Nolan Ryan and Premier
Baseball Field Builder RS3 Begin a New Era in Synthetic Turf with ACT
Act Global and Nolan Ryan led RS3 have teamed up in a new partnership to
forward the future of baseball turf technology and player safety. With
RS3’s strong expertise in natural grass construction and Act Global’s
leadership in synthetic turf research and development, this partnership
will provide a unique opportunity for baseball facilities.
A new, state of the art baseball system will be created and manufactured
by Act Global in response to this new partnership. Known as “NR34 Turf,”
the materials are similar to what is being used for Act Global stadiums
and community fields around the world, optimized specifically for
baseball. Performance benefits range from shock absorption, impact,
ground interaction, traction, stability, bounce, lower infill splash,
durability and UV testing, and more.
Act Global CEO John Baize is looking forward to this new partnership
with RS3 and Nolan Ryan. “As a fan of baseball who grew up watching Mr.
Ryan from the stands, there is a lot of respect for him and his
organization. In addition to their ability to develop world-class
baseball projects, RS3 is highly admired by their community values and
in everything they represent.”
For Nolan Ryan, RS3 and Act Global, it is important to work alongside a
leading technical organization that has a sense of social responsibility
and dedication to player safety. This partnership will further the
future of baseball turf, improve communities, and positively impact
children’s lives while ensuring their security.
Ryan Sanders Baseball was founded in 1998 by Major League Baseball Hall
of Famer Nolan Ryan and Houston businessman Don Sanders, and their sons,
along with several other former MLB All-Stars. In 2013, an expansion of
the company created Ryan Sanders Sports Services, or RS3. RS3 was
created on the drive, passion, and pursuit of excellence that earned
Nolan that coveted spot in the Hall of Fame. His discipline has impacted
his business practices both on and off the field, and the result is a
brand that stands for quality and distinction with class and integrity
at its core. In addition to the award winning RS3 Turf and Strategic
Hospitality divisions, Ryan Sanders Baseball is also the holding company
for the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, the Round Rock
“We’re excited about this partnership with Act Global,” said Ryan
Sanders Baseball CEO Reese Ryan. “Our mission has always been to promote
the game of baseball to as many people as possible, and this partnership
allows us to do that not only nationally, but internationally as well,
with player safety at the forefront.”
Athletics Announces New Employee and On-Field Participation at the MLB
Beacon Athletics, The Ultimate Ballfield Resource, is pleased to
announce that Mike Tolsma has joined our team as our Field Sales
Representative in the Northeast Region. Mike is a former D1 baseball
player, a seasoned sales executive and has a BS degree in Sports
Mike clearly knows his way around baseball and is an ideal
representative for Beacon Athletics as we help schools, universities,
municipalities and youth leagues with facility planning and renovations
and provide advice and supplies for professional on-field maintenance.
Beacon is also pleased to announce our own Brent Schroeder, a former
professional groundskeeper and one of our sales representatives, will be
on the groundskeeping crew at the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Cleveland’s
Progressive Field. Brent will be using familiar equipment, as the
Progressive Field staff, like most MLB organizations, rely on Beacon
Athletics field maintenance equipment for their groundskeeping.
Congratulations to Brent for being selected to the crew!
Whether building a new ball field, or renovating or maintaining an
existing field, our experienced designers, engineers and groundskeepers
can help you make your project run more smoothly and result in a
ballfield that you’ll be proud of. Our on-field expertise combined with
superior products have us uniquely positioned to help you design, build
and maintain your facility.
For more information about Beacon Athletics, contact Mike Tolsma in the
Northeast at 716-803-4245 or
MikeT@beaconathletics.com or National Sales Manager, Collin West, at
Talking FieldTurf Genius
with Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta Public Schools is the first organization in North America to
connect their field, Grady Stadium, to FieldTurf Genius. Dubbed the
world’s first smart sports field, Genius is designed to help maximize
the longevity, playability and safety of a FieldTurf surface. Through
advanced computer vision and deep learning algorithms, live field
participation is translated into tangible data. When the field reaches
certain milestones, a maintenance alert is issued indicating the needed
service: brushing, aerating, raking or sweeping. After the maintenance
is completed, an updated heatmap allows owners to track the efficiency
of the session. A calendar and tracker helps plan and ensure the field
receives the proper care based on its true usage. It’s pretty futuristic
We met with Jasper Jewell, Director of
Athletics at Atlanta Public Schools to talk about how they’re using the
system to Change The Game for their program:
Why did you decide to connect your field to FieldTurf Genius?
Well, first of all, let me say that
FieldTurf is a great company that we have been blessed to be a part of
as a district for a little over 10 years now. When I was approached with
the idea of the Genius, I said, “hey, this is right up my alley, simply
because I don’t have the capability as a district to have maintenance
personnel on site.”
How do you use the Genius system?
It enables me to keep up with all usage of
this field at all times. I can type in at any time to find out who’s
been on the field, how long they’ve been on the field, if certain areas
of the field have been used more than others, if it’s time for
maintenance, anything that I need. It affords me the opportunity because
safety is our number one priority here.
What do you like the most about the Genius System?
What I like most about it is the accuracy of
the actual product itself. It enables me to tear down to the minute,
who’s been on the field, what areas of the field have been used, if
there are certain areas that need to be maintained before the next
contest or the next big event. What it does ultimately, is going to
ensure the life span of this field as well, it’s going to stretch the
life span of the field because now you’re able to accurately measure
what areas need maintenance and you are able to get that maintenance
done. So, for me it has been phenomenal! I’m able to come in, I’m able
to get alerts on my phone, on my tablet, to say, “hey, someone’s been
someone on the field for 5 to 6 hours last night and he used the west
end of the field more than he used the east.”, so I may be able to
either notify those individuals, next time you have to spread it out
evenly or I may be able to notify my maintenance people and say, “hey,
we need to get this taken care of expeditiously because there have been
an overuse of one end of the field.” It makes my life so much easier,
because I don’t have a maintenance person that’s assigned to athletics
here in Atlanta Public Schools. So, what I have to do is rely on the use
of Genius now, which made my life so much easier compared to getting
vendors to come out here and check the field periodically.
How often do you use the Genius system?
Well, basically what I do every morning when
I come into the office, I will login to my system and I’d just check the
usage the night before, just to get an update, and if there’s a need or
concerns, then I will call my vendor and say hey, the field have been
used here, there, everywhere, we may need to get maintenance on them. If
there’s over usage, I’m able to pick up the phone and contact the team
that is using, and I’d say, “Hey, we need the spread the usage evenly
across the board.”
Would you recommend FieldTurf Genius?
I’d highly recommend FieldTurf Genius, you
can’t beat it. The convenience, what it gives you and the amount of
accuracy involved, you can’t beat it. It’s gonna definitely change your
life and expand the life span of your field and it makes your life as an
athletics director, that much easier.
NGI Sports Patent Pending
Many athletic playing surfaces are designed to be shock absorbing and
cushioned where an inflated ball like a basketball, tennis ball, soccer
ball is used which easily bounces to a comfortable height but not
pickleball. Pickleball is played with a plastic ball with 40 air holes.
The fast growing and quick paced game of pickleball requires a
responsive firm playing surface to obtain the required ball bounce
height. Many public tennis and basketball courts are being converted
from existing infrastructure that is older to include pickleball. NGI
Sports has developed and patented a playing surface designed for the
sport of pickleball, TitanTrax PK. As part of NGI’s “Overlay Renovation
Technology” TitanTrax PK provides the ball bounce and pace favored by
players and as outlined in the International Federation of Pickleball
tournament rules and meets USAPA and International Federation of
Pickleball (IFP) requirements for surface performance.
Contact NGI Sports for more information.
Acquires Assets of First Down Football Products
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc. has acquired
the assets of First Down Football Products (FDFP), a California-based
company renowned for their uniquely hinged Football Goal Post. Part of
the deal includes the rights to US Patent No. 8,496,547 for the
Prior to the acquisition, Sportsfield
established a name with their patented AdjustRight® Football Goal Posts,
which includes a collapsible model. The popular field goals are used in
countless stadiums and athletic venues throughout the United States.
While both AdjustRight® and FDFP models achieve the same goal of making
it easier and safer for end users to lower and raise field goals, there
One difference is the location of the hinge
and hydraulic cylinder. The AdjustRight® hinge and lowering mechanism is
located below ground while the FDFP design’s hinge is several feet above
ground, thereby allowing the uprights to lay flat when in the lowered
position. Another difference is the FDFP design has a motorized raising
mechanism that can be activated with a cordless drill, while the
Sportsfield model is pumped manually.
“Our company prides itself on innovation and
we have great respect for the inventorship and product development of
George Wiley and First Down Football Products. We’re excited to add this
product to our industry-leading line of football goal posts,” said Sean
Clark, President at Sportsfield Specialties.
For more information about Sportsfields new
collapsible football goal posts, customers can contact their regional
sales managers by visiting
by calling 888-975-3343.
Tennis Planning Consultants
Celebrates 50 Years
Tennis Planning Consultants, Inc., (www.tennisplanningconsultants.com)
the world’s oldest and most experienced independent tennis facility
consulting firm based in Houston, Texas is entering its 50th year of
continuous operations with new projects under way. TPC president, Jack
Kamrath, noted current projects at Dallas Country Club, Ohio Northern
University, The City of Houston, Sugar Creek Country Club, Lone Star
College, The University of Arkansas and The University of Texas Stadium
redesign. TPC also completed proposed indoor project feasibility studies
in West Seattle, Washington and Katy, Texas.
In addition to consulting with architects
worldwide on new or upgraded tennis projects, TPC also originates tennis
project designs. Numerous of its projects have won Outstanding Tennis
Facility Awards including the Ashland Tennis Center (Kentucky), Shipyard
Racquet Club (S. Carolina), Bayard Friedman Tennis Center at TCU (Texas)
Memorial Park Tennis Center (Texas), Southeast Tennis and Learning
Center (Washington D.C.), The Culver Academies Tennis Center (Indiana)
and many others.
Its highly attractive Hurd Tennis Center at
Baylor University won recognition in 2015 as the nation’s top college
In the early 1970’s TPC worked closely with
Sylvania Corporation to pioneer the use of metal halide lighting sources
for large tennis projects. During the mid-1970’s, it also developed the
first large scale post-tensioned tennis project at Texas Christian
University with twenty-seven post tensioned tennis courts that continue
to perform perfectly after forty-three years.
TPC was founded in 1970 in Houston, Texas by
Karl Kamrath, Sr. FAIA, Alfred S. Alschuler, Jr. FAIA and Jack Kamrath.
The elder Kamrath, Houston architect and former NCAA doubles winner in
1931, was getting calls from fellow architects around the country with
tennis facility questions after the beginning of Open tennis in 1968.
Karl had a national reputation as a tennis playing architect and had
designed the famed River Oaks Country Club Tennis stadium in 1940, now
home to the USTA’s National Clay Courts Championships. He asked son,
Jack, a nationally ranked tennis player and Texas high school champ to
help him with the traveling to give clients personal service and
contact. Jack had just returned from four years as a civilian in the
Viet Nam war construction buildup and wanted to do something on his own.
It turned out to be a perfect idea at a perfect time.
Then with Karl and Jack having no indoor
tennis facility experience, Jack’s mother was close high school friends
in Chicago with Helene Alschuler, Al Alschuler, Jr.’s wife. Knowing that
Al had designed nearly all the Chicago area indoor clubs, Karl and Jack
called Al to see if he wanted to work with them---his answer was “only
if I’m a full partner!” He was ‘in’ and TPC was formed originally as
Tennis Facilities Consultants which then became TPC in short order to
better define the broad planning capability of the firm.
Al and Karl wrote nearly all the original USLTA Tennis Court Handbook
publication in the 1970’s and became two of the original professional
members of the then U. S. Tennis Court and Track Builders Association,
now the American Sports Builders Association. In 1988 Al was awarded the
ASBA’s first-ever Industry Merit Award for his service to tennis and the
Karl and Al, now both in ‘tennis heaven’
trained Jack in all aspects of tennis facility site analysis, land
planning, court orientation, clubhouse planning, tennis aesthetics,
specifications, bidding, court selection, lighting design, construction
observation, and literally all aspects of tennis facilities including
tennis feasibility studies for new or upgraded facilities.
The firm’s key operational philosophy has
been to provide only as little or as much service as each project and
client requires as totally independent professionals whose only loyalty
is to each client. Only in this manner does the client have absolute
confidence in the skill, experience and integrity of TPC.