesday, 3/14/2018

Loudoun                              Thursday, 3/15/2018

 
.2 CEUs are approved for this course.


Learn more about VRPS Park Operations here.

Jeff Clarke


“Athletic fields are such an integral part of our society and being a part of the industry that maintains them is incredibly special to me. Turf managers don’t just create a great product, they create long lasting memories.” 

- Jeff Clarke, CSE, District Sales Manager - Mid-Atlantic, The Toro Company
 

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