Astroturf the inventor and leader of the synthetic turf market

San Juan Capistrano, CA – AstroTurf, the undisputed leader in the baseball synthetic turf market recently held an educational seminar at JSerra High School. The event, titled “Synthetic Turf and Baseball – How AstroTurf is Changing the Game” served to educate consumers on artificial turf and dispel any negative perceptions that other non-baseball specific artificial products may have created.

Some of the perceptions that artificial turf is too slow for baseball, or that it is spongy, or that there is rubber everywhere were addressed by not only some of the best experts in the turf business but also some of the most respected people in the game of baseball. Dodgers legend, Eric Karros, University of San Francisco Head Baseball Coach, Nino Giarratano, and JSerra Head Baseball Coach, Brett Kay all were on hand to speak about their experience with AstroTurf’s Diamond Series turf.


Joining these baseball experts as presenters were AstroTurf Regional Sales Managers, Pat Cassa and Greg Morales.

Over 50 people attended the event including school district officials, athletic directors, baseball coaches and designers. The event had the feel of a baseball camp with different stations set up to demonstrate the performance of the different parts of JSerra’s AstroTurf field. Ground balls were hit and fielded to showcase playability. A sliding demonstration was performed to show off AstroTurf’s patented RootZone. RootZone is a texturized fiber system that curls down and acts like a net to encapsulate the infill, reducing the migration. Regular slides, head first slides, and slides from perfect distances all resulted in no infill splash and proved one more time why AstroTurf systems are different.

A presentation at the mound covered mound construction and AstroTurf’s ERA turf (Extra Resilience Area) which features an incredibly dense layer of slit film fibers and a RootZone for added durability to the most used and abused regions in sports. USF’s Nino Giarrantano stated that his one regret with his field is that he doesn’t have an ERA mound but will soon be getting one installed. Moving on to home plate, the conversation on ERA and the ease of replacing panels continued. Coach Kay who was also a pro catcher talked to the crowd about how the bounce from throws coming from the outfield as well as from pitches that fall short of the plate were all true. It is a perfect example of how AstroTurf’s Diamond Series achieves the most natural playability of all synthetic turf systems, by tailoring a range of unique products to each area of the field.

The day concluded with a freestyle discussion on the mound as AstroTurf’s panel experts spoke about “Why Diamond Series?”. Dodgers great, Eric Karros, expressed his opinion of the day’s activities by saying “I had a great day with AstroTurf and AFE… their innovation and expertise is unparalleled. I learn something new every time. AstroTurf is an easy choice for me.”

Vince Madsen, Director of Facilities Planning for Wiseburn Unified School District said, “My takeaway was amazing technical information about the makeup of all the detailed-components needed for the safety and play of our high school baseball and softball programs. AstroTurf brought in experts from the high school, college and professional levels of successful baseball programs to share their experiences of the product compared to the old grass fields which was priceless. It has completely changed my understanding of the baseball field and it could not have been a better event.”

Mark Baginski of Verde Design had high praise for the event as well. “The recent tour of the JSerra baseball field was a few hours well spent. The review of the AstroTurf product line in a real-world application including having actual baseball activities occurring concurrently with the narrative discussions by the AstroTurf team greatly enhanced my perspective of this system. Great job setting this up and very informative.”

About AstroTurf®: For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s website at www.astroturf.com.

About AFE Sports: Serving Southern California for over 22 years, AFE Sports is a self-performing design/build firm specializing in “soup to nuts” construction. A proud partner of AstroTurf®, AFE Sports is the benchmark for quality sports park construction and athletic field engineering. AstroTurf® Announces SportGroup Acquisition of Nagle Athletic Surfaces

EAST SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – AstroTurf Corporation is pleased to announce the acquisition of Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc., a prominent track and outdoor court installation specialist based in East Syracuse, NY. Nagle joins the SportGroup family of companies, which includes AstroTurf, Advanced Polymer Technologies, Polytan, SYNLawn, Melos, and more. The sale was finalized on July 31, 2018.

Paul Nagle of Nagle Athletic Surfaces stated, “Nagle is excited to join SportGroup and to offer the Rekortan brand. Since the 1960s Rekortan has been known as the surface of choice for elite competitions around the globe. Our clients will benefit from cutting edge chemistry, pure raw materials, and exceptional installation quality.” Paul Nagle will continue as CEO of Nagle Athletic Surfaces and operations will remain in East Syracuse, NY.

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. Now powered by SportGroup, the brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf and running track systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s website at www.astroturf.com.

As a premier installer of athletic surfaces with over 100 years of combined management experience, including two inhouse ASBA-Certified Track Builders, institutions across the northeast trust and rely on Nagle as a valued partner. Visit Nagle’s website at www.nagleathletic.com to learn more. Massive Washington Sports Complex Chooses AstroTurf

The Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex is a 40-acre park with six AstroTurf fields and all will contain a RootZone product. There will be nearly 14 acres of turf onsite. The project is a partnership with the Ridgefield School District and shares a site with the new Sunset Ridge Intermediated School and View Ridge Middle School. Ridgefield, located in southern Washington, is about 25 miles north of Portland, Ore. The suburb of Portland and Vancouver, Wash., has experienced a population surge that highlighted the need for a recreation complex. City officials expect the complex will draw residents from the surrounding area and will also be a hub for regional sports tournaments.

The RootZone 3D3 Blend is a premium product that combines slit film and monofilament fibers for optimum durability and structural integrity. It is highlighted by AstroTurf’s patented RootZone sub-layer, a texturized fiber that stabilizes infill and improves shock absorbency. The RootZone 3D3 Blended Fiber system is 60 ounces of fiber and has a 10-year warranty backed by annual AstroTurf maintenance plan. The Trionic fibers blend PE and nylon into an ultra-durable fiber that wears up to 50 percent better. This turf system will provide exceptional force reduction to reduce incidence of concussions and cleat interaction that better replicates well-maintained natural grass playing fields to reduce incidence of injuries to lower extremities.

The complex supports baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer and softball. The fields at the north end of the complex are in a baseball stadium capable of holding more than 2,000 spectators. There is also a premier soccer field that does not have permanent lines for other sports. The other fields are multi-purpose and are lined for other sports. There is a track encircling the football field along with trails snaking throughout the complex. A community center, amphitheater and picnic tables round out the project.

Their procurement of the brand new fields was made possible by AstroTurf’s association with National IPA. National IPA is the nation’s leading cooperative purchasing organization. They offer a portfolio of competitively solicited contracts that have been awarded based on industry best practices and maximum value. It saves cities like Ridgefield time and money by eliminating the administrative costs and hassles of running competitive solicitations on their own.

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s website at www.astroturf.com.