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

  • Time to register with MIAA via ArbiterSports Dear Game Officials Thank you for once again participating during the 2016-17 school year with our 225,000 student-athletes who competed in MIAA interscholastic sports.  Your collaboration with ...
    Posted Jul 6, 2017, 7:24 AM by Paul Williams
  • Chris Lane inducted into Bay State Games hall of fame From left, Phil Gloudemans, Bay State Games Board Chair; Peter Leclerc, Bay State Games Director of Operation; Kevin Cummings, Bay State Games Executive Director; Chris Lane, Hall of Fame inductee ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2017, 8:20 AM by Paul Williams
  • MSTCA asks help on Reggie bills MSTCA NEEDS YOUR IMMEDIATE ACTIONReggie Lewis Center House Bill #3001 and Senate Bill #687 are ready to go to public hearing with a joint House & Senate Committee on Higher ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2017, 9:09 AM by Paul Williams
  • President's post: New officers, dues Presidents Message: As the school year comes to an end, I would like to thank all of you for your dedication to the sport and to the high school and ...
    Posted Jun 19, 2017, 3:01 PM by Paul Williams
  • Images from 2017 banquet/BBQ Images from the 2017 MTFOA banquet/BBQ, courtesy Beth Malone.
    Posted Jun 19, 2017, 2:59 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 http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/2016DIMTF_Rules_Changes_20160727.pdf
    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 http://nfhs.org/media/1017125/2017-major-rules-changes ...
    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.


What's the Rule is on summer holiday. See you in September!