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Playground and Athletic Fields Courses from VRPS

Newport News
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
.6 CEUs

Regular Rate Registration Deadline:  January 31, 2020

Newport News
Wednesday, March 4 - Friday, March 6, 2020
8am-5pm (Wednesday, Thursday)
8-11am (Friday)
1.5 CEUs

Regular Rate Registration Deadline:  January 31, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020 - Blacksburg
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - Chesapeake
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - Henrico
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - Loudoun
.2 CEUs

Early Rate Registration Deadline:  January 31, 2020

PlaygroundMaintPlayground Maintenance Course
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Protect Children from Playground Hazard s

The National Recreation and Park Association's Playground Maintenance Course will provide you with an understanding of the most prevalent playground hazards and safe maintenance and repair practices.

This one-day course (0.6 CEUs) will train you on playground safety standards, playground owner responsibilities and will include maintenance and repair discussions on playground equipment, surfacing and site items.

Why Attend?
  • According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 240,000 children are injured each year on playgrounds.
  • Poor maintenance is one of the leading causes of injuries on playgrounds.

Who Should Attend?
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Recreation Staff
  • University Seniors
  • Anyone Responsible for Playgrounds

Certified Playground Safety Inspector
Wednesday, March 4 - Friday, March 6, 2020

Becoming a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) positions you as a leader and role model in the public playground safety community.   Invest in CPSI:
  • protect children from injury due to playground hazards,
  • protect your business or agency from costly liabilities,
  • open the door to more opportunities for career advancement,
  • increase your job mobility and choices even in the face of a tough job market,
  • reach not only your short-term job goals, but also position yourself for success in your long-term career, and
  • be associated with NRPA's strong and long-standing reputation in playground safety

Course Background:

Topics include: 
  • identifying hazards on playgrounds
  • developing risk management tools
  • importance of comprehensive playground safety program from a legal perspective
  • test methods for entrapments, protrusions, and entanglement
  • national standards and guidelines.
The CPSI is a must for:
  • municipalities
  • schools
  • child care facilities
  • health departments
  • playground manufacturers and installers
  • insurance firms
  • food chain franchises
  • park and recreation agencies
  • maintenance facilities, and
  • others responsible for playgrounds.
* Please plan your registration and payment accordingly.  A minimum of three weeks of study time is recommended; NRPA does not advise sitting for the exam if materials have not been read thoroughly.

Many Thanks to 2020 CPSI and Playground Maintenance Course Sponsors!

Hands-On Athletic Fields
Monday, March 16, 2020 - Blacksburg
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - Chesapeake
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - Henrico
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - Loudoun

VRPS has partnered with Toro to offer an educational workshop for your department's athletic field, irrigation, and turf management personnel.

About the Speakers
Dr. Mike Goatley, Jr.  is Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences of Virginia Tech.  Goatley has B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Kentucky and the PhD from Virginia Tech.  Following 15 years on the faculty of Mississippi State University, Goatley returned to Blacksburg where his primary responsibilities are statewide development and implementation of educational outreach programs for all areas of turfgrass management.  Mike has co-authored four books on sports turf management, was elected to the STMA Board of Directors in 2008, and is served as STMA President in 2012-2013.

Mike will provide the basics of turf management, including detailing the strengths and weaknesses of grassing options in Virginia, how to conduct and interpret soil tests, and how to use those soil test reports in developing a fertility program for your situation.

Matt Anderson CSFM, CSE is currently a District Sales Manager for the Toro Company, focusing on Sports Fields and Grounds business for the western US.  Prior to his time at Toro, he was a sports turf manager for 15 years with stops including university grounds and athletics, minor league baseball and the 2004 Summer Olympics.  He is currently a Certified Sports Field Manager with a bachelors and masters degree in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University.

Matt will discuss how mowing and cultivation inputs change as turf use and demands increase. He will touch on best mowing practices and various equipment options for mowing based on your organizations budget.  Aeration will also be discussed regarding compaction relief and best aeration strategy to utilize based on your budget.

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