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

  • Annual meeting, Reggie gala this week A busy week is in store for MTFOA members. On Thursday Oct. 1, the annual membership meeting will be held at 7pm at the Reggie Lewis Center. The next evening ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2015, 8:17 AM by Paul Williams
  • Reggie Gala to honor MSTCA directors SAVE THE DATEFriday, October 2, 201520th Anniversary Gala CelebrationReggie Lewis Center,  6pm-midnight1350 Tremont Street, RoxburyThe purpose of the event is to celebrate the accomplishments ...
    Posted Aug 12, 2015, 8:41 AM by Paul Williams
  • Arbiter registration for background checks opens June 15 Dear MIAA Game Officials, To follow up on earlier communications, we wanted to remind you that starting at 12:00 pm on Monday, June 15th, you can register for ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2015, 11:43 AM by Paul Williams
  • By-laws, Regulations changes proposed Following are proposed By-Laws and Regulations changes to be voted on at the October annual meeting.Article 4.2 Current: Such election shall occur at the May meeting… Proposed ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2015, 9:46 AM by Paul Williams
  • Officials needed for D3, D4 meets Commissioner Mike Meagher is looking for Officials to work Sunday at either Division 4 at Norwell or Division 3 at Durfee. Contact Mike Meagher at
    Posted May 25, 2015, 2:33 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.
  • Rules changes approved for high school track and field, XC Beginning with the 2016 high school track and field season, the head starter (or designee), rather than the implement inspector, shall inspect all starting blocks used in the running events ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2015, 10:03 AM by Paul Williams
  • NCAA clarifies pole vault box padding rule The NCAA has issued a memorandum to provide clarification to NCAA members that the NCAA’s pole vault box padding rule requires all pole vault box collars to contain padding ...
    Posted Oct 21, 2013, 8:21 AM by Paul Williams
  • NFHS rule change allows pole vault box padding The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has added language to its rule concerning the pole vault planting box that allows padding to collar the box. The padding ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2013, 10:02 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 2015-16
The MIAA is requiring background checks for all officials working high school meets in Mass., starting school year 2015-2016.  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 is on summer vacation. Situations and rulings for the 2014-2015 season are here.