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

  • Clinic, meeting to be held Dec. 7 There will be three rotations lasting 25 minutes (firm) for the Dec. 7, 2017, professional development clinic after our MTFOA general meeting."Everything USATF"   Steve Vaitones & Justin KuoSteve and ...
    Posted Nov 10, 2017, 8:07 AM by Paul Williams
  • President's message Please remember that dues of $73.00 are due by Oct. 1.  From the June membership meeting we introduce a new Secretary/ Treasurer, Don Kirkland III.  I would like to ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2017, 7:31 AM by Paul Williams
  • New apparel director named; long sleeve polo available Don Kirkland III has relinquished his duties as Apparel Director to Fred Doyle. Fred has more than 30 years experience in the sports and fitness business with both Nike and ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2017, 8:55 AM by Paul Williams
  • General meeting schedule announced The General Membership meeting schedule for this school year is: Thursday Oct. 5th       MeetingThursday Dec. 7     Meeting- ClinicThursday March 1      Meeting-ClinicAnnual Dinner            To be determined
    Posted Nov 8, 2017, 9:27 AM by Paul Williams
  • 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
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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.

SituationIn a cross-country meet where transponders/computerized chips are being used on the shoes, the timing operator noticed that A1 finished less than .1 seconds ahead of B1. a) The chief finish evaluator reviewed the video and saw that the lead foot of A1 crossed before the lead foot of B1. b) The lead finish evaluator reviewed the video and was unable determine which foot crossed first. c) The finish evaluator reviewed the video and saw that lead foot of B1 crossed before the lead foot of A1. What should the results be?
Ruling here next week.