Mass. Track & Field Officials Association - Competing with the best 

Everything about MFTOA, right under your cursor. We provide top quality officiating for the sports of track and field, cross country and road racing. We work closely with colleges and high schools, as well as USA Track & Field New England, to organize, judge and score meets and races. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18.

MTFOA updates

  • Milford seeks officials for Unified meet 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 ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2021, 9:28 AM by Paul Williams
  • 6-8-21 email blast I Banquet Info:Thursday June 10 at the Old Colony  Yacht Club.Cocktail hour 6-7 PM, Brief Business meeting, Dinner, Speaker, RaffleCost $40 per person check made out ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2021, 9:25 AM by Paul Williams
  • 6-3-21 email blast I Banquet Info:Thursday June 10 at the Old Colony  Yacht Club.Cocktail hour 6-7 PM, Brief Business meeting, Dinner, Speaker, RaffleCost $40 per person check made out ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2021, 7:37 AM by Paul Williams
  • 5-23-21 email blast  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 ...
    Posted May 25, 2021, 12:58 PM by Paul Williams
  • E-Board statement regarding MSTCA 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 ...
    Posted May 22, 2021, 6:36 AM by Paul Williams
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Rules, changes & interpretations

  • Following are updates about new rules, changes and interpretations and case studies of rules organized by high school, NCAA, USATF and IAAF. For the current rulebook for each level, please see the Rules, changes & interpretations.
  • NCAA released rules changes, rationales NCAA has released Rules Changes for the coming year. They are posted below or can be access at
    Posted Sep 5, 2016, 8:38 AM by Paul Williams
  • 2017 track and field rules changes and rationales released by NFHS   NFHS has released the 2017 track and field rules changes and rationales. The NFHS 2017 Rule changes are also available at ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 9:11 AM by Paul Williams
  • Track & field/cross country rules changes include assisting injured competitor Effective with the 2017 high school track and field season, a participant who assists an injured/ill competitor shall not be disqualified if an appropriate health-care professional is not ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2016, 6:02 AM by Paul Williams
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Updates on concussions

  • While concussions and suspected head injuries occur only occasionally in track and field, they do happen. Although MIAA rules do not specifically indicate a role for officials, they should continue the best practice of ensuring that the event is stopped if an athlete is suspected of suffering a head injury and should facilitate the call for and access for medical personnel. For more information, updates on rules and resources, please see Concussions.

MIAA background checks

MIAA background checks required for 2019-2020

The MIAA requires background checks for all officials working high school meets in Mass.  Please follow the directions here.  There are deadlines for each season so please read the instructions carefully.

Members who are returning must register and do the background check (the background check is valid for 3 years).  These are members who did the background check in 2016, and they are due to renew their checks this year.  Also, all new members must register and do the background check.  The cost is $10 to register and $35 for the background check. 

Registration opens on July 1 and it is a one-time registration and background check for the three seasons.
            Cross Country deadline:  July 31, 2019
            Winter Track  deadline:  Oct. 1, 2019
            Spring Track deadline:   Jan. 1, 2020

The background check only has to be done every three years.  But each official must use Arbiter Sports to register with the MIAA each year. To check your background check status, log in to your Arbiter account and click on the Eligibility tab to see your status.
For now, plan on:
                        Year 1:  Background check and MIAA registration = $45.00
                        Year 2:  MIAA registration = $10.00
                        Year 3:  MIAA registration = $10.00
If you have any questions, please email Peter Meagher at

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