MTFOA updates

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President's Post: Spring meeting, clinic March 14 at Wheaton (updated)

posted Jan 28, 2019, 3:28 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Feb 13, 2019, 9:13 AM ]

Our MTFOA March membership meeting and clinic will be held at Wheaton College, 26 E. Main St., Norton, MA 02766.
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 at 7:00PM. Rule Books, Directories and ID's will be available at this meeting. Fred Doyle, our apparel manager, will also be at this meeting if anyone needs to purchase any of the MTFOA apparel.

Clerking: Janel Paquin & Steve Kiley
Starting: Tom Meagher
Long Jump/Triple Jump: Steven Keyes

MTFOA IDs can be picked up at any high school MSTCA and MIAA meets held at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Reminder: If you have not already paid your dues, please send a check in the amount of $80.00 to Don Kirkland III, P.O. Box 15, North Salem, N.H. 03073 (checks made payable to MTFOA).
Peter Meagher

MTFOA fleece jacket available

posted Jan 28, 2019, 3:26 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 3:26 PM ]

MTFOA Journey Fleece Jacket - $55
Available in either Red or Yellow - Mens & Women's Sizes S-3XL
Lightweight, warm, Polyester Fleece material - Great for "Spring" Track Meets
Yellow MTFOA Polo - $30
Available in Mens & Women's Sizes XS-4XL
Yellow is worn Outdoors only
Conditions of Sale 
- These will not be in inventory - Special Orders only
- Email me with the stylesizeyour address, and if you will pick up or ship directly to you.
- Checks made out to me, and need to be received before the order is placed (Feb 4th).
- No cancellations or returns unless product is defective.
- Will deliver these at the March 14th meeting (Wheaton College), or at a meet or meeting spot.
- Will need all orders on or before Friday, February 1st.
CONTACT - Fred Doyle - - 617-894-1741
40 Thorndike Ln, Tewksbury, MA 01876

Long-time official, coach Dudley O'Leary passes (updated arrangements)

posted Jan 18, 2019, 9:51 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jan 19, 2019, 3:28 AM ]

Dudley O’Leary, a past president of MTFOA and long-time coach in Weymouth, has passed.

As a valued official for many years, Mr. O’Leary would go anywhere and everywhere and do whatever was needed to make a track experience better for youth, high school, college and open athletes. 

He officiated mostly as a clerk. Many can remember Mr. O’Leary doing other events such as the high jump. He also officiated at road races such as Falmouth and the Boston Marathon.  

In addition to being a Past President MTFOA and a member for many, many years, he was a former MIAA State Meet Track Director. He was inducted into the Mass. State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1982.

Mr. O’Leary is in Milton High School’s athletic hall of fame for his sprinting accomplishments. He was a team captain and school record holder for Boston University’s track and field team, and he is in the Weymouth High School Hall of Fame for his coaching accomplishments.

“Dudley was ‘one of a kind’ in every way,” said Ed Meehan, who was an assistant coach to Mr. O’Leary at Weymouth  High School beginning in 1965. “LEGENDARY. Excellent coach, in both track and field events. He really understood ‘technique,’ as few coaches did at the time. Sometimes a bit unorthodox, but always got results.”

“He began in 1962, I think...revived a make it tops in state. His dual meet outdoor teams would compare well to the best dual teams today, even without performance adjustment of 50 years,” said Meehan. Mr. O'Leary coached boys teams and then girls teams later in his career.

“Very competitive, no nonsense, quick temper, but always saw the humorous side of everything.  Made track fun for the kids, and he was flexible enough to focus on the kids strengths, not their weaknesses,” Meehan continued.

“Dudley played a prominent role in organization, officiating, and directing the MSTCA meets in the ‘60's and ‘70's and went on to be Eastern Mass. and State Meet Director for many years. Dudley O'Leary was a force in Massachusetts High School Track for over 50 years,” said Meehan.

Our condolences to his family and friends. 



O'LEARY, Dudley F. Of Milton, died on January 17, 2019. A Milton resident since 1947. Beloved father of Michael O'Leary and his wife Susan of Falmouth, Karen Barrows and her husband Gary of Merritt Island, FL, Marianne Carter of Bangor, ME, Walter O'Leary and his wife Tara of Milton and Susan Stocks and her husband Doug of CA. Former husband of the late Theresa A. (Mikulski) O'Leary. Brother of Walter L. O'Leary of Braintree, Edmund O'Leary of West Roxbury and Marilyn Bowen of Dennis. Cherished grandfather of 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Dudley was born in Boston. He was a graduate of Milton High School 1947, Boston University 1952 and earned his Master's degree in 1953 from Boston University. He was a track star and team captain at B.U. Dudley was a dedicated teacher and coach at Weymouth High School for over 30 years. He was the director of track for the State of Massachusetts, indoor and outdoor track and track official for over 40 years at high school and collegiate level. He was inducted into both the Milton High Athletic Hall of Fame and the Weymouth High Athletic Hall of Fame. Dudley enjoyed spending time with his family who were the most important aspect of his life. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to have known him.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visitation on Monday, January 21, 2019, 3-7PM in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 10:30AM in the Dolan Funeral Home. Interment in Milton Cemetery, Milton.

(Photo/Beth Malone)

Spring openings in TVL

posted Jan 16, 2019, 9:13 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jan 16, 2019, 9:13 AM ]

Fellow officials, I have many openings for the Spring track season in the Tri Valley League (TVL) that I'm looking to fill. Meets are on Tuesdays, usually starting at 3:30 pm and are located either along the Route 495 corridor or in the Westwood, Norwood, Dedham area. Dates for the meets are 4/9...4/23...4/30...5/7...and 5/14. If you have any availability and would like to work in either of those areas, please get in touch with me at (Jim Morris)

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.

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