MTFOA updates

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Email blast for 4-12-21 2nd update

posted Apr 13, 2021, 7:17 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Apr 16, 2021, 2:29 PM ]

ON YOUR MARK 

Second Change in Schedule UMASS Lowell

 Coaches and Officials

First, thank you for your patience throughout the many changes and updates. We have some more updates due to weather as well as an updated schedule of events.

 

To ensure we can have as much melt as possible the running events will begin at 10AM. In terms of time schedule we will be moving to a rolling schedule. Athletes may check in at any time for their events. Make sure they at least check-in 3 events prior to their own.

 

We will now be throwing Javelin off of our Javelin runway located next to the Hammer circle. When the Hammer is finished Javelin will follow. As of right now we have 20 Women Hammer throwers and 19 Men’s Hammer throwers. We’d like to get to one section of each gender for the Hammer. If you have any scratches for this event please let us know.

ON YOUR MARK 


With the predicted weather on Friday, UMass Lowell had decided to move their Friday events to Saturday

Attached is their new order of events-time schedule


ON YOUR MARK 

Friday April 16  

Saturday April 17     

Sunday April 18     

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1. Spring Officiating Opportunities                                     

  • Mike still has openings this weekend both on Saturday and Sunday. If you are have become available and interested in working please contact him at 978-457-3153.

President's Message

     - The deadline for nominations for the e-board is April 30, 2021. We are looking to fill three openings.

     - MSTCA Spring 2021 meets are being assigned for the time being by their organization. Please contact their offices if you would like to work their meets.

     - Although the deadline has passed for nominees for "official of the year" - the MIAA is still taking submissions for nominees. Please let me know if you would like to nominate a fellow official for the 2020 -2021 Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor track seasons.

     - Although we've been kicking around the idea of having a Fall in person professional development clinic - it's something we are still considering. Getting the facility is not an issue - it's just whether we can do it in 2021 or have to wait until Fall of 2022.

   - Lastly, I took a tour today (4/9/21) of the new New Balance facility in Brighton where the new indoor track and indoor theatre will be. The facility will open March 1, 2022 and I'd to thank Mr. AJ Holzherr, facility manager for the tour. New Balance Development is excited about MTFOA & USATFNE eventual involvement in the facility. 

Continued good health to all our MTFOA members - stay safe!
Steven R. Keyes
MTFOA, President 

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Meets looking for officials
Our neighboring officials organization, the Rhode Island Officials
Guild, is in need of officials for meets in their assignment areas of
Rhode Island, at UMass Dartmouth, and in Eastern Connecticut. There are
5 college conference meets the weekend of May 1-2 in that area, and
three multi-team college meets still needing officials on April 24.

As with many of the college meets this spring, some will require require
a negative Covid test to get on a campus.
If interested, contact Ron Boemker ron_boemker@hotmail.com

Email blast for 4-4-21

posted Apr 5, 2021, 8:18 AM by Paul Williams

ON YOUR MARK 

Saturday April 10      

Sunday April 11

  • Stonehill vs Bentley at Stonehill   
    ____________________________________

    Even with proof of vaccination, some sites are requiring a negative covid test within 72 hours of their Meet. Mike Meagher will let you know at the very beginning of the week of any site you are working that will require the test. If you need a covid test, we are SUGGESTING that you bring with you proof of vaccination (if you've been vaccinated) and you avail yourself of any of the free testing places close to you, bring test results with you.

                                        

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
1. Spring Officiating Opportunities                                     

  • Mike still has some openings for this Saturday. If you are have become available and interested in working please contact him at 978-457-3153.
  • Availability Sheet is attached. (UPDATED 4-1-21)   As more are being vaccinated and Covid numbers are improving, many sites have decided to host meets even with limited number of school and participants.   Mike Meagher APPRECIATES the Availability Sheets that have already been turned. With a LOT of leagues contesting meets on Saturdays, We REALLY are going to need EVERYONE's help this season. Please Email coachmeagher@yahoo.com  or Text 978 457 3153 with your availability.
  • Catholic Central League has some additional dates. Click for dates
  • 2. Dues
    ALL League Assignors have been reminded that all MTFOA Officials they assign must be members in good standing ie. dues up to date. If you have forgotten to pay dues for 2021,  please mail your check for $ 80.00 to Don Kirkland at PO Box 15, North Salem, NH 03073 your address. Now that Meets are starting back up, you wouldn’t want you to miss an assignment !!!!!!

    3. News regarding Fall 2 Modifications: 


    The MIAA Board of Directors unanimously passed amendments to the Indoor Track (Fall 2) modifications, as follows. These amendments are effective immediately and apply to OUTDOOR competition and practice settings only:

  • Sprints/Hurdles – Run in lanes all the way.  Adjacent lanes (i.e. 8 athletes max on 8-lane straightaway) may be used if running outdoors.; Continue with use of every other lane (i.e. 4 athletes max per heat on 8-lane straightaway) if running indoors.
  • Starting blocks may be used and must be properly sanitized before and after each heat/section.
  • http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/Indoor_Track_Modifications_Fall_II_2021.pdf_

    CURRENT 2021 OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD GUIDELINES & MODIFICATIONS: 


    http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/Outdoor_Track_Modifications_Spring_2021.pdf
    CURRENT MIAA TMC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SPRING 2021 SECTIONAL TOURNAMENTS: 
    http://miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/TMC_recommendations_for_2021_sectional_tournaments__Final.pdf

  • When handling equipment (e.g., hurdles), operators must properly sanitize.

Email blast of 3-28-21

posted Mar 29, 2021, 11:56 AM by Paul Williams

ON YOUR MARK 

Even with proof of vaccination, some sites are requiring a negative covid test within 72 hours of their Meet. Mike Meagher will let you know at the very beginning of the week of any site you are working that will require the test. If you need a covid test, we are SUGGESTING you avail yourself of any of the free testing places close to you.

                                        

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
1. Spring Officiating Opportunities 

  • Availability Sheet is attached. (UPDATED 3-27-21)  As more are being vaccinated and  Covid numbers are improving, it goes without saying, there continue to be changes. Mike Meagher APPRECIATES the Availability Sheets that have already been turned. With a LOT of leagues contesting meets on Saturdays, We REALLY are going to need EVERYONE's help this season. Please Email coachmeagher@yahoo.com  or Text 978 457 3153 with you availability.

2. Dues
ALL League Assignors have been reminded that all MTFOA Officials they assign must be members in good standing ie. dues up to date. If you have forgotten to pay dues for 2021,  please mail your check for $ 80.00 to Don Kirkland at PO Box 15, North Salem, NH 03073 your address. Now that Meets are starting back up, you wouldn’t want you to miss an assignment !!!!!!

3. Survey for officials
Below is a link to an online Survey  for officials to see if they plan to officiate this spring (Fall II and Spring), what type of meets (high school, college or both), what areas of eastern Mass. where plan to work, and what events you prefer not to work. It should only take a minute to two to fill out. It is for informational purposes only for MTFOA leadership and commissioner. It is separate from the availability sheet above.
 

4. News regarding Fall 2 Modifications: 

The MIAA Board of Directors unanimously passed amendments to the Indoor Track (Fall 2) modifications, as follows. These amendments are effective immediately and apply to OUTDOOR competition and practice settings only:

  • Sprints/Hurdles – Run in lanes all the way.  Adjacent lanes (i.e. 8 athletes max on 8-lane straightaway) may be used if running outdoors.; Continue with use of every other lane (i.e. 4 athletes max per heat on 8-lane straightaway) if running indoors.
  • Starting blocks may be used and must be properly sanitized before and after each heat/section.
  • When handling equipment (e.g., hurdles), operators must properly sanitize.

http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/Indoor_Track_Modifications_Fall_II_2021.pdf_

CURRENT 2021 OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD GUIDELINES & MODIFICATIONS: 


http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/Outdoor_Track_Modifications_Spring_2021.pdf
CURRENT MIAA TMC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SPRING 2021 SECTIONAL TOURNAMENTS: 
http://miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/TMC_recommendations_for_2021_sectional_tournaments__Final.pdf

 

Dale Snyder passes at 72

posted Mar 26, 2021, 3:07 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Mar 26, 2021, 3:07 PM ]

Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Dale Snyder, Milton track and field coach. 

Please see link below for details:
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/southofboston-ledger/obituary.aspx?n=dale-l-snyder&pid=198160532

3-22-21 email blast

posted Mar 22, 2021, 8:27 AM by Paul Williams

ON YOUR MARK 

Saturday March 27 

                                                                                                            

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
1. Spring Officiating Opportunities 

  • Availability Sheet is attached. (UPDATED 3-20-21)  As more are being vaccinated and  Covid numbers are improving, it goes without saying, there continue to be changes. Mike Meagher APPRECIATES the Availability Sheets that have already been turned. With a LOT of leagues contesting meets on Saturdays, We REALLY are going to need EVERYONE's help this season. Please Email coachmeagher@yahoo.com  or Text 978 457 3153 with you availability sheet
  • Catholic Central League  (updated 3-14-21)
  • Merrimack Valley League 
The MVC is looking for officials for the Fall 2 track season on March 20, 24, 27, 31 and April 3, 7, 10, 14.
If you are available and want to officiate or start on any of these dates, please contact Dave Johns at davejohns@comcast.net.

2. Dues
ALL League Assignors have been reminded that all MTFOA Officials they assign must be members in good standing ie. dues up to date. If you have forgotten to pay dues for 2021,  please mail your check for $ 80.00 to Don Kirkland at PO Box 15, North Salem, NH 03073 your address. Now that Meets are starting back up, you wouldn’t want you to miss an assignment !!!!!!

3. Survey for officials
Below is a link to an online Survey  for officials to see if they plan to officiate this spring (Fall II and Spring), what type of meets (high school, college or both), what areas of eastern Mass. where plan to work, and what events you prefer not to work. It should only take a minute to two to fill out. It is for informational purposes only for MTFOA leadership and commissioner. It is separate from the availability sheet above.
 

4. News regarding Fall 2 Modifications: 

The MIAA Board of Directors unanimously passed amendments to the Indoor Track (Fall 2) modifications, as follows. These amendments are effective immediately and apply to OUTDOOR competition and practice settings only:

  • Sprints/Hurdles – Run in lanes all the way.  Adjacent lanes (i.e. 8 athletes max on 8-lane straightaway) may be used if running outdoors.; Continue with use of every other lane (i.e. 4 athletes max per heat on 8-lane straightaway) if running indoors.
  • Starting blocks may be used and must be properly sanitized before and after each heat/section.
  • When handling equipment (e.g., hurdles), operators must properly sanitize.

http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/Indoor_Track_Modifications_Fall_II_2021.pdf_

CURRENT 2021 OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD GUIDELINES & MODIFICATIONS: 


http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/Outdoor_Track_Modifications_Spring_2021.pdf
CURRENT MIAA TMC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SPRING 2021 SECTIONAL TOURNAMENTS: 
http://miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/TMC_recommendations_for_2021_sectional_tournaments__Final.pdf

 

MIAA amends Fall 2 outdoor modifications

posted Mar 15, 2021, 10:23 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Mar 15, 2021, 10:23 AM ]

The MIAA Board of Directors unanimously passed amendments to the Indoor Track (Fall 2) modifications, as follows. These amendments are effective immediately and apply to OUTDOOR competition and practice settings only:

  • Sprints/Hurdles – Run in lanes all the way.  Adjacent lanes (i.e. 8 athletes max on 8-lane straightaway) may be used if running outdoors.; Continue with use of every other lane (i.e. 4 athletes max per heat on 8-lane straightaway) if running indoors.
  • Starting blocks may be used and must be properly sanitized before and after each heat/section.
  • When handling equipment (e.g., hurdles), operators must properly sanitize.
CURRENT 2021 OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD GUIDELINES & MODIFICATIONS: 

http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/Outdoor_Track_Modifications_Spring_2021.pdf


CURRENT 2021 FALL II TRACK & FIELD GUIDELINES & MODIFICATIONS:

http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/Indoor_Track_Modifications_Fall_II_2021.pdf


CURRENT MIAA TMC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SPRING 2021 SECTIONAL TOURNAMENTS: 

http://miaanet/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/TMC_recommendations_for_2021_sectional_tournaments__Final.pdf

 

3-14-21 email blast

posted Mar 15, 2021, 10:19 AM by Paul Williams

ON YOUR MARK 

 1. Spring Officiating Opportunities 

  • Availability Sheet is attached.(UPDATED 3-14-21) As more are being vaccinated and  Covid numbers are improving, it goes without saying, there continue to be changes. Mike Meagher APPRECIATES the Availability Sheets that have already been turned. With a LOT of leagues contesting meets on Saturdays, We REALLY are going to need EVERYONE's help this season. Please Email coachmeagher@yahoo.com  or Text 978 457 3153 with you availability sheet
  • Catholic Central League  (updated 3-14-21)
  • Merrimack Valley League 

    The MVC is looking for officials for the Fall 2 track season on March 20, 24, 27, 31 and April 3, 7, 10, 14.

    If you are available and want to officiate or start on any of these dates, please contact Dave Johns at davejohns@comcast.net.


2. Dues
ALL League Assignors have been reminded that all MTFOA Officials they assign must be members in good standing ie. dues up to date. If you have forgotten to pay dues for 2021,  please mail your check for $ 80.00 to Don Kirkland at PO Box 15, North Salem, NH 03073 your address. Now that Meets are starting back up, you wouldn’t want you to miss an assignment !!!!!!

3. Survey for officials
Below is a link to an online Survey  for officials to see if they plan to officiate this spring (Fall II and Spring), what type of meets (high school, college or both), what areas of eastern Mass. where plan to work, and what events you prefer not to work. It should only take a minute to two to fill out. It is for informational purposes only for MTFOA leadership and commissioner. It is separate from the availability sheet above.

3-7-21 email blast

posted Mar 8, 2021, 8:40 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Mar 8, 2021, 8:40 AM ]

ON YOUR MARK 

1. Spring Officiating Opportunities 
  • Availability Sheet is attached.(UPDATED 3-5-21) While Covid numbers are improving, it goes without saying, there WILL be changes. Mike Meagher APPRECIATES the Availability Sheets that have already been turned. With a LOT of leagues contesting meets on Saturdays, We REALLY are going to need EVERYONE's help this season. Please Email coachmeagher@yahoo.com  or Text 978 457 3153 with you availability sheet
  • Catholic Central League 
  • Middlesex League
  • Merrimack Valley League 

    The MVC is looking for officials for the Fall 2 track season on March 20, 24, 27, 31 and April 3, 7, 10, 14.

    If you are available and want to officiate or start on any of these dates, please contact Dave Johns at davejohns@comcast.net.


2. Dues
ALL League Assignors have been reminded that all MTFOA Officials they assign must be members in good standing ie. dues up to date. If you have forgotten to pay dues for 2021,  please mail your check for $ 80.00 to Don Kirkland at PO Box 15, North Salem, NH 03073 your address. Now that Meets are starting back up, you wouldn’t want you to miss an assignment !!!!!!

3. Survey for officials
Below is a link to an online Survey  for officials to see if they plan to officiate this spring (Fall II and Spring), what type of meets (high school, college or both), what areas of eastern Mass. where plan to work, and what events you prefer not to work. It should only take a minute to two to fill out. It is for informational purposes only for MTFOA leadership and commissioner. It is separate from the availability sheet above.

4 . USATF Officials certification - 2nd Zoom opportunity

For those individuals still needing to complete their USATF officials
recertification - or certify new - for 2021-2024,
a second Zoom Rules Review will be presented on Sunday, March 14,
1:00-3:00 p.m.
15 MTFOA members participated in the first webinar, and respondents
agreed it was well presented.

Send a request to be part of the Zoom  to
office+rules-review@usatfne.org by Friday, March 12, at 5:00 p.m.
One should be in process of completing the USATF application and
membership to sign up.
The Zoom link will be sent a day or two before the presentation.

The webinar replaces the need to complete the general rules review;
those at National or Masters level, or who have specialty certifications
in Referee, Long Distance Running, Race Walking, and several other areas
will still need to complete those specialty reviews.
The step by step certification process can be found at -
newengland.usatf.org/programs/officials - in the third paragraph.
If anyone still needs assistance with membership renewal or other
aspects of completing their certification, contact Steve Vaitones at
office@usatfne.org.

More on March membership meeting

posted Mar 3, 2021, 2:39 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Mar 3, 2021, 2:39 PM ]

1. March Membership Meeting
The March MTFOA  general membership meeting will be conducted Thursday, March 4, 2021, via a Zoom meeting at 7pm. Thanks to USATF-NE and Justin Kuo for hosting the virtual meeting. The meeting invitation has gone out on WEDNESDAY at 5:00 PM via blast email; please see it for details.
2. Spring Officiating Opportunities 
3. Dues
ALL League Assignors have been reminded that all MTFOA Officials they assign must be members in good standing ie. dues up to date. If you have forgotten to pay dues for 2021,  please mail your check for $ 80.00 to Don Kirkland at PO Box 15, North Salem, NH 03073 your address.. You wouldn’t want you to miss an assignment !!!!!!

4. Survey for officials
Here is a link to an online Survey  for officials to see if they plan to officiate this spring (Fall II and Spring), what type of meets (high school, college or both), what areas of eastern Mass. where plan to work, and what events you prefer not to work. It should only take a minute to two to fill out. It is for informational purposes only for MTFOA leadership and commissioner. It is separate from the availability sheet above.

5. Apparel 
ARE YOU READY FOR THE FALL 2 TRACK SEASON?

One time buy for a nice warm MTFOA Fleece Jacket. These will not be in the MTFOA Inventory. Will be available in both Yellow and Red with the MTFOA logo. 

*Orders go to Fred Doyle - Doyleteamsports@gmail.com
*Unisex Jackets available in sizes S-3XL and cost is $65 + $5 shipping
*Will need to get an order for 12 Jackets total in order to meet minimum requirements
*Orders will be accepted through Saturday, March 6 and delivery about 2 weeks later
*Jackets available in Yellow and Red (Starters)
*Checks made payable to Fred Doyle - 40 Thorndike Ln, Tewksbury 01876

6. What's the Ruling on this situation?  Solution

7. USATF Officials certification - 2nd Zoom opportunity

For those individuals still needing to complete their USATF officials recertification - or certify new - for 2021-2024, a second Zoom Rules Review will be presented on Sunday, March 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m. 15 MTFOA members participated in the first webinar, and respondents agreed it was well presented.

Send a request to be part of the Zoom  to office+rules-review@usatfne.org by Friday, March 12, at 5:00 p.m.
One should be in process of completing the USATF application and membership to sign up.
The Zoom link will be sent a day or two before the presentation.

The webinar replaces the need to complete the general rules review; those at National or Masters level, or who have specialty certifications in Referee, Long Distance Running, Race Walking, and several other areas will still need to complete those specialty reviews.
The step by step certification process can be found at - newengland.usatf.org/programs/officials - in the third paragraph. If anyone still needs assistance with membership renewal or other aspects of completing their certification, contact Steve Vaitones at
office@usatfne.org.

Membership meeting, availability, dues, survey and more

posted Feb 28, 2021, 2:05 PM by Paul Williams

ON YOUR MARK 

1. March Membership Meeting
The March MTFOA  general membership meeting will be conducted Thursday, March 4, 2021, via a Zoom meeting at 7pm. Thanks to USATF-NE and Justin Kuo for hosting the virtual meeting. The meeting invitation will go out on WEDNESDAY at 5:00 PM. 
2. Spring Officiating Opportunities 
  • Availability Sheet is attached. It is still February and while Covid numbers are improving, it goes without saying, there WILL be changes. Mike Meagher will be in Florida & will not be getting any mail till March 15 Please Email coachmeagher@yahoo.com  or Text 978 457 3153 with you availability sheet
  •  Catholic Central League (click for opportunities)

3. Dues
ALL League Assignors have been reminded that all MTFOA Officials they assign must be members in good standing ie. dues up to date. If you have forgotten to pay dues for 2021,  please mail your check for $ 80.00 to Don Kirkland at PO Box 15, North Salem, NH 03073 your address.. You wouldn’t want you to miss an assignment !!!!!!

4. Survey for officials
Here is a link to an online Survey  for officials to see if they plan to officiate this spring (Fall II and Spring), what type of meets (high school, college or both), what areas of eastern Mass. where plan to work, and what events you prefer not to work. It should only take a minute to two to fill out. It is for informational purposes only for MTFOA leadership and commissioner. It is separate from the availability sheet above.

5. Apparel 
ARE YOU READY FOR THE FALL II TRACK SEASON?

One time buy for a nice warm MTFOA Fleece Jacket. These will not be in the MTFOA Inventory. Will be available in both Yellow and Red with the MTFOA logo. 

*Orders go to Fred Doyle - Doyleteamsports@gmail.com
*Unisex Jackets available in sizes S-3XL and cost is $65 + $5 shipping
*Will need to get an order for 12 Jackets total in order to meet minimum requirements
*Orders will be accepted through Saturday, March 6 and delivery about 2 weeks later
*Jackets available in Yellow and Red (Starters)
*Checks made payable to Fred Doyle - 40 Thorndike Ln, Tewksbury 01876

6. What's the Ruling on this situation?  Solution

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