MTFOA updates

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Don Kirkland II passes

posted by Paul Williams   [ updated ]

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.

Per Don’s wishes, there will be no services. When an obituary is posted or more information is available, this post will be updated.

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.

NFHS publishes upcoming rules changes

posted Aug 22, 2018, 8:54 AM by Paul Williams

NFHS recently publicized track and field and cross country rule changes to take effect in the upcoming seasons:

4-3-1: Eliminates redundant language and expands definition of foundation garments.

Rationale: This change expands the current interpretation of foundation garment to include any item worn under the uniform top and/or bottom as well as eliminate duplicate language in same rule.

4-3-2: Clarifies uniform language for relay and cross country team members.

Rationale: Slight differences in design of uniform do not negatively impact the identification of a relay or cross country team. The expectation of this rule is that all relay and cross country team members can be clearly identified as representing the same school.

6-6-11, 6-8-12: Records measurement in discus and javelin to the nearest lesser inch or centimeter.

Rationale: Clarifies measurements when using metric system.

6-9-4, 6-9-5: Clarifies pit measurements for long jump and triple jump.

Rationale: Ensures pit measurements are within industry standards for safety.

8-1-1 thru 3: Clarifies legal course layout.

Rationale: Clarification of course markings.

8-3-2 thru 5: Clarifies order of finish based on torso.

Rationale: Clarifies that no matter the system used, the order of finish is based on when the torso crosses the finish line.

Joel Connor passes unexpectedly

posted Aug 22, 2018, 8:49 AM by Paul Williams

MTFOA member Joel A. Connor, 44, a resident of Stoughton, passed away unexpectedly while vacationing in Bermuda on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. 

He was the husband of Takary M. (Young) Connor for 17 years. Son of Pamela Connor of Randolph and Melvin Clark of Farmville, VA, he was born in Boston and raised in Boston and Randolph. 

Joel was a graduate of Randolph High School, Class of 1992 and UMass-Amherst, Class of 1996. He also earned his Master's Degree in Public Health and Administration from UMass-Amherst. He was a resident of Stoughton for nearly 8 years. Joel was a school teacher at Kilmer Elementary School in West Roxbury for the past 2 years after teaching at Community Academy of Science and Health in Hyde Park for several years. He was active in Stoughton Youth Sports, in particular coaching youth basketball for several years.

In addition to his wife and parents, Joel is survived by his sons, Evan P. Connor, Elijah C. Connor and Ethan J. Connor all of Stoughton. He was the brother of Jason Connor of Brockton. He was the uncle of Clayton, Jeremiah, Julian and Anthony.

Memorial service will be held from the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 24 Pleasant St., Brockton on Friday, August 24 at 10 AM. Visiting hours on Thursday from the Farley Funeral Home, 358 Park St., Stoughton from 4-7 PM. Interment will be private.

2018-2019 dues set at $80

posted Jun 18, 2018, 10:28 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 18, 2018, 10:28 AM ]

Dues for the 2018-2019 year will be $80.00 due on October 1.  You can send your payment to Don Kirkland III at PO Box 15, North Salem, N.H. 03073 (Make checks payable to MTFOA).  The membership recently voted on the increase at the membership meeting/banquet held on June 7, 2018.   Our dues are based on the MIAA current fee which is $77.00.  In addition we have added a $1000.00 rider onto our insurance policy to protect against accusations of sexual harassment, molestation or sexual assault.  The membership voted to raise dues to $80.00 accordingly.

Bay State Games seeking volunteer officials

posted Jun 3, 2018, 8:12 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 3, 2018, 8:13 AM ]

The Bay State Games Track & Field competition will return in 2018 for the 37th year. The competition begins with statewide qualifiers held between June 15 and 23. There are male and female divisions in three age groups. Top finishers in each division and event advance to the Finals to be held on Saturday, July 14th, at Merrimack College, North Andover, MA.

We greatly appreciate the past support from members of the Massachusetts Track & Field Officials Association who have volunteered their time for Qualifiers and Finals. As we begin preparations for 2018, we would like to invite you to help out again this year.

To make things easier, we have set up an on-line sign up system for officials to let us know their availability. Please paste the link below into your browser and fill out the form with your availability by June 8th

If you do not have access to a computer but would still like to volunteer, please fill out the attached volunteer form indicating the qualifier(s) you can attend as well as your availability for the finals and mail this form to the Bay State Games by June 8th. The official coordinator for the qualifier you sign up for will contact you with additional details prior to the meet.

Thank you again for all of your past support of the Bay State Games Track & Field program. If you have questions, please contact me at (781) 932-6555 or email


Kevin Cummings
Director, Bay State Games

Most officials will need updated background checks

posted Jun 3, 2018, 8:07 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 3, 2018, 8:08 AM ]

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.

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. 

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