MTFOA updates

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Time to register with MIAA via ArbiterSports

posted Jul 6, 2017, 7:24 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 7:24 AM ]

Dear Game Officials
Thank you for once again participating during the 2016-17 school year with our 225,000 student-athletes who competed in MIAA interscholastic sports.  Your collaboration with our member schools and leagues is valued.
We have set up registration for the 2017-18 school year as of July 1.  Now going into our third year, all officials will once again complete this process through the MIAA ArbiterSports page found or via the link on the MIAA homepage.

Information and instructions for both new and returning officials can be found on this main page.
Your support and professionalism for this important process is appreciated.   Thank you again for being an important part of the educational athletics expectations for student athletes.
With thanks,
Richard L. Pearson
Associate Director
Game Officials Liaison 

Chris Lane inducted into Bay State Games hall of fame

posted Jul 5, 2017, 8:19 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jul 5, 2017, 8:20 AM ]

From left, Phil Gloudemans, Bay State Games Board Chair; Peter Leclerc, Bay State Games Director of Operation; Kevin Cummings, Bay State Games Executive Director; Chris Lane, Hall of Fame inductee; and David Blake, Hall of Fame Inductee-Fencing.

BOSTON – Veteran track and field volunteer Chris Lane, Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Tom Thibodeau,  and longstanding fencing committee member David Blake were honored for their recent induction into the Bay State Games’ Hall of Fame during the Red Sox-Twins pre-game ceremonies at Fenway Park on June 26.

The Bay State Games Hall of Fame was created to recognize past participants who have gone on to prestigious and successful athletic careers, as well as former and current coaches, officials, sports organizers, and volunteers who have made significant contributions to the organization throughout its 36-year history. Past inductees among the over 50 previous honorees include the NBA’s Dana Barros (`06) and the late Reggie Lewis (`02); the NHL’s Bill Guerin (`09); Major League Baseball’s Carlos Pena (`11) and Rich Hill (`13); and Winter Olympians Nancy Kerrigan (`07), and Bill Cleary (`14).

“Volunteers are the life blood of the Bay State Games, and our three, 2017 inductees are prime example of selflessness and an undying commitment to amateur athletics,” said Phil Gloudemans, board chair of the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation, which produces the annual summer and winter Bay State Games. “We deeply appreciate the time and effort that each person has expended on behalf of the organization and our participants.”

Chris Lane has logged more than 50 years as a track and field official and event manager at the local, regional, national and international levels. He has been involved with the Bay State Games Track program for over three decades as an official and event coordinator. He was a high school track All American and coached for 25 years at Boston College, Brandeis and M.I.T. He has served as president of the Massachusetts Track and Field Officials Association and was inducted into the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. Lane was a teacher and administrator in the Boston Public Schools for 43 years. His expertise and passion for secondary education led to his additional and ongoing volunteer involvement as a Bay State Games Scholarship program selection committee member for over 20 years. Lane remains active in athletic event administration as a member of the Boston Marathon Organizing Committee, and with DMSE Sports.

Thibodeau was named president of Basketball Operations and head coach of the Timberwolves in April 2016. Before joining the NBA’s coaching ranks, Thibodeau coached at Salem State University (1981-85) and Harvard (1985-89). While at SSU, he also served as a volunteer head coach of the Bay State Games Northeast Region Men’s Open Basketball team for two years.

He began his NBA career as an assistant coach with the Timberwolves (1989-91); San Antonio Spurs (1992-94); Philadelphia 76ers (1994-96); New York Knicks (1996-2003); and Houston Rockets (2003-07). Thibodeau served as associate head coach of the Boston Celtics (2007-10), and before returning to Minnesota, the New Britain, Conn. native was head coach of the Chicago Bulls (2010-15). He also served as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team that won the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, and the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. He earned bachelors and master’s degrees in Counseling from Salem State University where he was a four-year letter winner in basketball.

David Blake has served as a key member of the Bay State Games Fencing Committee for nearly 20 years. The founder and owner of the Prise de Fer Fencing Club in North Billerica, he annually hosts the Bay State Games’ fencing competition. Blake captured two gold medals in the Games’ first fencing event.

He is an active member of the U. S. Fencing Association (USFA), serving as a member of the board of directors from 2008 to 2016, and as chair of the USFA New England Division, as well as the organization’s North Atlantic Section. Additionally, he is an internationally rated referee and a referee trainer. Blake has been involved with many local, regional, national and international fencing competitions, including the National Collegiate Championships, the Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games. He’s coached the Concord Carlisle High School Fencing Team since 1999. 

MSTCA asks help on Reggie bills

posted Jun 20, 2017, 9:09 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 9:09 AM ]


Reggie Lewis Center House Bill #3001 and Senate Bill #687 are ready to go to public hearing with a joint House & Senate Committee on Higher Education on June 29, 2017.

MSTCA needs your help to remind your State Representatives and State Senators of the importance of these bills passing to create a Board of Directors to take control of the Reggie Lewis Center.

A quick WRITTEN note to your State Representative and State Senator is urgent before the June 29 hearing to support the BILLS!
Mail to 
24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133

MSTCA is asking all letters to be mailed by this Friday.

You can also send emails. However, a good old-fashioned letter campaign gets the most immediate attention and IMPACT.

Any questions, contact Frank Mooney or Rick Kates. 

You can also write to the State Representatives and Senators who will hosting the public, open meeting at the State House on June 29 on the RLTAC Bill to create a Board of Directors. 
The members of the Joint Committee on High Education Committee are:
Senator Michael Moore-Chair Shrewsbury
Senator Eileen Donoghue Vice Chair First Middlesex

Senator Adam Hinds Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hamsphire
Senator Erick Lesser 1st hampsire, hampden
Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives 1st Essex
Senator Richard Ross Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex
Rep. John Scibak Chair 2nd Hampshire
Rep. Sean Garballey Vice Chair 23rd Middlesex
Rep. Denise Provost 27th Middlesex
Rep. Aaron Vega Holoke
Rep. Rady Mom Lowell
Rep. Stephan Hay 3rd Worcester
Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose 3rd Hampshire
Rep. Natalie Higgins 4th Worcester
Rep. Susannah Whipps 2nd Franklin
Rep. Timothy Whelan 1st Barnstable

President's post: New officers, dues

posted Jun 19, 2017, 3:00 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 3:01 PM ]

Presidents Message:

 As the school year comes to an end, I would like to thank all of you for your dedication to the sport and to the high school and collegiate student-athletes of Massachusetts.  Track and Field and XC have grown enormously over the past few years, with many more meets and opportunities for student athletes to display their talents.  We are a huge part of that growth, and our role is vital to future growth as well.

At the Spring Meeting/ Annual Dinner a new slate of officers was approved by the membership.  I would like to congratulate and look forward to working with:

President:  Peter Meagher

Vice President:  Steve Keyes

Secretary/ Treasurer:  Don Kirkland 3rd

A few things to consider for the summer:  Dues for the 2017/2018 year of $73.00 will be due October 1st.   Anyone sending in dues this summer  can send them to Don Kirkland 2nd at PO Box 372  Derry NH 03038.

With the new officers commencing their positions at the October General Membership Meeting, there will be a new address for the  Secretary/ Treasurer at that time.

 I hope you all enjoy your summer with family and friends.



Images from 2017 banquet/BBQ

posted Jun 19, 2017, 2:54 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 2:59 PM ]

Images from the 2017 MTFOA banquet/BBQ, courtesy Beth Malone.

MSTCA seeks action on Reggie bills

posted Jun 12, 2017, 11:37 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 12, 2017, 11:41 AM ]

House Bill #3001 and Senate Bill #687 concerning the future of Reggie Lewis Center are ready to go into public hearing with a joint House & Senate hearing before the Joint Committee on Higher Education June 29, 2017.

MSTCA needs your help to remind your State Representatives and State Senators of the importance of these bills passing to create a Board of Directors to take over control of the Reggie Lewis Center.

A quick WRITTEN note to your State Representative and State Senator is urgent before the June 29 hearing to support the BILL!

Mail to 
24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133

MSTCA encourages athletes and parents to send a notes to show support across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Letters should be mailed by this Friday. 

You can also send email. However, an old-fashioned letter gets the most immediate attention and IMPACT.

President's message

posted Jun 5, 2017, 3:58 PM by Paul Williams

I hope to see many of you Thursday night. This is a general membership meeting as well as the Annual Dinner.
There will be a vote on the slate of officers put forth by the Nominating Committee.  This will be a paper ballot election and will take place at the beginning of the meeting/ dinner.
If you are not attending the dinner, but would like to take part in the meeting and vote on the officer positions, please join us at 6:30.

Killdeer on hold...

posted Jun 5, 2017, 3:57 PM by Paul Williams

As a youth track coach/senior competitor, AND a birdwatcher, I was quite pleased with MTFOA’s cooperation with Bridgewater State University in protecting the killdeer nesting site adjacent to the shot put area during Saturday’s event.  I enjoyed the State track meet, while seeing the nest area roped off and protected.

Thanks to all involved in this decision.

Sam Baumgarten

Bridgewater, MA

Banquet reservation deadline nears

posted May 25, 2017, 7:54 AM by Paul Williams

Presidents Message:


The General Membership Meeting/ Banquet is quickly approaching.  It will be Thursday June 8th at the Old Colony Yacht Club.  We hope you can join us for a fun filled, relaxing night.  It starts at 6:30pm and it is $40.00.

If you are interested in attending please email Peter Meagher at

We need to have our final numbers to the Old Colony Yacht Club soon.   

I hope to see you there.  Personally, I think it is a great experience to be able to socialize with members without a clipboard and stopwatch in my hand.




DMSE Sports Classic special offer

posted May 22, 2017, 8:37 AM by Paul Williams

Hello MA Track & Field Officials Association!


As you may know, the 2nd Annual DMSE Sports Classic will be held at Merrimack College in two months. Below are a couple special offers for members of the association — we hope you can run and check out our summer running festival! Please share and let me know if there is anything else we can do to ensure you have a great race-weekend. Below is some information about the event. 



Run the beautiful and historic streets of Andover, MA, at the 2nd Annual DMSE Sports Classic (formerly known as the Runner’s World Classic). A DMSE Sports production, there’s a race for everyone. After the race enjoy a traditional post-race party at Merrimack College with music, food, and beer. 


The DMSE Sports Classic at Merrimack College, Andover, MA

A Summer Running Festival 

Half Marathon • 10K • 5K • Kids • Celebrity Mile


Up for a Challenge? 

Run the Five & Dime (5K + 10K) - 2 races, 3 medals, 9.3 miles

Or Make It a Hat Trick (5K + 10K + Half-marathon) - 2 days, 3 races, 5 medals, 22.4 miles


Meet Sports, Media, Political, and Personality Celebrities

Cheer on the likes of Dick Hoyt, Police Commissioner Billy Evans, Runner’s World’s Bart Yasso, Boston Marathon Survivors Jeff Bauman and Adrianne Haslet, and more during the Celebrity Mile. To see the full list, visit


Host a Party at the Festival

The more runners registered as a part of your group, the more opportunities you have to host a party at our post-race party at the mid-summer running festival.


As runners from your organization (and their family and friends) identify themselves as a part of your organization when they register; we will be happy to provide the following:

  • 20+ runners = a space to set up your own 10x10 hospitality tent at the post-race party
  • 50+ runners = a space and a 10 x10 tent, table and chairs from us
  • 100+ runners = a space and a 10x20 tent, table and chairs and catered refreshments

We will share information about your organization at the start and during the races, shout outs on social media, and make sure our photographers stop by to get some group shots after the race. We want to make this running festival your organization’s easiest event this summer, maybe the year!


Special Offer

As a friend of DMSE Sports, use CLASSICRUN17 for $5 off. Limited time only. Good until May 31, 2017.


Register Today

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