Programs

Scholarship
SAFE awards scholarships to 2-year, 4-year and graduate students and in 2015, SAFE awarded $12,500 to 8 students and funded conference education in the amount of $5,000.

Educational Programs

SAFE recently completed four videos targeted to parents, coaches, volunteers, and other non-turf personnel about field safety.  These videos are available to download at no charge:

Baseball and Softball Field Inspection

Natural Grass Field Safety

Synthetic Field Safety

Sports Facility & Equipment Safety

SAFE will be extending this training to four, hands-on sessions in partnership with Little League to further educate volunteers.

SAFE has opportunity to take a larger role and collaborate with partners to produce educational programs and resources for members and others aligned with the sports field industry.  Co-funding two DVDs:  Baseball Mound-building/Home-plate maintenance and Infield Management with STMA and the National Interscholastic Association of Athletic Administrators (NIAAA) is an excellent example of the types of educational resources SAFE will continue to produce.

SAFE also has funded winning teams from our annual student competition, the SAFE Student Collegiate Challenge. SAFE awards two grants, one to the winning two-year school and one to the winning four-year school. This year it awarded $4,000 toto a 4-year and to a 2-year winning team.  See winners here. Click here to read "How Your Dollars Help All Our Scholars".

Collaborative Efforts
SAFE has previously partnered with NIAAA (National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) and STMA to develop two baseball/softball DVDS, and with the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) on a vital turfgrass traffic study.

SAFE and STMA also partnered with the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) to provide field management education to their partner, USA Football. SAFE and STMA developed nine educational bulletins directed to the volunteers who have responsibility for youth football fields.

STMA and SAFE currently partner with the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) at Michigan State University to bring all TGIF resources to STMA members as part of their annual membership fee.

SAFE and STMA are also aligned with the Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSAA), the Irrigation Association (IA), the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), and the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG)  to share information.