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

  • 2018-2019 dues set at $80 Dues for the 2018-2019 year will be $80.00 due on October 1.  You can send your payment to Don Kirkland III at PO Box 15, North Salem, N ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2018, 10:28 AM by Paul Williams
  • Bay State Games seeking volunteer officials The Bay State Games Track & Field competition will return in 2018 for the 37th year. The competition begins with statewide qualifiers held between June 15 and 23. There are ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2018, 8:13 AM by Paul Williams
  • Most officials will need updated background checks This will be the year that many of you will need to register for a background check for the 2018-2019 school year.  The MIAA requires a background check every ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2018, 8:08 AM by Paul Williams
  • New for you: MTFOA Nike running hat NEW ITEM: MTFOA Nike Running Hat - $20Lightweight and breathable nylon material that washes easily. Available in forest green color only right now. Will add red when current inventory gets ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2018, 7:09 AM by Paul Williams
  • President's Post: Spring reminders As we start a new season, I want to wish everyone a safe, enjoyable and warm spring track season. Yes, winter will be over soon (we hope!!!). All the Best ...
    Posted Apr 9, 2018, 9:18 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 2018-2019

The MIAA requires background checks for all officials working high school meets in Mass.  Please follow the directions here.  There are deadlines for each season so please read the instructions carefully.

Members who are returning must register and do the background check (the background check is valid for 3 years).  These are members who did the background check in 2015, and they are due to renew their checks this year.  Also, all new members must register and do the background check.  The cost is $10 to register and $35 for the background check. 

Registration opens on July 1 and it is a one-time registration and background check for the three seasons. Note: Registration/renewal deadline for cross country season is July 31.

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 high jump, A1 hits the crossbar and it bounces on the supports, but does not fall off them until after A1 has landed and stepped out of the landing pit. Is the jump good or is it a miss? 
Ruling here next week.