MTFOA updates

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New for you: MTFOA Nike running hat

posted Apr 13, 2018, 7:09 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Apr 13, 2018, 7:09 AM ]

MTFOA Nike Running Hat - $20

Lightweight and breathable nylon material that washes easily. Available in forest green color only right now. Will add red when current inventory gets cleared out. 

Contact Fred Doyle -

President's Post: Spring reminders

posted Apr 9, 2018, 9:18 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 9:18 AM ]

As we start a new season, I want to wish everyone a safe, enjoyable and warm spring track season. Yes, winter will be over soon (we hope!!!). All the Best to Everyone this Spring Track Season!!! 

Attention to all officials: Please make sure to report to the referee when you first arrive at all track meets that you are assigned. The referee will check you off and verify your assignment. Also, check out with the referee at the conclusion of your assignment.

Attention to all officials who are assigned as referees at all track meets: Please make sure you check in all the officials that are assigned and verify their assignments and check them out at the conclusion of their assignment.

Just a Reminder:
This will be the year that many of you will need to register for a background check for the 2018-2019 school year. The MIAA requires a background check every 3 years and since the initial background checks were conducted for the 2015-2016 school year, the majority of our officials will be required to register this upcoming school year. Approved background checks are valid for 3 years. There will be more details to follow in the upcoming weeks.

I don't know if everyone knows that Dave Ryan is in rehab in Winchester. He fell and fractured his pelvis. If you would like to send a get well card or best wishes to Dave, send the card to Winchester Rehab, 223 Swanton St. Winchester, MA 01890 or Dave's email is:


Past president Don MacAulay passes; update with obit, arrangements

posted Mar 22, 2018, 1:21 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Mar 31, 2018, 3:30 PM ]

MTFOA regrets to inform you of the passing of Don MacAulay, a Senior-Life Member and past president of our organization. As a valued Official, Mac could always be counted on to give his very best to every officiating assignment. Our condolences are offered to his family and friends.
Don died Monday, March 19. Had been very ill the last four months and had frequent hospital stays.  
Feel free to contact his wife Ann. We are sure she would appreciate the fact that he had many admirers.  
Ann will have a memorial service toward the end of May in York, ME where they planned to spend the summer months.
His obituary is in the Boston Globe.
 Ann’s address…the MTFOA directory is incorrect:
3114 59th Street South
Unit # 208
Gulfport, FL 33707

Updated: Central Catholic League seeks officials

posted Mar 7, 2018, 5:47 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Mar 19, 2018, 10:59 AM ]

The Catholic Central League is looking for 4 officials for the following dates:

Bowditch Field, Framingham (Marian High School)

Tuesdays: April 10, 24, May 1, 15 at 3:30 p.m.

Contact Bryan Van Dorpe (

The Catholic Central League is looking for officials for the following dates:

Austin Prep, Reading

St. Mary's, Lynn (Manning Field)

Contact Bryan Van Dorpe ( if available.

Special meeting for new officials

posted Feb 26, 2018, 7:09 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 7:09 AM ]

For new members who completed their first year (2016 - 2017) and new members that have just started this current x-country/track season (2017-2018) - please arrive at this week's March 1 general meeting at 630pm. The President and Vice President of MTFOA would like to meet with them shortly before the 7pm start. 

Official of the year nominations sought

posted Feb 23, 2018, 8:18 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Feb 23, 2018, 8:18 AM ]

From the Vice Presidents desk:

Dear fellow officials,

Please send to my email address three names of your fellow officials who you would like to nominate as 2017 - 2018 MIAA indoor track official of the year.

The two previous award winners: Mr. Robert McQuire (2015-2016) and Steven Keyes (2016-2017) are not eligible. 😄

Go to the MIAA website and click on the link “Game Official of the Year Nomination Form” ( to read criteria for this award. Please send your nominations to me by the general meeting which is March 1, 2018. 


Steven Keyes

DCL seeks spring officials

posted Feb 22, 2018, 12:52 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 12:52 PM ]

The DCL is looking for officials for the following spring dates and sites:
Wed. April 11 at Cambridge Ridge and Latin, Waltham, Bedford, Westford Academy
Wed. April 25 at Weston, Waltham, Concord-Carlisle, Cambridge Ridge and Latin
Wed. May 2 at Bedford, Lincoln-Sudbury, Weston, Westford Academy
Wed. May 9 at Waltham, Newton South.
All meets start at 4 pm.
If interested, contact Paul Poisson at

March clinic topics listed; starter needed

posted Feb 2, 2018, 9:36 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Feb 23, 2018, 8:21 AM ]

For our March 1, 2018, general meeting, our clinicians and rotations will be:
                                 - Chris Lane - "Everything you need to know about clerking"
                                 - Dave Post - "Discus, Javelin, Hammer Throw and Shot Put safety while officiating"
                                 - Patrick Ronan - "The Pole Vault - A through Z"
The meeting/clinic beings at 7pm at Reggie Lewis Center.

Steven Keyes needs a an experienced starter to start 6 BPS Middle School track meets at White Stadium in Franklin Park, Jamaica Plain, MA. Meets start at 330pm with field events and running starts at 4pm. The meet dates are every Tuesday in May (1,8,15,22,29) 2018 and Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Please call (617) 997-1517 or email Steven.

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.  

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