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

  • Spring clinic on March 2 All MTFOA Officials need to be prepared for all of their officiating assignments. What each member needs to do varies. However, all members need, at the very least, to review ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2017, 10:27 AM by Paul Williams
  • A message from the president It is hard to believe that we are already heading into the High School State Meet and Collegiate Championship portions of our winter season.  Our busiest season, and I am ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2017, 10:24 AM by Paul Williams
  • MSTCA asks support for RLC legislation The following letter was sent to MSTCA coaches and MSTCA leadership has asked MTFOA to likewise support the effort to make Reggie Lewis Center a statewide independent facility.---    As you ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2017, 1:54 PM by Paul Williams
  • MIAA official of the year nominations sought It is hard to believe that January is over. Our busiest season, and I am so happy things have been going smoothly. I have been working quite a few MSTCA ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2017, 1:40 PM by Paul Williams
  • MSTCA announces Bill O'Connor Award Bill O’Connor Humanitarian Award The MSTCA would like to honor any coach, official or support personnel involved with track and has shown Courage while battling any life-threatening disease ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2017, 8:40 AM 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.

What's the Rule will be on winter break until March 6.

Situation: True or false: Wearing headsets in the competition area is prohibited. As always, refer to NFHS and NCAA rules.
Ruling on last week's situation here.