SportsTurf

August 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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7 August 2017 // PRESIDENTS MESSAGE www.spor tsturfonline.com President: Tim Van Loo, CSFM Immediate Past President: Jeff Salmond, CSFM President-Elect: Sarah Martin, CSFM Secretary/Treasurer: Jody Gill, CSFM Vice President Commercial: Doug Schattinger Professional Facilities: Weston Appelfeller, CSFM Academic: Beth Guertal, Ph.D. Higher Education: Nick McKenna, CSFM Parks & Recreation: Jimmy Simpson, CSFM Schools K-12: Sun Roesslein, CSFM Commercial: Boyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE Elected at-Large: Matt Anderson, CSFM Appointed at-Large: Randy Price Stma Office 805 New Hampshire, Suite E Lawrence, KS 66044 Phone: 800-323-3875 Fax: 800-366-0391 Email: STMAinfo@STMA.org www.STMA.org STMA Editorial Committee Chairman: Mark Frever, CSFM Joe Churchill; John Clintsman; Jim Cornelius, CSFM; Jeremy Driscoll; Chrissy McLairn; Scott Stevens, CSFM; and Dr. Joey Young, Technical Editor Publisher's Notice: We Assume No Responsibility For The Validity Of Claims In Connection With Items Appearing In Sportsturf. Reader Service Numbers Are Given To Facilitate Further Inquiry. Mention Of A Commercial Product Does Not Imply Endorsement By Sportsturf Or EPG Media & Specialty Information, Or Preference Over Similar Products Not Mentioned. SportsTurf (ISSN 1061-687X) (USPS 000-292) (Reg. U.S. Pat. & T.M. Off.) is published monthly by EPG Media & Specialty Information at 75 Pike Street, Port Jervis, NY 12271. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Sportsturf, PO Box 2123, Skokie, IL 60076-7823. For subscription information and requests, call Subscription Services at (845) 856-2229. Subscription rates: 1 year, $40 US & Poss.; 2 years, $65 US & Poss.; 1 year, $65 Canada/ Foreign Surface, 1 year, $130 Airmail. All subscriptions are payable in advance in US funds. Send payments to Sportsturf, PO Box 2123, Skokie, IL 60076-7823. Phone: (847) 763-9565. Fax: (847) 763-9569. Single copies or back issues, $8 each US/Canada; $12 Foreign. Periodicals postage paid at Port Jervis, NY and additional mailing offices. COPYRIGHT 2017, SportsTurf. Material may not be reproduced or photocopied in any form without the written permission of the publisher. Why we do what we do Tim Van LOO / CSFM / STMA President / vanlooti@iastate.edu / @cycloneturf WELL, IT'S AUGUST! That means most have endured the long month of July and the heat that it brings. For me in Iowa the temperatures do not drop a lot in August, but the days are getting noticeably shorter. The nighttime temperatures start to drop and for whatever reason, I can germinate Kentucky bluegrass with no effort in less than 10 days. August is also the time of year that I may have to remind myself why I love my career. I am not saying I forget, but sometimes in the hustle and bustle, I can lose focus on the parts that bring me great satisfaction. Please allow me a few paragraphs to share some of what I do to mentally stay focused on why I do what I do. The pursuit of perfection is simply that, a pursuit. I have to remind myself that perfection is impossible, but worth chasing. I think that is why so many of us do not apply for "Field of the Year" consideration; we do not ever feel it is good enough. I love pull- ing off the appearance that everything is perfect, but we all know that last 5% is nearly impossible to get "perfect." The reminder is a quote that Dr. Trey Rogers of Michigan State would use: "The closer you get to perfection, the further away it appears to you." When Trey said that for the fi rst time in front of me, I thought, "What is he talking about?" After being away from college for 11 years, I now understand the warning with great clarity. The fi elds are not mine; they are for the players, coaches, and fans. We are simply the tools that are used to bring the event a safe surface for play. A few weeks ago I attended a wedding reception in our SUKUP end zone club at the stadium. It was a beautiful night and the kids and many adults eventually made their way to the playing surface. They ran around for hours on the fi eld having a great time and making memories. Many people asked me if it was bothering me that they were on the fi eld. I simply replied, "No," because the people playing on the fi eld were giving me a gift. That gift was a reminder that a fi eld is a place for memories to be made and a place for fun to happen. I found great satisfaction that night when feeling like I had a part in making an already special night more memorable. I cannot speak for everyone reading this, but I love my job, and I know that many of you feel the same way. So many things go into preparing a fi eld. So many unsung heroes who deliver for me so I can deliver for my department. Please let me or headquarters know if there is anything we can do to help you get closer to perfection. /ST/ THE PURSUIT OF PERFECTION IS SIMPLY THAT, A PURSUIT. I HAVE TO REMIND MYSELF THAT PERFECTION IS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT WORTH CHASING.

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