OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Amateur Softball Association is proud to announce that its home facility, Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium, was recently selected for the 2005 Sports Turf Managers Association Collegiate Softball Field of the Year Award. It is the first-time honor for ASA and second for ASA Sports Turf Superintendent, Rick Newville, who received the 2002 award for C. Moore Field in Oklahoma City in the high school and parks and rec. division.
Entries were evaluated by a panel of five judges scoring each entry based on the playability and appearance of the playing surfaces, innovative solutions employed effective use of budget, and the development and implementation of a comprehensive, sound agronomic program. The STMA also gives awards in baseball, football, soccer and complex.
“The Field of the Year Award validates the great work of our members,” says Kim Heck, CEO of the Sports Turf Managers Association, the sponsoring organization of the award. “This honor is one of only a handful that the association awards to recognize quality sports field management. Rick Newville’s experience and expertise is definitely reflected in the award-winning playing conditions of ASA Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium.”
Although Newville has only been with ASA a year, he has been a leader in turf management for many years. He is the only award winner to receive two softball field awards in the history of the 13 year award and also won the 2001 baseball field of the year.
“It is quite an honor to have our field selected as the Sports Turf Managers Association’s 2005 National College Field of the Year. Our efforts have been aided by an organization that understands the importance of athletic field management. The Amateur Softball Association is a great organization to be a part of,“ said Newville.
USA Head Coach Mike Candrea had the opportunity to meet Newville when he was Turf Manager/Field Crew Supervisor for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Candrea noticed an immediate difference in quality of the playing fields when Newville joined ASA.
“Having had the pleasure to participate in the NCAA College World Series 12 out of the last 13 years that the event has been held in Oklahoma City, I have seen a tremendous improvement in the facility this past year,” said Candrea of Hall of Fame Stadium. “The playing surface was superb and the credit needs to go to Rick Newville and his staff. This past year, it was obvious to all that attended that Hall of Fame Stadium had gone through a complete make over and looked absolutely beautiful. The playing surface was 100% better and Rick’s passion was even obvious on the practice fields.”
ASA Hall of Fame Stadium will be featured in the 2006 SPORTSTURF Magazine, along with other winners. Award winners and fields can also be viewed at www.sportsturfmanager.org.
About ASA Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium
Built in 1987, ASA Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium has become the home of some of the most outstanding softball events in the United States. The NCAA Women's College World Series, which has been held inside the stadium 15 times since 1990, will serve as the tournament's home through 2006. The Big XII Conference began hosting its conference championship inside the confines of the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in 1991. Other notable events hosted on an annual basis include the World Cup of Softball, ASA Girl’s 18-Under Gold National Championship, Hooters Championship Series and the Oklahoma State High School Championships.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 88 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
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