MTFOA updates

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Dues are, well, due

posted Aug 6, 2019, 1:32 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Aug 6, 2019, 1:33 PM ]

Membership dues for the 2019/2020 year will be $80, due on October 1st.  You can send your payment to Don Kirkland III at PO Box 15, North Salem, N.H. 03073. (Make checks payable to MTFOA).

Time to update directory listing

posted Aug 5, 2019, 8:06 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Aug 5, 2019, 8:06 AM ]

The deadline for making any changes to the membership directory is 9/15/19.  Please send any changes (name, address, phone #, email address) to by 9/15/19.  

Volunteer officials sought for Bay State Games

posted Jul 1, 2019, 7:31 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jul 1, 2019, 7:31 AM ]

Fellow Members of the MTFOA:

Please continue reading. It’s difficult to send you a personalized email as we are from so many diverse places and positions. I believe we share some altruism for T&F, hence our MTFOA membership.

I am asking you to consider volunteering for at least one session of the Bay State Games at Merrimack College on Friday, July 12 (5:00pm) and or Saturday, July 13 (8:30am and 12:30pm). Each session takes about three hours. A FEW OF YOU HAVE ALREADY SAID “YES”. Thank you.

What’s in this for you? There will be no check in the mail. There will be a lunch on Saturday and a BSG jacket at the end of your service.This is a chance to try and to learn something new or different. 

Friday night is the hammer throw. (only event-all levels) Do you know how to weigh in field event implements? Do you know how to set up the sector? Do you know how to check a sector for correct set up using a 6 foot measuring tape? There will be “experts” on site for hands on tutoring.

Saturday morning will be the Juniors and Scholastics--the future of our sport. Saturday afternoon is the Open and Masters--those that have experienced T& F and still want more.

Now, for you, some questions. Do you get as many assignments as you want? Do you get the same assignment all the time? Do you want to try a new/learn more about an event? There will also be many event “experts” on Saturday that will be very happy to share information and tutoring.

Example: Official says "the Pole Vault scares me". Not a good situation for sure. On Saturday, at both sessions , there will be a very experienced and friendly official working the event. He is more than willing to share. Learning more about the PV doesn’t mean you have to officiate it. Similar activities will take place for all officiating roles.

So, you’ve read this far and are considering volunteering on 7/12 and or 13. What do you have to do? If you’ve already signed up, nothing else for you to do. Again, thank you.

If you are a new volunteer (haven’t signed up--we need you), please send one email copied to me, Chris Lane:, Charlie Butterfield: and Paige LeFrancois (BSG Intern):

Please indicate the session(s) you are willing to officiate/attend, the position in which you want to serve and/or the the position about which you want to learn more and your jacket size. We want to be prepared to serve you and to make this total experience valuable for you.


Chris Lane      

Annual banquet update

posted Jun 7, 2019, 8:40 AM by Paul Williams

Greetings MTFOA members,

Just some final notes for our banquet on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at The Bruce Bolling Building. Roof Deck Reception from 530pm - 7pm on floor 6. Banquet and program/concert from 7 - 10pm on floor 2.

Dinner choices: Please indicate to me your choice of meal. Chicken or Fish (Salmon). A vegetarian dish is available as well.

Dress code: Casual but dressy - this is not a a jeans and sneaker event. But please dress comfortably.

Parking: Free and two choices: 1) Street parking spots (handicap as well) on all the streets surrounding the Bolling building will open up after 5pm. (Ex. Warren street, Washington Street and side streets). 2) The Bolling parking lot is at the corner of Washington and Dudley streets (across from the Bank of America branch bank on Dudley street). It's a 2 minute walk to Bolling - official address is 135 Dudley Street with two large signs at the entrance that say Bolling lot. Do not park in Walgreens lot - you will be towed.

Email (preferably) me or call in your choice of meal to me by Monday morning 6/10/19 - at the latest. Thanks and see you on 6/13/19. Should be a great evening.


Steven R. Keyes
Building Operations Manager
The Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
2300 Washington Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
(617) 635-6730 desk
(617) 997-1517 mobile

Officials needed for Bay State Games

posted Jun 5, 2019, 11:41 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 5, 2019, 11:41 AM ]

Attached is a pdf of a letter volunteer request letter to send to any officials who may be interested in helping out at Bay State Games (also available at this link) again this year. This outlines the dates, times and locations for finals and our three qualifiers. We have set up a Google form that allows all officials to sign up on-line. They can access this form by pasting the URL in the letter into their browser. The form is also available below.

If you have any issues accessing the form, please don't hesitate to contact me, Kevin Cummings, at or via phone at 781-932-6555.

Awards to McCarthy, Doherty, Paquin

posted May 22, 2019, 7:53 AM by Paul Williams

Congratulations to our members, Kathleen McCarthy and Kathleen Doherty, who will be receiving the Mass State Track Coaches Association Distinguished Service Award.  The awards will be presented to Kathleen M. and Kathleen D. at the MSTCA Annual Awards Banquet being held on Sunday, June 9th at 1:00PM at The Lantana, Randolph, MA. Tickets for this event are available for $40.00. Visit for more information.

Congratulations to our member Janel Paquin who was selected by the MIAA to receive the 2018-2019 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Official of the Year Award.  The Official of the Year Award will be presented to Janel at the 4th Annual Official of the Year Recognition Banquet on Wednesday, May 29th at the MIAA Office in Franklin, MA.  Tickets for this event are available for $20.00.  There will be a reception at 5:30PM followed by the banquet at 6:30PM.  Please contact the MIAA for more information.

The MIAA notification to Janel reads:
Dear Ms. Janel Lafond Paquin, 
On behalf of the MIAA Game Officials Committee, I want to congratulate you on being nominated and selected as the recipient of the 2018-19 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Official of the Year Award. Having been selected for this award among multiple candidates, you stood out based on your excellent character, positive impact upon students and officiating credentials. It is with pride that we are able to honor you as a representative of this vitally important aspect of athletic competition. On behalf of all student athletes, school administrators and parents we thank you for representing all officials in your sport. 

Congratulations again to our award winners!!!  

Officials needed postponed meets, MIAA, MIT

posted May 14, 2019, 9:37 AM by Paul Williams

  • Mike 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 or
  • It appears that the MIAA Division meets will be held on Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26. Division I and IV at Norwell High School and Division II and III at Merrimack College. Please contact Mike Meagher at 978-457-3153 or if you are available and interested in working. 
Rain this week is causing leagues to reschedule. 
  • The MVC championship meet scheduled for  Saturday May 18 at Chelmsford HS (10:00AM) is still in need of officials. If you are interested in working this meet, please contact Dave Johns at so he can assign you.
  • Middlesex League Meet has moved to Burlington High School on Thursday May 16 at 4:00.  Please contact Mike Sheedy 781-315-3144 if you are available.

Officials sought for Unified meet

posted May 14, 2019, 9:34 AM by Paul Williams

    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 dollars. Doesn't look like a big schedule of events. There are some special rules which we have time to go over. If you're interested please get back to me as soon as you can. The event is coming up quickly. Thanks.

 MIAA/Special Olympics 
Track Events                                                                     Field Events
100 meters                                                                           Shot Put
400 meters                                                                           Running Long Jump
800 meters                                                                                           Turbo Javelin
4 x 100 meter relay
4 x 400 meter relay

Brian Moody Weymouth, Ma. 02188 617-938-9239 cell

NCAA posts rule interpretation discussions

posted May 9, 2019, 7:10 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated May 9, 2019, 7:10 AM ]

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

Officials needed for Matignon meet

posted Apr 26, 2019, 9:01 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Apr 26, 2019, 9:01 AM ]

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 are available to and interested in officiating.  Bryan Van Dorpe (

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