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

  • 2016-17 MIAA registration opens July 1 Dear MIAA Game Officials, Thank you for participating with our 225,000 student-athletes who competed in MIAA interscholastic sports.  Your collaboration with our member schools and leagues is valued ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2016, 12:22 PM by Paul Williams
  • Former BMR coach lauds Mass. officials Praise from one of the best is high praise indeed. Longtime, now retired, Blackstone-Millville Regional High School Coach Kevin Maloney recently sent MIAA Assistant Director Dick Baker an email ...
    Posted May 13, 2016, 2:24 PM by Paul Williams
  • Reminder about dues and MIAA registration Reminder about 2016-2017 dues: They are $53.00 and due to Don Kirkland by July 1st. PO Box 372 Derry NH 03038.In addition, any official wishing to work ...
    Posted May 3, 2016, 10:05 AM by Paul Williams
  • Save the date - annual dinner June 2 Thursday, June 2, 2016  6:30PM Cocktails  7:30PM Dinner Old Colony Yacht Club, 235 Victory Rd. Dorchester MA.Family Style Buffet DinnerRafflesCash BarChecks for $40.00 ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2016, 3:20 PM by Paul Williams
  • MIAA honors RLC director McDermott Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center executive director Keith McDermott will be honored by the Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) this week at its annual meeting.McDermott will receive a ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2016, 3:18 PM 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.
  • Rules changes approved for high school track and field, XC Beginning with the 2016 high school track and field season, the head starter (or designee), rather than the implement inspector, shall inspect all starting blocks used in the running events ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2015, 10:03 AM by Paul Williams
  • 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 ...
    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 ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2013, 10:02 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 2015-16
The MIAA is requiring background checks for all officials working high school meets in Mass., starting school year 2015-2016.  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.

Season's over! What's the Rule will return in September.

Situation: A1 reports to the Clerk to check in for the one mile run. She/he is not wearing shoes. The Clerk advises A1 that shoes must be worn to compete and warns A1 of possible disqualification if shoes are not worn. A1's coach protests  to the Referee that shoes are not required and that the Clerk is in error. What should the result be? Remember to respond for both NFHS and NCAA rules.
Ruling here for last week.