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John Reitman

By John Reitman

Webinar offers tips for managing sports fields when there is no play


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To say 2020 has been a challenging year would be an understatement of epic magnitude, and the turfgrass management world has not been immune.

sorochan.pngSome golf courses have been open, otherS closed and some used as public parks while they have been closed. As the economy and the golf industry begin to reopen, sports field managers still are in a unique position. They have to keep fields in shape and ready for play, but when play will resume still is a mystery.

What does this mean for sports turf managers as they navigate through uncharted territory, keeping fields ready for play during a time when the first action on the field probably still is weeks or even months away? 

John Sorochan, Ph.D., professor of turfgrass science at the University of Tennessee will address this topic in a free TurfNet webinar - Managing sports turf … when there is no play - on June 17. The event is sponsored by Brandt.

The NFL has not solidified plans for play this season. Likewise, there is no solid timetable yet for college football, though we learned that several players have tested positive for Covid-19 as they began returning to campus this week.

Major League Baseball owners and players have not been able to reach an agreement on a shortened season, and some owners have said they would be OK if the season was canceled entirely, a fate that likely awaits the minor league system this summer as well. While there might not be baseball, some facilities are doing what they can to generate some revenue, including renting out stadiums for private functions.

In this free webinar, Sorochan will address expectations during a hiatus, how this uncertainty affects cultural practices not getting so aggressive that there is insufficient time for recovery before that first event.

Click here to register.

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