Campaign underway to restore Reggie renovation funding
Mass. State Track Coaches Association needs our help. Money allocated to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston was taken away by Governor Baker and DCAMM [state project group]. No reason, no explanation. MSTCA needs everyone to copy and mail via US Postal Service a letter to the governor. MSTCA hopes coaches, athletes, parents, alumni, former track & field athletes from across the state will do this. To see the letter and download a copy, please follow this link.

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

  • Catholic Central League seeks spring officials The Catholic Central League is in need of officials for the following outdoor meets:Tuesday, April 4, Manning Field, Lynn, 4 p.m. (St. Mary's HS)Tuesday, April 12 ...
    Posted Feb 10, 2016, 8:03 AM by Paul Williams
  • Campaign underway to restore Reggie renovation funding Mass. State Track Coaches Association needs our help. Money allocated to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston was taken away by Governor Baker and DCAMM [state project group]. No reason ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2016, 8:18 AM by Paul Williams
  • A message from the president With the recent mild temperatures, it is hard to believe the Holiday Season is upon us.  I hope that each one of you gets to enjoy time with your family ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2015, 10:12 AM by Paul Williams
  • Changes in parking at mosque, behind Reggie Using the parking lot at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, across Malcolm X Blvd. from Reggie Lewis Center, has changed slightly, according to Steve Keyes, MTFOA executive board ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2015, 10:52 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
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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: A coach has an athlete who is injured. The coach has the competitor clear one height in the high jump and then pass the rest of the heights until all of the other athletes have failed to clear the last height, so he/she is the last competitor left in the competition. The competitor wants to raise the bar only one inch (instead of two, which would have been the case with more than one competitor remaining) and try to win the competition.Ruling here next week.
Ruling here next week.