Field Notes

Glasspack, a direct replacement for sand in a swimming pool filter, has received both NSF 50 and NSF 61 certification by WQA. Glasspack is in stock in nearly all 50 US states since 2006. Visit

As Gold Medal continues to grow, the company recently purchased a 42,000-square-foot building across the street from its current headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio; the new building will be used for manufacturing and storage space.

Jason Mulcahy was named turf and ornamental market specialist covering the state of Florida for FMC Professional Solutions, a business unit of FMC Corporation.

The National Ticket Company appointed Keith Bax as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He joins the company after a six-year stint as Vice President of Marketing for Research Data, Inc., and Conquest Graphics, an e-commerce printing company based in Richmond, Va.

Synthetic Turf International (STI) has formed an alliance with Synthetic Turf International of Canada to aggressively expand into Canada. STI is one of the leading manufacturers and installers of synthetic turf used for thousands of landscape, golf, pet turf, playgrounds and indoor sports facilities throughout North America.

DeltaUV, manufacturers of ultraviolet water-treatment products, has combined forces with the SalesLink rep group to sell and market its products in the Western region of the US.


Schedule Available For Keiser University eCampus

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.—Keiser University—the only two-year Associate of Science e-learn college degree program for pool and spa professionals—has announced the 2013 online class schedule. Students can enter the program at any time during the year. Each class is offered in one-month modules.

Class Module Class Begins Class Ends

Heating Technology 5/6/2013 6/1/2013

Basic Electrical Technology 6/3/2013 6/29/2013

Lighting Technology 7/1/2013 7/27/2013

Pool Design 7/29/2013 8/27/2013

Methods of Construction 9/2/2013 9/28/2013

Architectural Landscape Design 9/30/2013 10/26/2013

Pool Operation Strategies 10/28/2013 11/23/2013

Basic Chemistry 11/25/2013 12/21/2013

For more information, call (888) 453-4737, email, or visit and click on online education.


Coach Kids Instead Of Officials

As spring nears, we are closer to youth baseball, softball, and soccer seasons. Each year, we—as parks and recreation professionals—have one common problem: the coach/official relationship. Each year, this relationship seems to worsen.

A baseball field or basketball court is no place for a parent or coach to live out their own shortcomings in sports. It is a place for kids to have fun. Yes, at the end of the day there are winners and losers, but they are not the coaches or the parents; it is the kids. I worked with a veteran softball official when I was just getting my feet wet and I will never forget something he told a hostile coach one night, “Coach, if you spent more time coaching your kids and less time coaching the umpires, then you might not be losing.”

Coaches, as the new season approaches, spend every second you can coaching. Every second you spend arguing calls is a second a kid needs teaching and mentoring. When we get back to a time when a coach coached, parents cheered, and officials officiated, our children will be better off for it.

Justin Hudspeth

Athletic Director

Heber Springs Parks & Rec

Heber Springs, Ark.


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