MTFOA updates

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Reminder of MTFOA-MSTCA agreement

posted Dec 11, 2018, 2:06 PM by Paul Williams

Reminder of our agreement with the MSTCA  concerning officiating services for INDOOR TRACK MEETS 2017-2020. MSTCA will hire 20 MTFOA assigned Officials per meet. Assigned roles and duties determine individual report time, which is 30 minutes before the compensation clock (duties) start. Reporting Officials must sign in with BOTH Rick Kates and the MTFOA Referee (Field or Running).

There are three distinct groupings and thus three different report times.
GROUP A: Field Referee, 4 Shot, 3 Long Jump, 2 High Jump (dash-hurdle finish line) and 2 Clerks - gym check in.
GROUP B: Running Referee, 1 Umpire, 2 Starters.
GROUP C: 2 Finish (Judge and Time oval events), 2 Umpires.

Compensation: 30 minutes between report time and start of actual duties-none.
Up to 5 hours of duties - $112 first year of agreement increasing by $3 in year two and an additional $3 in year three. More than 5 hours, for each hour or any portion there of an additional $10.

WHAT THIS ALL MEANS for those assigned to the first MSTCA meets of this Indoor Season on December 15 and 16:
Group A - 9:00AM-------- Duties and Compensation starts at 9:30AM
Group B - 9:30AM--------- Duties and Compensation starts at 10:00AM
Group C- 10:00AM-------- Duties and Compensation starts at 10:30A

MVC gets new assigner; needs officials

posted Dec 11, 2018, 2:04 PM by Paul Williams

Dave Johns is the new assigner of officials for the Merrimack Valley Conference.  If you are available and want to work, the dates are as follows:
  • Wednesday 12/19/18 - BU
  • Thursday 1/3/19 - BU
  • Thursday 1/10/19 - BU
 All meets start at 5 PM, report time is 4:30.  If you are interested, please email Dave at and indicate for which dates you are available.

80th anniversary banquet announced

posted Dec 7, 2018, 9:22 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Dec 7, 2018, 9:22 AM ]

The 2018 - 2019 MTFOA 80th anniversary banquet will be held at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 530pm - 10pm. The Bolling Building address is 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119.

The cocktail hour will be from 530pm - 7pm on the 6th floor roof deck. Dinner and program will be from 7pm - 10pm in the second floor Boston Public Schools school committee room. Our guest speaker for the evening will be Frank Mooney, executive director of the Mass. State Track Coaches Association.

Banquet admission is $40 per person and checks should be sent to: Don Kirkland III, P.O. Box 15, North Salem, NH 03073. Please make out checks to MTFOA.

With your paid admission you will receive a half-zip 80th anniversary pullover, a coffee mug with our new logo on it and a chance for a big ticket raffle item. For dinner, you have a choice of chicken or fish (vegetarian choice may be available). Tons of free parking and some more surprises to be announced at a later date.

We are also doing a small fundraiser as part of the anniversary banquet - more details on that later on.

From the Vice President's desk

posted Dec 7, 2018, 9:19 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Dec 7, 2018, 9:19 AM ]

Note to Indoor Track & Field Commissioners and Assignors:
- Please consider a program book for the Indoor season listing athlete's name and bib number. Some parents are curious to know who certain athletes are in the league - especially some of the premier ones.
- Please make an effort to give some of our newer officials to MTFOA some work. Some of these folks are our officials of the future.
- If I officiate the Long Jump in your league - please note I put down a tape measure along side of the runway prior to the start of the meet. The tape stays down during the entire event.

Steven Keyes

Kuo receives USATF award

posted Dec 3, 2018, 12:02 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Dec 3, 2018, 12:02 PM ]

At the USATF National Meeting, New England Association Member, Official, and Race Walking Chair Justin Kuo received the Andy Bakjian Award for Outstanding Officiating and Taking Officiating to a Higher Level. This is the highest award an official can receive. Justin's humility and dedication to our sport is unmatched, and we are very grateful for all he has done. Congratulations Justin!

Pre-winter clinic Dec. 5

posted Nov 5, 2018, 12:49 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Nov 5, 2018, 12:49 PM ]

Pre-winter clinic to be held at the Reggie Lewis Center on WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018, following a membership meeting which starts at 7:00pm. 

     - Pat Ronan will discuss “All things pole vault”  in this section with him.

     - Rich Murray talks about the in and outs of Umpiring in his session.

     - Mr. Irwin Cohen will discuss the position of the referee.

Please make an effort to attend as we have other topics to discuss briefly at the meeting prior to the clinic.

Don Kirkland II passes (update with obituary)

posted Oct 15, 2018, 10:55 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Oct 16, 2018, 6:38 PM ]

Long-time MTFOA official and officer Donald Kirkland II has passed away.  

Don served as secretary-treasurer of MTFOA for many years. He was assistant secretary-treasurer at the time of his passing. He was a past president of MTFOA. Don served as referee at many MSTCA, MIAA and college meets indoors, outdoors and during cross country season.  Don started officiating in the 1970s. His passion and knowledge of track and field was truly second to none.  

"As a valued official, past president and past secretary-treasurer of our organization, Donald was a dedicated member of MTFOA for many years. Our condolences to his wife Jane, son Don Kirkland III, family and friends," said MTFOA president Peter Meagher.

"We wish to express our sorrows and share thoughts and prayers with his family and the many student-athletes he interacted with over years,” said a statement from MSTCA.

Donald N. Kirkland II
Donald N. Kirkland II, of Derry, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Monday, October 15, 2018. Donald graduated from Harvard University in 1962. There, he studied electrical engineering, and ran for the track and field team. He worked as a consulting scientist for 40 years at Raytheon. He enjoyed being a Massachusetts track and field official for 54 years, as well as his involvement as an umpire and administrator for Massachusetts and New Hampshire Little League Baseball for 60 years. He also loved attending his grandson’s soccer games. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Jane Kirkland, his son, Donald and his wife Sandra of Derry, his grandson Alex, his brothers, Robert of Mattapoisett, MA and Jon of Rye, NH, his sisters Jeanne of Foster, RI, and Elizabeth and her husband Ray of Epping, NH, and several nieces and nephews. 

There are no calling hours. Private burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Massachusetts General Hospital, at Mass General Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114-1101. 

Peabody Funeral Homes
Derry and Londonderry, NH

80th anniversary banquet to be June 13

posted Oct 10, 2018, 8:48 AM by Paul Williams

The 2018-2019 season celebrates the 80th anniversary of MTFOA. To mark the occasion, the annual banquet will be Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building. 

Cocktail hour will be 530pm-7pm on the sixth floor roof deck of the building. A brief meeting, dinner and program will be 7pm-10pm in the school committee room on the second floor.

Banquet price per person is $40. Parking is free and available in the building lot one block away on Dudley Street and on streets that surround the Bolling Building.

Our guest speaker will be Frank Mooney of the MSTCA. 

The Bolling Building is at 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119.

Checks may be sent to treasurer Don Kirkland III at P.O. Box 15, North Salem, NH 03073.

McDermott named to MIAA post

posted Sep 19, 2018, 8:35 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Sep 19, 2018, 8:35 AM ]

Keith McDermott, recently retired Director of the Reggie Lewis Center at Roxbury Community College, has joined the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) as a part-time Assistant Executive Director. 

Keith comes to the MIAA after an accomplished 30-year career in public and private educational institutions. McDermott has experienced athletics in Massachusetts as an athlete, coach, and administrator and successfully utilized these skills to navigate an impressive career in educational athletic leadership. During his 30-year career as meet director, Community Affairs Director – Northeastern University, Director of Athletics – Roxbury Community College, and Director of the Reggie Lewis Center, Keith has been a true leader for both his employers and the community. 

Keith has been active in volunteerism and service organizations in the Boston community since the early 1990s and continues to serve today. Keith’s commitment to excellence in educational and athletic leadership will transition seamlessly to his time and work with the MIAA. 

NCAA adopts rules changes

posted Aug 22, 2018, 9:05 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Aug 22, 2018, 9:05 AM ]

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel has approved several rules changes, including an expansion of sprint relay exchange zone, new uniform rule and field event time limits. These and others are detailed in the attached PDF.

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