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Sports Turf Management
Sports Turf Management 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Sports Turf Management course online.
Specialise in maintaining sports turf. This course assumes a basic knowledge of turf care, either through experience or prior study (eg. Our Turf Care course). From there it develops your ability to manage the maintenance of sports turf.
It is relevant to the maintenance of all sports turf including golf courses, bowling clubs, playing fields, cricket wickets, and other sporting facilities.
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Lesson Structure: Sports Turf Management BHT202
There are 10 lessons:
1 Turf Variety Selection
- Feature Lawns
- Picnic Areas
- Sports Grounds
- Types of Mowing Equipment
- Mower Types
- Before Mowing
- How to mow
- After mowing
- Changing mower blades
- Mowing sports turf
- Sports turf mowers
- Problems that may occur with mowing
- More on mower types
- Options for power: petrol, electric, manual, hover, ride-on mowers
- Deciding what you need
- Choosing your mower
3 Cultivation Techniques:
- When to cultivate
- Methods of cultivation: coring, drilling, grooving, slicing, spiking, forking, raking, air blast, vertical mowing
- Cultivation techniques for sports turf: coring or hollow tining, drilling, spiking, slicing, scarifying (grooving), vertical mowing
4 Preparing for Play on Sports grounds:
- Preparing for play
- Dew removal
- Water removal
- Vertical mowing (dehatching)
- Marking for play
5 Preparing for Play of Greens:
- Preparing for play: Golf, Cricket wickets, croquet, lawn tennis, lawn bowls
6 Turf Protection & Preservation
- Managing use
- Ways to minimise damage to sports turf
- Why repair turf?
- How to repair turf: grass growing poorly or not at all, wrong plants in turf, grass affected by pests or diseases, chemical damage
- Managing demand
- Repairing turf
7 Irrigation & Drainage
- Irrigation and drainage of sports turfs
- Irrigation systems: alternatives abd applications: Travelling sprinkler systems, quick coupling valve systems, manually operated, semi-automatic, automatic
- Types of sprinkler equipment: sprinklers, valves, controllers
- Management of water features on golf courses
- Drainage: Improving surface drainage after construction, layout of drains, outlet, gradients, distance between drainage pipes, depth of drains, types of drains, laying the drain
- Soils and drainage
8 Soil Treatment & Sprays:
- Turf nutrition: Major and trace elements, types of fertilisers, how much feriliser, when and how to apply ferilisers
- Soil PH and the use of soil amendment agents: Soil pH, altering soil pH,soil amendment agents
- Soil and ferilisers
- Cation exchange capacity and pH: Soil pH, nutrient availability and pH
- Fertilisers: When using fertilisers, remember….
9 Evaluate Maintenance Facilities
- Role of the playing area and renovation: Bent grass bowling greens, couch grass greens
- Analysis of parks maintenance: equipment, materials, noney availability, money limitation, avaialability and motivation of personnel, prejudices, community pressures, prominant location positioning
- Parks maintenance tasks: Turf care, weed control, rubbish removal, park structures or furnishings, pest and disease control, floral displays, tree surgery, general plant care, control of drainage, maintaining surfacing
10 Develop a Management Plan
- Environmental problems
- Common environmental problems: Foilage nurn, pollution, lack of water
- Drainage problems in turf
- Plants have varying tolerance levels
- Works programming: Maintenance, new works, construction crew
- Identifying weeds: Types of weed problems, weeds along fence-lines and borders, weeds at the base of trees, weeds in hard surface areas
- Plants that go to seed: Vigorous, invasive creepers, suckers,underground rhizomes, tubers, bulbils and corms
- Weeds in lawns
- Noxious weeds
- Common turf weeds
- Algae and lichens
Learning Goals: Sports Turf Management BHT202
- Select turf varieties to suit different sports surface requirements; including different climates & soil types.
- Select turf varieties to suit different sports surfaces (eg. lawn bowls, fairways, greens, league football, cricket)
- Identify turf blends, their application and reason for use.
- Explain alternative procedures for sports turf maintenance, used for different types of facilities.
- Explain specific wear problems and solutions for the five types of turf facilities
- Evaluate procedures being used to maintain different types of facilities.
- Determine the resources required to maintain a selected sports turf.
- Develop management plans for different types of sports turf facilities.
- Explain the management of a turf nursery to produce a reliable supply of sod.
- Explain the irrigation and drainage requirements for sports turf fields and lots more.
Practical (Set Tasks)
SAMPLE OF BACKGROUND NOTES FOR LESSON 1 – Provides the basis of what you will learn in the lesson – approx 10 hours AIM Select turf varieties to suit different sports surface requirements, in different climates and soil types. INTRODUCTION Sports turf is different to other types of turf in various ways. Primarily, the major difference is that sports turf may suffer more wear and tear than ornamental lawns. An ornamental lawn may be walked over very little, and when it is walked upon the traffic is generally mild. The amount of damage which a sports turf suffers will depend upon:
- The amount of use it gets
- The type of games which are being played on it
- Weather conditions (e.g. it is more likely to be damaged in very wet weather)
- Construction factors (e.g. soil type, drainage, and so on)
- The type of turf cultivars growing in the turf
- The health of the turf and, in relation to this, the level of care and maintenance.
Before discussing turf grass varieties in detail, it is interesting to review the history of turf grass selection: TURF VARIETIES IN PARKS (By M. Fielder: from a seminar organised by John Mason, ACS School Principal). Grasses were used for lawns as early as the 13th century. The composition was typical of a natural meadow of that time with weeds giving added colour at flowering time. In the 16th and 17th centuries, information was recorded for the maintenance of chamomile lawns and bowling greens. The game of bowls has been recorded as early as the 13th century while the famous St. Andrews Golf Club in Scotland was founded in the 15th century. It was not until the 18th century that references were made to obtaining seed from clean pastures instead of using seed from hay. In the 19th century the scythe was being replaced by the cylinder mower and the introduction of turf management as we know it today, saw its beginnings. The experimental study of turf appears to have started in the United States around 1885 by J. B. Olcott. He selected about 500 strains from thousands of plants and came to the conclusion that the best turf forming grasses were to be found in the genera Agrostis and Festuca. Improved strains of these two genera are still the basis for fine lawns, golf greens and bowling greens, even today. The number of grasses suitable for turf is limited. Grass we use today is mostly selected and bred in Europe and the United States. Holland is emerging as a world leader in turf grass breeding while in the United States, couch grass, particularly the hybrids, have been developed and are being used in sporting situations. The intended or actual use of a particular area is the deciding factor in the selection of grass species and its subsequent management. The situation will vary from a feature lawn with a high maintenance cost to a park which is only mown when necessary. When planning a seed mixture, it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of different grasses and why certain grasses are used in preference to others. Bent grasses and fescues such as Chewings and Creeping Red can withstand lower mowing than other grasses. The bent grass strains known as Penncross and Palustris are both stoloniferous and tend to become spongy with age. If these bent grasses are used alone or with fescues in a lawn, bowling green or golf green, annual scarifying, preening and coring is essential for their maintenance. In a park or sports oval, these varieties of bent grass tend to colonise and form patches choking out all other grasses and giving a very patchy appearance. Kentucky bluegrass (Poapratensis) is a perennial. It will not survive close mowing whilst winter grass (Poaannua) which is an annual will survive close mowing and can quickly become a serious weed. It is also seeds prolifically. The Bermuda couches are used extensively where there is heavy wear because they bind the surface together despite being dormant in winter. It should be sown in spring and summer. Improved strains of perennial ryegrass with finer leaves have been developed for turf use. These strains have a deep strong root system and are easier to mow. Tall fescue, also known as Demeter fescue, is a recent introduction to recreational areas although it has been in use as a pasture plant for a number of years. It is a grass capable of withstanding severe wear and it has been used successfully in sports ovals and other areas where there is concentrated foot traffic. The finer fescues will persist in partially shaded areas for longer than other grass species, but in extreme shade no grass will persist. Kikuyu can be used in situations where other grasses are destroyed by excessive wear, or where there is a limited water supply. To prevent it developing a spongy surface, low mowing is necessary in either spring or autumn. This grass is either dormant or semi‑dormant in winter when it becomes yellow and this unsightly colouring has rendered it unacceptable as a sports surface. Ryegrass, both perennial and annual, can be introduced in autumn to provide a more presentable appearance. Sowing Clovers such as ‘white’ and ‘strawberry’ can be included in seed mixtures for parks and sporting ovals. Seed mixtures must be simple and consist of species capable of growing together to form a dense uniform sward. Bent grasses have fine seeds and the sowing rate is lower than for other grasses. The usual sowing rate for lawns is between 8 to 12 g to a sq metre (1/4 to 3/8 oz per sq yard) either alone or as part of a mixture. Chewings and Creeping Red Fescue are sown at the rate of 16 to 24 g to the sq metre (1/2 to 3/4 oz per sq yard) as part of the mixture. These fescues are fast growers and are regarded as nurse or filler grasses. Kentucky bluegrass and the strains of perennial ryegrass are sown at similar rates to fescues when used as lawn grasses. On large areas such as sports ovals, sowing rates of perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass are in the order of 34 to 67 kg per ha (30 to 60 lb per acre) depending on whether it is part of or the base grass in a mixture. Tall fescue, because of its larger seed, is sown at the rate of at least 67 kg per ha (60 lb per acre). White and Strawberry clover are usually included at the sowing rate of between 2 and 6 kg pr hectare (2 to 5 lb per acre). Couch grass seed is sown at between 11 ‑ 22 kg per hectare (10 ‑20 lbs per acre). Hybrid couches are vegetatively propagated. Total sowing rates for sports ovals need not be higher than 57 kg per ha (140lbs per acre). The basic fertiliser requirements for turf are nitrogen, potash, and phosphorus, and in that order. Trace elements such as copper are included especially when an acidic, sandy loam is used. The pH level which is a mathematical method of measuring the acidity or alkalinity of a soil is most important for turf growth. The scale used to measure pH ranges from 0 to 14. Neutral is 7, above this figure is alkaline, and below is acid. The recommended level for optimum utilisation of applied fertilisers is pH 6.5 which is slightly acidic. Ground agricultural limestone is used if the level is below pH 6.0. Fertilisers used on turf are usually acidic and regular applications will reduce the soil pH figure, except on alkaline soils.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships please click here,
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
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FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: email@example.com
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,