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 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
  • A message from the president As we start a new season, I want to wish everyone a safe, enjoyable spring track season. There is nothing that says spring than a spring track meet on a ...
    Posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:26 AM by Paul Williams
  • Meagher seeks officials Mike Meagher could use some help this Friday April 7, at Regis AND some help on Saturday April 15. Anyone available and interested can contact Mike at
    Posted Apr 4, 2017, 8:32 AM by Paul Williams
  • MIAA spring newsletter available The 2017 Spring Game Officials Newsletter is now available on-line.  Please visit the MIAA website or click on the link below to access the newsletter.2017 Spring Game Officials ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2017, 4:22 PM by Paul Williams
  • Catholic Central needs officials Officials are needed for the Catholic Central League:At Austin Prep HSTuesdays: April 25 (2), May 9 (2) - 3:30 p.m. startsAt Manning Field, Lynn (St. Mary ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2017, 4:19 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.

Situation: In the 110 meter hurdles, A1 makes a clean start, but two strides out of the blocks, stumbles and falls to the track. What should the ruling be? As always, answer for both NFHS and NCAA rules.
Ruling on last week's situation here.