The art of producing synthetic turf for sports is grossly underestimated and incorrectly compared to the production of plastic household products. In this article, Jacki Stephen of Imajica Consulting focusses on the machinery to be used in the production of high-end, durable and consistently performing synthetic turf products for sports.
Erwin Beltman was the head groundsman for stadium De Kuip in the Netherlands between 2013 and 2022. In that period, the field was voted the best stadium field in the Dutch Eredivisie eight times in a row. These days, he works as a consultant and shares his experiences about achieving good turf pitches on Sportsfields.info.
Recycling company Re-Match is being taken to court in the US for failing to pay for storing discarded synthetic turf. Last week, attorneys filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the synthetic turf recycler Re-Match USA Inc. at the Pennsylvania Middle District Court.
FIFA has finally adopted definitions for the various types of infill used in long-pile synthetic turf fields. In addition, the football governing body has also sharpened the definition for a non filled system to end the debate of what product constitutes being called a non filled system.
The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) will launch new standards for GAA synthetic pitches on September 29. The launch will take place in the National Games Development Centre (NGDC) in Abbotstown and GAA Club members are invited to attend.
Todd DeWolfe, Vice-President Business Development at AstroTurf, will lead AstroTurf Great Lakes following the addition of AstroTurf Great Lakes to its nationwide network of synthetic turf distributors and installers of the AstroTurf Corporation. DeWolfe will lead the company together with business partners John Forrester and Justin Booth.
A team of British and Canadian researchers has concluded that injury incidence rates between synthetic turf, hybrid and grass pitches, do not significantly differ. However, they did notice differences in mean severity and mean burden of injuries sustained between playing surfaces.
Atlas Turf International has confirmed that Jebsen & Jessen will be their exclusive distributor for the Southeast Asian region. Jebsen & Jessen will offer Atlas Turf’s complete line of turfgrass products in the countries Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Groundskeepers have the extraordinary task of convincing turf to grow where it otherwise wouldn’t. The sands beneath elite fields, the compacted clay of cricket wickets, and ever-increasing hours of foot traffic are at odds with what plants consider a hospitable environment. The challenges of urban green space management are just some of the topics covered in Grounded, a new book by soil scientist Alisa Bryce.
While most sports clubs and golf courses in France have been affected by the implications of the hot and dry summer this year, some golf courses are starting to reap the benefit of investments they made many years ago.