SFMA Committees

Committees are the lifeblood of SFMA. Each year, nearly two hundred members volunteer to serve on the more than 20 SFMA Committees and Task Groups. These volunteers help guide the development of programs and provide member insight and feedback on new initiatives and current services. Committee work helps to advance the mission and strategic plan of SFMA.

Committee service is for one year beginning in March and ending in February. Most committees meet via conference calls several times a year.

SFMA Committees:

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.