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.


App Calculates Pool Pad Energy Savings

Elizabeth, N.J.—Hayward Pool Products has unveiled a software app that will allow pool professionals to calculate the energy usage and potential savings of their swimming pool products. It computes the estimated savings by switching to Hayward Energy Solutions products.

Additionally, the app will demonstrate how much more can be saved by transitioning other Hayward energy-efficient solutions such as: cleaners, heat pumps or heaters, automation, LED lighting or filters.

The app is now available for free download at the U.S. Apple Store for the iPad, as well as at .


Database Tracks Aquatic-Related Incidents Worldwide

Colorado Springs, Colo.—The Worldwide Aquatic News Incident Database—a searchable database that tracks global aquatic incidents that occur in, or are related to, swimming pools and hot tubs—has been developed by non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation.

The foundation provides access to the database at no charge for educational purposes. Aquatic-related lawsuits and pool closures also are tracked.

For more information, visit .


Bradley’s Advocate Lavatory System Wins GOOD DESIGN

Menomonee Falls, Wis.—The “all-in-one” Advocate Lavatory System by Bradley Corp. has received the 2012 GOOD DESIGN Award presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Bradley’s Advocate is the first lavatory unit designed to provide a sink, soap, faucet and dual-sided hand dryer all in one “touchless” unit.

For more information, visit .


Fishing For A New Revenue Stream?

Those who do not have a fishing component in their programming may want to consider adding one. A number of reports strongly indicate that fishing is identified by American families as one of the best ways to spend quality time together.

According to the National Sporting Goods Association, fishing as a leisure-time activity ranks higher than playing basketball or softball, skateboarding, jogging or hiking. Those who are not hooked on the idea should also consider the created by recreational fishing:

• Fishing tackle sales grew more than 16 percent in the past five years.

• More Americans fish than play golf (21 million) and tennis (13 million) combined.

• If fishing were a company, the amount spent by anglers to support fishing-related retail sales would rank number 51 on the Fortune 500 list.

• Fishing generated more revenue ($48 billion) than Lockheed Martin ($47 billion), Intel ($44 billion), Chrysler ($42 billion) or Google ($38 billion).

Information provided by Southwick Associates, Fernandina Beach, Fla.


Pinnacles Receives National Park Status

Washington—Pinnacles National Monument received a name change in January when President Obama signed legislation that made the location America’s 59th national park. Designated as a national monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the park will now be known as Pinnacles National Park.

Rising out of the Gabilan Mountains east of central California's Salinas Valley, Pinnacles is the result of millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement. Within the park's boundaries lie nearly 27,000 acres of diverse wild lands. Visitors delight in the beauty and variety of its spring wildflowers and more than 400 species of native bees. The Pinnacles rock formations are a popular destination to challenge technical and beginner climbers.

In 2012, Pinnacles hosted more than 343,000 visitors. Each year, visitors spent about $4.8 million and support 48 jobs in the local economy.




8-9 Maine Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Portland, Maine—Holiday Inn by the Bay; (207) 474-6901

8-10 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association Spring Conference, Des Moines, Iowa;

14-17 International Trails Symposium, Scottsdale, Ariz.—Radisson Fort McDowell Resort;

14-16 Midwest Parks and Recreation Conference, Deadwood, S.D.—The Lodge at Deadwood & Convention Center;

16-18 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference & Exhibit, Ocean City, Md.--Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel;


19-23 National Outdoor Recreation Conference and IUFRO Conference on Forests for People, Traverse City, Mich.—Park Place Hotel;

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