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

  • Updated: Frank Ronan, 75, passes; arrangements made As you know, my father’s health has not been good for about a year now.  Tonight, a month short of his 76thbirthday, he lost his battle. Track ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 4:45 PM by Paul Williams
  • Andover coach Iworsley passes Arthur William Iworsley passed away unexpectedly on December 31, in his sleep. An aspect of Art’s life was his love of track and field. Under the leadership of Richard ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2017, 5:10 PM by Paul Williams
  • 4 selected to work USATF Nationals Four MTFOA members were selected to work at USATF National Championships in 2017. Joe Bullock will be the head shot put official at the USA Indoor Championship in Albuquerque, NM ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2016, 8:44 AM by Paul Williams
  • Presidents Message: Important info regarding Reggie Lewis Center At the General Membership/Clinic last week I mentioned that there was a Safety Summit with members of the Boston Police Dept., MSTCA, MIAA, Reggie Lewis Center, and MTFOA. This ...
    Posted Dec 9, 2016, 7:21 AM by Paul Williams
  • A couple of reminders about MSTCA Winter Festival MSTCA’s Winter Festival will be Dec. 17 (large schools) and Dec. 18 (small schools). Frank Mooney reminds that the meet begins at 10am this year.     A second reminder is ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 11:06 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.
  • 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: At the 1200 meter mark of the mile/1600, the umpire (a) observes a runner checking his/her wristwatch for split time, or (b) hears an audible beep from a runner's watch. The umpire reports the incidents to the Referee. What actions, if any, should ensue? As usual, respond for both NFHS and NCAA rules.
Ruling on last week's situation here.