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Mass. Track & Field Officials Association

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 for Boston middle school meet Two officials are needed for Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 2:50pm to work the Boston Public Sschools Middle School meet at White Stadium. The meet is from 3pm – 4 ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2014, 11:46 AM by Paul Williams
  • Found at Reggie Lewis Center A Long / Triple staff used for measuring has been found in the shot put area at Reggie Lewis Center. Steve Keyes is keeping it at his desk.Steve believes it ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2014, 12:31 PM by Paul Williams
  • MIAA spring newsletter available The 2014 Spring Game Officials Newsletter is now available online. Please visit the MIAA website or click on the link to access the newsletter. http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2014, 12:55 PM by Paul Williams
  • Commonwealth Conference seeks officials Commonwealth Athletic Conference will need one or two track and field officials for the following  schools: Greater Lawrence, Greater Lowell, Shawsheen and Whittier. Anyone interested please contact commissioner J. Barry ...
    Posted Mar 31, 2014, 2:21 PM by Paul Williams
  • Clinic to focus on spring meets A demonstration at the long jump pit.Don Kirkland III explains a high jump fine point.(Photos by Beth Malone)All MTFOA Officials need to be prepared for all of ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2014, 7:57 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 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 in and around the pole vault box collar, as required by the applicable ASTM specification standard (designation F2949-12), including on the part of the box collar arm that extends down the inner sidewall of the pole vault box (referred to in the ASTM specification as a “box collar wing”). Doing so will give effect to the NCAA’s purpose in adopting the rule – to reduce the risk of injury to student-athletes caused by impact in and around the pole vault box. To read the complete memorandum, visit the ...
    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, if used, must meet the new ASTM standard that has already been adopted by the NCAA.A pole vault box collar is a protective device that covers the hard unpadded surfaces surrounding a pole vault box and may also cover the top edges and side walls of a pole vault box. The new specification establishes requirements for the dimensions and minimum impact attenuation performance of pole vault box collars, according to Vaulter magazine.The NFHS memorandum follows:Memorandum from NFHS To:                          State Association Executive Directors and Track and Field Administrators ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2013, 10:02 AM by Paul Williams
  • 2013-14 NCAA rules book available online As reported by secretary-treasurer Don Kirkland II at the Dec. 6 membership meeting, NCAA rules books have only just been printed and shipped. If you're eager to dive into the changes (who isn't?), you can find a PDF of the book at http://www.usatf.org/groups/officials/resources/rules/. This link gives access to rules books for USATF, IAAF, NCAA and NFHS. You can go directly to the NCAA book at http://www.usatf.org/groups/officials/files/resources/rules/2013-2014-NCAA-Rule-Book.pdf. You can then Save As... from the File menu.
    Posted Dec 8, 2012, 1:34 PM by Paul Williams
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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.

Monday April 14
Situation A: Prior to the warm-up for the field events in a dual meet, the coach for Team B asks the Referee for a ruling regarding the legality of the discus cage. The cage in question is a permanent installation built prior to the discus cage requirement and is constructed of metal pipe and chain link fencing. The coach of Team B questions (a) the size of the opening (26') or (b) the use of chain link fencing rather than nylon netting.

Situation B: Instead of a typical discus cage, a school elects to use a straight line backstop.

Rulings on situations are here.
















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.
  • Updated: MIAA requires concussion training for tournament officials In support of Department of Public Health (DPH) regulations cited below, and in the best interests of student athletes, all MIAA Tournament Directors and Tournament Assignors will require successful completion ...
    Posted Oct 1, 2012, 12:16 PM by Paul Williams
  • MIAA updates standards on concussions MIAA Handbook Standards 33, 56, and 97.4 have been updated for the purposes of clarifying and enhancing the Association’s student concussion initiatives and medical protocols, according to an ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2010, 10:16 AM by Mass TFOA
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