Mass. Track & Field Officials Association - Competing with the best 

Everything about MFTOA, right under your cursor. We provide top quality officiating for the sports of track and field, cross country and road racing. We work closely with colleges and high schools, as well as USA Track & Field New England, to organize, judge and score meets and races. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18.

MTFOA updates

  • Past president Don MacAulay passes MTFOA regrets to inform you of the passing of Don MacAulay, a Senior-Life Member and past president of our organization. As a valued Official, Mac could always be counted ...
    Posted by Paul Williams
  • Updated: Central Catholic League seeks officials The Catholic Central League is looking for 4 officials for the following dates:Bowditch Field, Framingham (Marian High School)Tuesdays: April 10, 24, May 1, 15 at 3:30 p ...
    Posted Mar 19, 2018, 10:59 AM by Paul Williams
  • Special meeting for new officials For new members who completed their first year (2016 - 2017) and new members that have just started this current x-country/track season (2017-2018) - please arrive at this week ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2018, 7:09 AM by Paul Williams
  • Official of the year nominations sought From the Vice Presidents desk:Dear fellow officials,Please send to my email address three names of your fellow officials who you would like to nominate as 2017 - 2018 MIAA ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2018, 8:18 AM by Paul Williams
  • DCL seeks spring officials The DCL is looking for officials for the following spring dates and sites:Wed. April 11 at Cambridge Ridge and Latin, Waltham, Bedford, Westford AcademyWed. April 25 at Weston ...
    Posted Feb 22, 2018, 12:52 PM by Paul Williams
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Rules, changes & interpretations

  • Following are updates about new rules, changes and interpretations and case studies of rules organized by high school, NCAA, USATF and IAAF. For the current rulebook for each level, please see the Rules, changes & interpretations.
  • NCAA released rules changes, rationales NCAA has released Rules Changes for the coming year. They are posted below or can be access at
    Posted Sep 5, 2016, 8:38 AM by Paul Williams
  • 2017 track and field rules changes and rationales released by NFHS   NFHS has released the 2017 track and field rules changes and rationales. The NFHS 2017 Rule changes are also available at ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 9:11 AM by Paul Williams
  • Track & field/cross country rules changes include assisting injured competitor Effective with the 2017 high school track and field season, a participant who assists an injured/ill competitor shall not be disqualified if an appropriate health-care professional is not ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2016, 6:02 AM by Paul Williams
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Updates on concussions

  • While concussions and suspected head injuries occur only occasionally in track and field, they do happen. Although MIAA rules do not specifically indicate a role for officials, they should continue the best practice of ensuring that the event is stopped if an athlete is suspected of suffering a head injury and should facilitate the call for and access for medical personnel. For more information, updates on rules and resources, please see Concussions.

MIAA background checks

MIAA background checks required for 2016-2017
The MIAA is requiring background checks for all officials working high school meets in Mass., starting school year 2016-2017.  Please follow the directions here.  There are deadlines for each season so please read the instructions carefully.

Off to the races

What's the rule?

So you think you know the rules? Test yourself, thanks to the Professional Development Committee and official Mark Young.
The format is simple. Each week, a new situation is presented below and you can determine if the rule has been correctly applied. The ruling is published the following week. When you consider the situations, think about both college and high school rules.

Situation: With temperatures hovering at or below freezing and snow on the ground, one or more members of Team A's 4 x 400 meter relay team show up at the starting line wearing gloves. The clerk directs them to remove the gloves as they are not permitted in relays. The team members protest that the gloves are worn only for protection from the cold and they do not contain any material which would increase the ability to hold on to the baton. Ruling??
Ruling here next week.