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Railsplitters Knock it Out of the Park with Sporturf

Sporturf™ dealer Baseline Sports Construction installed Lincoln Memorial University’s baseball field in Harrogate, TN. Lincoln Memorial University is a four-year institution focusing on liberal arts and undergraduate studies.

Athletics teams at LMU are known as the Railsplitters, a reference to LMU’s humble early profession. Their campus stands against the backdrop of the stunning Cumberland Gap Mountains. The Railsplitters are lead by head coach Justin Haywood

LMU athletics has been in existence since 1907 when they first started organized baseball on campus.

Photo Credit by LMU Athletics

Baseline Sports Construction, LLC began surfacing tennis courts in 1982 as Empire Recreational Surfaces and grew into a full service athletic and recreational construction company providing a wide range of services such as tennis and pickleball court construction, running track construction, indoor sports facility construction, and natural and synthetic turf field construction and maintenance.

Baseline serves the southeast and is a licensed contractor in the states of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Our services have grown to include consulting on recreational facility construction outside our geographic area as well as full-service construction and maintenance throughout the Southeast.

Need AIA Credits? You can have a virtual session!

We’ve written about our AIA courses in the past and decided to update you all.

 

We introduced our newest AIA course last year and with the pandemic we can no longer meet our customers like we are used to doing. With this in mind we are working on distance learning with our team and are able to offer our presentations digitally. We are continiuing to offer this course for AIA credits along with our level one course located on the Hanley Wood website at this link https://www.hanleywooduniversity.com/library/asearch/aterms/synthetic_turf/  Please reach out to our corporate office or your local Regional Account Manager to set up a presentation.

AIA CES Course: Synthetic Turf Then & Now

Course Number-ST2019.

This is a 200-level course that allows Sporturf to offer highly requested Learning Units (LU) and requires an in-person presentation by our sales team.

With our new level to course you earn 1 LU.

We look forward to meeting you and educating your team on the history, technological advances and varying applications of synthetic turf.

Please contact your respective Regional Account Manager to set up your in-person presentation today.

 

All courses offered via Hanley Wood University are approved for AIA Learning Units (LUs). Credits earned upon completion of a course are reported by Hanley Wood University to AIA for all AIA members.

Dustin Loggins

Midwest Regional Account Manager
(706) 508-2526 dustinloggins@sporturf.com

Hunter Pratt

Gulf Coast Regional Account Manager
(706) 980-8915 hunterpratt@sporturf.com

Demond Moore

Southeast Regional Account Manager
706-913-5033 demondmoore@sporturf.com

Mac Clark

Northwest Regional Account Manager

Greg Holloway

Southwestern Regional Account Manager
706-671-0029 gregholloway@sporturf.com

Why You Should Choose Synthetic Turf for Your Football Field

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published in October 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

According to the Synthetic Turf Council, in the United States alone, there are over 5,500 synthetic turf fields in current use. Millions of students across the country have the opportunity to practice and play on a sports field that is functional rain or shine. Football turf is popping up all over the country.

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Synthetic Football Turf Pros

  • Lower maintenance costs. While we can’t say the initial cost will be cheaper, it will be in the hundreds of thousands, the upkeep is much less costly. Your typical natural turf sports field can use up to a million gallons water each year, with synthetic turf water is not needed. Add to it, that synthetic turf needs no mowing or trimming nor traditional grooming.
  • Chemical/pesticide-free. Dissimilar to natural grass, synthetic turf does not require pesticide treatment nor fertilizers.
  • Extended play. Synthetic turf fields are so much more durable than natural grass fields. Natural grass is more susceptible to weather, animals, wear and tear from players and a multitude of other components. With a synthetic field, you don’t have to worry about a flooding field or muddy play space.
  • ADA compliant. Many fields are required to be ADA compliant. With turf this is easier to accomplish that it could be with natural turf.
  • Logo Customization. Synthetic turf allows for logo customization that is durable and more vibrant than a painted field. The logos can’t be worn away.

Synthetic Football Turf Cons

  • It can and will be a costly investment and for some that may be a mitigating factor.
  • Temperature and heat. Synthetic turf can and will heat up in the sun but as technology continues improving the heat can be managed with infill and light water spray if needed.

As always if you have any questions or concerns before your next project please reach out to your regional account manager or give us a call and we can help you out!

Sporturf Tech Tip #8 Adhesive Uses and Guidance

Adhesive is an important part of the synthetic turf install process.

When using an adhesive to install synthetic turf, take a minute and read the adhesive manufacturer’s recommendations and specifications.  Doing this beforehand will help better prepare you for the upcoming installation.  Information such as:

  • any prep needed for the adhesive (if any).
  • Recommended tools (trowel size, rollers).
  • amount of coverage per container.
  • cure time.
  • Limitations due to temperature (hot or cold).
  • Limitations due to moisture/humidity.

Having and knowing this information before you get to the jobsite can prove invaluable and save you time, product and money.

This information would prove usefull for projects involving custom on deck circles , logos, halos, and home plate stance mats. Custom on deck circles allow you to show off your team colors or logo while reducing your field maintenance at the same time. With synthetic turf, your field will always look professional, and your hitters will consistently warm up in the right areas.

Stance mats have become one of the most widely used practice aids for baseball teams. They are perfect for outdoor batting practice and for use in batting cages.

One of the best ways to inspire your team, impress your supporters, and earn respect from your competition is to outfit your field with a custom halo from Sporturf.

Home plate stance mats have tufted in white lines and a home plate. They are available in 6’ X 12’ and come in green or clay.

Adhesive is important in any and all applications including but not limited to:

• Full Athletic Fields
• Sideline Turf
• Halos
• On Deck Circles
• Stance Mats
• Custom Logos
• Playgrounds
• Putting Greens
• Landscape

If you need additional help or have questions please reach out to one of our regional account managers and they can assist you. Let Sporturf helo you take your team, facility, or organization to the next level.

Official Sporturf Partner College Football Hall of Fame Reopens

The College Football Hall of Fame, an official partner of Sporturf, has reopened to the public with new changes to enhance the guest experience during this COVID era. The 95,000 square foot facility located in Atlanta, GA will be open Friday through Monday each week, with ample space for social distancing. On days the Hall is closed to the public, the building will be available to accommodate and serve private groups, teambuilding experiences, luncheons and more. In addition to these changes, the Hall will also develop new virtual content to reach audiences across the country.

College Football Hall of Fame Atl

The nonprofit features three new interactive experiences – the Air Force Air Raid QB Sim, Kia Performance Challenge and Goodyear Blimp Exhibit.  Guests can enjoy fan favorites like the ESPN GameDay Desk built by The Home Depot and Peach Bowl Field. In addition to the new experiences, the Hall of Fame also unveiled a curated exhibit featuring the stories of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Please be sure to visit our friends at the College Football Hall of Fame next time you’re in Atlanta!

The Sporturf Facility Designer Sets You Apart from the Competition!

 

The Sporturf™ Facility Designer can be used to design a customized training area for your facility. Instead of spending hours on the phone or emailing back and forth with your account manager you can personally input your information into our Facility Designer and get an actual custom art rendering of your project including your logo.

First set the turf color and outer dimensions, then add hash lines, ladders, and agility dots. Upload your logo (a PNG file with transparent background works best) and drag-and-drop it into place. Your logo can be rotated and scaled to the desired size.

Finally, fill out the Contact Information section and submit the design. An email with a link to the design PDF file will be sent to you and you will be assigned an Account Manager! Test our facility designer today!

Dustin Loggins

Midwest Regional Account Manager
(706) 508-2526 dustinloggins@sporturf.com

Hunter Pratt

Gulf Coast Regional Account Manager
(706) 980-8915 hunterpratt@sporturf.com

Demond Moore

Southeast Regional Account Manager
706-913-5033 demondmoore@sporturf.com

Mac Clark

Northwest Regional Account Manager

Greg Holloway

Southwestern Regional Account Manager
706-671-0029 gregholloway@sporturf.com
We have the most extensive product line that has been developed from the best turf designers in the world. Our team will walk you step by step in picking the perfect product for your facility and budget.This means educating you on each component of the turf product that you need, describing all of the choices that are available and then helping you determine what is best for you.
With over 25 years worth of turf fields manufactured and installed, we know how to make the right product for you. Thank you very much for choosing Sporturf™ for your complete turf solution.

Sporturf Tech Tip #6 Weeds in Synthetic Turf

Weeds are a challenge when it comes to a natural lawn or even a synthetic turf lawn. While it is best to use a weed killer that has a neutral PH between 6.7-7.3 it is best to test on a sample or small area away from the lawn before treating the entire area.
There is a safe risk-free option for fighting against weeds and vegetation in and around your lawn. Natural Weed Killer consist of 1 gallon of White Vinegar, 1 cup of Salt, and 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap. Simply mix the solution in a pail (mixing well) then pour into a pump sprayer to easily treat the affected area.
Please follow up with your Business Director if you have any further questions before starting your next project. You can also refer back to your installation guidelines for complete details.

Below are some tips on  daily turf usage:

1. Footwear should be restricted to ½” molded cleats
2. Stance areas for baseball/softball, Lacrosse and soccer goal mouths face abnormal
wear patterns and must be monitored daily.(See section II)
3. Band Practices may cause abnormal wear and the field must be monitored for rubber
loss in high traffic areas.
4. Pets or animals should not be allowed on artificial turf areas.
5. Non authorized vehicles should not be allowed on turf. Light machinery such as
Gators, tractors and golf carts are permissible with turf tires only.
6. No food, chewing gum, sunflower seeds and/or tobacco products on playing surface.
7. Daily cleaning of surface should be hand-picked. Vacuums with dual motors and leaf
blowers recommended.
8. Turf grooming and cleaning must be done by trained staff and authorized equipment
9. Steps must be taken to prevent dirt/debris from collecting onto surface from nearby
trees and parking lot trash.

Learn About the Synthetic Turf Council Today!

The Synthetic Turf Council is a 501(c)6 non-profit trade association serving the synthetic turf industry.
Vision
To improve the world through synthetic turf
Mission
To serve as the global forum to promote, develop, grow and advocate for the synthetic turf industry.
Purpose
To be the voice of our industry by promoting the benefits of synthetic turf systems.

STC’s Four Pillars of Strategic Priority

Advocacy

STC serves as a trusted source and adviser to the industry through a collective and unified voice

Education

STC  promotes industry excellence through guidelines, certifications, and other learning platforms

Marketing

STC fosters industry growth through targeted outreach, promotion, and recognition

Networking

STC provides access to industry leaders, forums, products, and expertise to support and elevate our members

Join the leaders in the synthetic turf industry by becoming a member of the Synthetic Turf Council!
Click hereto learn what our members say about the value they receive from their STC membership.
STC Membership offers many valuable benefits to enhance your organization’s success

Synthetic Turf Council Contact Information

Synthetic Turf Council

2331 Rock Spring Road

Forest Hill, MD 21050

443-640-1067

 

Dan Bond, CAE

President & Chief Executive Officer

dan@syntheticturfcouncil.org

(443) 640-1067, ext.1143

Melanie Taylor

Associate Director

melanie@syntheticturfcouncil.org

(443) 640-1067, ext. 1142

 

Maria Donovan, QAS

Director of Membership

maria@syntheticturfcouncil.org

(443) 640-1067, ext. 1137

 

Lisa Blair

Association Coordinator

lisa@syntheticturfcouncil.org

(443) 640-1067, ext. 1121

Eisenhower Park Joins Forces with KYA and Sporturf

Sporturf Regional Account Manager worked with Sporturf dealer KYA to install three large-scale fields including baseball and softball. The project was located in Arcadia, California in 2019 and featured Sporturf’s GameChanger product.

As you can see in the aerial shot included in this post, the field lines intersect on two of the fields creating and incredible design and highlight our AquaFab’s talent in design and turf prefabrication. Just about anything that you can dream up our team can make happen.

Eisenhower desired a high-quality field with maximum life expectancy so they chose KYA and Sporturf. The end goal was to improve playability, and upgrade the aesthetics and safety of the fields.

Our partnership with KYA Group is just as impressive. KYA is a solutions driven company specializing in sports fields, athletic courts, resilient surfacing, classroom beautification and sustainable plantscapes supported by project management, design, general contracting and maintenance services.

About GameChanger

Sporturf™ GameChanger is very similar to natural grass; our advanced yarn provides resilience and strength at the same time, while maintaining a brilliant appearance. The fiber has exceptional split resistance compared to conventional turf fibers. This increases the performance in sliding, ball roll, ball bounce and durability making our product one of the best on the market today.

As always, if you have any questions please contact your Regional Account Manager regarding any new or past products. We have the team, we have the turf and we have skills to make your next project the best one yet.

Dustin Loggins

Midwest Regional Account Manager

(706) 508-2526 | dustinloggins@sporturf.com

Hunter Pratt

Gulf Coast Regional Account Manager

(706) 980-8915 | hunterpratt@sporturf.com

Demond Moore

Southeast Regional Account Manager

706-913-5033 | demondmoore@sporturf.com

Mac Clark

Northwest Regional Account Manager

706-618-3335 macclark@sporturf.com

Greg Holloway

Southwestern Regional Account Manager

706-671-0029 | gregholloway@sporturf.com

Sporturf Tech Tip #5 Idiling Vehicles on Synthetic Turf

This tech tip is proviiding information on idiling vehicles effect on synthetic turf.

In the summertime there are normally cookouts, graduation parties, pool parties, and other events at our homes that usually exceed the amount of parking most of us have. It’s important to remember NEVER leave a Car idling on your synthetic turf. The heat buildup or exhaust can damage the turf to an unrepairable state.

Mulit-Purpose Products

As always with all of our tech tips if you need more clarification or additional assistance please contact your Regional Account Manager before working on your next project.

Below are some tips on  daily turf usage:

1. Footwear should be restricted to ½” molded cleats
2. Stance areas for baseball/softball, Lacrosse and soccer goal mouths face abnormal
wear patterns and must be monitored daily.(See section II)
3. Band Practices may cause abnormal wear and the field must be monitored for rubber
loss in high traffic areas.
4. Pets or animals should not be allowed on artificial turf areas.
5. Non authorized vehicles should not be allowed on turf. Light machinery such as
Gators, tractors and golf carts are permissible with turf tires only.
6. No food, chewing gum, sunflower seeds and/or tobacco products on playing surface.
7. Daily cleaning of surface should be hand-picked. Vacuums with dual motors and leaf
blowers recommended.
8. Turf grooming and cleaning must be done by trained staff and authorized equipment
9. Steps must be taken to prevent dirt/debris from collecting onto surface from nearby
trees and parking lot trash.

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