Banquet reservation deadline nears - see Updates

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

  • Banquet reservation deadline nears Presidents Message: The General Membership Meeting/ Banquet is quickly approaching.  It will be Thursday June 8th at the Old Colony Yacht Club.  We hope you can join us for ...
    Posted May 25, 2017, 7:54 AM by Paul Williams
  • DMSE Sports Classic special offer Hello MA Track & Field Officials Association! As you may know, the 2nd Annual DMSE Sports Classic will be held at Merrimack College in two months. Below are a couple special ...
    Posted May 22, 2017, 8:37 AM by Paul Williams
  • David Grant passes at 63 MTFOA regrets to inform you of the passing of David A. Grant. As a valued official, David could always be counted on to give his very best to every officiating ...
    Posted May 19, 2017, 6:43 AM by Paul Williams
  • Haverhill Elite seeks officials Haverhill Elite Track Club is seeking officials for its meet on Saturday,  May 6, at Innovation Academy in Tyngsboro.  Primary needs are a starter and starting line clerk. Needs are ...
    Posted May 1, 2017, 7:39 AM by Paul Williams
  • Annual dinner planned for June 8 SAVE the DATE - Annual Dinner Thursday, June 8, 2017 6:30 PM Old Colony Yacht Club, 235 Victory Rd. Dorchester MA. Family Style Buffet Dinner Raffles Cash Bar Guest speaker ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2017, 3:19 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.

SituationIn the 4 x 100 meter relay, the umpire rules Team B to have passed the baton before the start of the zone. The coach of Team B protested to the meet director and the matter was brought to the Jury of Appeals. 
    There is more than one problem here, but assuming that the matter had been properly protested, what should the outcome be? What other problems are apparent from the situation as presented?
Ruling on last week's situation here.