MTFOA updates

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President's report: General meeting Oct. 1 on Zoom

posted Sep 12, 2020, 10:50 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Sep 12, 2020, 10:50 AM ]

Greetings folks and I hope everyone remains safe and healthy. Thanks for your patience through these trying times and I wanted to assure you the MTFOA e-board is still working hard behind the scenes through this crisis.

A few things for you to keep in mind as we commence with the season:

     -- We will be having a virtual Zoom general membership meeting on Oct. 1, 2020, for the first 100 members who log in. Zoom login info will be sent out soon.

     -- The Cross Country season is slated to commence about Sept. 18, 2020, although some smaller events have already commenced such as at Newton North HS on Labor Day. Please consult the MIAA, MSTCA and USATF websites for the latest information, mandates and updates on all three Track & Field seasons.

      -- We have two e-board vacancies as of Oct. 1, 2020. Deems Hatch and Dave Johns are coming off the board -- thanks guys for your service. Therefore, as chair of the nominating committee, I need nominations from the membership submitted to me by the end of business on FRIDAY, SEPT. 18, 2020. Please email submissions to me at my new email address:   I will review the nominations with the other nominating committee members so we can have the new members in place by Oct. 1, 2020. 

     -- Lastly, there will be Cross Country and Track & Field season; although scaled back, there will be events contested. So please remember to pay your dues. Dues are again $80 and should be sent into Don Kirkland our treasurer. 


Steven R. Keyes
MTFOA, President

Don't forget . . . dues are due

posted Aug 26, 2020, 8:27 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Aug 26, 2020, 8:27 AM ]

With the possibility of fall high school sports, including cross country, here’s a reminder that MTFOA dues are payable by Oct. 1. Dues for the 2020-2021 year are $80.

A check for the dues should be sent to the secretary/treasurer:

    Don Kirkland III

    P.O. Box 15

    North Salem, NH 03073

Checks should be made payable to Mass. Track & Field Officials Association (MTFOA). 

The annual general membership meeting, scheduled for Oct. 1, is on the agenda for the Sept. 10 executive board meeting. Stay tuned for information.

Following is the MIAA press release on the athletic plan for 2020-2021. In particular, the Aug. 18 Joint Guidelines has good detail.

MIAA Board of Directors Announces 2020-2021 Athletic Structure

(August 19, 2020)  Today the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Board of Directors (BOD) met virtually to address the formal recommendations from the MIAA COVID-19 Task Force regarding Educational Athletics for the 2020-2021 school year.  President Jeff Granatino acknowledged to the Board how, “a lot has happened since July 21 and as we come together today there is guidance from the state on modified sports seasons for school year 2020-21.”  Granatino continued, “The recommendations before us may not meet everyone’s expectations, but they provide a real opportunity for our students to take part in high school athletics for the first time in months.” 


The MIAA Task Force began meeting in late May with the charge from President Granatino to provide COVID-19 resources related to Educational Athletics for MIAA school leaders, research the impact of COVID-19 on the landscape of high school athletics, and provide recommendations to the MIAA BOD regarding Educational Athletics for the 2020-2021 school year.  The Task Force consists of 24 members, representing MIAA principals, superintendents, athletic directors, school committees, medical personnel, game officials, coaches and MIAA staff.  Additional stakeholders include the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the MIAA Sports Medicine Committee who collaborated with and provided guidance to the Task Force.


This morning MIAA Task Force co-chairs, Dr. Keith Crowley, St. John’s Preparatory School Principal/Associate Head of School and Mr. Thomas Holdgate, Duxbury High School Athletic Director, presented 11 formal recommendations, including a modified athletic season structure, to the MIAA Board of Directors.  An additional two motions were voted on after the formal Task Force presentation.  View the Task Force formal recommendations and the additional motions HERE.


All Task Force recommendations and additional motions were approved by the MIAA Board of Directors.


MIAA Executive Director Bill Gaine stated, “On behalf of the MIAA Board of Directors, the Association can be proud of the outstanding contributions of its COVID-19 Task Force which came to fruition today with Board ratification.  Today’s actions demonstrate the magnanimous service by our volunteer Principals, Athletic Directors, School Committee and Superintendents to provide Educational Athletic opportunities for MIAA student-athletes.”


There still remains work for the MIAA COVID-19 Task Force, including a review of sport-specific guidance and modifications submitted by the respective MIAA Sport Committee representatives and the Sports Medicine Committee. The Task Force plans to continue communications with EEA and DESE to prepare winter season recommendations for the MIAA Board meeting scheduled in October.


Below are links to the following informational documents:


EEA Guidelines released August 13, 2020


MIAA/DESE Joint Guidelines released August 18, 2020


MIAA COVID-19 Task Force slide presentation


MIAA COVID-19 Task Force Recommendations

Thomas Lonergan, official and coach, passes

posted Aug 25, 2020, 7:59 AM by Paul Williams

Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of MTFOA member Thomas J Lonergan

Thomas J. Lonergan, 64 passed away on August 22, 2020. Tom was born and raised in Rockland, Massachusetts before moving to South Yarmouth during high school.

Tom graduated from Dennis Yarmouth High School in 1973, where he met his wife Ellen. He played football, basketball and ran track. After graduation he accepted a track scholarship to UMass Amherst and competed on the track team, throwing the shot put and the discus.  He received his teaching degree from U Mass, graduating with a BS in Education.

In 1977 he started working for Hyannis Package Store, eventually purchasing Bass River Liquors in 1985 and sold in 1996. He eventually returned to DY in 1997 and coached football, spring track, winter track, girl’s basketball, and cross country.   He held the school's shot put record for 4 decades until one of his athletes that he coached diligently broke the record in the early 2000s. Tom was instrumental in the success of both  girls track athletes and boys track athletes. He worked for years in the DY special needs department always willing to try and help DY be a better place. Tom also worked for the Town of Dennis in the Beach Department beginning in 1998 during the summers and was a communicant of St. Pius X Church, South Yarmouth.

Family was the most important thing to him. He married his High School sweetheart Ellen A. (Barry) Lonergan on September 24, 1977. In addition to Ellen he leaves his daughter Elizabeth A. Marsh and her husband Christopher of Yarmouth Port, two grandchildren Adam 5 and Kelsey 4. He also leaves a sister Anne I. Curley of Marstons Mills and two brothers John C. Lonergan of East Dennis and Paul J. Lonergan of Plymouth.

He was predeceased by his parents, Mary E. (Walls) Lonergan and Thomas J. Lonergan.

Services are private.

In lieu of flowers gifts in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association.

MIAA fall sports pushed back to Sept. 14

posted Jul 22, 2020, 9:15 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jul 22, 2020, 10:16 AM ]

MIAA Board of Directors has voted unanimously to push back the beginning of all sports to Sept. 14. MIAA noted that final say on the start of fall sports will be based on guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 

It was noted that the start date is subject to change.

One question still to be resolved is whether some sports will be allowed to start while others will be restricted. Cross country is considered to be a medium-risk sport and may be allowed but without end-of-season tournaments.

For more complete coverage, see:

NFHS has issued guidelines specifically for cross country, USATFNE managing director Steve Vaitones notes. Massachusetts guidelines and restrictions may differ from the NFHS recommendation (i.e., more stringent).

Technical officials education seminars offered

posted Jul 22, 2020, 8:47 AM by Paul Williams


Dear MTFOA Officials,

Several MTFOA officials are participating in an officials seminar presented by the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC.)  NACAC is one of the six area associations that make up the World Athletics (formerly the IAAF).

The eight, apprentice level seminars were created by the Technical Officials Education and Certification System (TOECS), which was established by World Athletics.

The Apprentice level is the first of three TOECS levels.

  1. TOECS Level 1: that is the entry for becoming a National Technical Official (NTO)

  2. TOECS Level II: that is the entry for becoming an Area Technical Official (AITO)   

  3. TOECS Level III: World Athletics International Technical Official (WAITO)

The seminars are not a replacement for the much more extensive training, but will give officials a good idea on what is involved.  Although the online sessions are filled they are available to anyone with a Facebook account.  

The first session was held on Monday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m. EDT and the final session will be held Thursday. August 6 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Here’s the schedule.

The seminars are LIVE streamed at the NACAC page on Facebook.

Here are links to the first three sessions.

  • NACAC TOECS Apprentice Seminars - Monday, July 13, 2020 (1h 34m)

  • NACAC TOECS Apprentice Seminars - Thursday, July 16, 2020 (1h 45m)


  • NACAC TOECS Apprentice Seminars - Monday, July 20, 2020 (1h 48)

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me by email at

Hope this helps. Thank you. --  Justin Kuo

Linda George named MIAA Official of the Year

posted Jun 16, 2020, 9:00 AM by Paul Williams

MTFOA veteran Linda George has been selected as the 2019-2020 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Official of the Year, according to MIAA Associate Executive Director Richard L. Pearson.

“Please accept my heartfelt congratulations!  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 we will honor you as a representative of this vitally important aspect of athletic competition. On behalf of MIAA student athletes, school administrators and parents, we thank you for representing all officials in your sport,” Pearson wrote in a congratulatory letter to Linda.

“Although the COVID pandemic slowed everyone down during this past spring, forcing us to cancel our annual MIAA Game Official of the Year Banquet, we still selected a worthy official for each of our sports,” Pearson wrote. “Congratulations again for this most deserving and prestigious honor.”
The Official of the Year Award will be presented to Linda on a date in the fall of 2020.  

Email blast for 6-10-20

posted Jun 15, 2020, 8:48 AM by Paul Williams


1, May 20 Executive board Meeting

2. Form the final for the boy's Shot Put.      Solution

This is the last work sheet for the spring season. I guess we'll take a break for the summer and start up again in the fall.


Email blast for 5-31-20: Marathon update

posted May 31, 2020, 9:48 AM by Paul Williams


Peter and I, as the MTFOA designated representatives to the BAA, were just as surprised as you were when the BAA 124th Marathon cancellation announcement was made last Thursday. Given the health conditions in which we currently live, we were NOT SURPRISED it was canceled but only by the timing. We join with you, all the participants and others directly and indirectly involved from both here and far and wide in expressing deep disappointment.

For those MTFOA Officials assigned for the 124th, very sorry for all of us. Thank you for committing to your involvement. After many, many hours of planning and countess meetings, you can be assured that MTFOA  was ready to and would “represent” in April, September or when ever the 124th was conducted. Now that the race will be conducted virtually in 2020, MTFOA has no role.

Some questions have already come our way.

Will MTFOA be involved in any way with the Virtual Race? Not at this time and not expected.

What about the 125th next year? Too early to say but expect many changes given the “new normal’ that we can all expect. Social distancing, face masks, hygiene precautions, etc. are not going away.

Will the number of Officials, roles and assignments change? See previous question and response.
Reminder: Renew your USATF certification as an Official. Add LDR-Long Distance Running.

What about the 2020 Officials’ jackets and other race swag? Good question as there is a lot of dated labelled materials in the BAA warehouse.  Who knows? You can be sure that, as we always do, Peter and I will be looking out for the best interests of all MTFOA members.

What next? Peter and I have a previously scheduled Organizing Committee zoom conference call on 6/17. We will continue to keep you informed of what we know. However, we do expect more surprises.


Peter Meagher
Chris Lane         

II.  Form up the final of the boy's Triple Jump.

I have three different stages of work sheets. The first stage is forming up a final after the preliminaries. (solution).  The second stage is scoring the event after the final. And finally the third stage will have completed results with an error for the official to try and catch before submitting to the referee. The third stage might be more interesting to the veteran official. 

Brian Moody

Email blast for 5-25-20

posted May 26, 2020, 8:42 AM by Paul Williams


This weeks training material: 
Form the final for Boys Long Jump.  (click to see preliminary score sheet)
Click HERE to see how you did  
(All of the tests/answers can be found here on

 This is in Saturday's paper. kind of FYI.

Senior member Bill MacKinnon passes

posted May 18, 2020, 8:20 AM by Paul Williams

MTFOA regrets to inform you of the passing of Bill MacKinnon, a Senior-Life Member of the MTFOA.  As an official Bill could always be counted on to give his very best to every officiating assignment. Our condolences are offered to his family and friends.

William L. “Bill” MacKinnon, Sr. age 87 of Brockton died May 6, 2020 at his home under the care of his family and hospice. He was the loving husband of Carol A. (Draheim) MacKinnon for 64 years. Born in Boston and raised in Quincy, he had lived in Brockton for the last 58 years. 

Bill was a 1959 graduate of Boston College and received his Master’s in Education Degree from Lesley College. He had been a social studies teacher at Silver Lake High School for 35 years and was also the track coach at Silver Lake, Brockton High School and Bridgewater State College. His involvement in track enabled him to be a timer at the Boston Marathon, the Olympics in Atlanta and the Pan Am games in Indiana. 

Bill loved to be outdoors, camping and fishing. He will be remembered as a mentally strong man, hard worker and provider for his family. 

Bill was the father of William MacKinnon, Jr. and his wife Barbara of Bridgewater, Paul MacKinnon and his wife Susan of Charlton, MA; James MacKinnon and his wife Elizabeth of Marlboro, Gail Fiandaca and her husband Charles of Holbrook, Henry MacKinnon and his wife Jennifer of Fitchburg and Frederick MacKinnon and his wife Gail of Lakeville. He also leaves 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. 

Burial will be held at a later date at the Mass National Cemetery in Bourne. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s name can be made to Myricks United Methodists Church of Berkeley, 93 Myricks Street, Berkley, MA 02779. 

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