SFMA Names 2020 ‘Innovative Award’ Winner

Colin McDonald


Sports Turf Managers Association Names 2020 ‘Innovative Award’ Winner

Breakthroughs in Field Paint and Field Maintenance Intelligence Recognized

(LAWRENCE, Kan.)Sports Turf Managers Association (SFMA) – the organization for 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athlete safety – names Pioneer Athletics and FieldTurf their “Innovative Award” winners.

The “Innovative Awards Program” recognizes SFMA commercial company members who have developed a product, service, equipment or technology that substantially enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of the sports turf manager and / or makes the playing surfaces safer and / or more playable for athletes. Chosen by SFMA’s Innovative Awards Task Group, entries are evaluated on a wide range of qualities including whether or not they fill a need; are creative; save time and resources; are cutting-edge; make a task easier or more productive; improve quality; protect the environment and improve efficiency.

“Sports Field Managers must account for countless variables on a daily basis,” says Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of SFMA. “Pioneer Athletics and FieldTurf have each delivered breakthroughs that streamline efficiencies in ways our industry has not seen before.”

Pioneer’s ready-to-use product was built as a variation of their premium Game Day paint, specifically designed to cure faster, without rewetting the surface. After years of research, the innovation was developed as an alternative for locations with regular high humidity or seasonal cool temperatures and moisture. Noted for generating better grass health, the paint is available in standard and custom Game Day colors.

“Customers, new technologies, and environmental awareness all fuel our commitment to innovation,” said Doug Schattinger, President of Pioneer Athletics. “We are devoted to delivering new products that advance the sports field industry.”

Also winning the “Innovative Award” is FieldTurf who’s expertise in football, soccer, lacrosse and rugby playing surfaces among others is known globally. Their FieldTurf Genius features revolutionary technology which allows sports field managers to monitor the number of athletes on a playing surface and the hours of use. This data is used to deliver in-depth reports on executed maintenance and usage along with sending maintenance alerts when needed. This allows sports field managers to track and monitor service via a live dashboard from their desk.

“FieldTurf Genius is more than advanced technology, it is a major breakthrough for field owners,” says Eric Daliere, President of FieldTurf. “This truly reinvents field management and maintenance and we are proud to continue to develop new and innovative solutions for facilities.”

First presented in 2011, recent “Innovative Award” winners include New Ground Technology (2017), The Perfect Mound (2018) and ECHO Robotics (2019).

To learn more about Pioneer Athletics, please visit www.pionerathletics.com. For more on FieldTurf, visit their website at https://fieldturf.com/en/.


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About SFMA
SFMA is the non-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, it has provided education, information and practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. More than 2,700 members across 34 local chapters oversee facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums. Sports include football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, rugby and horse racing.


About Pioneer Athletics
Founded in 1905, in Cleveland, Ohio, Pioneer Athletics is an innovative manufacturer and distributor of high performing natural and synthetic turf athletic field coatings, field maintenance equipment, sports field accessories and facility branding materials. Pioneer supplies over 22,000 customers across the globe ranging from small towns to big cities, and youth leagues to professional sports teams.


About FieldTurf
FieldTurf fields provide athletes with the safety and performance they need to perform their best, while giving field owners the durability they want to maximize the value of their investment. FieldTurf is a world leader in artificial turf with over 20,000 installations worldwide.