STA Publishes Second Edition of Field Construction Manual

12.07.17-STA.logo.RGB.25 AnniversaryFor Immediate Release July 6, 2012  

The Sports Turf Association Publishes Second Edition of the Athletic Field Construction Manual Incorporating Classification, Specifications, Field Evaluation and Field Dimensions

Guelph, ON – The Sports Turf Association announced today the publication of the second edition of its popular  Athletic Field Construction Manual, a staple reference for those in the sports turf industry. manual, written by Dr. R.W. Sheard in conjunction with an editorial committee of professionals, brings uniformity to the construction of grass athletic fields.

“The reputation of the first edition published in 2008 has led to its approaching out-of-print status”’, said Dr. Sheard. “Rather than simply reprinting, we took advantage of the opportunity to make subtle revisions to this edition”.

The opening pages have been restructured to improve readability. Classifications based on the root zone material for categories three and four have been more adequately defined, as have the tolerances for grade control and depth of the stone layer and root zone material. Additional changes are of only a clarifying nature.

The second edition of the Athletic Field Construction Manual is now available for purchase, in both print and electronic PDF format. Visit for all the details.

2012 marks the quarter-century milestone of the Sports Turf Association. Our roots go back to 1987 when after a brain storming session at the University of Guelph a broad segment of the turf industry endorsed its need. Of particular concern at that meeting was the need to minimize and avoid injury to participants using athletic fields where they relate to sports turf. Twenty-five years later the Sports Turf Association continues to promote better, safer sports turf through innovation, education and professional programs. The publication of the Athletic Field Construction Manual is an example of one such initiative. Visit for more information or contact the STA office at 519.763.9431,