Website 2015-2016

Dear KYSTMA membership,

I wanted to take a quick moment and touch base with you on our website.  I will be handling the website for the upcoming year and have been getting my feet wet this morning with a few updates and this article.  Please bare with me as this is truly a new venture for me.  the new offices elected at this years KTC has been updated, but nothing else as of today.

Also, the website has been getting several views, in fact in 2015 the site has had 8,902 views and those views come from 10 different countries.  With that many views and worldwide publicity we should be utilizing this site more and more.  If you have any suggestions or would like to see anything posted on the website please feel free to contact any of the KYSTMA officers or myself.  I can be reached at bnevitt@advancedturf.com.

Thanks again and I look forward to serving the KYSTMA again this year.

Brad Nevitt

Website Coordinator KYSTMA


2015 Membership Dues

The Kentucky Sports Turf Managers Association is an organization committed to leadership in Kentucky’s sports turf industry by promoting professionalism, safe and quality playing surfaces, local education, and turfgrass research. We need your support to continue our commitment to maintaining, renovating and building quality sports fields in Kentucky!

The KySTMA greatly appreciates your support and values your membership in this awesome organization! We have a great year planned for 2015 and want all of you to be a part of it. If you have already sent your dues, please pass this along to one of your peers in the Sports Turf Industry. With your membership you will receive:

  •  Monthly subscription to Sports Turf Magazine, the official publication of the national STMA
  •  KTC/KySTMA Newsletter, a bi-monthly online publication concerning Kentucky’s Turfgrass industry
  •  KySTMA Directory
  •  Educational Opportunities – workshops, field days, seminars, conferences, etc.
  •  Pesticide Certification and Re-certification CEU’s
  •  College Student Mentoring Opportunities – Student Development Initiative Partnership with KTC
  •  KySTMA Networking – Meet and discuss with top professionals in sports turf who can save your organization money through tips, tricks and new techniques to use on your athletic fields
  • Dr. AJ Powell Field of the Year Program

Don’t forget that you may pay your dues with a debit or credit card by using PayPal via website under Membership

Please take this quick survey at the following link to give us the input to best suit the members of our great organization. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J3BDHVD .

Thank you for your support,

James Bergdoll, CSFM

KySTMA President




KySTMA Dr. AJ Powell Field of the Year Award

Introducing the Dr. AJ Powell Field of the Year Award Program!

The KySTMA Field of the Year Award is named in honor of Dr AJ Powell.  Dr Powell has had some type of influence, either directly or indirectly, on every athletic field built in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the last 30 years.  His shared knowledge and passion for sports turf management is still very much alive today and we feel this Field of the Year Award is a great way to honor his legacy around the state.  One award will be given annually to a field managed by a KySTMA member.  The award winner will be given a plaque, a year of free membership in the KySTMA, and potentially more. The winner will be announced during the Annual UK Turf and Landscape Short Course the following February.

Two ways to enter:

1.  Complete Online Form on the Awards Page by October 12, 2015 to be considered.

2.  Or download and fill out application Kentucky Sports Turf Managers Association FOY Application and return it via email to kystma@gmail.com by October 12, 2015 to be considered.


UK Turfgrass Short Course Sports Turf Education Program (Thurs. Feb 26, 2015)

7:30 – 9:00 AM On-Site Registration and Check-In/Trade Show Open

9:00 -9:50 AM – Snow removal on athletic fields – Eric Harshman, UK Athletic Fields

9:50-10:40 AM – Basics of Native Soils Sports Fields – Dr. Gregg Munshaw, UK Turfgrass


11:00 – 11:50 AM – Spreader Calibration and Calculations – Dr. Wes Totten, UT Martin

11:50 AM – 1:10 PM – LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:10 -2:00 PM – Infield Skin Maintenance Tips from Field of the Year Winners – Panel Discussion (Tom Nielsen-Louisville Bats Slugger Field, Joey Stevenson-Indianapolis Indians Victory Field, Eric Harshman-UK Softball John Cropp Stadium)

2:00 – 2:50 PM – Water Conservation on Sports Fields – Jack Karlin – Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance

2:50 – 3:10 PM – KySTMA Annual Business Meeting

3:10 – 4:00 PM – Professionalism in Sports Turf – Toby Hudson – Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation


Each person will receive 3 General and 1 Category Specific CEU for Kentucky Pesticide License – Categories 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 18, or 20


UK Turf & Landscape Management Short Course, Feb. 24-26, 2015

February 24-26, 2015

Turf and Landscape Management Short Course @ Crown Plaza Hotel – Louisville, KY


Don’t wait until it is too late!!!  The pre-registration window for the February 24-26, 2015 Turf and Landscape Management Short Course is open only through this coming Friday, February 13th!

 After this Friday, registration fees increase to $50 per person per day.

If you will be using a purchase order, please submit the names of your employees as well as days of attendance to me by email.

 All pertinent information regarding this meeting, including registration links and the program, can be found at www.uky.edu/Ag/ukturf


Hope to see you there.



KTC and KySTMA Conference Coming Soon

We need your support  and attendance at our upcoming KySTMA conference session on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.  Belterra has been a great site for us in the past and we look forward to possibly entering the golf tournament on Monday, Oct 21, the opening session, annual KTC business session, UK research update, and the outstanding Trade Show on Tuesday, Oct 22 and the workshops, split educational sessions, and the KySTMA Business session on Wednesday, Oct 23.  We will be electing new officers for the KySTMA and if you want to get involved, please let us know asap.  We have six outstanding speakers scheduled for the Sports Turf Session.  you just do not want to miss this!  Registration information can be obtained from the KTC Web site at www.KyTurfCouncil.com.



KySTMA Regional Workshop – June 25

This will likely be the most outstanding workshop that we have gven in years.  The am session will be held at the Campbell County Extension Office.  We have six speakers, all with Professional and College experience.  The pm session will be held at the Bengals Practice Facility.  This session will include  equipment/product exhibits placed on the fields, afterwhich Darian Daily will share his expereince managing the different grasses, measuring field hardness and maintaing the synthetic surface on the game field.  Four CEU’s will be awarded.  The cost is only $15 and that includes a catered lunch.  Please register by calling (859) 572-2600.  All of the program details are available on the Workshop Brochure. 

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