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

  • Long-time member Dave Ryan passes (updated service, tribute) From Tracey Ryan Macomber about a private serviceWe were planning to have a private service since we can't gather indoors due to Covid.  However, if there are any ...
    Posted Jan 21, 2021, 5:19 PM by Paul Williams
  • Al Valcourt passes at 67 Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of MTFOA Member Allen "Al" Valcourt.Valcourt, 67, passed away on Dec. 24, 2020. He was the longtime companion of Lory ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2021, 9:44 AM by Paul Williams
  • A reminder from the president about apparel Hello again MTFOA membership.Just a footnote to my message of 12/13/20. Please remember that the current MSTCA meets at Wheaton College are not assigned by MTFOA or ...
    Posted Dec 28, 2020, 10:21 AM by Paul Williams
  • Email blast for 12-21-20: 2 apparel notes ON YOUR MARK 1. At the recent USATF Annual Meeting, several MTFOA members were selected to work at USATF National Championships in 2021They include:Indoor Nationals - Nicole Bullock (throws ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2020, 9:22 AM by Paul Williams
  • Email blast for Dec 14 - MTFOA masks available ON YOUR MARK 1.  MTFOA PROTECTIVE FACE MASK (click for pic) Looks like masks will need to be worn for the foreseeable future. Have received numerous requests for MTFOA specific ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2020, 8:05 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 2019-2020

The MIAA requires background checks for all officials working high school meets in Mass.  Please follow the directions here.  There are deadlines for each season so please read the instructions carefully.

Members who are returning must register and do the background check (the background check is valid for 3 years).  These are members who did the background check in 2016, and they are due to renew their checks this year.  Also, all new members must register and do the background check.  The cost is $10 to register and $35 for the background check. 

Registration opens on July 1 and it is a one-time registration and background check for the three seasons.
            Cross Country deadline:  July 31, 2019
            Winter Track  deadline:  Oct. 1, 2019
            Spring Track deadline:   Jan. 1, 2020

The background check only has to be done every three years.  But each official must use Arbiter Sports to register with the MIAA each year. To check your background check status, log in to your Arbiter account and click on the Eligibility tab to see your status.
For now, plan on:
                        Year 1:  Background check and MIAA registration = $45.00
                        Year 2:  MIAA registration = $10.00
                        Year 3:  MIAA registration = $10.00
If you have any questions, please email Peter Meagher at

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: A1's discus throw lands squarely on the sector line and the official in the field measures it. The coach of Team B protests that the throw should not have been measured. Result? Again, refer to both NFHS and NCAA Rules.

Ruling here next week.