2024 SFMA Committee Sign Up Opening Soon!

Just as turfgrass requires the right soil, nutrients, moisture, and maintenance, volunteers are essential to SFMA’s future!

SFMA is very fortunate that its membership has a strong culture of volunteerism. Each year more than 200 people sign up to serve on Committees and Task Groups. The insight that these members bring to discussions truly makes a difference in the success of SFMA’s programs and service offerings.

You must be a current SFMA member to serve on a Committee.

Below is the list of opportunities for your consideration, categorized within four areas: association support, awards programs, conference, and membership. Start thinking now about how you would like to serve and be sure to submit your preferences when the sign-up window opens!

Look for an email with the sign up link later this month!

Association Support

  • Commercial Advisory Council – Provides a forum to exchange ideas on how SFMA can better serve and engage its commercial members and how this segment can help to advance the association. (Commercial members only)
  • Editorial/Magazine – Ensures that the Sports Field Management magazine contains information relevant to the sports field manager; to provide ideas and contacts for articles for publication; to provide aesthetic and other recommendations on functionality and readability.
  • Finance & Audit – Provides oversight of the SFMA’s financial resources by reporting information to the Board of Directors. The Finance & Audit Committee shall be responsible for reviewing and recommending to the Board of Directors for approval: 1) annual budget; 2) financial policies; 3) investment policies and guidelines; 4) the annual audit or review.
  • Historical – Acquires, documents, and displays the history of the association (Both STMA and SFMA) and the sports field management profession.
  • Subject Matter Experts (Formerly Technical Standards) – A membership network willing to answer technical questions; to help answer interview questions at times; to review resources on the SFMA website for accuracy; periodically called on to review magazine articles; to work with the American Society for Testing & Materials on sports facility standards and recommendations as needed.

Awards Programs

  • Field of the Year – Judges the association’s awards program applicants selecting the Field of the Year winners; develop strategies to enhance the awards program.
  • Innovative – Judges the innovative awards program; ensures a fair judging process; enhances the program as necessary. (Non-commercial members only)
  • Scholarship – Judges the association’s SAFE scholarship program applicants; develops strategies to enhance the scholarship program and recommends them to the SAFE Board of Trustees.


  • Conference Education – Determines the content, topics, presentation formats, speakers, and moderators for the conference; recommends ways to leverage conference education.
  • Conference SAFE events – Organizes aspects of the SAFE Foundation fundraising events including bowling, golf, and corn hole; suggests additional fundraising opportunities tied to conference.
  • Student Challenge – Develops the annual student challenge exam questions, answer key, and protocols; assist in proctoring the exam as needed. (Non-academic members only)
  • Tours – Organizes the appropriate off-site tours, including venues, presenters, and formats.


  • Membership Enhancement (Formerly just called Membership) – Develops initiatives to drive association membership growth and retention; recommends programs that add value for each member.
  • Member Resources – (Formerly Information Outreach/Learning Initiatives) Develops educational and informational opportunities for members targeted to specific needs to enhance their personal and professional development.
  • Member Advocacy – Develops strategies to advocate for the profession of sports field management and the knowledge and expertise of SFMA members to the general public and other athletic facility stakeholders.
  • Certification – Develops strategies to grow the number of certified members; consistently monitors the program and recommends enhancements to ensure that the program is the top achievement for sports field managers.
  • Chapter Relations – Develops a chapter support structure that is beneficial locally and nationally; facilitates the sharing of best practices; supports the growth of the chapter network in states that do not have a chapter.
  • International – Positions SFMA as a global leader in sports facility management and the go-to resource for those who work internationally in the industry; grow the international membership segment; support international efforts recognizing sports field management profession.
  • Environmental – Develops environmental strategies that position SFMA and its members as leaders in environmental stewardship; oversees the Environmental Certification program.