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Jared Minnick presents to at MoGIC 2014

Thanks to all the vendors and attendees. This year's conference was fantastic.

For anyone who missed it here is a link to Jerad Minnick's presentation "Changing the Preception, Pushing Limits; Grass Fields Will Take More"

How Safe Is the Artificial Turf Your Child Plays On?


Soccer coach Amy Griffin was in a Seattle hospital visiting a young goalie who was receiving chemotherapy when a nurse said something that made the hair on Griffin’s neck stand up.

It was 2009. Two young female goalies Griffin knew had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Griffin, associate head coach for the University of Washington’s women’s soccer team, had started to visit the women and other athletes in local hospitals, helping them pass the time during chemo with war stories from her three decades of coaching.

That day, the nurse looked down at the woman Griffin was sitting with and said, "Don't tell me you guys are goalkeepers. You're the fourth goalkeeper I've hooked up this week."

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Top women's stars mobilizing for legal bout vs. FIFA over World Cup Turf


The Women’s World Cup in Canada is less than 10 months away, and the last thing FIFA wants on its hands is a lawsuit from the top players in global women’s soccer. But that’s exactly what those players are threatening publicly right now if FIFA and Canadian organizers don’t change their plans to stage the World Cup on artificial turf fields in the tournament’s six stadiums.

The U.S.’s Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Heather O’Reilly are some of the players whose legal representation—which includes a Canadian firm and the same U.S. firm that brought the recent O’Bannon vs. NCAA case—sent a letter to FIFA and Canada 2015 organizers in late July threatening a lawsuit. As of Monday, FIFA and the Canadians had acknowledged receiving the letter but had yet to respond.

The Americans are hardly the only players ready to take FIFA to court for what they view as a case of gender discrimination, considering the men’s World Cup has never been played on artificial turf and won’t be in 2018 or ’22, either.

Current FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Nadine Angerer, the German national team goalkeeper, told she’ll do whatever she can to ensure the World Cup is played on natural grass, just like every previous senior Women’s World Cup.

“From the perspective of goalkeepers, we have to jump on this concrete,” Angerer said. “We are landing all the time, and it’s really bad. I played just a few weeks ago in Vancouver on this turf [in a Germany-Canada friendly], and it’s really embarrassing. Seriously, it’s concrete.”

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Artificial Turf Makes No Sense for Soccer


Stuff the artificial turf and give us grass. Play beautiful soccer on nature's verdant lot and poetry might break out. Soccer looks artificial when played on synthetic carpets. You can imagine a groundskeeper using a vacuum cleaner post-game.

Jerad Minnick, founder of the company Growing Innovations, is a champion for grass.

"With natural grass, we are able to achieve a soft yet firm surface that is safe and player friendly," he writes by e-mail. "There never are heat issues on grass (grass actually cools the ambient temperature instead of magnifying it), and skin burns and abrasions aren't common. Also with grass, we are able to produce a specific surface for a specific team's strengths and/or needs. Slow, fast, soft, firm, wet, dry ... we can control all of these factors completely with a grass field depending on what a coach might want for their team's strengths. From the playability standpoint, those are all positives."

That pitch sells. And there's more.

"The art of grounds keeping is no longer an art," he writes. "It is a science. And it's becoming an engineering marvel." Bio-mechanics labs are studying new grass field technologies that can absorb the energy generated by players' legs into the soil to reduce the injury potential of a player exponentially."

But wait - surely the fake grass is cheaper?

"Well it's just not true. Grass is the cheaper option 90 percent of the time," according to Minnick. "Maintenance costs of grass over eight years (the life span of a synthetic carpet) equal the same as the replacement of the carpet. Now we have three pro-soccer stadiums in the USA committed to a three-year carpet replacement cycle for their synthetic turf. That money equals an amount that would be able to resurface a grass field five times in three years. With three carpet replacements in nine years, they could have resurfaced a grass field 15 times. And they still would have built the original field for 25-50 percent less!"

Take that to the bank.


Dr. Brad Fresenburg-2013 Dr. William H. Daniel Award Winner
The Dr. William H. Daniel Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the sports turf industry through his or her research, teaching or extension outreach. The influence of these individuals in the industry may be highly visible or behind the scenes. The award was presented to Dr. Brad Fresenburg, professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Several of Brad's colleagues have described him as the “glue” at the University of Missouri, the one constant that holds everything together. This is just one accolade, of many, that he has received that illustrates both his willingness to work “in the trenches” and stand up as an advocate for the turfgrass science academic community when it is needed most.

An associate of Brad's asked past students of his to describe him in their own words. They used words like “dedicated,” “caring,” “committed,” “always someone to count on,” “not just a mentor but a friend for life.”

Brad is known at the University of Missouri, throughout the community, throughout the state, and throughout the Midwest as one of the preeminent experts in turfgrass science. He is both highly visible and often behind the scenes for his scholarship, for his two decades of teaching and mentoring, and for his commitment to STMA and advancing the profession.

Brad (right) is pictured with the 2012 winner, Dr. Beth Guertal.


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