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Official John Barrett passes

posted Jul 4, 2021, 8:11 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jul 4, 2021, 8:11 AM ]

North Andover - John J. Barrett Jr. passed peacefully on Friday, July 2, 2021, with his partner of many years Ann Shields by his side.

John was born in Lawrence on July 6, 1942, and was the oldest of three children of the late Eileen (Mcauliffe) Barrett and John J. Barrett. In his early days John was a spectacular athlete taking after his father who played in the major leagues for the Pittsburgh Pirates. John graduated from St. Johns Prep in Danvers in 1960 and was inducted into their initial Athletic Hall of Fame class for his football and track skills. He will forever hold the school records for the 100- and 220-yard dash races. John received a full scholarship to Boston College and played for the Eagles from 1961–64. He was drafted by the Patriots in 1964 but was unable to make the final roster. John went on to become a teacher and football coach for Lawrence High in the late 1960s and '70s. He also spent those years engaged with the track and field community becoming a Massachusetts track official and starter. He was inducted into the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015.

After retiring from teaching in the mid 1980s John went onto a career as a salesman in the golf industry. He toured much of New England visiting local golf courses and county clubs, utilizing his affable personality and competitive knowledge to become a nationally recognized salesman. He retired to Fort Meyers, Fla., spending over 20 years at Fiddlesticks Country Club community, creating new friendships and enjoying his favorite pastime. He moved back to the northeast to spend time with his family. He truly enjoyed and took great pride in watching his oldest grandson play football for St. Johns Prep.

John is predeceased by his wife of 38 years and mother of their two sons, Marcia (Nichols) Barrett (1943–2002). The pair met in high school and got married during their college years. She was his true love and left this world far too early. After the passing of his wife, John began a relationship with a lifelong family friend, neighbor, and confidant; Ann Shields who was with him when he passed. They enjoyed many years of companionship together both in Florida and back in the northeast.

John is survived by his sisters Tricia Barrett of San Diego, Calif., Cathy Caffery of York, Maine, and beloved cousin David Crowley of Boston, Mass.; his sons John Barrett III of Bethesda, Md., his wife Adilaide and their children Peter, Augie, and Ellen, Michael Barrett of North Andover, Mass.; his wife Kathleen and their children Nicholas and Matthew. He will be truly missed by all as his life and presence has left a void that will forever remain unfilled.

Family and friends may call on Thursday, July 8, 2021, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover, MA 01845. A funeral Mass will be celebrated also on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Church, 196 Main Street, North Andover, MA 01845. Burial will follow in Ridgewood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Mass General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114.
Published on July 4, 2021

John Barrett Jr. | Obituary | The Eagle Tribune

6-28 email blast: Bay State Games, MIAA registration, president's note

posted Jun 30, 2021, 10:13 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 30, 2021, 10:13 AM ]

 I. The Bay State Games Track & Field competition will be held July 10 at Regis College with a morning session for middle school / high school and an afternoon session for open & masters. Each session will be limited to 200 participants. The Hammer will be held Friday evening, July 9 at 5pm. Listed below is a link to a google form that all interested officials can use to sign up.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJXfbeuLRLIW-X3r4cTsQd_M41WkC7nMrPjV2KXkqavyZmMw/viewform?usp=sf_link

                  Kevin Cummings 
                  Executive Director 
                  Bay State Games 
                  55 Sixth Rd. Woburn, MA 01801
                  kevin@baystategames.org
                  www.baystategames.org
                  781-932-6555

II. FROM THE MIAA
Dear MIAA Game Official,
 
To begin, I would like to thank all officials for your efforts on the behalf of student-athletes.  Many of you worked during this year which was certainly a very unique experience to say the least.  The unpredictability of many, many conditions played on everyone’s patience.  Thank you for your work with our schools as they tried their best to inform and plan during an unprecedented time.
 
The MIAA Game Officials Registration and Background Check process usually opens up on July 1 of each year.  With July 1 fast approaching, I send you this notice with a new open registration start date of July 15th.  I appreciate that many of you have signed in quickly each year to complete your registration.  You can do the same on July 15th and I would highly suggest that all fall officials plan on getting in and completing the necessary information immediately.
 
ArbiterSports has developed a new and better registration database for the coming school year.  This extra two weeks will allow us to check for all conversion information given that our current spring season tournaments were completed much later than normal.  The necessary information is the same and much of the process is similar.  There will be a new look and feel and I believe many of you will find it more user friendly.  Your signin email and password will remain the same.  Some of the screens will be much easier to navigate.
 
Thank you again for your efforts as an official.  All of you are aware that we could not have all of the games without you.  You are an important part of what is done to teach life lessons through athletics!

III. Greeting folks,

Hope everyone is well and enjoying the start of Summer.

I wanted to send a note thanking you all for your service to Massachusetts state athletes, coaches and families throughout this entire pandemic period from March, 2020, to the present. Your support and contributions to cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field was invaluable.

Currently, the season finished up for us this past weekend with the All-State meet. Thanks to those officials helping out with those meets.

A few items to be aware of:

     - After four years at the helm, Fred Doyle, our equipment manager, has decided to step down as of July 1, 2021, and we are in need of a new equipment manager. If you are interested in the position, please contact Don Kirkland via email. Many thanks to Fred for his service and a job well done!

      - Just a reminder that you can start paying your 2021-2022 season dues after July 1, 2021. We would like folks to have their dues paid by the Oct. 7, 2021, general membership meeting. Thanks in advance.

     - We have a tentative date of Sept. 25, 2021, set for a possible MTFOA officials clinic. We are still figuring out details, but this would be a clinic we'd like everyone to attend, especially some of our newer officials. Stay tuned.

Please contact me via email or phone if you have any questions or concerns. Look for other announcements and updates via the blast/website during the Summer.

Have a great Summer, stay safe and see you in the Fall.

Best,

Steven R.Keyes
MTFOA, President

6-21-21 email blast

posted Jun 21, 2021, 8:27 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 21, 2021, 8:27 AM ]

I. MIAA ALL STATE MEET     <====link

(page 10)

II. Memo
To: MTFOA members
Fr: Chris Lane and Peter Meagher
Re: Assignments for Boston Marathon and Other Track News

As the MTFOA liaisons to the BAA for all events that use MTFOA services, Peter and I are often questioned about how the providers of those services are identified.  MTFOA has a negotiated contract with the BAA for all such events.
We thought it was a good time to share some philosophy and processes that may answer many common questions.
Before we do that we want to congratulate and thank MSTCA outgoing President, Jim Hoar for his many years of leadership and actions on behalf of the high school track and field and cross-country.  His contributions were many and made many positive differences.
We also want to congratulate MSTCA incoming President James Fletcher.  Peter and I  had the opportunity to work with him clerking at the “Reggie”.  We remember his drive and cooperative skills and attitude.  We are sure that those attributes will serve him well as he takes on his new challenges.  We look forward to working with him.
Getting back to the BAA assignment process and specifically about the marathon, MTFOA has bylaws and regulations that spell out the membership requirements and expectations.  Passing the entry test, paying dues and wearing MTFOA attire are minimum requirements.  You, as an independent contractor, can choose to accept officiating assignments from Leagues or organizations that are approved to use MTFOA services or from the MTFOA itself.
MTFOA acts as your agent and negotiates to supply your services.  The number of officiating positions, the time on task and your individual fee are part of these negotiations.  The delivery of your services starts with the MTFOA assignment and is completed by your willingness to serve.  Many of you do this on your own with other organizations which is your right.  However, in doing so you do not help MTFOA fill its commitment to provide services to those with whom MTFOA has made a contract.
For many, working the Marathon is a very special and unique opportunity.  Peter and I agree.  We believe Marathon assignments should be given to MTFOA members with special skills and those who have gone above and beyond the threshold requirements of MTFOA membership.  Those “above and beyond” activities include working at least five meets as assigned by the MTFOA Assignment Commissioner.  (Proof of these meets, worked between successive Marathons is a payment check from the MTFOA treasurer.)  Other special services such as being an officer or Executive Board member or serving in a non-stipended position and holding USATF special certifications is taken into Marathon assignment consideration.
Yes, a Marathon assignment is partly a reward.  It is not a right and, for sure, not guaranteed year to year.  Conditions change, and sometimes people no longer do those extra things that had previously earned them a BAA Marathon assignment.

Milford seeks officials for Unified meet

posted Jun 8, 2021, 9:28 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 8, 2021, 9:28 AM ]

Milford is hosting a sectional Unified track meet Thursday, June 10, and needs 8-10  certified officials… Thank you for any and all help gathering qualified track and field officials.

This would be hand-timed on the track. We also will be running three field my events >  javelin, shotput, and long jump.

Thank you for any and all help.

Contact:
Peter Boucher, M.Ed/M.A.
Director of Athletics
Milford Public Schools

6-8-21 email blast

posted Jun 8, 2021, 9:25 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 8, 2021, 9:25 AM ]

I Banquet Info:

  • Thursday June 10 at the Old Colony  Yacht Club.

  • Cocktail hour 6-7 PM, Brief Business meeting, Dinner, Speaker, Raffle

  • Cost $40 per person check made out to MTFOA and sent to Don Kirkland  PO Box 15 North Salem NH, 03073

II. MIAA meets 
North Division I North Andover High School - Thursday 6/17 & Saturday 6/19
North Division II Weston High School - Friday 6/18 & Sunday 6/20
South Division I Hingham High School - Friday 6/18 & Sunday 6/20
South Division II Notre Dame Academy Hingham - Thursday 6/17 & Saturday 6/19

2021 Outdoor Track Format - See pages 9 & 10 for Tournament Dates, Times, and Order of Events
 

Additionally, Saturday June 26 MIAA will be hosting their meet in Eastern Mass. More details to follow.

Mike Meagher will be assigning officials. Anyone interested in working any of the above should contact Mike at coachmeagher@yahoo.com


III. OTHER OFFICIATING OPPORTUNITIES I was hoping you could put the word out that Milford is hosting a sectional Unified track meet Thursday, June 10 as we need 8-10  certified officials…
Thank you for any and all help gathering qualified track and field officials, this would be hand timed on the track and also we will be running three field my events >  javelin, shotput, and long jump...thank you for any and all help, 

pboucher@milfordma.com

6-3-21 email blast

posted Jun 4, 2021, 7:37 AM by Paul Williams

I Banquet Info:

  • Thursday June 10 at the Old Colony  Yacht Club.

  • Cocktail hour 6-7 PM, Brief Business meeting, Dinner, Speaker, Raffle

  • Cost $40 per person check made out to MTFOA and sent to Don Kirkland  PO Box 15 North Salem NH, 03073

RSVP by Friday June 4 to Mark Young at marktyoung68@yahoo.com

II. MIAA meets (not division or class) 
Saturday June 19, (Multi Events Thurs 6-17) & Sunday June 20 (Multi Events Fri 6-18). Sites to be BC High, North Andover, TBA & Weston. Additionally, Saturday June 26 MIAA will be hosting their meet in Eastern Mass. More details to follow.

Mike Meagher will be assigning officials. Anyone interested in working any of the above should contact Mike at coachmeagher@yahoo.com
  
III.  FROM THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

To All MTFOA Members:
It is clear to the members of the Executive Board that there is currently considerable confusion among our membership regarding the relationship between the MTFOA and the Mass State Track Coaches Association. In an effort to provide clarity to that situation, the following:

For several decades the MTFOA has provided Officials to high school and college Track and Field and Cross-Country meets upon request. Historically, the MTFOA Commissioner has assigned officials to all such events. 

Until recently, this included events sponsored and conducted by the MSTCA. However, in the Fall of 2020, the MSTCA informed the MTFOA that they preferred to assign the officials for their events going forward. Consequently, this spring, several of our membership have been contacted by the MSTCA about officiating at MSTCA events. What to do?

While the leadership of MTFOA remain hopeful that there will eventually be some resolution to the current situation, at present there is no agreement in place between the 2 groups. As Officials, members of MTFOA are all independent contractors, and therefore, may work or not as they individually choose. The good news is that Commissioner Meagher will be assigning the Officials for the MIAA meets later in June. 

Respectfully,
Your MTFOA Executive Board

5-23-21 email blast

posted May 25, 2021, 12:58 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated May 25, 2021, 12:58 PM ]

 I. MIAA meets (not division or class) 
Saturday June 19, (Multi Events Thurs 6-17) & Sunday June 20 (Multi Events Fri 6-18). Sites to be BC High, North Andover, Foxboro & Weston. Additionally, Saturday June 26 MIAA will be hosting their meet in Eastern Mass. More details to follow.

Mike Meagher will be assigning officials. Anyone interested in working any of the above should contact Mike at coachmeagher@yahoo.com

II.  Banquet Info:

  • Thursday June 10 at the Old Colony  Yacht Club.

  • Cocktail hour 6-7 PM, Brief Business meeting, Dinner, Speaker, Raffle

  • Cost $40 per person check made out to MTFOA and sent to Don Kirkland  PO Box 15 North Salem NH, 03073

RSVP by Friday June 4 to Mark Young at marktyoung68@yahoo.com


III.  FROM THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

To All MTFOA Members:
It is clear to the members of the Executive Board that there is currently considerable confusion among our membership regarding the relationship between the MTFOA and the Mass State Track Coaches Association. In an effort to provide clarity to that situation, the following:

For several decades the MTFOA has provided Officials to high school and college Track and Field and Cross-Country meets upon request. Historically, the MTFOA Commissioner has assigned officials to all such events. 

Until recently, this included events sponsored and conducted by the MSTCA. However, in the Fall of 2020, the MSTCA informed the MTFOA that they preferred to assign the officials for their events going forward. Consequently, this spring, several of our membership have been contacted by the MSTCA about officiating at MSTCA events. What to do?

While the leadership of MTFOA remain hopeful that there will eventually be some resolution to the current situation, at present there is no agreement in place between the 2 groups. As Officials, members of MTFOA are all independent contractors, and therefore, may work or not as they individually choose. The good news is that Commissioner Meagher will be assigning the Officials for the MIAA meets later in June. 
Respectfully,
Your MTFOA Executive Board

E-Board statement regarding MSTCA

posted May 22, 2021, 6:35 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated May 22, 2021, 6:36 AM ]

To All MTFOA Members:

It is clear to the members of the Executive Board that there is currently considerable confusion among our membership regarding the relationship between the MTFOA and the Mass State Track Coaches Association. In an effort to provide clarity to that situation, the following:

For several decades the MTFOA has provided Officials to high school and college Track and Field and Cross-country meets upon request. Historically, the MTFOA Commissioner has assigned officials to all such events. 

Until recently, this included events sponsored and conducted by the MSTCA. However, in the Fall of 2020, the MSTCA informed the MTFOA that they preferred to assign the officials for their events going forward. Consequently, this spring, several of our membership have been contacted by the MSTCA about officiating at MSTCA events. What to do?

While the leadership of MTFOA remain hopeful that there will eventually be some resolution to the current situation, at present there is no agreement in place between the two groups. As Officials, members of MTFOA are all independent contractors, and therefore may work or not as they individually choose. The good news is that Commissioner Meagher will be assigning the Officials for the MIAA meets later in June. 

Respectfully,

Your MTFOA Executive Board

MIAA updates mask guidelines

posted May 18, 2021, 10:43 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated May 18, 2021, 10:43 AM ]

May 18, 2021

Dear Member Schools:

The announcement by Governor Baker and the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) on May 17, 2021 regarding the removal of mandatory masks/facial coverings was reviewed and discussed by the MIAA Sports Medicine Committee (SMC) Monday afternoonThe SMC voted unanimously to recommend the approval of the May 17, 2021 EEA guidelines effective May 18, 2021. This recommendation was forwarded to MIAA President Jeffrey Granatino, MIAA Executive Director Bill Gaine and Task Force Chairs, Thom Holdgate and Dr. Keith Crowley. Commissioner Jeffrey Riley and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) also reviewed this recommendation. All constituents provided full APPROVAL. You may view the updated EEA guidelines HERE.

To clarify, this means:

  • Athletes on spring teams in active play outdoors are not required to wear a

    mask/facial covering.

  • Athletes when they are on the bench or in a dugout are not required to wear a

    mask/facial covering.

  • Athletes in low-risk sports when indoors where a distance of at least 14 feet or

    more is consistently maintained between each participant, are not required to

    wear a mask/ facial covering.

  • Spectators and chaperones, coaches, staff, referees, umpires and other officials

    who can social distance while outdoors, are not required to wear a mask/face

    covering.

  • Visitors, spectators, volunteers, and staff while indoors are required to wear

    mask/facial covering.

  • All athletes participating in high school sports are considered youth and fall

    under youth guidelines.

    Additionally, there are no changes to individual MIAA sport modifications other than the mask/facial covering mandate. As restrictions are lifted, a review of the EEA guidelines will continue through the MIAA governance process guided by the MIAA Sports Medicine Committee.

    As has been the case throughout the year, the final decision for a school to partake in a particular sport and/or to follow more stringent guidelines belongs at the local level.

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Email blast for 5-16-21

posted May 17, 2021, 7:22 AM by Paul Williams

Thursday May 20, 2021 

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I.  Banquet Info:

  • Thursday June 10 at the Old Colony  Yacht Club.

  • Cost $40 per person check made out to MTFOA and sent to Don Kirkland  PO Box 15 North Salem NH, 03073

  • RSVP by Friday June 4 to Mark Young at marktyoung68@yahoo.com

    more info to follow

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