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

  • President's Post: Reminders about meet conduct A reminder to members that electronic devices are not allowed in competition areas. Once athletes have checked in, they are considered competitors. The distraction caused by cell phones, iPads etc ...
    Posted Dec 23, 2014, 8:47 AM by Paul Williams
  • USAT&F recognition for MTFOA officials at national convention At the 2014 USATF National Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California, Dec. 1-5, two MTFOA officials were awarded an Officials Committee Chair Award for recognition of their contributions over the ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2014, 8:31 AM by Paul Williams
  • President's Post: Safety is important, even during warmups Presidents Message: During a recent track meet at Cornell an official, Douglas Koban, was struck in the head by a 35-pound weight. The unfortunate accident took place during a ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2014, 8:32 AM by Paul Williams
  • Reminder about parking at Reggie Lewis Center Steve Keyes, day operations manager at Reggie Lewis Center, re-emphasizes to MTFOA officials that they park only out back in the lot next to Whittier Street Health Center (on ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2014, 8:37 AM by Paul Williams
  • Pre-season clinic Dec. 4 at RLC 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 Nov 25, 2014, 2:34 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 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 in and around the pole vault box collar, as required by the applicable ASTM specification standard (designation F2949-12), including on the part of the box collar arm that extends down the inner sidewall of the pole vault box (referred to in the ASTM specification as a “box collar wing”). Doing so will give effect to the NCAA’s purpose in adopting the rule – to reduce the risk of injury to student-athletes caused by impact in and around the pole vault box. To read the complete memorandum, visit the ...
    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, if used, must meet the new ASTM standard that has already been adopted by the NCAA.A pole vault box collar is a protective device that covers the hard unpadded surfaces surrounding a pole vault box and may also cover the top edges and side walls of a pole vault box. The new specification establishes requirements for the dimensions and minimum impact attenuation performance of pole vault box collars, according to Vaulter magazine.The NFHS memorandum follows:Memorandum from NFHS To:                          State Association Executive Directors and Track and Field Administrators ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2013, 10:02 AM by Paul Williams
  • 2013-14 NCAA rules book available online As reported by secretary-treasurer Don Kirkland II at the Dec. 6 membership meeting, NCAA rules books have only just been printed and shipped. If you're eager to dive into the changes (who isn't?), you can find a PDF of the book at This link gives access to rules books for USATF, IAAF, NCAA and NFHS. You can go directly to the NCAA book at You can then Save As... from the File menu.
    Posted Dec 8, 2012, 1:34 PM by Paul Williams
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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 starts the 400 meter run, in a race to be run entirely in lanes, in Lane 2 and runs in this lane until the final straightaway. A1 wins the race well ahead of B1, but finishes the race in Lane 4. The Coach of Team B protests that A1 should be disqualified for not finishing the race in the assigned lane. A1's coach counters with the fact that no one was impeded or interfered with and A1, if anything, ran farther by moving out to Lane 4. What should the ruling be?
Ruling will be here next week.

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.
  • Updated: MIAA requires concussion training for tournament officials In support of Department of Public Health (DPH) regulations cited below, and in the best interests of student athletes, all MIAA Tournament Directors and Tournament Assignors will require successful completion ...
    Posted Oct 1, 2012, 12:16 PM by Paul Williams
  • MIAA updates standards on concussions MIAA Handbook Standards 33, 56, and 97.4 have been updated for the purposes of clarifying and enhancing the Association’s student concussion initiatives and medical protocols, according to an ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2010, 10:16 AM by Mass TFOA
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