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

  • Where to send banquet checks Veep Steve Keyes requests ALL checks for MTFOA's June 7, 2018 banquet be sent to Don Kirkland III PO box address. Cost is $40.The address is below and ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 9:20 AM by Paul Williams
  • MTFOA-MSTCA agreement detailed; mosque parking restriction MSTCA and MTFOA have a new agreement concerning officiating services for indoor track and field meets for 2017-2020. MSTCA will hire 20 MTFOA-assigned Officials per meet. Assigned roles ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2017, 8:15 AM by Paul Williams
  • Tom McKenna passes MTFOA official Tom McKenna passed away December 6 from injuries in a car accident. He became a track official due to his love of track and all sports. He leaves ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2017, 8:07 AM by Paul Williams
  • General meeting, pre-winter clinic on Thursday 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 Dec 4, 2017, 2:22 PM by Paul Williams
  • President's message Please remember that dues of $73.00 are due by Oct. 1.  From the June membership meeting we introduce a new Secretary/ Treasurer, Don Kirkland III.  I would like to ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2017, 7:31 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.

Situation: An athlete from Team A qualifies for the final in the Long Jump. The athlete requests permission to leave the Long Jump to compete in another event prior to the start of the finals. The Long Jump official has re-ordered  the jumpers in reverse order of best performance as required by rule. When athlete A1, who had checked out of the event to compete in another, returns, the official informs A1 that he/she missed their first attempt in the finals and so he/she has only two attempts remaining. The coach of Team A protests that A1 should be allowed all three attempts, even if out of order. What should the result be? Respond for both NCAA and NFHS rules.   
Ruling here next week.