MTFOA updates

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Where to send banquet checks

posted Jan 16, 2018, 8:06 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 9:20 AM ]

Veep Steve Keyes requests ALL checks for MTFOA's June 7, 2018 banquet be sent to Don Kirkland III PO box address. Cost is $40.

The address is below and is the same as in the  MFTOA directory.
Send to:   Don Kirkland III
              PO Box 15
              North Salem, NH 03073

MTFOA-MSTCA agreement detailed; mosque parking restriction

posted Dec 13, 2017, 8:15 AM by Paul Williams

MSTCA and MTFOA have a new agreement concerning officiating services for indoor track and field meets for 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 thereof an additional $10.
WHAT THIS ALL MEANS for those assigned to the first MSTCA meets of this Indoor Season on December 16 and 17:
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 10:30AM
Assignment questions should be directed to Commissioner Mike Meagher.

A reminder to officials working the Dec 17th and 18th meet: MSTCA is collecting toys for the "Christmas in the City" program that needs to get 5,000 children a toy at Christmas in the Boston Area. This is the only weekend MSTCA will be collecting. If officials would like to donate a gift $8-$10 unwrapped for any age, please bring it to the meet the day they work. 

Officials are allowed to use the Mosque Parking lot everyday except Saturday morning or if there is an event at the Mosque.  On Saturday, they are having their religious service.   Please make sure you have your parking pass displayed.  

Tom McKenna passes

posted Dec 11, 2017, 7:54 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 8:07 AM ]

MTFOA official Tom McKenna passed away December 6 from injuries in a car accident. He became a track official due to his love of track and all sports. He leaves behind a wife and three athletic sons, all who brought him much joy.  He would often be found at his son's games filming the events while his wife took photographs. He will be greatly missed. 

General meeting, pre-winter clinic on Thursday

posted Dec 4, 2017, 2:22 PM by Paul Williams

All MTFOA Officials need to be prepared for all of their officiating assignments. What each member needs to do varies. However, all members need, at the very least, to review the rules and procedures while others may need more in depth activities. The MTFOA Professional Development Committee has developed a range of activities to be presented at the Pre-Winter Season Clinic. This Clinic will have something for both veteran and newer members.

The clinic will be preceded by a brief general membership meeting. The meeting and clinic will be held at Reggie Lewis Center, beginning at 7pm.
There will be three rotations lasting 25 minutes for the professional development clinic.
Everything USATF   Steve Vaitones & Justin Kuo
Steve and Justin from USATF New England will be discussing everything you need to know about USA Track & Field and how to become a USATF official. They will discuss topics from the local as well as national chapter. Please come prepared to ask questions.
Ask The Veterans  Chris Lane & Tommy Meagher
Every official at one time or another has been perplexed by a situation or a rule application. This will be an opportunity to ask two veteran officials what they would do or how they would handle the situation? You are urged to prepare and submit an index card with an outline of your situation in advance so that it will be addressed in the time available. Limited to the events on the track.
LJ/TJ  Board Plasticine application  Rick Lajoie & Steven Keyes
Rick Lajoie, certified USATF official, will be here to demonstrate the application of the material Plasticine to the long/triple jump foul boards. This is a special treat having Rick here and you will get to see a behind the scene look at an operation for an event on the national level. Steven Keyes will answer any questions on the back end of this session on the LJ/TJ rules, etc. on the high school, college or professional level.
The by-laws Committee of Dennis Berry, Mark Young and Bill Jennings invite any interested members to a meeting after the clinic this Thursday.  They will go over suggestions received so far and discuss any other amendments that should be considered. All members are invited to make any suggestions for amendments at any time. Please forward them to Dennis Berry at

President's message

posted Sep 29, 2017, 7:31 AM by Paul Williams

Please remember that dues of $73.00 are due by Oct. 1.  From the June membership meeting we introduce a new Secretary/ Treasurer, Don Kirkland III.  I would like to personally thank Don Kirkland II for his "above and beyond" work ethic, and for establishing an easy transition for his son.  We are happy that Don Kirkland II is staying on as Asst. Treasurer for the association.
If mailing dues, please send them to Don Kirkland III at PO Box 15 North Salem NH 03073.

The October General Membership meeting has historically had long lines, as people pay dues, and buy apparel.  We will start the meeting at 7pm, but both Don Kirkland III and Fred Doyle will be available early, before the meeting for any necessary items.  The new apparel will be displayed on our website for you to preview before the meeting.

Look forward to seeing you on Oct. 5 at 7pm at the Reggie Lewis Center.
  1. Winter Availability Sheet (see link below) Is also on the web-page.  Completed Availability Sheets will be MOST welcome at the Oct 5 meeting or send to Mike Meagher via email CoachMeagher@yahoo.comor US Mail.  
  1.  If you are a commissioner/assignor for any of the high school seasons this school year, 2017-2018, please email Mike Meagher for the necessary background check information of officials.  It is imperative that we are only assigning officials to high school meets that have passed the background check policy as implemented by the MIAA.  Mike’s email is  
  1.  Reminder: It is time to pay your dues. Dues are $73.00 Avoid the line completely by paying in advance by mail to: Don Kirkland III at PO Box 15 North Salem NH 03073.  Speed up the process by writing your check in advance made payable to MTFOA. If you need a receipt, pay by check.
  1. APPAREL: To avoid lines at our upcoming membership meeting, Fred Doyle is reminding everyone that they can order apparel by phone anytime., phone is 617-894-1741. If you intend to make a purchase of apparel, please also bring a second checkfor that.
  1. If there are any changes in your personal information: address, phone number, email address, both for accuracy and to speed up the process, please write out your changes in advance and submit to Don Kirkland III. Remember to include your name with your information. The importance of accurate contact information for members cannot be over emphasized. Please keep your Secretary-Treasurer informed.

New apparel director named; long sleeve polo available

posted Sep 14, 2017, 12:05 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 8:55 AM ]

Don Kirkland III has relinquished his duties as Apparel Director to Fred Doyle. Fred has more than 30 years experience in the sports and fitness business with both Nike and Saucony, and is eager to help provide your uniform needs. If you have any specific requests feel free to send them along to Fred. Please contact him directly for all your apparel needs. 

He will also sell the MTFOA apparel at every membership meeting from 6:00-9:00. His email is; phone is 617-894-1741; and address is 40 Thorndike Ln, Tewksbury, MA 01876. 

Fred wants to let the membership know that we will offer a Long Sleeve Polo.

Long Sleeve Polo $35
Available in Mens (S-XXXL) & Womens (S-XXL) sizes
5 Ounce Polyester/Cotton Silk Touch fabric
Flat knit collar and cuffs
3 Button reverse placket
Soft, supple, and easy to care for

General meeting schedule announced

posted Sep 14, 2017, 12:00 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Nov 8, 2017, 9:27 AM ]

The General Membership meeting schedule for this school year is:
Thursday Oct. 5th       Meeting
Thursday Dec. 7     Meeting- Clinic
Thursday March 1      Meeting-Clinic
Annual Dinner            To be determined

Time to register with MIAA via ArbiterSports

posted Jul 6, 2017, 7:24 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 7:24 AM ]

Dear Game Officials
Thank you for once again participating during the 2016-17 school year with our 225,000 student-athletes who competed in MIAA interscholastic sports.  Your collaboration with our member schools and leagues is valued.
We have set up registration for the 2017-18 school year as of July 1.  Now going into our third year, all officials will once again complete this process through the MIAA ArbiterSports page found or via the link on the MIAA homepage.

Information and instructions for both new and returning officials can be found on this main page.
Your support and professionalism for this important process is appreciated.   Thank you again for being an important part of the educational athletics expectations for student athletes.
With thanks,
Richard L. Pearson
Associate Director
Game Officials Liaison 

Chris Lane inducted into Bay State Games hall of fame

posted Jul 5, 2017, 8:19 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jul 5, 2017, 8:20 AM ]

From left, Phil Gloudemans, Bay State Games Board Chair; Peter Leclerc, Bay State Games Director of Operation; Kevin Cummings, Bay State Games Executive Director; Chris Lane, Hall of Fame inductee; and David Blake, Hall of Fame Inductee-Fencing.

BOSTON – Veteran track and field volunteer Chris Lane, Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Tom Thibodeau,  and longstanding fencing committee member David Blake were honored for their recent induction into the Bay State Games’ Hall of Fame during the Red Sox-Twins pre-game ceremonies at Fenway Park on June 26.

The Bay State Games Hall of Fame was created to recognize past participants who have gone on to prestigious and successful athletic careers, as well as former and current coaches, officials, sports organizers, and volunteers who have made significant contributions to the organization throughout its 36-year history. Past inductees among the over 50 previous honorees include the NBA’s Dana Barros (`06) and the late Reggie Lewis (`02); the NHL’s Bill Guerin (`09); Major League Baseball’s Carlos Pena (`11) and Rich Hill (`13); and Winter Olympians Nancy Kerrigan (`07), and Bill Cleary (`14).

“Volunteers are the life blood of the Bay State Games, and our three, 2017 inductees are prime example of selflessness and an undying commitment to amateur athletics,” said Phil Gloudemans, board chair of the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation, which produces the annual summer and winter Bay State Games. “We deeply appreciate the time and effort that each person has expended on behalf of the organization and our participants.”

Chris Lane has logged more than 50 years as a track and field official and event manager at the local, regional, national and international levels. He has been involved with the Bay State Games Track program for over three decades as an official and event coordinator. He was a high school track All American and coached for 25 years at Boston College, Brandeis and M.I.T. He has served as president of the Massachusetts Track and Field Officials Association and was inducted into the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. Lane was a teacher and administrator in the Boston Public Schools for 43 years. His expertise and passion for secondary education led to his additional and ongoing volunteer involvement as a Bay State Games Scholarship program selection committee member for over 20 years. Lane remains active in athletic event administration as a member of the Boston Marathon Organizing Committee, and with DMSE Sports.

Thibodeau was named president of Basketball Operations and head coach of the Timberwolves in April 2016. Before joining the NBA’s coaching ranks, Thibodeau coached at Salem State University (1981-85) and Harvard (1985-89). While at SSU, he also served as a volunteer head coach of the Bay State Games Northeast Region Men’s Open Basketball team for two years.

He began his NBA career as an assistant coach with the Timberwolves (1989-91); San Antonio Spurs (1992-94); Philadelphia 76ers (1994-96); New York Knicks (1996-2003); and Houston Rockets (2003-07). Thibodeau served as associate head coach of the Boston Celtics (2007-10), and before returning to Minnesota, the New Britain, Conn. native was head coach of the Chicago Bulls (2010-15). He also served as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team that won the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, and the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. He earned bachelors and master’s degrees in Counseling from Salem State University where he was a four-year letter winner in basketball.

David Blake has served as a key member of the Bay State Games Fencing Committee for nearly 20 years. The founder and owner of the Prise de Fer Fencing Club in North Billerica, he annually hosts the Bay State Games’ fencing competition. Blake captured two gold medals in the Games’ first fencing event.

He is an active member of the U. S. Fencing Association (USFA), serving as a member of the board of directors from 2008 to 2016, and as chair of the USFA New England Division, as well as the organization’s North Atlantic Section. Additionally, he is an internationally rated referee and a referee trainer. Blake has been involved with many local, regional, national and international fencing competitions, including the National Collegiate Championships, the Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games. He’s coached the Concord Carlisle High School Fencing Team since 1999. 

MSTCA asks help on Reggie bills

posted Jun 20, 2017, 9:09 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 9:09 AM ]


Reggie Lewis Center House Bill #3001 and Senate Bill #687 are ready to go to public hearing with a joint House & Senate Committee on Higher Education on June 29, 2017.

MSTCA needs your help to remind your State Representatives and State Senators of the importance of these bills passing to create a Board of Directors to take control of the Reggie Lewis Center.

A quick WRITTEN note to your State Representative and State Senator is urgent before the June 29 hearing to support the BILLS!
Mail to 
24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133

MSTCA is asking all letters to be mailed by this Friday.

You can also send emails. However, a good old-fashioned letter campaign gets the most immediate attention and IMPACT.

Any questions, contact Frank Mooney or Rick Kates. 

You can also write to the State Representatives and Senators who will hosting the public, open meeting at the State House on June 29 on the RLTAC Bill to create a Board of Directors. 
The members of the Joint Committee on High Education Committee are:
Senator Michael Moore-Chair Shrewsbury
Senator Eileen Donoghue Vice Chair First Middlesex

Senator Adam Hinds Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hamsphire
Senator Erick Lesser 1st hampsire, hampden
Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives 1st Essex
Senator Richard Ross Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex
Rep. John Scibak Chair 2nd Hampshire
Rep. Sean Garballey Vice Chair 23rd Middlesex
Rep. Denise Provost 27th Middlesex
Rep. Aaron Vega Holoke
Rep. Rady Mom Lowell
Rep. Stephan Hay 3rd Worcester
Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose 3rd Hampshire
Rep. Natalie Higgins 4th Worcester
Rep. Susannah Whipps 2nd Franklin
Rep. Timothy Whelan 1st Barnstable

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