Bear River Band Sports Complex Completes Installation of Shaw Sports Turf

16 December 2020

The tribal council of Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria has given Bear River Sports Complex a major upgrade. Installation of Shaw Sports Turf was just completed on one of the park’s baseball/softball fields. They hope to start installation on a second field in early 2021.

“Our Tribe decided to go with synthetic turf due to the inclement weather we have year-round here in Humboldt County and the constant rain outs and cancellations of our youth sports over the years,” said John McGinnis, Tribal Council Member at Large for Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria. “With the new Shaw Sports Turf, we can play twelve months out of the year,” said McGinnis.

Bear River Band installed 94,175 square feet of Shaw Sports Turf synthetic turf. They went with a combination of Shaw Sports Turf’s Legion 2.0 and TruHop 1.75 turf systems.

Legion is a combination of high-performance monofilament fibers and a durable slit film fiber. The slit film fiber is a workhorse which will handle the workload, while the monofilament provides a more resilient surface that enhances performance characteristics. Legion uses Bolt, a premium lightning bolt shaped monofilament fiber. Legion also features optimized face weight for performance and infill flyout control.

TruHop was developed by Shaw Sports Turf, along with baseball Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz. Designed specifically for baseball performance, Shaw Sports Turf set out to engineer the ultimate baseball field. With feedback from Hall of Famer John Smoltz, TruHop was created.

The result was TruHop, the closest thing to natural grass. Its revolutionary design mirrors the real thing in terms of playability and performance yet provides durability that natural grass just can’t rival. TruHop can be engineered with various pile heights and infill ratios to fit each performance area of the field.

The system can be designed to feature turf on all parts of the field, including the mound, batter’s box, and base paths. Infill levels can be adjusted to different locations on the field to adjust the levels of firmness and speed.

The field will also utilize Shaw’s Momentum system. Fast, dense and firm, Momentum is a high-performance synthetic turf system designed with a proven slit film technology. In addition to its durability and performance benefits, Momentum’s fiber construction results in an umbrella effect that helps hold infill and reduce overall fly-out.

“Working with Shaw was fabulous from start to finish with pre-designs to the final product approval. Their staff was very responsive and easy to talk to. Shaw was onsite and ready to help get the project across the finish line,” said McGinnis.

The tribal council decided to go with Shaw through a bidding process where they found that not only did Shaw come highly recommended, the price and quality was the best in the market.

"Their first tournament on the new field was a huge success and all the teams said it was the best surface they have ever played on! One of the most respected tournament directors in their counties history and has played in all 52 states has said on the internet hands down the best field in Northern California for public play,” said Matthew Cohen, Shaw Sports Turf Territory Manager.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/ stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 3,500 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. For more information please visit, call 866-703-4004 or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.