Every season, the Sports Field Managers Association (SFMA) organization, awards Field of the Year honors. For the awards, it includes not only baseball and softball fields from various levels, but also soccer and football fields as well. Within the baseball and softball communities, there is a Professional Field of the Year, a College Field of the Year and both a Baseball and Softball Field of the Year amongst the Schools and Parks distinction. We are very thankful to highlight each of these for their tremendous achievements in 2022.
Let’s start with the Professional Field of the Year, which was Greater Nevada Field, the Home of the Reno Aces. Head Groundskeeper, Leah Withrow and her crew, earned this great distinction. They operate a beautiful facility and were passionate about taking it to the next level. In 2021, we worked with them, 4Most Sports Group and Desert Green Turf on renovating their field. Following their renovation, the efforts of Leah and company, paid off this season with not only a championship for their team, but also a well deserved honor of SFMA Professional Baseball Field of the Year.
The other honors belong to three more sports field managers that go above and beyond to provide the best playing surfaces available for their respective schools. Lupton Stadium at Texas Christian University (TCU) was honored with SFMA College Baseball Field of the Year. Andrew Siegel provided the Horned Frogs with the best playing surface in college baseball for 2022. For the SFMA Baseball and Softball Schools and Parks Fields of the Year, Keith Fisher (Al Leiter Field in Bayville, NJ) and Drew Miller (Brentsville Softball Park in Nokesville, VA) earned those distinctions. Keith is an excellent sports field manager with a lot of experience in our industry who regularly shares great photos of his fields. Drew manages beautiful facilities at Brentsville High School, while also introducing the next generation of field managers to the profession, with his Brentsville Turfgrass Program.
We are honored and thankful to be a part of these great facilities. We commend all of these sports field managers on their excellent achievements not only winning Field of the Year distinctions, but also to help positively influence the next generation of turf managers.