Course Number and Title: AGS 224 Turf and Athletic Field Maintenance
This course introduces specific sports field design, installation, and maintenance. Topics include baseball, softball, soccer, and football fields. Upon completion, students are able to perform specific tasks in layout, field marking, and preparing for tournament play.
- Describe principles of sports turf culture. (CCC 1, 2, 5, 6; PGC TMT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Explain design methods of various fields and facilities: baseball, softball, football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and track and field facilities. (CCC 1, 2, 5, 6; PGC TMT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Identify factors that result in the quality and safety of sports facilities. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5; PGC TMT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Prepare athletic fields for competitive sports. (CCC 1, 2, 5, 6; PGC TMT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Describe principles of sports turf culture.
- Discuss essentials of sports turfgrasses, including selection, soil establishment, and planting techniques.
- Describe fertility and fertilizer requirements.
- Discuss aeration, thatch, mowing, irrigation, drainage, turfgrass stresses, and the use of chemicals.
- Examine design methods of various fields and facilities: baseball, softball, football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and track and field facilities.
- Describe design and construction of athletic facilities.
- Compare reconstruction and renovations of various facilities.
- Describe maintenance and management of various facilities.
- Discuss rules and regulations of sports fields.
- Identify factors that result in the quality and safety of sports facilities.
- Identify hardness and traction evaluation equipment.
- Discuss aesthetic appeal and field qualities.
- Explain player safety and spectator safety measures.
- Prepare athletic fields for competitive sports.
- Layout an athletic field for baseball, softball, soccer, and football.
- Use equipment needed to manage an athletic field complex.
- Create a maintenance schedule needed for tournament play.
- Safely operate equipment needed to apply logo designs on an athletic field.
The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
Exams (4-6) (summative) (equally weighted)
Project/Serial Problems (summative) (equally weighted)
Formative Assessments (Assignments/Activities/Quizzes)
Labs (summative) (10-12) (equally weighted)
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors that satisfy workplace expectations and include adherence to safety and environmental concerns related to the field.
- Demonstrate basic management functions to include environmental controls, scheduling, production, pest control, and nutrient management of turf and ornamental plants.
- Cultivate and maintain golf course landscapes.
- Apply business principles and strategies to the turf and ornamental horticulture industries.
- Explain the importance of environmental factors such as soil and water management to the turf and ornamental horticulture industries.
- Apply basic installation and maintenance techniques for irrigation systems.
- Design and install a finished landscape plan, using native plant materials when possible.
- Examine current agricultural issues and topics.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.