Thursday, January 9, 2014
A dedication to having top-notch athletic fields has put Ashley Ridge High School in the spotlight once again.
The Dorchester Two school was recently awarded the Soccer Field of the Year designation for 2013-14 by the South Carolina Sports Turf Managers Association. Winning the award qualifies the school for the National Soccer Field of the Year award.
As the field manager for the soccer field, Adam Davis pours countless hours of work into field maintenance each year to get the field prepared for the soccer season and keep it in good condition during the season.
Davis also contributes to the maintenance of the school’s softball and baseball fields, which have won both the state and national awards in past years. On those projects, he receives help from people such as Ashley Ridge Athletic Director/assistant principal Bobby Behr, baseball coaches BJ Bellush and Brian Givens, and student volunteers. They also dedicate numerous hours each year to the upkeep of the school’s athletic facilities.
There’s more to it than cutting the grass. They also plant grass when needed, ensure the fields are properly watered, put down fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides and do any special projects that are needed.
For the awards, Ashley Ridge competes with facilities at other high schools as well as those managed by parks and recreation officials. Each field manager submits 15 pictures of their field and writes a dissertation on the maintenance of field.
Professional field managers judge submissions, considering numerous criteria such as field appearance, size of maintenance staff and the number of hours a staff dedicates to specific types of maintenance.