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2025 SFMA Conference and Exhibition
January 14-16, 2025

SFMA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition allows members to share information with other successful members of the sports turf industry at exciting locations. In addition to educational seminars, hands-on workshops and the latest technology on display, conference attendees are able to tour professional, college and municipal facilities that offer a range of insights to take back home.

Palm Springs Convention Center

277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs CA 92262

760-325-6611

Watch the 2024 SFMA Conference Recap Video Below

Increase your professionalism by taking advantage of the continuing education units (CEUs) offered at the SFMA Conference each year. Earn up to 1.5 CEUs through SFMA. In addition to SFMA, the following professional organizations may be providing CEUs for attending education sessions at the conference:

American Sports Builders Association (ASBA)
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) – Pending approval
Irrigation Association (IA)
Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS)
National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)

Pesticide Recertification Credits: Florida, Georgia
Note: Pesticide Recertification credits are only available for Florida and Georgia. If you are attending from another state and need pesticide recertification credits, you are responsible for contacting your state’s Department of Agriculture for approval.

Click here for a full listing of sessions that qualify for CEUs.

See the onsite brochure for a detailed listing of education sessions that qualify for CEUs and recertification credits. Be sure to sign in using the appropriate form during each education session.

*Policies*

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be in writing and received by December 15th. All cancelations are subject to a $50 processing fee. NO refunds will be issued after December 15th.
– Refunds will be issued within 30 days after the conference.
– Email Cancelation requests to: SFMAInfo@SportsFieldManagement.org

If the conference & exhibition is cancelled for any cause beyond SFMA’s control, registration fees will be refunded at pro rata basis based on the expenses incurred at the date of cancellation.

SFMA holds event cancelation insurance that will be used to provide the most equitable refunds possible.

Refunds will NOT be provided to registrants who are unable to attend due to weather.

Policies, Requests and Permissions

  • If you have any reasonable accommodation, special needs or meal requests, please contact SFMA Headquarters by December 15th.
  • SFMA will not accept registrations from countries that are being sanctioned by the U.S.
  • Photography Permission: A professional photographer will be documenting conference events. By registering for the conference, you give permission for SFMA to use all photos with your likeness.

SFMA’s Call for Presentations is now Open!

SFMA 2025 Conference Education Proposal Submission Process

Submit your presentation ideas for the 2025 SFMA Conference and Exhibition!
Be a part of SFMA’s 2025 annual conference from January 12-16 in Palm Springs, CA. Share your ideas and expertise by being a presenter for the education sessions. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to share your experience and increase your visibility within the sports field management profession. All submissions are due electronically to SFMA by April 1, 2024. Please contact Jennifer McLendon at jmclendon@sportsfieldmanagement.org if you have any questions about presenting or problems with the submittal.

Why should you submit?
□ You have experience, expertise and ideas to share that would benefit your peers and/or constituents.
□ You would like to take your communication and presentation skills to the next level.
□ You would like to increase your visibility within the sports field management profession.
□ You may earn 1 industry service point, per presentation, towards CSFM recertification.

What are the criteria for selection?
Successful submittals will:
□ Be relevant to the sports field management profession.
□ Include a clear and concise description of the presentation.
□ Include clearly defined and detailed learning objectives.
□ Feature a qualified presenter.
□ Support SFMA’s diversity initiatives.
□ Be inclusive for all members.

Commercial members are encouraged to submit presentations. However, to be successful in the selection process, please consider the following:
□ These education sessions are not to be used to promote particular products, services, or companies.
□ Providing a complete and detailed description of your presentation is highly recommended. The Conference Education Committee completes a thorough review to be sure the presentation is not promoting products, services, or companies.
□ We encourage you to submit presentations on new technologies and innovations that will benefit the sports field industry.
□ Co-presenting with a practitioner or academic may provide a more comprehensive presentation for attendees.

A few things you should know:
□ The exact time and length of each program will be determined later.
□ All selected presenters will be required to sign a speaker contract.
□ All selected presenters will receive complimentary conference registration. Other benefits, such as travel, lodging, and an honorarium, will be defined in the subsequent speaker contract.
□ SFMA reserves the right to limit the number of speakers for presentations depending on session duration.
□ SFMA may audio and/or video record conference programs. Presenters will not receive any compensation for any eventual sales of the recordings, but may receive a complimentary recording of their program upon request. Presenters may not opt out of recording unless the presentation contains sensitive information.
□ Presenters are expected to provide PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and any related articles to SFMA prior to the conference. SFMA posts materials on the website for conference attendees to use as supplements for furthering their education. SFMA will secure all information to protect speaker materials.
□ Submittals will be reviewed by the SFMA Conference Education Committee and notification of selection will take place in early June.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Jennifer McLendon, SFMA Education Manager – 800-323-3875 or jmclendon@sportsfieldmanagement.org.

Presentation Tracks and Topics:

The committee will review all submissions; however, each presentation should fall under one or more of the following tracks:

Turfgrass Management

  • Parks & Rec/K-12
  • Professional
  • Collegiate

Research/Technology
Pest Control
Synthetic/Hybrid
Professional/Career Development
DEI
Sustainability/BMP

The committee will be actively seeking the following topics for the 2025 conference:

Topics:

1. Cultivation Practices (aerification, fraise mowing, etc.)
2. Irrigation/Water Conservation
3. Professional Development/DEI
4. Disease and Pest Management
5. Unique Case Studies (challenging environments, reconstruction/renovation, special events, capital projects, administration, etc)
6. Fertilization and Nutrient Management
7. Turfgrass Species Selection and Establishment
8. Synthetic/Hybrid Turf
9. Mentorship/Personnel Management
10. Research and Advancements in the Industry
11. Turfgrass Management Equipment (maintenance, new equipment, maximize the potential of existing equipment, etc)
12. Budgeting, Cost-Effective Management Strategies and Negotiation
13. Athlete Surface Interaction
14. Sports Specific-Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Lacrosse, etc.
15. Painting-Synthetic/Natural Grass
16. Managing Low-Input Turfgrass Areas
17. Internships
18. Interpersonal Skills

Important Dates:

  • Proposals will be accepted from February 7, 2024 until April 1, 2024.
  • The committee review period will close May 31, 2024.
  • Speakers will be notified of their acceptance or denial by June 15, 2024.
  • Contracts for the selected speakers will be sent June 17-19, 2024.
  • The deadline to return signed contracts is July 1, 2024.

If you have any questions or require assistance during the proposal submission process, please contact Jennifer McLendon at jmclendon@sportsfieldmanagement.org.

Thank you for your proposal submission for the SFMA 2025 Conference! We look forward to reviewing your presentation and will reach out if we have any questions.

SUBMIT YOUR PRESENTATION HERE

2025 – Palm Springs, CA

January 12-16, 2025

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