The Texas team at Shaw Sports Turf attended the annual meeting of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association (THSADA) this week in Houston.
The association is made up of professional athletic directors, representing some 1,600 public and private schools in the Texas.
Two major topics dominated the discussions around synthetic turf at the conference.
First, Texas has the largest number of synthetic turf fields in the country. Many of these athletic programs were early adopters of synthetic turf and are nearing the end of the life cycle of their current surface. This puts Texas on the front end of what will become a booming replacement market.
Over the past five years, no other company has invested more than Shaw into the development of better-performing turf systems, making Shaw Sports Turf a heavily sought-after option for replacement fields.
“The turf industry continues to grow,” said Jake McIntosh, Territory Manager in Houston. “Shaw Sports Turf is on the leading edge of new developments in the turf industry and those involved in purchasing and installing turf systems are increasingly turning to our expertise.”
THSADA Executive Director Rusty Dowling with Jason Kyzer
The other big topic was heat. Texas is one of the hottest states in the country and many areas receive very little rain. That, coupled with the significant number of synthetic turf fields, makes heat a major issue for decision makers. HydroChill, the synthetic turf cooling system launched by Shaw Sports Turf, is the only system shown to cool fields by 50 degrees. It’s also the only system to be lab and real-world field tested prior to launch. The performance of HydroChill is backed by a warranty, which no other cooling system provides.
Shaw Sports Turf exhibited products and services and hosted a poolside kick-off party at this year’s THSADA meeting to welcome the members who represent so many programs and athletes throughout Texas.
There are approximately 7.7 million high school athletes in the United States. Of those, 809,000 come from Texas, or about 10.5% of the total high school athletes in the U.S. Approximately 315,000 of those athletes participate in sports which utilize a grass or synthetic turf playing surface.
Jake McIntosh with attendees at the THSADA meeting
Matt Stanley talking turf at the THSADA meeting in Houston