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

  • 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 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
  • NCAA rulebooks available Bob Podkaminer, NCAA Secretary-Rules Editor, announced that the new rulebooks are now available in PDF format (free) or printed format ($7.80 plus shipping). You can find the new ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 11:04 AM by Paul Williams
  • Memorial service for Coach O'Connor on Friday A Celebration of Life for longtime Woburn and Algonquin coach and MTFOA official Bill O'Connor will be Friday, Nov. 25, at the Joyce Middle School, 55 Locust Ave. Woburn ...
    Posted Nov 24, 2016, 7:46 AM by Paul Williams
  • Membership meeting, clinic to be held Dec. 1 Presidents Report: Wishing this Thanksgiving finds you with plenty of reasons to give thanks.  I hope you all get to enjoy time with family and friends.  A reminder that the ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 10:07 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: It has long been customary for the Starter to fire a pistol, or for another official to ring a bell, at the start of the final lap of races of more than one lap. Is this custom a rule, or just a quaint vestige of the past? As always, respond for both NFHS and NCAA rules.
Ruling on last week's situation here.