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

  • Officials needed postponed meets, MIAA, MIT OFFICIATING OPPORTUNITIESMike can still use a couple of Officials on Thursday at MIT.  Please check your calendar to see if you are available. Contact Mike at 978-457-3153 ...
    Posted May 14, 2019, 9:37 AM by Paul Williams
  • Officials sought for Unified meet Folks,    I've been asked to recruit 12 officials for the May 20th Unified Track and Field Sectionals held at Walpole H.S. It pays MIAA type rates of $85 ...
    Posted May 14, 2019, 9:34 AM by Paul Williams
  • Janel Paquin named indoor official of the year On behalf of the entire MTFOA organization, we wish to congratulate Janel Paquin for being nominated and selected as the recipient of the 2018-2019 MIAA Indoor Track and Field ...
    Posted May 9, 2019, 7:13 AM by Paul Williams
  • NCAA posts rule interpretation discussions For those officials working collegiate meets, the NCAA posts rule interpretation discussions on an ongoing basis. Here is the latest published version, as of April 10 https://ncaaorg.s3.amazonaws ...
    Posted May 9, 2019, 7:10 AM by Paul Williams
  • Officials needed for Matignon meet Matignon (Catholic Central League) has just scheduled a meet on Tuesday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m. at Hormel Stadium in Medford.  Please let me know ASAP if you ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2019, 9:01 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 girls Long Jump, 8 places are being awarded, therefore 9 competitors will advance to the Finals. A2 and B2 are tied for the 9th spot. How should the tie be broken to advance only nine to the final? Remember to cite both NCAA and NFHS rules in your answer.

Ruling here next week.