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NYSTA Hosts Seminar at SUNY Fredonia

The New York Sate Turfgrass Association does a tremendous job keeping their members up to date on turf news and practices. This summer the NYSTA will host yet another seminar, "Winning Fields", which will focus on the important skills necessary to maintain safe, high quality scholastic/municipal sports turf.

Featured speaker, Dale Getz, a Certified Sports Field Manager (CSFM) and sports turf sales manager for The Toro Company was previously the Athletic Facilities Manager and Superintendent of Golf at the University of Notre Dame where he worked for 17 years. Dale has taught turf management at Kansas State University as an adjunct faculty member and has published numerous articles on sports turf management. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Michigan State University in Forestry and a Masters Degree in Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

The seminar series will be held on Tuesday, June 12th at SUNY Fredonia, from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. The cost to attend is $80 for members and $100 for non-members, CEU's will also be available. The NYSTA has reserved rooms at Best Western- 3912 Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk, NY 14048 and Clarion Hotel- 30 Lakeshore Drive East, Dunkirk, NY 14048.

Winning Fields Seminar Agenda

7:30 - 8:15 am
Registration, Continental Breakfast and Trade Show

8:15 am
Facility Overview
Michael Wygant, Assistant Director, Facilities Services, SUNY Fredonia

8:30 - 9:30 am
Soccer and Lacrosse: Practical Techniques to Improve Your Athletic Fields by Dale Getz, CSFM, CSE, The Toro Company and Chris Case, Women's Lacrosse and Soccer Coach, SUNY Fredonia

9:30 - 10:00 am
Break, Trade Show and Equipment Demonstrations

10:00 - 11:00 am
Track 1: Synthetic Turf Care by Alan Lemay, FieldTurf and Al Brunetti, Chenango Contracting, Inc.

Track 2: Superbowl Field Preparation Experiences byDale Getz, CSFM, CSE, The Toro Company

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Seeding Decisions for Today's Turf Managers by John Brader, Landmark Seed

12:00 - 1:15 pm
Lunch, Trade Show and Equipment Demonstrations

12:45 - 1:15 pm
Facility Tour and Demonstrations

1:15 - 1:45 pm
Field Lighting and Sound for Athletic Fields and How it Relates to Field Use by Don Rhuda, Musco Lighting

1:45 - 2:45 pm
Baseball and Softball: How Maintenance Practices Affect the Game and What the Coaches Are Looking For by Alan Dungey, Great Lakes Athletic Fields, Inc.; Matt Palisin, Baseball Coach, SUNY Fredonia; Nicole Loudin, Softball Coach, SUNY Fredonia and Brandon Shantz, Grounds Manager, Erie Sea Wolves

2:45 - 3:30 pm
DEC Regulatory and School Issues
Glenn Reinhart, NYSDEC

For more information about NYSTA seminars please visit

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