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Baseball and Softball Skin Surface Selection and Management

Course Code: AT0503CA20

Baseball and Softball Skin Surface Selection and Management Training

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Last Held: February 25, 2020
8:00am - 12:00pm (Check-in time: 7:30am)

Next offering tentatively planned for February 2022. Registration will open when course date is confirmed.


Work smarter, not harder - and keep your fields looking great!

Learn how to select the best infield mix for your facility, as well as the basic construction principles of the pitcher's mound and the batter's box. Learn the most modern practices of building and maintaining a better infield.

This half-day class was added to the expanding Rutgers athletic field management program in direct response to requests from participants in the Athletic Field Maintenance and Construction program.


• Overview of soil physical properties and ASTM specifications for skin surfaces
     - Dr. Jim Murphy, Rutgers University (Click here for a video of Dr. Murphy discussing best practices for turf management.)

• Infield mixes, pitchers mound, and batters box construction
     - Keith Fisher, Head Groundskeeper, Toms River Board of Education

• Renovation of skin surfaces
     - Scott Bills, Sports Field Solutions, LLC

• Maintenance practices used on public infield surfaces
     - Rich Watson, Pine Hill Public Schools

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The February 25, 2020 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

NOTE: Individuals who wish to receive pesticide recertification credits at any of our courses will need to know their applicator license number and arrive at class on time. Please bring your pesticide license with you to class. If you are late to class, you will not receive credits.

Pesticide Credits


4 units in 3B and 13

DE: This course will be submitted for approved pesticide credits upon completion of the program if requested by attendees.

Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) Credits
2 Technical, 2 Management

NJ Licensed Professional Engineers


Early Registration Fee



Registration Fee



Cancellation Fee TBD  

Sports Field Managers Association of New Jersey members are eligible to receive a 10% discount on this class. Please enter Promo Code SPORTS-2 when registering.

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and pizza lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Extension Conference Center
18 Ag Extension Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions, Parking Information & Map


  • All visitors must register their vehicles online with the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services. A link will be provided in your course registration confirmation email. Be sure to complete this important step prior to traveling to campus.
  • All Rutgers faculty/staff/students must use their regular Rutgers permit and park in the nearest lot assigned for their permit type.
  • Citations/fines will be issued for failure to comply with these policies.

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Baseball and Softball Skin Surface Selection and Management" or Course Code AT0503) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano, 848-932-7317
Administrative Assistant: Beth Perez, 848-932-7483

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Who Should Attend

This comprehensive half-day program was developed specifically for sports turf professionals including:

  • College/university athletic field maintenance personnel
  • Parks/recreation personnel
  • School maintenance personnel
  • Residential community managers
  • Public works personnel
  • Professional grounds managers
  • Athletic field contractors/consultants
  • Board of education administrators
  • Little league and midget football leagues officials
  • Those planning to take the National Sports Turf Managers Certification Exams

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