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

  • Pre-winter clinic presentations announced Here is the lineup for the upcoming pre-winter clinic to be held at the Reggie Lewis Center on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7:00PM following a brief membership meeting ...
    Posted Nov 23, 2015, 2:03 PM by Paul Williams
  • Pre-winter clinic, meeting Dec. 3 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 the rules ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2015, 9:57 AM by Paul Williams
  • Winter leagues should be checking on checks A message from MTFOA President Kathy McCarthy:Any commissioners who assign for any high school league during the winter should be contacting Mike Meagher so he can verify a background ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2015, 9:55 AM by Paul Williams
  • 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
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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.

Situation: In a track meet in which non-vertical jump field event competitors are being given three preliminary attempts/efforts and then three more in the finals, there is a three-way tie for the last qualifying spot in the finals. How should the tie be broken?
Ruling here next week.