A sports physical for your fields

Before you know it, the fall sports seasons will be upon us, well actually upon our playing fields. Soon the athletes will be going to health clinics for their compulsory sports physicals. Most school districts require the athletes to get a check-up, but why don’t we give our fields and playing surfaces an annual or biennial check-up also? The science of medicine is much more developed than the science of sports field safety, and rightly so, but there are some basic principles and generally accepted guidelines in characterizing your playing surfaces before the fall games begin. There are also several good resources to get you going. The idea is to keep things simple and build your documentation program as you learn. The best way to improve your management of a playing surface is to routinely evaluate both objectively and subjectively the conditions of the field. The idea, like with many things, is that if you can measure it, you can better manage it.-Read more here from Ross Kurcab, CSFM and Covermaster